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BRIDAL: Ceremonial splendour

BRIDAL: Ceremonial splendour

Hindu weddings are filled with family, tradition and colour, all of which make for beautiful memories and impactful photographs. Award-winning wedding and creative photographer Jacki Bruniquel recently photographed the wedding of Yajna and Preston Naidoo and the results are breathtaking.

From the photographer:

“I have always loved photographing Hindu weddings as I am so fascinated by the culture. I was with Yajna and Preston from morning to late at night on their wedding day. We started with morning prep as they got into their outfits (which they bought in India), and photographed everything in between until the evening rituals where Yaj symbolically left her parents to join Preston’s family home. With all the venue changes and driving around there was a general sense of chaos on the day, and yet there was also a deep sense of quietude during the actual ceremony. I am smitten with the colourful saris, the jewels, the mendhi, the decor and the fact that Hindu weddings are so family-oriented. Yajna and Preston are both very close to their families and it was a beautiful thing to witness these two becoming one!”

From the bride

The proposal

“Preston and I met at high school and reconnected at university. He has been my best friend ever since. In 2016 Pres planned an elaborate trip to Thailand and Dubai under the pretence of a conference he was attending. He proposed in Thailand and we had a two-year engagement (in true Indian wedding planning fashion, due to planning the many ceremonies involved).

The venue & planning

I have always loved the Durban International Conference Centre as a venue. It’s a real gem in the heart of the city and was naturally our first choice. Our second decision was to hire Jacki as our photographer. We had followed her online in awe for years before we got engaged. Our flowers and décor were put together by Kogies Florist and Lifestyle Décor and, because we decided not to use a wedding planner, the planning was taken up by our parents, who attended all the supplier meetings (dads included!). We owe the whole, beautiful weekend to them.

The look

Shama Moosa (Makeupbyshama) was our choice for makeup. Shama translated the idea of the look I wanted perfectly. A family friend, Suren, did my hair. One of the most memorable parts of the wedding planning was a trip we took to India where we bought our outfits and invitations. We used the trip as a ‘family bonding’ trip with both our families.

We were warned that our wedding day would go by in a flash, and it did. But the feeling of calm and wonder of having our friendship culminate into a lifelong journey together will stay with me forever. We are especially grateful to family and friends, locally and from far away (some even from overseas) who made our day so memorable.

Photographs: Jacki Bruniquel:


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