Hello, dolls! How 'bout we kick the week off right with a fabulous look at these gorgeous wedding photos from the down under by Lahza Photography! How beautiful does the bride look as she is getting ready to take part in Gaye Holud, an Indian ceremony that entails rubbing a paste on the couple's face, hands and legs. There's a beauty secret for you, my lovelies! The paste, when rubbed on, is excellent for the skin and totally evens out the skin tone. You can see that the groom just loves it! The look on his face is classic! These two are positively glowing! I'll see you at the gallery!

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From the bride:

"For the Gaye Holud, I wanted it to be a real celebration of my Bangladeshi heritage and culture and tried to keep it as authentic as possible with all the rituals, décor, outfits, entertainment, music and food, sweets and offerings to be front and center. It was important for me and my family to make Heinz’s family feel like they were experiencing firsthand Bangladeshi culture without having to be in Bangladesh and I think we succeeded in doing that! Being a ‘gaye holud,’ the key color is turmeric yellow and marigold so that had to be part of the color palette. I decided to go with those colors, and added pinks, golds, and greens. That informed the look and feel for the rest. It was a dizzying array of color, excitement, food and entertainment that totally represented to me the essence of Bangladeshi wedding."

On the food & drink stations:

"We sourced a lovely couple who run the Original Chai Stall and serve authentic chai complete with clay cups and samosas to compliment our Bengali sweets and Jhaal Muri stand. They were a real highlight of the event. We handmade over 300 pouches of Indian Masala Chai that we packed and wrapped with help from my cousins! The chai really represented what we both love about my Bengali culture, as we both love a good Masala Chai and we designed little swing tags and put recipes on the back and added a little biscotti to celebrate Heinz’s Italian heritage. We had a popular Indian street food snack called ‘Jhaal Muri’ (Spicy puffed rice with fresh coriander, lime and onion) stand at the event, and had traditional hand-painted street food signs that you may find down the streets in Kolkata and India, and served them in traditional paper cones which had our initials custom printed on them for a personal touch!"

Don't go anywhere, more from this wedding ahead! 

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Photography: Lahza Photography | Cinematography: Justin Olstein | Sangeet Venue: Functions on Chapel | Ceremony Venue: Victoria Gardens | Reception/Catering Venue: Encore St Kilda Sea Baths | Floral & Decor: Flower Jar | Cakes & Treats: Wedding Cakes of Melbourne | Lighting: Royal Mandaps | DJ: Aji Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Beauti Bar | Mehndi Artist: Priya Chakilam | Bridal Fashions: Sabyasachi Mukherjee |