Punal wed Rajeev Maru at Savill Court in Surrey on 23rd August 2015.?She says: “Our families have known each other for years, so it wasn't as though we were strangers, but it was about five years ago that we began dating. The proposal was a total surprise. I was expecting it to be another day at work, but Raj had arranged for someone to cover my shift and planned the most incredible evening at The Savoy with a violinist and a photographer to capture that special moment. He even thought about my outfit, bringing the perfect dress for me to wear that evening. I didn’t have a clue. It was pretty cute. We began planning our dream wedding and once we say Savill Court, we fell in love with it at first sight. It was beautiful and very elegant with an understated grace. It was perfect, with all the space and lighting we needed to celebrate our Big Day.”
THE BRIDE: Punal Ravrani
THE GROOM: Rajeev Maru
MARRIED: 23rd August 2015
VENUE: Savill Court, Surrey
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sai Digital by Rohit Gautam, www.saidigital.co.uk +44(0)203 828 7078
Pre Wedding Shoot
Rohit Gautam explains the concept behind the couple’s pre-wedding shoot: “Rajeev and Punal wanted something different, so when I suggested a Holi theme their eyes lit up. Rajeev’s a cricket player so he got the ground as a venue and whole family turned up to play Holi. It was amazing; the weather was gorgeous and everyone had an incredible time - which meant I captured natural shots without having to direct anyone.”
The Big Day
“The wedding was a very traditional Hindu wedding. We both chose classic, regal-looking outfits from Charmi Creations, who designed our looks to perfection. I stayed at the venue the night before the wedding but Rajeev arrived in style in a gleaming Rolls Royce Phantom with dhol players and bag pipes welcoming him at the hotel entrance. Everyone danced and cheered with him all the way into the mandap. It was lots of fun and VERY loud!”
For the reception, Royal Wedding Services, our decor company, made a huge backdrop on which we pinned personal pictures to become a photo gallery of our lives. It was a very personal touch.
We chose Rohit Gautaum of Sai Digital to capture the magical moments of our Big?Day.?As soon as I saw his work, I knew he was right for us.
We had traditional Hindu foods and some of our favourite English snacks to celebrate both cultures. We also hired Barfia London, who made apple jalebi for breakfast, mango and strawberry & cream rasmaali for dessert and made favour boxes for our guests.