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Beautiful Beginnings
The magical union of best friends and soulmates Jalmeen and Jay
Beautiful Beginnings

Married name: Lall
Bride: Jalmeen
Groom: Jatinder
Date: 22 & 23 June 2013
Venue: Gravesend Gurdwara & The Grove
Photography:
Bigday Photography 

Jay is notorious for pulling out all the stops for me in life and always has surprises up his sleeves. When he announced we were going to Florence I thought it would be another beautiful, romantic holiday but I came back engaged! Jay proposed over-looking the Duomo River on a terrace adorned with orchids. I felt like the luckiest girl alive as it was a dream come true going from best friends to being husband and wife.
We decided to have our wedding over two days so that it wouldn’t go past in a flash like everyone says it does. This meant we could enjoy every moment. For us, peace, stress-free and close and personal had always been our emphasis, so we tried to maintain that feeling throughout.
The wedding day began with my make-up artist Jawaad arriving early to do my hair and make-up. He was so charming and made me happy and relaxed about the day ahead. We had a beautiful, simple and short ceremony and both felt very overwhelmed by the words the Gurus had chosen for us; we really were moved by the meanings of each Laavan. It was a very auspicious and meaningful moment for both of us.

Afterwards when everyone congratulated us we just stood there in the temple looking at each other; it felt like time had stopped for us, when in fact it marked the beginning of our lives together. The doli was an emotional experience but as we travelled to Jay’s house for the paani varna I felt safe and calm. Jay had always looked after me and made me his number one so from that moment I knew I would be content forever.
Our reception, the next day continued to be a relaxed affair. It began at teatime with canapés and continued until midnight. Every aspect felt like a fairytale. Our First Dance was magnetic and it inspired everyone else to hit the dance floor and enjoy themselves. As they got into the party spirit we gazed into each other’s eyes and smiled…our next chapter was about to begin. 

Jalmeen's Picks

The Look
Jay calls me his Maharani so I chose Sati Takhar to make our outfits for both days - they made us feel like true royalty. 

The Details
Our colour scheme was peach, cream and gold and the décor, flowers and food was arranged by Preeti Catering. I especially loved the delicious, delicately piped cake. 

The Ceremony
We married at a Sikh temple in Gravesend. It was a breathtaking building with intricate woodcarvings and marble work throughout. It felt like a palace. 

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