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Kavesh & Chantal’s Hindi Wedding | Elangeni Hotel, Durban


After almost a 2 month absence, I’m back to add the usual, charming Bodhi print to this blog. Hope you’re having a fresh start to the year and maintaining those resolutions. Amidst my own wedding, festive season splendours and all the other joys that come with it, my focus and major task for the month of January is to play catch-up with an immense editing backlog! Within the next couple of weeks, I hope to share with you some images from each of the special weddings I had the privilege of photographing in the latter part of 2012, starting with this rather unique wedding of Kavesh & Chantal which also featured in the Sunday Times Extra on Sunday, 6 January 2013.

Bodhi Vision Photography, Sunday Times Extra 6 January 2013, Indian Wedding Photography feature

How did you meet?
Kavesh and I met at Christmas seva project, with our sai centre, in the year 2002.  We became friends, and soon enough our families grew really close. And the rest… is history.

What is the most special memory of your wedding?
For us both, our most special memory is our first glance of each other on the morning of the wedding. It was a feeling beyond any expression.

What was the hardest part of the planning process?
With Kavesh and I, coming from homes where family and friends always played a big part of our lives, the most difficult task was building the guest list, we would have definitely loved to have everyone with us, but with the ceremony being an intimate one, our guest list could only accommodate 280 guests, cutting it really fine on both sides.

Did you experience any unexpected turns during the wedding process and how did you handle it?
Most definitely. In the build up to the wedding there were many turns and curves to overcome. After spending 6 weeks on wedding shopping in India, Kavesh and his mum arrived back home, expecting our goods to be couriered as promised. For a month and half after their return there was still no sign of it, our wedding cards, saris, gifts and most importantly, the horse’s bridal clothing, all was stuck at a port in India. Although, we all agreed to make do with what we did manage to get for the wedding, Kavesh’s mum wouldn’t hear anything else and so, mom ( BUNTY) and her sister (MEENA MAUSI) being lifesavers, as 4 weeks before the wedding, they left back to India, to retrieve and bring down all wedding stuff , 3 weeks before the wedding weekend.

Any advice for brides/ couples to be?
Yes. Although, getting caught up in the complete planning process of the wedding, take time out to enjoy the feeling of being a bride and bridegroom, relaxing and enjoying the festivities.

Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?
Yes. We would’ve gotten married a long time ago…J

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Service Providers:
Wedding Venue | The Grand Ilanga, Elangeni Hotel
Dhol Players / Drummers | Drum Punditz
Decor and table setup | Events by Design
Video | Printfrend
Sound & Lighting | Jackson Sound & Lighting – Kreesan
Mare for the Procession | Sir Lancelot from Out of the Blue
Bridal Hair & MakeupXpressions – Shagufta
Priest | Shreenik Singh

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Discussion

9 thoughts on “Kavesh & Chantal’s Hindi Wedding | Elangeni Hotel, Durban

  1. The guy who was holding the flash for Vashnie did a top job

    Posted by Ashveer singh | January 10, 2013, 5:42 am
  2. What a stunning, Traditional Wedding Ceremony Congrats are the order of the day to an amazing team and gorgeous couple!!!
    Such vibrant colours always trusting Kavs to give us that extravagant taste and fine skills…Love, Love, Love the posing 🙂 Would have traded my job to be a profound guest at this wedding!

    Wishing you both a wonderful journey as you build your new life together and a blessed marriage with a lifetime of happiness…

    All our Love,

    Trish & Jesse Moodley

    Posted by Terricia Moodley | January 11, 2013, 9:38 am
  3. Wow Vash , Excellent work ! , to kavesh and Chantal …amazing , beautiful, stunning, wow .just a few words to describe the both of you. Your wedding was the most beautiful , out of this world experience I had the chance to be a part of. Kavesh your personal touch and skill is something I admire, your decor the food , cloths, everything had something different and special , Chantal you looked really beautiful , your walk down to the stage is something I still can’t get out of my mind , the music to every part of your wedding made it so interesting ,congratulation and all the best to you both , may you have a lifetime of happy,memories….stay blessed Om Sai Ram.

    Posted by Lee Gounder | January 16, 2013, 5:24 am
    • My dear friend Lee, sometimes I just don’t know when you’re just being nice or truly mean it! lol! Thank you very much for the compliments, it wouldn’t have been as awesome without you!

      Posted by K&C | January 16, 2013, 6:14 am
  4. Well Done Vash!! Awesome Pics, Kavesh and Chantal you guys look so amazing, Ture Bollywood stars!
    This was a wedding of the century and vash great job capturing every moment of it,
    Chantal and Kavesh thank you guys for letting us be apart of this unforgettable day, May your marriage and life together be a blessed one …love u guys

    Posted by Prinessa Reddy | January 16, 2013, 5:56 am
  5. Wow…. These pics look amazing…and you guys made a stunning couple….
    The wedding was beautiful and we were glad to be apart of this special day 🙂
    Nice scarf …. 🙂

    Posted by D&T | January 22, 2013, 1:20 pm

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