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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 laura@lau­ WED­DING DRESS: New Sav­era, Broad­way, Dur­ban North 031 563 1701 RE­CEP­TION DRESS: Bridezilla 011 074 5585 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 nixon­ 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.braesidewed­dingsand­func­ CAKE & CUP­CAKES: Amanda Hut­ley at Sweet Per­fec­tion 082 705 4770 CAKE POPS: Madame Mac­aron 082 925 3952 info@madamemac­ 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

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