11th to 13th January 2019
We would love to know how you both met:
Our first date was in 2016… and the rest is history. In the many speeches throughout our wedding our friends confirmed what we had both suspected all along – it was game over at the first date. While we both thought we were playing it cool (or at least Depak did) we were not fooling anyone.
Let us have a sneak peak of your proposal:
We got engaged at Lake Tekapo on the first night of a two week campervan trip around the South Island. It was low key, very private, and completely magical all at the same time. In true Depak style he played the fool for most of it. A few weeks after we got engaged I travelled to India with Depak’s parents (without Depak) to India to receive a blessing and travel to the village where his father was raised.
What was the date of your Big Day, your beautiful wedding:
11th – 13th January 2019
What does Marriage mean to you:
Love, sacrifice, and working hard. Loving each other in the easy times is easy, but loving each other the difficult times is what defines a couple. Marriage to us is working through the little challenges and growing constantly.
Where was the location of the wedding:
Having busy careers in medicine and law we are both time poor and we thought very seriously about eloping, or having a small destination wedding with our closest family and friends. Ultimately though we decided to have our wedding in venues across Auckland because it is the people around us that make life so special and we wanted to celebrate with all of them. With over 500 people attending the main wedding celebration days we needed to choose venues and vendors who could not only cater for such a big group of people and were super professional but knew how to go with the flow. We chose Saan restaurant in Ponsonby for our after-party because of our shared love of fabulous Asian-fusion food, the stunning space (which needed absolutely no styling), and the epic staff.
Tell us about the planning of your wedding day, and were there any unexpected surprises:
Depak: I enjoyed the lead up to our wedding as much as the days. The time I spent with Georgina around my closest friends and family, for nearly an entire week, dancing, laughing, crying, made the whole process so rich. I would have it no other way and without a doubt brought Georgina and I even closer together as a couple. We had an epic five day indian wedding celebration surrounded by all our friends, family and the community. In Indian culture a wedding is a celebration for the whole community rather than the couple directly -this is a huge part of what makes Indian Weddings such vibrant occasions. The celebration started with a small “Mehendi” night (where the bride and family get Henna). This was followed by small ceremonies for the bride and groom held individually with their families. The first of the big celebrations was a “Sangeet” night (a giant party evening with music, dancing and street food -all vegetarian and no alcohol!). This was followed the next day by a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony in a temple. Finally, we wrapped up the celebration with a small “after party” for our immediate family and friends. Being an Indian Wedding it kind of “styled” itself. We had been engaged for over a year before we realised we just had to set a date, we settled on one 12 weeks away. We were incredibly lucky to have Depak’s parents who did most of the organisation with the help of family, close friends and the wider community to bring the day together. And with a shorter time frame it meant less time to fuss over decisions. It was great fun choosing, designing and wearing so many incredible and vibrant outfits. My time in India provided most of the inspiration for this.
Was there any tradition introduced into your wedding, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”:
The “transport” on the wedding date. Depak arrived on a horse with his “Jaan” for “Baraat” (a procession of the Groom’s family and friends and a whole lot of music and dancing). I was carried into the temple on our wedding day in a “Doli” (a large throne) by 8 of my male relatives and friends.
Your wedding was very beautiful, where did you gather inspiration from:
My visit to India. It was an incredible experience to travel through such a vibrant place and a very special opportunity to start understanding Depak’s family and his cultural heritage. In between visiting family and lots of stunning temples we made a few detours to clothing markets, fabric warehouses, and dress makers. Clothing and fabric are a weakness of mine so it was like being a kid in a candy store – thankfully my mother in law has the patience of a saint.
What were some of your favourite moments in the wedding with either your partner, family or friends:
Depak: My nephew and niece were the ring bearers and they mixed up the rings! They gave me my wedding ring (which was also gold, like Georgina’s) and I couldn’t tell the difference.
Georgina: We are very lucky to still have five grandparents between us and looking out and seeing the joy on their faces throughout our wedding ceremony was incredibly special.
Who were your favourite vendors for the wedding:
We were incredibly lucky with all our vendors – they were all stand out. Eva Choy who styled the girls hair and Abby Black who did our makeup were incredible – patient, calm, and seriously cool women who really pulled things together multiple days in a row. Ianthe and the incredible team at Saan restaurant in Ponsonby gave us one hell of an after party– at very short notice, with the utmost professionalism, and some
seriously delicious food and drinks. Chasewild photography – totally captured the essence of the wedding. Shivani restaurant for their incredible street food catering, and Soni from Mandap Events who provided all the decorations for the main events.
Who was the photographer for your wedding:
Cameron of Chasewild
What words of support could you say to couples taking the journey of marriage:
Focus on the bigger picture and sharing the celebration with those you love. Pick a couple of things each that are really important and allow each other to prioritise those things. Make everything else negotiable.
Ceremony: Baps Swaminarayan Temple
Reception Venue: Saan Restaurant, Ponsonby
Sangeet and Wedding Ceremony: Khazana
After Party: Barkers
BowTie: Working Style (New Zealand)
Wedding Outfit: Made in Mumbai, India
Sangeet and After-Party: designed by bride and Made in India
Bridesmaid Dresses: Walia Jones (Sydney), Namaste (Auckland) and others designed in India
Bridal Jewellery/Headpiece: Made in India
Hair and Makeup:
You have got good knowledge with these.