Bonita & Eren held the first chapter of their two-part wedding in the garden of Bonita’s family home (Click here to see the second part of their wedding). A beautiful, pink Indian Wedding in Solihull, filled with love, laughter, tuk-tuks & the funkiest Bhangra drumming I’ve ever heard.

I first met Bonita & Eren at the Barbican just prior to their engagement photo-session. I was immediately struck by how different their characters were: Bonita, a feisty, talkative TV producer who claimed she adored having her photo taken. Eren, a laidback media consultant, self-deprecating, who quietly told me that the idea of having a camera pointed his direction made him feel…unwell. One-upping each other about who had the most peculiar habits, I wondered what made these two people–seemingly so different–decide to plan a life together.

But then I heard them laugh.

And once they started, they didn’t stop.

I smiled. I understood.

On the day of their Indian Wedding, Bonita & Eren’s joy & laughter inspired their families & friends. At the close of the ceremony, cheers rang around the marquee and out into the garden. A perfect, sunny May day faded into a beautiful evening with delicious food, hilarious speeches and a jam-packed dancefloor. Just perfect.

Indian Wedding Bride Getting Ready Sari Solihull

Bonita looked beautiful in her dress by Este Couture and jewellery by Kyles Collection.

Indian Wedding Bride Getting Ready Sari Solihull

No. 21 shoes for an Indian Wedding? Of course! This was no ordinary Solihull Indian Wedding.

Indian Wedding Bride Getting Ready Sari Solihull

The bridesmaids couldn’t wait to see Bonita in her outfit.

Indian Wedding Bride Getting Ready Sari Solihull

Indian Wedding Bride Getting Ready Sari Solihull

The bridesmaids looked elegant in delicate teal & gold saris.

bridesmaids indian wedding solihull

Indian Wedding Bride Getting Ready Sari Solihull

Bonita’s connection with her bridesmaids allowed me to capture precious moments like this.

Indian Wedding Bride Getting Ready Sari Solihull

Prepare for the bangles. A little moisturiser helped!

Bride putting on Bangles Indian Wedding Solihull

Bride putting on Bangles Indian Wedding Solihull

Bride putting on Bangles Indian Wedding Solihull

That bling, so gorgeous.

Indian Bride Accessories Indian Wedding Solihull

Indian Bride Accessories Indian Wedding Solihull

Bonita’s delicate pink veil completed her wedding look.

Indian Bride Accessories Indian Wedding Solihull

Eren’s entourage of best men LOVED their outfits. They were preening more than the bridesmaids!

Indian Wedding Solihull Guests

Guests enjoyed aperitifs whilst waiting for the groom to arrive.

Indian Wedding Solihull Guests

Family & friends helped with the preparation. This day was a labour of love.

Flower Petals Indian Wedding Solihull

Eren arrived at the wedding in this amazing tuk-tuk, accompanied by Kudos Music drummers.

Groom arriving indian wedding solihull

Groom arriving indian wedding solihull

Eren could have stayed in the tuk-tuk all day. Bonita’s Dad had to pull him out!

Groom arriving indian wedding solihull

Groom arriving indian wedding solihull

Bonita’s Mum greeted Eren & his nephew.

Groom arriving indian wedding solihull

Emotional hugs & handshakes abound. Family members travelled from throughout the UK, as well as India & America.

guests indian wedding solihull

guests indian wedding solihull

Eren looked regal in his outfit. He threw a smile at his groomsmen whilst waiting for the Bride to arrive.

groom indian wedding solihull

The Hindu ceremony begins.

groom indian wedding solihull

priest indian wedding solihull

The bridesmaids escorted Bonita to the mandap holding a traditional protective veil overhead.

indian wedding bride with bridesmaids entrance

The moment their eyes met was pure joy.

indian wedding bride with bridesmaids entrance

The perfect nose-squish kiss.

indian wedding kiss

mandap indian wedding solihull

mandap indian wedding solihull

The relaxed, edited ceremony was filled with smiles.

mandap indian wedding solihull

What were the bridesmaids discussing?

bridesmaids indian wedding solihull

indian wedding ceremony solihull

*Melts*

indian wedding ceremony solihull

Members of Bonita’s family handed them puffed rice as part of the saptapadi.

