An Intimate Winter Wedding in the Hunter Valley: Anahita + Shishir

An Intimate Winter Wedding in the Hunter Valley - Anahita and Shashir - The Maharani Diaries

“Oo baby, here I am, signed, sealed delivered, I’m yours..”

When I first got in contact with Sydney bride, Anahita back in Ireland, I was over the moon. Firstly, little did I know that she would be the first bride to ask me for advice and secondly, despite being miles apart, we had so much in common and became really good friends whilst communicating with each other over email and phone messages.

Fast track to 2018 and here we are featuring her gorgeous intimate winter wedding in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.

Anahita and Shishir always dreamt of an intimate wedding and Hanging Tree Wines seemed like the perfect venue on a crisp winters day. It just so happened that their wedding fell on the day of the Winter Solstice, which Anahita explained that it “doesn’t fall more in the universe’s plan than this.”  

With thanks to maharani bride, Anahita, we bring you a beautiful multi-day Pubjabi wedding celebration in the heart of Sydney’s wine region.

This Is Love

Anahita and Shishir met as the both of them were working in India. It wasn’t quite until Anahita had to move to Australia though that Shishir started developing close feelings for her. Unfortunately he could not leave India so soon, but come January 2018, the two of them were reunited and sparks flew.

The proposal soon followed with the both of settling on the intimate winter wedding idea.

“Poonam, from The Maharani Diaries, guided me on organising everything in Sydney sitting all the way in Ireland. I remember going into a frenzy and messaging her that I had forgotten about catering for the wedding altogether. We booked Hanging Tree Wines back in March, fell in love with it the moment we laid eyes on it. It was beyond picturesque. Darren at the property, was an angel in disguise over the months.”

The Wedding

The words ‘intimate’ and ‘Hindu wedding’ don’t often gel, but when Anahita and Shishir organized their fusion Punjabi wedding, they knew that this would be a wedding which would be celebrated amongst only close family and friends.

An Intimate Winter Wedding in the Hunter Valley - Anahita and Shashir - The Maharani Diaries

“We always wanted a small wedding, just with the close ones. Australia and Sydney in particular, is gorgeous during the winter season. There’s a slight chill in the air, yet a lovely and cozy warmth under the sunlight.

The little things speak volumes about our relationship. When we first visited Hanging Tree Wines, it was beyond perfect and in line with what we wanted in a wedding venue. In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by hills and a gorgeous fireplace. We didn’t want to take away from the picturesque view around us with the beautiful green vineyards and the changing colours of the sky.”

An Intimate Winter Wedding in the Hunter Valley - Anahita and Shashir - The Maharani Diaries
An Intimate Winter Wedding in the Hunter Valley - Anahita and Shashir - The Maharani Diaries

Wedding décor was kept simple with fairy lights on the deck, barrels of wine and minimalist mandap.

“We are both very simple people. No fanfare or show for us. We wanted to be able to enjoy our day, and the same applied for the folks who raised us and helped us to be everything we are today. The way to do that was to get away from the hustle and bustle to our little piece of heaven.”

Anahita goes on to explain that without their families, the intimate winter wedding wouldn’t have been possible.

An Intimate Winter Wedding in the Hunter Valley - Anahita and Shashir - The Maharani Diaries

“We had both sets of parents, siblings and godparents present through thick and thin. All of them had one or the other important tasks for the wedding. From the attire to setting up the mandap and to handling the very difficult conversation back home about the wedding being a closed and intimate affair, they all did a magnificent job.

Thankfully, our godparents were also in Sydney with us. They helped us bring everything together at the vineyard. We couldn’t have made it happen without everyone’s support.”

The couple planned the entire wedding whilst in the final leg of completing their Masters degrees and in between finalizing the details for their next move to Toronto, Canada.

“It was the most thrilling 6 months for us. We had heaps of help from people all over the globe. My mum took care of the outfits, and my saviour of a designer coordinated across time zones for colours and sizing etc. Even Shishir’s designer did everything on a hunch whilst video chatting over WhatsApp conversations. My little kid sister, Ananya took care of all the trinkets and jewellery.”

An Intimate Winter Wedding in the Hunter Valley - Anahita and Shashir - The Maharani Diaries
An Intimate Winter Wedding in the Hunter Valley - Anahita and Shashir - The Maharani Diaries
An Intimate Winter Wedding in the Hunter Valley - Anahita and Shashir - The Maharani Diaries

“It was the most thrilling 6 months for us. We had heaps of help from people all over the globe. My mum took care of the outfits, and my saviour of a designer coordinated across time zones for colours and sizing etc. Even Shishir’s designer did everything on a hunch whilst video chatting over WhatsApp conversations. My little kid sister, Ananya took care of all the trinkets and jewellery.”