This amazing couple had the Anand Karaj (Sikh ceremony) the day before the big celebration at Kleinevalleij in Wellington. Photographer Joe Dreyer is sharing this cultural and glamorous wedding with us. He says: “Awesome clients and such fun to spend two days with them!”
I Propose | Elaborate on how the two of you met
We met through mutual friends at university and it was love at first sight. However, in this case, I “the girl” had to chase “the guy” for his number. The rest as they say is history and 8 years later we became husband and wife :)
Bride & Prejudice | Express some memorable experiences you had during the planning
We planned the whole wedding ourselves. Taz is from Zimbabwe and I am originally from India but grew up in Botswana. The only reason we decided to have it in Cape Town is because I am a control freak! Only in Cape Town would we have full control of the weddings. We had 3 events with lots of smaller events that spanned over a week. We had an Indian Mehndi (henna) party followed by the religious Sikh wedding (Anand Karaj) and finally the Catholic ceremony and reception. Both families got on so well and welcomed each other with open arms. Something we could have never planned for. Everyone danced and ate (ate way too much) and enjoyed themselves thoroughly through the week of wedding festivities.
Unique Facts 50% of the guests were from outside of Cape Town The farthest guests travelled over 10,200 miles to be at the wedding. Guests were from 8 different countries We did a choreographed dance with our bridal Happiness and such bliss and overwhelming love from our family and friends. We were in utter awe that so many people travelled to be with us on our special day. Every time my husband catches me ogling over our wedding pictures, it is because I just can’t believe how happy everyone was and how special it was that everyone travelled to share our special day/week with us :)
Don’t Tell The Bride – Reveal something that happened behind the scenes
Ummmm… Can’t remember anything that was out of place… unless someone didn’t tell me :)
No More Wedding Woes | Share your wedding advice for future brides.
Know exactly what you want, so by the time you meet up with suppliers you are confident in your decisions. Start picking up favourites from wedding blogs and Pinterest and magazines. Also, listen to what your suppliers say, they want to make this day special for you and they are very good at what they do. Give them your vision and let them work their magic. Know your strengths and weaknesses. I am no DIY bride so I stayed away from it. But I am great at project management so I have no issue doing things on budget and on time using numerous Excel sheets. Don’t sweat the small stuff, things will go wrong on the day, don’t let it affect your day. We got married in Wellington on possibly one of the hottest days. I thought people wouldn’t dance or enjoy themselves and boy oh boy was I wrong.
Plan you honeymoon or a mini moon after the wedding. So you have something to look forward to when the planning gets overwhelming. Hire a wedding planner or an event planner… no matter what your budget is!! Most of all, enjoy, dance and eat!!!!
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Photography – Joe Dreyer Photography