Huge thanks to Kitzy and Carl for sharing their amazing technicolour wedding on our Real Life Weddings blog. We hope you find their wedding story as inspiring at we did.
Mountain Top Proposal
We met at university but only got together a few years after graduation. Carl proposed at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro after we’d been hiking for days. I was so happy I almost forgot my altitude sickness!
We are both avid travellers, so a travel theme for our wedding was a no-brainer. This was under pinned by the fact we come from a multicultural heritage – Carl is a Londoner of Norwegian and West Indian descent and I’m a Brummie of Indian descent.
Feel Good Vibes at The Ashes
We wanted an elegant but fun day, with lots of surprises and a feel good vibe.
We’d initially looked for a wedding venue in London where we both live but couldn’t find what we were looking for. Then we stumbled across The Ashes.
Once we’d looked around The Ashes Barns and met the team, we knew it was the place we would exchange our ‘I do’s’.
Planning Our Wedding
We wanted to share our heritage and love of travel and spent quite a long time trying to figure out how to do that without creating Frankenstein’s monster!
In the end, we embraced our cultural heritages which made our wedding day incredibly special and meaningful as well as being a fun-filled, epic day!
I love that Carl arrived on horseback, that we wrote our own vows and wore fresh flower garlands during the ceremony. We took the traditional 7 first steps out of the ceremony barn once we were married and added fun with our ambassador car, steel band, rum punch, dhol players etc….!
I love fresh flowers and we had a fresh flower arch to get married under and fresh flower garlands made for the ceremony, in addition to the bridal flowers and centerpieces.
Rose at the Topiary Tree Florist fabulously brought my vision for freshly picked, vibrant wild flowers to life. She even managed to ensure my bouquet as well as the bridesmaids’ were not structured and stiff but lovely, natural arrangements.
It meant so much to us to get married surrounded by lush blooms.
Dressed to Impress!
I have always envisaged the traditional Hindu bridal wear of a red and gold lengha for my wedding day and my family kindly paid for a trip to New Delhi, where our family is originally from, where I was able to get a tailor-made outfit that also incorporated a hint of navy blue to match Carl’s outfit.
I wanted to wear navy blue shoes as my ‘something new and blue’, a colleague recommended Rachel Simpson and her ‘Victoria’ shoes were the most comfortable, glam shoes I’ve ever worn!
I also wore antique gold jewellery – a mix of earring with head piece, a tikka, a choker and a longer necklace, plus kaleeray which are traditionally worn from the bridal bangles as an auspicious symbol (traditionally made of dried coconuts).
Carl’s outfit and accessories were tailor-made from New Delhi too; we’d been window-shopping in London so he had a clear idea of what he wanted – blue velvet with antique gold embroidery and matching hand made shoes. He also had a Mughal style pearl necklace, a gold hat with feather headpiece and an embroidered scarf.
We had the ushers all wearing the same colour palate (with slightly less bling) and they had gold scarves to match too.
Feel the Rhythm
We had a mix of entertainment starting with my nephew Avi and his group Beat Asylum who provided the Indian Dhol beats for Carl to make his grand entrance on his trusty steed as well as getting the crowd going with their addition of dhol beats over the song to our first dance, Donna Summers I Feel Love.
For the drinks reception we paid homage to Carl’s dad, Lennox, by having the fabulous team at Steelasopical play some soca beats for our guests, bringing a bit of the West Indies sunshine to Endon. Sound Solutions provided the DJ equipment for our evening reception so Carl and his friends could spin (disco, Indian and soca) tracks & relive their youth!
Best Day Ever!
There will be disagreements along the way to the big day, as long as you are prepared for that you’ll be fine.
Make sure you enjoy every last minute of the day, it all goes so fast after so long planning, make sure you take the time to enjoy your planning fruition and that you have time to yourselves to take in the moment and enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling of being Mr & Mrs.
If you can book the honeymoon to happen a little while after the wedding – it makes the wedding come down so much easier to bear!
These awesome wedding suppliers helped turn our wedding day dreams into reality.
Wedding Photographer – Steve Bridgwood
Florist – The Topiary Tree
Videographer – James Riley
Steel Band – Steelasophical
Dhol Entertainers – Beats Asylum
DJ – Sound Solutions
Transport – Kushi Cars
Oil Painting – Indian Hippy
Horse Hire: Victorian Carriages
Kitzy & Carl’s Wedding Gallery
Check out these incredible shots of an incredible day.
Kitzy and Carl you rock!
All our love, The Ashes Event Managers x
The Ashes Barns Wedding Venue offers you:
Exclusive Use of its Award-Winning Rustic Barn Wedding Venue
The Option to Supply Your Own Drinks with No Corkage Fee
Sensational private grounds with panoramic backdrops
An Experienced Events Team
Bespoke Online Wedding Planning Tools
Dream Team Wedding Suppliers
Convenient location in the West Midlands
There’s More to Come!
Keep your eyes peeled for more amazing real life weddings but for now, check out some of our Inspiration Blogs for more great wedding planning ideas.