Wedding at Syon House, Devon
Touch of the Tropics
Ichha and Ollie shunned tradition for a day of low-key, high-energy celebrations filled with rich colours and rustic touches
Ichha and Ollie first became a romantic item while living in the same halls of residence, having "met at a Rock Society bar crawl", recalls Ichha. She accepted Ollie's proposal while cycling in the New Forest at a secret spot they had discovered the previous year. "It started to rain and we got a puncture that looked like it might ruin the day!" she reveals. "We fixed the tyre, found the place, had a picnic, and then Ollie got on one knee."
Searching for an atypical venue for their non-traditional wedding, the pair plumped for Syon House near Budleigh Salterton. Usually a hotel, it was transformed on this occasion into a spellbinding scene for their celebrations courtesy of a stunning tipi-style marquee and gorgeous rustic theme.
Taking their colour scheme from tropical fruits including pineapples, passion fruits, pomegranates, apples and grapes, Syon House became their personal and inspired vision of a colour and character-filled day. Commencing with an informal ceremony at a registry office with only their parents present, Ichha and Ollie chose to keep the formalities as pared-back and low-key as possible, though admit it was "exciting to sign the wedding certificate on the same day".
Returning to Syon House to dress in their wedding finest, the newly-weds visited Bicton Park for photos in the beautiful gardens. They followed this with a short humanist ceremony "at the front of the aisle we'd made on the lawn" of Syon House amidst glorious sunshine to an audience of extended family and friends.
Relocating to the beautifully dressed tipi for supper and speeches - one of Ichha's personal highlights was her dad's speech - the evening party featured a packed dance floor with a particular soundtrack, as Ollie explains. "Our DJ was quite into trance music, which proved interesting throughout the evening - but he was great fun!"
Of their post-wedding plans, Ichha reveals: "There was no whisking us off on a honeymoon. We're now in South America for an extended break, travelling through Brazil, Patagonia, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru, ending in Cuba in a few months' time."
Photography Jennifer Jane Photography jenniferjanephotography.co.uk
Venue Syon House syonhousedevon.co.uk
Celebrant Tailor Made Ceremonies tailormadeceremonies.co.uk
Tipi World Inspired Tents worldinspiredtents.co.uk
Catering Sausage & Pear sausageandpear.co.uk
Hair & make-up Daniel K Neaves facebook.com/dknhairdressing
Flowers in marquee Folly Lane Flowers follylaneflowers.co.uk