Rachel combined her white lace Pronovias dress and Cathedral length veil with 22ct ornate gold earrings, her mother’s pearls (Rachel’s something borrowed) and Mehndi hand art. She looked amazing. The makeup artist, Susan at Pretty Flamingo, took inspiration from Indian bridal style by incorporating black flick eyeliner to Rachel’s fresh faced look, which worked beautifully with her striking jewellery. Rachel’s hair was swept back into a layered bun by hairdresser Charlotte Wesson, with her veil fixing over the top to frame her face. The ice-cream tones of her bouquet (by Joanna Marriot Flowers), featuring peach roses and the bride’s favourites, pink peonies, completed the look. After spending some time with Rachel who got ready in her parent’s home, we joined Darshan at Prestwold Hall and photographed the groom and his family in the magnificent entrance, including Darshan with all of his cousins who were dressed in waistcoats and tails for the occasion. The family gathering was a sea of bright coloured saris and dresses which added to the celebratory feel, and the atmosphere was genuinely happy and up-beat – it was a joy to be there.
Rachel arrived at the venue with her dad, and kept it in the family by choosing her uncle to chauffeur them. She wanted a photograph with them both before walking down the aisle with her father. The ceremony was sweet and personal, with Rachel’s family standing to sing with the choir. One of my favourite images of the couple (although there are many!) was at the moment they walked back down the aisle as man and wife, both with a knowing smile, clearly so happy to be together. We threw confetti outside before guests enjoyed drinks on the lawn. It was an incredibly hot day, with little shade, so family and friends spread out across the grounds and sat together under available trees while we took some photographs with the couple. Having planned out my favourite photography spots prior to the day, we wandered around the gardens and it was a lovely time for them to have a few moments together after the ceremony, and take it all in. Rachel and Darshan share an obvious connection that you just can’t fake, and because they are so well-matched it made my job so much easier!
The reception room was decorated in the wedding colours of gold and blush pink, which is a very classy and expensive-looking combination and complemented the venue decor. Simplicity was key, with their favours being traditional sugared almonds. The magnificent flower urns that had decorated the ceremony room also featured in the reception room and added some beautiful life and colour. After a three course dinner we went outside with Rachel and captured her ‘wow’ image – with her stood on the steps showing off the back of her dress in all it’s glory against the blue sky. It became another favourite photograph of mine! Afterwards, they held some moving speeches, where both fathers stood up and honoured their daughter and son with words of praise and advice. When they cut the cake, beribboned in gold with blush pink icing petals made by Dominic at David North, they embraced another Eastern tradition of feeding a piece to each other, which was tenderly and meaningfully done and was a wonderful moment.
Photographer – Sarah at Mirror Imaging Photography www.mirrorimaging.co.uk
Makeup artist – Susan at Pretty Flamingo www.prettyflamingo.co.uk
Hairdresser – Charlotte Wesson Hair
Florist – Joanna Marriott Flowers www.joannamarriottflowers.co.uk
Venue – Prestwold Hall www.prestwold-hall.com
Cake – Dominic at David North www.dominic-davidnorth.co.uk