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Indian-origin couple hosts ‘drive-in wedding’ with over 200 guests in attendance

Roma Popat and Vinal Patel tied the knot recently at Braxted Park in Essex with around 250 guests watching the ceremony on a giant screen from their cars.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2020 7:52:38 pm
drive in wedding, indian couple drive in wedding, wedding coronavirus restrictions, UK drive in wedding, covid uk restrictions, viral news, indian wedding in UK, drive through wedding viral video, indian expressThe couple's Hindu wedding ceremony was projected on big screens outside the venue as guests watched from cars.

While many weddings turned into small and intimate affairs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an Indian-origin couple in the UK ensured they had their grand wedding with over 200 guests in attendance by staging a drive-in event.

Roma Popat and Vinal Patel tied the knot recently at Braxted Park in Essex with around 250 guests watching the ceremony on a giant screen from their cars.

The wedding was held even as the UK government reduced the number of guests allowed at wedding ceremonies and sit-down receptions to 15 people to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The newlyweds, both in their 30s and from London, waved to guests parked outside the wedding venue as they enjoyed a tour of the grounds in a decorated golf buggy driven by mask-wearing staff.

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On Friday we captured the first drive in Indian Wedding and it was an incredible buzz. The way people came together after a pandemic to celebrate @roma_p and @vinzp22 wedding was something we will never forget. Great to be shooting again although we got drenched! A fantastic effort from all the suppliers involved. Is this the way forward for weddings in the interim of the pandemic? Would love your comments below to see what you think or any other ideas? #intimateweddings #imaaniphotography #braxtedparkweddings #shivgopalmusic #ambreenmakeup #shagunweddings #vasudevmehta #sahelievents #musicalmovements #kudoscars #eagleeyeproductions #yourlondonflorist #pbp #aanarelondon #newwayforward #thefutureofweddings #bestindianweddingphotographers #driveinwedding

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The bride said it meant everything to them that their friends and family were able to be a part of the celebration, though it wasn’t exactly as planned.

“When we had to postpone our wedding in April, we had no idea whether we would be able to get married this year or not,” Popat told The Guardian.

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On Friday we captured the first drive in Indian Wedding and it was an incredible buzz. The way people came together after a pandemic to celebrate @roma_p and @vinzp22 wedding was something we will never forget. Great to be shooting again although we got drenched! A fantastic effort from all the suppliers involved. Is this the way forward for weddings in the interim of the pandemic? Would love your comments below to see what you think or any other ideas? #intimateweddings #imaaniphotography #braxtedparkweddings #shivgopalmusic #ambreenmakeup #shagunweddings #vasudevmehta #sahelievents #musicalmovements #kudoscars #eagleeyeproductions #yourlondonflorist #pbp #aanarelondon #newwayforward #thefutureofweddings #bestindianweddingphotographers #driveinwedding

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“We both come from big families. It meant we each had only our parents, siblings and a set of grandparents able to attend the ceremony in person,” the bride told Metro.

The guests dressed for the reception even though they were only in their cars, and “went crazy” as the rituals started.

“Everyone was honking their horns and cheering us. It was incredible,” she said.

Here’s a small glimpse of the ceremony:

The wedding planners said the idea was initially brought up as a joke before it was executed.

“The couple initially brought up the idea of a drive-in wedding as a joke. It sounded crazy but the more we talked about it, the more it seemed possible,” wedding planner Saheli Mirpuri told BBC.

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On Friday we captured the first drive in Indian Wedding and it was an incredible buzz. The way people came together after a pandemic to celebrate @roma_p and @vinzp22 wedding was something we will never forget. Great to be shooting again although we got drenched! A fantastic effort from all the suppliers involved. Is this the way forward for weddings in the interim of the pandemic? Would love your comments below to see what you think or any other ideas? #intimateweddings #imaaniphotography #braxtedparkweddings #shivgopalmusic #ambreenmakeup #shagunweddings #vasudevmehta #sahelievents #musicalmovements #kudoscars #eagleeyeproductions #yourlondonflorist #pbp #aanarelondon #newwayforward #thefutureofweddings #bestindianweddingphotographers #driveinwedding

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On arriving at the venue, guests were given welcome hampers that contained hand gel and were requested to stay in their vehicles throughout, said a PTI report.

Since a buffet wasn’t possible, guests could choose from pizza, chilli chips, pasta, garlic bread and salad and it was delivered to their vehicles by catering staff on segways.

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You would think having a Covid Safe "Indian" wedding in 2020 was probably out of the question – think again! Roma and Vinal pulled off the unthinkable by inviting their 250 guests to a drive in wedding last Friday, hosted at Braxted Park in Essex. A wedding that was always going to be challenging even on a bright summers day became even harder to pull off given the treacherous weather conditions endured by the guests and staff. The wedding has deservedly so received alot of press coverage from @thetimes @bbcnews @itvnews to name a few but the questions we are being asked is how did we manage to feed all the guests? Given it wasn't going to be your typical Indian wedding the couple choose a fun menu for the guests to enjoy whilsts watching the wedding take place on a large screen in the fields. Jiko (BBQ) Pizza, Chilli Chips, Pasta, Garlic Bread and Salad all able to be ordered via an app and delivered hot and fresh to the cars by none other than segways! Weeks of planning executed by a 100 plus staff team behind the scenes to ensure the couple had spectacular wedding day. No one could have written the year our industry has had but it was so refreshing to see a couple not let it ruin there big day and inject some hope that our industry can still go on. Roma and Vinal, a huge congratulations from both Seema and I, you never gave up and you never stopped smiling. Thank you for trusting in us to be a part of your wedding. Here's to wishing you both a life time of happiness 🥂 #bigfatindianwedding #bigfatcovidsafeindianwedding #driveinwedding #popuppizza #jikocaterer #driveinweddingcaterer #driveinpizza #chips #instafood #instawedding #covidsafewedding #aintnocovidstoppingus #catererslife #mobilecaterer #pizzacaterer #aanare #aanarelondon www.aanare.co.uk @roma_p @vinzp22 @sahelievents @braxtedparkestate @shivgopal @vasudevmehta @musicalmovements @djshraii @shagunweddingsuk @kudoscars @ambreenmakeup @yourlondonflorist @eagleeyeproductions_uk @imaaniphotography @poweredbypercussion

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Staff at the venue said they were delighted to host an event like this.

“We are delighted to say this weekend we were able to overcome these new restrictions in a safe and secure way by hosting our first ever (and we believe first for the UK) drive in wedding ceremony here at Braxted Park,” a spokesperson for the estate told ITV.

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