A riot of colour and noise made its way through the streets of Preston as Priya Vaghela and Sunny Rathod held their massive three-day wedding.
The couple, who had met at a Diwali party back in 2013, visited the seaside for their first date, and the pair approached the day in very different ways.
I was completely relaxed about the date
“I was completely relaxed about the date,” says Sunny, a senior telecoms consultant from Manchester.
“But Priya on the other hand was so nervous she came out of her house clutching a bottle of Kopparberg cider when I picked her up!”
Following their first date, Sunny and Priya, an accounts manager from Preston, knew it would lead to something special and a proposal in a stone hut in Lytham St Annes soon followed.
“I told Priya to close her eyes, and when she opened them, I was on one knee to ask her the big question,” adds Sunny.
“She was so shocked she didn’t answer me until I told her I had cramp in my leg and had to get up! There were lots of people watching and applauding – it was a magical moment.”
The pair’s three-day wedding extravaganza began on April 3 at the Gujarat Hindu Society Temple, Preston, and concluded with a huge get- together on April 5.
As the wedding convoy of some of the most VIP vehicles on the market made its way through Preston, the public got involved with the celebrations and the professional drum players marched a beat.
And following the bride’s entrance on a dholi, the ceremony could get under way.
With the traditional games taking place, the bride’s wedding party had to steal the groom’s shoe, grab his nose, pinch his toe and block his wedding car.
“If they are successful in any of these scenarios, the groom’s side have to pay a ransom,” says Priya.
“The amount can be whatever the bride’s side desire – now you can see why Asian weddings are so expensive!
“Indian weddings are all about colour, singing, dancing and games,” say the newlyweds.
“We had 800 guests, loads of food, a day full of jokes and we were also blessed with wonderful weather.
“All in all, it was the perfect wedding on Easter weekend.”