The Bloomery has decked out Sneha and Farhaan's reception space at Orangery at Kew Gardens in even more fabulous floral details, and guests of the newlyweds are making their way over to the post-ceremony bash for what promises to be the party of a lifetime! What better way to honor the Indian bride and groom than with a soirée featuring a decadent and contemporary wedding cake decorated with darling macarons by the talented pastry artist Ben The Cakeman, and a party perfect playlist from the pros at EvO Entertainment? Now that the couple of the hour have arrived, it's time for them and the lucky partygoers to make those magical memories — and you can catch all the highlights that Plenty To Declare Wedding Photography captured that evening in the complete gallery!
Maharani Sneha, on picking the perfect venue:
"We wanted to keep things looking very classy and simple, and in keeping with the naturally beautiful surroundings that Kew offered. It had to be a nod to our Asian backgrounds, but with a contemporary feel to it.
The venue was something that we struggled with for a long time. We weren’t sure what we were looking for, so we spread our search to manor houses, halls and hotel and looked at practically every venue in the south east! It wasn’t until we went to Kew that we felt this is where it can happen; this is where we actually get married. Additionally, it was the only place that we both walked into and instantly liked it. There was literally nothing bad or negative to say about it."
Maharani Sneha and Raja Farhaan, on their most magical wedding moments:
"The moment I saw Farhaan at the end of the aisle. I was very nervous before that, for many reasons – tripping over my high heels, my hair coming undone, walking in front of so many people etc. I know it sounds super cheesy, but as soon as I saw him, it’s like no one else or nothing else mattered. I literally only remember seeing him, and having the biggest sense of relief – like all the weight that was on my shoulders just lifted away." - Sneha
"There are a couple of high points for me. Similar to Sneha. Waiting at the end of the aisle felt like an eternity but when the music started and I managed to get a peek at her past all the friends and family I realized that this was it! And the moment we had been waiting for had finally arrived. Seeing her in her wedding dress was an amazing moment I will never forget.
Another high point for me was at the end of the day when the more informal activities took place. Our first dance and then seeing all our friends and family on the dance floor was a special moment. Especially with our traditional Indian drummers playing along to the music." - Farhaan
Insight from the newlyweds:
"Wish we got to eat more on the day, as everyone raved about the food but we never really had much.
Making a wedding website was one of the better things we did. It was a lot easier in communicating to everyone what the days plans were (even if they hadn’t received their invitation in the post).
If you’re trying something different with the centerpieces, it may be worth doing a trial run with the florist; to make sure that there is a mutual agreement on what is expected.
Try getting to know your suppliers on a personal level. Yes, you pay them to get something done, but they play a part in making sure whatever you've planned for the day comes together.
If you’re having kids at the wedding reception, make some kids activity packs. It keeps them occupied and really makes them feel welcome as well (this was someone else we made.
Most importantly, just enjoy the day! It will go by so quickly and before you know it, it will be over. Try and enjoy it as much as you can and don't worry too much about other things."
Additional thoughts from the bride:
"First and foremost, Kat Halls (event coordinator from Kew) was an absolute star on the day. She really helped me keep my calm and make sure things ran smoothly. Natalie Danielle (H&MU artist of the day) was another person who I must thank, for keeping me sane! Our photographers, Daria and Marek, who were probably the best choice we could have made with making sure the day was captured. Hanging out with them was like being with friends."
Weren't Sneha and Farhaan an absolute dream? We'll be back tomorrow with another spectacular South Asian wedding celebration, so don't miss out!