Bright, colourful and a day to remember. The wedding of Anita and Viviek was everything the couple had always dreamed about. Beautifully captured by Evernew Studio, be swept away by their Indian themed extravaganza at the historic home and spectacular grounds of Tawoomba's Gabbinbar Homestead.
Wedding date: November 13th, 2016
Wedding location: Toowoomba, Queensland
Number of guests: 76
Ceremony time: 1pm – 2pm
Reception time: 2pm – 12am
Tell us about how you met…
Taking advantage of modern day technology, we met online. Our first date was a casual
coffee date one Sunday morning and the rest they say is history.
And the proposal?
Exactly one year after we met, Vivek booked a romantic weekend away to Shoal Bay which
was one of my favourite beaches in Australia. Early Saturday morning Vivek woke me up and took me on a scenic bush walk which finished at a secluded beach. Vivek set the
scene, put a towel down and once again taking advantage of technology, asked me to check my email. Vivek had sent me an email full of all the reasons why he wanted to marry me and of course I said yes. Vivek proposed with a substitute ring and later we designed the ring together.
Where was the location of your wedding and why did you pick this location?
We married at Gabbinbar Homestead. We were looking for two things - a venue with wide open spaces and plenty of room for our guests. Also, we wanted a destination that we could easily visit and spend the weekend together. I initially found Gabbinbar Homestead through Google and fell in love with the images on their website. Vivek and I chose Gabbinbar Homestead because of their flexibility; we could create the wedding we wanted within our budget. The staff at Gabbinbar Homestead made the process as easy and stress free as possible.
What was the vibe or theme of your wedding?
Indian themed - bright, bold and colourful.
Where did the majority of your guests stay?
We encouraged our guests to stay in Airbnb apartments/houses to take advantage of the
beautiful views over the Toowoomba range.
What were your favourite moments from the day?
My favourite moment was my husband's speech. He did a rap song; it was a show stopper which left me speechless.
Was it hard to plan your destination wedding?
We chose to use suppliers who had not been involved with an Indian wedding before so they
could lead the way for other Indian couples who might like to use these suppliers for their
wedding. This at times was challenging as I had to explain in great detail the meaning behind
things and why it was so important to place something in a particular way for example. All of
our suppliers were very accommodating of these requests and we loved how excited each
vendor was to be a part of an Indian wedding.
Describe the reception space...
With amazing dedication to colour and vibrancy, the mood for our Indian wedding celebrations was rich, decadent and luxurious. We had minimal flowers in order to take advantage of the natural foliage and greenery at Gabbinbar Homestead. The main floral arrangement was on
the bridal table which was a colourful bunch of mixed roses. A golden Indian lamp was chosen as a gift for each guest as light is considered a symbol of life. The giving of a lamp is a symbol of giving life to others.
Did you have an itinerary or planned activities for guests on either side of the wedding?
It is an Indian tradition to have the Sangeet the day before the wedding. The Sangeet, is a
celebration of coming together of the two families in the union of their children. We hosted our Sangeet at Silver Ridge, Toowoomba.
What did you like about having a destination wedding?
Going to a destination which was both neutral and new to us made our wedding day extra
special and we loved that they were going to a destination to start their new life together.
Photography and cinematography: Evernew Studio
Ceremony and reception: Gabbinbar Homestead
Wedding Rings: Anita - Bill Hicks, Vivek - Family Heirloom (gold ring) and silver ring designed by bride
Bride’s gown: Handmade in India
Bride’s shoes: Imported from India from NeedleDust
Hair stylist and makeup artist: Lajeen Boutique Salon
Bridesmaid dresses and accessories: Their own
Groom’s suit, pants and shirt: Handmade in India (Mumbai) by Manyavar
Groom’s shoes: Imported from India
Event planner: Gabbinbar Homestead
Priest: Hari Raj Adhikari (not online)
Celebrant: Suzanne Luskie (not online)
Entertainment: Nuflava Entertainment
Transport: Golf Buggy - Xtreme Skins Vinyl Wraps