Pinky and Mike’s wedding is absolute eye candy! We’re talking pink flamingos, gilded pineapples, airplane flyovers, punchy-pink streamers and a red retro convertible. Add in the incredible, cultural richness of a traditional Indian ceremony and it’s absolutely one of the most vibrant, and exiting weddings we’ve seen to date. Check out these wonderful (dare we say epic) images from photographer, Matt Parry, who managed to capture all of the colorful joy of Pinky and Mike’s “Fantastical Bollywood Miami Beach Dream” wedding.
What made the wedding special and unique?
The wedding was a fantastical Bollywood Miami beach dream in quintessential English countryside with sprinkles of love, laughter, fun and flamingos.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
Rich, elegant and regal. I felt like I was royalty and didn’t want to take it off.
The gold jewellery I wore all belonged to my mother. She had the exquisite pieces made back in the 1970’s and had worn them for her wedding. It was a very special and emotional moment for us.
My looks were inspired by Bollywood royalty for my Indian look, and Hollywood Royalty for my Evening look!
What were some touches added to make it personal?
The theme was Bollywood Beach!
The aim for Knot & Pop was to create a day that fused the cultures of India and the West, mixing bright colours with sea foams green for a feel of beach-side belonging. With hints of modernity, the theme was bedded in a rustic appeal, with small quips and quirks reflective of the out-going, fun and live life to the max couple we are. Bringing a bit of Australia (where we live) and their sandy sun-shine state, and state of mind back to the UK (where we’re originally from), the wedding felt like a pocket of tropical retro-cool – surprisingly set on a stunning English farm!
Mike and I knew exactly the colours we wanted. I had to have my favourite flamingo pink and coral. We love anything seafoam green with gold setting it all off, and black as the accent colour. We then handed over to Knot & Pop to bring it to life! The décor mixed fringe garlands with pom pom honeycomb and felt balls, flamingos, gold painted pineapples – a riotous mix of rustic meets fun modern details.
Gorgeous tropical inspired flowers, including native Australian flowers, sat in painted and crush glitter jam jars for eye-popping, bright and bold displays. There were so many personal touches that Knot & Pop helped bring to live. From the bespoke cocktails and bar menu we had designed, to ‘Mike and Pinkys Bar’ signage to the ‘Pump Up The Jam’ DJ sign (my favourite dance floor filler!), to the table plan with beach names of places we’d been and the sense of fun that flowed through everything – it couldn’t have been more us from start to finish (an impromptu finish with a friend’s convertible car with booming sound system pulling up and into the marquee to keep the party going until 3am…epic!)
What was the most memorable part of the day?
Mike: So many to choose from… Seeing Pinky dressed like a queen in her traditional wedding dress for the first time from behind the Antharpat (cloth screen that covers the grooms face when the bride enters). She looked amazing!
Pinky: To pin point one memorable moment is very difficult. I can’t believe how Mike had thrown himself into the depths of a culture he was so new to. It was touching! It was an emotionally charged day with family and friends who had travelled from far and wide! Would it be when we had a fly by (again and again) together with wing walkers when we made our grand entrance to the evening reception! Would it be the Fresh Pinks rap by my maids of honour Jo and Claire! Or our first dance as a married couple! How amazing the décor and marquee looked and everyone dancing the night away!
How did you meet and then get engaged?
We first met over 12 years ago in Bristol, the attraction was instant and we were inseparable.
A Christmas holiday to Noosa was planned and we were both so excited. Mike for the amazing longboard surfing and me because I love holidays! We had decided to go to the park for sunset with some bubbles. Mike was walking the wrong way to the park and I was getting a little annoyed as I didn’t want to miss the sunset as the sky had been moody all day and it looked like some sun was trying to peek through. We walked over a river and there waiting was an ornate wooden gondola (one which I pointed to the day before and said to Mike it was the most cheesiest of things!) Mike then confessed that instead of the park, he had arranged for us to ride the gondola for sunset. I didn’t think anything of it and thought it must be my Christmas present. We popped open the champers, the clouds parted on command and there was the most spectacular sunset you could imagine! The rest is just for us…
Vendors: Photography: Matt Parry // Venue: Sywell Grange // Marquee: Wing Events // Event Design and Event Planner: Knot & Pop // Floral design: Amelia Cornish // Wedding dress: Indian wedding dress from Aso Palav, Ahmedabad in India and Evening dress from Rachel Gilbert, Paddington in Sydney, Australia // Shoes: Gold T bar sandals during day by Casadei and Silver jewelled heel sandals by Miu Miu // Hair + Makeup: Leena Makeup // Groom suit: Custom made by Anton’s in Paddington, Sydney // Invitations/paper goods: Mike Knipe, Groom // Catering: Pooja Caterers // Cake: Made by cousin // Music: DJ Harj, Gold Diggers Brass Band and Dhol Drummers