Thursday, April 26, 2012

Real Life Wedding : Tamara + Anuj

With an elegant White with Pearls theme and two beautiful ceremonies, Tamara de Kretser and Anuj Anand celebrated a wedding filled with tradition, fun and laughter – and an unexpected dance opportunity!

ceremonies: St John’s Cathedral (Christian) & Stamford Plaza (Hindu)
traditional dress: Friendship Bridal, Mumbai
photography: Ian Wilkinson

Hindu ceremony
As Anuj is Hindu, the couple thought it fitting to have a short Hindu ceremony, which is all about vibrancy and colour. “I changed into a red (the traditional Hindu bridal colour) Indian wedding outfit and we were married in a mandip which is essentially a stage with four pillars, representative of a Hindu temple,” recalls Tamara. “Anuj gave me a gold chain with a yellow and diamond pendant; the chain is comparable to a ring in a Christian ceremony, symbolising the union of marriage.” During the ceremony, instead of exchanging vows, the couple traditionally walks around a small fire five times. It is said that if two people walk the steps together then they will remain lifelong friends.

The five steps and their promises are:
1. To provide for the couple’s household
2. To develop physical, mental and spiritual powers
3. To increase wealth by righteous and proper means
4. To acquire knowledge, happiness and harmony by mutual love, respect and trust
5. For children

Christian ceremony
“I fell in love with the cathedral the first time I saw it,” says Tamara. “It‘s so grand and its high arches, red carpet and gothic look made for amazing photos.” During the signing of the registry a soloist sang Ave Maria and the bells rang out at the end of the ceremony. In a personal touch the couple asked their siblings to do the readings and both their mothers lit candles.

Funniest Moment
“The fire alarm went off just as the dancing got started and the entire ballroom had to evacuate,” says Tamara. “While it turned out there was no fire, our guests we removed to the entrance of the Stamford for about 30 minutes. The band was amazing and started playing in the entrance and everyone started dancing! A firetruck filled with sexy firemen also arrived! They were great sports, tooting their horns just for us and allowing me to take lots of photos with them and the fire truck!”

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday I'm in Love : Behind The Scenes, Get Him to the Church on Time

Hello and happy Friday! This week we bring you our behind the scenes pics from the 'Get Him to the Church on Time - Fashion for him (and his mum)' shoot for our upcoming Winter 2012 issue of Queensland Brides, hitting the stands 1st of May.

Just a little tip, head straight to page 55 you will not believe the talent of our team! The very handsome six page spread we have no doubt, will prompt you to leave the magazine pages wide open on the coffee table for your fiancé to see, trust us ...  it will give him some serious inspiration, our grooms set a very high standard!  Get the copy delivered to your door with FREE postage, pre-order your copy online now
"Start with a sharp suit, enlist a little help from his mum and best man to take care of the finishing touches, and your groom with be aisle-ready in no
time. You knew he was a good sort, but just wait until you see him suited up!"

Our very handsome groom Paul & his best man Liam

 Nicole, our mother of the groom in our on site salon

Above: QB editor Nicole Deuble & Photographer Ian Golding hard at work!

Above: Cheryl our stylist folding Liam's pocket square

Hair stylist Marselly takes in the view

Above 4 images : Heavy duty photo shoot equipment!

Make-up artist Abigael Johnston getting Liam photo ready

Mother of the groom is wearing Living Silk

It's not a full blog post without HEELS!

On location in the prestigious Scott Street Apartment at Kangaroo Point, what a view!  

Location Credits:
Photographed in one of the awesome Scott Street Apartments at Kangaroo Point, with sophisticated interior created by Deka Design.

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Liam/Dallys, Paul/Tamblyns, Nicole/Dallys

Fashion Credits:
Paul Barry Menswear: 
Anna Marie & Mr John: 
Living Silk:
Roger David: 
Tony Barlow Menswear:
(see page 55 of the Winter 2012 issue of Queenlsand Brides for a full credit list of suits worn in photo shoot)

Photographer : Ian Golding Photography

Grooming: Abigael Johnston P: 0408 761 206 & Marselly/Hare’s
Stylist: Cheryl Menagh 
Production: Nicole Deuble

QB x
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