Real Wedding – Shally + Kisan Thornton Hall Hotel Wedding

One of the things we love about Liverpool is the variety of weddings. Whether you’re planning a tiny wedding or inviting hundreds of guests; whether you’re embracing traditions or going against the grain; whether you’re spending just a few months planning or a few years, there are suppliers perfect for you!

Recently we were chatting to local Liverpool Wedding Planner Natasha McKenzie and when she told us about this wedding we knew we just had to feature it. A colourful Asian wedding with beautiful little details, a cake that’s to die for, and the cutest proposal story…what’s not to love?!

Photos by Samantha Brown Photography

Wedding Group shot at Thornton Hall Hotel Bride in red lengha with bridesmaids in green and blue

We caught up with Shally and Kisan to hear about their day…

Tell us how you met your spouse!

We met each other on a dating app called Coffee Meets Bagel.

How did the proposal happen?

We got engaged on the 11th of December 2018. I had been in work that day telling friends that I was hoping it would happen over Christmas….with everyone telling me I needed to manage my expectations! Little did I or they know I’d be coming in the next day as an engaged woman! 

We had just finished dinner at our flat and I was working on my laptop when I was asked If I wanted something else to eat. Maybe some cheese and crackers? 

He put a plate down next to me and said ‘are you ready’ and I was like sure – waiting for him to pass over my plate of food. I looked up and there in front of me was a mini cheese board was a ring box on it. I burst into tears sobbing out the words ‘are you asking me to marry you’  to which he replied ‘I am yes’ so I incoherently blubbered ‘then you should probably ask me to marry you’.

He asked and then I cried even more – when I finally was able to look at the ring it was beautiful and fit perfectly. 

The whole proposal was exactly us, just a Tuesday evening in our home with a cheese board and some dessert wine. I spent the next hour calling everyone I know telling them IM ENGAGED whilst he did the washing up.

He told me a bit later that he had gone to pick up the ring that day with his sister and was planning on proposing over Christmas. But he was a bit worried that I might end up finding the ring somewhere in the house which is why he did it straight away….and to be fair I probably would have found it. 

Wedding Rings on wood

How long did you spend planning your wedding? What was the first thing you booked?

It took about 13months of planning. Our wedding planner Natasha McKenzie was the first thing we booked – she was amazing and helped us through every stage of the wedding process. Even though this was her first Asian wedding – she did so much research into what we wanted and helped us have the most perfect day.

Tell us about your venue and why you chose it…

Finding our venue was a real journey for us – especially as we are based in London and wanted get married in Liverpool. We wanted to find the perfect venue and I am sure lots of couples can relate to that. 

We knew we were having an Asian wedding so ideally, we wanted somewhere that would suit around 200 people, let us bring our own catering and where guests could stay over. We were happy to make some comprises but finding somewhere that matched was easier said than done!

We researched so many places and visited around 20 venues – but found there was always something that we felt we were massively going to have to compromise on.

But as soon as we met Jenny from Thornton Hall Hotel we knew that this venue was special.  She made us feel so welcome and put us at ease straight away when we explained what we wanted. The venue had its own package for Asian weddings which was a huge bonus and one by one we found our boxes being ticked off. The hall itself was large enough to hold our numbers, we could bring in our own caterers, music & drinks. Guests could park and stay over. And there was a Spa.

 We visited our venue once, sent our parents to have a look and then booked it. We absolutely loved Thornton Hall Hotel…and Spa. We’d get married there all over again if we could. 

Bride in red lengha and groom in blue suit infront of pegoda at Thornton Hall Hotel Wedding

Our advice would be take a moment on the day and find some time just for the 2 of you with no one else around. You’ll be so busy talking to family and friends that having just a few moments to just talk and giggle is really lovely

Did you have a theme? Stationary, décor, colours, etc?

We wanted our wedding to be simple but colourful. Luckily getting married over Christmas meant that there would be Christmas decorations up so we were happy to go with that as our theme! Our invites were white and gold which we tried to embed into the rest of our wedding stationery. We also had colourful lanterns and garlands from India which we used to decorate the room for the civil ceremony.

What was the wedding dress and suit like?

The wedding dress was designed in India and I chose a classic red bridal lengha  – in the evening for the reception I wore a second bridal outfit which was a rose gold gown. 

The Groom wore a blue suit from Moss Bros literally bought from the first shop he went in. 

Tell us about your hair and makeup style for the day…

I chose to have a natural look for my make up – something that would last for the photos and into the evening and I just to have my hair in an up do with hair jewellery. Both the Hair and Make up Stylists had experience with Asian wedding so I was happy to leave it up to them. 

Who was your photographer and what made you choose them?

We decided to go with Sam Brown photography. She was brilliant and the only photographer we met face to face. She was easy to get on with and made us both laugh at our initial meeting. 

What we loved about her is that she was local to where my parents lived and had photographed some of our friend’s weddings as well. We were really pleased with our photos! 

What sort of entertainment did you have at your wedding?

We had a DJ for the evening music and a Selfie Mirror as well which was super fun 

What was the most special part of your day?

We loved the actual civil ceremony– that was really emotional and special. Another moment that we loved was the 10minutes we had just by ourselves with no one around right before the evening meal. Where we were just able to spend a few moments together and giggle about how crazy the day was.

Are there any vendors in particular that you would like to give a mention?

Payal Catering were amazing and went above and beyond in their service. Our guests are still talking about the food! We also loved our cake from Sweet Fairies UK – it was exactly what we were looking for especially as we asked for different flavoured layers and finally Natasha McKenzie we could not have managed without her.  

Is there anything you would have done differently?

Now in hindsight, we probably would’ve have invited more people to celebrate with us. But other than that we were really happy with every detail of the wedding!

Try not to stress about the small details – you won’t even notice them on the day as you’ll be having such a good time

Thanks, Shally and Kisan! We loved hearing more about your day!


Dress Boutique + Designer:  Mohini Chabria @mohinichabria

Bridesmaids dresses: Rita Rawail @ritarawailoffical 

Suits: Moss Bros

Venue: Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa

Photographer: Samantha Brown Photography

Stationary: Natasha McKenzie Weddings

Entertainment: Apna Beat

Makeup: Natasha Aslam – @aaliyahaslam_makeup

Hair: Sonya Capaldi – @capaldihaircreative

Cake: The Sweet Fairies UK – @thesweetfairiesuk

Food: – Payal Events – @payalevents

Wedding Planner: Natasha McKenzie Weddings

Selfie Mirror – Liverpool Selfie Mirror

Wedding rings – Flawless  @flawlessfinejewellery

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