The wedding planning took about one and a half years. We weren’t sure whether to have the wedding here or in London (as my family lives there). I wanted a simple, small wedding whereas Dilshan wanted a big one. We compromised and went for a medium/small wedding with about 240 guests. We ended up having a wedding in Melbourne, Australia mainly because we wanted a wedding where all our friends and family would able to attend.
Although Dilshan and I are both of Tamil Sri Lankan backgrounds, he is Christian and I am Hindu. It was really important to both our families that we incorporate both religious traditions into the wedding. We decided to have two separate Hindu and Christian wedding ceremonies.
Once these initial details were decided, we started looking at venues as soon as possible. We researched and visited as many venues as we could and tried to filter for things that were important. For instance, finding a venue that would allow a fire was really difficult and only a few venues would allow this in Melbourne. After the venues were locked in, we booked the photographers and videographers next, as they are often booked out well in advance.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Shevan J Photography. Dilshan and Shev have been friends for years, so it was always going to be him. We didn’t even look for anyone else. He’s such a nice guy! We wanted to work with someone you can be comfortable with, at the end of the day.
CINEMATOGRAPHY: We used BLVD Media. We were impressed with their work. They were really easy to get along with, chilled and very accommodating.
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Ashley Orchard of JayDee Interiors. She is based in Rowville, Melbourne. We looked at a few people online that could do a henna design and while there were few good ones on Etsy, they were either going to take too long to deliver or were inflexible on design and price. We found Ashley of JayDee and loved her portfolio and professionalism. She was just starting out at the time, so I was a lot open to our requests. She did all of our place cards, table numbers, seating charts and also designed the photo booth print. She went above and beyond to design and deliver everything on such short notice.