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  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    Australia Wedding Recommendations

    Words by Courtney Cox

    It’s day two of our Destination: Australia week and today we’re sharing first-hand experiences with this amazing country! 

    DID’s Pro Picks

    As you may already know, DID doesn’t feature any destination, wedding venue or honeymoon recommendation in the magazine that one of our editors or contributing writers haven’t visited in person.  This way we can provide knowledgeable and honest reviews for our readers. 

    Real-Bride Advice

    We’re also sharing some sage words of advice from real-life wedding brides who chose to say “I do” in Australia. After all, who better to give tips on hosting a wedding away here, than couples who have already gone through the process? 

    • “As with a traditional wedding, there is a lot of planning involved. This is the same for a destination wedding, but having guests arrive from all over the world, we had to think about all the details of the travel plans and accommodations too. After a lot of phone calls, emails and co-ordination meetings, we managed to pull off our fantastic destination wedding.” ~ Nikolett, Magnetic Island, Australia destination wedding bride. View her full wedding feature here: An Australian Destination Wedding.

    • “The first time I traveled to Australia, I fell in love with St Mary’s and a destination wedding was perfect for us because we wanted something very small and intimate. We both love Queensland and St. Mary’s is such a gorgeous little chapel. It’s also right off the Great Barrier Reef. In a lot of ways [the planning] was quite stressful, but it was also really freeing to know that I didn’t have to control every little thing – there was just no way that I could. I imagine it was much less stressful than planning a wedding closer to home, especially because we were able to keep the guest list so small. We were really relaxed about the whole thing.” ~Jennifer, Queensland, Australia destination wedding bride. View her full wedding feature here: A Joyous Queensland Wedding.

    Stay tuned the rest of this week for Australian real-life weddings and fashion and décor inspiration!

    Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Ben Goode / Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park (1st), Southern Ocean Lodge (2nd), South Australian Tourism Commission (3rd), Scot Woodman Photography (4th) & Helga Schaefer Photography (5th).

  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    South Asian Tradition Cabo Style!

    Words by Del Cabo Weddings
    Photos courtesy of Nadia D Photography

    Planning and producing South Asian wedding celebrations is a specialty that is not well understood in many parts of the world. There are numerous regions and religious practices that require incredibly specialized cultural knowledge, decor pieces and specialty items that are not readily available.

    When Nirjary Desai, a wedding planner herself, and Amit Vyas became engaged, they both knew they wanted an intimate beach location for their wedding celebrations. They chose Los Cabos since Nirjary had never done a wedding there and she knew Del Cabo Weddings was the only wedding planning company in the region that could easily supply and correctly set up the intricate decor and special items for all of the events that were planned. From the Pithi/Grah Shanti, to the Mendhi/Henna, the Sangeet, the Hindu Ceremony and Vivah right through to the cocktails and reception, Del Cabo Weddings ensured each and every detail was beyond perfect.

    Looking back now, Nirjary says the most memorable part of the entire celebration for them was being able to spend time or at least talk to each and every one of their guests. They both recall an incredible moment during the wedding ceremony when they were both under the Mandap (altar) and looked out at all the guests and realized every one of them genuinely cared about them and wanted to be there. 

    They felt a tremendous surge of love during the ceremony as the wind softly stirred the capice shells like heavenly wind chimes, the view was breathtaking and the energy of all five elements: earth, wind, water, fire, sky and sun, were truly magical.

    Many surprises were planned for their guests at each of the events. The biggest surprise for Amit was a dance performed by Nirjary, complete with fire dancers. A highlight during the reception was the first dance song, a rendition of “Tale As Old as Time” from “Beauty and the Beast,” performed by an opera singer. And absolutely no one expected indoor fireworks for the couple’s grand entrance! 

    The couple enjoyed a fun-filled week filled with lots of laughter and beautiful family and friends who traveled from near and (very) far to share the joy of their celebration.

    Wedding Planner: Nirjary Desai with KIS (cubed) Events.

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