Kavisha and Hamish

New York, New York

 

 

Photography | Everly Studios | @everlystudios

Location | Central Park

Venue | The Campbell Bar | @thecampbellnyc

Gown Designer | Berta | @berta

Shoes | Jimmy Choo @jimmychoo

Apparel | Politix | @politixmenswear

Jewelry | Swarovski | @swarovski

Ring Designer | Eric Ross Jewellers | @ericcrossjewellers

Officiant | Alice Soloway | @alicesolowaycelebrant

When you have family and friends all over the world, what do you do? Elope!

 

From the Bride

We are from both from big Indian families and were expected to have a big Indian wedding (300-400 guests) in either Sydney, where I am from or London, where Hamish is from and where we both live. Either location would have meant that half the wedding party would need to travel across the world. So instead, we decided we would elope and chose New York as we viewed it as the half-way point between Sydney and London.

 

What Resulted

A day filled with iconic NYC landmarks, lots of laughter and killer bride and groom style.

 

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

We are from both from big Indian families and were expected to have a big Indian wedding (300-400 guests) in either Sydney, where I am from or London, where Hamish is from and where we both live. Either location would have meant that half the wedding party would need to travel across the world. So instead, we decided we would elope and chose New York as we viewed it as the half-way point between Sydney and London. It took a while for Hamish’s parent’s to agree, however, we compromised with a small traditional Indian wedding ceremony in London with a small selection of our immediate family a couple of weeks before the big day. Originally our elopement was just us, because again, we didn’t want or expect people to travel, however fortuitously, some of our best friends were in New York at the time, so a couple of days before the big day, our wedding went from zero guests to three. We didn’t have a particular theme, style or color palette for the day. We wanted to be outdoors in the sun and greenery and it was simply a culmination of the things we liked. Luckily Hamish’s suit coordinated well with my dress!

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

No wedding decor, just the beautiful surrounds of Cop Cot, Central Park.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

We chose to do away with florals for our wedding. Again, the focus was the greenery of Central Park. Hamish also has hay fever so I didn’t want him sneezing through the ceremony.

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

Hamish and I originally bonded over The Simpsons, so Hamish surprised me with wearing the same cufflinks Homer Simpson wears in the episode titled ‘Lisa’s Wedding’ which Hamish received from his best friend. For the non-fans, the cufflinks are in the shape of large pigs wearing bridal outfits. Hamish was so excited about wearing them for days, and on the wedding day, I totally blanked. He was a tad disappointed I didn’t recognize them immediately but I suppose I was focused on other things that day! We also love cocktails, especially Old Fashioned’s which was one of the reasons for stopping by at The Campbell. One of the best Old Fashioned’s we had in New York was the one Hamish ordered that day. Hamish also loves his food trucks, so after our wedding portraits he had a hot dog from the Nathan’s food truck outside the Plaza Hotel in his wedding suit.

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I decided a long time ago that I wanted a Berta gown for the big day (@berta). I chose a Berta gown from the new Privee collection (@bertaprivee) which I ordered through the lovely team at The Wedding Club in London (@theweddingclub). It wasn’t my first choice of dress but amazingly tried it on and the colors just worked! I wasn’t planning to wear a veil, however my mum attended one of my final dress fittings and decided I needed a veil. I wore a pair of metallic Jimmy Choo’s (@jimmychoo) for my wedding which included a blue engraved plate on the sole with our wedding date. My jewelry (necklace and earrings) were a quick purchase the day before from Swarovski (@swarovski) and lastly my engagement ring and our wedding bands are from the amazing team at Eric Ross Jewellers in Hatton Garden, London (@ericrossjewellers). I love make-up so decided to do my own hair and make-up. The red lip was to give a pop of color in an otherwise neutral palette.

 

As I was focused on neutrals, Hamish decided to also go for a cream suit jacket to match. His suit is from Politix in Sydney (@politixmenswear) and shoes from Windsor Smith in Sydney (@windsorsmith). Hamish was less than enthused about wearing a suit. He wanted to turn up in a t-shirt and shorts!

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We first met only a few weeks after I moved to London from Sydney. I was catching up with a Sydney friend who had moved to London a few years prior. She said I needed to get out and date, so scrolled through her Facebook friendship list for potential dates. One of those potential dates was Hamish. They met on Tinder when she first moved over to London a couple of years prior and went on a couple of dates, but decided to part ways. They remained Facebook friends, so she messaged him to see if he was interested, which he was, only after requesting photos and confirming there was “nothing wrong” with me. I reluctantly agreed and we exchanged numbers. After texting for a few weeks we finally met up for a drink at Mint Gun Club in London (@themintgunclub) and hit it off instantly. I left the date several hours later thinking I had met the man I wanted to marry. This was a shock because neither a relationship nor marriage was on my radar at the time, as the reason for moving to London was to progress my career and travel.

 

The proposal could have been the least romantic proposal on the planet! We were in Paris to see a childhood friend of my dance at Le Moulin Rouge. We had lunch at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower (@lejulesverneparis) and after a few too many wines, I must have hinted that it would have been a perfect proposal venue after which he flung the pouch containing an engagement ring across the table to me, before quickly snatching it back. I clearly ruined any plans he had of proposing! Ooops! When we went back to the hotel room, I kept on asking to see the ring, to which he said “go find it”. It was on the bedside table (worst hiding spot). I put it on myself and he didn’t ask if I wanted to marry him, it was just assumed. At least it was in Paris!

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The most special part of the day was seeing his face for the first time at Cop Cot and saying our vows. One of my best friends Adriane was at the wedding day and provided more than enough tears and emotion to make the day even more special than it was.

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

I think there’s a lot of pressure from friends, family and societal expectations to have a big fairytale wedding with all the bells and whistles. It’s okay to have that if that’s what you want. It’s also okay to say no and do something small and intimate instead. The initial stages of organizing our big fat Indian wedding caused me so much anxiety because there were so many decisions (countries, locations, guest numbers, style/theme and costs) all while I was dealing with a busy work schedule and buying our first home. In the end, the moment I made a decision to elope, I felt so much happier, as did Hamish. It was the right decision for us and I am still so happy with the way it turned out.