Real Weddings- Treasured Times
Kyles Collection’s Rav Dadi ties the knot with his finest jewel Manjna
Manjna: We spent a romantic weekend in the Isle of Bute, Scotland where Rav showed me the sights of where he grew up. As we arrived at the most beautiful part of the island, Rav got down on one knee... Rav: After planning the day for months I was gutted that when the big moment arrived, we were drenched from head to toe! Yet despite the ferocious winds and downpour when I pulled out the ring she immediately said yes!
Manjna: Finding the man of my dreams was already beyond my wildest imagination so any wedding, intimate or grand, would have made my dreams come true! Rav: Being in the wedding industry I already knew who I wanted involved – only the crème de la crème of the UK’s service providers. I knew they would ensure we would have the dream day that both our families wanted.
Manjna: Both our families had regular get-togethers to share ideas and work together to organise the wedding, which was great – it felt like we were already an extended family. As Rav works at his parents couture jewellery business Kyles Collection, they knew all the right service providers to help us – I couldn’t have felt more like a princess. Our first decision was booking the gurdwara and The Grove as our venues. We wanted them close together to make getting around easy for the guests. Rav: We indulged in a whole year of planning ensuring everything was picture perfect. It went past almost too fast, but we enjoyed every second of it. Our main wish was that we put on a wedding that was special and different - a real treat for our guests so they could enjoy it as much as us. Key to that was creating the right ambiance, for which we needed to consider the colour scheme and outfits so that everything matched.
THE BIG DAY
Manjna: My day began at 5am, getting ready with my sisters. I felt tearful to be leaving them behind, but luckily Lubna Rafiq’s striking make-up hid the evidence! She did a great job that perfectly matched my mehndi done by henna artist Pavan. We decided not to see each other for a week before the wedding, to the point of not showing one another our outfits, so I was bursting with anticipation and excitement. It made it all the more special when I saw Rav arrive on horseback – he was like my knight in a shining sherwani! I really enjoyed cutting the cake, an elegant five-tiered chocolate, vanilla and fruitcake by Blue River Cafe. All our guests received favours and a keepsake box designed by Henna Hamid.
Rav: The ceremony was special, made even more perfect with the food provided by VIP Lounge. Guests then proceeded to the The Grove. The entertainment was a definite highlight. The main music was provided by Kudos and their pianist Angel while the 4x4 bhangra accompanied by Drumline set the mood for a night of bhangra boogie, captured in style by Epic Media.
Manjna: Our first dance to Teri Ore from Singh is Kinng was really emotional. We forgot everyone at that point, it was just Rav and I, lost in romance, looking lovingly into each others eyes, thinking: we’ve made it, we found each other, and we’re now married. Knowing I had become Mrs Dadi felt unreal, at the reception I was still introducing Rav as my fiancé instead of husband!
Rav: Marrying the woman of my dreams made me happier than I could imagine. I loved the unity of our families. Both mine and Manjana’s grandfather knew each other back in Kenya over 40 years ago. Manjna and I met completely randomly, and then found out our families knew each other – now that’s fate! We were meant to be, and I have no doubt I’m the luckiest man alive.
Set & Match
For Kyles’ golden son
Necklace The focal point of the jewellery, was bespoke, and will soon be available to the public. An Egyptian style collar, it cascaded into tiny drops around the neckline. With its regal Jodhaa Akbar design, it used traditional red crystal and antique work with Siam and golden shadow.
Hairpiece Designed to complement the hairstyle and outfit, it shimmered through the net of Manjna’s dupatta. As part of the jhoomar, the crystal cascaded across the bun with a central leaf shaped pendant.
Kalirey/panja The hand kalirey, encrusted with Swarovski crystals was made to match the lengha.
Kalgi Worn over the turban, Rav’s jewellery was made from antique gold and took inspiration from Manjna’s necklace creating a matching set that will become a family heirloom.
Napkin rings These were given to guests as a gift with the initials R&M engraved on a leaf design.
