Elegant English Countryside Wedding with Two Ceremonies :: Preena & Matthew

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Photography by Taylor & Porter.

This English interfaith wedding is so stunning that it’s easy to get lost in its beautiful details (the bride’s incredible, ornate outfit! The historic mansion! That light!) What we love most about it, though, isn’t in the details at all – it’s the way Preena & Matthew combined their different faiths, cultures and backgrounds into an effortlessly stylish day. Get ready to be seriously inspired!

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Invest the time in finding a great photographer. When we started planning our wedding we knew the things that were important to us – one of them being a photographer with a great eye and a natural approach. Louise and Teo of Taylor & Porter were warm, friendly, fantastic company and helped put us both at ease.

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The Civil Ceremony

Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We decided to get married at Wrest Park after we visited the site a year before in a torrential downpour. We knew in an instant we would book it! It was the first and last place we looked at and a big tick off the list. Also, it was halfway between both our family’s homes, and an easy train ride from London for our friends.

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taylor & porter; interfaith wedding; multifaith wedding; anglo indian wedding; traditional modern wedding; historic estate wedding; indian bride and anglo groom; wrest park; vintage white rolls royce;

taylor & porter; interfaith wedding; multifaith wedding; anglo indian wedding; traditional modern wedding; historic estate wedding; indian bride and anglo groom; wrest park; vintage white rolls royce; modern indian bride; gold headpece; gold trimmed veil; henna tattoos;

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Tell us a little more about your choice to have two ceremonies. We decided to fuse both my Hindu Gujarati heritage with the Groom’s English background and began the day with a civil ceremony. This was followed by Indian street food canapés on the library terrace, and then a traditional Hindu ceremony, with a sitar player.

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taylor & porter; interfaith wedding; multifaith wedding; anglo indian wedding; traditional modern wedding; historic estate wedding; indian bride and anglo groom; flower girls in flower crowns; ballet slippers; baskets with babys breath; pastel dresses;

What was your ceremony music? I walked down the aisle to Here, There and Everywhere by The Beatles, played by our talented brother-in-law David.

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What were your vows like? We wrote our own (tear-jerking!) vows to one another.

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taylor & porter; interfaith wedding; multifaith wedding; anglo indian wedding; traditional modern wedding; historic estate wedding; indian bride and anglo groom; orangery ceremony; white pillarblock with pastel arrangements; pale tiffany chairs with cream cushions; confetti toss;

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Preparing for the Second Ceremony

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The Hindu Ceremony

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How did you go about planning this ceremony? Did you include any traditions? Our second ceremony was a traditional Hindu Mandap. Both families participate and it features promises among the parents to care for both children, secret advice for the bride and offerings to the gods. 

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Photographer Louise of Taylor & Porter tells us “The Mandap was one of the most colorful, lighthearted and inclusive ceremonies we’ve ever had the privilege to capture!”

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After their ceremony, Matt changed back into his sharp blue suit and Taylor & Porter captured some sunset portraits inside the beautiful house and grounds of West Park.

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taylor & porter; interfaith wedding; multifaith wedding; anglo indian wedding; traditional modern wedding; historic estate wedding; indian bride and anglo groom;

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taylor & porter; interfaith wedding; multifaith wedding; anglo indian wedding; traditional modern wedding; historic estate wedding; indian bride and anglo groom;

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The Reception

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How would you describe your reception? After our ceremonies were over, we had a drinks reception with a jazz band, followed by a three course Indian feast and cocktail bar.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The pastel color scheme of the property worked so well with our fusion of Regal Indian and classic English style, and ran through to the stationery, flowers, boutonnieres (the guests wore lavender and rosemary) and favors (potted succulents.)
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What was your first dance song? Sweet Pea by Amos Lee.

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? A beautiful tiered cake made by my aunt.

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Colors

Style

Ballroom

Season

Summer

Location

Destination

Vendor Credits

Photography: Taylor & Porter / Venue: Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, United Kingdom / Floral Design: Fleurette / Dress: Bride’s own design / Flowergirl Dresses: I Love Gorgeous / Mandap Furniture: Arti Parmer / Ceremony Music (Sitar): Jonathan Mayer / Transport: Gold Chauffeur Services / Catering: Greenleaf / Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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