She came from Bangladesh, and him an Englishman. Their love story is truly one for the ages.
Stephen proposed to Nargis over a dinner date on their trip to South Africa. Nargis was completely spellbound and surprised by what that evening had unveiled for her. She recalls having visited the safari that same day, being excited about having spotted five leopards. Nargis calls it the perfect end to a perfect day.
The Wedding Theme
Our duo is big on fancy dress, big parties and gin.
With the cultural concoction of Asia and Britain, they knew right away what the demand of the hour was –fusion inspired.
Stephen and Nargis came up with the perfect theme of ‘Colonial India’ for their wedding.
The Wedding Design
Soon enough, the duo had their talented crew of friends take charge over design and assembly; the delicate white table layout plans and stationery, the carefully handpicked menu, the order signs, everything to the detail was looked into and looked after.
The wedding emblem, as well, was hand-crafted for Stephen and Nargis.
What the Bride Wore
Not long after the wedding date was chosen, Nargis knew her choice of ensemble, “A big white dress was just not going to do,” recalls Nargis while brainstorming.
She started looking at a few bridal stores where she was floored by the experience- but not by the dresses. As gorgeous as they were, there was something missing to compliment the elements of her height and colour.
Nargis loved the idea of ‘spunky’, and having something different for her wedding, especially given the whole theme. She loved the thought of something gold for the day, but had a tough time finding the perfect get-up.
Alas, it was a niche shop called the Omega Bridal Store in Southall where she saw a top hanging on the rails- vintage and royal at the same time. The top, as Nargis describes it, was actually part of a trouser outfit, but in that store she found a gown type skirt that paired with it beautifully.
What the Groom Wore
Stephen wanted to purchase a suit instead of hire one. He also knew he wanted a bold tone of blue. Suitssupply was recommended to Stephen by their photographer, Ash. So, they visited the shop one Saturday morning, and he bought the first suit he tried on right there and then!
In the Bride and Groom’s Words: The Photographer
Ash Davenport- would definitely recommend. We knew we didn’t want a bunch of staged photos – and wanted the photography to look natural and be relaxed on the day.
We had seen some of Ash’s work before and we loved the style of his photography and how he used light to capture amazing shots.
On the day he was brilliant, we had a relaxed wedding and his style complemented our style of wedding perfectly.
The Wedding Ceremony
To the couple’s luck, it was a beautiful summer’s day they married each other. Just by the lake, outside on a pagoda on lush grounds at Longstowe Hall, Stephen and Nargis read their vows.
It was a simple service with two readings from two of their best friends.
The Wedding Reception
The inspiration for everything was the Colonial India theme.
The florist put palm leaves on the marquee poles, all of the bouquets had plenty of foliage, and large kenita plants were hired for the photo-wall.
The Reception Decor
A collective from different places, Stephen and Nargis brought together everything for their wedding day.
The paraphernalia included a dark wicker sofa, a room divider, a gramophone, old photo fames and more. They even made their own photo backdrop which looked incredible.
The Best Moments
Stephen and Nargis learnt choreography to Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time.
On the day of the wedding, finally- when the moment came, they were the happiest and the coolest couple you’d see. Not concerned about their moves, giggling their way through it, they danced their ‘first dance’.
In the Bride’s Words: Wedding Challenges
I’m not sure there were any really big challenges or maybe now that the day is over I just don’t remember them! But, the biggest triumph was definitely the food. After we decided on lamb- we knew we wanted a twist.
We started eating out every week in London and having lamb dishes from nice restaurants. We went to Cinnamon Club in Westminster- which is a Michelin star Indian fusion restaurant, and tasted this amazing corn sauce. I found the recipe and our caterers were able to replicate it perfectly, and then they improved on the recipe by adding masala mash!
In the Bride & Groom’s Words: Words of Advice
Enjoy the day, don’t stress about the little things, no one will notice!