Today I have the wedding of Cala and Sohail, they are both from Greater Manchester and first met at work. Sohail is Muslim, and Cala is a Muslim convert, she was a Christian. The proposal was a romantic, afternoon tea overlooking Lake windermere at the Fabulous Holbeck Ghyll in the Lakedistrict. The waiter brought Cala’s ring on a tray with rose petals and chocolates. What more could a woman ask for? Diamonds and chocolates together!
It’s quite common for South Asian weddings to last about 3 days and so naturally they had 3 weddings. Their Nikkah which is the religious Muslim ceremony, was performed by the Imamn from the Local Mosque, was an intimate ceremony. It was at Sohail’s mother and brother’s house in Bolton with immediate family only. This was followed by a celebratory meal at Al Maidah in Manchester, the theme for this was peach and gold.
A week later was the Walima Wedding celebration of the muslim marriage the week before with friends and family. This was a big occasion (75 People) with the venue being at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield. The theme was Regal Indian style meets Quintessential English! Themes were blush pinks, and Pastel Greens and gold and Lots of Flowers! The religious ceremony had take place a week before so this was a big celebration to bring both families together for the first time.
The last wedding was a smaller a Civil Ceremony At the Holbeck Ghyll in the Lakedistrict (28 People). The place of the proposal 🙂 Theme was Lilacs, purple and Navy, rustic themed. Over to Cala to tell us more about her favourite parts of the day.
Our favourite part of the day (Capesthorne) was Everything!!! It was a perfect day, the sun shone, everything went as it was planned, the food was perfect, the families blended beautifully, everyone was happy and the men even played fooltball in their wedding suits! the ice-cream cart was a total hit, the garden games kept the children occupied and I married my best friend 🙂
The easiest part of the wedding to plan was the food! We had a celebrator caterer to the starts Payal, who specialise in these types of events and are used to preparing exquisite halal food. The food tasting was the best and the menu was easy to agree as it was so good!
It is much harder to plan a wedding when there are families from 2 different cultures and religions, the hardest part was trying to stay true to both cultures but trying to blend them into one cohesive day that did not favourite either one of the other culture or religion. Ours turned out to be a perfect blend of the 2 with both families saying what a fantastic day it was and how different it was from the weddings they had previously attended.
The biggest piece of advice I would give to couples be respectful of each others traditions and try to include the family as much as possible in preparations but remember its your day!
Photographer: Shane Webber Photography
Dress Store: Alankar Sarees
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Alankhar
Floral Designer: Artisan House of Flowers
Event Venue: Capesthorne Hall
Jewelry: Kyles Collection London
Musicians: Solo Players String Quartet
Cake Designer: The Walkden Cake Company
Caterer: Tilleymints Ice Cream Bike
Submitted via Two Bright Lights