Beautiful And Traditional Brisbane Indian Wedding: Karishma + Pranesh
For Brisbane bride, Karishma, the dream of wearing a saree at her Brisbane Indian wedding, came at just 15 years of age. That elegant and traditional wedding day style was something that she had always aspired to emulate and we think she looks absolutely stunning.
With thanks to ace photographer, Sal Singh, we are sharing all the details today from Karishma and Pranesh’s beautiful and traditional Indian wedding.
Bride Karishma takes us through the festivities.
The couple met through Pranesh’s sister, Suneeta who initiated the first introductions.
“I organised a group of us to attend a fundraiser trivia night. Suneeta asked me if Pranesh could come along because he loves trivia. So, I said “SURE!” I always thought he was a bit cute.”
As a result, the proposal story was all fun and games!
“One day he organised for me to get my nails done, stating that maybe it was a good idea as I had a friend’s hens night coming up. Also, he knows my nails need to be painted at all times! After getting my nails done, he had nothing planned and asked me what I wanted to do, so I just shrugged and said “whatever, I don’t care?” At that point I had assumed that he was going to propose to me because he is a terrible liar. Pranesh know I love puzzles. He took me to an escape room and pretended that we didn’t have a booking. The staff at the escape room booked a room for us and I found the ring. It was so adorable.”
Mubarak Ho Tumko
Karishma was an incredibly chilled maharani bride. Her only desire for her wedding day was to wear a maroon coloured traditional wedding saree with a large nath (nose piece).
In terms of wedding decor, she was impressed with what Brisbane Indian wedding decorators, Shivam had to offer them.
“I was so laid back it wasn’t funny. When picking out decorations for the mandap and the venue, I just told the decorator what I liked and if Pranesh liked it too we rolled with it. Pranesh is more particular than me, so we work well together in that regard. I just went with the flow. I was very organised with everything and made sure I locked in all the necessities in advance. In the end, I trusted the professionals and I wasn’t disappointed.”
Their beautiful and traditional Indian wedding took place in the heart of Brisbane city last year.
Springtime was the ideal time to get married given that the temperatures around that particular time in Brisbane are relatively mild. It also gave them enough time to plan everything, a year out from their engagement.
They weren’t fond of having any elements that were over the top.
“We chose a gold and maroon theme for the wedding. It was traditional, yet elegant with a large Ganesha at the entrance. I didn’t want to have anything too over the top. The mandap was gold and I’m glad I opted for simple, as Pranesh and I were able to stand out during all the festivities.”
Karishma was very fond of the traditional maharani bridal style since 15 years of age. She expressed how happy she was with her overall look, with a traditional up-do and makeup that complemented her outfits.
“I wanted to wear a saree and I realised this when I was 15 at my cousin’s wedding, where I saw her wearing a saree. She looked stunning. These days Lenghas are the in thing and I just didn’t feel it. I wanted to wear the large nath too. I had an image of Karishma Kapoor in my head wearing one, and I had never forgotten it. I wanted a nice high bun so my dupatta could sit nicely and I was really open to any kind of make up. I had a dark pink colour lippy which matched the tiny floral detailing on my saree. I was 110% happy with my look.”
Groom, Pranesh opted for a royal blue sherwani and being the carefree bride, Karishma didn’t let his choice get in the way of their wedding festivities.
“Pranesh wanted to wear blue and I wanted to wear maroon. Just because I’m the bride though, doesn’t mean I have to dictate what Pranesh should wear. In the end, the groom should be happy with his look.”
Wedding shopping for Karishma was a breeze. She stated that it was like shopping for a normal occasion. The couple selected outfits that were comfortable and not too over the top. Her mother-in-law came to the rescue of Pranesh for his pre-wedding outfits. For the main wedding and reception wear though, they made a trip to Melbourne’s little India precinct in Dandenong.
“We went shopping in Melbourne for my reception outfit and Pranesh’s wedding and reception outfit. It was relatively easy choosing outfits for Pranesh, I worked around him. Pranesh wanted black for the reception so I wore black too with a bright dupatta.”
Bride, Karishma mentions that there were so many memorable moments from their Brisbane Indian wedding festivities. But it was the moment when she saw Pranesh for the first time.
“My favourite moment was seeing Pranesh waiting for me at the mandap with his eyes filled with tears. I could see the anticipation on his face for my arrival and once we joined hands, it was like no one was in the room and time had stopped.”
A lot of love was shared all around for everyone involved in Karishma and Pranesh’s wedding celebration.
“I organised most of the large vendors and after the wedding, my dad told me to add all the expenses up and gave me a cheque with all the reimbursements. My father-in-law did the same with all the reception expenses. They were godsends!
It was a challenge to invite everyone that they wanted to, but in true Indian wedding style, all parties were eventually able to meet in the middle.
“My mum and dad were both so amazing in organising all the pre-wedding rituals and prayers at home. We had lots of family and friends helping out to make the sweets and also cutting up vegetables from weeks and months in advance. I was so touched!”
So it comes as no surprise that the most challenging aspect of wedding planning for the couple was the guest list and organising wedding invitations.
“Most things fell into place really easily, however, I found that organising the invitations and the guest list was difficult. There were so many designs to choose from and it was hard to choose the correct wording.”
Like most couples after their wedding festivities, they’re pretty exhausted. So, Karishma and Pranesh opted for local territory for their honeymoon.
“We went to Tasmania for our honeymoon. We wanted to go somewhere not too far away to avoid jet lag. After being so exhausted from the wedding festivities, we chose a destination that was scenic and a little cooler in climate. It was nice to do some outdoor activities and also snuggle up in front of the fire.”
Advice for The Future Couples
Absolutely love this advice from Karishma for any future couples out there!
“Just take it easy. Have a plan. A, B and C for EVERYTHING. If you do that, you won’t feel so anxious if plan A falls through.”
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Photography – SAL SINGH PHOTOGRAPHY // Videography – TWELVE 08 STUDIOS // Venues – CROATION COMMUNITY CENTRE (wedding) and UNIDUS COMMUNITY CENTRE (reception) // Décor – SHIVAM WEDDING DECORATORS // Stationery – PAREKH CARDS (Invitations) and LITTLE PEACH AND CO (guest book) // Cake – CAKES BY EB // Catering – FLAVOURS OF INDO PACIFIC (wedding) and DAWATS CATERING BY PRADEEP (reception) // DJ – DJ DESI // Pundit – PUNDIT SUBHASH SHARMA (from Sydney) // Wedding rings – JON CROSBIE JEWELLER // Bride’s outfits – DESIGNER PALACE, SYDNEY (mehndi), KOHINOOR, BRISBANE (telwaan), SAJAWAT LITTLE BOLLYWOOD (wedding), DULHAN EXCLUSIVES, MELBOURNE (reception) // Bride’s jewellery – DESIGNER PALACE and KOHINOOR // Hair and Makeup – BEAUTY WONDERLANDZ // Mehndi – HENNA BOUTIQUE // Groom’s outfits – DULHAN EXCLUSIVES, MELBOURNE