Modern and Romantic Fusion Wedding in Brisbane: Shay + Uppi
If you love colour and multicultural Indian wedding celebrations, then today’s modern and romantic fusion wedding is certainly going to put you in a super happy mood.
I mean when the photographs have been captured by none other than the brilliantly talented Sal Singh Photography, then you can expect no less than a fabulous tale of love and celebration with a generous dose of colour.
Shay and Uppi’s gorgeous Spring-filled wedding was a beautiful mix of “east meets west” with a charming outdoor garden ceremony, followed by a fun-filled Indian wedding reception party. Coming from two backgrounds, the couple decided against a multi-day wedding event and instead opted for an utterly romantic fusion wedding in Brisbane city.
You are absolutely going to love the details from bride, Shay. Enjoy maharanis!
Shay and Uppi’s romance story began over Tinder.
“We swiped right online and it turned out to be a perfect match in real life.”
The couple met over coffee and brunch meet ups and soon led to more romantic dates and overseas holidays.
“A coffee turned into 2, some breakfast, a stroll around New Farm park, a city cat to South Brisbane and then we caught a movie. 15 hours later and not one awkward or bad moment – it was like we had known each other in another lifetime.”
Their magical proposal took place in the city of angels, Los Angeles with Uppi setting it all up with the trusty assistance of his drone!
“It was our last day of our Los Angeles trip and Uppi had suggested we take photos together at our special spot in Beverly Hills. We had driven there the first evening to view the downtown LA lights. We ended up driving up there most days on the way back to our accommodation. It was our little quaint spot.
It was the late afternoon and I was tired. I just wanted to go home and get organised for our early flight the next morning. Whoops! Uppi said that it “won’t take long I promise” and so we continued, and he proceeded to set up his drone.
“Check this out!” he said as he put down the remote control. The drone hovered in front of us recording.
“Wow best handsfree photo opportunity…genius!”
I laughed pointing at the camera. We were admiring the view and let the drone film us. Then he started backing away from me.”
Shay mentions that it seriously caught her off guard and it was all a bit of a blur after that. She was simply over the moon.
“I said what!?.. whaattt??.. whilst aimlessly spinning around in circles and then of course I said yes! Lucky that we have a video footage!”
With Shay being Vietnamese and Uppi Indian, the traditional three to four-day wedding sounded complex.
“Being from two ethnic backgrounds yet being brought up in Australia, it opened the door to a lot of variables on what our wedding would look like. Was there going to be a Vietnamese element? Indian? Western? How many days or events? In the end we decided to keep it to one special day.”
Shay married her love, Uppi on 7th September 2019, hosting the perfect wedding celebration in the heart of Brisbane.
A Modern and Romantic Fusion Wedding
Bride, Shay mentions that she and her beau, Uppi just knew that the Boulevard Gardens was their spot to tie the knot.
“In the morning we got married in Boulevard Gardens and we remembered we just knew that it was the spot!
The garden looked so whimsical and fairy-tale like. it was such a perfect place to say I do in front of our family and closest friends.”
Their garden ceremony was picture-perfect, with white petals lining each side of the aisle along with rectangular flower stand centrepieces. There was a combination of white, champagne and pink coloured peonies, roses and loads of green foliage.
We particularly love the cascading floral backdrop created for Shay and Uppi’s wedding ceremony, displayed ever so elegantly by Bouquet Boutique.
“We had 3 bridesmaids, 3 groomsmen, 1 ring boy, 1 flower girl and a ring security (Bruno, our corgi). Our bridal tribe was nothing but support, they are our friends, our family and we were honoured to have them by our sides.”
The reception soon followed not before a stunning photo shoot. We adore how Brisbane photographer; Sal has captured their candid and romantic moments.
“In the evening we held our Indian reception. We got a hold of Chandni Events who did an unbelievable job at turning our vision into reality. The ballroom looked spectacular and offered a true sense of Indian culture and royalty with a modern twist. The team littered the place with candles and the room just had this romantic glow.”
The couple’s wedding reception was nothing short of glamorous, with leading Indian wedding decorating team, Chandni Events totally transforming the Rydges Hotel in Southbank.
Both Shay and Uppi looked ultra-glam in their festive Indian lehenga and sherwani outfits.
They wowed their guests with their festival-like entry, with pyrotechnics and all and their first dance was performed to the romantic song by American artist, Major’s ‘This Is Why I Love You.’
They were treated like royalty, with traditional Indian British-raj like throne chairs set up at the bridal party table.
Shay decided to steer away from a traditional wedding cake and together with Uppi, they designed a cheese tower!
