We were so excited to plan the day for Palna and Sushil’s Indian wedding at Stoneleigh Abbey. You may not expect that a stately home in the English countryside would make an ideal backdrop for Indian wedding, but these images of our beautiful couple show how perfect it is.
Rather than have a religious ceremony at one venue followed by their wedding reception somewhere else, Sushil and Palna chose to get married in a civil ceremony at Stoneleigh Abbey and to stay there for their images and celebrations which meant that we only needed one team of professionals to cover the proceedings.
The ceremony took place in the Saloon in the building’s West Wing, which is a lovely room filled with natural light and windows that overlooked the Grade II listed parkland. Palna was a vision, and Sushil stood proudly next to her in front of the registrar as the couple exchanged vows. Palna’s wedding sari was a fantastic choice as the soft green and gold fabrics looked perfect against the white, gold and Wedgewood blue decor of the room. Before leaving, we took the opportunity to take some family shots, and then it was out to the front of the house where the guests sprinkled confetti over the newlyweds.
The stone staircase and impressive facade of the house provided the ideal setting for group shots. A professional tip is to use stairs for large group shots especially for Indian wedding photography as it allows you to fit large families and more people into a smaller frame, giving everyone the opportunity to be seen. After the ceremony, guests were treated to Indian delicacies and aperitifs in the Orangery Tea Room. This room is another beautiful space, with large windows that face the River Avon. While their guests were tucking into the delicious canapés, Palna and Sushil were with us as we made the most of the beautifully tended gardens and sunny weather to create a romantic story to add to their album.
Palna had chosen a dramatic outfit for her evening do, swapping from the soft shades of her wedding sari into a vivid sapphire skirt and a top with intricate gold lace detail. The luxurious fabrics looked incredible in the setting of Stoneleigh Abbey, both in the central part of the house, as well as the gardens and also in the converted indoor riding school which now serves as the venue’s banquet hall where the reception was hosted. Guests enjoyed a seated meal followed by speeches and dancing, with the newlyweds impressing guests with their moves.
We are grateful to Palna and Sushil for choosing us to cover their beautiful Indian wedding, and to the staff at Stoneleigh Abbey for their help and cooperation to ensure we got all the shots the couple wanted. Stoneleigh Abbey is a great venue for any celebration, large or small, and certainly worth considering when planning a wedding in the English countryside.
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