Navita tied the knot with Amar at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy on 9th April 2016.
She says: “Amar and I met at university. We were just friends at first, but as the years passed our friendship blossomed and we became a couple. We’re not into public displays of affection, preferring to keep our love private.
So when Amar did finally pop the big question, it was private and intimate; just like our relationship. We went for a walk to a secluded part of The Royal Landscape in Surrey. It was bitterly cold, but we headed to a beautiful spot overlooking a lake. We sat together enjoying the moment before he turned to me and asked me to marry him.
There was never a shred of doubt in my mind – I said yes immediately. We headed home to a champagne reception with our families, and then went to London for a romantic meal with the skyline in the background.
We chose to keep our good news between our immediate family, which gave us a really special celebration free from social media interruptions and phone calls. We knew it was only a matter of time before wedding planning made things hectic!”
THE BIG DAY
“Our Sikh wedding was at the Guru Nanak Sikh Academy in Southall. I arrived early and headed to the ‘waiting room’ where I had breakfast and took about a million selfies with my bridesmaids and family. Looking back, I really cherished those moments with my closest friends.
When the time finally came to make my way to the Diwan Hall I was very nervous, but just catching sight of my groom filled me with happiness. I could feel my heart pounding the whole time, but the ceremony was so beautiful and time just flew by.”
“My bridal outfit was designed by Ekta Solanki. Finding the perfect outfits was simple, as I didn’t want the amount of choice to consume me. I simply explained my vision to Ekta and left it to her to create the masterpiece.
Arpita Karania had previously done my sister’s wedding makeup and I was impressed with her finesse, longevity and quality of her work.”
“When it came to choosing our photographer, the brief was simple – we wanted someone who captured emotion and the mood of the moment.
We loved how Rohit from Sai Digital caught epic scenes without ever being obstructive or intrusive. The fact he could speak Hindi and Punjabi to our elderly guests was a big plus!”
“We wanted an intimate vibe so we had lots of real flickering candles and a mixture of statement centerpieces.
We wanted the reception to be fun for our guests yet still really elegant so the theme was regal yet modern with plenty of red and gold.
Amar and I had our own Sweetheart’s Table so we wouldn’t be stranded in a corner away from everyone. It allowed us to have a candlelit meal, but we were still approachable to guests, as well as giving us front row seats to the dance floor!”
“I returned to my parents’ home for the doli. Although I was sad to leave my family, I was overcome with happiness to be joining my husband’s extremely loving and kind family. They welcomed me with open arms and we finished the day with games and laughter. Finally, we made our way back to our hotel for a lie-down and some well-deserved rest!”
THE BRIDE: Navita Tanda, 27
THE GROOM: Amar Singh Jessel, 27
MARRIED: 9th April 2016
VENUE: Guru Nanak Sikh Academy & Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sai Digital by Rohit Gautam, www.saidigital.co.uk, +44(0)203 828 7078