It’s always fun when you get to share weddings from wedding photographers, who you can call your friends. Priya from SORRISO Weddings and Portraits, has been shared on the blog before. Remember Sim and Sam’s wedding features – part one and two? Oh and maybe you’ll notice that all the photography of me *blushes* was shot by Priya. So when she mentioned she had another multicultural wedding, naturally I jumped at the chance to share this with you.
Jamie and Poonam got married at Pendrell Hall on 16th August 2016. Jamie, a Catholic guy, is from Coventry born and bred (where I was born!) and Poonam, a Sikh girl, is from Solihull (Birmingham area). They first met at work when Poonam started working at Adecco in September 2010 and was on Jamie’s team. Jamie was a team leader on the team. It took about two weeks for Jamie to come and talk to Poonam but when he did they hit it off. Jamie obviously used his charm and made Poonam laugh so much over his bet bad jokes – by December they started dating officially.
Poonam had no idea of what was going to happen. Jamie was very secretive but hid it very well. He spoke to Poonam’s mum – Ram – for her hand in marriage.. Ram is very bad at keeping secrets but did so well to not tell Poonam. He went out and chose the ring himself and was not far off from the right size too! Jamie and Poonam originally booked a trip down to London around December time to celebrate their 4 year anniversary.
They went to Covent Garden (a place they love) and he took her outside the restaurant they went to on their one year anniversary to reminisce on that day. When she turned around he was on one knee in the street in front of everyone with the ring box held out and asked Poonam to marry him! After all the shock and saying is this real she finally said yes! And then everyone clapped and cheered in the street.
Over to Poonam to tell us about their big day…
This was the third place we tried, Pendrell Hall, Jamie’s mum Diane found this place. The pictures on the website do not do the place any justice. But when you drive up to the place your breath is just taken away. Walking into the place was just wow. I think I said wow the whole way through. I think Diane and Jamie knew before me that this was the place I love. It was simple but elegant and did not need to be dressed up at all. The place was simply amazing and I would do it all over again at the same place with no changes.
Dress 1, the morning dress, was from Wed2Be. I wanted something different and looked for so many things but nothing fitted together. With the stress to look like a bride and not a guest at the wedding I had to definitely go for an actually wedding dress. Due to spending so much on my second outfit I tired to spend the bare minimum on this outfit as my mum was paying for it. The dress was a lace open back at the top and a tulle kind of dress at the bottom and was under £500.
Dress 2, the evening dress, was from Soltee on soho road in Birmingham. I chose my own colours and had this custom made in India and courier to England. The outfit cost just under £2k and was paid for by my gran and my uncles.
The Groom’s outfit
The groom chose a blue suit from Next with grey waistcoat and pocket watches, with a champagne yellow tie.
Groomsmen & bridesmaids outfit and accessory details
The groomsmen were dressed like Jamie. I didn’t have any bridesmaids but had some flower girls who walked down with sunflowers which Simarjeet (maid of honour) made. The flower girls were 3 of my nieces (Mya – 10, Mahi – 5 and Alana – 1) and two of Jamie’s nieces (Maya – 3 and Imogen – 5). My nephew Ethan (11 years old) had to walk with Alana because she was just walking. All girls wore white dresses purchased by their parents.
Wedding theme or colours if any
Since it was a summer wedding I wanted to make sure it was any bright colours but my favourite was yellow, there was no other theme.
Food and catering (including drinks)
Apart from the beers I provided, all other alcohol was provided by the venue, Jenkinsons. They accommodated to our needs and they made the best ever Eton mess for dessert and our favourite cocktail – Raspberry daiquiri.
We has one of the Ashmore Brothers playing for the ceremony and drinks Reception who was great. We had a magician during the meal who wowed the crowd and kept them entertained after the meal while I changed outfits. He was amazing. We saw him at our tasting day at Pendrell Hall and knew we wanted to book him and the same with the Ashmore Brothers as well! In the evening we had DJ Sunny Jagpal who was a really good DJ and infused the music so well so we had a balance from both sides.
The table flowers were provided by Fairytale Flowers while Simarjeet (my maid of honour) did my bouquet and the kids sunflower Wands.
The ceremony and traditions (if any)
On the day we only had the standard civil ceremony. However, days before the wedding, we had a jago ceremony and did the mehendi. It was partly for my mum because every Mum wants to do these traditions for her daughters!
Favourite part of the day
Our first dance. I think I sang every word of it! it didn’t feel like we were centre of attention it just felt like it was just the two of us.
Easiest part of wedding planning
I did feel most of the wedding plan was easy. The difficult part was who we invited. As you know Indian weddings are ALWAYS in the 100s and I didn’t want to upset my mum or my bibi so we invited our immediate family (still over 50) and then in the evening a lot more of our friends and some more of the family were invited.
Hardest part of wedding planning
The wedding day ran so smoothly I don’t think there was any hard parts. I feel like the part I struggled with was not to cry… after I got over the first huddle of seeing the flower girls walk down the aisle I think I gained more confidence which took away the tears!
Is it harder to plan a wedding when the couples are from different faiths/culture etc
It is harder… you have to try and fit in both traditions (traditional white wedding dress/traditional Indian wedding dress). However, both families are very laid back and down to earth and they helped make the planning and preparation a lot more easier then we could imagine.
Advice to give to other multicultural couples
Don’t dread the planning, don’t stress about trying to get all the traditions in, stick with what you believe in and what is close to your heart.. I believe it is what makes up one of the best days of your life.
Photography: SORRISO Weddings and Portraits
Shoes: Kurt Keiger
White Dress: Wed2Be
Red/Pink Dress: Soltee
Choora and Jewellery: Sharon’s Couture
Hair and makeup: Parveen K Sidhu
Groom’s outfit: Next
Band: Ashmore Brothers
DJ: DJ Sunny Jagpal
Venue: Pendrell Hall
Flower Arrangements for Tables: Fairytale Flowers
Bouquet & Sunflower Wands – Simarjeet Kaur