Riya and Richard tied the knot in a flower-filled celebration with a twist of vintage glamour
Riya Patel, a curator, and Richard Brindle, an architect, both 31, exchanged their vows and held their reception at Northbrook Park, Surrey.
Richard and I met at university and later got engaged on Camber Sands beach on January 2nd 2015, which was our five year anniversary.
We had a civil and Hindu wedding on the day as we wanted something that would reflect both of our cultures. The look was understated (Indian weddings can get quite glitzy!) with some vintage glamour and style. We wanted a mix of rustic English country garden and an Indian Summers style outdoor party – something classic with an exotic spin.
Northbrook Park impressed both of us thanks to the staff and the rooms that the ceremonies would take place in. We’re both from design backgrounds, so the character of the rooms really mattered to us – and the beautiful peacocks that live on the estate were also a bonus!
Our florist, JenniBloom, designed a beautiful scheme that would suit our 'fusion wedding'. She mixed scented florals such as garden roses, peonies, stocks, ranunculus, foxglove, jasmine buds and foliage, eucalyptus and seasonal foliage. The bright colour scheme of coral, apricot and peach tied the civil and Hindu wedding together perfectly.
I have always loved flowers, so I wanted a wedding with lush blooms and a garden setting. Fresh flowers are also hugely important in the Hindu ceremony. Jenni created a gorgeous arrangement to adorn the Mandap (sacred altar) under where it all takes place.
The night before the wedding my mum, my sister and I stayed up stringing jasmine, roses and carnations together to make the garlands for the Indian ceremony, and a few hanging decorations for the venue with the leftovers. This is a traditional part of an Indian wedding and the smell of the jasmine was just incredible.
One highlight for me was just being on the dancefloor surrounded by happy faces and all the people we love. It was a part of the day when we could finally relax and get to partying with our friends, which is much more our comfort zone than being the centre of attention!
It actually rained in the afternoon and evening – so it was more Monsoon Wedding than Indian Summer! Preeti, our brilliant caterer, made the decision to set up the pre-dinner cocktails in the Vine Room, rather than the gardens.
However, this worked out perfectly as our florist’s beautiful mantelpiece flowers got to be appreciated by all of the evening guests.
We left the party with a sparkler exit around 12, and got to bed around one or 2am. I wanted to discuss every detail of the day, but Rich was ready to collapse!
My tip for brides-to-be: Don’t fuss about the things you can’t control (like the weather!). As long as you have the main things in place, it easily comes together on the day. You’ll be so overwhelmed by all the love and the bigger picture that you’ll soon forget whatever you were worrying about.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Lemonade Pictures FLORIST: JenniBloom Flowers VENUE: Northbrook Park PLANNER & CATERING: Preeti Catering MARQUEE: Arabian Tent Company DRESS: Catherine Deane HEADPIECE: Zara GROOMSWEAR: Suit, Paul Smith and accessories Reiss CAKE: Little Bear Cakery DHOL: The Dhol Company Hair and make-up: Blow Ltd