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This couple is to die for.
Meet beautiful bride Nargis of Bangladesh-British heritage and English gentlemen Stephen, who tied the knot at in the stunning romantic settings at Longstowe Hall in Cambridge.
Nargis and Stephen stayed true to themselves throughout their wedding planning and on the day were blessed with a gorgeous British summers day. They chose to take advantage and had an outdoor ceremony in their refreshing Colonial Indian inspired wedding in August 2016.
This couple has impeccable taste and it’s been a sheer pleasure to read and share in their absolute wedding day joy, you can see they utterly adore each other.
Psst….Watch out for the impeccable gold embellishments, delicious berry red palette kate aspen favours and epic masala mash, what more could you ask for!
This ridiculously chic wedding was captured by the brilliant Miki Photography who I am delighted to welcome back on Nu bride this year.
Over to Nargis for the lowdown!
We got engaged in May 2015 in South Africa whilst on Safari.
Stephen had arranged a private dinner back at the Lodge on our last evening and that is where he proposed. It was the perfect end to a great day as we had also spotted the elusive leopard on that day ticking off the big 5! It was day 5 of our holiday and I couldn’t understand where he had been hiding the ring.
Turns out he had hidden the box in a sock and put it on top of the wardrobe in our lodge room knowing full well I would have found it if he had put it in the safe. Many people have joked he may be one of the few people who smuggled a diamond IN to South Africa. (Nu Bride: LOL!)
Both of us love fancy dress, games, big parties and gin! We knew straight away we wanted a theme for the wedding to tie everything together and with me being Asian and Stephen being English– we came up with “Colonial India”
We bought items from ebay and visited car boot sales to bring together a collection of furniture and items from that time, a dark wicker sofa, a room divider, a gramophone, old photo frames etc. and made our own photo backdrop which looked incredible on the day.
We chose Ash Davenport of Miki Photgraphy as our wedding photographer and would definitely recommend him. We knew we didn’t want a bunch of staged photos – and wanted the photography to look natural and feel relaxed on the day.
We had seen some of Ash’s work before and we loved the style of his photography and how he used light to capture amazing shots.
On the day he was brilliant, we had a relaxed wedding and his style complemented our style of wedding perfectly. The photos are all amazing and everyone has said so.
It didn’t take me long to realise a big white dress wasn’t going to be for me.
I went to a few bridal stores at the beginning of the process and enjoyed the experience, but not the dresses! As gorgeous as some of the dresses were, I didn’t feel as though they did anything for me in terms of complimenting my skin colour or height.
I don’t ever wear traditional Asian outfits, but I liked the idea of wearing something different at my wedding, especially given the theme we had decided on.
I also liked the idea of wearing gold. I pinned tons of stuff on pinterest, but it was difficult to find anything similar to what I was pinning in real life.
I went shopping with a couple of my bridesmaids in Southall to look at Indian outfits, which was even more confusing as most of the outfits were too traditional and weighed a ton!
Finally I went into a shop (Omega Bridal Store in Southall) and saw a top hanging on the rails that I thought was beautiful, the top was actually part of a trouser outfit, but in that store I found a gown type skirt that we paired it with to get my wedding dress!
I also carried my mum with me on my wedding day and chose to wear my late mum’s earrings and bracelets. (Nu Bride: Simply beautiful idea and you look breathtaking)
Stephen wanted to buy a suit instead of hire one. He also knew he wanted a bold tone of blue. Suits Supply was recommended to us by our photographer Ash. We went in one Saturday morning, and he bought the first suit he tried on there and then! So easy!
We were extremely lucky because it was a beautiful summer’s day we were married outside on a pagoda on the beautiful grounds at Longstowe hall.
It was perfect. It was a simple service with two readings from two of our best friends.
We chose the gorgeous Kate aspen small elephant tea light holders holding Ferrer Roche instead!
Adore this wonderful memory and family wall
The inspiration for everything was the theme. Our florist put palm leaves on the marquee poles, all the bouquets had lots of foliage and we hired some large kenita plants for our photo area.
One of our amazingly talented friends designed all our stationery (table plan, menu, order of service and signs) taking inspiration from our theme and the East India Company he even designed a wedding emblem for us.
Our main meal was lamb rump with masala mash, and my dress was fusion inspired too.
The funniest moment of our wedding day was definitely the best man speech! Poor Stephen!
Our cake was made by our bridesmaid Lou Mercer!
For our first dance we decided to learn a routine and danced to Cyndi Lauper’s time after time, at the request of my mother in law who loves dancing and goes to classes every week. On the day it was actually really good fun as we didn’t care if we got it wrong, but it was probably the single one thing we argued about in the lead up- constantly blaming the other for getting the moves wrong!
Challenges and Triumphs
I’m not sure there were any really big challenges or maybe now that the day is over I just don’t remember them!
Biggest triumph was definitely the food.
After we decided on lamb, we knew we wanted a twist. We started eating out every week in London and having lamb dishes from nice restaurants. We went to cinnamon club in Westminster which is a Michelin star Indian fusion restaurant and tasted this amazing corn sauce. I found the recipe and our caterers were able to replicate it perfectly and then they improved on the recipe by adding masala mash! (Nu Bride: Epic! )
One Top Tip
Enjoy the day, don’t stress about the little things, no one will notice!
Photography: Miki Photography
Venue: Longstowe Hall
Bride’s Fashion: Dress / outfit: Omega Bridal Store, Southall
Accessories / Jewellery: My late mum’s earrings and bracelets
Make up & Hair: By Maid of Honour- Nina Raphael and matron of honour Sajini Rowland
The Girls Bridesmaid Outfits: belleboutiqueuk.co.uk
Bridesmaid Shoes: Their own
The Guys Groomsmen Suits: Moss Bros
Personal Touches: Cake: Bridesmaid- Lou Mercer
Flowers and Décor: Elizabeth and Mulberry Flowers
Food: Cambridge Dining Company
Favours: Kate aspen small elephant tea light holders- holding Ferrer Roche instead!
Stationery: Ravi Chandwani (Good friend)