Who says you need a long engagement? Today’s real wedding showcases exactly what can be achieved when you’re planning a wedding within a short time frame (just four months ladies!). We’re talking a DIY approach and plenty of support from family and friends to create what was ultimately a beautiful wedding with all kinds of gorgeousness and special touches.
Wahyish and Yagnesh got married in August at the charming Donington Park Farm House – the first venue the couple visited, as it happens. Falling in love with its rustic feels, the couple knew it would offer a truly unique experience for them and their families. And they weren’t wrong.
With a nod to the couple’s Chinese and Indian cultures – the day was awash with personal touches, including a wonderful Chinese tea ceremony. As for the décor and styling, this featured all of our favourites – from dainty lanterns and ivy to kitsch sweet jars and rose petals. They even had a balloon cage which dropped during their first dance.
We can’t wait to find out more, so think it’s about time Wahyish talked us through all the fabulous details!
With images by Maree Frances Photography.
Wahyish says: We got engaged at the end of March 2018. I was definitely surprised and not expecting it at all. I was coming back from work and walked into a room filled with fairy lights, rose petals and candles with Yagnesh standing at the end of a rose petal trail. He popped the question and of course I said yes! He then gave me a rose with a surprise note whisking me away to Vienna.
We got married on 19th August 2018. We went to see venues weeks after getting engaged and we were pleasantly surprised that there were dates available for this summer, Yagnesh’s family always wanted a summer wedding so August was perfect!
We managed to plan the wedding in four months which sounded crazy at the time, but we just thought, why wait? We looked at the Chinese calendar to see what the auspicious days were to get married and compared it to the venue’s availability and that was the start of the wedding planning.
Our ceremony and reception was held at Donington Park Farm House, Derby. It was the first venue we viewed and we both fell in love with it. We loved the rustic feel and how unique it would be for both our families.
There was no specific theme for our wedding. Everything was very personal as I designed a lot myself, including the table seating, numbers, names, order of the day, and welcome sign – trying to create a rustic feel throughout the venue. We had elements of Chinese and Indian cultures with the double happiness and Ganesh symbols in frames and the card box.
Our colour scheme was shades of blush, neutrals pinks and blue.
I had a nightmare finding the dress – I tried on so many dresses before finding the right one. My sister Sibz managed to book me in to a little boutique store where I tried on an Essense of Australia dress and absolutely loved it – it was perfect, I felt very comfortable in it. The dress was fitted and flared out at the bottom with a beautiful trail, I loved all the intricate beaded work and lace details too. I made some amendments to the dress by adding the back detailing. It was stunning.
Yagnesh wore a blue three-piece suit from TM Lewin with a blush tie and pocket square to complement. The groomsmen, meanwhile. wore grey suits with blue ties – looking like a boy band!
I wanted my bridesmaids to be comfortable throughout the day as they all have different styles and tastes, so we decided for all the bridesmaids to pick their own dresses, but keeping with the colour scheme of blush, pinks and neutrals. The dresses were bought from various stores including H&M, Chi Chi London and Quiz. The girls looked lovely on the day, I loved how each dress suited their individual personality.
Ruth Elizabeth, who did my makeup, was amazing. On my trial she tried various products and shades of foundation and created the perfect natural look I envisioned. She’s a very bubbly character so I felt at ease, and she stayed with me till I left my house to finish any final touches.
Leanne from L.K. Hair & Beauty styled my hair. She can create so many different styles, which made it was very hard for me to decide what I wanted because they all looked incredible. I decided to have my hair up on the day to accentuate the back of my dress. Leanne suggested adding hair jewellery, which was a lovely final touch. I had so many compliments about my hair, and it stayed immaculate all day.
Maree Frances was our photographer. We met up and knew she was the one for us! Maree knew the venue very well which was a bonus. We wanted a photographer that captured natural shots so we could relive the moments through pictures. She captured so many amazing memories for us to treasure – she loves shooting using low lights whilst being discreet which made the photos very instinctive. We also received a preview video of the pictures which was such a lovely touch.
We bought and styled all the flowers and decorations – except for our 4ft love lights, which were supplied by instaphotobooths. We cannot thank our family and friends enough for helping us set everything up!
My sister Wawei and I woke up super early the day before the wedding to head to supermarkets and a flower warehouse to buy various flowers that looked right together and made all the bouquets and flower decor. Yagnesh’s mum and sister Malini made the buttonholes.
Our siblings and friends helped us at the venue the night before and the morning of the wedding too. We had lots of ivy, lanterns, table seating, balloons, sweet jars, garden games, rose petals etc so had plenty to set up!
On the day, the venue was more beautiful than how we both pictured it would be.
Our cake was a naked vanilla wedding cake decorated with fruits and flowers. It’s not just a wedding cake, it’s a M&S wedding cake!
Pimms was served after the civil ceremony. We had a barbecue banquet for the wedding breakfast followed by cheesecake as dessert. Pulled pork and chicken hot rolls were then served in the evening.
The food choice was definitely not an easy decision for us as we wanted to cater for all our guests. We decided to go with the barbecue banquet as this had enough variety for both meat and vegetarians which didn’t disappoint. The venue also allowed us to bring our own sauces which was a winner.
There were so many special touches on our big day, the venue had a balloon cage which dropped during our first dance. We also had garden games – cricket, croquet, and doughnut ring toss during the day and then sparklers in the evening – everyone loves sparklers!
We wanted to incorporate both our cultures into the wedding and decided to have a Chinese tea ceremony and exchange of garlands to represent part of the Hindu culture. The Chinese tea ceremony was very personal and special for me as it’s a tradition to show love, respect and gratitude to our parents and our elders.
We would definitely recommend our venue to another couple. If you are looking for a rustic, intimate feel – something with character and style, this venue will be the one.
There are so many favourite parts of the day. The walk down the aisle and having all our close ones witnessing our marriage from near and far was so special to us both and the speeches were also a highlight.
We didn’t have a honeymoon after the wedding as we had been too busy planning the wedding in such a short period of time. However, we are planning to book something soon! My siblings surprised us after the wedding with a trip to Paris and tickets to Disneyland which was lovely.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be: relax and enjoy the day. Don’t try to please anyone but yourselves; it’s your day after all, so go for what you want. Oh, and book a honeymoon!