Ambika and Zuheb planned four fabulous celebrations, marrying Indian traditions with a beautiful Midsummer Night’s Dream theme to create spectacular results.
There was an instant connection when Ambi and Zuheb first met at university. “We would just gravitate towards each other and then chat for ages,” smiles the bride.
“Our relationship was very much a friendship that developed into more over time.”
Then came a magical proposal with the perfect Tiffany ring. “We both love musicals so Zuheb booked the ‘Julie Andrews’ (one of my favourite actresses!) room for a VIP experience at the Aladdin musical,” remembers Ambi.
“When we entered the room it was set up with champagne and canapés. He then got down on one knee and proposed. It was perfect!”
That was in January 2017 and the couple were keen to tie the knot that summer or autumn.
They were officially married in a civil ceremony in London at the start of July but wanted to come north of the border for a traditional Hindu ceremony in Ambi’s family home in Edinburgh before hosting a fabulous reception two days later.
Their schedule was tight but the decisions were made easier when the bride fell in love with Kinross House, their reception venue.
“It had such a wow factor and was gorgeous!” she remembers. “Quintessential Scotland, overlooking a beautiful loch and Lochleven Castle.”
The couple had their hearts set on a Midsummer Night’s Dream and magical forest theme for both the ceremony and reception, albeit with slightly different interpretations.
“I wanted to take advantage of the incredible light and late sunsets typical of a Scottish summer,” says Ambi.
“We had a deep desire to use a lot of flowers and foliage stemming from our family’s love of gardens and nature.
The use of green foliage was also perfect given that ‘greenery’ was Pantone’s wedding colour of 2017!” Talk about a bride who knows her wedding trends!
For the ceremony the couple wanted to keep the theme rustic and natural, lining trestle tables with small vases of flowers, candles in brass holders and trails of leaves.
Ivory linens, gold charger plates and champagne-coloured napkins tied in with the warm tones of the bride’s first wedding outfit which she chose on a special shopping trip to India.
“I had always wanted to get my dresses there as I am very fond of my heritage,” she explains. “The shopping experience is a memory I will treasure.”
For the ceremony she chose a deep silk lehenga (dress) with gold floral embroidery and a pale peach dupatta (veil) which perfectly complemented her husband’s cream Indian sherwani (suit). “He looked like a prince!” smiles Ambi.
Their home-leg ceremony had a real party atmosphere with wonderful Indian musicians playing.
The party vibe continued on the Friday with a night of ceilidh dancing and whisky tasting at The Merchant’s Hall in Edinburgh before the Saturday reception in a fabulous marquee at Kinross House.
Large floral arrangements, candelabras festooned with blooms, floral chandeliers and a fairy light canopy created a magical atmosphere.
The couple entered to the strains of a piper and started their day with an afternoon tea, entertaining guests with a close-up magician, caricaturist and string quartet.
At the end of the speeches the groomsmen and best men surprised everyone, serenading the newlyweds with a rendition of I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys, with the lyrics changed to make fun of Zuheb.
“Although poorly sung, it was hilarious,” says Ambi. Music was then left to the professionals with DJ Vips getting guests on their feet to a mix of motown, chart hits and Bollywood songs; even sparking a dance off!
Looking back Ambi and Zuheb are thrilled with their nuptials.
“All we wanted was a relaxed wedding celebration that was filled with love and laughter and I really think we achieved that.”