After not writing any blog entries for a while, it’s finally time to get up something. And here we go, with the love story of a young couple, we met last year at an Expo in Melbourne CBD. Jessica and Liyan, a young and vibrant couple, were celebrating their love at Tatra Receptions up in the Dandenong Ranges. They were combining their two different cultures at one wedding with a mixed ceremony, which we very much looked forward to experience. A reason, why we love Melbourne so much, we get to know so many different traditions and cultures!
The couple decided to get ready at the venue, which made it even easier for us, as we just had to get to Tatra and didn’t need to move for the rest of the day. This certainly is adding to a great day, having no stress to get from one to another destination. The girls were in the Bridal Suite, while the boys had a room. The weather leading up to the ceremony with a big mix of sunshine and light rain, changing every 20min more or less. So when Sarah, the celebrant, prepared everything for the ceremony, she came to Liyan and consulted with him, what they should do. Taking the risk to do the ceremony outdoors in the garden, with the possibility of rain or to go safe and move the ceremony into the chapel. So here we were and the groom had to do already his first decision for his future. After thinking and checking the weather radar, he decided to leave it outdoors (to our liking) and take the risk.
And he shouldn’t get disappointed! The weather was holding perfectly up, even though it was a bit fresh with 12 degrees. We experienced a beautiful created, mixed ceremony between western standards and Sri Lankan traditions of a Poruwa Ceremony. Sarah & Prabhati shared the ceremony, which literally allowed the couple to get married twice. After the ceremony, we organised a big group shot just behind the cupola. And that what all the time we got from the weather god, as it started to pour down just after we finished with the congratulations. We started with taking portrait photos at the inside of Tatra and once it stopped more or less to rain, we went outside, to continue our luck and just had enough time to get the portraits and the group photos done, before we started with the reception.
The couple had organised traditional Sri Lankan dancers to accompany them for their entrance, which was very nicely done. The evening was followed with a lot of dancing and the usual formals, like speeches, cutting of the cake and throwing of the bouquet. All topped up with an exit for the couple, lit up with sparklers. Such a beautiful day! We are very grateful that we could document all of this with our photos!
Marco & Kate