A Tented Affair

IMG_1161With a truly global combined heritage, this bride & groom had their hearts set on an exotic destination wedding, but sadly this meant that many of their friends and family back home were unable to attend. We had discussed the idea of holding a huge party upon their return to celebrate their nuptials, but while the groom really loves a good party (who doesn’t?) he’s not one for a formal shindig. The couple wanted something more down-to-earth and a chance to celebrate with their loved ones in a relaxed, laid back, and fun environment. The solution – a lively and entertaining party at their home before they set off for their destination wedding.

IMG_2952When planning, we took into account the bride’s Indian origins and the groom’s Jamaican background right from the start, so each and every aspect paid tribute to both families. A Smilebox invitation was sent via email to the guests, containing pictures of the happy couple along with the unusual combination of the Indian version of Jai Ho by A.R. Rahman and Bob Marley’s Jammin’ blaring out in the background – a combination that actually worked really well!

IMG_2955With warm weather on the horizon, two tents were set up in the garden so guests could enjoy the outdoors. One tent was erected for dining, and another as a lounge area, creating two distinct spaces for eating and socialising. The garden was even large enough to allow for a stage and dancefloor, where guests showed off their moves and the DJ spun into the wee hours of the morning.

IMG_2950In keeping with the idea of blending the bride & groom’s culture together as one, we decided on a menu with a vibrant international feel, blending the Caribbean flavors of classic Jamaican cuisine with the spice and heat of mouthwatering Indian fare. Jerk chicken, rice & peas, Indian-spiced lamb koftas and samosas were just some of the delectable offerings, but it didn’t stop there! As a tribute to the couple’s upcoming international travels and sense of adventure, there were also plates full of Japanese sushi, Spanish tapas, and unbelievable Italian offerings which really rounded out the menu. It was exactly what the bride & groom wanted – a small, humble event that spoke volumes.