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                                                                                              How did you meet?
                                                                                              We’re both doctors and were in the same class at
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                                                                                              university.
                                                                                              Tell us about the engagement
                                                                                              Originally he asked me on the phone – not the most
                                                                                              romantic! Although we chose my ring together it was a
                                                                                              surprise when I actually got it; he took me to Silver Sands in
                                                                                              Aberdour and proposed properly there.
                                                                                              How did you enjoy the wedding planning?
                                                                                              My Mum, Dad and I did everything together – Jamie was
                                                                                              completely let off the hook. It was really good fun, especially
                                                                                              as for Indian people it’s like the biggest thing ever for a girl
                                                                                              to get married. My parents organised loads; they live in
                                                                                              Kirkcaldy, Fife, but I work in Aberdeen so it wasn’t that easy
                                                                                              for me to arrange stuff.
                                                                                              What made you choose your venue?
                                                                                              The Sheraton was the only place in Edinburgh that would
                                                                                              let us have Indian food provided by an outside caterer,
                                                                                              and that was big enough to hold 300 people in one room.
                                                                                              It’s a really nice hotel and we found the staff there very
       Sharmistha Ghosh & Jamie Turnbull                                                      accommodating and easy to deal with. For the Scottish
                                                                                              wedding on the Monday the ceremony was at the registry
       Date:              Saturday 9 June 2007                                                office on the Royal Mile and afterwards we celebrated at
       Ceremony:                                                                              Jamie’s parents’ house.
       & Reception:       Sheraton Grand Hotel                                                Traditionally an Indian wedding lasts up to a week doesn’t it?
                          & Spa, Edinburgh                                                    That’s right. We had a marquee put up in our garden and
       Photography:       Lifetime Photography                                                our house was full of people who started arriving from India
                                                                                              and America about ten days before. There was something
       	                  www.lifetimephotography.co.uk
                                                                                              happening every day. It was really touching the way people
       	                  T: 01592 262828                                                     came from so far away and just got stuck into the organising.
                                                                                              Traditionally all the guests stay with the bride’s family but we


      Not only did Sharmistha
      and Jamie enjoy a lavish                            Sharmistha                          had them staying in B&Bs and cottages by the sea – looking
                                                                                              after everyone was more stressful than the actual wedding!
                                                                                              What did you get up to the night before?
                                                                                              There was still so much to do even though everyone was


      Indian wedding, but they
      also had double the fun
      thanks to a Scottish-style
                                                          & Jaime                             helping. I wasn’t happy with my veil so I made my best
                                                                                              friend sit up late and redo it! I had three hours’ sleep and
                                                                                              was a bit worried about looking tired in the photos but I just
                                                                                              had lots of concealer on!
                                                                                              How were you feeling on the morning of the wedding?
                                                                                              I was stressed as it was very hectic. My Dad ran through his
                                                                                              speech and I kept asking him to add bits in to thank people
                                                                                              – it was getting longer and longer so I asked my brother to
      celebration two days later!                                                             write one – this was about four hours before the ceremony
                                                                                              – so that made him stress!




