How did you meet your partner?
We met through my housemate who was working with Bharat. My housemate kept trying to push us to meet and go out together. I finally went out one night and the rest is history. We clicked instantly.
How long have you been together? 2 years.
Do you have a proposal story?
While holidaying on the Sunshine Coast with my family unbeknownst to me, Bharat took the opportunity to ask my dad for his blessing. On a beautiful evening later on the same trip, we went out for dinner and a long walk along the beach. When we returned the house was set up with candles and rose petals from the front door to the pontoon. Bharat got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I loved that we got to share our special day with my family.
What was your wedding date? 01/10/2016
Location – Maleny, Sunshine Coast; Queensland
Ceremony – The Little White Wedding Chapel
Reception – Vue do Lumieres
What made you choose this location?
They are both beautiful locations/ venues with amazing views, scenery and a magic feeling.
How did you find them?
I had given a list of venues to my sister and mum to explore during the Hinterland Wedding Open Weekend. Neither of the venues we chose were on my original list but I feel in love with them and so happy with how everything turned out.
How was the weather on the day?
Perfect Sunny and blue skies.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? The Long weekend – perfect for friends and family travelling from interstate!
The Wedding Details
Tropical Luxe – natural greenery and copper. We wanted our day to be elegant and fun. The following day we had a Hindu Nepalese ceremony at my parents home on the Sunshine Coast. It was a perfect way to respect Bharat’s culture, family and friends. We loved the bright colours of the day, learning about the Hindu culture and of course the traditional Nepalese feast. My parents created the mandap using bamboo and mum dyed curtains to hang. Mum grew marigold flowers for months so our garlands could be made and a friends mum made the Dubo Grass Garland – both were very special for us and we have kept the dubo grass garland in shadow boxes as special memories.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I found ideas on Pinterest, Instagram, magazines and websites (The Bride's Tree). I also threw a lot of ideas around with my mum, sister and bridesmaids. I knew I wanted something different, cosy, fresh and elegant.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? My mum and sister did all of the styling, I showed them one or two photos and they created my dream. They did such an amazing job and I can’t thank them enough for all their hard work and effort they put in. Mum selected some items to hire and the rest she began collecting from op shops and items we already had around home. Mum used plants from home to create the fresh feel on the day. One of my bridesmaids and myself made the wedding favours – nag champa scented tea lights to incorporate Bharat’s culture in the scent which reminds him of home. My sister designed all of the stationary; save the dates, invites, RSVP, menus, seating chart. Mum created a beautiful big love heart with fairy lights perfect for photos! We created the welcome drink ‘Namast’ay up all night’ which was jansz, vodka, apple liquor and shimmering copper powder.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
Made of Honour – Sister, Candice
Bridesmaids – Eloise and Ashlee
Groomsmen – who/relationship?
Best Man – Bharat’s brother Parvin
Groomsmen – Ajay (introduced us) and Rupak
Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Mia and Connor – My cousin’s children
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had wanted to make an appointment at the Paddington store in Brisbane when we were holidaying but we ran out of time. When my sister and mum visited Melbourne for dress shopping I knew KWH had to be on the list.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?
Instagram and magazines.
How many gowns did you try? What felt like 100’s, I couldn’t find the right dress and the last store we had an appointment with was Karen Willis Holmes. I tried on about 5 which were all stunning but fell in love with Caitlyn gown.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased my gown from the Armadale store in Melbourne. The staff on the day I found my dress were helpful and really felt sincere.
What did you especially like about your gown?
I LOVE the back! The detail was beautiful and reminded me of my Nanna. The whole dress was beautiful, I loved the sequins and shape.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Dresses and belts from Sheike
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits?
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?
I wore a Swarovski bracelet Bharat bought me and earings that my parents got me for my 18th birthday.
Where did you get your shoes from? Novo
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? I wore a cathedral length veil from Karen Willis Holmes.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Start planning early and ask for help! Don’t try and do it all alone and delegate tasks.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t give up or settle for something that doesn’t give you a special feeling.
Something Old? Rings
Something New? Dress
We loved all of our suppliers. They all worked well together and were perfect to deal with. We were so happy with how everything turned out. We found our suppliers on The Bride's Tree and Instagram. Our suppliers are local on the Sunshine Coast which I loved.
Photographer – Simon J Coulson
Florist – Willow Bud Flowers. Sandi was so helpful during the planning. She liaised with my mum and they created my perfect bouquet and greenery. Sandi understood our vision and brought it to life.
Videographer – Andrew Clasohm
Music – One Fun Band
First Dance – You are the best thing; Ray LaMontagne
MC – Uncle Mark
Celebrant – Victoria K Simon
Stationery – Designed by my sister
Menu – We loved the idea of share plates. Guests feasted on slow roast pork with caramelised apples and sage sauce, crispy skinned Tasmanian salmon steaks with lemon and dill butter, sirloin with red wine jus, potato gratin, baby spinach and roasted vegetable salad and artisan breads. No one went hungry.
Cake – Tome and my grandma made a layer pavlova cake which everyone loved https://www.instagram.com/tome____/
Bombonieres – We made tea light candles
Hair – Hair by Nicola
Make-Up - Jenna Turner
Wedding Bands – Robert H Parker and Sons
Engagement Ring – My Nannas ring
Bar – Gathering Events
Hire – Simple Style Co
Ring Barer – Indie Kids
Flower girl – Ellies Handmade
Dressing Robes – Le Rose