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Real Wedding | Bêrîvan & Rayhaan

Tell us about yourselves!

We’re an Indian/Kurdish couple from London. Rayhaan is Indian and Bêrîvan is Kurdish.

We met at Law School in 2016 and became really good friends at the time. We stayed in touch and after a few years (post-Covid etc.) we decided to meet up and things just clicked! As a couple, we find joy in everything from our cultures to cooking with each other to travelling to new places to railing against the state of the world to a simple cup of coffee on a sunny Saturday morning.

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

The Old Marylebone Town Hall, is a beautiful venue in London, with stunning architecture and a really traditional and intimate interior. When we saw it for the first time we knew it was exactly the vibe that we wanted.

How many guests did you have?

We kept our registry really small – our only guests were our photographer (Yaz) and Bêrîvan’s sister. We’re going to be having two other cultural events/ceremonies that will be significantly larger, so we wanted to keep our registry super small and intimate.

Tell us about your outfits.

Rayhaan wore a double-breasted chalk stripe grey suit. As a Londoner, it only felt right to go as classic as possible with some British tailoring. The tie was made in Kurdistan (by a brand called Mr Erbil) – a nod to Bêrîvan’s heritage and culture. 

Bêrîvan wore a white suit – again, given that we have two other events coming up, we wanted to do something different for this event, and tailoring felt perfect! 

What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

Enjoying the process. A lot of people told us how stressful wedding planning would be, but we’ve tried our best to really enjoy spending time with each other, being able to express ourselves and our creativity and having events that speak to us and the people we are.

Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?

Our cultures. We both have large families and a strong sense of our cultural history (and each other’s cultural history), so we have tried to make sure that we don’t shy away from those and instead really explore and accentuate our Indian-ness, Kurdish-ness, Britishness and London-ness! Some of this we’ve done at our various events, but we’ve also tried to incorporate little bits and pieces as we go, whether it’s with our décor, clothes, venues, flowers, invites etc.

Any tips for couples getting married?

It can be easier said than done, but enjoy it! Try and use the process to express yourselves and show off the people and couple that you are – it can definitely be hard to balance that with trying to please various people (especially if you have opinionated family etc.), but – at the very least – try and make the most of the moments you have together during the planning process.

Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?

Yazmine May has been a really wonderful photographer to work with – she has always made us feel at ease and, more importantly, her work is stunning. 

Shani Travers Design creates really stunning wedding invites and save the dates, she was able to execute our ideas so beautifully, and gave us exactly what we wanted.

Photographer: Yazmine May @yazminemayphotography | Ceremony Location: Marylebone Town Hall, London @adaytorememberlondon | Stationery: Shani Travers Design  @straversdesigns | Engagement & Wedding Rings: Rachel Boston @rachelboston


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