Shooting Shahil and Ulisha’s wedding was like a feast for Shreenu (my right hand gal with disprin and all) and I be it visually, emotionally or other. We were made to feel special and welcomed from the moment we entered Ulisha’s home. Before we even got a proper hello out, granny was already offering us something to drink and eat. Shabier and Peter (videographer) were already quite comfortable at this point at the dining room table 🙂
Faieza, (one of my favourite people who styled me for my wedding) did an awesome job with hair and make-up because watching Ulisha get into bride mode was simply breathtaking.
Kamal and Krish from The Sound Factor have become like like family from seeing them so often at weddings. Such a professional team!
I have to mention that Koogen Pillay and his team did a fine job with the decor. It was so comforting to walk into a venue and see neat drapes and an overall tidy environment. He also does understand good lighting for stage decor which doesn’t over-power and cause harsh shadows.
I could go on about this wedding and how I didn’t want Shahil and Ulisha to drive off and leave Shreenu and I behind at the end of it all (weird I know) but that is a testament to their nature and warmth. A beautiful couple inside and out. Their meticulous planning and punctuality has to be commended as well.
How did you meet?
Well the short story goes something like this.. Shahil needed a date for his matric dance at Glenwood Boys High. The only other girls he knew lived in Stanger, so he asked me and I said yes. We lost contact when he went to varsity, whilst I was still at school. Six years later, sitting behind me in an Honours lecture was Shahil flicking my hair with his pencil. The rest is history…. 🙂
What is your most special memory of your wedding?
The feeling of spending such a joyous occasion with all your special friends and family is priceless. it was so wonderful to have everyone in one venue celebrating at our pre-wedding events and then bringing two families together at the wedding was even better.
What was the hardest part of the planning process?
It was a bit difficult planning from Johannesburg, and having to keep everyone in the loop at all times. The hardest part was drawing up our programmes to the T to ensure that all functions started on time and ran smoothly. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
What was the shopping process like and where did you shop?
This was a fairly simple process for us. Shahil saw his outfit at Thamanas in Durban and had his heart set on it so bought it that very same day. My shopping lasted a maximum of two days. I bought my wedding outfit from SK boutique in Lenasia, a hidden gem which I would highly recommend.
Did you experience any unexpected turns during the wedding process and how did you handle it?
hmmmm, well our bank accounts turned (but that was expected). Other than that everything was smooth sailing, we spent hours planning for the wedding week and I had an excel document which I called the pack. This document was updated weekly and literally had our days planned to the hour for the wedding week.
Oh Shahil’s shoe heel fell off during the photo shoot before the wedding. He handled it by breaking the heel off his other shoe;)
Any advice for brides-to-be?
Plan! Plan! Plan! If you think of something or need to do something there is no better time to do it than now. By doing this you will be able to enjoy your wedding week and spend time with your guests which is so important. Keep reminding yourself to enjoy each moment whilst you are in it. This is a once in lifetime celebration. Don’t let these moments pass you by because you are busy stressing about the event running smoothly. All the stressing and planning happens before the functions and celebrations begin. Once you are in it, forget about the past and future and bask in the present. And don’t fight with your parents they’re just as stressed.
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?
Shahil: I would have loosened my turban! It was painstakingly tight. I had only tried it on a for a min or 2 before the wedding day and it seemed fine. But after 30 minutes on the wedding day, I was suffering.
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Venue | Kendra Hall, Durban – 031 309 1824
Decor | Kreative Perspective – Koogen Pillay – 083 777 3765
Music & Sound | Sound Factor – 084 400 6389 / 031 564 5452
Video | Shabier Dawood – 083 578 6463
Catering | Bhagwan’s Caterers – 031 2622095
Pyrotechnics | Harry – 0829558446 / 0317644958
Sweets | Forest Fairies Sweets – 031 902 7592
Flowers | Kogie’s Florist – 083 262 6343
Hair & Makeup | Faieza – 084 478 6046
Mendhi | Radha Krishna Mendhi Artists – 031 262 8974