Starting the week, we have a wedding planned by Louise Perry Weddings who tells us all about planning Rohit and Alice’s big day. This wedding took place at the brides parents home, near Milton Keynes in a stunning marquee by their lake. Alice is Christian and Rohit is Hindu so they incorporated both faiths in the ceremony.
The couple met at a bus stop in London and Rohit had the courage to ask Alice out, he didn’t honestly think she would have a second date with him after the first but they did and that led onto more dates and the enjoyed eating our together. The proposal came at the house in the summerhouse by the lake and Rohit managed to rope everyone into the surprise proposal.
The brides stunning dress came from Charmi Creations and she opted for an Indian style dress, but the flowers for the ceremony were very English garden, soft blushes, whites and lots of texture.
This took part in the great hall of the family home and started with the grooms family being traditionally greeted at the door and exchanging scarves, giving many hugs and the exchanging of gifts. All guests were then asked to take their seat for the Christian blessing. As is tradition, the brides father gave her away and the marriage followed Christian tradition, the couple saying vows and exchanging rings.
Guests remained whilst we set up for the Hindu blessing, a fire pit was brought in and the music style changed to Bollywood. The bride was then accompanied back in by close male members of her family. This time the blessing followed Hindu traditional, walking around the fire pit, eating sweets and then the guests made their way down to the marquee for drinks.
The marquee was bright colours, draping and the most amazing trees built in the marquee. Saris on the tables and an Indian banquet for the guests. A total contrast in style to the ceremony colours in the main house.
We had dohl drummers play the couple down to the marquee and into dinner, they also played music during the drinks reception and then for the evening we had an amazing 80’s tribute band.
The hardest part of the planning was blending the two ceremonies, whilst still being true to both faiths, I think we achieved that. Weddings that are interfaith do provide challenges but all can be overcome if you are sensitive to both faiths and cultures and not only incorporate this into any ceremonies or blessings but pay attention to the details right the way through the planning and styling.
That is also my advice, to be sensitive and to remember half of the guests won’t understand some of the things that are going on during the ceremonies, so I would always have an order of service, that explains what is happening.
Planner: Louise Perry Weddings
Photographer: Robin Ball Photography
Flowers: Blooms and bows
Dohl Drummers: Masters of dohl
Caterers: Passion for food
Marquee: Countryside marquees
Make up: Ariane Poole
Video: Summerhouse Media
Hair: Coral Maclaughlan
Preist: Haresh Dave