Why celebrate your love with one function when you can have many? Khavitha Singh and Russell Coleman celebrated their union in four vibrant, colourful ways and the lucky bride shone in five gorgeous outfits: during the mehndi ceremony, the bride was adorned with intricate henna designs (Khavitha’s hot-pink sari contrasted beautifully with the henna); for the hurdee (cleansing) ceremony, she wore a stunning canary-yellow sari; for the Christian ceremony she wore a classically elegant white dress; and for the Hindu ceremony and reception, she wore two beautiful gold-embroidered burgundy saris. The timeless Nooitgedacht Estate in Stellenbosch was the perfect backdrop for this explosion of colour – enjoy the vibrant celebration with these beautiful photos from Yolandé Marx….
How did your groom propose?
He proposed on bended knee in our garden. He laid out self-made lights with brown paper bags and placed it into a heart shape.
Tell us about the theme of your wedding.
We got married at Nooitgedacht Estate in Stellenbosch. We chose this venue for its natural beauty, beautiful gardens and stone chapel. It really felt spiritual when we first saw the place and instantly knew it was the right one for us. The theme was elegant yet cosy, with vibrant colours against the natural wonder.
And the menu?
It was a fusion of Eastern and Western food, featuring Indian sweetmeats, samosas, roster bread, and spring rolls as canapés. We also served Indian biryani with butternut and feta salad. It was very much a balance between the two cultures.
What was the highlight of the day?
There were so many! Each ceremony was special – the vows and being surrounded by loving family and friends. Another highlight was the reception: I danced the opening dance with my dad to Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata (it’s also my dad’s nickname). Russell then joined and the music changed to Michael Bublé’s Save the Last Dance for Me. Finally the music changed to an Indian classic, Gaja Rare – that’s when I danced with my mum, Bollywood style! We really let our hair down at the reception…
Any special advice for brides-to-be?
Share the load. We had five functions in total: two pre-wedding functions (mehndi and hurdee ceremonies) and three wedding functions (Christian and Hindu ceremonies, followed by the reception). We could not have completed them without assistance. Also, let go and be present and mindful of the experience – it flies by so quickly!
Additional photographs: Riaan van der Westhuizen
Little Black Book:
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Leonie de Sousa 021 557 1959
Cake: Rekha and Sarika Adjodia 082 901 9671
Coordinator/wedding planner: Me, with assistance from Gerrit Snyman of Royal Blu Events 082 854 0270
Decor: Gerrit Snyman of Royal Blu Events 082 854 0270
Dress: Christian ceremony: Leonie de Sousa 021 557 1959. Hindu ceremony: Memsaab 031 304 3030. Reception: Tamanna Desired Fashion 031 332 5118
Entertainment: Tabla and flute: Rasheed 082 455 4518. DJ: Desighan Karthrayan 074 580 9473
Flowers:Royal Blu Events 082 854 0270
Food:Nooitgedacht Estate 021 865 2407 and Rekha Adjodia 082 901 9671
Groom’s outfit: Christian ceremony: Gerani 011 784 8470. Hindu ceremony: Paaneri India (Mumbai)
Groomsmen’s outfits:Mr Suit Hire 021 701 4644
Hair and make-up: Face: Aneesa Adams of Anne’s Beauty Box 082 815 6843. Henna: Rekha Adjodia 082 901 9671. Hair: Chad Lourens of Hair021 422 2270
Jewellery: Christian ceremony: Swarovski Crystal021 551 3811. Hindu ceremony: Memsaab 031 304 3030
Photographer:Yolandé Marx 083 447 5464. Pre-wedding event photographs by Riaan van der Westhuizen 079 873 0013.
Stationery: Seating table: Little Works Design Studio 021 701 6113. Other: Blue Print Design Studio 021 794 2992
Venue:Nooitgedacht Estate 021 865 2407