5Th July 2019 Sharika & Steven Oxford wedding video, Oxfordshire videographer

Our Love Story

How did you guys meet?

We met 5 years ago in Bangladesh. Steven was stationed at the World Bank Dhaka office for two years (2014-15). We met in autumn 2014. I was working for a local non-profit while finishing my bachelor’s degree at the time.  We spent a year together in Dhaka before Steven was reposted in Kathmandu subsequent to the Nepal earthquake. With my undergraduate degree completed, I agreed to move as well. I continued my work with some local and regional non-profits. In 2016 we decided to start our graduate (for me) and doctoral (for Steven) degrees at the University of Oxford. Hence, we moved to England in the autumn of 2016. Due to difficulties in extending my leave to remain in the UK post my degree, we quietly got married in a private civil ceremony in November 2017 in Gibraltar! We had two great years in Oxford before Steven decided to move back to Washington D.C. last year to pursue a fantastic career opportunity. We have been living apart ever since and get on a plane at every whim to see one another!

Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?

Steven is a Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank. I work in the Major Gifts Fundraising space and am currently the Fundraising Research Manager for the British Heart Foundation. Steven spends most of his time globetrotting for work. I’m the complete opposite and live a very routine life. I spend my time commuting into London thrice a week, working out, eating well (mostly) and horse riding. We both love long walks and spending time with friends. Steven loves alcohol, me not at all (unless it’s champagne or port)!

How did the proposal go down? (all the gushy details, I love this bit!)

Despite our situation being unconventional, Steven insisted that we have an engagement. We spent the entire summer of 2018 designing the perfect ring for me. We commissioned a jeweler in Washington to source the perfect piece of rectangular ruby as the centre stone of my ring (I love rubies and Steven’s surname is Rubinyi; the stone even has a blemish on it to symbolise our sometimes not so perfect relationship).  Finally when we went to Paris last November for Steven’s 30th birthday, he ‘proposed’ at the Tuileries. When he asked if I would marry him, I said I already did!

How did you choose your wedding venue(s)?

We decided early 2018 that we wanted a proper celebration with family and friends (Please note that we have not shared the Gibraltar episode with most of our guests. However, given it’s a blessing ceremony, they have been kept under the impression that we took/ will take care of the administrative details separately). With my family being from Bangladesh and his America, Oxford was the ideal midway spot to host this. And with the University’s beautiful structures at our disposal Christ Church and the Divinity School were very easy to agree upon.

What sort of experience do you want your guests to have?

We of course want it to be very special for our guests as most are coming a long way to celebrate with us. Our vision for the blessing and reception is for it to be understated but elegant. We would like them to have tons of fun, look their best, be well fed and well liquored. We hope they will appreciate the venues and the general Oxford cityscape.

Can you describe some of the details and stylings, does your wedding have a theme?

I think we are going for traditional theme with some aspects borrowed from my South Asian and Steven’s Jewish heritage. I will be wearing traditional sarees for both the morning and the evening; Steven will be wearing conventional morning attire and maybe a dinner jacket in the evening. My bouquet is pink and red (almost burgundy) roses or peonies. The bridesmaids are all wearing sarees in a pale shade of pink. The groomsmen have dove egg blue waistcoats, I believe. There are lots of golden undertones in my jewellery and outfits. The colours of the wedding I would say are white, gold, pink and red (almost burgundy). The blessing ceremony will include some Jewish and South Asian readings alongside the more conventional verses. The flowers at the cathedral match this scheme. The centrepieces for the dinner tables at the divinity school are tall calla lilies. We have a South Asian musician playing the sitar for the evening reception. The food is inspired by South Asian flavors but it’s not quite South Asian.  The cake is three tiered, white and gold. The wedding favors are Jordan almonds.

What was the hardest decision during the planning?

I had ample time to plan the event. However, life gets in the way. It has been hard (as you may have noticed) to keep up with emails and stick to to-do lists.

What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?

I think it is important to keep aside enough time to plan the wedding. I had one and half years and am still struggling!

Our wedding team

The Dress: My sarees were sourced from one of India’s oldest silk saree merchants
Photography: Neil Hanson https://www.nordicpics.co.uk/
Florist: Flowers by Kirsty https://www.flowersbykirsty.com/
Catering: Oxford Fine Dining https://www.oxfordfinedining.co.uk/
Music: Organist provided by Christ Church, Ravi Sitar Player from Alive Network Entertainment in the evening, My best friend is the DJ 10 pm onwards, THAT events company is providing the equipment https://www.alivenetwork.com/bandpage.asp?bandname=Ravi%20(Sitar%20Player)
Hair & Makeup: Holly Preston, Oxford Hair and Make Up http://www.hollypreston.co.uk/
Cake: All cakes and sizes https://www.allcakesandsizes.co.uk/

Music licensed through The Music Bed : www.themusicbed.com

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30th June 2018 Cara & Andrew Bodleian Library wedding video Oxford, Oxfordshire videographer

Can you imagine anywhere grander or more impressive to get married than a library? This was definitely the case for Cara and Andrew who held their summer wedding in the  Oxford Bodleian Library, and Pembroke college were they studied and first meet. The Bodleian library is famous in its own right but also for being the Hogwarts library in the Harry Potter films.

