Passenham Manor | Humanist Ceremony | David and Zakira

Humanist ceremony at 3.00, drinks reception at 3.30, wedding breakfast at 5.00, then an ‘incey wincey surprise for you all’… that’s something they didn’t put on their welcome board!

Welcome chalk board

David and Zakira had an outside humanist ceremony in the stone walled gardens of Passenham Manor; a 15th century manor house in Buckinghamshire. With stunning grounds, a stream with a pretty green bridge and a large barn for the wedding breakfast, the manor provided a romantic setting for this couples big day. Owned by a long standing family friend, you could feel the love and care that had been put into the building and grounds. Showered with delicious, sweet smelling fruit trees, exotic plants and rose bushes, the gardens looked alive with colour.

Passenham Manor

With the help of her two sisters, Zakira got ready in one of the many manors guest bedrooms. Today it would be Zakira’s sisters that would be jointly walking her up the isle to her husband to be. Every little detail had been so carefully put together. It was important to Zakira and David that both cultures should be incorporated into their wedding day. Zakira’s dress was no exception. Designed by Zakira herself and carefully crafted with layers and layers or raw silk and embroidered with fine gold threads. It was a fusion of east meets west. An elegent modern twist. It didn’t stop here…

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With 12 bridesmaids, Zakira didn’t want traditional dresses for her maids. She wanted something bright, colourful and fun like themselves. Something less traditional but more something that was in keeping with the day and that represented them both. Everything worked together perfectly.

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The guests were greeted with a pan pipe playing and men in kilts! David’s face was a picture when he saw Zakira walking up the aisle. He couldn’t stop smiling. Their humanist ceremony was conducted by David’s father which made it all the more personal and special.

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The Manors grounds provided a stunning backdrop for Zakira and David’s couple photos.  There were so many sweet, intimate moments between the couple as well lots of laughing and having fun. We were spoiled for choice when it came to locations.

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The wedding breakfast was held in the converted barn. The balloon modelling went down a treat and love was definitely in the air! All the speeches were heart felt and a joke or two was cracked too.

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In the evening the groomsman and bridal party treated everyone surprise performance that they’d spent weeks putting together. There was poetry, dancing and singing. An evening performance of storytelling. It was Zakira and David’s story! A story of how they met and their journey together that led them here today.  David’s determination, Zakris vow not to fall in love whilst studying and their secret rendezvous whilst they seeked Zakira’s parents approval. It was a true love story.

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