Ritu & Jorin’s Wedding Day – Shortflatt Tower

Part three! I really thought I could do it in two, I couldn’t. Victoria was right.

The civil ceremony was to take place at 3.30pm at Shortflatt Tower in Belsay, just 20 minutes away from where the Sikh ceremony took place (read about that here). We had 2 hours between ceremonies to get ready. I took this time to go home (5 mins away from Ritu’s house), quickly iron the bridesmaid sari and then my mum arrived to dress me in the aforementioned sari. Don’t judge me until you’ve tried to wear a sari! It’s hard for some people (a bit like telling the time). My mum is a sari maestro, a true professional. I basically stand like a tree while she wraps, tucks, folds and pins. (Thanks mum).

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Topiary elephant!

Back to the matter at hand, the wedding of Ritu and Jorin! When I arrived at Shortflatt Tower, the sun was beaming, there was a slight breeze but otherwise the weather was perfect. Ritu was in the most breathtaking room at the top of Shortflatt Tower (named ‘Pretty Nell’) getting her hair done by Rani & having a bit of a breather before the next ceremony. Ritu was getting changed into outfit number 2 (of 3) with the help of Victoria and Gemma (bridesmaids). Wanna see? This delightful outfit was by designer Payal Singhal. So so beautiful! You’ll also see the gorgeous bridesmaid outfits which Ritu bought in India – the sari blouse is made from the Liberty print which features on the invitations. Everything was so well coordinated.

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Ritu checking on the marquee and that everything was running to plan. Yes really.

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Ritu’s lovely sisters and mum arrived, Sean took photos (I didn’t have shoes on and looked about 4ft tall) whilst outside people had started taking their seats for the ceremony! It was almost time…

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I handed my camera over to Ankush at this point. Well after the photo of the window below:

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Each bridesmaid was handed a different coloured hydrangea – matching the Liberty print theme perfectly. Wait until you see Ritu’s bouquet! Before we knew it, it was time for Ritu to walk down the aisle and become a Mrs! Ritu was to be given away by her uncle who was waiting to escort her. I could have burst into tears at this point. Weddings really are emotional.

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*Please don’t fall, please don’t fall, please do NOT fall*

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During the ceremony, there were lovely readings from Ritu’s sister (On Marriage, from The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran) and one of Jorin’s Groomsmen (A Lovely Love Story, by Edward Monkton).

The couple said their vows, exchanged rings and they were MARRIED!

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Love this photo!

As soon as the ceremony was over, there was a champagne reception, papri chaat was served and it was time for photos. Sean Elliott had us doing all sorts of things – kicking our legs out, Bollywood kissing the person next to us (what does this even mean Sean?!) and blowing the groom kisses! Soon after this the marquee opened for canapés to be served, along with the delicious meringues I posted a photo of in part 1 of wedding week!

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Ritu drew this!

I hope you’re enjoying the photos… there are still more to come.

The flowers arrangements were by the brilliant Helen and her team of florists at Bels Flowers. They were beyond breathtaking. The best flowers I’ve seen at a wedding without a doubt.

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The drinks were flowing, starters were being served and guests invited to the evening reception had arrived, so it was time to make our way into the main part of the marquee and await the entrance of our bride and groom! They were accompanied by Gaurav from Devastasian on the dhol – perfect! Check out dapper Jorin and Ritu’s gorgeous 3rd outfit! The final outfit of the day was Sabyasachi, from Bibi London.

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Isn’t this gorgeous? Provided by Coco Luminaire.

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Beautiful favour boxes – check out the coordination. Ritu drew this elephant!
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Pretty Bels Flowers arrangement
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Entertainment from Punjabi Roots Academy

Dinner was served promptly (catering was by Karma Foods and was delicious) and it was time for speeches. I didnt take photos, too busy laughing at Gary’s (best man) speech, and saying ‘aahhh’ at Jorin’s speech. When it came to Ritu to say a few words, she had lots of people in tears, at our table, Victoria and I couldn’t pull ourselves together until well into the newlyweds first dance!

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I didn’t take too many photos after this point – too busy busting some ridiculous moves on the dance floor to celebrate my best friend’s wedding. Here are a few final snaps:

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Gorgeous sister of the bride and her schoolfriend (and coincidentally, my lovely cousin)
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Mother and daughter 🙂

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I know this has been long (scarily, I haven’t even mentioned everything I wanted to, like how amazing the venue was for example, and what was inside the favour boxes… it could have been MUCH longer) but I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and looking at the million photos I’ve uploaded!

Would love to know what you think 🙂

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. What a beautiful wedding, the bride looked gorgeous! Thanks for writing all this, it’s been so interesting learning about the traditions 🙂

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    1. She really did look amazing! Thanks for the lovely comments Chloe, so glad you enjoyed reading 🙂 x

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  2. Victoria - another one of the lucky bridesmaids says:

    I’ve loved reading your blogs. It’s so nice to have a such a beautiful summary of the day that we can all look back at. Thank you xx

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    1. Ahh thanks Victoria! I really wanted to add a few photos of you dancing, but they didn’t do your spectacular moves justice. So pleased you’ve liked reading them 🙂 x x

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  3. I’ve really enjoyed reading Your wedding posts. Looks like everybody had such a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing x

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    1. Thanks so much Samantha! It was a brilliant week of celebrations 🙂 Happy you’ve enjoyed the posts xx

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  4. Lyn says:

    Thank you so much for writing this blog and posting photos of Jorin and Ritu’s wedding. I am Jorin’s long time neighbour in Hamilton, NZ, and it’s been really special to be able to read about this amazing event. Thank you, thank you!

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    1. Ahh Lyn, you’re so welcome! I’m really happy to hear you’ve been able to read all about the celebrations all the way from New Zealand! Thank you for your lovely comments 🙂

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  5. gotmeghan says:

    Lovely wedding! Thank you for sharing it with us! You looked beautiful! 🙂

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      1. gotmeghan says:

        You’re welcome! 🙂

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  6. Camille says:

    Beautiful photographs, thank you for sharing! I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get the chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Camille! See you on Bloglovin 🙂

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  7. Justina says:

    This was SUCH a beautiful post, I loved all of the saris!
    x Justina // abentpieceofwire.com

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    1. Thank you so much Justina! So pleased you liked it. x

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  9. Zahra Jaan says:

    I don’t know any people in the wedding or the bride but came across this when looking at bridal outfit ideas for my own wedding. Was looking for Asian style but chic not Xmas tree-esque over the top as some of them are… I just needed to say that, THAT is the MOST beautiful, prettiest bride I have ever seen! Love her two outfits, white one! OMG – She wears it so well and love how shes styled everything from hair to make up – She seems like a very chic woman!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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