When Lace Garters attended this wedding last September, there was no doubt that it would be a wedding to remember! With the elegance of the décor, the brides regal attire, vibrant colours and entertainment that blew the guests away, it was something unforgettable.
Wedding celebrations started on the 25th September 2014 at Moor Park Mansion, Rickmansworth. The Grade 1 listed Mansion built in 1678, was the perfect setting to the civil ceremony of Shikha and Kush. With its ornate paintings and magnificent staircase, it was easy to see why this building was the place to host a wedding.
Shikha had herself attended a civil ceremony at Moor Park Mansion and since that day many years ago, she knew this was the only venue for her, when her big day came. The stunning grounds, the tall pillars outside the mansion, the paintings on the walls would be all showcased in its true form and captured in pictures of the event to be seen for years to come.
On arrival guests entered the mansions main hall, where they had the opportunity to take in all the elaborate detail of the interior. When the time had come for the ceremony to take place they were then ushered into the Thornhill Room. Again in keeping with the rest of the mansion the Thornhill room was simple and stunning. With large double doors to the side that over looked acres of greenery, this was the entrance for the bride.
Walking into the room, the brides couture wedding dress, was astonishing. Made by Mona Vora, the neckline and waist beaded heavily, with no veil or extended train, this silk wedding dress was simple but so effective. It wasn’t your average wedding dress at all, and could so very easily be something worn to any red carpet event.
Shikha designed the dress to be elegant, simple yet effective and above all…timeless.
Shikha’s hair was styled by Chucki Vaghji, from Soirella, giving her that 1920’s glamour. Her makeup was flawless Chucki Vaghji also did a superb job there. Holding long stems of calla lilies, instead of the traditional rose, the brides bouquet was another element to this wedding that went against the traditional wedding grain. Shikha had a big love for lilies so her aunt surprised her with putting together this beautiful bouquet for her initial days of married life. Being the first part of the wedding celebrations, this was just the beginning of what was to be a wonderful wedding overall.
September 27th 2014, Shikha and Kush celebrated their marriage in style at Syon Park, using the Garden Room Marquee. This was to be the home for both the ceremony and reception in the evening.
The Ceremony in the morning catered for 500 guests and was beautifully adorned with lime washed Chivary Chairs. Leading up to the Mandap, the aisle was aligned with wooden carved pillars with Ganesha (Hindu God) statues which gave the room a church like feel and could have easily been the setting for an out door wedding. Ganesha is the god of wisdom and learning, as well as the remover of obstacles and prayed to particularly when people are beginning a new chapter in their life.
The Mandap was elegantly simple, illustrating that less is sometimes best, housed two large ornate cream chairs for the bride and groom. Kush and Shikha’s choice of Mandap came from their love of wooden art. The effects of intricate carvings on the Mandap showed how something simple can be so beautiful.
The cream colour scheme worked a treat in highlighting the bride when she appeared and walked down the aisle. The wedding attire, lengha suit, was majestic. The royal purple and fuschia pink gown made by the couture designer Mona Vora wowed all! As a wedding lengha suit goes it certainly stood out from the crowd and it was completely different to the colours typically worn at an Indian wedding.
Shikha’s head was adorned with a fabulous hair piece, also from Mona Vora, with a gold, purple and navy blue chia veil. Her wedding jewellery, also from Mona Vora, was breath takingly stunning. “I would normally stick to simple jewellery so looking for wedding jewellery was not easy but with the help of Mona Vora and her sister Sona, they came up with this masterpiece which worked beautifully with the wedding outfit”.
Kush’s suit matched Shikha’s; his top was a deep royal purple with embroidered detail and his kurta trousers was fushia. Shikha’s hair, makeup and henna was all done by Chucki Vaghji.
After the religious aspects of the ceremony, it was time to have fun. Shikha and Kush played a game where they each had to find a coin in coloured water. It is said that the person that finds the coin first will be the one who will wear the trousers. Kush and Shikha were very competitive but in the end, Kush won the game. Shikha said “I was disappointed but enjoyed the light hearted fun that brought both families together”. The bride and groom treated their guests to a light buffet afterwards.
The evening reception was a few hours after the ceremony in the evening which gave guests time to relax and get ready to party. On arrival, the evening the guests were greeted with reception drinks, canapes and a live band playing music from Bollywood as well as western songs. The reception was housed in the same room as the ceremony, and was completely transformed with the guests seated at round tables decorated with flowers from Preeti Catering who was a ‘one-stop shop’ for all things a couple needed for an evening reception. The tall centre pieces with the flowers, to match Kush and Shikha’s outfits, were chosen to allow them to be seen from across the room.
Shikha and Kush love to entertain, and they both made sure that their entrance into the evenings festivities was memorable. With a drummer and saxophonist playing Clean Bandit’s Rather Be walking them in, the party had started before anyone had the first part of their evening meal, not that anyone was complaining. With such a unique entrance (one Lace Garters, hasn’t seen before) guests knew that they were going to be in for a treat once formalities were taken care of.
Shikha’s evening wear was phenomenal, again made by Mona Vora! Shikha wanted a one piece suit which makes it easy to manage and allowed her to dance the night away. Kush wore an Indo-Western suit with a diamanté broach. The long sleeved, high necked gown embellished with sequins and diamanté was designed by Shikha herself. Not only did this dress stand out from the crowd, but truly did what the bride intended it to do –make her look like the queen she was.
After the speeches and the cutting of the cake, the wedding party was in full swing. The guests were treated to music from the drummer and the saxophonist playing alongside the latest tunes. It was a fantastic reception party, where the dance area was blacked out to resemble a nightclub. By the end of this long day, all Kush and Shikha wanted for their guests was to let their hair down and enjoy the night.
‘The day of the indian wedding, I genuinely felt no stress at all. I was looking forward to not only getting married to Kush but to also gain a new family. We made it a point for none of our families to be embroiled in logistics and errands and in the end, we all, including Kush and I, were able to sit back and enjoy the day with lots of laughter and giggles.”
Brides wedding outfits and jewellery | Mona Vora
Hair stylist makeup and Henna | Chucki Vaghji from Soirella
Wedding decorations and catering | Preeti Catering