Real Wedding: A romantic day on Lake Como with a bespoke long-sleeved wedding dress
Guests were treated to breath-taking views over the azure lake during the ceremony, as well as a spectacular boat ride that transported them to the venue.
Sureha's incredible long-sleeved wedding dress was designed especially for her, and is absolutely timeless.
Photographer | Diego Maroni of Photo27 Photographers and Ronu Khan
The Lake Como wedding venue
Sureha and Humayun held their destination wedding in Lake Como, saying their vows in the town of Bellagio in the gardens of <a href="https://www.villaserbelloni.com/Bellagio/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni</a>, surrounded by 22 of their closest friends and family.<br /><br />The reception was held on the terrace of Mistral Restaurant, the hotel’s Michelin star restaurant. <br /><br />"We both love to travel and have an insatiable desire to eat our way through the world, so when the time came for our nuptials, we already knew we wanted a destination wedding," shares Sureha. <br /><br />"When my sister and her husband returned with pictures from their weekend in Lake Como, it took us all of 30 seconds to decide that we had found the perfect destination."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/real-weddings/destination/16-wedding-destinations-that-will-make-you-want-to-marry-abroad/21621.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 16 wedding destinations that will make you want to marry abroad</a>
Planning a destination wedding
"We planned our destination wedding ourselves even while we were busy with work – so it really is possible," says Sureha.<br /><br />"You just have to be very organised and have lots of patience. My husband took on the task of finding the perfect venue, booking flights, transfers, boating and accommodation. And I took on the details such as music, table settings, contacting florists and agreeing floral designs, venue setup and all the details of the day."<br /><br />"We were surprised how well we were able to work together and it really helps when you work with experienced vendors, they just make the experience so much more manageable."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/weddings-abroad/top-10-tips-for-planning-a-destination-wedding/21027.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Top 10 tips for planning a destination wedding</a><!--EndFragment-->
The night before their wedding, Sureha and Humayun held a welcome dinner, dressed in traditional Bengali and South Asia wedding attire.<br /><br />Sureha's wedding dress designer Deborah Coates created a bespoke minimalist take on a lengha for the occasion.<br /><br />"Lenghas are usually decked in thousands of intricately placed beads, sequins and crystals and are a beautiful sight to behold," explains Sureha. <br /><br />"I’ve always been a lover of simplicity and so Deborah created a pared down lengha with gorgeous structural detail which I wore with beautifully intricate South Asian jewellery."<br /><br />Image courtesy of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/ronu_kn/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ronu Khan</a>.
The bespoke wedding dress
Sureha found her wedding dress designer, <a href="https://www.deborahcoates.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Deborah Coates</a>, on Instagram. <br /><br />"It took me about 5 minutes to decide that I liked her style and wanted her to create something bespoke for me. I wanted a classic, elegant and timeless look," Sureha shares.<br /><br />"She designed a beautiful satin gown with a satin buttoned overskirt that I fell in love with."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/delightful-wedding-dresses-with-sleeves/18718.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Delightful Wedding Dresses with Sleeves</a>
The short wedding veil
"I noticed an old photo of a couple on their wedding day in Deborah's shop, and the woman had a beautiful vintage short veil on," shares Sureha.<br /><br />"I said to Deborah that I wanted exactly that and was shocked when she told me that it was in fact a photo of her mum and dad on their wedding day. So she created a delicately beautiful silk organza veil in the style her mum had way back when."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/hairstyles/20-wedding-hairstyles-that-look-amazing-with-veils/22643.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 20 Wedding Hairstyles that Look Amazing with Veils</a>
The white wedding flowers
“With Lake Como as the backdrop, our ceremony really needed little fuss," says Sureha.<br /><br />"We kept our flowers simple and elegant with a colour palette of white and green to enhance the blue of the lake.”<br /><br />“I kept asking the florists - “please use less flowers, more green" for a rustic charm. After we exchanged rings, we exchanged garlands in keeping with Bengali tradition. Usually, these would be brightly coloured flower garlands but we chose simple garlands of eucalyptus. This signifies a bride and grooms acceptance of each other.”
The white wedding bouquet
We love the beautiful simplicity of Sureha's <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/flowers/22-white-wedding-bouquet-ideas/22913.html" target="_self">white wedding bouquet</a>.
White wedding cake
The rustic <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/cakes/17-white-wedding-cakes-perfect-for-traditional-weddings/22882.html" target="_self">white wedding cake</a> was decorated to match the bouquets, in a gorgeous, minimalist style.
Walking down the aisle
"The most romantic moment for me was when I saw the look on my husband’s face as I walked down the aisle," shares Sureha.<br /><br />"The violinist played Pachelbel’s Canon in D beautifully which made the moment all the more emotional for me."<br /><br />"I didn’t feel nervous and instead felt euphoric. I had been practising my walk and couldn’t wait to do the real thing in my dress."<br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/the-order-to-walk-down-the-aisle-in-and-how-to-choose-your-processional-music/22952.html" target="_self">READ MORE: The order to walk down the aisle in and how to choose your processional music</a>
The wedding boats
"Our best wedding idea was certainly hiring boats for the weekend," reflects Sureha.<br /><br />"The day before our wedding we invited our guests for some fun on the lake with a couple of speedboats. We used the same company for a chauffeured journey to our wedding ceremony as well as a tour of the lake on the way."<br /><br />Image courtesy of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/ronu_kn/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ronu Khan</a>.
Why intimate weddings are best
"We loved how intimate our wedding was with 22 of our closest family and friends who love us and care for us deeply," says Sureha.<br /><br />"As far as South Asian weddings go, it was miniscule and we loved each moment of that. Our best friends did speeches and surprise readings that meant so much to us."<br /><br />Image courtesy of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/ronu_kn/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ronu Khan</a>. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/17-reasons-small-weddings-are-brilliant/21194.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 17 reasons small weddings are brilliant</a>