A Vibrant Arabian Night Wedding

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Shamila & Luke

The wedding of Shamila and Luke was first brought to my attention through Katherine at The Complete Chillout Company after the couple booked their services during our 12 days of Christmas promotion back in 2012!

They wanted a wedding that not only celebrated their different cultures but also the brides love of vintage-. They had a fantastic wedding in August when The Complete Chillout Company transformed a pub in Yorkshire.

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Here the couple tells us about their day:

The Proposal

Shamila – On a wet and windy day (following Hurricane Katrina), a walk half way up Scafell Pike in the Lake District, turned out to be the most unexpected romantic proposal. Luke wanted to be at the highest point in England

How did you feel on the wedding day?

Shamila – Giddy! Also anxious about the time, excited about what people would think about what we had done to the venues. I made quite a lot of the decorations by hand.

Luke –  Not quite as nervous as I thought I might be. There was quite a lot to do ourselves on the days leading up to the wedding, I was very relieved the day had finally arrived and everything was in place ready. Time to get a wife!

Why did you chose the wedding venue?

Shamila – We had two themes; a vintage tea party followed by an Arabian nights party. On our first visit the Crown Inn, in Roecliffe (the evening reception venue), we saw 2 mannequins sat outside the pub on a cold winters day. We just had to go in and see what it was like inside. That is when we fell in love with the place.

Luke – A few years later we were in the Crown Inn having lunch and planning our wedding, when unbelievably the waiter mentioned they did do weddings in the attached barn.  That was that, the venue was booked almost straight away.

The Dress

Shamila – First dress, 1950s style white dress from the Little Bridal Company, Yorkshire. Second dress, Red Indian dress (wanted it to be as traditional as possible).

Luke – Shamila looked absolutely stunning  in both dresses. I even predicted what the first one would look like, as it was just her style.

The Groom’s Attire

Luke – Firstly I knew I didn’t want myself and my groom’s men wearing ill fitted suit I see at a lot of weddings. After much searching I decided to hire from a tailors; Jack Bunney’s, London. The suit was just what I had been looking for. I told the lads to wear any type of suits they felt comfortable in. Surprisingly, without any mention of it, they all wore blue ties and looked superb, whilst I switched last minute to red.

The Transport

Shamila – We hired a 1920s White Rolls Royce. Lovely way to do it.

The Party

Shamila – Following the ceremony, we had a vintage tea party at a local village hall. Tea, cakes, typewriters, dancing, etc. We then moved over to our Arabian night’s themed venue. The barn was transformed and had the feel of being inside a tent.  It felt really intimate.

Luke – The guests were amazed at how the day flowed. We thought maybe we had taken on too much having 3 venues to manage. We just wanted everyone to have a fun time and judging by the feedback we have had, we know they did!

What was the inspiration for your wedding theme?

Shamila – A mix of our cultures and my love of vintage.

Food

Shamila – Again, a mix of our cultures, we had Indian canapés followed by a roast beef dinner, finished off with some Indian tea.

Photographer

ShamilaJoe Dodsworth was our photographer. We booked him after seeing his work at a friends wedding. He even did a pre-wedding shoot and Mehendi shoot.

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