Marianely and Shivam, Auckland
Minimal, elegant and romantic – Marianely and Shivam got married twice over, celebrating the distinct cultures they’re from.
College sweethearts, Marianely is a Catholic raised in India while Shivam is a Hindu from Fiji. Their loved ones had twice the fun and joy when they decided to get married according to both Hindu and Catholic traditions.
The celebrations took place in Auckland that began in a Hindu temple and concluded with a quaint garden party.
How they met
The bride says, “Shivam and I were studying the same course at our University in New Zealand and ended up being lab partners. We’d work on our experiments together and Shivam says he fell in love with me while dissecting a rat!” Shivam kept asking Marianely out and she kept declining. Eventually she moved away to pursue another degree. However, lady luck had her way. The couple bumped into each other at a gym and the rest is history.
The groom organized a trip to the Tongariro Mountain for a group of their friends. Marianely says, “As we started our hike up, the weather changed drastically and it started to snow and there was a hail storm. Shivam fell onto his knees quite a few times,” she quips. “However, the final time he fell, he pulled out a ring and proposed to me! I said yes! The wind slowed down, it stopped snowing and we all managed to make it down the mountain safely to start the wedding preparations.”
The couple decided to pay homage to both the religions they were raised in. The Hindu wedding was hosted at a newly inaugurated Ram Mandir in Auckland. The Catholic nuptials took place in the lap of the serene Waitakere Hill Range.
Marianely dazzled in a bright tangerine lehenga with a veil in the same color at the ceremony. Her groom wore a muted peach bandhgala kurta with a dhoti and shawl. The decor was minimal; a yellow mandap with drapes, blooms, sequined cushions and fairy lights. A painting of Lord Ganesh as backdrop added a traditional touch to the sunny decor.
To bring a hint of the contemporary to the conventional decor, the couple had a bicycle spray-painted bright yellow and wrapped in orchids for candid photo ops.
The Hindu wedding adhered to every tradition – the bride arrived at the mandap under a phoolon ki chadar for the pheras and favors like masala chai boxes added to the Indian vibe of the event.
Marianely and Shivam’s white wedding was blue and gold themed. The outdoor soiree saw the couple exchange vows surrounded by breathtaking greenery. The bride wore a gorgeous white lace gown for the ceremony while the groom looked dapper in a blue tux and a distinguished brown bow-tie. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were also in blue.
A pristine white canopy was set up in the garden and the celebrations moved indoors as the couple had a fun time dancing and partying with their friends and families.
Advice for couples
Marianely says, “Always plan ahead in time and make a Pinterest board of everything you like. Also, do not worry much about the things that go wrong as nobody really notices them. People are more focused on the moments of happiness.”
Bride’s Outfits: Casmir (Hindu Wedding), Faye Marmont fabrics and dressmaker (White Wedding)
Makeup Artist: Zaahira Munif
Invitations: Atelier Graphics Inc
Photography: Anchor & Grace Photography
Videography: Blank Canvas Productions