High School sweethearts Layla and Hasan met at the tender age of sixteen and only admired each other from a distance. But it was 5 years ago that this couple hit it off with a whirlwind of love and romance only to discover the perfect soul mates within each other.
Layla had no idea that Hasan was about to pop the big question. And what better way to surprise her than to whisk her off for a romantic evening of fine dining, at the lavish Haz Restaurant. Winning her over with her love for Turkish cuisines, he held both her hands across the table and asked her to be his wife. Like most girls in this situation Layla felt overwhelmed, she was unable to gather her words and when finally she did, it was with a sudden outburst of unstoppable Yeses.
Flicking through Asiana Bridal Magazine, Layla got a inspiration to do a Rajastani Jodha Akbar theme for her Mendhi. Knowing that she may not be able to bring all her ideas to life she hired Unique Event to help organise her dream wedding.
From the Bride:
I wanted my Mehndi reception to be all about my friends and my family. So I decided to split it into two segments, where I spent the first half of the evening with my family and the second half was turned into an after party with my girlfriends. I had two outfits for the evening. One was a gold and a pink Indian dress from Munghals and the second being main dress, a Rajastani styled bridal lehenga designed by Lutfur from Nuha. As I am a Bengali I wanted it to reflect my culture into my dress and so I wore Mustard Yellow and Bottle Green as my key colours. The outfit itself was very figure hugging with stunning beadwork and pearl ornamentations.
Nadia(MUA) did my bridal makeover and I must say did and fantastic job. I had my hair volumised with half of it up tucked into classy bun with loose bohemian waves flowing down my shoulder. As for my makeup, I wore a daring red lipstick as it has universal classiness it never fails to add boldness to any kind of outfit. I kept my eyes minimalistic with light shades of bronze and gold tint.
In my culture, colour signifies a celebration and this something I definitely wanted my guests to feel apart of and so my venue had bright colourful oversized Indian cushions with colourful flower arrangements. The evening went on with Indian and DJ playing Bollywood songs.
Our Wedding Plan:
We had 1500 guest attending, so finding a suitable venue was a huge challenge. But we wasn’t going to give up so easily and once we looked further into it, we couldn’t have asked for a better venue then the Quendon Hall Parklands. It was a beautiful 17th century mansion with amazing royal interiors and a very big English garden and we decided to put up two pavilions to accommodate our guests comfortably.
We kept our décor simple with muted natural palette of white, cream and ivory, allowing a whimsical sensibility to shine through the venue. Since shabby- chic is very much in this wedding season, we decided to use vintage pink champagne colours for our personalised accessories. We had pink and white roses on some tabletops and vase full of whites feathers on the others. I went one step further and had mirrors placed on the tables to reflect the decorations with little gift boxes in dusty pink. To finish off our wedding look we played instrumental music in the background to harmonise and sync every little detail together.
Our guest got complimentary drinks upon arrival with Canopies for starters, chocolate fountains and a bouncy castle for the kids. What’s more Dad is a retired master chef with great experience in the catering business he told us to do set a different kind of indian menu, something that will tickles people taste buds and get them talking about it for days. So we include a variety of dishes.
My Wedding Dress
I wanted my wedding dress to make glamour statement and break-free from the conventions of wearing red, white or gold. So choose something totally different and unique was nerve-racking but worth it. I decided to wear custom fit, hourglass, cadbury purple Indian lengha designed by Munghals. But there is one thing I can’t stand and that is being buried under mountain of bling and therefore I choose to keep my top, simple with minimal beadwork although It had a thick border of Swarovski and crystals around my neck and armband. My lehenga was a fitted skirt that went outwards once it got below the knee, leaving a small trail at the back. The pattern on it was very much like a peacock feathers with heavy work running right to the end, the dress looked amazing and the finishing was an absolute sumptuous.
In terms of bridal jewels there is only one brand I trust and that is Kyles. My fascination for Indian vintage jewellery inspired me to go for a more traditional design. My necklace had crystals incrusted between rustic ancient gold floral work. The design was customised to perfectly match the pattern of my dress. To add to this, I wore shinger patti to give me a traditional Indian bridal look.
My bouquets were from Browns and consisted of lots cream and ivory roses and I made sure my bridesmaids got one too. They carried purple bouquets to match my outfit whilst I had white to match the white saree.
As for Hasan he wore a two-piece customised, off white suit from Khubsoraat. It was an East meets West fusion style intertwined in the Indian its pattern and thread work. Because I was wearing purple I wanted his jacket to have a hint of purple so his inner lining and thread knots embroidery had a few purple coloured thread in it.
I woke up early to get ready at the mansion and I remember feeling quite calm and composed through out the whole morning. Sipping on a cup of tea Ambreen (MUA) and me talked through my bridal look and this time I wanted my eye to be the main focus point. She used a lot of aubergine and pink eye shadows to create an intense Smokey eye look while my lips and cheeks were kept very pretty in pink. She styled my hair into a sophisticated bun and placed my dupatta (veil) over it, she aligned the shingaar to my head to complete the Indian look. I remember feeling very happy in that moment in time, I felt that’s my special day has arrived and I couldn’t have been anymore happier then to marry the love of my life.
I watched Hasan arrived at the venue in style with a helicopter and it just felt so surreal and picturesque. Once he arrived and sat down with all our guests, it was time to make my entrance and thank god I had my bridesmaids with me because I started to feel nervous and anxious. But as soon as I saw Hasan all these feelings disappeared and all I can see is the pure happiness in his eyes, I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.
I have many fond memories of my wedding day the tow moments that really stood was when we saw each other for the first on our wedding day and the second was I received a surprise package a day before the wedding. Unaware of the sender I opened the box in a hurry to find Gina Heels from their bridal collection. This was a right old oh my god moment this has to be the sweetest moment ever.