St Anne’s Guest House Hindu Christian Wedding – Sarah + Sharan

When my mind slips back to Sarah and Sharan’s wedding, it slips into a sensory world of saturated vibrant colours, rich spicy smells and gentle sitar sounds floating through the steamy Durban air. More so it slips into a memory of love that moved through the wedding party like a wave of energy touching everyone that it washed over. Sarah and Sharan’s wedding day wasn’t flashy, it was however filled with light. They weren’t bogged down with wedding day details and yet there were so many heartfelt personal touches. Sarah and Sharan are both doctors and from the outside their love for each other seems gentle and nuturing which all good doctors should be.

They got married at St Anne’s Guest House on the Berea in Durban and had a Hindu ceremony followed by a short Christian ceremony and they seemed to effortlessly blend their two cultures into a rainbow of joy.

Thanks for picking me guys. It has been a pleasure to get to know you both. Wishing you a wonderful life ahead.

And now for a few words from the bride.

As I have got older, it seems that the days which stay, and become memories, are the good ones. The positive things linger, become rose-tinted and are cherished. The painful ones fade and are recalled in occasional clouds. It seems that each person who gave something to our little wedding also understood this. In a cynical world, were love often fails and life intervenes, their complete hope and joy on our behalf was only sincere. Every sentiment on that day was meant. An unexpected abundance of kindness from our family, friends and in some cases, especially, service providers created a day complete in its beauty. What a humbling gift to give a young couple entering their lives. Somewhere, there will always be a woman remembering her husband making a speech under a softly lit tent. Faces, colours, garlands of flowers will hang in a gentle night, a sitar will play. To her it will be a memory that makes an entire lifetime worthwhile. Thank you all so very much.

Venue: St Anne’s Guest House, kindly offered to us by our friends, Caroline and Leal Wright. www.st-annes.co.za

Decor: Cheryl Law from Seating Plan. www.seatingplan.co.za

Manjula Bhoola. 031 208 5425

Nomadik Tents. www.nomadiktents.co.za

Flowers: The lovely Cheryl Law from Seating Plan who, when the florists couldn’t understand, undertook to do all the table and house flowers herself. Thank you.

Wedding garlands and bouquet made by the bride and her oldest friend, flowers from the bride’s Grandmother’s famous rose garden.

Hair: Clinton Rudolph from Fusion Hair. 031 309 5056. Flowers from granny’s garden.

Make up: Jana Rudolph from Fusion Hair. 031 309 5056

Brides Dress: Kanjivaram silk saree- Parisera, India. www.parisera.com. Blouse stitched by Rheka, 072 370 2407

Edwardian antique dress, Danette Lince, Danevintage on Ebay, expertly altered by Carol Palmer. 031 564 5621

Brides shoes: Indian sandals- Oscarina Boutique. 021 423 9633

Cream bowtie pumps- Something Bleu, BHLDN. www.bhldn.com

Groom’s Suit: Indian outfit- Mr Bhagwan at B Gangarams. 031 306 1912

Dinner Jacket- Shadows Men’s Boutique. 031 566 3388

Bridesmaids Sarees: Alice at Enens. www.enens.co.za. Saree blouses stitched by Sohail and Salim, Surti Fashions. 084 700 4483.

Bride’s Mehndi : Mamta and Bhijal from Radha Krishna. www.radhakrishnamehndi.co.za

Bridesmaid’s Mehndi and ladies’ dressing: The delightful Nilam Narsee of Salon Mehndi. 083 380 2209

Wedding Rings: Our old friend and jewelry designer Kristen Malan. www.kristenmalan.com

Catering: Aunty Neeta and her family from Linear Catering. 031 505 1293

Stationary: Design and layout- our lovely friend Amelia Smith. www.whimsy.co.za

Printing- Robin at Fishwicks. www.fishwicks.co.za

Groom’s motorcar: Kindly lent by our neighbour, Barry Gerber.

Garlands of marigolds from Sunrise Prayer Goods. 031 208 2494

Cake: Lynne from Tastebud. www.tastebud.co.za. But better to pop into her shop on Raypaul drive, Durban North, and pick up something fresh for afternoon tea. Decorated with roses by my dear friend, Kate Wright.

Music: Disk Jockey Extraordinaire- David Yapp. www.topjocks.co.za

Indian Classical Music- Shanjeet Teeluck. 031 577 8947

Priest: Pandita Kasturi Singh. 031 902 1724

Reverend doctor Reynaud De la Bat Smit, bride’s Oxford based uncle.