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Real Life Wedding : Nykita + Aaron

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Nykita and Aaron Jamieson celebrated their mixed Indian and Australian heritages by incorporating cultural traditions into the styling for their big day. They also surprised guests with a traditional Bollywood first dance, complete with a flashmob of dancing family members, and the bride was dressed head-to-toe in Indian costume. The beautiful couple partied the night away with the city skyline as their backdrop, and were sent off at the end of the night by walking down an aisle of guests holding sparklers – magical!

Date: 24th of October 2015

Location: Riverlife

No. of Guests: 100

Theme: Mixed Indian/Australian Wedding

First Dance Song: Gallan Goodiyaan, Indian Song

Photography: Adam Kriedemann, Raconteur Photography

City-Night-Skyline

QB: How did you meet?

Aaron and I met on a night out on the town. When I told him my name, he said it was the best name ever – a little corny but it sparked some interest.. he was cute. After a little talking and some flirting, he asked for my number and invited me to a party at his house. I arrived a little too fashionably late and, by that time, the party had moved on however I thought I had been stood up. Feeling a little deflated.. I didn’t hesitate to let him know that either, I was then totally taken by surprise when he showed up on my door step with flowers… for my mother! (I was living at home at the time).

After a rocky start I was pleasantly surprised by an impromptu breakfast followed a beautiful gift bracelet – he loves jewellery just as much as I do.

From there we had a first date where he was a complete gentleman; opening doors etc. We moved in together rather quickly but have lived in each other’s pockets ever since.

Garden-City-Backdrop

QB: Tell us about the proposal…

One thing about Aaron is that he generally doesn’t like to eat out so one evening when he wanted to take me to Stokehouse at Southbank’s River Quay, I jumped at the opportunity. We also have a 2 year old son which also means that mummy and daddy time is rather rare. It was magic to sit back, reminisce on our relationship and our little family and just enjoy each others company all while having a beautiful meal, delicious wine and terrific views – it was perfection.

QB: Why did you choose Riverlife for your wedding?

It was the perfect balance. We loved the relaxed yet sophisticated feel Riverlife provided and its many scenic landscapes. We were able to have a late afternoon wedding which captured a range of beautiful memories – our silhouettes at dusk on the jetties overlooking the Brisbane River, the flickering sun through secluded garden boardwalks all the way through to the glistening city night skyline and lit up cliff faces.

Aaron-and-Nykita

QB: Did you opt to DIY anything for your wedding? 

Between our venue event coordinator (Laura, Riverlife) and decorator (Justine, Beautiful Weddings), we were really lucky that a lot of the work (and stress) was done for us. We did incorporate a few little touches here and there with our handmade wedding invitations, wedding fan programs, bonbonnieres and menu cards.

QB: What was your key styling inspiration?

Garden wedding with the best from both cultures.

Centrepiece

QB: Where did you splurge and where did you save on your wedding?

We didn’t waste any expense on our wedding and we did everything we wanted to – our motto was: you only plan to get married once.

Having our event coordinator and decorator on board meant that both Aaron and I and our families were able to really enjoy the day and not get wrapped up in having to set up or clear away anything.

Our DIY stationery definitely made a saving. It was also fun to do and really represented us.

QB: What gifts did you give your guests?

Our bonbonniere was a box wrapped in twine with a swing tag ‘Aaron & Nykita 24.10.2015’ on one side and ‘Filled With Love’ on the other. Inside each box were red love heart chocolates and red Lindt balls. How can you go wrong with chocolate?!

Hena

QB: What was the funniest moment of the day?

Hands down the wedding sparkler turned fireworks debacle, where our Best Man tried to light too many at once. We have it all on tape and have a good laugh about it now. No one was seriously hurt, thank goodness. Warning to anyone else planning on having wedding sparklers – light INDIVIDUALLY.

QB: What was the most special memory from the day?

Surprising Aaron’s mum, family and friends with our secret Bollywood first dance. We only had 2 weeks to get it down but we nailed it and it was the best experience. We had a dress change into Indian costumes and even had our older nieces secretly involved where the flash mobbed in for the last chorus.

Aaron-and-Nykita

QB: What did you do for your honeymoon?

As we didn’t spare any expense on our wedding, so it went for our honeymoon – we spent a week at Waikiki Beach, Hawaii.

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QB: What advice would you give other brides-to-be?

It’s super stressful organising a wedding but try and relax and don’t sweat the small stuff. It goes so fast, just enjoy it.

Aaron-and-Nykita


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Credits
Ceremony: Riverlife
Reception: Riverlife
Gown: Odyssey Bridal and Formal Wear Couture
Bridesmaid Attire: Sentani
Groom's Suit: Indian Wedding Sari
Groomsmen Attire: Indian Wedding Sari
Coordinator: Laure Nesbitt, Riverlife
Decorator: Beautiful Weddings, Justine Douglas
Flowers: Perfect Petals
Hair: Ally, Amarra Hair
Makeup: Jane, Twidale Hair & Makeup
Cake: Leanne, Cakey Creations
Caterer: Riverlife
Music: Red Tie Band
Photographer: Adam Kriedemann, Raconteur Photography
Videographer: Richard Khouri, Say Milk
Honeymoon: Moana Surfrider, Waikiki Beach Hawaii
Celebrant: Renee Wilkins
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