Talented, creative, avant-garde, and humble. I always had them in mind for our wedding and was overjoyed when they agreed. They put in a great deal of research, time and effort in planning the pictures with us. They encouraged us to participate in their creative process making it a visceral, collaborative experience capturing our emotions in the most beautiful way possible. As far as their photography is concerned, Jai and I both knew right from the start how gifted they are and the incredible pics are a testimony to that fact. It is indeed very tough to decide which pics to select for framing. The best part is that despite being the champions of their craft they are so easy going, amicable and grounded (oh add super hilarious to that list of adjectives!). When dear friends happen to be great photographers the outcome is pure MAGIC.
MolenVliet Oosthuizen Family Vineyards was an excellent venue choice for our wedding. The estate was absolutely picture perfect and the rooms luxurious. The staff went an extra mile each day to make our stay very comfortable. An estate perfect for weddings or even a holiday. I really wish we could stay longer just basking in the gorgeous winter sun amidst the sprawling vineyards and being pampered like royalty. It is for a reason MolenVliet is rated among the best wedding destinations in the world.
Our wedding planner from Just Jack Weddings and Events was a godsend! She truly understood what we had in mind and executed that with such meticulous planning resulting in an absolutely beautiful and stress-free wedding for us. Planning a foreign destination wedding from India, as one would imagine, can be a huge challenge; Leana helped navigate these hurdles allowing Jai and I the much-needed peace of mind ahead of a momentous occasion; she was literally our ears and eyes on the ground. She took out time to understand even the smallest of details that were important for the ceremonies and events, and in the process delivered beyond our expectations. She weaved together the best aspects of traditional Hindu and western weddings (read DREAM wedding). Decor, lighting, floral themes, food, logistics, entertainment, vendor coordination, gift hampers..phew that is quite a list. Leana aka Wonder Woman managed these and more! Words aren't enough to explain how amazing she is and we both highly recommend her to couples who are considering South Africa for a destination wedding.
I bought my yellow photoshoot dress from them after looking at their Instagram. And considering the fact that they had never met me, they did a commendable job in making a dress that fit me well and shipped it on time as well!
I picked up my cocktail dress from Shantanu & Nikhil one week before I was supposed to fly out and I was so pleasantly surprised with how professional and thorough their team was. Each element of the outfit was finished to perfection and they even delivered before the expected delivery date of the outfit! And of course the cocktail dress was beautiful :)
Abhishek's work is like no other. When we went to him for our outfits he sat down with us and drew sketches from scratch according to what we would like and what would work for us in terms of our design aesthetics, body types, wedding location/theme, and even the time of the wedding ceremony. For me, he made a peachy, pink lehenga with lustrous little beads embroidered all over. I really felt happy, proud and beautiful wearing his ever-so-perfect creation, made just for me :) For Jai, he created an ivory bandhgala with an asymmetrically draped kurta inside, giving it a modern and edgy twist to a classic design. The outfit perfectly matched Jai's personality. What I also liked about Abhishek was his attention to detail. For example, he chose an appropriate fabric for the Bandhan to ensure it went with our looks and outfits. The end result: a timeless, classic look for both of us which was consistent with the wedding theme.
He created my fluffy lavender dress and a classic tweed suit for Jai. Asit understood our brief really well and coupled amazing contemporary designs with great fittings. Jai and I absolutely loved the outfits (along with Asit Barik company which made for a lot of fun and laughter).
It is not easy to teach dance moves to a couple with two left feet (actually four left feet if you want to get scientific about it). Divay did just that while ensuring that Jai and I had an absolute blast during our dance lessons. Suffice to say we nailed the wedding dance (we are not as humble as our talented team of vendors) and it was all thanks to a patient, gifted choreographer. Pick your dance form and music genre and Divay will ensure you get your moves right!