Shakeela Bijapur, 45, married Richard Williams, 42, at Syon Park in Brentford on 30th May 2017. She says:
We wanted the day to be something a little bit different, with the bringing together of two cultures and three venues into a one-day celebration. I wanted our guests to experience something none of them had before. Syon Park was the perfect place for this as it mixes traditional elements and lots of history with modern aesthetics and beautiful outdoor space.
We held our western-style civil ceremony inside majestic Syon House. I have so many amazing memories from the day but, if I had to choose one, it would be entering Syon Park's Great Hall. I had such an overwhelming feeling of happiness seeing Richard waiting at the end of the aisle for me, as well as all of our loved ones in the crowd.
We held our Hindu ceremony outside in the sunshine. I was really lucky to be able to have it against the backdrop of the grounds' conservatory, which was breathtaking. Including this traditional Indian aspect allowed us to acknowledge my culture and heritage while connecting it with our life together as a couple in the UK.
My brief to the florist, Hayford and Rhodes, was that I wanted all of our flower arrangements to combine coral and burnt-orange blooms with lots of greenery and foliage. This was because those colours are my absolute favourites – and I also wanted them to match the outfits I wore in the afternoon and evening.
I chose three looks for each part of our wedding. The first was a white off-the-shoulder gown by Angelina Colarusso, then I chose a brightly coloured saree from India for the Hindu ceremony and, finally, I changed into a gold-embroidered strapless dress from Mona Vora for our evening reception.
Photographs by Zosia Zacharia