Setting the Scene
After a romantic proposal on the beach on holiday, Umesh and Hayley were keen to start planning their wedding. On the lookout for a wedding venue in Cheshire, they fell in love with Combermere Abbey. Setting an August wedding date, the happy couple planned their traditional Hindu ceremony, with a civil ceremony and wedding breakfast at Combermere Abbey the following day.
“We chose a ‘romantic glamour’ theme with a stylish colour palette of deep pink, silver and white,” explains Hayley. Décor was simple with the focus on seasonal roses and hydrangeas which adorned the venue.
Hayley’s ivory Pronovias gown featured a pleated tulle bodies with a sweetheart neckline and ruffled tulle skirt and train.
“The style wasn’t what I thought I would choose,” explains Hayley. “I originally wanted something sleek with straps.” The beautiful bride accessorised with a full-length veil, nude Valentino sandals and a pearl belt from Pronovias.
Hayley’s three bridesmaids, her best friend and her two sisters, looked stunning in pink dresses from Reiss, accessorising with pearl jewellery.
“My nephew also walked down the aisle holding a ‘Here Comes The Bride’ sign which was really cute!” smiles Hayley.
As for the Groom…
Umesh looked the part in a dark blue Hugo Boss suit with deep pink tie to co-ordinate with the bridesmaids. For the Hindu ceremony, he wore a beautiful intricate Indian outfit called a Sherwani.
Following their ceremony in the Glasshouse, the newlyweds and their guests moved in to the Pavilion for the wedding breakfast.
Hayley and Umesh had offered their friends and family a menu choice to be pre-ordered before the day.
“It was a fusion menu so the food had an Indian twist,” explains Hayley. “Options included tandoori marinated salmon and curried cauliflower velouté followed by earl grey panna cotta with caraway shortbread.”
All About Cake
The four-tier wedding cake was decorated with silver leaf and pink sugar flowers. Each tier was a different flavour including red velvet, coconut and lemon.
“Planning the wedding cake was one of the most fun elements of the process,” smiles Hayley. “Marise from Bloomsbury Wedding Cakes served us afternoon tea so we could try a selection of different flavours!”
The Evening Celebration
As day turned to evening, Hayley and Umesh danced their first dance to a cover of ‘Cold Water’ by Major Lazer and Justin Bieber. Keen to ensure there was music for everyone, the DJ played a mix of genres including Bhangra.
“After our ceremony, we went to the lakeside for photographs in the 1927 Crossley which was really fun. Neither of us enjoy too much limelight but we had such an amazing welcome from our friends and family when we arrived for the wedding breakfast!”
Images © The Crawleys
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