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Sydney-siders, Vaneel and Shireen clicked immediately when they met online in late 2016. The couple are both of Fiji-Indian background with Shireen working as a full-time primary school teacher and Vaneel, a mechanical fitter. Shireen also has a knack for cake baking as a side hobby so be sure to check out her page. They both had the opportunity to travel to Singapore and Malaysia early on in their relationship which proved to be a brilliant way to really get to know each other. Shireen shares that she was pleased to see that both their families were getting along well with eachother as the couple are both family orientated.

How absolutely romantic is this?! In April, 2018, Vaneel surprised Shireen and her family when he asked Shireen‘s father for his daughter’s hand in marriage during a Hindu prayer at her parents’ house. The couple were officially engaged on 24th July, 2018, where Vaneel proposed just outside Manjit’s by the Wharf before they both enjoyed an engagement lunch at the restaurant. Shireen‘s ring was custom made at Oroginale Jewellery, Birkenhead Point, by Antonio K.

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Vaneel & Shireen - NSWVaneel & Shireen - NSWVaneel & Shireen - NSWVaneel & Shireen - NSWOver the next 7 months, Shireen and Vaneel planned their big, fat Indian wedding with their families. During the wedding week there was a celebration each night, including Shireen’s henna night, the couple’s haldi (tumeric) paste day and many more events with plenty of dancing.

Event Order:

5th March 2019: Tilak at Vaneel’s mums house
6th March: Shireen’s Ladies Henna Night at parents’ house – all her work, university and high school friends were invited
7th March: Telwaan at each others parents’ house
8th March: Bhatwaan at each other’s parents’ house. There were 180-200 family guests at Shireen’s Bhatwaan.
9th March: Wedding and Reception at Macquarie Paradiso, The Diamond Room with 350 guests.

Shireen and Vaneel finally wed on Saturday, 9th March 2019 at Macquarie Paradiso, The Diamond Room.

Vaneel arrived in ‘Eleanor’ 1968 Mustang, the ride gifted to him from his cousin Roy. An indian dhol (drum) was playing upon Vaneel’s arrival as his family danced alongside him.

They had a traditional Hindu ceremony, followed by a night of Bollywood dancing, with DJ Vinny mixing up the beats during the reception. At the end of the night the bride was fare-welled by all the guests as she was officially handed over to the groom.

They drove off in a 1959 Chevrolet which was a gift from Shireen’s friends Sarah and Colin.

Shireen and Vaneel have now settled into married life in their newly renovated home in Seven Hills.

The couple had a fantastic week of celebrations with their family and friends and jetted off to a 11-day private tour in Sri Lanka followed by relaxation in the beautiful Maldives for their honeymoon.

“Have a relaxed approach and be flexible – it will be a much happier experience!”

How Shireen made her wedding planning a breeze…
Being a teacher, Shireen kept track of everything in a common folder for Vaneel and herself so they were on the same page and up to date with all the organisation towards the wedding. Shireen also emailed or printed this information as it was updated to key family members, vendors, MC and Pandit to ensure everyone knew what was happening on the big day. She adds, ” Be flexible and have fun – it is the best family time!.”
  
What tips do you have for future South-Asian brides in Australia?

“Cast the net wide for vendors and don’t feel pressured to go with the most mainstream and well-known vendors. There are some amazing small businesses out there and vendors who are up and coming. I chose Shelly Bhandari for my make up after seeing some of her work online. She was professional in the lead up to the wedding and made me feel and look like a true Dulhan on the day. I also chose Heilala Fiore Floral Design to make my bouquet and decorate my wedding cake. Sarah Tafeuni did an amazing job with both!”

“Have a relaxed approach and be flexible – it will be a much happier experience! I had so many moments where I could have been a ‘bridezilla’ but chose to have a calm approach to ensure it wasn’t too stressful. It is a huge day to plan and wanted it to be as relaxed as possible. “
Vendors
Photography and Cinematography: Rolling Canvas Presentations
Make up artists: Shelly Bandari and Manohari
Photobooth: iPhotobooth
Rings: Oroginale Jewellery, Birkenhead Point
Shireen’s outfit: Abhishekh Fashions, Liverpool, sewn and tailored by Latisha
Vaneel’s outfit: Diwansons, Liverpool
Bride’s bouquet: Heilala Fiore Floral Design
Bride and groom’s henna: Henna by Hura
Cake: Collaboration between Shireen’s hobby business, Miss Baker, & Heilala Fiore Floral Design
Wedding venue: Macquarie Paradiso, The Diamond Room

We would like to thank Shireen for sharing her special day with us. Would you like to be featured in Saffron Weddings’ Real Weddings ? Drop us an email at admin@saffronweddings.com.au

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