Ok girls, as promised, here are some lovely wedding party portraits by Lahza Photography! I just love an outdoor garden wedding in Australia, don't you?! The Victoria Gardens is such a luxurious place to get married! It's a perfect match for the dashing couple. If I had to sum this up, I would call it a fusion fantasy! Check out the gallery!
From the bride, on how she met her groom:
"I took a year off from work to do a study abroad in NYC from Melbourne, Australia. We met whilst both studying at the prestigious GSAPP (School of Architecture and Urban Design) at Columbia University and when we met there was an instant connection, almost magnetic. Heinz is American, and grew up in Ohio so it was quite unique situation to be from the other side of the world yet have so much common, similar interests, passions and hobbies. We had a whirlwind romance where everything felt so magical and our connection only grew stronger and deeper...after dating for only a couple of months he surprised me in Paris for Valentine's Day. So safe to say, he was a keeper!"
On the romantic proposal:
The day we decided to move in together, after moving boxes and trips to IKEA, he cheekily led me to believing we had a friend's birthday picnic to go to in the evening in a park just around the corner from where we had moved to. I arrived to see beautiful luminaries lighting a path to an area with flowers scattered, champagne etc...then before I knew it he was on bended knee, reciting poetry and I was just a big, babbling emotional mess! Then shortly after, my sister and her friends jumped out from the bushes nearby and were screaming and crying too (she had gone there earlier to set up the area!). Everyone was in on it!
On her overrall wedding:
"I would describe it as a unique blend of cultures and rituals, celebrating my Bengali heritage with a contemporary Western flair that respected both of our families and histories. There was a lot of love and care put into sharing our personal story and narrative through each of the individual events. We both did all the wedding planning and did a lot of DIY.Our vision was to make it unique and represent the both of us. We both have very different tastes and styles and on top of that a fusion of cultures, nationalities and religions made it even more challenging and exciting! Heinz has an Italian/German background, and grew up Roman Catholic in Ohio, USA. I grew up in Melbourne, Australia in a Muslim family so we had a Bengali, Aussie-American, Italian-German Muslim Roman Catholic wedding to plan, haha! I love color, and lots of it. Heinz is more clean, simple and minimal. The fact that we were having a number of events, meant that we could nail down ‘themes’ for each and create a story around them individually."
On the wedding style:
"We didn't want the over the top, showy wedding that a lot of sub-continent weddings do, but we still wanted style, glamor, color and for it to be fun! We started with a simple, elegant palette contrasted with bright pops of colors in the flowers and styling to bring a vibrant and romantic feel to the wedding."
On her ceremony:
"After lots of Pinteresting and reading wedding blogs I got overwhelmed! So Heinz and I sat down and realized with our garden wedding we had a lovely natural setting to work with. Rather than competing with it, we wanted to compliment and enrich it. From that a rustic, vintage and whimsical garden theme emerged which was executed beautifully by our florists and stylists, Flower Jar and by my friend who styled our drink station. My wedding sari by Sabyasachi Mukherjee was also very vintage Bollywood inspired, with antique zardozi and applique work so the vintage look really complimented the overall theme."
On the wedding details:
"My friends prepared and styled a beautiful drink and lolly station at the ceremony for the guests, with mason jars, striped straws, and beautiful lanterns hanging from the trees. It was a perfect added detail and allowed for our guests to mingle while we had our location photos taken."
"Our florists did an amazing job of making our rustic, vintage and whimsical autumn garden theme come to life. At the ceremony, we wanted something more subdued yet romantic and they created a beautiful silver birch arch with ferns and vintage colored roses cascading down, the pews had henna decorated mason jars with bright-colored seasonal blooms. It was magical. We also had wooden signs pointing guests to ‘Ceremony This Way’ and ‘Drinks That Way’. Flower Jar also created a lovely chalkboard sign welcoming guests to our wedding which had the line from the poem Heinz wrote to me."
Hold on to your tiaras, my beauty queens, reception pics are straight ahead!