We sat down aith Ciara and Nikhil and chatted about their destination wedding in Australia
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day?
We perceived our wedding moment as the highest point of exaltation associated with renovation and re- freshness. Being inspired by these emotions, we strived to create an atmosphere of lightness, nobility, and spirituality for us and for our guests as well. To underline the exalted detachment from the trivial world we decided to organize aboard a yacht ceremony. It involved Eastern cultural traditions since they were close to our family. Moreover, it enhanced the spirituality of the day.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
The inspiration for lightness determined our décor decision. What can help to implement this idea better than the traditional wedding style? As the accent, we used the classic combination of white and gold hues – the colors of wedding dress and wedding rings. This tandem one can see in each element of décor: gold candlesticks and white candles, white chairs with gold bows, white serviettes decorated with gold rings, etc. Even the wedding cake was covered with white cream with gold framing. We also had an idea of using the same accent in floral design joining white flowers and those having the color as close to gold hue as possible. Apparently, we failed to find the “ideal’ kind of flowers and decided that the white one will be enough.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
I should say, it was the right decision – a huge amount of white flowers added incredible divinity to our wedding. We had many flowers: wedding bouquet, bridegroom and his friends’ buttonholes, numerous small bouquets on the tables, and long floral plexus as the décor of the bride’s table, flowers on the wedding cake and not only this. This incredible whiteness we underlined with green elements accompanying each element of décor. The tangerine tree was one more central floral element we used to replace the ‘gold’ flowers. It looked rather symbolically in the context of Eastern traditions (it is believed this tree attracts life success).
Did you personalize the day in any way? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
We are sure that life success cannot bypass us since we have a lot of good people in our life. All they were with us on the wedding day and they were as happy as we did. We tried to fix each emotion on camera and make a photo with everybody. I should say the photo session was the favorite part of our day. I did not like to be on camera focus before in my life (as well as Nikhil), but this day we pulled everyone to make a photo with us. It seems we wanted to create ‘personalized memory’ for each of the dearest people. Moreover, it is a sin to avoid the camera when you are happy and beautiful.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
It is worth mentioning our wedding friends had the looks alike to our one: bride’s friends had white dresses, bridegroom’s friends – the same three-piece suits. It was not a mere tribute to wedding traditions or preserving the wedding style but most likely the “our love story element”. I mean the story of our first meeting. We had met at our friends’ wedding ceremony. Being a bride’s friend I was worn alike to the bride and her other friends; Nikhil took me for the other girl. It was curious but fate moment. That day I’ve caught the bride’s bouquet and after that, he invited me for our first date. Nikhil said he already knew that our wedding would be the next, and indeed he made me a proposal just on the third date. I was surprised but felt I could not tell “no” cause I want to marry him. It seems we are kinship souls. We feel this constantly, but this was especially sensibly during our first wedding dance. Because of this feeling, dancing was the most anticipated moment of our wedding day.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
We want to call everybody: do not be afraid of occasional meetings and quick decisions. Often they are a single right way to happiness. Also, be open to sharing your happiness with the closest people; do not escape from them on your wedding day. It is a good occasion to celebrate together; you have the whole life for being just one with other.
Designer: Divine Events Pty Ltd | Venue: Starship Sydney | Cake: Faye Cahill Cake | Photography: We Are Origami Photography | Jewelry: GS Diamonds | Dress: Pronovias | Florist: Trille Floral | Makeup Artist: Gemma Nichols | Hair Stylist: Gemma Nichols | Stationery: Deciduous Press