This couple’s outdoor wedding at a historic Georgian mansion was picture-perfect!
Serene and yet cheerful, Meera Patel, a GP Specialist Pharmacist, and Ahnkit Patel, a Subject Leader at Pearson’s wedding in England was a breathtaking event. Balancing both modern and traditional elements, the wedding was flawlessly photographed by WeddingSutra Favorite – A Photographer who with their expertise behind the lens captured priceless moments for the couple.
Sharing the details on their love story Meera says, “Ahnkit and I first met on a dating app where we hit it off instantly! On our first date itself, we realized that we had several mutual friends and that my mom also knew of Ahnkit. It turned out that our mothers had tried to introduce us just a few months prior to us matching on the app!”
As time flew by, the couple grew closer and Ahnkit decided to pop a surprise proposal on Meera. Giving us a glimpse of how Ahnkit executed the surprise proposal, an exuberant Meera shares, “One Friday evening, we had planned to go out for a dinner in Central London. I was rushing home and was under the impression that Ahnkit would meet me straight for dinner. However, when I got home, I walked into my living room strewn with rose petals and tea light candles. On the wall were some framed maps of all the places we had traveled together. But Ahnkit was nowhere to be seen! I walked around the flat looking for him and then came back to the spot where the framed maps were. I still couldn’t find him, and then I looked at the maps again, and underneath the city names, the maps spelled out ‘Will you marry me?’ Pleasantly surprised, I first thought that maybe I’d arrived too early and wasn’t meant to be seeing this! As I took out my phone to take a picture, Ahnkit walked up behind me. He had been hiding in the dark kitchen the whole time! As he went down on one knee and asked the magical question, it was the easiest ‘yes’ I had ever said!”
However, as fate would have it, the wedding planning was dampened as the country went into lockdown. But the couple was undeterred and modified their plans. Meera adds, “I’ve always wanted to have a grand wedding and the initial plan was to have a traditional Indian wedding with a 700 strong guest list! But then just a few months after Ahnkit’s proposal, the country went into lockdown mode owing to the pandemic and we were crestfallen. But we held on to hope and postponed our wedding from May to July, hoping that things may improve and that our closest family and friends would be able to attend. Thankfully, everything turned out just perfect with a smaller guest list of 160 people!”
To capture every moment of their big day, the couple roped in A Photographer who captured heartfelt moments from the union. Meera shares, “Their team was with us at every step of the way keeping us calm, making us laugh and supporting us even when it came to the other aspects of the wedding. Everything was discussed in a very detailed manner and the team’s expert knowledge ensured that the pictures turned out great even when the locations and lighting weren’t ideal. We were concerned that all our wedding photos shouldn’t look too rehearsed, we were keen that our photos told a story, and that is exactly how they captured it. When I saw some of the shots from the pre-wedding shoot and the wedding including the wedding teaser, I was blown away! I cannot believe how they produced such an amazing teaser in just a matter of days and also, their technique was truly beautiful!”
Commencing with the ‘Chandlo Matli’ function hosted at the groom’s house where the ice was broken between the couple’s families, the wedding was off to a colorful start. Next in line was the Mehndi event which was hosted on a grander scale with marigold flowers scattered across the venue. Moroccan benches ensured the guests remained comfy while they got henna patterned on their hands. The couple opted to use the mehndi decor for the vidhi function as well with only a few key elements being changed to ensure the pooja got a beautiful backdrop.
After a series of close-knit functions, the couple hosted their civil wedding which was simple and elegant. White and pink colors dominated the color palette while lanterns accentuated the aisle. The bride wore a stunning ivory off-shoulder gown while the bridesmaids color coordinated in blush pink gowns. Ahnkit, on the other hand, looked dapper in a blue suit.
For their Wedding venue, the couple chose a historic Georgian-era house located within Nonsuch Park. The structure with its rustic exteriors and aesthetically pleasing architecture lent a fairytale-like air to the celebrations. Meera shares, “Our wedding was at Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam, which is right next to my old high school, and so there was a lot of sentimental value behind choosing this venue. I grew up in this area and it just felt like home.” Keeping the summer weather in mind, the couple chose a color palette of pinks, peaches and whites for the Indian Wedding. A raised aisle with water and petals floating on each side made way for a dreamy bridal entry. Hosted under a marquee on the mansion’s grounds, the Wedding mandap was adorned with carved pillars and suspended florals. To find the perfect outfit for each of their wedding festivities, the couple turned towards Bibi London Couture, where they perused through the collections of multiple designers to find an outfit that echoed with their tastes.
For the Reception, the couple retreated to the comforts of home with a party that was accentuated by cocktails and music. Surrounded by their closest friends and family, the newlyweds celebrated till the wee hours of the morning.
Having orchestrated a wedding on her own during the pandemic, Meera has learnt that the best thing to do when things don’t go your way is to keep calm. She advises, “Make sure you book the venue, décor, caterer, photographer and priest at the earliest. Go with what you want since it’s your big day. Take ample time to study your vendors and don’t feel obligated to employ the same ones that your friends or family did. Lastly, consider a smaller wedding. Even though our original plans included 700 people on the guest list, our final guest list with 160 people made it so much easier and intimate. It genuinely felt nice that we were able to give our close ones all our attention and we also created so many heartwarming memories!”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Nonsuch Mansion, England (Wedding)
Décor: KS Treats (Chandlo Matli), Wed In Style (Wedding)
Florist: Lalage Barran Flowers (Civil Wedding)
Caterers: Annapurna Catering (Wedding), Milk it London (Reception)
Groom’s Outfits: Cuckoo Fashion (Chandlo Matli), Edit Suits Co. (Civil Wedding), Sonas Haute Couture (Indian Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Monga’s (Chandlo Matli), Shyamal & Bhumika (Mehndi), Nangalia Ruchira (Vidhi), Anushree Reddy (Civil Wedding), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Indian Wedding), Vogue Couture (Reception)
Jewellery: Heritage Jewels (Mehndi), Ivory & Co (Civil Wedding), PBL Jewellers (Indian Wedding), Jade Jewels (Indian Wedding), Modish Jewellery (Reception)
Accessories: Jewellery Trunk (Indian Wedding)
Mehndi: Sa’sha Designs by Tejal
Sound & Lighting: Target AV, Marquee Magic London (Marquee)
Entertainment: Shyam Music
Wedding Priest: Milan Mehta
Wedding Invitations: Doves + Peacocks
Wedding Favors: Kinnaris Cakery, Baked By Niks
Cake: Cakes by Sejal
Photography: A Photographer