Real Irish Wedding: 5th July 2012, Solis Lough Eske Castle, Co. Donegal
A surprise trip to New York in January 2010, turned out to be even more special for Shivani when boyfriend Jason proposed in Central Park.She takes up the story:
“We walked further into Central Park to a picturesque space where Jay proposed, it was snowing and the sun was setting, it was very beautiful. He gave me a platinum princess cut diamond ring, which I love! Afterwards we celebrated in Times Square in a rotating restaurant with amazing views.”
The couple spent two years planning their wedding, starting with the perfect location, Solis Lough Eske Castle.
“We chose Solis Lough Eske Castle for both the ceremony and reception venue,” reveals Shivani. “The second we arrived at the venue we knew it was the one as it has a mix of contemporary and old.”
“We knew from day one that we would like to incorporate both Indian and Western themes into our wedding. We decided on an Indian ceremony followed by a civil wedding ceremony and as it was such a long day for guests, we planned an Indian lunch for them.”
200 guests were invited to attend the wedding, which began with an Indian wedding ceremony at 11am. Shivani looked stunning in an Indian Lengha and Jason wore an Indian suit. The bridesmaids wore beautiful white sarees for both weddings.
Pictures were followed by Indian lunch, before Jason and Shivani slipped away to change outfits for wedding ceremony number two!
“I wore a traditional white wedding dress and Jason wore a suit,” says Shivani. “My wedding dress featured a soft sweetheart neckline with A-line silhouette, lace bodice, hand beaded Swarovski crystals and precious stone detail on empire waist.”
The ceremony was performed under the mandap (a canopy which was used for the Indian wedding) and the room looked amazing decorated in a navy and silver colour scheme.
Entertainment took the form of a Dola player (an Indian drum) who ushered guests into the room for the evening reception where guests enjoyed speeches and dinner followed by a band and an Indian DJ.
“The whole day was elegant and relaxed,” recalls Shivani. “We loved every minute of it.”
The little details
Wedding dress: Alter Images, Bridge of Allan
Groomswear: Bought in India
Bridesmaid dress: Designed by Shivani and made in India
Flowers: Pollock’s Flowers, Castlederg
Cake: Made by Jason’s Granny – Noleen Loughlin, Castlederg and Iced by Karen Hannigan, Omagh
Room dressing: Simply Divine, Donegal
Photographer: Erica Irvine, Omagh