A wonderful couple, this beautiful setting was ideal for them. From the moment they confirmed with me, I was so excited to be working with them to capture their special day along with photographer Dale Stevens.

It was smiles all round at this intimate wedding, and you could really feel a sense of pride from not only the mother of the bride but also the bridal party as they got ready with Cara before heading to the stunning wedding venue. There were some special touches which were a pleasure to film, including bubbles instead of confetti and croquet on the lawn.

The venue itself is in the heart of Oxford, allowing guests to take a walk through the city streets, before reaching the Bodleian where one is transported to another world. With stunning indoor and outdoor spaces, guests were able to play garden games and enjoy the sunshine.

While Cara and Andrew had plenty of people to watch them declare their love for one another, the wedding still managed to feel cosy and intimate, enabling every guest to feel that they were a part of something that would be remembered for a lifetime.

Our wedding team

Photographer: Dale Stephens https://www.dalestephensphotography.com/

Venue: Bodleian library: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/venue-hire/weddings-and-civil-partnerships

Venue: Pembroke collage https://www.pmb.ox.ac.uk/about/chapel/weddings

Catering: Passion for food : http://www.passion-for-food.co.uk/

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Daisie + Chris Sudbury House wedding film, Oxfordshire

8th September 2017 Daisie + Chris Sudbury House wedding film, Oxfordshire

 When two close friends decide to tie the knot and start a life together, that’s the best decision ever. That is exactly what Daisie and Christopher did; two amazing and kind souls came together as one on 8th September 2017 at Sudbury House Hotel.

The happy couple’s family and friends were a huge part of the celebration and every single face was beaming during the entire event. Best man, bridesmaids and groomsmen; everyone was a big part of everything and both the bride and groom were delighted to be surrounded by their loved ones.

Daisie and Christopher had been living together for 4 years, so they both knew that they would end up spending their lives together. The deal was sealed when Christopher proposed and that is when the wedding preps began.

Wedding décor was absolutely stunning and the floral arrangement by our friends over at Fabulous Flowers made things even better. Just like the decorations, the food was exquisite as well all thanks to Sudbudy House/ Rupert Belcher (Perfect Porker).

The wedding dress by Proposals Whitney made Daisie look the star of the event (which she actually was). The delicate white lace constructed into a sleeveless V-neck dress that draped the bride’s body beautifully was a true masterpiece. Seagis (makeup artist) and Emily Murray (hairstylist) all played a role in making sure that Daisie looked stunning on her special day. Her ring and jewelry were from Michael Lyons which went with the dress very well.

The bridesmaids wore elegant pastel blue dresses also by Proposals Witney. Christopher and his best man and groomsmen wore suits from Dominos Witney which made them look like true gentleman.

The huge white tiered cake was from Diane Herd and the married couple surely had a fun time cutting it. The Sudbury House Wedding Film captured the ceremony in moving form and the still images were taken by Jacqueline Cross.

Before the wedding was over, the couple enjoyed their first dance with music by Star Sound Express. For Daisie and Christopher, it’s all about teamwork and that could clearly be seen throughout the ceremony. They surely make the best team without a doubt!

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Doug + Hannah Rhodes House wedding film Oxford

13th August 2016 Doug & Hannah – Filmed at Rhodes House, Oxford

David Bostock and I were hugely privileged to share a part in Doug and Hannah’s beautiful wedding alongside , which could be summed up perfectly by his words to his new wife at the reception: “the best feeling in the world.” This was a day of celebrating not only the couple and their new life together, but also the beautiful surroundings of the day, in Oxford. The glorious city played a crucial role in creating a romantic and traditional backdrop for this glorious union.

Hannah looked every inch the radiant bride, with delicate pearls in her side-swept hair, and a gorgeous gown with a lace overlay and flowers adorning the heels of her shoes. The bridesmaids were ravishing in deep purple, and the entire bridal party arrived at the chapel in style in a great purring Bentley. Doug looked suitably awe-struck by his approaching bride, and the pair gazed at each other happily throughout the ceremony.

A boys’ choir sang ‘Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring’ for the congregation while the couple signed the register, and then they were officially pronounced husband and wife! The sun was shining fondly on them as they emerged from the chapel, and Doug held a pretty parasol over his new wife’s head to shelter her and keep her cool. The entire wedding party then walked down the cobbled streets and past the historical buildings of Oxford to reach the reception venue, giving the delighted lunchtime crowds something to admire as they sat in the sun outside the local pubs! Once at Rhodes House, there was champagne all round, as well as Giant Jenga, Connect4 and a ‘foozball’ table for the guests to play on. China tea-sets were laid out for afternoon refreshments, before the sun set and it was time to head indoors. Dinner was served at a glorious grand table, with little hints of purple dotted about the room, including on the cake which was in classic white, festooned with gorgeous purple flowers. It was a spectacular and unique celebration of two people with warm hearts and a profound love for one another, and I wish them all the best!

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