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The Brief
Kay and Nima have an infectious enthusiasm for life, and from first contact I knew that their wedding was going to be full of creativity and great fun to plan. The English countryside seemed the most unlikely of destination for this multi-cultural wedding, since while Nima’s roots were in Iran and Kay’s in the USA, the couple had met and currently lived in Kuwait! But because they didn’t think it practical to choose either of their own countries for their wedding day, they instead decided to provide their guests with an adventure. Kay had always dreamed of getting married in a beautiful old English house, and it was time to make that dream come true. We set to work recreating Kay’s ideal vision of an elegant English wedding but which also combined elements from her American roots, and a big dose of Persian tradition too. Because the couple were based in Kuwait, the whole day was planned with just two brief visits to the UK during the one year planning process.

As the evening events unfolded, an entirely separate ‘play zone’ was created with coloured up-lighting, squishy bean bags and giant ‘Mr & Mrs’ letters to create a relaxed and playful mood

Pre-Wedding Hospitality
Kay and Nima’s guests stayed for two to three nights at the venue, The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green in Oxfordshire, where they enjoyed relaxed pub dinners and post wedding brunches. But the prime location of the venue also enabled them to soak up the charm of nearby historic Oxford, and venture further afield in to the quintessentially English Cotswold countryside.
The Wedding Day
The focus of our planning was the day itself, on which we were lucky to have full and exclusive use of The Manor. Unfortunately, the one thing you can’t plan is the weather, which did not allow for the outside garden ceremony, but the couple exchanged their vows in the equally beautiful Baronial Hall instead.

I am often required to find ways to seamlessly combine different heritages and cultures within a wedding ceremony. For Kay & Nima we were able to find a celebrant who could design the perfect fusion of a western ceremony, with the Persian tradition of the Sofreh Aghd. So while Kay walked down the aisle with bridesmaids and the couple exchanged vows, they also followed the Persian custom of having a carpet laid with symbolic offerings, and first seeing each other reflected in a large mirror, before having sugar sprinkled on their heads during the ceremony to signify a sweet marriage. Instead of religious readings, their fathers were asked to read “words of wisdom” on keeping a long and happy marriage.
The Theme
The whole look of this wedding was bursting with energy, colour and vibrancy. We transformed a white garden marquee using shades of mango and lime, and the zingy colour palette was carried through every detail of the reception, from the paisley-inspired lollipop-shaped ‘Orders of the day’, to the orange calla lilies and gerberas, and colourful up-lighting and paper lanterns. A final nod to the couple’s Middle Eastern connections came with a wedding cake designed to look like Aladdin’s magic carpet.
The Entertainment
From a string quartet to a jazz band, the music hardly stopped. Guests finally danced the night away to a crowd-pleasing DJ with a playlist that included a fantastic American set, including numerous Bruce Springsteen classics.

This wedding was such a blend of so many traditions, heritages, ideas, desires and dreams, and it was a delight to bring it all to life for this fabulous couple.