Jemini and Vishaant, UK
From the bride’s custom couple-name henna and lehenga design to personalized wedding favors, this quaint UK wedding was full of special moments.
Brimming with personalized details and heartfelt moments, Jemini Meggi and Vishaant’s vibrant Gujarati wedding painted a vivid picture against the idyllic British countryside. Watch their festivities unfold in stunning shots by WeddingSutra Favorite – A Photographer.
How They Met
Jemini, a Service Designer in technology & Professional Mehndi artist and Vishaant, a Medicine Specialist in the Pharmaceutical Industry knew of each-other socially while frequenting the same garba nights. Although they followed each other on social media, they rarely interacted. It took a mutual friend to introduce them at a point, after which there was no looking back.
Jemini shares, “After attending a wedding in Portugal, Vishaant, my sister and I extended our stay for a trip to Madeira island. We have always been an adventurous couple who have loved travel and being amidst nature. It was during a mountainous trek with incredibly stunning scenery that I first got an inkling of something brewing as I noticed my sister and Vishaant whispering often. We soon got to a clearing with stunning vistas at an altitude of 1818 m above sea level against the glistening sun and clouds all around when he asked me to marry him. In tears, we promised to be each other’s forever.”
Having extensive experience in the wedding industry, the bride had a very distinct vision for her wedding. From designing outfits, to personalized wedding favors, she created, designed, planned and executed the entire wedding with the help of friends and family. After postponement of initial plans due to Covid, the celebrations took place in the UK itself across various venues including their home.
From their pre wedding photoshoot to the wedding festivities, all of their photography was taken care of by Trushal Patel and his team at A Photographer. Talking about their experience, the couple shares, “As soon as we came across Trushal, we knew we wanted to book him to capture our special moments. Right from our first conversation, he made our planning process very easy and went above and beyond at every event. As a couple who is not very confident in front of the camera, he helped us get comfortable and even prepare for our big day whilst also capturing elegant, candid shots. His passion also reflected in all of his interactions with us and our guests. He beautifully balanced professionalism with friendliness to make the process comfortable for not just us but everyone present. He had loads of little tips and advice for us and eased all our worries effortlessly. We would totally recommend him to absolutely everyone!”
Keeping in mind the Government restrictions and the unpredictability of London rains, the couple hosted their pre wedding festivities in their home garden with a clear roof top marquee for natural light and twinkling stars at night. The wedding was hosted at a sprawling Mansion estate outside of London.
The Sagai or Engagement festivities kicked off the wedding extravaganza. Minimal decor of pink flowers and geometric metallic structures created an elegant backdrop at the occasion. The bride opted for a hot pink velvet lehenga which was extensively and intricately embroidered with golden thread.
Being a mehndi artist herself, the Mehndi function was an occasion of great importance to the bride. She trusted none other than her mehndi guru, Bharathi Sanghani to give her the mehndi design of her dreams, which included the couple’s names in Gujarati as well as her business logo written across her wrists. The same pattern was included in the border of her lehenga as well, which the bride custom-designed to incorporate the aesthetics of several notable designers.
The vibe of the function embodied the magic of Rajasthan with colorful decor, mirrors, kites and more. A vibrant wedding swing, marigold garlands, a flower wall, colorful umbrellas and more, added to the energy, all of which was pulled together by the bride, her family and friends.
The bride and groom held their respective Haldi functions in their homes as per tradition, with intimate and joyous celebrations. The bride opted for a lemon chikankari outfit for the occasion, teaming it with open hair and yellow and white floral jewelry.
The couple hosted their wedding at De Vere Wokefield Estate, a mansion house just outside of London set in lush greenery. A beautiful expanse of green, and the charm of the British countryside made for a surreal backdrop to their festivities. The groom’s baraat began at the architecturally stunning entrance of the house and proceeded with great pomp and splendor to the mandap accompanied by Bollywood songs and Dhol players.
The bride embraced the traditional Gujarati bridal colors of white and red and wore a lehenga she herself designed that was custom made by Mumbai-based Etasha by Asha Jain. The couple’s intertwined names lined the entire lehenga border in intricate embroidery adding a very special touch. The groom’s outfit was designed by the same designer as well with finely selected fabrics and intricate french knot embroidery.
An elegant Reception function and civil ceremony followed 2 months later with a grand celebration for 400 guests. The plush evening was planned with a novel theme centered around India, including a unique seating arrangement as per the Indian states, designed with glass candelabras, a picture of that state and a fun fact about it. Additionally, mini-suitcases with personalized airplane tags were gifted to the guests as a special favor.
The bride wore a glistening Natasha Dalal outfit custom made with a side cape in a pretty lavender hue. The groom coordinated his Black tuxedo with a lavender bow tie and pocket square to match his beautiful bride. The night saw great fun and enjoyment, replete with flash mob performances that the bride choreographed.
Advice for couples
Jemini shares, “If planning, re-planning and postponing my wedding during the Pandemic taught me anything, it is to hope for the best, but yet prepare for the unimaginable. It is important to keep an open mind and make adjustments where you deem fit, because things will eventually work out.”
She adds, “While vendors are important for the big things, adding smaller details that you can DIY yourself adds a special personal touch to the wedding and will always be remembered by your guests. Also, most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy every moment to the best you can”.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: De Vere Wokefield Estate Golf Club(Wedding)
Outfits: Etasha by Asha Jain (Wedding), Natasha Dalal (Reception)
Mehndi: Bharathi Sanghani
Photography and Videography: A Photographer