Sarah and Dispesh’s Poundon House Fusion Wedding really did have it all! Wow, where to even begin with this wedding? Anglican and Hindu services, an Indian drum procession, coconut ritual, 3 outfit changes, a classic Indian wedding car, fabulous flowers, amazing food and such enthusiastic dancing.
It was a very early start to the day for Sarah and her bridesmaids. I joined up with them as they were getting their hair and make up prepared at Poundon House. Meanwhile my talented colleague and second shooter for the day, Darren Bedding, met up with Dipesh and the guys to photograph their preparations. It was then a short journey up the road to St Mary the Virgin’s Church at Marsh Gibbon for the Anglican service. Sarah made the journey in Kushi Cars’ rather unique and fabulous vintage Hindustan Motors Ambassador wedding car.
Following the service it was back to Poundon House for lunch and for Sarah and Dipesh to change into their outfits for the Hindu ceremony. The mandap was set up in the Poundon marquee and with so much attention to detail and such beautiful flowers, it all looked just stunning! Prior to the ceremony there was a Jaan procession for Dispesh in the main driveway with Dohl drummers – those are so loud when you’re crouched down taking a photo right next to them!
Immediately after the Hindu ceremony all of the guests were guided to the front of the house for a ritual with the wedding car and a coconut. The car was to be driven over the coconut and it’s a sign of good luck if the coconut breaks. As you’ll see in the photos below, Sarah and Dipesh were indeed lucky!
There was then the third outfit change of the day, Sarah back into her white dress and the guys into lounge suits for the evening. Champagne and mocktails were served and a number of games set up on the lawn for the guests’ entertainment, including jumbo connect 4 and jumbo jenga.
Then it was back to the marquee for a set of very emotional speeches followed by some amazing food. The evening finished off with dancing until late into the night and one of the busiest dance floors I’ve seen at a wedding.
For a day that had so much packed in, the schedule was actually quite relaxed due to the early start. This meant Sarah and Dipesh had plenty of time for formal portraits in each of their outfits. For the main portrait session after their third outfit change, we really made the most of the wonderful grounds at Poundon. We even popped into the meadow to get some stunning shots in the long grass. Thankfully the horses didn’t come over for a bit of photobombing.
Everything on the day ran so smoothly, so I must just list a few of the fabulous wedding suppliers who worked so hard and so well together to help make it such a special day.
Wedding planners : Inverse Events
Food : Ragasaan
Wedding Car : Kushi Cars
DJ and drummers : 2L Entertainments
Flowers : Rose and Grace Florists
and not forgetting Esmond and Nathalie at Poundon House of course!
I do love Indian weddings. So much colour and so many things going on, there’s never a dull moment for a wedding photographer!