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Megha and Adam’s Waterside Indian Australian Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Multicultural Weddings,

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Michelle Kiddie Photography

Megha & Adam

Megha and Adam were very conscious of including both of their cultural heritages as they planned their waterside Australian Indian wedding. It turned into a three day celebration of colour and culture with 170 guests, a Hindu ceremony (complete with preceding Mendhi and Vidhi ceremonies) a western civil ceremony and plenty of in between moments that last forever. They chose Michelle Kiddie Photography to capture it all.

On how they met, the newlyweds tell. “As so many other couples we know, we met in the small outback mining town of Mount Isa. We met at a mutual friend’s housewarming party – as Adam recounted later in his reception speech, he impressed Megha with his mad barbecuing skills! On paper we seem to be the most unlikely couple – the outdoorsy NRL-loving QLD fella with the bookish AFL-loving WA girl, but we quickly found we actually had many common interests and our relationship developed from there. Adam proposed on a warm November evening at the Granites watching a classic Mount Isa sunset. Megha was completely surprised as she thought Adam was getting cheese out of the esky, not a ring he’d designed himself! She took some time to stop crying but then of course said yes.”

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The day started for the bride with mendhi (henna) and vidhi ceremonies.

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Megha’s mother purchased saris for her and her bridesmaids while in India. She tells, “I chose to wear a sari for the wedding ceremony, it just felt more like ‘me’. But I didn’t have enough time to go to India to choose one myself. Mum stepped in and offered to get one for me, along with the bridesmaid saris. I issued many strict instructions, and of course mum ignored most of them. She came back with a sari that was completely different to what I had expected and – I loved it!

I loved the print of the gold on white and the rich note the maroon added. I loved the thickness and luxury of the fabric. And mostly, I loved that my mum had chosen this sari just for me because she thought it would make me feel and look beautiful. I changed into a lighter outfit for the reception, a skirt and top that I would feel more comfortable in for dancing up a storm. Mum also chose this and it was pretty special –a gorgeous colour combination of navy blue and pink (tying in with my bridesmaids and Adam and his groomsmen) and with intricate gold embroidery.”

Wedding ceremony at Old Mandurah Yacht Club

The wedding ceremony was held at Old Mandurah Yacht Club – also the site of Megha’s 21st ten years ago!

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Megha and Adam note, “We didn’t want to adopt too many DIY projects as we were organising the wedding from the other side of the country. The biggest one we took on was doing all the flowers ourselves. I felt so lucky to have supportive family members and friends who were keen to help and saw this as part of the fun and not a chore.

We had a great time sitting on mum and dad’s lounge room floor chatting away surrounded by newspapers, leaves and beautiful blooms. My bridesmaids made their own bouquets, my aunt made the rose garlands for the Hindu ceremony, I made the corsages, my sister and cousin created the flower curtain backdrop and a whole pile of aunts did the reception table flowers on the morning of the wedding.

A few days before the wedding my parents’ neighbour was pruning her rose garden and generously collected up all the flowers for the guests to use as a petal toss after the ceremony. The red rose petals looked and smelt amazing and were such a colourful addition to our processional. In the week before the wedding my cousin and I also made the fabric strip backdrop for the cake table.”

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Bride being carried down the aisle at Indian wedding

Megha was carried down the aisle to the 1952 classic ‘You Belong to Me’. She notes, “Our incredibly talented guitarist Trevor Jalla did a beautiful cover reminiscent of Jason Wade. We chose this song thinking of all the amazing things we’ve seen travelling, but that nothing beats the feeling of coming home to each other.”

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The couple wanted their ceremony to be a blend of both cultures, noting, “We wanted our wedding to include both a Hindu ceremony and a civil ceremony, and a seamless transition from one to the other (no costume changes or venue changes etc.). Our fantastic priest and civil celebrant (Sylvia Gomersall) were fully supportive of our vision, encouraging us to make the ceremonies relevant to our relationship. We provided explanations of the Hindu ceremony for our guests in the wedding program, so they could understand the meaning behind each ritual and why we had included it. We chose to read the traditional vows in the civil ceremony, as they best reflected the commitment we were making to each other forever.”

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Megha and Adam note, “All our vendors truly were fantastic. They quickly answered our random questions during the wedding planning process, helped line up other vendors and all seemed genuinely interested in making our celebration exactly how we wanted it. This included helping us create the perfect ceremony program, learning a special song for Megha to walk down the aisle to, tracking down our favourite Prosecco for the sparkling toasts, and then helping us remember all the love and joy with sensitive, beautiful photography and cinematography.”

