Hemant’s original plan to propose in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti whilst on a safari holiday had to be altered slightly as they lost their luggage! Lucy and Hemant stopped in Istanbul for a few days on the way back and, whilst enjoying a meal overlooking the Bosphorous river, he decided to take this opportunity to go down on one knee.
“It was perfect, we both cried!”
Once they were back, the first thing they wanted to book was a venue. Lucy and Hemant sat and discussed what kind of wedding they both wanted, agreeing that they didn’t want a religious ceremony and would love a venue that could accommodate the whole day in one place.
They also wanted an informal and rustic feel to the day and decided that the flexibility to choose suppliers was crucial as they were keen to have authentic Indian food.
After hours of internet searching, Lucy and Hemant narrowed down their options to two potential venues. They came to visit Heaton House Farm and fell in love.
“As Heaton House host literally hundreds of weddings a year we knew we would have the confidence that they would ensure the day ran smoothly. So, after our first visit our minds were pretty much made up!”
Agreeing on a date, Lucy and Hemant confirmed their booking and started the planning process with the assistance of Lucy’s excel spreadsheet!
Whilst browsing tie the knot, Lucy accidentally discovered a perfect colour scheme. After seeing a few examples of the colours together, she fell in love with the combination of mint green, silver and black.
Having decided on a colour palette, Lucy could begin searching for venue decoration. Qube Events helped the couple achieve their desired style and provided beautiful paper lanterns for Steele’s Barn.
Lucy and Hemant styled the centrepieces themselves with items hired from Heaton House and purchased from Etsy; they placed a fishbowl vase containing pebbles and flowers on top of a mirror with birdcages, tealights and flower petals scattered around the table.
Spending hours on Pinterest in the run up to the wedding, Lucy was inspired to get crafty! She created the order of service from an old pallet that she painted in her theme colours and wrote song titles representing the different parts of the day such as ‘Marry That Girl’ and ‘Champagne Supernova’.
Once the décor was sorted, Lucy began searching for her dress. She had a rough idea of the kind of dress she wanted but ended up with two very different final contenders. One was a classic ivory dress with a simple bodice and A-line skirt and the other was a white, champagne fit dress with incredibly detailed embroidery.
Lucy took it to a vote with a group of her friends and it was a unanimous vote…
A beautiful white dress with a sweetheart neckline and delicate embroidery with elegant lace straps to cover Lucy’s shoulder for the ceremony was voted the winner.
“I am so happy I went with it, I felt like a million dollars.”
She paired it with a simple veil with teardrop jewels at the end and a classic silver tiara headband which finished the look perfectly.
Ensuring the bridesmaids matched the theme, Lucy chose two mint green asymmetric, floor length dresses and a silver, knee length dress from ASOS. They all looked brilliant and it tied the colour scheme together effortlessly.
Lucy also had to help Hemant to pick his suit. He wanted something a bit different, so they picked out a grey and white suit with a subtle chequered pattern. Hemant teamed it with a pair of smart brown shoes, a pearl tie pin, aqua cufflinks and a handmade buttonhole.
One of the most important aspects of their day was the food so they took time to make sure they picked a caterer who could produce a menu that reflected the true Indian cuisine they wanted.
They chose Coriander Group and did two tasting sessions to create their perfect menu which included a specially made dish requested by Hemant’s mother.
With everything organised, Lucy and Hemant were ready for their big day.
Lucy, and her father who was wearing a traditional kilt, looked brilliant as they walked up the aisle in the Oak Barn to ‘Ice Dance’ by Edward Scissorhands.
Lucy and Hemant’s ceremony was perfect as they exchanged vows that they had written themselves; there was a lot of laughter and a few tears!
Walking back down the aisle as a married couple, ‘Friday I’m in Love’ by The Cure played which was the perfect song for their Friday wedding!
Mr and Mrs Patel walked in to the Reception and Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Always Waiting’ was playing which was a huge surprise for Lucy! Hemant had arranged for this song to play as it was one of the first songs they listened to when they started dating in 2012.
Thanks to the superb weather, everyone headed straight outside with their prosecco and enjoyed canapes in the sun.
Everyone made their way to the tables and waited for the entrance of Lucy and Hemant; the newly married couple walked in to a huge round of applause and looked over the moon to see how everything had come together.
They settled down to enjoy their authentic Indian cuisine followed by the speeches which had everyone in stitches!
With the speeches over, it was time for all the guests to head to the bar so the party could start!
Lucy and Hemant took to the stage to cut the cake and perform their first dance. They found it difficult to choose the right song for their first dance, but after some deliberation, they chose ‘It Must Be Love’ by Madness.
They felt like the lyrics really encompassed what it felt like to be in love and thought the upbeat tempo would be easy to dance to!
Lucy and Hemant chose spicy fish and chips and had a Dosa stall, a type of Indian pancake, for their evening food which was a huge success with all their guests.
Lucy had been particularly thoughtful about her choice of evening music as she was afraid that nobody would be up on the dancefloor. She hired Happy Hour to do three sets: 60’s, 80’s and 90’s Britpop. This was a brilliant decision as there was something for everyone and their rendition of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’perfectly ended an amazing set.
They provided the DJ with a list of songs to play once the band had finished and Hemant’s friend, who is also a DJ, did an exceptional Bhangra set which had everybody up and dancing!
The videos taken of the dancefloor after 9 O’clock looked as if the guests were all at a nightclub which is exactly what Lucy and Hemant wanted.
After a beautiful day, the night ended on a high with shots all round!
Lucy’s Memorable Moment
“I think it was our vows; we wrote our own and even though we had told each other what they were, standing in front of each other and saying them was a huge moment and you could feel the emotion in the air. I am so glad we wrote our own rather than using snippets of existing vows, there really is nothing more special and intimate. Hem got quite tearful, I somehow managed to hold it together (just…).”
Advice for future couples
Lucy encourages couples to write their own vows – she says you will be so happy you did!
“Never let wedding planning become a chore, we did some bits at the start then had acouple of months where we did nothing. Give yourself time to really enjoy the whole planning process so it’s not a rush. I really miss it!”
What did Hemant think?
“Just enjoy the day – even if things don’t go to plan, it doesn’t matter.”
Suppliers who made their day:
|Bride’s Dress||Confetti Box|
|Groom’s Outfit||King & Allen|
|Flowers||Etsy, homemade, Qube events|
|Wedding Cake||Alpa (of ‘Simply Alpa’), Hem’s cousin|
|Wedding Hair||Rina O’Carroll|
|Wedding Make-Up||Rina O’Carroll|
|Evening Entertainment||Happy Hour|