indian wedding ceremony solihull

The saptapadi or “seven steps” is an important part of the Indian Wedding ritual. The couple walks around the Holy Fire and throws rice into it.

mandap indian wedding ceremony solihull

mandap indian wedding ceremony solihull

The laughs & smiles didn’t stop. Pink scarves were draped around Bonita & Eren and tied together, symbolizing their eternal bond.

mandap indian wedding ceremony solihull

mandap indian wedding ceremony solihull

Towards the end of the ceremony, the Mums took turns to feed Indian sweets to their new daughter & son.

mandap indian wedding ceremony solihull

A celebratory throw of the flower petals. They’re hitched!

mandap indian wedding ceremony solihull

Ceremony over, guests enjoyed the May sunshine in the garden.

indian garden wedding solihull

table decorations indian wedding solihull

Inside the marquee, Shades created magic with their beautiful styling.

table decorations indian wedding solihull

These two were just so happy to be back in that tuk-tuk.

tuk tuk rickshaw bride groom indian wedding solihull

tuk tuk rickshaw bride groom indian wedding solihull

Just gorgeous…

tuk tuk rickshaw bride groom indian wedding solihull

bride bridesmaids indian wedding solihull

“We have to do a photo like an Indian goddess with all those arms coming out of her…but we’ve only got 15 seconds to do it” said Bonita. We did this instead…

bride bridesmaids indian wedding solihull

guests indian garden wedding solihull

guests indian garden wedding solihull

Whose Choos?

flip flops chappals indian garden wedding solihull

Giving a nod to Eren’s heritage, the Turkish Delight was a nice touch on the sweet table.

bride groom entrance portraits indian wedding solihull

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, just a drone.

guests indian garden wedding solihull

The early evening light was perfect. I grabbed a reluctant Eren for a portrait with his new bride.

bride groom entrance portraits indian wedding solihull

bride groom entrance portraits indian wedding solihull

A Solihull Indian Wedding.

bride groom entrance portraits indian wedding solihull

Stepping into the marquee to Notorious B.I.G’s “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”, I couldn’t help but smile when the drummers started a thundering accompaniment. They got the whole room shaking.

bride groom entrance portraits indian wedding solihull

Guests conversated over the wonderful food.

guests indian wedding solihull

Eren’s speech had a the girls in stitches…

speeches crying laughing indian wedding solihull

…and tears.

speeches crying laughing indian wedding solihull

The best men provided plenty of embarrassing moments for Eren.

speeches crying laughing indian wedding solihull

A Solihull Indian Wedding.

bride bridesmaids indian wedding solihull

It wouldn’t be an Indian Wedding without a cheek-squeeze from an aunty.

guests indian wedding solihull

The first dance started traditionally…

bride groom dancing indian wedding solihull

…until the glitter cannon exploded and the Bhangra took over.

bride groom dancing indian wedding solihull

Eren’s boys celebrated by sending him to the skies.

groom thrown in air indian wedding solihull

A colourful day made possible & beautiful by a great couple, their families, and a great creative team.

Marquee & Styling: Shades

Catering: Five Rivers

Floral: Mary Jane Vaughn

Bridal Couture: Este Couture

Brides Shoes: No. 21

Jewellery: Kyles Collection

Hair & Make-up: The Real Bride

Drummers: Kudos Music

Tuk-Tuk: Big Yellow Tuk

Photography: Nigel Edgecombe

Solihull Indian Wedding

For even more from this amazing wedding, click here to check out Bonita & Eren’s second ceremony, held the following weekend at the Banqueting House in London.

Leave A

Comment

Amy
December 6, 2016
What a truly gorgeous wedding. These are wonderful photos. Congratulations Bonita and Eren!
Reply
December 6, 2016
Glad you enjoyed them Amy. It really was a spectacular May day.
Reply
[…] because they didn’t have have just one Wedding, they had TWO. After their wonderful Indian Garden Wedding held at Bonita’s family home, B&E invited guests to step out of their kurtas […]
Reply

Leave a Reply to Nigel Edgecombe Cancel Reply ×