Rikesh and Kavya are a London-based couple working in the music, fashion, content creation and marketing industries - a recipe for a proposal and wedding day that were equal parts creative, cool and stylish.
After a couple of chance meetings at gigs, the pair connected over Twitter - social media striking once again to allow a love story to play out! Both with Indian heritage, Rikesh and Kavya carved out a wedding day that made the most of Indian design, tradition and beauty - and the English Summer time weather did not disappoint. Here, we hear from Rikesh about the proposal, the big day, and the thought behind their Hearts of London engagement ring and wedding bands.
About the Proposal
"I proposed to Kavya in October 2017. I had booked a day off for her without her knowledge, and surprised her at her apartment as she was stepping out to leave. I told her to put her bag down because, "I'm taking you out for breakfast and then after breakfast, we're heading to get your nails done because if you're going to show off an engagement ring, you should probably have nice looking nails!" after which I got down on one knee and proposed. We had breakfast, then I took her to get her hair and nails done, we did a little photoshoot, and went for dinner and drinks at a restaurant we had been meaning to visit for ages."
About the Engagement Ring
"Kavya has relatively small hands - even Jo, who sized her ring finger, was surprised at just how slim - so I wanted to make sure it wasn't too raised because it wouldn't really suit right. I wanted it to look quite subtle and delicate, and opted for a cushion cut single halo with matching diamonds on the band. What really impressed me was that the ring itself was relatively simple, but the shine - you could spot it a mile away." View the design that Rikesh opted for, the Fitzroy Classic.
About the Wedding
"We had a South-North Indian wedding at a beautiful country house in Bicester (she's South Indian; I'm North Indian). The Indian wedding ceremony took place in the morning, for this Kavya wore a traditional South Indian bridal saree from Sundari Silks, and I wore a custom sherwani I created with designer Saran Kohli. The day was beautiful - it was the first weekend where summer was in full swing which enabled us to have the entire ceremony outdoors. The reception followed later that evening, with Kavya wearing a stunning green and gold dress by Mokshaa, and I wore a three-piece suit by Bencivenga Alta Sartoria, bespoke Turnbull & Asser pin collar shirt and tie, accessories by Alice Made This and Drake's, and penny loafers."
About the Wedding Rings
"Kavya's band was the same as the one for the engagement, and as I only really wear gold, I opted for a brushed gold band." View Hearts of London's diverse range of women's and men's wedding rings.
About Hearts of London
"Wonderful, genuinely. They've paid incredible attention to detail from start to finish. The fact that you can drop the ring off to get polished for free is a lovely touch and allows the rings to keep their sparkle. And the service in general - when Kavya knocked her hand, the halo of the engagement ring was slightly damaged, we headed over and they fixed it (free of charge) within a few days - amazing." We're thrilled that Rikesh and Kavya had such a positive experience with Hearts of London. We know the importance and sentimentality of choosing and crafting engagement and wedding rings, and aim to make the experience as enjoyable, easy and special as possible for each of our clients. Read more about what Rikesh and other Hearts of London clients have said about their experiences.
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