In the Bride’s Words: How They Met
We first sighted each other around seven years ago during a New Years party when I had come to Fiji to visit friends and family while I was living in Sydney. Zoheb came to Sydney for “work” every couple of months before we made it official. We did long distance for around 3 years until I moved to Fiji.
To toast to their wondrous first steps, the duo booked themselves into a cozy bure at Wakaya Private Island Resort, Fiji – memorable of their first meeting.
“Zoheb had always been full of surprises,” recalled Neha as she recites her scrupulous proposal. She speaks of her spa day followed by Zoheb surprising her with Sass & Bide dresses, a navy blue and white to choose from, all of it leading her into a picturesque dinner date.
“I am seriously the happiest person right now”, Neha distinctly remembers saying with a smile across her face, and that was the moment Zoheb went down on his knee and asked her to marry him!
The Wedding Destination
By sheer serendipity, Neha and Zoheb happened to come across Hawkes Bay. Instantly bewitched by the enchanting beauty of the place, they locked it in and held their wedding events there. Mana Lodge, a luxury country estate seated in amongst the rolling hills of Poukawa Valley, hosted their Indian themed event.
The second event- the wedding itself, was held at Craggy Range Winery. A marvellously fetching unique backdrop of the dramatic form of Te Mata Peak along with the lake and vines was absolutely breathtaking.
The Indian Night
For the Indian Night the duo went for a colourful, joyful event that was full of music, Bollywood glamour, and dancing. Setting up the entire theme was paraphernalia from Raj Tent Club in Auckland. Of Rajasthani origin, all tents and furniture were combinations of gold, vivid pink, orange and purple.
The Moroccan lanterns exported from India coupled with metallic gold Moroccan poofs made the evening ravishing beyond words.
The large floral arrangements featured gold vases of brightly coloured flowers which complimented the gold candlesticks with magenta and gold tapered candles on the dining table, offset with bright orange and pink petals scattered everywhere.
Zoheb wore a black sherwani with gold embroidery and buttons for the Indian night. This was handcrafted by designer duo Shantanu & Nikhil. His black suede shoes with gold tassels were done by Christian Louboutin.
For her sangeet night, Neha wore a made to measure crystal lengha by Sabysachi from his Ferozabad Collection. It was a very modern ivory Indian bridal outfit with crystals and beads hand embroidered on canvas fabric. The shoes, to fit the magic, were Jimmy Choo – Bello Glitter Wedge. She had her hair out in messy waves and a middle part for her headpiece.
The Wedding Day
Neha and Zoheb elegantly used the natural setting of the environment for their wedding. Neha, with an eye for grace and luxury, styled the event with cream, blush, soft pink and a touch of darker pink blooms. The foliage along with large crystal chandeliers, candle-stands, candelabras and waterford crystal vases, were riveting.
In the Bride’s Words: Choosing a Photographer
I was looking for someone who took beautiful vintage artistic images, who captured details, moments, nature and landscape. Heather Liddell was an amazing person to work with, so bubbly and fun which made it easier for us to be photographed.
I had personally designed all the stationary and worked very closely with a stationary company in Mumbai. The theme was gold foil and ivory. All stationary had our personalised wedding logo pressed in gold foil.
Neha loved the personalisation she did for her wedding aisle with their wedding logo custom made for them.
What the Bride Wore
The wedding outfit was also a custom made pink cloud lengha by Sabyasachi from his Ferozabad Collection. It was a victorian inspired gown. It was hand embroidered with a mix of thread work and beading which had a touch of turquoise handprinted floral details. The overall look was understated and elegant, and not so traditional. Neha’s shoes were tailored by Christian Louboutin to match her ensemble, they were Patinana 100 Swarosvski Crystal Mesh T-Strap Sandles.
What the Groom Wore
Zoheb was striking in his blue tux with a slight pattern throughout the fabric; he paired it with a white shirt from RJB Design, a silk bow tie, Ray Ban sunglasses, a rose gold Hublot watch, and a pair of black patent Christian Louboutin shoes.
For the wedding, Neha wore her hair in a high ponytail with vintage waves. Her make-up was that of light bronze smokey eyes and soft pink lips.
The Wedding Ceremony
As the guests entered the ceremony they were given a ceremony order booklet, Fiji water, and white paper parasols. Each seat had a white paper fan along with a linen bag filled with ivory rose petals with “Throw me- Neha & Zoheb” screen-printed on the bag.
The ceremony was held by the lake, where they took their vows.
The reception was held within the vineyards and had a large silk draped marque installed by Mardigras. The decor featured rows of vines separating the table seating which made it quite unique.
In the Bride’s Words: Memorable Moments
- A surprise polynesian dance by my bridesmaids during the Indian night which lead to memories of when we were young learning that exact same dance at one of our dance classes.
- Walking into the aisle when all my close family, friends, and of course Zoheb, was looking towards me. It was a nerve wracking moment but an amazing feeling, especially having my father walk me in and give me hand to Zoheb.
Words of Wisdom From the Newlyweds
- Everything Adds up. Be prepared well in advance. Time flies and planning a wedding is really time consuming.
- Make sure you book a venue, photographer and videographer well in advance as they get booked out really quickly.
- Sometimes you cannot have the flowers you want purely because it’s not in season.
- If you are planning on having a honeymoon later on, you and your husband should definitely plan a mini trip somewhere close to your wedding destination straight after the wedding. Trust me- you both will need this!
- Be flexible.