“Our cultural differences brought us together.”
Florussel Banerji and Dawid Prachnio met in August 2011 when the couple were students at UClan.
The couple were sharing a house with two professional and would see each other in the kitchen where their curiosities began.
“Dave would be cooking and I would go into the kitchen to make a brew,” says Florussel.
“As I am from an Asian culture who don’t have to be traditionally dressed, Dave was surprised when I would walk around in shorts as that is not what he expected.
“I assumed he was a master chef as he doesn’t have a Polish accent and his Polish cooking was very different to English food.”
The couple spent a lot of time talking about their cultures, watching international films together and cooking together.
“For me, going to a Polish shop was like going to another world and the same for Dave in the Indian shop,” adds Florussel, a student social worker and part-time care assistant, who is originally from India.
A relationship blossomed and as the couple spent their time getting to know one another, the subject of marriage arose.
“We spoke about it for a long time,” says Florussel, “as I had to tell my family in India.” On a visit to Dawid’s home country of Poland in September 2012, he presented her with a hand-made ring.
“Both of us are pretty laid back when it comes to following norms,” says Florussel, “we love traditions but not formalities.”
To seal the deal, Dawid, a manager, popped the question a month later as the pair sat opposite one another at the New Continental.
“Of course, he didn’t need an answer,” adds Florussel, “he knew it ages ago.”
The couple were married at Preston Register Office on December 6.
“Since my family could not attend the wedding, we had a Skype call with them just before we left,” says Florussel.
Unlike most brides, who plan everything far in advance, Florussel left everything a little last minute.
“The flowers, hair, make-up and my henna were all arranged the night before the wedding. The lady who did my henna was surprised and said she had never had someone plan it that late.”
Opting for a quiet ceremony the couple invited very close friends, along with Dawid’s mum who came in from Poland and his sister, Olga, who arrived from Cardiff.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds held a seven-course dinner at Kashti restaurant where their guests, who included different nationalities such as British, Ghanaian, Filipino and Hungarian, sampled both Indian and Polish dishes.
Florussel adds: “It rained all day on our wedding, I guess those were showers of blessing – though in Preston we tend to get them in abundance!
“The best thing about us getting married is that the party is not over yet.
“We are planning a reception in Poland this summer and one in India in December.”