When Claudia and Ram first met, the attraction was instantaneous. Sparks flew, phone numbers were exchanged and it wasn’t long for their relationship to move from playful flirting to dating and finally, their engagement and the posting of Save the Date cards. The pair decided on a summer wedding and tied the knot in July last year in London’s beautiful Kew Gardens.
The bride: Claudia Andrade
The groom: Ramneek Bedi
Married: 25th July 2014
Venue: Kew Gardens, London
Photography: Shaan Photography
The Big Day
“Ram and I decided to plan our entire wedding day ourselves” Claudia smiles, “We knew exactly what we wanted, right down to the tiniest detail! But Kew was wonderful at making suggestions when we asked for them”. The couple hired Dynamic Roadshow DJs for their reception while Floral Art created bouquets and buttonholes for the couple and their wedding party. Shaan Photography captured beauty of the entire day for the couple, moving between the various venues for the most striking shots.
The couple decided to unite their Portuguese and Punjabi heritages when it came to finessing their wedding menu.
Greenleaf, the caterers, devised a Mediterranean canapé selection for guests to nibble at before the three-course sit down meal. Their wedding feast included succulent Portuguese piri piri chicken and traditional Punjabi dishes before a round of sumptuous sweet Portuguese cakes and pastries for dessert.
While the bride and groom chose world-renowned designers Vera Wang and Paul Smith respectively for their civil ceremony, they decided on a more traditional look for the religious ceremony at the Gurdwara. Sourcing their wedding ensembles directly from India, Claudia looked resplendent in a rich red outfit, finished with intricate beadwork and embroidery.
Held in the stunning Kew Gardens, the wedding was planned with help from the venue and Greenleaf, who also offer décor services. Kew’s iconic, historic and modern venues offered an array of wedding-worthy spaces to use for different parts of Claudia and Ramneek’s Big Day. The couple held their civil ceremony in the light and airy Nash Conservatory, before moving to the Princess of Wales Conservatory for canapés with guests - a space that recreates no less than ten climatic zones! The reception took place in the Grade-I listed Orangery, a stunning 18th century building with high ceilings and grand, arched windows.