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                                                                                                                                                          What about walking down the aisle?
                                                                                                                                                          Rather than walk down an aisle I was carried in by guys from my side of the
                                                                                                                                                          family, which is the tradition, at which point I was really excited. I don’t know why
                                                                                                                                                          but walking down the aisle on the Monday I just couldn’t stop laughing, I think
                                                                                                                                                          it was nerves.
                                                                                                                                                          What do you remember most about the ceremony?
                                                                                                                                                          There are lots of little symbolic parts to the Hindu ceremony. For example my veil
                                                                                                                                                          and Jamie’s scarf are tied together, and Jamie’s Mum gave me an iron bangle that
                                                                                                                                                          means I’m a part of their family. Jamie also puts a red powder in my hair, which
                                                                                                                                                          once signified ownership. The main thing I remember is seeing everyone there, all
                                                                                                                                                          dressed up – I was really overwhelmed. We kept the exchange of rings until the
                                                                                                                                                          Monday, so that there’d be something significant for the second ceremony.
                                                                                                                                                          How did you enjoy having your photos taken?
                                                                                                                                                          We’d met our photographer Rob a few times before, which was good. I enjoyed
                                                                                                                                                          it, I enjoyed everything actually! I love our photos, they’re beautiful.
                                                                                                                                                          What was your first dance?
                                                                                                                                                          An Indian song, we’d never practised but apparently it looked OK.
                                                                                                                                                          Who gave the best speech?
                                                                                                                                                          I liked my Dad’s the best. It was nervewracking for him to give a speech to 300
                                                                                                                                                          people. He said some lovely things and even though I didn’t tell my parents about
                                                                                                                                                          going out with Jamie for a while, he said he’d known for about six years, which
                                                                                                                                                          I thought was funny.
                                                                                                                                                          Any disasters?
                                                                                                                                                          There was a slight panic at the last minute. Loads of people were meant to be
                                                                                                                                                          picked up from our house but the transport company we had booked didn’t turn
                                                                                                                                                          up. My Dad was so stressed out trying to organise a coach at the last second that
                                                                                                                                                          apparently two of my cousins ran off with the Yellow Pages and frantically phoned
                                                                                                                                                          every transport company in it. They didn’t tell me at the time, but while I was
                                                                                                                                                          getting ready in the hotel my Mum kept leaving the room and coming back in a
                                                                                                                                                          bad mood – now I know why!
                                                                                                                                                          What were the best bits?
                                                                                                                                                          Meeting people I hadn’t seen for ages, and everyone helping out beforehand. The
                                                                                                                                                          meal was great too, and food is such an important part of our culture.
                                                                                                                                                          Your biggest challenge?
                                                                                                                                                          There are so many little things that were needed for the ceremony. Getting
                                                                                                                                                          banana plants across from India, to decorate the hotel, was quite difficult... but
                                                                                                                                                          my Mum dealt with that!
                                                                                                                                                          Top wedding present?
                                                                                                                                                          We had loads of really nice presents – my brother gave us a trip to New York for
                                                                                                                                                          Valentines Day. Our parents paid for everything in Britain and in India, as we had
                                                                                                                                                          another wedding in India.
                                                                                                                                                          Did you stick to your budget?
                                                                                                                                                          When I hear how much it cost I feel a bit sick... We did manage to keep to it but
                                                                                                                                                          it was quite a large budget. I do feel quite guilty but our parents wanted to do it,
                                                                                                                                                          they wouldn’t have had it any other way.
                                                                                                                                                          Best thing about getting married?
                                                                                                                                                          We’ve never lived together before so I would say coming home every day and
                                                                                                                                                          having Jamie there. He’s a very good chef!




                                                     schemes & themes
                                                                      “I’ve grown up seeing lots of colourful Indian

                bride to bride                                        weddings, and also weddings like Charlene and
                                                                      Scott’s from ‘Neighbours’. For the Indian day I said
                                                                      my Mum could have anything she wanted; she’s
                “Have everything organised                            been dreaming about it since I was born. I didn’t
                beforehand, but remember some                         want the flowers to look too over the top, so I
      things you can’t do till three or four days                     stuck to fiery reds, pinks and oranges, and went
      before, so don’t panic. Also get your family                    for very strong make-up.
      and friends involved because weddings are
      so much fun! It brings your family closer       For the Monday I wanted a very simple, understated look – I wore
      together when everybody mucks in and            a cream dress from Coast, a flower in my hair, and more natural
      helps.”                                         make-up. I really wanted two completely different looks and two
                                                      completely different days.”                                                                             WANT TO KNOW MORE? If you would like to find out more about any of the suppliers that
                                                                                                                                                              were used for this wedding, please contact us on, editorial@reallifeweddings.co.uk




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