Today’s couple are both from London but from different cultures, Sheila is from an Indian family and Eugene has a Chinese parentage. They first met when Sheila attended one of Eugene’s kickboxing classes. Shortly after that, he plucked up the courage to ask her out and they have been together ever since. Eugene planned a surprise proposal at China Tang at the Dorchester on Sheila’s birthday where the Engagement ring was presented on a sugar candy structure along with her Chocolate Brownie!
The wedding day began with a traditional Hindu ceremony known as the Vivaah Sanskar. It was held on a mandap in the grounds of the elegant Hunton Park Hotel, Kings Langley on 16th August 2015. Sheila donned a gorgeous gold lengha that co-ordinated with Eugene’s 3 piece suit. The ceremony was followed by an outdoor wedding breakfast in the beautiful sunny weather. While the guests enjoyed the party, the newly-weds slipped away and prepared for Part Two of their nuptials. Sheila was transformed into a sleek, modern bride in a sparkling strapless gown and amazing rose gold Converse, while the groom looked picture perfect in his Hugo Boss suit. They held their simple but stylish civil ceremony in the Orangery, and after a late-afternoon photo session, the speeches commenced and the party began.
Wedding Planning Obstacles
The year before, Sheila suddenly lost the use of her legs but was determined to walk up the aisle without her cane. She has been very courageous and has had Eugene (aka Her Rock) supporting her all the way. They even recorded a special rendition of them both dancing (from Dirty Dancing movie) which was shown at the reception to great applause.
Is it harder to plan a wedding when the couples are from different faiths/culture etc
“It can be a challenge but it can be eased and fun getting creative with the order of the day, the outfits, venue and food… not to mention ‘ think outside of the box'”.
Advice to give to other multicultural couples
“Listen to what each of you hope for the day and make the day about both of you, not just the bride. Be open to compromise, remain open minded and embrace creativity.”