October 24, 2021


Bayan and Samira got married at the spectacular Bourton Hall, Rugby. It was a stunning fusion wedding, with an amazing Bahai ceremony and lots of incredible music to keep guests entertained. The day was a little untraditional (my fav!) as the couple had their civil ceremony that morning in Stratford and then arrived at Bourton Hall for drinks and canapes with their guests before heading into their wedding breakfast and then having their ceremony.

When Bayan and Samira first got in touch with me about their fusion wedding, I was so excited, they were planning a relaxed wedding with a focus on spending the day celebrating with family and friends, I’d never photographed a Middle Eastern wedding before and it did not disappoint, the dancing and general atmosphere was amazing, not to mention as soon as Samira mentioned she had three wedding dresses I was sold!

Bourton Hall

The wedding was all held at the same venue. Bourton Hall is a gorgeous country mansion venue in Rugby, Warwickshire and is perfect for weddings because it has so many options and stunning grounds! Even if you had a bad weather day or a winter wedding you could still get some incredible pictures because it’s got such a grand vibe, especially in the main room where the staircase is!

The Arrival

For the reception when the couple arrived at the venue, they had organised delicious canapes and non-alcoholic cocktails for their guests, and everyone really enjoyed it. Guests were then called for the wedding breakfast, which was an amazing three course meal with lots of different options – it was delicious.

The Bahai Ceremony

The Bahai ceremony took place in the Chapel in the evening and was so romantic and personal to them, which was lovely. The ceremony included some beautiful prayers, readings and songs from both sides of the families. It was a moving occasion, full of so much love.

After the ceremony, the couple headed upstairs to get changed into their evening outfits, which gave a chance to take candid photos, and I got some lovely photos of the guests. The weather at this Bourton Hall wedding was fresh and sunny which meant that it was a beautiful day.

The party

After the Bahai Ceremony, they headed back out to the Great Hall where the staff had laid out Arabic Coffee and Ma’amoul for the guests.

The cake cutting was super exciting as the bridal party took the knife and danced with it, this is a tradition in Persian wedding culture where the groom has to offer money to the person with the knife in order to get the knife back off of them! This was so much fun and it was a great introduction to their first dance!

We all know how much I adore confetti so when I realised we wouldn’t be able to get the confetti shot after the ceremony I won’t lie I was a bit sad but OMG did these two have a way better plan!! As they were doing their first dance, they instructed the bridesmaids to throw the confetti from the staircase, it was like something out of a fairytale!

The evening ended with everyone heading into the Draycote Bar where a dancefloor had been cleared ready for the evening party, let me tell you, the dancing was so much fun, and you could see that everyone had a great time. The whole fusion wedding was so much fun, from the Samira’s awesome dresses to the confetti filled first dance! It was my first Persian wedding and definitely one not to be forgotten!

Advice for planning your wedding

Don’t let the wedding planning stress you out and remember to take time out to enjoy the day and embrace any or all traditions and customs whilst still keeping the day all about the two of you and what you want like these two did!

I loved this fun fusion Bourton Hall wedding so much. If you’re getting married and looking for a wedding photographer, get in touch.

Here is Bayan and Samira’s love story in photos.