Wouldn’t be amazing to get married twice! For some cultures and couples this is the case. Especially in Fiji where it is rich in tradition with the multiple cultures that exist. Today’s wedding is one of those. A Hindu / Christian Wedding.
There is no denying there is always something special about a traditional wedding. So when Jenny popped up in my inbox the colour of her wedding Hindu wedding and the classic tropical of her modern wedding got me hooked!
Mark and Jenny met in Hobart Tasmania in 2006. Jenny was an international student from Fiji starting her first year at law school while Mark was a local boy from Tralagon, Victoria. After becoming good friends after the very first day of meeting at University, they started dating a few months later. In 2012, Mark & Jenny got engaged. Later that year Jenny moved back to Fiji and the couple maintained a 2 year long distance relationship until the wedding. “The separation was probably the most difficult time for both of us but we kept it together and now we are married!”. Jenny says.
Personally, I think if you can last a 2 year long distance relationship you are ment to be!
Jenny joins us on the blog to share with us the details of their 4 days of festivities, held at The Pearl South Pacific.
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PART ONE » Hindu Wedding
The Planning / We started planning the wedding in early January 2014. After many discussions with our families, Mark and I decided to have 2 wedding, a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony to respect my religious/cultural background and a Christian wedding ceremony to respect Mark’s.
So everything was double! Double planning, double the celebration and double the fun! It was a massive challenge but one I was more than happy to accept.
The Location / As you are aware, traditional Hindu weddings involve lots of pre-wedding ceremonies/events. We decided to have all the pre-wedding ceremonies at our family home in Navua, Fiji and the Hindu wedding ceremony at the Pearl South Pacific Resort. Mark and I also had our engagement party at Pearl in 2012. We loved the location, the beautiful ocean view and the staff/service was amazing.
The Pre-Wedding Ceremonies / My mum together with some employees from my Dad’s local Kava business did the entire decoration at our home. Hindu wedding ceremonies are full of vibrant colours and that’s the theme we tried to maintain in our decorations.
Day 1: 26 June 2014 – Mehendi Night. A ceremony where henna is applied on the hands and feet of the bride. It is somewhat like a bridal shower with lots of singing and dancing
Day 2: 27 June 2014 – Haldi Ceremony. A ceremony where Turmeric mixed with oil and milk is applied on the bride. It is like an in-home beautification process before the wedding day. I was smothered with Turmeric a hundred times that day!
The Bride Wore / Traditional Hindu brides wear a Red and Gold wedding outfit. However I was keen on breaking some rules and opted for a more modern design. I got in touch with a local designer Mr. Zulfikar Ali who also happened to be a close family friend. We went through many designs and finally decided on a pink, white and gold combination. He then arranged for the outfits to be made in India. He also selected my entire wedding jewellery on one of his trips to India
The Hair & Makeup / Ashley Phaneuf from H&M Perfectionist
The Groom Wore / Mark wore a traditional Indian Sherwani which matched my wedding outfit.
The Ceremony Setup / I wanted to be personally involved in the whole wedding experience. So I did a lot of research and with the help of my very talented mum we designed the Mandap ourselves. To keep to the modern Indian feel, we used a bamboo structure for the mandap and with the help of some employees from my Dad’s business; we built the mandap at home! The employees also built bamboo vases for our flower arrangements at the Resort.
Mr. Zulfikar Ali and some of our close family friends spent the entire night before the wedding to decorate the Mandap. We used fresh flowers on the entire mandap deco (orchids, anthuriums, bougainvillea). I remember sending some local girls in the morning of the wedding to grab some more flowers from the villages as we ran out!
The Advice / Indian weddings can be extremely stressful and nerve wrecking but I say take some risks, get involved and it will be exactly the way you dreamt it.
Stay tuned for Part Two!