Sheetal and Thomas, both 30, became more than just neighbours when Tom did the rounds introducing himself at their apartment block.
Twelve years later, the London couple wed at their cultural wedding in front of 100 guests. Their ceremony (times two) and reception at Bartholomew Barn in West Sussex had the “wow factor,” according to the bride. “We were greedy and had two ceremonies, to respect both of our cultures,” she says. “Our civil ceremony at midday was small but beautiful with only a handful of special guests, located in the courtyard of our barn venue.”
A second, Hindu, ceremony followed outdoors under a gazebo. “We wanted our guests to see something different,” Sheetal explains. “The sitar-and-tabla duo helped create the relaxed Indian atmosphere.” The guests even sang along accompanied by our friend and guitarist!”
But they were not the only one to show off their musical talents, with Sheetal also breaking out in song at the reception, singling Lovely Day by Bill Withers with the help of her closest friends. “It wasn’t the best rendition on account of me, but it was loved by the guests,” smiles the bride.
Photos courtesy of Jakie Photography.
Sheetal added a touch of sparkle with these gorgeous bow court heels.
The groom sourced his suit from formal wear specialists Burton Men’s Wear. “Tom was looking for a teal green suit, and this high street store provided an attractive and affordable one,” says the bride.
The traditional Hindu ceremony was a real treat for guests.
“The wedding day… WOW! We couldn’t believe how amazing it was,” reflects Sheetal. This photo says it all.
Sheetal’s stunning hairpiece was an understated alternative to a veil.
“Many people declared that our wedding was the best they had been to,” beams the bride.
Bomboniere: DIY / Brides Accessories: eBay, Family heirloom / Brides Gown: Desi Bride, eBay / Brides Shoes: ASOS / Bridesmaids Accessories: Various / Bridesmaids Dresses: Very / Cake: A friend / Caterer: Good Taste Catering / Celebrant: West Sussex registration office / Ceremony Music: Playlist / Entertainment: A friend, The Audio, Sitar and Tabla duo / Flowers: Lavender Fields, The Flower Shop / Gift Registry: Honeyfund / Grooms Attire: Burton Men's Wear / Grooms Shoes: Burton Men's Wear / Groomsmen Attire: Burton Men's Wear / Groomsmen Shoes: Burton Men's Wear / Hair: Alicia Sandeman Makeup Artists and Academy / Honeymoon: India / Invitations: Hand made / Makeup: Alicia Sandeman Makeup Artists and Academy / Photographer: Jakie Photography / Venue: Bartholomew Barn / Wedding Night Venue: The Badger's Inn