Sahar & Karam got married at Farm Street Church and had their reception at the Langham Hotel in central London. Absolutely fantastic day, I really can't say enough about what a lovely bride Sahar was. Massive thanks to Will Stedman and Jon Mold as well for helping out with the photos. Now over to Sahar...

Tell us about your love story…

Karam and I met in 2015 in Dubai, at the Waldorf, in a really chance encounter. We didn’t know at the time that Karam was actually a really close friend of my next door neighbour, and had visited him many, many times without knowing his future wife lived right next door! Karam and I were long distance right up until our marriage so it was quite a challenge but we knew right from the start it was worth it. The proposal was lovely. Karam had taken his entire family, and myself, to Saint Tropez on a surprise trip for his father’s 60th birthday, and he used that wonderful setting as a place to propose, which I genuinely was very surprised by! The funny thing is… when we called people to tell them they just laughed! We had known we were getting married for ages! In fact, when we got engaged in September 2017, we had already chosen our wedding date, and had just booked our venue in London the week before! So no one was very surprised, but hey! we do things in our own order!

How did you choose your venue? Do you have any advice for couples planning a wedding at the same venue?

I was really thrilled to be having my wedding in London because its a city I am truly in love with. It was important to me to choose venues that were central, right in the heart of all the landmarks we associate with London and its rich history, and also that looked the part of a traditional, old-world, London setting. We viewed upwards of 10 venues, but the Langham was one of the first that we visited, and I actually knew it was the one the moment we stepped into its lovely grand ballroom (which has its own wonderful history). Selecting the church came shortly after because we wanted to find something close to the Langham. We weren’t actually familiar with Farm Street and went to see it on the off chance, and I was stunned as soon as I walked in! It was far beyond anything I had dreamt of, and in fact, I felt it was far too grand for someone like me! But it was too beautiful to resist and I still pinch myself all the time over the fact that I actually got married in such a stunning church. It’s a memory I will treasure forever. For couples marrying at Farm Street or having a reception at the Langham, I would say sit back and relax, just add a few flowers, the venues are so beautiful they really do speak for themselves.

What were the easiest and most difficult parts of planning your wedding?

The hardest bits first: narrowing down venues (easy choices in hindsight but very, very difficult when you start looking and feel overwhelmed!). Also, the guest list! If you or your partner have big families or wider circles, this will cause a lot of stress. But just hang in there, once you compromise and finalise the guest list and venue, the rest really can be fun! For me styling the wedding, buying the dress, and choosing my photographer/videographer/music were the easiest and best parts of the experience. I actually bought TWO dresses, and sold one! But it’s best to just enjoy the experience and not settle! You want to feel your best on the day and you should give yourself LOTS of time to bring it together just how you want it.

Tell us about your ceremony…

The hardest bits first: narrowing down venues (easy choices in hindsight but very, very difficult when you start looking and feel overwhelmed!). Also, the guest list! If you or your partner have big families or wider circles, this will cause a lot of stress. But just hang in there, once you compromise and finalise the guest list and venue, the rest really can be fun! For me styling the wedding, buying the dress, and choosing my photographer/videographer/music were the easiest and best parts of the experience. I actually bought TWO dresses, and sold one! But it’s best to just enjoy the experience and not settle! You want to feel your best on the day and you should give yourself LOTS of time to bring it together just how you want it.

     

Were you surprised by anything?

We’re so grateful to our lovely families (and friends) for helping us plan every thing to the last little detail, that the whole day went off with out a single hitch! I was surprised though by just how much I didn’t want the day to end! It passed by so quickly! I didn’t expect to feel so sad about it ending, but I guess that’s a sign of a successful wedding.
I think one of our favourite moments was successfully getting through out first dance! We were so stressed about it! As a former dancer, I felt even more anxious. Karam made us practice till we knew it inside out but we had never danced with me in my dress before, and I was convinced we were going to mess up big time and end up swaying till the music ended. I still can’t quite believe that we managed to pull it off with a massive tulle skirt to manouevre, but every time I hear Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” I get really excited that it went so well. What a relief! And what a great memory!

 

Was anything/anyone really helpful?

I can honestly say that every person involved in the day went above and beyond. From our families to all the vendors and suppliers, and everyone who played a role, we were very lucky to have no room left for complaints, and nothing to worry about. In addition, everyone was really friendly and in a good mood, even the lovely man who drove our wedding cab to the church and back kept me busy with stories of his own wedding, when I ended up arriving at church early, before the guests! Alex played a huge role in the course of the day, calming down the camera-shy guests, helping fix veils, making sure we were in the right place at the right time. He even had a sewing kit on hand and kept track of my lipstick for me; it was like having a fairy godmother(!) and photographer rolled into one!

 

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