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When Aash and Mrid planned their wedding they wanted to make sure all of their guests from overseas experienced the beauty of
New Zealand’s pristine landscape. Mrid shares the story of their day…

We envisioned a romantic garden ceremony in the sunshine, surrounded by our close friends and family, delicious food, free-flowing drinks and a relaxed atmosphere. We both come from Indian backgrounds so we decided to have a very simple Hindu ceremony. It was a lot of fun learning about the features of a Hindu wedding, as there are many details that go into the ceremony and each has special significance. My favourite part of the ceremony was a ritual called saptapadi meaning ‘the seven steps’ – with each step we made a different promise to each other. On the seventh step, we vowed to be best friends for life, which was especially meaningful to Aash and I, as it’s exactly how we see our relationship.

I’m lucky to have an incredible family who were only too happy to lend their talents to the wedding planning. My father is an experienced chef who has worked in luxury hotels and catering for most of his career. He took on the menu planning with ease and enthusiasm, which took a huge load off my plate. My mother teamed up with my aunt (who is a professional shopper) in sourcing a lot of my jewellery and quirky serveware for the canapés and drinks. During the speeches, my cousins and uncle performed a couple of flawless Beatles covers on acoustic guitar.

Aash and I spent countless hours designing our invitations, programmes, menus and name cards ourselves, which took a lot longer than expected. But it was worth it in the end seeing all our guests thoroughly enjoying themselves on the day.

We even had a surprise element lined up, which we dubbed ‘Last name tug-of-war’. Aash and I had many friendly debates about whether or not I should change my name. Since we couldn’t settle it ourselves, we decided to have a tug of war with two teams of eight. The victor’s name would prevail. I’m proud to say Team Bride completely annihilated the competition within 15 seconds of starting. It created an incredible atmosphere, and I absolutely love the photos we got of our team’s elation over winning!

Photos: Rambo Estrada Photographic
Venue: Ataahua Garden Venue
Catering: Juz Catering

Others that made their wedding special: Honeysuckle Rose, Anushree Reddy, Couture Yard, Sia Jewellery, Manyavar, Hyderabad, Brooke Duffy,
Michaela Bird, La Brioche, Addictive DJ, Pandit Lavraj Kumar

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