N A R E S H & S H A L I N I
After a traditional wedding ceremony in Sri Lanka Naresh and Shalini returned to their home in Australia to celebrate with all their friends and family. Le Montage by the water was the perfect venue to host their cultural celebration, an elegant space complete with a personalised menu and dance entertainment.
F R O M T H E B R I D E ...
Naresh and I were living in Melbourne at the time, and he saw me at the movies. Through some mutual friends, he contacted me and we got talking.
I remember our conversations would go throughout the night, and it was one night, out of the blue, Naresh confessed his love. It took me by surprise, but I knew that what we had was special and soon after that, on his birthday, I told him I loved him too.
The following year I had moved to Sydney, and on our 1-year anniversary, Naresh flew to Sydney for a couple of days. As part of our 1 year celebration, Naresh told me we would be going to the city for dinner, little did I know he had other plans installed. He surprised me by taking me to Aria Restaurant with seats overlooking the harbour bridge. We then decided to go for a walk along the harbour bridge, and as it hit 12am on the 4th March, he went down one knee and asked me to marry him. It was the most romantic gesture imaginable, and I was so overjoyed I forgot to even say YES! haha
We celebrated our wedding ceremony in Sri Lanka in a very religious hindu ceremony at the Mannika pillai hindu temple hall. The theme of the wedding reflected our culture as Sri Lankan tamils. The colours were a reflection of the two saree's I wore during the ceremony. The first saree, (which was purple with Swarovski stones) symbolises the brides parents accepting this relationship and happily giving their daughter away to the groom. The second saree, (which was Cerise (reddish-pink) with Swarovski stones, was presented by the groom's side, and symbolises the grooms parents accepting the bride as their daughter-in-law.
The wedding was a truly amazing experience with lots of colour, culture, and close family and friends.
After having our wedding ceremony in Sri Lanka, we decided to have our wedding reception amongst our family and friends in Australia at Le Montage, Navarra Venues. The theme of the reception was a reflection of Naresh and I as a couple, as it brought our eastern and western backgrounds together. The theme colours of night were ivory, pink and lilac. The night was full of vibrant colours, traditional clothing, great food, plenty of drinks and a lot of dancing.
The Dress...(or in this case saree!)
I wore an ivory colour saree with gold shimmer and Swarovski crystals placed all over it. Along with it I wore a lilac saree blouse to match with the theme colour. This saree was bought in Sri Lanka and was absolutely stunning. As soon as I saw this saree, I knew I had to buy it because it was a saree that reflected my personality and it was a celebration of my love for and marriage to Naresh.
My bridesmaids wore a baby pink saree with pearl features.
We went with Paper Cranes Production. I had the pleasure of witnessing Paper Cranes dedication to their work, and was blown away by their attention to detail and amazing photos and cinematic work. I knew straight away, no matter what, I was going to go ahead with them.
The photos tell a story about our wedding and reception events from start to end. Every detail and every happy moment is captured. The photos speak for themselves and they allow us to re live the moment over and over again.
Our flowers were pink, lilac and ivory colour and were predominately roses.
Theme colours: Baby pink, lilac and ivory
Centrepieces: Half the tables were crystal candelabras and the other were a mix of flowers in a crystal vase.
Bridal table: Mirror bases, with small vases of flowers in baby pink and white colours along with candles.
4 tier cake, ivory with gold shimmer (to match my saree) crystal stones and lilac colour roses on top.
On the Menu...
- Salad of Marinated Lamb Loin: lightly marinated lamb loin accompanied by roasted herb scented eggplant served with mint lemon yoghurt dressing garnished with sliced sundried tomato
- Casarecce pasta topped with Napolitano sauce, olives, garlic, fresh red chilli and eggplant
- Hawkesbury calamari lightly floured and fried, served with resh lemon
- Fresh fish of the day oven baked resting on a warm potato salad accompanied by crisp green beans finished with a fresh salsa of tomato,Spanish onion and basil dressed with olive oil and balsamic glaze
- Le Montage oven roasted breast of chicken resting on a creamy risotto of spinach and mushroom finished with lemon and thyme butter sauce
- Sticky Date Puddiing: homemade sticky date pudding served warm dressed with rich butterscotch sauce and fresh cream
- Creme Brulee: vanilla bean brulee served with caramelised sugar top, fresh cream, strawberry and nut biscotti
We gave a wedding cake to take home and a thank you card full of pictures of our wedding in Sri lanka
While the whole day was absolutely memorable, one such event made it that much more special. My parents decided to sing a tamil song as their entrance song and blew the guests away. Everyone was getting involved and it really set the mood for a good time.
Our entrance song: Trumpets - Jason Derulo
I absolutely love Jason derulo, and the both of us wanted something upbeat and catchy that would get all our guests excited for the events to come.
Cake cutting song: All of me - John Legend
First dance song: Marry me - Jason Derulo
We started the honeymoon at the Maldives, followed by Thailand and then Singapore.
Check out their beautiful wedding film, put together by Paper Cranes Productions
Wedding Photography Paper Cranes Productions Wedding Reception Venue Le Montage Bride's Saree and Bridesmaids' Saree Bought in Sri Lanka Wedding Flowers Florals by Laudi Centrepieces Nova Wedding Wedding Cake Ranjo Beadle