I’ll Do it!
Sylvie had written to me sometime in the summer of 2014. I was referred to her by a cousin and she wanted to know how we can make this work. She did mention that the wedding will be in Kerala, in Kumarakom. Now, to be honest, I was both thrilled and apprehensive. I remember googling it, and going straight to the images tab -it was so beautiful and pristine. After seeing the photos, I remember calling Sylvie at midnight in America and telling her only one thing: I don’t know how I’ll do it (I had never worked in kerala before!) or how much it’ll cost…but I’ll do it!
Next steps were quick and basic. I needed to know the couple I am working with for the next few months. To get to know them, I sent them a small questionnaire before we started. To me this is the quickest way of getting to know someone. It’s also extremely important, because it gives me insight into their lives and I almost always find something to pull out of it and introduce it into the wedding. An ideas list that does not come from Pinterest, but from the couple’s personalities, their experiences, their views and their plans. Knowing them better is the surest way to give a wedding it’s most intimate spin.
I believe weddings should be an extension of the couple’s personality. It is the first physical embodiment of their qualities and it’s their first showcase as a couple- Which is why I never sell looks and themes, instead I transform people’s personalities into spaces.
Sylvie + Aaron.
Were a wedding designers dream! They knew from the very start what they wanted and were pretty clear about their ideas. Sometimes, when a couple knows their mind, it’s tough to sneak in your own personal thoughts, but with these two, I had the freedom to chart their concepts into any form I wished. So here are the absolute three things that stood out for me about Sylvie and Aaron as a couple!
- How much family meant to them.
The Indian+American couple were incredibly proud of their families and they wanted the wedding to be a melting pot of the two distinct families and their respective cultures.
- Their love for nature.
Within the span of 8 months in which I planned their wedding, they were out almost every alternate weekend to some forest or hill - hiking, exploring or just getting lost around with their dog Darwin.
- How much nostalgia meant to them.
Sylvie had the fondest memories of her childhood in India- when she used to visit her ammamma (maternal grandmom) in her village in Andhra Pradesh. Summer holidays were made of these fun trips and all the awesome things that came with it.
I wanted to bring all three things together to create a wedding that was special not just to them but also their guests.
God is in the details.