Effortlessly combining the bride, Aarti’s, Indian background with the groom, George’s, English heritage, today’s beautiful summertime New Zealand wedding, captured by Nisha Ravji Photography, is the perfect inspiration for couples who hope to incorporate both of their unique cultures into their day!
Aarti and her mother took a special trip to India to have her incredibly stunning wedding dress made by one of India’s leading designers, Shyamal and Bhumika. She upheld tradition by wearing red, with her bridesmaids in white (donning airy, patterned two-piece gowns, also made in India, but by Gopi Vaid). Believe us when we say, that the intricate attire was only one of the gorgeous fusion details to grace this stylish beach celebration! The cliffside setting + reception space are definitely not-to-be-missed. And we think you’ll agree the minute you start scrolling…
The paper goods by Sarah Jayne Kavali, who also designed + planned A + G’s celebration, set the right tone with bright, colorful hues and modern typography.
Finally getting to look into each others eyes as I walked down the aisle - I had butterflies and happy tears and could see George had a tear. It was such a special moment.
The stunning garden rose + dahlia bouquets were crafted by the talented team at Leaf and Honey.
Aarti + George share, We decided early on to have a fusion wedding, but also wanted our day to be colourful and fun. We chose the beautiful Opito Bay in the Coromandel peninsula of New Zealand as weve spent lots of time there holidaying with friends and family and have a lot of happy memories. We are both beach and surf lovers so it made sense. We spent a lot of time looking at more traditional wedding venues in the lead up to our day but decided that it just wasn’t for us – we wanted to do something that would last a whole weekend and embrace the great kiwi lifestyle. We were over the moon when we found the perfect bach to host us for our wedding.
Processional: Sanam – Teri Aankhon Se ( acoustic ) ft Jonita Gandhi
Recessional: Better Together – Jack Johnson
First Dance: You've got the Love – Florence and the Machine
Pick your battles- everyone seems to have an opinion.. It was all about give and take. And have fun, its not meant to be stressful!!
photography: Nisha Ravji Photography // venue name: The Beach House in Opito Bay, New Zealand // event design: Sarah Jayne Kavali // planning: Sarah Jayne Kavali // florals: Naomi Saffer of Leaf and Honey // wedding dress: Shyamal and Bhumika // bride's shoes: Kathryn Wilson // bridesmaid dresses: Made in India by Gopi Vaid // hair stylist: Dinple Daji // makeup artist: Serenity Anderson // groom attire: Working Style // videography: Nuance Videography // paper goods: Sarah Jayne Kavali // catering: The Great Catering Company // cake: Aarti's friend Carmel // officiant: Laura Giddey // prop rentals: Pretty Prop Shop // tabel: Arkade Hire // chairs: Arkade Hire // lighting design: La Lumiere // marquee: Platinum Hire