I definitely think a highlight was the father daughter dance. We did something similar to the discovery life advert. Where it starts off with a slow song and then the music changes and you get to just go crazy. I let my dad choose the songs and we kind off rehearsed but majority was just super spontaneous. I had a blast.
Actually the whole day was just amazing from start to finish. Everyone had a great time and that was all we really wanted, for people to enjoy themselves, a wedding is a celebration after all.
Yes, we definitely needed a break after all the planning that went into making our wedding such a special day.We went to Cocoon Maldives for our honeymoon. It was my first island holiday and it was absolutely amazing. We took an all inclusive package and were upgraded to a lagoon villa since it was our honeymoon. They also included a couples indian head and shoulder massage which was our first massage experience and was so good we booked three other couples massages. We wanted to go somewhere were we could relax and just spend time together and that is exactly what we got. I would go back tomorrow if I could.
Our wedding was a bit of a western and eastern fusion therefore we decided to have both a Hindu and Christian ceremony. Indian weddings are beautiful however my style is more understated. I therefore decided to combine the two styles for my wedding look. The dress was designed by Charlene from CW designs from a picture I found on pintrest. Charlene also did my hair on the day. The style, a loose bun with a braid in the front was also found on pintrest. The jewellery is indian inspired but with a vintage twist and was designed by Kathleen Barry Bespoke Occasion Accessories. I am not normally someone who wears makeup but for my wedding I decided to base my makeup on indian brides. Nadia from Mac Cosmetics was able to guide me as to what would best suit my skin tone. All of the people I worked with to create my look did an amazing job in bringing my vision for my wedding look to life.
We got married at Avianto. It was an amazing experience from start to finish. Every single wish we had was catered to, and on the day we had absolutely no worries as everything was handled by the coordinator assigned to us the day of our wedding. We did have guests that stayed over in the hotel on the property. We also stayed the night in their luxurious bridal suite.
I did not do much different from my normal routine which is pretty simple.
I went on diet a few months before the wedding but with all the stress from the planning i needed my comfort food.
I did however have a manicure and pedicure done at Clinique Estique in Middelburg. I had a faded french manicure done at their recommendation and they did a wonderful job.
The indian decor was hired from Chetna who is based in Lenasia. All the other decor and flowers were supplied by Flower Creations. They did a fantastic job bringing together all our ideas. The colour scheme was burgundy, blush pink and gold. We were going for a look we called rustic bling and I asked for a lot of flowers, as I love flowers. I think Flower Creations fulfilled all our wishes and more.
I must mention that the origami flowers were folded by us. We also made the table numbers and Mr and Mrs sign as well a the spice filled burlap bags, so we definitely did our fair share of DIY.
Everything however come together beautifully in the end.
My husband wore a tailored Carducci suit. The tailoring was done at Carducci in Rosebank and they were very helpful when we were picking out the suit. His cuff links were designed by Crazy lemon.
I must admit he looked incredibly handsome on the day :)
He did not have groomsman.
I chose not to have any brides maids instead my father walked me down the isle and my three brothers followed after us.
Pastor Noel Brinton from P.H.C Christian family church in Valhalla, Pretoria was our marriage officer and performed the Christian Ceremony. He gave a wonderful sermon on the day and we built up a really good relationship during the pre- marriage counselling we attended with him.
Our photographers and videographers were from Mighty Fine Productions. We used them for our engagement shoot and loved their work so much we decided to use them for our wedding too. I feel if you are going to spend money it should be on your photographer as the photos and videos are the only things you have to remember your day. Mighty fine did an amazing job capturing all the elements and the highlights video really captures the feeling of the day.
We planned everything ourselves to the last detail but thankfully we did have an on the day coordinator, Lizelle, from Avianto. She dealt with all the vendors and made sure that everything ran smoothly and was exactly as we planned it.
She did an amazing job.
The food was prepared by Avianto. We had a delicious vegetarian menu filled with Indian dishes as is customary at most indian weddings. The food was served buffet style and there was plenty of food to go around.
The wedding cake was made by Sweet Joy. It was absolutely stunning. Every layer was a different flavour. I didn't get to taste much of the cake but what I did taste was delicious.
Our stationary was printed and designed by Crazy lemon. They also did our seating chart and designed a monogram for us which we used on everything.
They were very professional and did a great job.
Our sound and lighting was supplied by Soundworx. We had a DJ, Archie, who did a great job keeping everyone on the dance floor. Everyone loved this part of the evening as the dancing is not normal part of an indian wedding. I am also so happy we had the smoke machine I really enjoyed dancing our first dance amongst the smoke definitely a highlight.