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A Traditional Hindu Wedding at a Former Royal Residence in London

A Traditional Hindu Wedding at a Former Royal Residence in London

Laura and Eeswaran met through work and began a relationship in 2013. Fast forward five years later, when Laura was surprised by a proposal in Eeswaran’s home country of Malaysi. The happy pair immediately began planning an intimate Hindu wedding for their 50 guests, which unfolded on July 11, 2019. The pair envisioned plenty of traditional Sri-Lankan Tamil elements on their wedding day —and loved juxtaposing these ideas against a traditional English setting. They chose Queen’s House in Greenwich, London (the locale is a former royal residence!), for its stunning views—and the fact that the venue had recently started hosting Hindu weddings. They worked with Abi Mahathmakanthi from MK Weddings to create a bright, bold celebration with a red, yellow, and pink color palette. “I had no idea there were so many detailed elements involved in a Sri Lankan Tamil wedding, but thankfully Abi was amazing,” Laura says of her planner’s invaluable assistance. The Hindu ceremony was followed by a brief mocktail reception (neither alcohol nor meat was served at the event) and celebratory lunch; the couple hosted another civil wedding and party two days later. And since Laura had never been to a Hindu celebration, even as a guest, Eeswaran took the lead on all of the traditional elements, including hiring musicians and priests , choosing the mandap, and advising on the color scheme (which resulted in a bold array of multihued blooms). “I think we achieved the result we wanted,” the groom says, “where the traditional elements were very traditional , but it did feel like an English wedding at the same time!” The Bride’s Debut Surrounded by two friends, her mom, her aunt, and Eeswaran’s sister, Laura processed into the ceremony space—a large translucent marquee tent on the rear lawn of Queen’s House —to a religious […]

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