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Courtney and Priyanka wanted an intimate wedding that combined their two cultures, with plenty of memorable moments with those they love. Priyanka shares their story…

Right from the start I wanted unique touches, so after teaching myself to use publishing software I designed and made save-the-date cards and invitations.

Welcoming guests to the ceremony was a welcome board I had decorated. Inside the church were small birdcages with candles down the aisle, and rose petals. Behind us we used large standing candelabras with candles and vines.

Courtney had been a part of every decision in planning except for my gown, and he was sure I was going to wear an Indian dress, so when I walked in with a huge white wedding gown he was blown away. My sister-in-law read a beautiful poem and we recited our own vows during the ceremony. Afterwards we celebrated with our guests with Champagne and homemade Indian canapés that my mum, sister and I had made.

We then shot off for photos where we climbed deep into the bush. It was wet and muddy, not ideal for heels or large white wedding gowns, but we trusted our photographer and when we saw the photos we were so pleased we had.

For the reception, my bridesmaids and I changed into Indian saris. We had spent many hours sourcing decorations, including garland table runners, hanging tea lights, fairy lights, a wooden cake block, and a photo board showing our journey to our big day.

I made the menus and included individual name tags on each as place cards. Throughout the dinner we had a mix of Indian and European songs as background music. A highlight of the night was our first dance. This was a dance-off of Indian versus European songs, coming together for the final song. My husband had made the mix but the dancing was completely impromptu. I was so nervous but everyone loved the surprise.

Everyone went home with handmade favours of chocolate truffles and brownies my sister and I had made, along with tired feet from dancing and sore faces from smiling and laughing all night. I had dreamed of my wedding day many times but never did I foresee such an amazing day in all my wildest dreams! 

Photos: Kirsty Peta Stone Photography
Bride’s gown: Modes

Others that made their wedding special: Suits on Broadway, ASOS, Kagi, Old St Michaels Church, Twig & Twine, The Winebox Restaurant,
Maisha’s Makeup, Maxine Greene, Cherry Cake Company

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