Seema Kavi married Rajiv Nathwani on 27th February 2016. She says: “One of our first conversations was about stocks and shares. Romantic, right?"
"I thought we were total strangers, but was surprised to discover we’d gone to the same nursery, prep school and senior school! We dated and soon realised we wanted to spend our lives together. The proposal was an absolute surprise. He suggested a bike ride through Sussex. It was a disaster."
"After falling off several times, getting stuck in a ditch and losing a shoe, I turned around to find Rajiv on bended knee. We now live and work together, running our business Quivira Capital in Hertfordshire””
PLANNING THE DAY
“We decided, in November, to get married the following February. As you can imagine, our parents were not impressed with the tight time frame!"
"But we’re proof that planning a civil and religious ceremony and reception can be done in three months! I would have loved to design my own gown but a three-month window didn’t allow for it. I wore a white gown from Pronovias.”
“To fit our Great Gatsby theme, we had a saxophone player for the drinks reception and a live band playing as the guests descended the beautiful staircase in Grosvenor House’s Great Room.
We wanted an elegant and glamorous backdrop to a relaxed and cosy environment which oozed elegance at the same time. Our first dance was ‘You’re Just Too Good to be True’ by Franki Valli and the Four Seasons.”
“Our religious ceremony was simple and traditional.Our maharaj Hemang Bhatt explained the ceremony in Gujarati and in English, which was important to us as we wanted all of our family and friends to understand the vows we were making.
The bridesmaids and women on my side of the family wore pink or coral-coloured saris and suits. It looked gorgeous against our white mandap.”
“We’ve both been long-time admirers of Osman Ghani’s work. We asked him to capture our wedding events as he produces beautiful pictures.”
The Bride: Seema Kavi, 24
The Groom: Rajiv Nathwani, 27 Married: 27th February 2016
The Venue: Grosvenor House, Park Lane
Photography: Osman Ghani