On the first day of June, India married Karim. It was a real pleasure to be part of their wedding and having got to know India over the final few months before the big day we realised she was one of the happiest, most genuine brides we had ever worked with. As you will see from our collection of photos, she was smiling throughout the whole day.
Lyndsey Goddard was the fabulous photographer and really captured the true story of the wedding day. Be sure to have a peek at more wonderful images on her website here.
Beginning the day at a lovely Knightsbridge location, India and her father, and later, a few of her closest family members surrounded her for a relaxing morning of preparations. The lovely thing about this was that India had a few hours alone with her father, sharing the morning together, taking in the wedding day before it had really begun. It was a chance for them to really enjoy each other’s company before the hustle and bustle later on.
The wedding was indeed a mix of cultures, including Scottish, English and Lebanese. India, being Scottish wanted to embrace the Scottish traditions for her wedding day and chose to get married in one of the grandest churches in London, a Scottish church in Knightsbridge.
Her father and brother wore traditional Scottish kilts and guests at the church were welcomed with music played by a bagpiper. There is something about bagpipes that gives people this feeling of happiness and honour. Arriving at the church with her father and brother India looked every inch a vision in white in an elegant gown designed by Roland Mouret.
The church was decorated with flowers, lanterns and soft warm lighting.
After the ceremony the guests hopped on two route masters that would take them to the reception venue.
The wedding reception took place in the stunning grounds of Holland Park and there was just enough time to get some shots in the beautiful Japanese Kyoto Gardens.
The drinks reception took place on The Belvedere’s balcony overlooking the grounds and – thankfully, they were blessed with lovely weather to enjoy the final few hours of daylight.
The Belvedere has a gorgeous low-lit dining room and is a place oozing with elegance and charm. It has an oriental theme and only needed floral arrangements and candlelight as a finishing touch. You were almost taken back in time when the pianist played as guests entered the room.
India had so many ideas to make her wedding unique and quirky. She wanted each and every one of her guests to feel important and welcome at her wedding and instead of a traditional name card placed a Polaroid photo of each guest on the table. Guests had to find the photo of themselves to take their seat. It was a great ice-breaker and everyone had a chuckle when seeing the photo India had picked of them!
The Orangery is a stone glass palace next door to The Belvedere and to give it that party atmosphere White Avenue just added some purple lighting to give it a glow in the evening.
The favours India organised were lottery tickets for each and every guest, a unique and thoughtful gift!
To add to the fun, a Mariachi band played in the Orangery!
The wedding cake was a ChoccyWoccyDooDah colourful creation with the words ‘All you need is Love’. Behind the cake hung a brilliant selection of Polaroids of India & Karim’s family photos from over the years.
After dinner and a few drinks, the music in The Belvedere was provided by an energetic Ceilidh band that got all the guests up and taking part in traditional Scottish dancing. It was indeed a magical evening and one of the most unique weddings we have experienced. India & Karim definitely put their own stamp on their wedding day and every guest will remember it for that.
Photography: Lyndsey Goddard Photography – lyndseygoddard.com
Flowers: Mary Jane Vaughan – maryjanevaughan.co.uk
Cake: ChoccyWoccyDooDah – choccywoccydoodah.com
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