Louise Roberts married Sumit Karia on 15th May, 2011 in Buckinghamshire
Where did the wedding take place?
After meeting in a hospital, where I was a radiographer and Sumit was a doctor, we decided to tie the knot several years later at Stoke Place Hotel in Bucks. It’s a beautiful red brick country mansion dating back to 1690 and set in 26 acres of stunning parkland: the perfect setting for a summer wedding.
What did the bridal party wear?
I wore a strapless, ivory dress with a small train and ruching at the waist designed by Ronald Joyce, which I bought from The Ivory Wardrobe in Woburn Sands and accessorised with a tiara and veil.
Later in the day I changed into a beautiful Lengha, a traditional Indian dress from Rangoli in Wembley, which I wore with a tikka headdress and matching earrings.
Sumit wore a black morning tails jacket with a white shirt, ivory cravat and ivory waistcoat for the day, and like me, changed in the evening into an ivory Kurta Pajama, a formal-yet-comfortable Indian groom outfit.
What was your wedding day theme?
As Sumit is from an Indian background and I’m English, we decided to mix the two cultures. In the day we opted for a civil ceremony followed by a traditional lavish wedding breakfast and cutting of the cake, made by Hockleys in Northamptonshire. In the evening, the bridal party changed outfits and the reception turned into a vibrant and colourful Indian party, including traditional Indian food from Clay Oven in Ealing and a night of bhangra music and dancing.
What were the highlights?
Mixing the two cultures meant we had the best of both worlds; a traditional white wedding and a fun-filled Indian party! We were also stunned when we arrived to meet our evening guests and everyone greeted us with a warm round of applause.
How did it end?
After our guests had had their fill of the delicious Indian cuisine in the evening, most of them took to the dance floor or retired to the bar where we joined them. Many of our family and friends had booked a room at the venue, which kindly provided a function room for us all to have breakfast together the following morning which was a real treat before we departed for our honeymoon. We flew to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, where we were treated like royalty at the luxurious Dinarobin resort on the Le Morne peninsula.
Photography by Kate Everall Photography, 01908 643767, www.kateeverallphotography.com