PARESCE & DURAN
Modern meets traditional in this blush and gold celebration
A pitch-perfect harmony of modern and traditional made for an unforgettable wedding for this couple. Duran and I practically grew up alongside each other. Our families are very close. As kids, we didn’t like each other very much, but as we grew up, so did our friendship. The rest, as they say, is history. Indian weddings usually take place in a hall. The rituals are observed in a structured environment and after the meal, the guests leave. We wanted a more natural, casual setting and the opportunity to spend time with our guests. I wore a red bridal lehenga saree for the ceremony. Red is a traditional colour for a south Indian bride. It was not my first choice, but when I laid eyes on this outfit, I fell in love. It was exactly what I had been looking for – classic, with detail that could be described as ‘antique-ish’. I am totally in love with blush and gold, so choosing an overall colour scheme and the colour of my reception dress were the easiest decisions I’ve ever had to make. I wanted a detailed bodice and a dress that made me feel good. Mermaid styles are sexy, yet elegant, and still comfortable. The biggest wedding challenge was balancing three key things: the number of guests, keeping to the budget and indulging ourselves with the things we wanted for our special day. I really wanted a nadaswaram (a traditional instrument) to be played as I walked in. It is usually
accompanied by drums and the band playing these instruments escorts the bride in. I had booked Pravesh Khelawan Productions, but a week later he called to say he was double-booked and would not be able to do it. Then, on our wedding day, the MC announced my entrance and to my surprise, Pravesh and his team were there. My thoughtful, amazing husband was behind it all! Duran had always promised to sing to me at our wedding. He had recorded his singing and incorporated it into his wedding speech. Time stood still during his rendition of Bitty McLean’s ‘Forever Be Mine’. Many of our guests have said it was one of their favourite moments of the day... mine too! Our invites, table numbers, thank-you cards and bottle labels were designed by Duran’s talented cousin, and we printed them at an affordable company in Durban. My tip? Be smart about your planning and accept the help offered to you.
1,2,3&4. The couple donned traditional Hindu dress for the ceremony. 5,6,14&17. The cake, shoes and cake pops fitted the blush and gold colour scheme. 7,8&11. Paresce and Duran switched to western clothes for the reception. 9. Paresce saved on flowers by buying them at the local market. 10. Duran slips on the ring. 12. His niece Tyler was the flower girl. 13&15. Paresce’s sister, Shanel and cousin Kosheelia. 16. Traditional music greeted the bride.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Laura Leigh firstname.lastname@example.org www.laura-leigh.com WEDDING DRESS: New Savera, Broadway, Durban North 031 563 1701 RECEPTION DRESS: Bridezilla 011 074 5585 email@example.com ALL JEWELLERY FOR TRADITIONAL DRESS & HEADPIECE FOR RECEPTION: Memsaab 031 307 7627 EARRINGS & BRACELET: Lovisa HAIR & MAKEUP: Lindsay of Nixon Make-up 082 554 3006 firstname.lastname@example.org RING: Browns SHOES & GROOM’S TRADITIONAL ATTIRE: Oriental Plaza, Fordsburg WEDDING BANDS: CaratCo 011 011 9100 GROOM’S SUIT: Hugo Boss 011 783 7425 FLOWER GIRL DRESS: Woolworths FLOWER GIRL ACCESSORIES: Accessorize VENUE & CATERING: Braeside Weddings and Functions, Ballito 032 947 0785 www.braesideweddingsandfunctions.co.za CAKE & CUPCAKES: Amanda Hutley at Sweet Perfection 082 705 4770 CAKE POPS: Madame Macaron 082 925 3952 email@example.com FLOWERS: Local market DÉCOR & HIRING: Spot On Décor and Lighting 031 269 3784 STATIONERY: Courtesy of a talented family member, Ronell Nagan 072 626 5101 MC & MUSIC: MC & DJ Alan Chetty (Lotus FM), Pravesh Khelawan Productions 031 505 2095