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Mani Kohli, Khubsoorat
Inspired by the intricacy of Kyles Jewellery designs legendary designer Mani created a dazzling Champaign sleeveless ball gown adorned with shimmering Swarovski crystals intertwined in the fabric. For a real couture touch, Mani added one shoulder which was handcrafted by Rav himself creating a truly romantic look that reflected Manjna’s personality.
Saran Kohli, Khubsoorat
Saran’s concept was to create an English aristocrat look merged with a leather colour for a masculine touch softened with a silk and satin kurta style shirt. The two piece tailor made suit used ethnic fabrics sourced by Saran echoing Khubsoorat and Kyle’s signature trait of uniquenessess and crystal work thanks to the Swarovskis placed at the back of the jacket.
With a nod to his Sikh heritage, Rav opted for a regal Punjabi sherwani with a doti; a bespoke design made for him by Shyan and his team. Flowered with rich embroidery in red and gold around the collar, neck and chest, sparkly crystals added a royal twist. A simple red turban was wrapped on by his close friend Magic Singh matching the smart red cravat worn underneath with an exquisite Swarovski crystal brooch in red and white.
Khushboo’s by Chand
With Khushboo’s being a firm favourite for Kyle’s clientele, commissioning designer Chand to make Manjna’s traditional outfit was a natural decision. Grand and with a Mughal decadence, the heavily embroidered and crytallised lengha had an elegant fishtail skirt with trail and fitted corset top – she looked simply divine!
Kyles Collection Dream Team
Catering: Madhu’s Catering, www.madhusonline.com
Gurdwara catering: VIP lounge, www.theviplounge.com
Reception Outfits: Mani Kohli / Saran Kohli, www.khubsooratcollection.com
Traditional Outfit (Manjna): Khushboo’s By Chand, Tel: 0121 446 6382
Traditional Outfit (Rav): Bombay stores, www.bombaystores.biz
Videographer: Epic Media, www.epicfx.co.uk
Photography: K-couture, www.k-couture.com
Drinks: Johnny Walker Whiskey
PR for Johnny Walker: Media Moguls, www.mediamoguls.com
DJ’s: Kudos Music, www.kudosmusic.co.uk
Horse: Indian Wedding horse, www.indianweddinghorse.co.uk
Venue: The Grove, www.thegrove.co.uk
Magician: Magic Singh, www.magicsingh.com
Mehndi: Pavan, www.pavanonline.com
Hair/Makeup: Lubna Rafiq, www.lubnarafiq.com
Décor: Maz Décor, www.mazmashru.co.uk
Cake: Blue River Café, www.blue-river.co.uk
Entertainment: Drum Line, www.facebook.com/drumlineentertainment 4 X 4 Dhol, www.4x4dhol.com, Saran/ Trishna – Dance
Favours/Guest Book: H Square Designs, www.hsquaredesigns.co.uk
Event decor specialists Maz Mashru created a Singh is Kinng theme at the Sangeet that felt like a punjabi village. For the main wedding at The Grove they used a burnt orange, ivory and silver theme with fresh and summery table centres made from lilies and roses creating a beautiful fragrance while the top table sparkled with hanging jewels.
4x4 bhangra group
Regarded as the pioneers of free style Bhangra dance, the troup took guests by storm with an energetic blend of eastern and western traditional bhangra dance and dhol bringing a touch of Sikh culture to the proceedings.
After hosting the wedding reception bar at the Asiana Bridal Show 2010 Johnny Walker impressed our guests with their delicious personalised cocktails named after us!
Since appearing in Asiana magazine, Magic Singh has become one of the most respected magicians and wedding entertainers in the business. With his infectiously funny personality and knowledge of Sikh culture, all the guests fell in love with his captivating tricks.
The grand five-star country house hotel in Hertfordshire had all the attributes we wanted - beautiful gardens with water features, modern yet elegant interiors and spacious – perfect for an Asian wedding of 450 guests.
As the best known Asian wedding caterers in the UK, Madhu’s provided an exquisite three course menu and tropical fruit platter. They povided additional waiters at our request to make sure all guests were pampered
Kash captured the true essence of our day. With spontaneity, naturalism, intimacy and a modern edge, it felt like he was one of the family. His unobtrusive style put our guests at ease and everyone was comfortable posing for his snaps.