“We both love fine cheeses and decided to steer away from a traditional cake and designed a literal cheese tower. Yum!”
In keeping with the royal theme, it made absolute sense for them to “cut the cheese” with the most impressive sword.
Newlyweds, Shay and Uppi love their fashion and so they thoroughly the process of shopping around for their wedding outfits.
“We both like fashion so this process was actually enjoyable! We drew inspiration by the vibe we wanted to achieve at our ceremony or reception space. For our outfits, we went with a more relaxed style in the morning and more OTT in the evening.”
“In the end I opted for a laced illusion mermaid dress and topped it off with a cathedral length veil.”
Uppi looked dashing in his fitted dark blue suit and even wore custom socks printed with his and groomsmen’s faces!
“Uppi loves blue, so for Uppi’s suit he went with a dark blue suit with an ivory bow tie to match my dress. He got customised socks for himself and his groomsmen of their faces that they wore on the day which made for cool photos.”
For the reception, Shay and Uppi stuck to traditional Indian bridal wear.
“We printed heaps of “inspo” pictures for Uppi’s parents who flew over to India. It was like finding a needle in a haystack! But to our surprise they found the fabric of the colours and had them designed for us.”
Shay was dressed in a champagne coloured lehenga featuring embroidery and detailing in peach and Uppi’s sherwani was navy and gold.
There were so many memorable moments for Shay and Uppi. She recounts the moment when their pet dog, Corgi was the ring bearer and their sparkly reception entrance.
“We are still astounded that so many remarkable moments happened in one day. One of our favourite moments was having Bruno our Corgi drive up the aisle in a toy Bentley to deliver our rings.”
“Also, the dhol and firework entrance was such a vibe! But, simply to have our friends and family who came locally and afar to celebrate our love was the best memory.”
Whilst the entire planning aspect was overwhelming, Shay said that everyone involved, from the bridal party, to the families and suppliers were all very cooperative.
There were no real challenges that were faced when planning their modern and romantic fusion wedding. The couple spent a lot of their evenings and weekends planning the details.
“With us both working full time, we found that the last couple of months before our big day that our evenings and weekends was just dedicated to wedding planning. It was worth it in the end, to see it all our wedding plans come together in the end.”
Shay and Uppi’s modern and romantic fusion wedding could not have been made possible without the assistance of their wonderful wedding suppliers.
She only had praise for everyone.
“Oh, each and every one of them. We found the wedding industry to be such a warm and welcoming place. Our suppliers really made us feel that our day was just as important to them as it was to us.”
Being lovers of Asia, the couple took their honeymoon adventures in South Korea.
“Seoul is not your usual honeymoon destination; however, we love traveling around Asia and Korea was on our bucket list. We already can’t wait to go back again.”
Wedding Words of Wisdom
Shay’s advice for future couples who are currently in the throes of wedding planning is absolutely spot on.
“Always communicate with one another, make every decision with love and enjoy the ride! Wedding planning can get very overwhelming, but we promise you it’s worth it in the end.”
Honestly, it’s so refreshing to see how Shay and Uppi created a wedding celebration infused with so many personal touches. What we especially loved are the tiny details that both bride and groom took great care with, ensuring that all the important moments were captured.
If you are just as in love with Shay and Uppi’s modern and romantic fusion wedding as we are, let us know in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to email us at email@example.com if you would like your wedding featured on The Maharani Diaries.
Photography – SAL SINGH PHOTOGRAPHY // Videography – MITCH BIRCHALL STUDIOS // Venue – BOULEVARD GARDENS (Wedding), RYDGES HOTEL (Reception) // Décor and florals – CHANDNI EVENTS, BOUQUET BOUTIQUE (florals) // Cake – NEW FARM DELI // Catering – RYDGES HOTEL // Stationery – custom designed in India // DJ/Entertainment – VIBE CREATORS // Dance instructor – KYLIE STRICKLAND at WEDDING DANCE DIVA // Photobooth – SNAPTURED // Indoor pyrotechnics and light up letters – IMPACT LIGHTING // Celebrant – MICHAEL JANZ // Bride’s outfits and accessories – EDDY K BRIDAL (wedding gown), custom designed lehenga from India (lehenga) // Bride’s shoes – MIDAS BOUTIQUE // Hair and Makeup – JIM JIRARNUTTARUJ // Groom’s outfits – custom designed suit and sherwani suit from India // Rings – MJS JEWELLERY // Bridesmaids outfits – FOREVER NEW BRIDAL COLLECTION // Groomsmens outfits – custom designed in India // Transportation – MILIMO BRISBANE