Arpita and Ian organised their wedding in just five months, which was even more impressive considering they crammed three events into one day – a civil ceremony, Hindu wedding and reception. Arpita explains, “Most people spread the civil and the Hindu weddings over at least two days but, because we belong to different religious backgrounds, we thought it might make one day seem bigger or more important than the other so we kept it all on one day. Plus, we didn't have to decide on a date for our wedding anniversary!”
The couple loved Ragley Hall as soon as they laid eyes on it, and discovered that it would be the perfect venue for their three events. “It had separate rooms for the civil wedding and Hindu ceremony, and space outdoors for a marquee reception.” Arpita and Ian chose a royal blue theme for their civil wedding to complement the rich reds and golds of the venue's Red Saloon room. Their Hindu marriage, which took place in the Great Hall, was a feast for the eyes with an abundance of breathtaking colour. Arpita recalls, “We wanted an elegant, sophisticated day that would stand out, so we spent a lot of time and effort on getting the small details right. There was a lot to think about and it was stressful at times, but it was worth it in the end.” Here, Arpita explains how it all came together…
I had three different make-up looks for the day. My civil ceremony make-up was quite natural, with nude lips and light eye make-up and lashes.
My bouquet was elegant, with yellow nutans, white roses, crystal blush calla lilies and three peacock feathers.
I am Bengali so I wore a traditional red banarasi sari for the Hindu ceremony, which we bought in India. It was very beautiful and heavily embroidered with zardosi.
My favourite memory from the day was entering the Great Hall for the Hindu ceremony, carried aloft by four male family members. It was a truly grand entrance!
Our photographer, Clive Blair, was exceptionally good and very professional.
My favourite outfit was the lengha I wore for the reception. It was bold and beautiful. I managed to find a matching turquoise necklace, earrings and head tikka.
I'm a chocoholic so a chocolate cake was an absolute must.
My parents organised a spectacular firework display as a surprise. It lasted for around 12 minutes.
Mi Amor Bridal
Wm Wheat & Son
Hair & make-up
Clive Blair Photography
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