When theme of the wedding is to have a bit of laugh and a bit more of drinks, you know it is headed towards craziness. The madness and love are the recurrent emotions in almost all the pictures. Rahul de Cunha who is pretty damn good with taking real and candid shots floored us with this wedding album of Preeti and Lionel. So much so we couldn’t stop ourselves to get in touch with the bride and get the scoop.
Rest we would let the bride, Preeti and the pictures do the talking.
MIW – To start with, we absolutely adored the opening shot with your gorgeous dress against the golden mirror. It’s a remarkably captivating shot. And the post wedding shots in natures’ backdrop are also extremely alluring.”
Preeti – We only have Rahul to thank for that! Rahul (of Rahul de Cunha pictures) is a true artist, one look at his work and we were spell-bound. The best thing about him is his ability to make it all seem effortless! He pretty much fades into the background on the day so it’s not daunting at all, and what you’re left with are amazingly candid shots you never knew happened. He’s made us look great, so absolutely no complaints:)
MIW – While going through the images we noticed quite a few fun elements (we are sure there are more which you may share with us). What do you think was the idea behind groom arriving in an auto, and leaving together in a vintage car.
Preeti – Not an idea as such, we’re generally the sort that like to have a bit of a laugh, a bit (or more) of a drink and don’t take ourselves too seriously. So for us, it was important that we and everyone that celebrated with us had a really great time! It pretty much dictated the “theme” if you will, of our wedding: the alcohol related signage, the hangover kit favours, the nutty baby pictures we had of ourselves on the toilet doors, the auto and let’s not forget those smashing signature cocktails! Leaving the church in a vintage car, well I thought had great old world Goan charm. There were a lot of random pictures with friendly strangers that day and I had a bit of a “Diana Ross” situation going on with all that wind, but it was so much fun!
MIW -We would love to know your wedding story. So if you could tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you guys met?
Preeti -In a nutshell, I’ve known Li since I was 17 so I feel like we’ve grown up together. We met way back in college in India when Li thought that baggy jeans made him look really cool. Strongly disagree. I couldn’t take the visual trauma anymore, so I left him to come to Oz to study;) We thought we’d give the whole long distance thing a go, and shortly after Li followed me here like a stalker, hahaha! We’ve been here for a while now and life’s been good to us. And then last year in October, Li popped the question whilst we were out for a walk with the dog on a beautiful beach here. Did NOT see that coming! And the rest as they say, is history!
MIW -And what was the vision behind your wedding?
Preeti – Li and I are originally from Goa. We love it there and spent most of our summers as kids back in our ancestral homes in Goa. Plus with aged grandparents, we thought it made more sense for us to bring the wedding to them. More than anything we wanted the wedding to be reflective of us as a couple. And with the help of our wonderful planner, Liesel Duarte of Knotted Up Weddings (whom we think is worth her weight in gold), we think we achieved this. For us, it was about fun, and at the end of that beautiful day, hand on heart, we’d had the best night of our lives! We thought about keeping it fresh with the colour palette and incorporated bright hues like watermelon, aqua, gold and bits of orange. Worked a treat:) Overall with decor we used light, colour and contrast intelligently (we thought) to keep the setting idyllic and elegant.
MIW – We must mention the quirky cake topper. Loved it. Who came up with the cool liner?
Preeti – Our cake topper said, We did what?! We identified with it instantly. Nuff said! Hahaha!
MIW – The entire wedding looks a collection of heartwarming moments, but any moment in particular that stands out for you.
Preeti – I think we both had our favourites; but I think walking down that aisle toward my best friend (who looked pretty stunned if I do say so myself;)) with mum and dad to lean on will be unforgettable.
MIW – Our brides-to-be can always do with some helpful tips or advice. So what would you like to tell them?
Preeti – After every bit of planning you have done, from the budget to the decor to outfits and everything in between, just remember that the day is a celebration of you and is there to be enjoyed! It only comes around once, and you CANNOT control everything. If something stuffs up on the day (which it might) make your peace with it, build a bridge and move on. Don’t be a bridezilla, be a bridechilla!! Hahaaha! (*cricket sounds*)
Be present. There is nothing worse than feeling like your night flew by before you could even say, “More wine” or something slightly more appropriate. But you get the point. Register those special moments as they happen, even those extra special ones you can always hold your friends and family ransom to;))
MIW – Lastly please share with us the credits for venue, make-up artist, wedding planner and entertainment.”
Wedding Venue: Marquis Resort, Candolim – Beautiful setting! The right mix of beach and lawn which is what we were looking for, and amazingly helpful staff.
Make-up Artist: Bina Punjani – loved these girls. Efficient and professional.
Wedding Planner: My girl Liesel Duarte of Knotted up Weddings. The woman is amazing! There’s no preordained packages, no presumptuous brand selling and lots of consultation with Liesel. What we loved was that it was all so honest and customised. Plus she’s a lovely person who is willing to go the extra mile to make the day truly yours. And goodness knows it was! We had literally nothing to worry about!
Emcee: Sunita Rodrigues– the lady’s got jokes! She was funny, engaging and gave as good as she got!
Band: The Syndicate – great sound!