This wedding is one of my favourites on the blog for a number of reasons. One being that I’ve recently shared the story of Sim and Sam and their Love Conquers All story. You can read about how their wedding was cancelled the night before the big day and for unjustified reasons. Another because their wedding was shot by my friend Priya from SORRISO weddings and portraits and it’s her first time being featured on the blog and it won’t be the last!
Sim and Sam were set to marry in a intimate (17 people) civil ceremony at the beginning of May and then 3 weeks later have a religious Sikh wedding at a Gurdwara based in Birmingham, with 400 guests!
The couple wed in a lovely intimate civil ceremony at the beautiful Ringwood Hall Hotel based in Derbyshire. Ringwood Hall, a grade II listed Georgian Manor House that is full of character, just beautiful!
The night before Sam and Sim’s Sikh wedding, Sim’s family held a traditional “Pre-Wedding Party”. This party involves various traditions being carried out, which symbolises that the Bride’s family are getting the Bride ready for her new journey as a married woman. Gifts are exchanged, the Bride is “cleansed” and the guests sing and dance for the happy occasion that is to unfold the following day. The party was so much fun and such a happy occasion that what was about to ensue was not at all expected.
“We decided we wanted to have an intimate civil ceremony in Derbyshire as that’s where Sam’s family live and where Sam grew up. We had our ceremony in Ringwood Hall with our immediate families of 17 guests. The religious ceremony was planned to include all our family and friends – a total of about 400 people.”
“The planning wasn’t too bad really, mostly peaks of stress but overall it was made easier and more enjoyable because we used people we knew – so the cake, the flowers, the photography and menhdi were all done by friends or family of friends. It was really important to keep it close so that we could have creative control, because who’s better to take your photos than someone you know, right? In hindsight I really enjoyed the wedding planning – for both ceremonies.”
I absolutely adore the details from this wedding. From Sim’s bridal wear to Sam’s sherwani and how they were able to have two ceremonies. With these beautiful photographs, comes a deeper love story and the unfortunate events this couple had to go through. Make sure you read about their love conquers all story and how they overcame the cancellation of their wedding.