A delight to share this beautiful Anglo-fusion wedding shoot today. Put together to inspire couples blending more than one culture together on their wedding day with a focus on Asian influences.
With chic tropical influences to bring the outside in, enjoy this shoot captured by Soul Photography, submitted by hair and makeup artist Raj Basi, featuring rock star suppliers including Nu Bride Ambassador Ananya Cards and some of my favourites such as Peboryon (if you don’t know, get to know!) Be prepared to be inspired with some FANTASTIC tips to help you effortlessly blend your cultures and personalities together.
About the shoot
The style for this shoot is Anglo-Asian Fusion aimed at couples who are a little more alternative to the norm, choosing understated elegance rather than grandeur. The theme for the shoot is a chic tropical late summer feel with selective tropical inspired greenery used within the décor with more bold punches of colour coming from the flowers and outfits with gold décor for refinement.
We deliberately chose an intimate venue, Penton Park, that would appeal to a couple who are celebrating their love without compromising on detail as well as ensuring families would be happy and comfortable with their surroundings as the venue itself is family owned and run and best of all, relaxed, just like our couple! The location and the shoot is a wonderful blend of English heritage with brightly coloured florals to complement the sensibilities of Indian cultures and the importance of bright celebratory colours. The botanical styling and choice of foliage bring the two worlds together, emphasised by the stationary design and tablescape.
The venue offers the space for civil ceremonies both indoor and outdoor so we chose a relaxed, unfussy Boho Chic style from Willowby by Watters to complement the bride with a laid-back linen suit for the groom. There was a change to Asian bridal attire for the remainder of the day and reception. We chose a look that isn’t overly styled with embellishments but instead focuses on individuality showing the couple to be the creatives that they are, bold and confident in their individual style as well as remembering to have fun and not take themselves too seriously.
Tips to style a wedding with more than one culture
When planning a wedding to celebrate the union of two cultures try to find a common denominator that the wedding can be built around. This shoot focused on bold and bright colours as is traditional with Indian weddings with a love of foliage in a quintessentially English venue to merge two worlds together in an intimate setting.
Consider shape and structure when designing your cake. Our stunning cake by the talented Peboryon took on an architecturally interesting slant rather than the traditionally stacked tiers allowing the cake to be kept free of too many embellishments and instead was finished off with a singular handmade Birds of Paradise flower as a nod to the tropical theme and bright colour palette. Simple yet effective.
Raj Basi Makeup artist says: You want to look like the best version of yourself on your special day. With regards to our Bride’s hair and makeup, we went for a natural and radiant complexion with a simple change in lip colour to cater to the two different looks. The hair was styled so that it would be suitable for a traditional dupatta to rest on the head as well as look stunning with texture and softness with the English bridal dress without having to have the hair completely restyled again for the easy-going bride.
Vaishali Shah of Ananya Cards says: For the stationery, we wanted to convey understated elegance while still keeping the visuals fresh and summery. We created menus, place cards, table numbers, and an invitation suite inspired by the richness of nature. The tropical foliage designs add a deep green undertone and are versatile enough to be paired with either muted hues or brighter palettes, depending on the season. This trend for botanical illustrations that bring the outside it has been very popular this year, and we don’t see it fading anytime soon. We chose a combination of two chic, classic fonts – one more ornate in gold to highlight the important names, while the other is a contemporary typeface perfect for the details. The contrast with the bold florals makes this ideal for a couple wanting to wow their guests with a look as stylish as it is unique.
Sophie Griffiths of Idyllic Days says: Playing around with colour is one of the highlights of joining a shoot. It is all too easy to throw more colour at colour but adding a cooling base helps to showcase bold florals. I had my eye on the Indigo blue linens from Just4linen for some time and loved using it as a base for the table. The beautiful greens from the botanical silk runner harmonised with the blue whilst the floral tropical influence hung perfectly above the tablescape. Combining with rich golds with a current sharp edge design of the chargers and gold cutlery gave the whole look a contemporary feel, which was definitely the order of the day. Hints of twinkly candlelight and golds accents were scattered along the centre in Terrariums. I adore the little tabletop easels nestled in amongst the folds of the fabric. Matching chair silks hung perfectly, fixed with delicate silk ribbon finished the look!
Such a beautifully executed shoot and great advice to get you inspired.
Venue: Penton Park / https://www.pentonpark.co.uk/
Coordinator: Radhika and You https://radhikaandyou.com/
Photography: Soul Photography UK http://soulphotography.uk.com/
2nd Photographer: Katie Mortimore Photography https://katiemortimore.com/
Florist: Judith Searles: https://www.judetheflorist.co.uk/
Makeup Artist: Raj Basi Makeup / http://rajbasi.co.uk/
Hairstylist Lisa Griffiths http://www.weddinghairandmakeupbylisa.co.uk/
Cake: Peboryon / http://www.peboryon.com/
Stationery: Ananya Cards / https://www.ananyacards.com/
Model (Bride) Prabs Hunjan
Model (groom) Harry N May
Asian Attire (Bride) https://nimsboutique.com/
Asian Attire (Groom) same as above
Accessories & Shoes Same as above
Chair hire http://www.purpledoorprops.com/
Design & Styling and prop hire http://www.idyllicdays.com/
Favours: Moon Archway Wild and Wonder events: http://www.wildandwonderevents.co.uk/