Laura and Girish celebrated their marriage amongst the beautiful garden setting of Clean Slate Farm in Whites Valley, after their traditional wedding in India.
Names: Laura Stark & Girish Rao
Wedding date: 11th March 2017
Ceremony & Reception Venue: St Joseph’s Church, Willunga SA & Clean Slate Farm, Whites Valley SA
How we met and the marriage proposal: We met through our best friends 6 years ago when they were dating. Girish proposed in Penang, Malaysia while we were on holiday. For a very cool guy he was extremely nervous and basically threw the ring box at me while mumbling something about getting married.
About our wedding day: The most important thing to us was that our guests had a great time. We wanted excellent food, wine, and an epic dance floor.
Our wedding style: Our wedding was DIY in the sense that we had a blank canvas in a beautiful garden setting at Clean Slate Farm. We went for a black tie dress code with lush, unstructured flowers and greenery for a bit of a contrast.
Finding my wedding gown: It wasn’t an “aha” moment, but it was a definite yes moment. The shape of the gown was just perfect and flattered me in every way. I had visualised a different fabric from the dress I tried on and the girls were more than willing to accommodate (even though they’d never used the fabric on its own before!). After my second to last fitting I left the store in raptures – I’d never seen anything so beautiful in my life.
First dance song: We were a bit non-traditional in this sense. We couldn’t think of an appropriate song so we decided to do an encore performance of our Bollywood dance routine from our Indian Wedding in December. A lot of people weren’t able to make the trip for the original so missed out on us embarrassing ourselves the first time. The crowd really got around it!
Advice for future couples: Get a wedding planner! As we weren’t in a full service wedding venue we completely blanked on organising little things like a running sheet! While the chaos sort of contributed to the hilarious, relaxed atmosphere, I think if I had my time again I’d rather have a little more structure.
Couture experience at Suzanne Harward: From start to finish, the whole experience with the girls of Suzanne Harward was just wonderful. It was so great to have the store to myself for the entire appointments, and the girls were so genuine about what worked and what didn’t. After a very hectic day of shopping on High Street, Suzanne Harward was like a sanctuary! Not to mention every single dress was stunning. Once I’d picked my gown – nothing was too hard for the girls. They responded to all my queries and concerns with such understanding and professionalism. It was easily the best choice I made for the whole wedding!
Book an appointment today to find your dream wedding gown at Suzanne Harward.
Bridal Gown – Suzanne Harward // Bride’s Accessories – Stephanie Browne // Bride’s Shoes – Tony Bianco // Bridesmaids’ Attire – Handmade by bridesmaid’s mother // Groom’s attire – Peter Shearer // Groomsmen’s Attire – Peter Shearer // Catering – Andre’s Cucina // Make-up & Hair – Megan Thackeray and Nicole Habenschuss // Music – Alex Rajkowski DJ // Stylist – Elly and Elm Events // Photographer – Tomek Photography and Gaja Kutnjak // Paper Goods & Stationary – Minted, The Paper Empire and a few bespoke pieces commissioned by Elly and Elm // Florist – Poppies Flowers //
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