Lauren and Raj planned a contemporary fusion of Indian and English wedding traditions
Lauren Gamlin, a branding manager, and Rajinder Bansal, owner of a nightlife events business, both 28, were married at Sezincote House and Gardens in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.
Raj and I met at university before getting together in our final year. One year on my birthday, Raj arranged a treasure hunt in our flat, and at the end I found an empty ring box – I turned around and he was on one knee!
Our theme was a contemporary fusion of Indian and English cultures, with plenty of bold, bright colours. The main hues we went for were pink, coral, gold and jade green, although others crept in too. We spent ages trying to find a venue – given our mixed backgrounds, we had a lot of criteria to meet.
We wanted something in the countryside, close to my hometown Gloucester, but with a nod to Raj’s Indian heritage. We also needed a venue that could cater for our 250 guests. Luckily, Sezincote House ticked all the boxes.
I spent a long time looking for the perfect dress – in the end I opted for one by Augusta Jones and added a belt by Stewart Parvin to add some detail and a bit of sparkle. I also had a bespoke Indian outfit made for the evening – the detail was incredible and I loved it.
We used a real mix of flowers, as we wanted an abundance of colour. We kept the clothing simple; I wore white, the groomsmen wore all black and my bridesmaids were in charcoal grey, so the flowers brought both the wedding party and reception décor to life.
The venue itself was covered with greenery and flowers, so we wanted our blooms to complement that. The flowers were displayed in a variety of different jugs and vases were also a key feature of our decorations.
Raj and I both like spicy food, so our favours were all chilli themed. We had homemade chilli chocolates, chilli jam and chilli vodka, and even the children had chilli sweets. We also hired a Tuk Tuk to take guests around the grounds and a photo booth for the reception to keep everyone entertained.
My favourite moment of the day was the party in the evening. I loved that our friends and family were up on the dance floor enjoying the bhangra music, and our Indian family were showing everyone how to dance. Raj’s speech also made me laugh. As always he was unprepared and left his speech at home – but he had everyone laughing anyway!
The weather went completely wrong – we spent ages planning a beautiful outdoor wedding, only for it to pour down with rain and thunderstorm. The sun eventually did come out and I was fortunately able to walk down the outdoor aisle with the sun shining.
My tip for brides-to-be: Enjoy the planning. I would love to plan my wedding over again! And don’t forget to ask your family and friends for help.
Steal their style!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tobiah & Laura Tayo FLORIST: Eve Lily VENUE: Sezincote House & Garden () DRESS AND BELT: Augusta Jones and Stewart Parvin at The White Room INDIAN OUTFIT: Sonas Couture GROOMSWEAR: French Connection CAKE: Anna Tyler