Tell us your story; how and where did you meet?
Met through some common friends whilst studying in University.
How did he propose?
Haha as funny as this may sound but yes…over the phone whilst we were doing a long distance relationship!!
He was in Australia and I was in Kenya.
Gurpreet: What qualities made you decide that Veer was the man for you?
His strong personality and charm.
How long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?
We planned the wedding for at least a year.
It was quite hectic to be honest considering I was in Kenya and he was in Australia.
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
We did not really have a wedding theme.
We just told the decorator what colours to use and to keep it simple and elegant.
As for the reception the theme was more of a coastal theme with dim lighting to give a romantic feel to it with a black and orange colour scheme.
What would you say was your biggest challenge during the planning process and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge was getting everything in order and on time!!
Trying to be perfect can be really taxing especially when everyone has an opinion of their own.
My main advice to overcome the challenge is to be head strong, calm, and composed and to put your ideas across.
Give a brief recount of the wedding day, from waking up till evening and the things that were going through your mind at the time.
It was quite nerve wrecking to begin with;
but time flew by so fast and before we knew it we were married and quite relieved of all the stress of planning the big day turned out to be quite flawless.
An Indian Wedding is quite different from other weddings. Tell us some of the different cultural things that go behind an Indian wedding.
There are quite a lot of religious ceremonies and beliefs behind an Indian wedding.
It does not consist only of the main wedding but includes other functions prior to the wedding.
The close family have a huge role to play in the wedding and sentiments have to be taken into consideration so as to not upset anyone.
The bride cannot wear white.
Your wedding photography was very well done, how did you do about selecting your wedding photographer?
Trying to choose a wedding photographer was tough as we wanted something different and unique with an African touch.
Upon speaking to people and doing some research a friend of mine suggested Osborne Macharia and his team.
We had a word with them and saw their portfolio and knew at once this is what we wanted.
It was also a challenge for them as it was their first Indian wedding and this had us thinking if we should take the risk.
But we looked at the positive and upon meeting with Osborne we knew he was ready to take on the challenge and the team at Frontlite photography definitely had the potential to do a great job.
Any tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms?
Be calm, collected and most importantly it is your big day that comes once so do what u feel is right!!
You had a second photo shoot after the wedding; Tell us about that and what inspired you to have it at a farm.
We wanted something very different from the traditional Indian wedding photo shoots and Veer wanted to take back something to Australia to show his mates that not only showcased our rich Indian heritage but also our very intricate Kenyan culture. As he always says he is brown on the outside but his blood is black.
With this in mind we sat with the team at Frontlite and went through a few traditional African shoots they had done and we knew this would be fun. The creativity and ingenuity these guys have is rare to find and after a bit or brainstorming a storyline emerged.
A hardworking coastal boy from Mombasa who has a banana farm is working away on his farm one day and spots the elegant rich girl from the city in the distance and love strikes. He manages to get her attention and offers her one of his sweet export quality bananas and the story beings…