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The newlyweds tell, “Most of the day seems a blur but there are certain moments that stick in our minds. Megha’s dad’s face when he first saw her in her sari. Both our mums in tears as we walked back down the aisle as Mr and Mrs. Eating rainbow paddlepops with friends we’d had for years and feeling nostalgic while ice cream ran down people’s arms.

Having a quiet moment just the two of us under the historic Old Mandurah Bridge, singing our first dance song to each other, while our photographer and cinematographer faded into the background. Clambering over rocks in the rain for photos with our wonderful bridal party – including a 7 month pregnant maid of honour – and actually laughing about it.

Adam’s dad, who is normally a man of very few words, making an incredibly heartfelt and moving speech sharing his love for Adam and welcoming Megha into the Jensen family. And finally, leaving the reception and realising we hadn’t organised a way to get to our hotel for the night – so we climbed into the back of our friend’s rental car amongst the baby car seat and they dropped us off!”

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Bride and groom

Of their photographer, the bride and groom note “Our photographer Michelle worked so hard all weekend to catch the special moments that we didn’t even know were happening at the time – not only is her photography aesthetically gorgeous but her background as a journalist really shone through as well in our photos.”

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Buses then took the guests to the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club for drinks and canapés overlooking the marina. The bride and groom note, “The rain held off for long enough before everyone moved indoors for the sit down reception. In the weeks before our wedding my maid of honour got in touch with family and friends that had rsvp’d that they wouldn’t be able to come. She asked them to send her a photo of themselves with a message for the newlyweds – Jane printed these out and they were strung up at the ceremony and reception so we could see the people we loved who were there in spirit if not in person.”

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Megha and Adam describe the wedding as, “Colourful, chaotic love! We knew from the start we wanted to join both our backgrounds in the celebrations. We also wanted to take advantage of the traditional three-day Indian wedding format to have multiple opportunities to catch up with family and friends – and not trying to cram in chats with 170 people just at the reception.”

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Megha remembers, “Our first dance was to the immortal ballad ‘All I want is you’ by U2. A song we knew practically off by heart, and when dancing at the reception could pretend we were slow dancing in our kitchen together while cooking dinner. We had no choreographed moves, just a gentle sway going on – until my dad decided that was enough and cut in to steal me from Adam. We were stoked to see this then become a free for all on the dancefloor.”

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Matthew Bettinaglio of Direct Films captured this moving wedding film of the day – that processional!

Congratulations on your marriage Megha and Adam! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Michelle Kiddie Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Michelle Kiddie Photography / Cinematographer: Matthew Bettinaglio of Direct Films / Bride's Saris: Purchased by bride's mother in India / Bride’s Jewelry: All loaned with love from her mum and grandmother. / Bride’s Jewelry: (Brooch) Family heirloom borrowed from Adam's Mother / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Groom’s Attire: Harry Henry Menswear / Groomsmen Attire: Harry Henry Menswear / Bridesmaid's Saris: Purchased by bride's mother in India / Flowers: Everbloom Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Vidhi Cards / Ceremony Venue: Old Mandurah Yacht Club / Ceremony Officiant: Sylvia Gomersall / Ceremony & Reception Music: Trevor Jalla / Reception Venue: Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club / Reception Hire Items: Foreva Flowers / Cake Baker: Fiona’s Fancies / Transport: A Old Limo / Wedding Rings: 1791 Diamonds

Heidi Gibson Vintage Inspired Jewels

by | Accessories, Bride, Jewellery

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It seems a bit like the kind of day where sparkly objects are just the ticket and these creations from jewellery designer Heidi Gibson are enough to take your breath away. After studying as an artist, Heidi lost her engagement ring in a house fire. She set about creating her dream ring (the Gatsby Ring) and had so many compliments, she started selling the ring online. Heidi Gibson Designs was born.

With a love of vintage inspired, well crafted jewellery that has a contemporary and timeless feel, Heidi’s sparkling creations are beautifully modern with art deco flair. Centre stones are surrounded by sparkling halos and a border of surrounding diamonds, each is carefully considered to ensure it’s balance, each piece handmade to perfection.

The rings are customsied to order – using your choice of stone (white diamonds, white sapphires, black diamonds and moissanite and morganite all feature), metal (rose, yellow and white gold) and size. There’s even a beautiful range of wedding rings to choose from (and Heidi can even reset your existing stone). With a sense that Heidi injects as much of her passion as she does her talent into each piece, it’s only a matter of time before I hit “order” on one of these beauties.

Heidi Gibson pieces are available via the website and ship worldwide.

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Nikita & Hugh’s Relaxed Country Garden Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Nikita & Hugh

What does a wedding makeup artist do when she ties the knot? Well, apart from  doing her own makeup, she turns the day into a heartfelt, intimate celebration in her own backyard. This relaxed country garden wedding is a beautiful sight to see and I can’t wait to dive in and tell the stories! Nikita and Hugh chose Silk Truffle Photography  to photograph their day.

