Nilika and Paul really did 'click' when they first met online, and after six months of messaging, decided to meet for coffee. Pretty simple to arrange, right? Wrong! But even three cancellations due to travel plans and work-related emergencies didn't put the couple off and they finally shared their first date in Stockport. Having waited all this time, it's not surprising that coffee quickly turned into dinner, which turned into a movie.
Even the proposal didn't quite go as planned, as Nilika explains, “I proposed to Paul in Brazil, after I'd ruined his own plans of proposing by cancelling a holiday to Rome. In my defence, I didn't know he was going to pop the question!”
Seizing the moment, the pair went into jet-propelled mode and arranged their special day with lightning speed in just two months, with a lot of help from loved ones. “It was exciting and traumatic as it gave me a creative licence!” shares Nilika. “My friends and family were all involved in the process and we had a lot of fun making things like the wedding favours. It was 'traumatic' as I'd left things to the very last minute and had to fly to the other side of the world (Invercargill in New Zealand) to retrieve my mother, who'd fractured her ankle a week before the wedding. I returned to England on the Wednesday and then got married on the Saturday. Drama!”
Here, Nilika shares some special moments from the day…
St. Edmund's is our local church – it was important to our families that we had a religious ceremony.
We love travelling, so the Concorde Hangar felt a very apt location. It
was original, reasonably priced, the events coordinator was friendly, and
the venue was flexible. It could also handle big events, so catering for
200 guests was a breeze.
My flowergirl, Anagi, and pageboys, James and Adam, were
my friend’s daughter and Paul’s nephews. I had been the first
to hold Anagi when she was born, and I knew she’d be my
flowergirl one day.
Lea, a wonderful hairdresser based in Romiley, did my hair as well as my bridesmaids' and mother's styles. We'd had a trial a fortnight before, but changed at the last minute and went with a different look as we hadn't seen the sari prior to the big day itself.
The venue allowed for an infinite number of tables – we had separate ones for popcorn, sweets, and cheese and olives. We also had tables for the guest book, gifts and pictures of our family tree.
We were allowed to have candles in the hangar, which made decorating so much easier. Cheryl, the events coordinator, liaised with every provider to ensure everything happened on time.
We had a Concorde in the middle of the reception
room, which really brought our travel theme to life.
Posh Paper Petals decorated the reception with a rustic and lace scheme, and my in-laws made the place cards, tableplan and table names – calling them after places Paul and I had visited.
Paul's grandparents made the cake – with tiers of fruit, chocolate and strawberry sponge. My mother and my aunt decorated it – I loved the Disney and Spurs tribute!
My sister, cousin and friends were my bridesmaids. They wore saris in colours I'd picked out for them – they all looked stunning. They carried cream bouquets designed by The Secret Garden.
The groomsmen wore suits, and Paul got his from Slaters two weeks before the
wedding. He stood out with a gold waistcoat to match our theme.
I'd always wanted to wear a sari: it was a way of bringing our two cultures together for the ceremony. I wanted my mother and sister to be part of the 'finding-the-one' process, but we weren't in the same country. I asked my mother to find the sari and so it was a nice surprise for me on the day.
I had a multi-coloured bouquet – I was keen to have peonies and
roses within a rustic theme. The florists really worked their magic.
We wanted our guests to be entertained and for there to be no 'waiting around'. Nicola, a soloist, performed at the church, then we had a string quartet during the drinks reception and a ceilidh band after the wedding. The venue even gave tours around the Concorde during the reception.
Paul is a keen photographer and we both really liked Shane's editing style. He also integrated with our guests easily.
Bride's and bridesmaids' flowers
The Secret Garden Florist
Bride's hair and make-up
Chair Covers North West
Posh Paper Petals
Tel: 07845 244 666
[Ceilidh] Kate Moran
Northern String Quartet
Nicola Fox [soprano]
First dance lessons
Stockport Dance Centre
Shane Webber Photography
Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park
Bellevue Manchester Ltd.