A Romantic Summery Wedding Drenched in Grace & Splendour

Anuja & Aleks

Snapshot

For as adorable and romantic these high school sweethearts’ love tale and proposal story is, their wedding is brimming with love and happiness that knows no bounds equally. Tying the knot in both the Christian and Hindu ceremonies in the classiest and most traditional ways, Aleks and Anuja’s wedding is a fine intermix of cultures, elegance, regal appeal, and their apparent love for countryside and manor houses. We are so in love with the hearty vibes and the choicest elements of this wedding and they’ll surely leave you transfixed too!

About The Couple

How They Met

Aleks and Anuja met on their school bus when they were in high school. After being encouraged by their common friend, Aleks finally asked her out for a date—a lovely summer walk in the countryside in the village where they both lived.

Their Tale

Anuja narrates, “We are a couple who never sits still and enjoys living our lives to the fullest. Some might call us adventurous. Once we have a vision in our mind, we make it our goal to make sure it happens. We are both ambitious but, makes sure we always have time for each other. We love to go on holidays and go on long hikes. Our highlights would definitely be going to Tromsø in Norway to see the northern lights and the Canadian Rockies for our honeymoon which is a hiker’s dream!”

The Details

The Proposal

Telling us about her super romantic and out of the box proposal, Anuja reveals how she woke up one morning back in 2017 to an envelope by her bed side with a letter from Aleks and a photo of theirs. She reveals, “I had nine other letters to find during the day, each giving a clue about the next and with a photograph of us. By the end of the day, the letters had treated me to a manicure, a massage, and a meal. The last letter told me to put all the photographs in chronological order and then turn them over. It read, ‘Destination Vienna’.”

For the first few days, they both explored in and around Vienna while staying at the Hotel Imperial. It was on one of the days while they leisurely made their way to Gloriette that Aleks proposed to her. While she read their relationship’s storybook that was kept on the ledge for her and the violinist played her favorite song simultaneously, Aleks went down on his knees and asked her to marry him. Juno & Herra Wedding Photography captured their priceless moments perfectly.

Wedding Planning & Details

Envisioning their wedding celebrations to be a formal affair and for their love for the countryside and beautiful manor houses, Aleks and Anuja’s soiree was a gracefully opulent one. A regal classic English manor house wedding with a Polish and Indian twist, the affair was a grand and surreal one that the couple planned on their own. Pinterest, a few local wedding fairs, and a wedding planning book from Paperchase helped them with inspiration and the timeline of the planning journey.

While photographer Slawa Walczak and cinematographers DGTL Concepts worked their magic with the lens, the decor and floral arrangements from Midland Mandaps and Tracey Spokes elevated and curated their ceremony’s vibe flawlessly.

The Haldi Ceremony

Aleks and Anuja’s celebration kicked off with an intimate and chilled out haldi ceremony at the bride’s house. While Aleks wore a white kurta pyjama, Anuja wore a white saree which she accessorized with minimal jewellery and green bangles.

The Catholic Wedding

The informal and chilled out haldi and mehndi ceremonies were followed by a traditional Christian ceremony at the St. Charles Borromeo Church, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire. A summary white and blue-toned ceremony, the day wedding was a hearty and love-filled one which was later followed by a Polish lunch reception at Hull History Centre which was decked up by Hullaballoon.

While Aleks wore a blue Peter Posh tailcoat with a Charles Tyrwhitt shirt & tie and a Hockerty waistcoat, Anuja looked stunning in a pristine white Princia Pronovias dress with shoes from Freya Rose London. She teamed it up with dainty jewellery from Ivory & Co., and was glammed up by Victoria Farr who gave her a naturally enhanced look.

Bride & Groom Squad

While the groomsmen looked dapper as ever in matching blue tailcoats from Peter Posh, Anuja’s girlies looked radiant in ice blue dresses from Debenhams.

The Hindu Ceremony

For the day ceremony, the Harlaxton Manor, Grantham was beautifully decked up with pretty white, blue and light pink flowers to exude a romantic and summery countryside vibe. Striking floral arrangements and a simplistic white draped mandap with heavy foliage and floral accents highlighted the decor for the wedding in a traditional and royal way.

Couple Looks

For the day, right from the cream sherwani to accessories, Aleks was clad head-to-toe in Benzer looking like a true Indian groom. Anuja, on the other hand, wore a statement red Sabyasachi lehenga with striking kundan & polki jewellery from Magic Mirror.

While Helen Sutcliffe gave her a soft low bun, Makeup by Jenni gave her the perfect subtle eyes and a bold red lip.

Bridal Party

For the Hindu ceremony, Anuja’s squad looked ravishing in custom made matching saris in hues of dusty blue and gold which they all sported with pretty buns, bangles, matching jhumkis and a matching bindi.

The Reception

The reception decor was a super classy and elegant affair marked with blooming florals, oversized centerpieces, adorable DIY menus, and graceful table seatings.

Tips From The Bride

  • Get your photographer and videographer booked early. The best ones always book up fast.
  • Going to India for wedding shopping is a great idea. There is so much choice out there and you can find exactly what you want. If not, someone can make it for you.
  • I had the best time of my life at the wedding because the number of guests was limited (120) and I knew and cared for everyone that attended. Having a smaller wedding allows you to pay attention to the details, be able to meet everyone, and most importantly have a great time on your wedding day with the people you love. It also opens up the possibility of some of the most beautiful buildings in England, which have so much character in their own right.

Edited By Neha Garg Ahuja

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