We Are Family
Myura and Bharat’s match was made years ago through their grandparents. Everything seemed to fall into place after that and their engagement was held between close family and friends.
“It goes way back to our grandparents who were family friends. Bharat migrated to Australia on Baisakhi and came over to our house for dinner. It wasn’t until we were older though, when we started talking. We always knew we wanted to get married so we had a traditional meeting with the parents and started planning from then on for our engagement party. Everything just happened so quickly so we just exchanged rings at our engagement party.”
It’s All In The Details
Bride Myura was at the helm of planning out all the wedding festivities and it helped that she had a clear vision in mind.
“I had an idea of the style I wanted for each event. I knew I wanted three main events, sangeet, ceremony and reception. I envisioned the Sangeet function to be the only event which would have traditional decor.”
The glam Punjabi wedding in Sydney took place at multiple venues, starting off with the pre-wedding haldi, mehndi and choora functions. Spring seemed like the perfect season to get married as the weather was quite pleasant for their garden ceremony.
Myura and Bharat’s wedding style was the best of east and west with a combination of traditional and contemporary design elements. It goes without saying that the results were absolutely stunning.
For the sangeet, Décor A Shaan brought Myura’s vision to life with a vibrant floral backdrop, Mughal sofa and traditional handmade decorative cushions. Myura wanted this traditional theme to flow on to the garden wedding ceremony.
“Initially, we had booked a garden venue with a gazebo that was to be adorned by fresh flowers. However, we decided to move it to another venue. I was determined to have a garden ceremony and with only 4 months out from the wedding we were quickly running out of options. I came across Bivianos in Dural. They had a lovely outdoor area.
We started planning out how we wanted to style the area, then after days of Pinterest searching, I decided on having a marquee. The focal point was the cream ivory mandap with the garden as the backdrop.”
Initially, the couple faced a few challenges, but on the day Myura was beyond happy with the set up.
“It was a challenge to plan everything in such a short time, but it turned out more beautiful than we expected. It was the perfect balance between modern and traditional design.”
The glamorous reception followed at Dockside in Darling Harbour for the ultimate Punjabi party. Featuring pyrotechnics and dhol players, Myura and Bharat made it a night to remember for all their guests.
“We chose a waterfront reception venue in Darling Harbour that required minimal décor. We wanted the wedding reception to be modern and magical though, to give it that party like atmosphere. Décor wise, we focused on the bridal stage and ceiling over the dance floor.”
As a makeup artist, Myura had the creative freedom to stay true to her style during her wedding festivities.
“I chose to go bold and colourful for the sangeet night and lighter tones for the ceremony and reception. My look for each event was different. I opted for a voluminous braid for my sangeet instead of the traditional punjabi paranda. For the main wedding day I had a classic bun adorned with hydrangeas.”
I am so in love with Myura’s choice of modern, neutral coloured lehenga designs for her Punjabi wedding ceremony and reception party. Her wedding lehenga was reminiscent of Anushka Sharma’s Sabyasachi design, embellished with gorgeous floral motifs and intricate embroidery.
While for the reception, she chose to wear a nude, gold colour, layered lehenga design from wedding lehenga experts, Frontier Raas.
“My reception hair was laid back with light curly waves to soften the look to complement the heavy jewellery set. Overall my makeup was soft and neutral as that’s my go to look. I didn’t want to be experimental. As for jewellery and accessories, I chose a lighter set for the Sangeet as i had events that i needed to save my ears for!”
Her jewellery sets from Ra Abta truly stood out. She ensured not to go overboard with the rani-haars or layering.
“We have a chunni ceremony where the in-laws gift jewellery so I didn’t go overboard. My wedding jewellery was heavy but the tones were soft to match the outfit. I knew that I didn’t want to go too overboard with rani-haars or layering. My reception set was also quite heavy, but contrasted my gold lehenga as well as Bharat’s outfit.”
Little did we know, but Myura has creative talent running through her bones. She is also a part-time designer and on this occasion she chose to only design the outfits for her mehndi and sangeet functions.
“Initially, I was going to design my own outfits, however I decided to go check out Frontier Raas to help me draw inspiration. Unexpectedly, I did purchase my wedding and reception outfits on day one. I designedthe mehndi and santgeet outfits and Bharat’s outfits from scratch and this was the only challenging part about our shopping experience. Eventually I found what I was looking for though.”
Planning a glam Punjabi wedding in Sydney or any South Asian wedding for that matter is stressful in Australia, and I know that all too well. As glamorous as it looks from the outset, when you become fully immersed in the planning, you change your perspectives. The same views were expressed by our maharani bride, Myura who mentioned that it was a challenge to achieve the complete vision she had in her mind from the beginning.
“I planned everything for my wedding as I love to plan events, but that love for events changed soon after planning my own, haha! Honestly, I was so stressed for most of it, as décor styles are so repetitive and the lack of resources had made it difficult to achieve what I had envisioned.”
At the end of the day though, this couple looked incredible and so did their wedding. Myura and Bharat’s outfits embodied effortless, understated glamour and their wedding and reception functions looked timeless.
After an epic celebration, the couple wanted to escape to a tropical destination for their wedding, so they chose one of the top honeymoon hotspots right now, Maldives. This was followed by a 3 day stop over in Malaysia.
Congratulations Myura and Bharat and thank you for sharing your celebrations with us. It was truly a beautiful affair.
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Photography/Videography – PERFECT MEDIA // Venues – BIVIANOS and DOCKSIDE // Décor – DÉCOR A SHAAN and FLEUR EVENTS // Florals – FLEUR EVENTS // Stationery – LOVELY CARDS // Cake – CELEBRATION CAKES // Catering – MAYA DA DHABA // DJ/Entertainment – JSK Music // Priest – JATIN BHATT // Bride’s outfits – MYURA and FRONTIER RAAS // Bride’s jewellery – RA ABTA BY RAHUL // Bride’s shoes – VALENTINO // Hair and Makeup – NIKKI ARORA and MYURA ARORA // Mehndi – ARORA MEHNDI // Groom’s outfits – MYURA // Groom’s jewellery – JAIN PARASH JEWELLERS // Rings – JACQUE FINE JEWELLERY
Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pastimes and she also enjoys donating her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.