At The Ever After Story, we’ve known Anita for quite a while. One of the warmest souls you could ever hope to meet, when we found out she was marrying her high school sweet heart, we couldn’t help but squeal with delight! As a makeup artist, and wedding industry veteran, we knew her cultural wedding would be full of amazing details, colour, and so. much. food.
How did you both meet, and how did he pop the question?
Jason and I were High School sweet hearts. We met through mutual friends when he was 17 and I was 15. We dated for a couple of years, then went our separate ways for about 6 years before we met up again randomly in 2012. We had both changed over the years but there was still that amazing energy that made us instantly click and we knew from that point that we wanted to be together forever. Our engagement wasn’t really a “surprise” engagement in a romantic place, but Jason popped the question, there were tears shed by both of us, it was a decision that we made together which had been a long time coming and it’s a moment I will never forget.
Where did you have your ceremony and reception?
Our ceremony was at the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Inala, Brisbane and our reception was held at the Eatons Hill Hotel & Function Centre. We had a traditional Sikh wedding ceremony which is the reason for holding it at the temple. As for the reception venue, we wanted somewhere close to home on the northside of Brisbane but it still had to be big enough to hold 350 guests. We also needed somewhere that would provide Indian Catering. Eatons Hill was the perfect reception venue and we couldn’t have been happier. The service of all their staff was amazing and their events coordinating team went above and beyond to ensure we enjoyed every minute of our reception. They truly made the reception part of the planning a piece of cake.
Did you have a wedding planner or wedding stylist?
I did all the wedding planning myself including budget sheets, guest list, place settings, wedding day run sheet etc etc.
I hired Carol from Creatively Bespoke Weddings & Events as my wedding decorator who did a fantastic job at making my vision into reality with my reception decor. The Eatons Hill events coordinating team also played a big role in making the reception planning a lot easier.
What about food? Who did your catering, and why did you choose them?
Eatons Hill Hotel did all the catering for the wedding reception and their food was amazing. We are still getting feedback (6 months later) about how good the food was at our wedding. EH did a Indo-Western style catering package so there was some Indian dishes as well as western dishes.
What was your favourite moment from the day?
My favourite moment was our reception entrance, seeing all the smiles on our family and friends faces as Jason and I made our grand entrance with an Indian drum player. I couldn’t stop smiling. I dreamt about living that moment with Jason 11 years ago when we were first together.
Who designed your dress?
I went shopping in New Delhi, India for my traditional indian wedding outfit. I wanted something traditional, red and gold. The one thing I liked about my outfit is the antique gold embroidery, and the fact that I decided to change the top of my outfit as well as my jewellery for my reception to give the outfit a completely different look.
Where were your bridesmaid dresses from?
I had my bridesmaids outfits custom made in Punjab, India. They wore White and Royal blue outfits with gold embroidery. For some reason I was obsessed with wanting to incorporate Royal Blue into my wedding theme, so I thought it would be a good contrast colour against my red wedding outfit.
Who was your photographer and why did you choose them?
I chose Images by Hannah K as my wedding photographer and Unreel Eyes as my videographers. Both companies have been good friends of mine as I have worked with them over the last 6 years at other weddings where I have been the Makeup Artist. So it was already a bonus for me that I knew how each of these teams work, they are professional, talented and they listened to what I wanted.
What advice do you have for other brides?
- You can never be too organized for your wedding, the lead up, the stress, the endless To Do Lists are all so worth it however – once the day arrives, enjoy every single second of it, look around at your reception, soak up the atmosphere, take in every memory you can as the day will be over in the blink of an eye.
- Hire an amazing photographer who is going to capture every special moment of that day because after the hair, makeup, dress, flowers etc etc…it’s the photos that will hold onto those details and treasured moments… so invest in a good photographer.