Nishma & Rupesh’s Traditional-Meets-Modern-Vintage Indian Wedding
Nishma and Rupesh wanted their 4-day wedding to reflect their fun selves but they also wanted to pay respect to their heritage. They kept some old traditions, mixed in new ideas & elements, and came up with an elegant and eclectic celebration that had lots of unexpected twists, resulting in an event that was uniquely theirs.
The first half of this post shows their beautiful Indian wedding which was mostly traditional, and the second half shows the quirky modern vintage portrait session — complete with a retro VW camper van and lawn games — after their civil, “more English” ceremony. We have the talented Laimonas Stasiulis of Lovestruck Wedding Photography (see other work by him that I’ve published) to thank for this one-of-a-kind feature, please enjoy the eye candy!
Just how exquisite does everything look? The colors and rich textures are simply divine! I’m afraid to say that I’m not familiar with Indian wedding traditions though but luckily we have the groom, Rupesh to give us an overview about their 4-day wedding:
As we both had a lot of family getting involved and it was a four day event, it came to be known as “The Big Fat Indian Wedding”. The main colour scheme we had in mind was purple and gold to reflect Indian elegance but wanted to infuse this with a variety of other elements. We wanted the civil wedding to be more English, both vintage and retro, whilst the pre-wedding events had Moroccan and Arabic themes to them. The Indian wedding itself took place amidst a traditional village style hotel set against the beautiful backdrop of the English countryside. Taking the main traditions and adding some quirky twists made it an eclectic mix of style and colours.
And now that we’ve seen this gorgeous twosome get wed, let’s get to know them further. Here’s Rupesh once again to give us the dish on how they met:
One shy, reserved and punctual young lady meets a loud, crazy, last minute dot com boy! They say opposites attract? Well maybe after a while I guess so…
We met properly at my 30th birthday party and she wasn’t impressed, previous to that I think she also tried to hit me with a stick (at an Hindu festival)!
But, when she eventually agreed to meet up for a drink she was pleasantly surprised. So much for our differences, we also had a lot in common – including a liking for earl grey tea and thinking outside the box.
Two years later I asked the famous question on top of the Eiffel Tower, and embarrassed by the whole public display of affection she tried to run away… with nowhere to go! After finally saying yes, we were engaged on 11th June 2011 and married a year after on 6th May 2012 and we’re still trying to figure each other out!
A little bit more about how they made their celebration completely theirs:
With around 18 months of planning involved, we wanted to reflect our personalities in everything from the food, the deco, the music, etc. We wanted to keep old traditions mixed with fresh new ideas. As well as the Jaguar we had Dusty the VW campervan to reflect sleek style mixed with retro fun.
For the reception we had portions of chips presented in mini paper cones sat alongside Punjabi samosas and onion bhajis. On the mehndi night (when they apply henna designs to the hands and feet) we had a Moroccan theme with traditional Arabic dishes and belly dancing! We had traditional Indian favours for the pre-wedding event but also gave out jellybeans filled in mini jam jars (with over 400 hand written thank you labels). Higgledy Piggledy, Oddbod Peapod and Kisskoli were some of our table names… Now that would have most definitely raised a few eyebrows from our guests! But they all had a secret and special meaning for us. Having grown up in a mixed multicultural society, we wanted to reflect our personality over the several days. So we made sure we added we added our own unique special ways to make it a wedding that family and friends would remember.
I’m totally loving these lawn shots! So fun!
And finally, here’s some advice from the lovely couple:
Start planning early. Be organised and keep track of everything, including names and numbers and finances. Get a rough budget and try and stick to it and if you start early you can afford to shop around, find discounts and haggle. If you don’t ask you don’t get and this was Nishma’s strong point whilst I focused more on the creative side like music and designs. Work together and share the workload but remember to have regular breaks and do something to de-stress in between. It’s always going to be difficult and hectic to organise but in the end it is all worth it – so enjoy it.
Thank you Laimonas for sharing your absolutely beautiful images with us, and congratulations Nishma and Rupesh! Here’s wishing you a lifetime of married bliss!
Photographer: Laimonas Stasiulis of Lovestruck Wedding Photography
Venue: Alston Hall, Longridge, Preston and Mecure Last Drop Village and Spa, Bromley Cross
Videography: Farhan Zaheer
Make up: Fatima Solkar 07779 795835
Car hire: Chasethesun.co.uk and Avis Car hire
Food: Bolton Halwa Centre 01204 373416
Music: Soulasiaroadshow.co.uk 07880500800