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Nikita did her own hair and makeup (she styles other wedding makeup through her freelance business Nikita Lauren) while Colour.Beauty.Brides assisted. One of the couple’s favourite stories of the day was a complete accident. They tell, “We loved accidentally seeing one another in the morning, which allowed us to loose the nerves & actually help finish things off together. Hugh walked into the area where I was getting my hair done, and said “I thought you were going to be in another room,” and went to walk away. “Well you’ve seen me now, so come & give me a kiss!” is how I replied and received the biggest, best hug.”

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Nikita chose a Pronovias gown from Sposa Bella. “I looked for months for a dress that fit my thoughts – slinky, unpretentious, unadorned & with a gorgeous low back. When I finally found something similar to what I wanted, I realised it was just ‘too plain’ for me. Pronovias had a beautiful assortment of dresses that were more ‘bridal’ than I first envisioned, but perfect all the same as they had a similar feel.” Her bridesmaids each wore a floor length gown in a shade of pink.

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The groom, a woodworker, chose to have his wedding ring tattooed on by Picton Tattoos.

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Nikita and Hugh met before the ceremony for a first look. “It was so special and fun seeing one another all dressed up, and privately before our ceremony.”

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Bride and groom in gorgeous garden

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The couple chose Nikita’s family home in the Southern Highlands for their wedding, noting, “The ceremony & reception were both held at my family property in the Southern Highlands. It’s untouched, natural & unique. It’s somewhere we can always return to, both physically and emotionally.”

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There were so many hand made elements on the day – from the wooden log welcome sign, the invitations and stationery, the cross the couple married in front of – even the flowers were arranged by the groom’s sister.

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Nikita chose Ortopilot’s acoustic version of Kings of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’ for her walk down the aisle.

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One of the special touches of the day was the bride and groom’s grandparents signing the marriage register, Nikita remarking, “Our grandmothers didn’t know they were going to be the witnesses, and just when everyone thought they had finished crying from Hugh’s vows, they cried again at the gesture of inviting the Nans up to do that.”

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Nikita tells, “The guest list was literally just our family, & only a few family friends. The few friends that were invited, were in our bridal party, as they’re as close as family gets, without the blood connection. We included our sisters & brothers in our groomsmen & bridesmaids as we value family connection greatly, and wanted them to play a huge part in our day.”

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Of their photographer, Nikita notes, “Our photographers & videographers were amazing on the day, and all of our family & friends mentioned how they barely noticed them, yet thought our video & photographs were so beautiful. I much prefer candid photographs & being able to enjoy our day how it is, rather than being directed to do things, which will then be on film as untrue memories. We and our day were captured for how it was, and it makes looking back on the real moments even more special!”

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Guests enjoyed a feast by Diamonds Catering, the bride noting, “Everyone loved the food brought to us by Diamonds Catering. They were extremely friendly, and the baked dinner was amazing! Our favourite part of wedding planning was looking around at other venues, and realising what we had on our own back door step was perfect.”

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Of the first dance, Nikita remembers, “With all of the commitment & effort it took to set up the wedding site within a couple of days, I forgot to charge the Ipod, and only remembered to do so on the morning of the wedding. When it came time for the first dance, the Ipod hadn’t been synced from new songs being uploaded especially for the wedding, so our original first dance song wasn’t available for use. Instead we used the same song from when I walked down the aisle, and it was perfect all the same.”

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As a special finishing touch for the day, Way Up High captured this beautiful film. I love that is captures all the emotion and all the fun of the day!

Congratulations Nikita and Hugh! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Silk Truffle Photography for sending this wedding our way!

Photographer: Silk Truffle Photography / Cinematographer: Way Up High / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bridal Salon: Sposa Bella / Bride’s Shoes: Forever New / Bride’s Jewelry: Lovisa / Groom’s Attire: Sambello Menswear, Narellan (02) 4648 2887 / Groom's Shoes: Connor / Groomsmen Attire: Sambello Menswear, Narellan (02) 4648 2887 / Bridesmaid Dresses: Assorted. / Hairstylist: (Bride) Nikita Lauren / Hairstylist: Colour.Beauty.Brides / Makeup Artist: (Bride) Nikita Lauren / Flowers: Meaghan Gates / Invitations & Stationery: Vistaprint / Venue: 'Tillside' Yanderra (Private Property) / Ceremony Officiant: Deborah Thomas / Catering: Diamonds Catering / Wedding & Engagement Ring (Nikita): Hennings Jewellers / Wedding Ring (Hugh's Tattoo): Picton Tattoos
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