Decorium in North London transformed into a Winter Wonderland – Reena & Indi

When your part of the wedding industry planning your own wedding, does become a little easier, which is exactly what happened to Reena and Indi.  Shes the cool chick with the alternate catering company and he’s the slick DJ. Match made in heaven right? The fact that they met at a wedding exhibition is just the icing on the cake.

One of the highlight of our wedding was the incredible amount of support received from friends and family and of course Indi and I setting up for our own wedding said Reena

We have both been working within the wedding industry now for almost 10 years and knew that when it came down to our own wedding we wanted to have full control!

Their venue was transformed into a winter wonderland fitting perfectly with the brides glam dresses.

What were the most meaningful moments of your wedding?  

The most meaningful moment of our wedding was having my eldest brother walk me down the aisle holding a picture of my late father. It was a touching moment for everyone.

What was your biggest challenge, and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge of our wedding was maintaining the winter wonderland effect without making it look tacky. We enlisted the help of our good friends at Pearls Florist to dress the entire venue in an array of crystal

What was the funniest moment of your day?

The funniest moment of our wedding reception was when Indi decided to do a stage dive along with his dad to the beats of live dhol players. We are party animals at heart and it certainly was a party that lived up to our expectations

Tell us about your ceremony

The wedding ceremony was conducted in the same venue as the reception. I walked down the aisle to Lifehouse ‘You and Me’ with my eldest brother walking me down the aisle. Prior to walking I had my two nieces carry a ‘Here comes your bride’ sign. We had winter branches flowing down a custom made aisle runner complete with a monogram of our initials that was designed by myself.

 We’d love to hear about any cultural traditions you included.

Our civil wedding day included our traditional chunni and ring ceremony. This included an exchange of gifts from each family to symbolise the acceptance of one another.

What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding?

If there is one tip we could pass over to future bride and grooms that would be to plan ahead! Prepare a ‘wedding folder’ and keep a record of every receipt and contract signed. Having things written down and organised ensures that there are no surprises on the day!

How did you go about outfit shopping, did you stay in the UK or go abroad?

Being from Sikh backgrounds, our wedding day consisted of two occasions. We decided to incorporate our civil wedding ceremony and our Indian engagement ceremony into one day. Although it sounds strange to some, we felt that the two most important occasions of our lives had to include all of our loved ones.

I then had the ‘difficult’ task of finding two wedding dresses. I first set out to find a traditional English white wedding dress for the civil wedding ceremony. Knowing that I would only be wearing the outfit for no longer than an hour I was advised against spending money on a white wedding dress, but I fail to do anything by halves and decided that I had to get one!

I searched around, but never knew what I really wanted before stumbling across the most beautiful A line, crystal encrusted dress in a quaint bridal shop in Essex. Once I put on the veil, I knew it was the dress for me. My neice, who was with me at the time asked why I was dressed like a princess so I knew from that point onwards that it was the one!

My reception outfit had to fit with the Indian tradition of colour, sparkle and embellishment. I approached an up and coming designer from LA, Jasmin Sethi. She knew my style as soon as I walked in. I showed her a picture of what I was looking for and she immediately began sketching an amazing ensemble which fit the theme of the wedding beautifully. She advised me on the right colours and styles for my frame and I asked her to start working on it right away. The outfit took 5 months to construct as the ruffles on the skirt took time to perfect. The outfit arrived a week before the wedding and any worries that I had were quickly dissolved. The outfit consisted of a regal blue coloured raw silk with an off white tulle ruffle edge. The entire outfit was covered in Swarovski crystals and gold/silver embellishments which matched the idea of winter branches.

Credits 

Photography by VIP Studio

Music and DJs – Ominous DJs

Chocolate Fountain – Fruit N Fountain

Flowers & Decor Pearls Florist

Cake – Sweet Hollywood Cakes

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