Back in April, I styled a wedding in Bangalore for Marita & Sandeep. They wanted a simple, intimate, white wedding. The venue was my favourite place because of its outdoor space which was used for the wedding reception and the gazebo for the toast and dancing. I got a chance to create the rustic vintage entrance with two rustic old doors I dug up from the backyard and used crates, wooden pots & signage, candles and flowers. The signage was simple and we used white chrysanthemums, roses, baby breaths and orchids for flowers. Focused using more warm white lights to highlight and bring the property alive. For the photo booth, I got frames created out of flowers and green leaves along with wooden frames in silver . Arranged the lovely green giveaways around wooden crates, candles and leave a message setup. I remember the couple entering the venue on seeing the pretty rustic entrance and saying “Wow” & I got Huge Hugs from them…
Over to the bride now….
Well you said trust me and am I so glad that I did – the place looked absolutely gorgeous and I cannot say thank you enough.
How did the groom & bride meet?
Sandeep & I met through a common friend at a Pub – it wasn’t love at first sight but it definitely was like and respect at first meet, our first evening together was definitely not fraught without drama and the tradition continued right till the day we actually got married. I am from a small town called Asansol in West Bengal and Sandeep is from Mangalore. We were looking for a small intimate wedding with only very close friends and family …approx 100 guests. We wanted to celebrate our day having the time to meet and talk to each one of our guests who have contributed to our lives in big way – family and friends who have been our rock and supporters through the ups and downs of life.
The Planning process?
We did not start planning till about a month before the wedding – assuming there was not much planning to do. Little did we realize that even small things need planning? However, everything came together beautifully right from the church ceremony to the decoration at the venue where the reception was held- all the small elements surrounding the wedding was friends and family chipping in to help – from the choir to the packaging of the wedding favours. Everything was in house and “Made at Home” by family and friends – the wisest thing I did was get in touch with Reena Alex – who did such an amazing job with the venue, turning my wedding into a vintage backyard wedding with all the perfect trimmings. Everyone who entered the venue was in awe and felt as if they were transported to a magical locale.
What did you feel when you saw the wedding decor at Sommer House?
I fell absolutely in LOVE – it was picture perfect – vintage classy and elegant – simple and understated – yet gorgeous in every way possible – each detail was taken care of perfectly from the entrance to the flowers to the lighting. I would not have chosen a better venue nor a better person to do up the venue – it was breathtakingly beautiful and the exact thing that I had imagined in my mind.
Advice for couples getting married?
Take a deep breath and know that everything that you planned perfectly for weeks on end will definitely not go as per plan – but know that as long as you have your closest/ nearest and dearest around you it will not matter coz everything will look picture perfect when you look back.
- Wedding Decor styling: Reena Alex @TheWeddingSpell
- Wedding Invitation & stationery – it was an mobile invite : youvivid.com(absolutely amazing as it allowed us to incorporate music, pictures, directions to the venue and an online RSVP all sent out to folks on their mobile devices)
- Wedding dress & Accessories – – my dress was a ready made off the shelf dress from Forever New – I saw – I liked – I bought, simple no fuss no nightmares – it was a 10 minute job. The girls at the store were absolutely amazing as without them my 10min shopping would have gone on forever. Borrowed earrings from my cousin, a Michael Kors watch in rose gold gifted by my husband in an attempt to get me to church on time (Psst.. that did not really happen as usual I was late ), white orchids in my hair, awesome glittering shoes from Steve Madden, a smile on my face and happiness in my heart and I was ready to go.
- Venue: The Sommer House
- Wedding Celebrant: Father Victor Gerald (whose ceremony and homily was absolutely divine and most relevant)
- Music: Our friend Cyril who doubled up as our In house DJ, MC & toastmaster – whose toast was epic and brought tears to my eyes and a smile to face. My new favourite live band the dynamic duo Clyde & Jackson. They are called “Seven93”
- Photography : Sreevikashphotography
- Wedding Cake: 180 degree Celsius (Joonie the wonder lady) whose creations look & taste divine.
Pictures with www.theweddingspell.com reflecting on them are taken by me.