Tell us your love story! How did it all start and how did your journey lead to a proposal? "I told him a story of two people, two people who met and didn't like each other when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the wold who could possibly have understood each other." - Jojo Moyes. Truer words could not have been spoken about our, somewhat unconventional, story. Having met in High School, we were young, perhaps naive, and we had a very different view of life, and certainly, of each other. Needless to say, it was NOT love at first sight! It was only when we found ourselves in the same class at University and, as luck would have it, the same group of friends, that we had little choice but to interact with each other. So you can imagine our surprise when there came a time when we wanted to be around each other, even without our friends. There are just some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger and live just a little bit better. Seven years down the road, here we are..One million memories, ten thousand inside jokes, one hundred shared secrets, and one reason: LOVE.
Tell us what the inspiration behind your wedding was? How was your wedding fitting to your style and personality?
We're both quite easy-going, uncomplicated and always eager for a celebration! We envisioned a wedding that is whimsical, elegant and intimate. Even though 450 guests attended (Eeek!!), we are both very close to our families and friends, and we wanted them to feel as much a part of our wedding, and the ceremony itself, as we were. We wanted our guests to be enchanted and transported to an almost fantasy, fairytale world with us - something which was definitely achieved!!
Where did you get married and what did you love about your venue?
We were married at the spectacular Silver Ring Room at The Greyville Racecourse in Durban. We loved this venue mostly for its breathtaking view of the racecourse and the beautiful city of Durban, particularly against the warm, dusky summer night's sky. The city lights made it simply magical! In addition to this, he venue expanded over 1750m2, which allowed us to incorporate a lovely tea garden area, cigar lounge and photobooth, for our guests to mingle and have a good time, whilst taking in the gorgeous city views on the balcony. It was a perfect balance of urban and nature.
Do you have any tips and advice for couples planning a wedding?
Rule number 1 - resist any and all temptation to calculate how much was ACTUALLY spent for your wedding!! Haha! Seriously though, as cliche as it sounds, compromising is important. You and your partner will always have different ideas and views on many things, so find a way to make it special for you both. With that being said, it is YOUR day, make it unforgettable for you, and only you! Lastly, take a moment to take it all in and appreciate everything and everyone that got you to this point, because it goes by in a flash.
Did your wedding include any do-it-yourself projects?
Unfortunately, no. As much as we would have liked to, with our busy schedules, we managed to get all the help we needed to pull this wedding off!
Tell us about your experience working with us!
There were a few service providers that we had our hearts set on, and Matt, you and your team was one of them! We were first introduced to Matt's amazing work at a bridal fair, and nobody else compared. We were so relieved when we heard you'd be relocating just after our wedding because we couldn't have imagined working with more fun, easy-going and unbelievably talented people! From the emails to the meetings and engagement shoot, everything was just easy, efficient and professional. You were absolute stars! Thank you Matt, Brit and Johan, for making us feel so comfortable and making this such an enjoyable experience! We loved working with you <3
Ceremony: Pundit Mohan Maharaj Reception: Solly Pillay Dress and accessories: Friendship Sarees (Mumbai, India) Suit and accessories: Manyavar (Mumbai, India) Make-up: Rushay Valjee (Make-Up Your Mind) Hair: Rushay Valjee (Make-Up Your Mind) Decorations: Koogen Pillay Set Designs Floral Design: Kogie's Florist Catering: Indian Delights Cake: The Baking Room Durban Music/DJ: MUSIC - Tansen Nepaul & Musicians; SOUND - Sound Innovations Wedding planner: Sudhir Balgobind (Wedding Dynamic) Videographer: Beyond Measure Marriage Officer: Kamal Panday Anyone else? Kerry Potgieter (Greyville Events)