When Emma first met Amit at the University Student Union, she admits she had no idea that just a few years later they would be tying the knot on their spectacular wedding day in Nottinghamshire. But then, Emma isn’t always that quick to spot these things! For instance, her soon-to-be-fiance spent weeks planning his proposal while Emma thought that he was at the gym. Amit had booked an al-a-carte dinner at a rooftop restaurant for one night of their holiday in Turkey. Emma thought that the table was booked for 4 – them and their two friends, who were running unusually late. So when the waiter showed them upstairs to a table for 2 laid out on the balcony in front of the sunset, she was all ready to complain that the restaurant had messed up their booking, until she spotted Amit kneeling down on one knee.
When I first met these two, I just knew that their wedding was going to be amazing. They each share my own, slightly geeky, love of superheroes. Their dog is called Bane, and their favourite dream holiday would be on a Batman movie set in ‘some exotic place’. I’m not sure Batman does exotic though. He seems to prefer dark and urban.
Ben and I met both of them at Cocking Hill House in Boughton, which they had rented for the weekend. Amit was getting ready downstairs, donning an amazing gold and black suit jacket, and Tony Stark inspired tie. Emma was upstairs, slipping into the first of two wedding dresses, in preparation for the civil ceremony at Newark’s Gilstrap Centre. There was plenty for us to photograph. Each of the buttonholes (and there were lots!) had been crafted by Emma and included a Lego Superhero Mini-Fig. I even had my own! They gave me… The Flash. See what they did there?! I absolutely loved it, and it’s still got pride of place on our bedroom dressing table. Continuing the superhero theme, Amit unwrapped his wedding gift from Emma to reveal… A box of saucepans. But inside the saucepan box was a bespoke, handmade Iron Man helmet! Emma clearly knew exactly how to wow her husband-to-be!
Digby the campervan transported Emma, her father and her bridesmaids to the civil ceremony at the beautiful Gilstrap Centre, and then whisked the new Mr and Mrs Sabharwal to their wedding reception at Inkersall Grange Farm, following confetti and some photos in the grounds of Newark Castle.
The tipi was beautifully decorated with lots of little sparkly gold details. After a buffet lunch, Emma disappeared to don her second, Indian wedding dress, ready for the Hindu wedding ceremony in the Mandap at the back of the tipi.
Following the beautiful ceremony, we managed to sneak off for a few photos in the field next to the tipis, and captured some of my favourite images of this summer. Bane arrived to get in on the photo action too, and then it was time for more food, and lots and lots of dancing!
We had an absolute blast celebrating with Emma and Amit, and I truly hope we stay in touch because they’re an absolutely brilliant couple. Plus, they gave me the closest thing to shooting Tony Stark’s wedding that I’m ever likely to get! Ha!