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by Emma Hla

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Images by Matt Horan Photography.

I could not love this wedding more. The colours, the fashion, the love. It has everything!

Mita & Nathan chose Poundon House for their English & Indian fusion wedding and it was perfect. With a stylish wedding ceremony in their Yellow Room and an outdoor traditional Hindu ceremony, this venue was the perfect exclusive-use country house for this gorgeous celebration!

Notes from the Bride

Mita:

Nathan and I got married at the beautiful Poundon House in Oxfordshire. The family run Country House is set in private grounds boasting amazing views of the Oxfordshire countryside. There were so many reasons why we chose Poundon House; it is a stunning property and expertly run by a lovely family. Despite its grand nature it always felt intimate and welcoming, like you were staying in a family home and Esmond and his family were amazingly accommodating.

It was the first venue we looked at and we simply fell in love with its charm and history. The venue definitely gave us the stunning backdrop and ‘wow’ factor we wanted and provided the perfect “English Country” setting to our colourful fusion wedding.

As we were having two ceremonies, one of the key factors was to find a venue which would allow us exclusive use from the early morning to the late evening. Poundon House provided us with exclusive use for the whole weekend, which was amazing. Our wedding felt like a true escape. Poundon House offered a range of possibilities for your wedding day, each part of the house and grounds is a perfect as the next so it enabled us to plan our day to maximise the space.

We decided to use their Yellow Room for the civil ceremony, as we wanted to our guests to enjoy the vintage charm of the house from inside. This was followed by an afternoon tea in the marquee whilst we prepared for the Hindu ceremony that took place on the patio outside with the countryside as our backdrop. We used the lawn and water fountain area to host the champagne reception and everyone finally moved back to the marquee for the Wedding Breakfast.

With our wedding being a fusion between Indian and English cultures we were in a fortunate position where we could be quite selective with the style of wedding we wanted. We both like to be a bit different where we can so we didn’t really stick to a particular style but we wanted the elegance and charm of an English wedding with the colours and exuberance of Indian weddings. As much as we could we mixed the two elements together, such as our afternoon tea where, along with the more traditional items, we served sandwiches with cheese and chutney, masala tea and a spiced sticky toffee and date cake. We both love a great party and we wanted ours to have a sophisticated edge so I chose a dress that would look just as suitable for the red carpet as a wedding, the groomsmen wore black tie and Nathan changed in to a tuxedo in the evening.

We wanted our day to reflect the things we love as a couple and as individuals. Nathan put on a cigar and whisky table and I a sweets and a fancy dress area, complete with Polaroid camera. As a couple we love to travel so we used a world map as our table plan, each table was named after a city we had been to or a place that meant something to us. Something very important to us is food, Nathan is a keen cook and we both love experimenting with new foods and flavours so the food we offered to our guests was so significant to us. We chose Cinnamon Culture to cater our wedding as they could provide stunning Indian food served in a contemporary way.

At heart we are both quite particular so every detail at our wedding was planned, purchased or hand made. At the time if felt like an enormous task, from toasting and hand-grinding all the spice to make our spice mix wedding favours to spending hours researching and listening to bands. It was all worth it as we had such an incredible day and the compliments we had from our guests has been overwhelming. It wasn’t all arduous though, picking our wine and food was thoroughly enjoyable and we were lucky enough to meet some amazing people and suppliers along the way.

The most important part for any bride is the dress and I was no different, except that I had to find two eye catching outfits! One for the Indian ceremony and another for the Civil. For both outfits I wanted something that was non-traditional, unique and had a red carpet glamour look to it.

For the Civil ceremony dress I needed one that would look like both a wedding and evening dress to match Nathan’s outfits. Typical Hindu brides wear either red or red and white lenghas (the traditional bridal outfit) but I wanted something that suited my style. After a long search I came across My Trousseau. My dresses were custom made to suit my taste and style. I will never forget the feeling I had when trying on my finished dresses, I felt amazing and totally fell in love with both equally!

Our wedding was all about the details, one of the most important things to Nathan and I was the stationery as for many guests that would be the first insight they would have in to our big day. We had all our stationary created by the super talented Soumya Thomas (Made by Molu). Soumya also hand painted the signage for the wedding, my favourite is still the whisky and cigars sign which we now have up in our house. Soumya created the most amazing order of service which she hand illustrated the traditions for the Indian ceremony. My friends and family still ask if they can get hold of a copy!

Words of Wedded Wisdom:

There are so many things I learnt along the wedding planning journey but my top 3 tips for brides-to-be would be;

Pick your bridesmaids and groomsmen carefully, have people who know you best around to make decisions on the day without having to bother you. The last thing you want is to be worrying about the small hiccups that will happen.

Planning and communicating your plan to your wedding party is essential. A good example of this from our big day; the Priest wanted to change the groom’s entrance at the last minute but the groomsmen knew it was not part of the plan so said it was not possible, exactly the decision we would have made.

Things will go wrong but on the day just let it go and enjoy every aspect of the day, it literally flies by and honestly it’s the best day ever!

Credits

Venue Poundon House | Photography Matt Horan Photography | Wedding Dresses My Trousseau | Catering Cinnamon Culture | Mandap London Chuppa House | Flowers Love from KatieWedding Band Chartz | Makeup Ana Ospina | Hair Hayley King | Dhol Players The Percussionists | Hindu Priest Chanda Vyas | Stationery Made by Molu.

Lots of love…

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