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A Tale of Two Days: my view as Nat and Nic’s Wedding Celebration Photographer
Springtime Bliss: A Perfect Wedding Celebration at Crewe Hall for Nat and Nic
Natasha and Nicolas recently had their wedding blessing and Indian celebration at Crewe Hall. After getting married the previous day at Merrydale Manor, they had an incredibly fun and colourful Indian reception with close friends and family. The day was full of music, dancing, and heartfelt emotions, and was captured beautifully by Crewe Hall Wedding Photographer, Paul Swift. In this blog post, I will take you through the highlights of the day, share some fun moments, and give you an insight into why Natasha and Nicolas chose Crewe Hall as their wedding blessing and celebration venue.
Why Crewe Hall?
Crewe Hall is a stunning Grade I listed building, set within beautiful gardens and a spa. The Continental Suite, where they held their Indian reception, was the perfect choice for their needs. The couple wanted a venue that their guests from abroad would enjoy staying in, and they were right. The beautiful architecture and gardens were a perfect setting for their special day.
The arrival in the classic Bentley
The couple arrived at Crewe Hall in the Bentley wearing their wedding day attire. After getting out of the car, there was an amazing confetti shower, a throwing of the bouquet, which was caught by a young boy, and then a family friend named Sam gave them a beautiful blessing in the chapel. We then took some stunning portraits of them in their wedding attire before they got changed for the henna ceremony.
During the day
Tasneem, the Mehndi artist, performed the henna ceremony perfectly, and Nic’s “haldi” ceremony was amazing. It was something I’ve never seen before, and everyone participated in it with turmeric, rice, and Bindi. While all of this was happening, lots of guests were getting henna done, but they were getting smaller pieces than Natalia’s.
Getting ready for the party
Whilst getting ready, the bridal party practised some dancing in anticipation of the Bollywood mashup. Before meeting all 180 guests in the Hall of Pillars – an occasion to meet, have a photograph and then move onto the foyer ready for the evening party in The Continental Suite. I also took a breathtaking portrait of the couple above the hall of pillars while they were dressed in their Indian wear. They looked absolutely stunning, and it was a moment they’ll never forget!
Colourful and Fun!
For their Indian day, the couple went for a colourful and fun theme. They chose a bright and colourful colour scheme to contrast with the romantic, timeless feel of their wedding day. Natasha had two different Indian outfits for the afternoon and evening, a bridal outfit called a “lehenga,” and Nicolas wore a “sherwani,” the traditional outfits worn for an Indian wedding reception.
Flowers and Decorations
Ewer-Roberts Flowers provided the flowers for the day, with the bridal bouquet being shower-style, including David Austin roses, jasmine, and lily of the valley. The ceremony and top table flowers, bridesmaid bouquets, floral centrepieces, and a broken floral arch for the ceremony were also beautifully arranged. For the blessing and Indian reception at Crewe Hall, they used the same flowers and added a few red and orange flowers (marigolds) to tie in with their Indian decor.
The Indian reception decor featured two backdrops and a decorated rickshaw provided by Everlasting Events UK. The marigold backdrop for Nic’s “haldi” ceremony was made by Natasha’s mum, Leena, and other Indian bazaar table decor and details were made by family friends Betty and Joaquim, bridesmaid Jess, and Natasha’s mum.
The Desi Jockeys DJ provided the entertainment for the evening and kept the dance floor busy with great music throughout the reception.
Food and Drinks
Diya Catering & Events provided the food for the day, including Chaat snacks and chai during the henna ceremony in the afternoon, canapé-style starters in the evening, and an Indian buffet dinner. The couple wanted their guests to have great food experiences on both days, and they achieved this with a traditional British style meal on day one and authentic Indian food on day two.
One of the special touches of the day was the decorated cycle rickshaw they had for their Indian reception, which was a great prop for photos. They even made their reception entrance on it, which was a lot of fun. Another fun moment was the Bollywood group dance, which was a dance mashup with all their family members and bridal party, kicking off the Indian reception. Everyone involved was having a lot of fun, and it was clear that when everyone is involved, it’s not a performance, but a CELEBRATION!
Final Words from me.
Natasha and Nicolas had a fantastic day celebrating their Indian reception with their family and friends. The colourful and fun theme was a perfect representation of their personality and culture, and the love they share for music was evident throughout the day. It was a great choice to have Dale Alexander Events as the wedding planners for the day as everything went smoothly, despite the rain showers that interrupted the day.
A small selection of images from the day. Lots more to come.