I was born and grew up in Amsterdam, where my parents still live, so I always spend Christmas there. Rav often can’t get much time off over Christmas, but he surprised me by flying out one Christmas Eve. I went into the kitchen and there he was. I was thrilled enough that we would spend Christmas together, but then a moment later he proposed! It was a wonderful surprise!

 

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THE DRESS

I saw a one-off vintage dress on Pinterest and set out to find something similar. My sister spotted my dress in Monsoon. It was off-white, embellished with beautiful beading and nicely fitted with a small train. I loved it – it was perfect for my figure and made me feel very comfortable.

THE ACCESSORIES

I’m not a huge jewellery person so I kept things simple, opting for small stud earrings and a blue bracelet. My Carrie Bradshaw Manolo Blahnik shoes were also blue and featured jewels on the front. I wanted blue to match Rav’s suit and to embrace my Dutch heritage.

THE GROOM

Rav’s blue suit was custom made for him by Julien Trivedi in Leicester. He looked handsome and so happy. The first thing he said to me was “you look beautiful” and I said the same to him.

 

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WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF THE CEREMONY?

We wrote our own personal vows to make to each other. The funny thing is that they were extremely alike, even though we hadn’t written them together or even shown each other before the big day!

 

WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST?

Melon and ham was the starter, with duck breast and fondant potatoes for the main and Eton mess and cheeseboards for dessert. A Bollywood pianist, Trish Darji, played during the breakfast. It created a lovely atmosphere.

 

INSPIRATION

With Rav being Sikh and my English and Dutch heritage, we chose to have a blue and orange wedding theme for our decorations, stationery and flowers.

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RECEPTION DECORATION

Eve Lilly decorated the wedding venue. We wanted loads of flowers and foliage everywhere to make the venue look stunning. We also added blue chair sashes and table runners, teamed with orange accents. We had large S & R letters on the mantelpiece beside the cake.

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THE FLOWERS

Eve Lilly sourced the flowers for us, but after the wedding we donated them all to the local LOROS care home – we didn’t want them to be thrown away and it was nice to hear that they brightened up the home and the residents enjoyed them.

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THE CAKE

Like many of our suppliers, we met Helen Alborn at our venue, The City Rooms’ wedding fair. We both don’t like too much icing on cakes and with it being a summer wedding,
a naked cake seemed the perfect option for us. We had coconut and mango, lemon and blueberry, vanilla with raspberry and white chocolate and orange layers. The cake was decorated in blue and orange edible flowers and lots of fresh fruit.

 

THE STATIONERY

Another wedding fair find, we chose Tickled Pink to design our beautiful blue and orange wedding stationery.

 

THE FAVOURS

My mum sourced miniature pairs of porcelain Dutch clogs to give out as favours.

 

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THE ENTERTAINMENT

Sanj from Ace Sounds was our DJ for the night, playing a mix of current hits and Indian music so there was something for everyone. He also found us a Dhol drummer who played as we entered the reception dancing. Everyone loved it!

 

THE HONEYMOON

We honeymooned in Cape Verde, relaxing by the beach, touring the island by Catamaran and quad biking around the island to explore it a little more.

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MEMORABLE MOMENT

After the ceremony we were taken by rickshaw, hired from Nottingham TukTuks, to Castle Gardens for outdoor photography. The drive around the city centre and the photos were absolutely fantastic!

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BEST IDEA

Franky ‘The Wedding Reporter’ joined us for the day – jotting down everything that happened and then writing it up for us after the wedding. It’s a lovely idea and we can’t wait to sit down together and read our wedding day report!

 

VENUE The City Rooms Leicester | DRESS Monsoon GROOM Julien Trivedi | SHOES Manolo Blahnik | MAKEUP Emma Farthing | DECOR Eve Lilly | CAKE Helen Alborn Cakes | STATIONERY Tickled Pink | TRANSPORT Nottingham TukTuks | ENTERTAINMENT Sanj from Ace Sounds | PHOTOGRAPHY Craig Hickey Photography

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