"Nine years to the day after we started going out, Karan took me to see 'The Nutcracker' and we stayed at an old country inn," reveals Helen. "During a walk the next day, I unwrapped his Christmas present, which was a photo album filled with pictures of us. I turned a page and he had written: 'You're the one for me, so I wanted to ask you...' He was on one knee, in the mud, looking terrified and holding a ring."
"We choreographed our own Bollywood dance routine that we learnt and taught 'the younger ones', and then performed after dinner to the unsuspecting guests," says Helen of the evening reception. "We also created our own music playlist that we specially picked to get everyone on the dance floor and we left it running so guests could add to it throughout the evening."
Looking back, Helen attributes the day's success to everyone involved and "all the kind effort in the little and big gestures that our guests contributed to make our wedding feel as if it were made by our family and friends: decorating the fort, putting the flowers in our homemade vases, fixing together the mandap... Supporting us on this day as they do in our lives," she says.
"Before you start planning, explain to each other from your heart what is important to each of you on your wedding day," Karan urges other couples. "Remember this each time it comes to making decisions, so you can check in with each other and compromise, which you will need to continue to do throughout your married lives."
Photography Clare Kinchin Photography clarekinchinphotography.co.uk
Venue Polhawn Fort polhawnfort.com
Dress WED2B wed2b.co.uk
Groom's outfit Marks & Spencer marksandspencer.com
Hair & make-up Glam Ward glamward.co.uk
Flowers Holly-Bee Flowers hollybeeflowers.co.uk
Catering Miss Tea misstea.co.uk