All photos by GK Exposure unless otherwise stated
Neleam and Vishal chose the first weekend of the year for their civil English ceremony and Indian wedding celebration. As it was the first time a lot of people had met, a venue with a relaxed atmosphere where everyone could get to know each other was top of their list!
Meeting & Proposal
A change of jobs brought Neleam, a civil servant and Vishal, a pensions analyst together, Neleam recalls their first meeting at work,
“He had started a week before me and a month later he came up to me in the office printer room as I was printing something off.
He sparked up a conversation with me and we have been inseparable since!
Vishal later admitted he just wanted an excuse to speak to Neleam and didn’t have anything to print! So to propose he took her back to that same printer room and got down on one knee!
Country House Wedding Venue
“Vishal fell in love before we even visited – he had his heart set on it!"
Vishal and Neleam had a short engagement of 4 months and Neleam remembers that it was Vishal who first spotted Brinsop Court.
“Vishal fell in love before we even visited – he had his heart set on it – and as soon as we visited we loved it! We saw how friendly the staff were – even met the owner Pat – who put my mind at ease when I was worried about it snowing! We both love nature, and the venue was so breath-taking that we made our wedding fit around the venue! It was the perfect wedding venue and once we had seen it – there was no going back.”
Brinsop Court was the perfect wedding venue choice for the couple to organise their winter wedding, being just an hour from their home in Birmingham in the West Midlands.
Choosing a weekend celebration meant that the two families got to know each other at the wedding venue before the Big Day.
“When we arrived a day before the wedding it was a big deal for us because for some members of the family it was the first time they were meeting each other. So I thought it was a really nice idea to have a pyjama party so everyone would feel relaxed and at ease and I saw my family playing pool with Vishal’s so it was nice to see everyone mingling and relaxed”.
Photos shared by Neleam
Library Wedding Ceremony
The Elizabethan Library was the location for the couple’s civil wedding ceremony. Its ornate stucco ceiling and antique gold carpet provided the perfect backdrop for their romantic ceremony. Vishal’s small nephews were very sweet ring bearers and Neleam’s father led her proudly down the aisle, passing his daughter’s hand over to a waiting Vishal. Following the signing of the register, both families posed for photographs with the ancient books that line the 14th century bookcases.
Banqueting Hall Wedding Meal
Bespoke Traditional Indian Dress for The Evening
The newlyweds changed into traditional Indian dress before their wedding meal in the stunning Banqueting Hall. Neleam chose Birmingham dress designer, Karan of Soho Road for her gorgeous red and gold bespoke dress. Vishal also opted for Soho Road with Ahsans Bespoke Menswear creating his bespoke outfit.
Neleam and Vishal chose Naomi Mayo at Urban Creative to style their table design, including some amazing kids party packs, “she is amazing – I cannot recommend her enough” says Neleam. Flowers were designed by Barbra at Hillmans Florist in Hereford. An Indian/English woodland decoration theme was chosen – keeping in tune with the venue and the couple’s heritage.
Indian food was provided by Birmingham caterers Sukdevs*, says, Neleam, “The chefs also had a Tandoor at the venue with a clay oven brought in to make fresh naans and breads – so the food was extra special and fresh”.
Formal Group Shots in The Elizabethan Library
With dinner over, the guests headed back to The Library for group photos in their traditional Indian dress.
Wedding Party Time!
The couple’s first dance was to Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé – Perfect then the party got into full swing in The Games Room. With Vishal’s good friend Jai doing the honours as DJ and dance master the dancefloor was full all night! “The party in the evening had a mix of Indian and English music…” says Neleam, “and there was lots of drinking and dancing. The majority of the house guests carried on until 5am!”
The relaxed style of Brinsop Court was perfect for Vishal and Neleam’s dream wedding day, “It was just such a huge party! Everyone was so happy and I think I danced with pretty much every single person!”, says Neleam “It was so lovely to see everyone having a nice time.”
"The whole day was so special – I loved all of it!"
And their favourite part of the day? Neleam says,
“The whole day was so special – I loved all of it, it was comfortable but special and different to any other wedding we’d seen. I know all the staff did a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure the day flowed!”
Vishal recalls the whole day fondly,
“One of the best days of my life. For the whole family to come together from abroad and England to celebrate this day with us was very special. And everyone had so much fun!
Dream Honeymoon in Mauritius
Getting married in January meant the couple could escape the British winter for their honeymoon. So the warmth of the southern hemisphere beckoned for a dream winter honeymoon in Mauritius, which Neleam recalls, “Mauritius in February was amazing”.