Bhumika Gupta from India and Fergal McGovern from Kildare celebrated their marriage with a mix of Irish and Indian traditions and the photos are absolutely stunning
THE HAPPY COUPLE
Bhumika Gupta from New Delhi in India and Fergal McGovern from Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
THE RECEPTION (S)
The Irish reception took place in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge as it is my husband’s hometown and his family has really loved this local hotel over the years. The ceremony took place in the parish church in Newbridge, and all our foreign friends were curious to see where Fergal grew up so we decided to keep it nice and Irish with the local hotel.
The second day was reserved for Indian pre-wedding traditions, which also took place in Newbridge at his house. We were very lucky with the weather and were able to have a nice setup in the garden. The ceremonies involved was Haldi (Tumeric) ceremony And a Mehendi (henna) ceremony. In haldi ceremony, our families covered us with turmeric and other things considered good for the skin in Indian traditions in preparation for the big day. And then the evening involved Indian food and music, and all the ladies got henna done on their hands by a henna artist from Dublin.
The big day was in Kinnitty Castle, Co Offaly. We chose Kinnitty because of its splendid character, as a lot of other castles we viewed looked quaint outside but were modern inside. Kinnitty had preserved its beautiful, old Irish character. That was important for us, as we wanted the Indian wedding venue to be different than the first one, which was more of a modern hotel setting.
THE DRESS (ES)
When I was in Ireland, I went to a lot of traditional Irish wedding boutiques to try on dresses. I decided from all the trials that I would like an A-line fitting which flows well, and something intricate. I also had in the back So as soon as I tried it on in London, I knew that was it.
For Indian dress as well, I knew I wanted something that was traditional ie red and gold colors. I also didn’t want something very embellished as I wanted to wear it all day so it had to be relatively light. I went on trials with my mum and she loved it as soon as she saw it on me. It complimented my color, the embroidery was all hand-done, so it was a very unique dress.
Our friend and photographer Hugh Noonan covered the three-day event, he literally lived with us for three days to capture all the moments.
So we had a’jazz duo’ the first night called Indigo Mood. They were two lovely girls, who came all dressed up and performed jazz versions of famous songs. It was followed by DJ Karl, whom our hotel had suggested, until late in the night.
For our Indian wedding, we just had a DJ for the whole evening as we wanted to do mostly Bollywood music, and our first dance was also a Bollywood song, so we didn’t go for an Irish band that night.
It’s the part where the groom and his family arrives to the wedding venue in a dancing, singing procession and the groom is on a white horse. The rest of his family / friends are walking and dancing along with the groom to the venue’s entrance, where the bride’s family welcomes them at the gate with pearl necklaces and a few gifts and takes them to the place where ceremony will take place.
Because the weather was so brilliant and sunny and we had Indian music through speakers, everyone loved it. I was watching through the window of my bridal suite in the castle along with my girl friends, and it really gave us that fairytale moment where I was looking down at the prince coming to marry me haha! The photographer even captured us looking out from the window, while we thought we were being sneaky!
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In between the million things to organise, we forgot to put out the sweets on the sweet cart, so my sister-in-law distributed them to the guests after the Indian ceremony instead. So the sweet cart was just sitting there empty for the whole evening haha!
Also there is a tradition in an Indian wedding where the bridesmaids / bride’s girlfriends steal groom’s shoes, so my Indian friends picked up and ran with Fergal’s shoes when the ceremony was happening. Fergal’s brother and the best man put up a great fight to retrieve them The wider Irish guests thought that a fight was breaking out!
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