Traditional Tamil South African Wedding – Nadhiya + Nash

Nadhiya and Nash are both highly specialized doctors who met whilst studying at med school. Nash quite fancied Nadhiya from the very beginning but as he is shy it took quite some time for him to make a move – 4 years to be exact! His hopes were dashed not too long after this as Nadhiya decided that her studies were too important for boyfriends and so they went their separate ways. Nadhiya is a Hematologist and Nash is a Neurosurgeon which means that these two have been studying for a very very very long time and it took another four years for them to rekindle their relationship. They have been inseparable ever since!

Both of them have a quiet, sincere and humble energy and I was really touched by the way they respect their families, each other and humanity in general. They really are perfect for each other!

One of the things I most love about my job is the fact that I get to meet so many people from so many different cultures and I have to say that shooting their traditional Tamil wedding felt like I was going on a journey with some lovely people rather than doing a job. I just loved meeting their families, being part of all the bridal preparations, visiting the temple and bearing witness to the ritual of their union.

Thank you Nadhiya and Nash for picking me to capture these memories for you. It really was an absolute pleasure! Thanks you also to your families for looking after us so well and feeding us with all that delicious food! I wish you and all your loved ones all the happiness and luck in the world.

And now for a few words from the bride ….

It may sound strange but we had no expectations for our wedding day. We only wanted to live in the moment and be filled with love and happiness. As it turns out, our wedding day was just that and it’s all because of the people mentioned below:

1. Our parents – for being our wedding planners, our advisors and cheerleaders. We really could not have done any of this without them. All successes from the wedding day and the pre-wedding events are due to our parents. We are so grateful to them for shouldering all the stress and allowing us to be cool, calm and relaxed.

2. Jacki and Liz – thank you so much for your hard work, patience and understanding on the day. We wanted a very traditional wedding and we are very fortunate to have had the two of you who recognised that. Thank you making us feel so comfortable and for bringing such calm and sense of ease to the day.

3. Our siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends – the term “Indian wedding” is often preceded by “big, fat” and we wanted ours exactly like that. We wanted our wedding to be a celebration – not just of our love but of two families coming together – and these are the people that made that happen. Thank you to all who offered their help and supported us in the lead-up to the wedding, these are acts that won’t be forgotten easily.

4. Venue – MTSS Hall, Merebank, Durban. Includes decor, flowers and sound. Resident priest: Muthu Pillay. www.mtsshall.co.za Tel: 031 4629210

5. MC – Mala Lutchmanan

6. Hair & Make-up – Neil Ramautar, Keshni Moodley and team Tel: 082 786 2338

7. Wedding jewellery – Farhana and Mohammed at Bollywood Jewels who sourced it for me from India. Tel: 079 631 5160

8. Mendhi – Radha Krishna Mendhi Tel: 073 955 5543

9. Garlands – Rogany Tel: 079 468 1090

10. Bride’s wedding saree – Pothys, Chennai

11. Bride’s second saree – Mode in Gateway, Umhlanga

12. Groom’s suit – Eurosuit, Sandton

13. Wedding cake – Tania’s Cakes Tel: 083 236 6682

14. Marquee letters – Megan at Aisle Hire It. Tel: 078 403 2343