I have been absolutely bursting to share this amazing wedding with you! It was one of the most fun, colourful, touching, hilarious, vibrant weddings I have ever been to, and I found it a real privilege that Bex and Piyush wanted me to document it.
I’ll hand the details over to Bex who herself described the wedding perfectly as “a bright, colourful, inclusive, multicultural and non-religious, light-hearted day. We ate vast amounts of curry – South Indian during the day and North Indian in the evening. We drank tea (of the masala chai variety). We had a traditional fruit wedding cake, complete with slightly more exotic ingredients: crystalised pineapple, papaya and pistachio, and not very traditional icing. We walked down the aisle together to the sound of traditional dhol drumming, and laughed a lot when the drummers didn’t stop playing for a really long time. We wore brightly coloured, beautiful Indian clothes. I wore flowers in my hair and no one had a bouquet. We got changed into western clothes for the evening but continued the colourful theme with the shoes. We laughed and cried at the surprise readings during the ceremony and gave our friends and family free reign to do or say what they wanted during the speeches, resulting in surprise poems, songs, dance routines and text-voting opinion polls. We chose a ridiculous first dance song (only fitting for such a silly custom). I dyed hundreds of second-hand doilies bright colours. We drank a lot of beer, ate lots of kidney beans and emptied our condiment cupboard to provide the vessels for the tables, and then asked our friends to do the same. We stamped everything within reach, and giggled for a long time when choosing suitable postcards for everyone’s place settings. We danced and sang our hearts out and ended the night partying in a static caravan until six in the morning”.
Needless to say, I loved everything about this wedding, from the people to the location to the decor to the camping to the speeches to the outfits to the food (I think I put on about half a stone that day). The colourful decoration couldn’t have been more my cup of tea, the text-voting opinion polls during dinner were a stroke of genius and I absolutely LOVED the free-for-all speeches. Trust me these were HILARIOUS and one of the highlights of all time for me was the dance routine by ‘Wrong Direction’ (pictorial evidence below). I found it really hard to photograph as I was splitting my sides crying with laughter at the time, and the laughter started all over again when I came to edit them. It was brilliant. I think for me it was the wonderful humour, light-heartedness and lack of pretension of both the celebration and the people there that really characterised this day and made it so memorable.
This was a truly joyous day bursting with character, laughter and love, and I hope you guys love it as much as I did.
Bex and Piyush’s wedding is also featured on the amazing Rock n’ Roll Bride today – take a look!