Pritesh grew up in Birmingham and Katie grew up in Kenilworth so their paths only crossed when they worked together at the same hospital for a year, back in 2009. Katie was working as a nurse while Pritesh was a doctor on rotation on the ward that Katie was working on.
The proposal took place on Christmas Eve in 2013. Katie came home from work to ‘Katie will you marry me’ written in tea lights in their lounge. Pritesh had planned to do this outside but the weather put a stop to that! Over to Katie to tell you all about planning their fusion wedding with all the details:
“We started planning our wedding in January 2014. We went to look at Coombe Abbey and instantly fell in love with it. We provisionally booked a date straight away we wanted a day that would be warm so we went May (2015) as they had a date available.
I wanted a traditional white wedding and Pritesh wanted a Hindu ceremony so we decided to do both on the same day as we had seen it had worked well for others.
It was hard to plan as it was like planning two weddings in one day but we didn’t want to spread it over separate days due people taking time off etc.
We loved planning our wedding and particularly enjoyed getting our outfits for both ceremonies. It was very new and exciting to me. My mum and sister both wore sarees for the Hindu ceremony which they both loved as they had never worn one before. Lots of my family and friends had never experienced an Indian wedding before so we’re all very excited about it.
The hardest part of planning our wedding was cultural differences affecting people’s views on how our marriage would work, some people did not attend our wedding for this reason.
Fireworks were a surprise for us both as the best men organised it so we weren’t expecting them, it was a perfect way to end a perfect day.
Lisa our photographer was so lovely to work with, she captured our day perfectly and our photos were everything we hoped for and more. We still love looking over our wedding photos now.
Favourite part of the day was the reception, food was amazing and we had a free bar so the drinks flowed and there was some great dancing. The DJ did a mixture of both English and Asian music which got everyone up dancing the night away.
Our tip to any future couples is to do it your way and try to enjoy the planning, and remember you can’t please everyone so do what pleases you!”
Photography: Lisa Carpenter
Venue: Coombe Abbey
Dress Kenneth Winston
Bridal Shoes: Steve Madden
Grooms suit: Kenneth Cole
Grooms shoes: Hudson
Bridesmaids dresses: John lewis bridal range
Brides jewellery: Shefali
Bridesmaids jewellery: Swavoroski
Indian outfits made to measure – Soho road shop Birmingham
Flowers: Michelles Flowers
Wedding favours: The Cookie company
DJ: Cloud nine
Fireworks: Coombe Abbey
Catering: Mahirs Experience
Brides car: Rolls Royce phantom hired from Finishing Touch Cars
Bridesmaids car: Crysler limousine from Finishing Touch Cars
Grooms car: Ferrari California (private hire)