Wedding Planning: We live in Fiji and we really wanted a destination wedding. I looked at wedding locations all around the world. I really wanted it to be New Zealand because Zoheb grew up in Auckland, and it wasn’t too far from Fiji. We looked at Waiheke and Queenstown but most of the venues couldn’t accommodate our rather large wedding party. I chanced upon Hawkes Bay, so I booked a trip. I completely fell in love with it and I was determined to get married there.
I had a hard time looking for a good wedding stylist/planner. Everyone I came across did simple rustic weddings. So, I got my florist to style my wedding event, and my cousin to style the Sangeet. I gave them concept images of exactly what I wanted. Hawkes Bay had a very limited number of wedding professionals available so we also had a lot of the supplies shipped from overseas and hired a few things from Auckland.
I created three-dimensional images of both the venues to illustrate my ideas in the easiest way possible. Both the venues were amazing; we didn’t need to dress them up too much. I wanted an elegant, simple yet luxurious fair.
Wedding Shopping: I made two trips to Mumbai in March and October. I was certain about my outfits for Sangeet, Wedding, and Reception. I found them in a magazine. I liaised with the staff at Sabyasachi in Mumbai. I requested three select outfits at the boutique for my appointment. I ended up settling on two of them.
My welcome night outfit was from Jade by Monica & Karishma, I follow them on Instagram because I admire their design sensibility. With luck, I found an Indian inspired gown. I didn’t want anything too traditional.