If we had to sum up Andy and Sukanya's summer wedding at Low Wood Bay in one phrase it would have to be 'vibrant and brilliantly colourful'.
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Our wedding team enjoyed every moment of the preparations leading up to the big day and are delighted that the happy couple have shared precious memories of how their love story began and how they went about creating their unique and stunning wedding day.
Andy had joined a rather prestigious online dating site, with the help of his IT savvy friends. Following a month of absolutely no matches, he had planned to cancel his subscription. Luckily, Andy missed his cancellation window and it was in this second month that Sukanya had signed up for the same dating site.
Keen to make the most of this unwanted second month of subscription, Andy was quick to send contact, by way of a virtual 'smile' to Sukanya. Sukanya’s captivating profile blurb and picture caught Andy’s attention (obviously), but mostly, it was her LAXX postcode that really dazzled this new age romantic!
Following a series of emails, the pair agreed to meet up. The big date was to be the infamous Appleby Horse fair, much to the combined horror and amusement of Andy’s friends. They decided a pre-horse fair date meet would be sensible, so rendezvoused at The Swan in Newby Bridge a few days earlier.
The pre-date, date went very well and thus began the union of two very lovely people from two very different worlds.
We were due to head off on our annual pilgrimage to Center Parcs in Penrith for our long weekend at the end of Feb 2016. Unbeknown to Sukanya, the journey to Center Parcs,Ullswater to be precise was to be the location of the proposal.
Andy had spent a couple of weeks planning this moment. The when and where were sorted, the how was proving much more problematic. He spent the week leading up to the trip looking rather pale and anxious. He was caught staring vacantly into the distance a few times, his top lip shimmering with beads of sweat.
On the approach to Ullswater, Andy suggested that they stop to take photos on the lake shore. Sukanya did as was requested and walked across to the lake shore. When she turned around to look back at Andy, he was on his knee.
Andy and Sukanya live near Windermere and were keen to keep the wedding in the Lake District. There really is little competition for the natural beauty right here on our doorstep. They also knew that they were planning to invite many guests. Key to our venue choice would be beautiful surroundings and the ability to manage our guest numbers.
Having discussed their needs with friends and family, quite a few people suggested checking out the Low Wood Bay Hotel. Andy & Sukanya knew the location was stunning. They met with the Wedding team, who were great; very friendly and helpful. Their approach put us at ease immediately. Andy & Sukanya talked through all their needs and the team were very confident and reassuring that they would have no trouble with helping to plan their big day.
Andy & Sukanya decided very quickly after this meeting that this was the venue for their wedding. They were pleased to have acted quickly as there were only two Saturday dates available for summer of 2017.
Andy & Sukanya decided that the wedding would be Black Tie and Glamorous. Andy wore a winged collar shirt, a black bow tie and his patent black formal shoes, and looked very handsome and felt great all day.
Sukanya’s outfit was found following a lot of research online. It was designed by Mona Vora who specialises in modern Indian Bridal wear.
Each piece is handmade and access to the garments and designer are by appointment only. Mona’s team are exceptionally professional. Each appointment took as long as was needed and there was never a rush to complete the appointments. The outfit was brilliantly colourful and influenced the colours and theme for the wedding.
Ambience Venue Styling expertly styled the venue, and when combined with the beautiful flower centrepieces, the room came alive. There was so much to look at and savour, it was a joy.
Andy & Sukanya had lots of fun selecting the wedding breakfast menu. They knew it would be a long day, as the wedding ceremony started at 11 am, so they planned a substantial meal. They chose a main course of Lamb Shank. It was absolutely delicious; the lamb just fell off the bone. Many of their guests mentioned how great all the food was, particularly the lamb! The cheesecake dessert was creamy, crunchy, luxurious and felt gloriously indulgent.
The whole menu was Gluten Free, from Canapés through to the evening meal. This meant that all the guests could feel able to relax and enjoy every aspect of the wedding, without feeling left out.
The wedding cake was made by Sugar Ruffles and the design based on Sukanya’s outfit. They had a 4-tier cake, with one tier being gluten free. When they saw the cake, prior to the wedding breakfast, Andy & Sukanya were incredibly impressed at the detail of the sugar work and the way in which the Bridal outfit was so perfectly captured.
Wedding favours were something the couple really struggled with choosing. They thought of many different ideas, such as, mini Kendal mint cake liqueurs, novelty games, etc. However, they could not settle on anything as it felt, to us, as a token that would most likely end up being lost, broken or left behind.
Andy & Sukanya eventually decided on favours and they were really happy with their decision. Instead of buying small favours, they donated the cost of favours to Cancer Research, and in return, received small cards to place at each guests table setting to let them know this is what was done. It felt good to contribute to such a worthy cause.
Whilst planning the wedding, Andy was very concerned about the break between the wedding breakfast and the reception. The couple bounced some ideas around and eventually agreed to let guests have some time to themselves…or so Andy thought.
With the help and discretion of Gemma, Fillipe and Rachel from the Low Wood Bay’s wedding team, Sukanya arranged a surprise casino to fill the time.