Tamlyn & Keshav's Wedding Day
Our Big Fat Indian Wedding! Theme: Indian Elephant
To begin my day, I decided that I had to focus on myself. I prepared my bridal lehenga, jewellery and shoes in the hotel suite before going for a relaxing full body massage. I freshened up and then began my journey of becoming a regal North Indian bride with Neil Ramautar and his team. My family got ready in their respective rooms avoiding unnecessary chaos and confusion. By the 3rd day, seeing my photographer’s face brought comfort to my anxious heart. Alex and my videographer, James Peters quietly whisked away my bridal lehenga, jewellery and shoes to take beautiful images which encapsulate everything that is me and my style.
Finding my perfect Lehenga : I had first seen my dream Lehenga in 2015, it was a few days after my fiancé and I got engaged. I made it my mission to find that lehenga. Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely love animals and having elephants all around my lehenga was something that was truly me. Like every bride, initially I had planned on going to do my wedding shopping in India. However, I was advised by my mother, that it would not be the best idea considering the fact that I am extremely sensitive towards poverty and animal neglect. Which is why I contacted the designer in India and to my horror, the lehenga would cost me 1.3 million rupees! That is when I reverted to plan B. I had been following bridal and wedding pages on Instagram and there was one account which always stood out with their immaculate craftsmanship and quality. That’s when I began contacting Dave, head designer at Well Groomed Inc. all the way in Canada.
After our first conversation over WhatsApp (LOL), I immediately knew that he had to make my wedding lehenga. He quoted me on having the lehenga made with two dupattas as well as a shawl for my husband’s suit. I knew that I had been taking huge risk as I would not be able to fit the lehenga or go to Canada. Within 6 weeks, my lehenga arrived. I had the ultimate bridal moment when my parents helped me try it on and when they saw me, they both became emotional. It was the most beautiful lehenga I had ever seen!
With hair and make-up done, I was then draped in 19 kilograms worth of hand embroidered velvet and 5 kilograms of gold accessories. I left my hotel room with my morning slippers on, leaving my wedding shoes behind. It was my way of being rebellious underneath all the glam. Once I entered the elevator with Alex and my Dad, Alex did something that I will never forget. He had my favourite song, “Tale as Old as Time” playing in the elevator.
For the wedding, my husband and I decided on Indian elephant as our theme. We had golden elephants all around the temple, signage and laser cut gold elephant shaped keyrings as guest favours, which all kept to the theme. We also had a wedding hashtag (#TamWedsKesh) which we used on the number plates of the wedding car. When I arrived at the temple, everything looked beautiful. I kept wondering when will something go wrong, or when will I start to panic. I had been stored in the pantry while my parents and husband commenced a few rituals before the wedding ceremony. We had served Bombay crush and indian savouries to welcome guests and we had mithai stations as well as a paan station to keep our guests’ mouths sweet.
The wedding began on time. I remember as my brother walked me down the aisle, my parents behind us and watching my husband’s face and his eyes filled with tears, that’s when I turned away because I didn’t want to ruin my make up! The wedding ceremony was beautiful and oh so romantic. My husband and I had such a blast, we didn’t have a care in the world because in that moment it was just about us. After the wedding ceremony and after guests had given their blessings, they proceeded to the dining hall for a delicious vegetarian feast while overlooking the mesmerising indian ocean.
We drove down to the beach, where the sun was about to set and disappear into the distance for a romantic shoot. For one of the first images, we had been requested to move towards the shoreline where the waves would break, within a few seconds a large wave swept through and drenched the bottom of my lehenga. It was refreshing and a beautiful feeling having the water caress my bare feet. Fun fact: the following day, we had found a few shrimp and sea lice that had been caught in the netting of my lehenga. Our day ended by being welcomed into my in-laws house with jovial laughter that were accompanied by traditional games.