A couple had a Scottish-Indian wedding to celebrate their two cultures
A couple had a Scottish-Indian wedding to celebrate their two cultures

A couple had a Scottish-Indian wedding to celebrate their two cultures

  • A couple hosted a four-day Scottish-Indian wedding in June that blended their cultures.
  • Alastair Spray, a Scottish groom, and Angie Tiwari, an Indian bride, got engaged in 2021.
  • They had a white wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral before jetting off to Scotland for a Hindu ceremony.

A Scottish groom and Indian bride planned their own multi-event wedding in June that celebrated the best of their two cultures.

Alastair Spray, a 28-year-old researcher, and Angie Tiwari, a 30-year-old sales executive who also works as a yoga and meditation coach in London, told Insider they noticed many similarities between the culture Scottish and Indian and hoped to bring that out during their vibrant wedding.

Angie Tiwari and Alastair Spray after getting engaged in Seville, Spain.

Angie Tiwari and Alastair Spray after getting engaged in Seville, Spain.

Courtesy of Angie Tiwari



“From the moment we met and started dating, Alastair was aware that my culture was very important to me,” said Tiwari, a British-Indian who observes Hinduism.

She added that since meeting him with Spray on Hinge in 2018 and getting engaged in 2021, she introduced him to yoga, taught him how to do Gāyatrī Mantra (ancient chanting) and brought him to celebrate Diwali with her family. The couple also held a pujā blessing before moving into their shared home in London in 2020.

“Scotland also has a very proud and unique culture and I was really excited to share that with Angie,” Spray said. He added that they attended cèilidh nights – Scottish gatherings of music and dance – in London and he showed her around Glasgow, Edinburgh, the Scottish Highlands and his home town of Dunblane.

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The chancel at St Paul's Cathedral where Alastair Spray and Angie Tiwari had their legal wedding.

The chancel at St Paul’s Cathedral where Alastair Spray and Angie Tiwari had their legal wedding.

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The couple wove plenty of Scottish and Indian accents into their £25,000, or about $28,000, wedding celebrations, which took place over four days in London and Scotland.

The wedding began with a formal ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral in London

On June 18, a Saturday, the couple had their official wedding ceremony in front of 150 family members and friends at the chapel under St Paul’s Cathedral, London. They were able to marry at the exclusive venue because Spray’s father holds a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), an honor bestowed by the Queen, which made them eligible to marry there.

“At St. Pauls, we had a Bible reading that was read by Alistair’s aunt and we were really amazed that our priest said we could have a reading from one of the ancient Hindu scriptures,” Tiwari said, adding that her uncle read from Bhagavad Gita. They also selected five hymns, juxtaposing aspects of Hinduism and Christianity.

Alastair Spray and Angie Tiwari marry at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

Alastair Spray and Angie Tiwari marry at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Bhavesh Chauhan



Spray opted for a classic black-tie suit from Suit Supply, while Tiwari wore a white lace corset dress and veil for £195, or about $220, from a charity shop. Her “something blue” was a simple silver necklace with a baby blue pendant that once belonged to Spray’s grandmother, Tiwari said.

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Meanwhile, her family brought touches of Indian fashion to the day. “My mom actually wore the sari she wore on her wedding day,” Tiwari said of the pink and purple dress.

They then had an intimate meal at a low-key Indian restaurant before returning home for a mehndi (henna) party.

After traveling to Scotland, the couple undertook Indian wedding rituals

The next day, the wedding party traveled to Scotland, where Spray and Tiwari said they rented a barn and converted barn in the Scottish countryside that doubled as accommodation for their guests.

On Monday, the couple woke up to rare sunny weather in Scotland and performed Hindu rituals outside. Tiwari wore the yellow sari her mother wore to her own Haldi ceremony, a blessing in which the bride and groom are covered in turmeric. Tiwari said her uncle conducted the ceremony and her aunt explained the ritual while the family came and put sandalwood paste containing Haldi on them.

Alastair Spray and Angie Tiwari at their Haldi (turmeric) ceremony.

Alastair Spray and Angie Tiwari at their Haldi (turmeric) ceremony.

Courtesy of Angie Tiwari



Tiwari added that her family is from the Kumaoni tribe in northern India, which she said wears a distinctive orange and yellow scarf with red dots, known as a pichora. The couple sat under it during the ceremony.

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This was followed by a sangeet – a pre-wedding celebration of music and dance where 25 of their loved ones gathered and performed Indian dances to Hindi songs and Scottish dances to cèilidh music. “It was a really great blend of both our cultures and exactly what we wanted,” Tiwari said.

Bags and Pipes plays at Alastair Spray and Angie Tiwari's Scottish-Indian wedding.

Dhol and Pipes playing at the Scottish-Indian wedding of Alastair Spray and Angie Tiwari.

Ryan Johnston



The couple’s last celebration took place that Tuesday and included the multi-step Hindu religious ceremony. The couple chose a Pandit, or Hindu priest, who explained the rituals in English as the service unfolded, so guests knew what was happening at each stage.

Spray opted for traditional Indian attire. “I was wearing this really nice blue sherwani that I ordered from India and I got matching gold and cream sherwanis for my boys,” he said.

He added that some friends caught him wearing kurtas and later changed into kilts: “It was a really nice touch that just all my friends fully embraced it,” he said. Meanwhile, Tiwari said she wore a traditional red lehenga before changing into a pink sharara for the reception.

Alastair Spray and Angie Tiwari during their first dance at their wedding.

Alastair Spray and Angie Tiwari during their first dance at their wedding.

Ryan Johnston



Tiwari said they found a musical duo called Dhol and Pipes – a South Asian man who plays the dhol drum and a Scottish man who plays bagpipes. She said their popularity was “a sign of the number of South Asians and Scots getting married”.

Other nods to their multicultural union included haggis pakoras made by a local Perth restaurant called Tabla and a speech Spray gave in Hindi, to the surprise of his new wife.

Even the couple’s first dance nodded to their unique journey, they said. It started with Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with You’ and ended with ‘Koi Mil Gaya’, an iconic song from the Bollywood film ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, which they said was the first Bollywood film they ever had. viewed together.

Source : www.insider.com