Ellie and Kevin – From Spain to Wiltshire!
Three years after meeting on a night out, Ellie and Kevin became engaged. Then, after 14 months of difficult planning due to COVID-19, the couple finally tied the knot on September 12th 2020 at Grittleton House. The whole day was captured beautifully by Joab Smith Photography.
Emma and Jamie – A Festive Celebration
Nearly three years after meeting on the dating website Bumble, Emma and Jamie were married on December 5th 2020 at The Queens Hotel in Southsea. Forced to make many changes due to COVID restrictions, Emma and Jamie still managed to celebrate their special day in style!
Helena and Adam – A Nautical-Themed Wedding
Helena and Adam were married at the Tower of London on September 26th 2020 in the Chapel Royal of St Peter Ad Vincula. They then had their beautiful, nautical themed wedding reception at Trinity House. With just 24 guests and their photographer, Maria Assia Photography, this intimate, COVID-safe wedding was still absolutely breathtaking regardless of the restrictions!
Emily and Tom – An Intimate COVID Wedding
Emily and Tom should have tied the knot on 25th May 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the couple was one of many who were forced to change their wedding plans. On 16th August 2020, Emily and Tom were finally able to get married at Wellbeing Farm, within COVID restrictions.
Michelle and Luke – A Fun, Festival Wedding
After over three years together, Michelle said yes to Luke’s proposal on top of a glacier overlooking a breathtaking alpine landscape in Austria. They tied the knot in a fun, quirky festival-themed wedding at Alcott Weddings.
Michelle and Luke are not ones to go with tradition! The idea of a formal ceremony followed by a typical wedding party filled the couple with dread. Being the centre of attention, even on their wedding day, was not what they wanted. Instead, the couple loves spending time surrounded by their loved ones. They decided to combine Michelle’s love of feeding people with Luke’s passion for music and festivals. So, their big day became an outdoor festival wedding, filled with music, laughs and fantastic food!
Michelle was searching for outdoor weddings in the Midlands and discovered Alcott Wedding. The couple were hooked immediately and had booked a viewing within a few hours! As they approached Alcott and drove up the long winding road, Michelle knew this was where she would have her wedding. She had been envisioning an outdoor venue, with amazing bands and lots of food vendors. Alcott was absolutely perfect. The couple were concerned their dream wedding was an extreme request, especially as they wanted their beloved labrador, Murphy, to be part of the day. But, all of their dreams could easily become reality at Alcott!
The couple decided to hold their special day in the gorgeous tipi, which could provide the intimacy and space they wanted. They also want the ceremony to be a way to share a beautiful time with their loved one, so they booked a beautiful Moroccan yurt as well. This provided an integral part of their day and was absolutely perfect. The venue also recommended suppliers, who bent over backward to ensure their dream wedding became real!
Michelle and Luke loved Alcott so much that they decided to have a little mini-break there in the lead up to the wedding. So the couple were able to watch as their wedding site came to life before their eyes!
Although the day itself brought rain and wind, the couple didn’t mind. They had numerous people behind the scenes on site, ensuring their day was amazing. The tipi looked absolutely stunning and able to fit all the guests very comfortably! A particular highlight for the couple was the ceremony, thanks to their wonderful celebrant. Everyone adored the venue, music and especially the food. Guests are still in awe about the food quality they received that was cooked and served at an outdoor event. Michelle and Luke had simply the perfect day. As they reflected at the end of the evening, they knew there was nowhere else they would ever have wanted to have their wedding and no other way they would have wanted to spend it.
Komal and Rajan – A Magical Indian Wedding
After being introduced to one another by a mutual friend, Komal and Rajan wanted to make sure that their friends and family were a big part of their wedding. Having gotten engaged during a magical gondola ride in Venice, the couple were married at The City Pavilion in a traditional Indian ceremony.
The couple’s wonderful wedding adventure actually began before their engagement, with their ‘Roka’. The Roka is an Indian ceremony in which the couple and their families come together and celebrate their future. This was shortly followed by a trip to Venice, something which Komal had long dreamed of. During an idyllic gondola ride, Rajan presented Komal with a romantic scrapbook of every date that the couple had been on during their 6 months together. The last page, however, was blank. Rajan then to proposed by inviting Komal to fill in the blank page together as a married couple. As soon as they got off of the gondola, a saxophonist was playing in the street! The couple danced to ‘All of Me’ by John Legend, which became their first dance at their engagement party. A truly dreamy proposal!
The City Pavilion was a practical choice for Komal and Rajan, owing in part to the fact that it was such a large wedding… Over 700 guests attending the reception! However, it was more than simply convenient for the couple. The luxurious event spaces and opulent decorations made the venue a spectacular location for their special day. The delicious food was also a draw for both of them, as they had enjoyed eating together at the venue’s restaurant many times before.
Some couples will go to great lengths to make sure that they get the right attire for their wedding. Well, Komal and Rajan are no different. Indeed, Komal flew all the way to Delhi in India to find her dream outfits! The couple’s celebrations involved many different events which required many outfit changes. For the engagement party, the couple were both dressed in peacock blue and gold attire matching the vibrancy of the event. Then, for their civil ceremony, the bride wore a stunning gold and white outfit while the groom wore a classic blue suit. For their traditional ceremony, the bride chose an elegant Maneesh Malhotra outfit in pink and gold. This colour scheme matched the decorations on the day. The groom’s outfit was just as elaborate. Rajan wore an incredible Sherwani, purchased from Ziggi’s Menswear in Birmingham.
Traditional Indian weddings have many celebrations. As is customary, Rajan’s side of the family organised an engagement party at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford, attended by 400 guests. For the wedding events, the couple embraced the strong ties which typical hindu ceremonies embody. So, close friends and family had significant roles to play throughout. There were a number of celebrations, such as the Mehndi party, before the big day. At this event, beautiful, elaborate henna designs are applied to the bride’s hands and arms. There was also a civil ceremony for legal reasons before their spectacular celebration!
At the reception, there was also a variety of delicious Indian food. The starters were a selection of two meat dishes and two veggie dishes. This was followed by a main which included a chicken curry, lamb curry, rice, naan, daal and many other incredible sides! Dessert was a variety of yummy Indian treats. The couple gave everyone a little statue of Ganesh as a favour. When it came to the reception, the party atmosphere was certainly in full swing! Dances were performed by Komal’s side of the family involving her sister, cousins and friends followed by her brother and his friends. Even Komal’s and Rajan’s parents did a performance for the newlyweds. At the wedding, a particularly special touch for Komal was that her dad flew in the priest that married her mother and him all the way from Kenya!
The day was largely a blur for Komal with so many magical moments occurring one after another! But, her most unforgettable moment was when she stood on the mandip facing Rajan. Seeing him and looking around and taking in how much love filled the room!
- The City Pavillion
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- Gagan Photography
- Denee Motion