Cultural Weddings/Real Weddings

Colorful Multicultural Indian Sikh & Kiwi Waterfall Wedding

Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 39

A multicultural wedding, filled with color, flowers, nature, waterfalls & traditions in New Zealand? Umm, yes please, sign us up. This Indian Sikh & Kiwi wedding celebrates the couple’s vibrant cultures while making the day completely their own.

The day began by celebrating Bride Sam’s Sikh traditions. Wearing a lighter, stunning, champagne & blush Lengha, Sam while allowed her guests to go wild with color, giving the temple ceremony venue a rainbow effect. With henna’d hands and a Shiraz red color scheme, the scene was both vibrant & romantic.

Moving into the evening, the couple drove into the New Zealand wilderness for a wild portrait session by a majestic waterfall (of course!) and Kiwi celebration and reception at an olive grove venue. Changing into a slinky KWH gown, Sam’s second dress was still fitting for the vibrant day, with festive beading & sparkle.

Photographed by Hallow and Co, we can’t get enough of this vibrant celebration of two cultures coming together in the name of love.

Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 22
Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 13

Our Love Story

We meet at a rugby league game. Logan made me laugh immediately & started to jokingly show off his muscles. It was an instant attraction for both of us!

Logan surprised us with a trip to Bali for my 30th which we went a few months after my actual birthday. During our stay, he surprised me again with a mini getaway to ‘the hanging gardens of Bali’ a beautiful hotel in the heart of the Ubud jungle.

A car picked us up & we went to a cute Balinese temple where we both got blessed by the local priest, we then opened this door & started walking down some stone steps that was lit up beautifully with tea-lights with our hotel lit up directly opposite us in the distant background. I got to the bottom of the steps & turned to see flowers laid out on the ground lit up saying ‘Samantha will you marry me’

Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 33
Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 7
Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 17

The Dress & Attire

My KWH dress was the perfect modern bohemian fit that went so well with the reception and the overall feel of the day. The ‘Donna’ dress has the most amazing bead detailing & so intricate. I had not seen a dress quite like it! Plus it fit me like a glove & I didn’t need any alterations which just further solidified that that dress was the one!

The gents looked classic in black and Logan looked dapper in a custom-made three-piece suit.

I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable on the night & gave them both free will with their choice! (Within my color palette of course!) We then matched the pocket squares & ties with the dresses pulling it all together without being too matchy-matchy.

Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 8
Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 37

Merging Two Wedding Cultures

Basically, Logan & I had envisioned our wedding to be a warm, welcoming, colorful celebration & one big massive party with all of our nearest & dearest!

I didn’t want a typical Indian Sikh wedding and it didn’t feel 100% right having just a western wedding as I was brought up in NZ to Indian parents and Logan being a Kiwi. We really wanted to pay homage to our cultures and give our guests a taste of what this meant to us! So instead, we opted to merge the two distinct celebrations into one day, unique to us but full & in the name of love!

Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 9
Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 12

The Venues & Style

We decided on venues & colour schemes early on. It was important to us to tie the two events together but also acknowledging their differences. Really making sure they flowed nicely, without one one part overpowering the other. We did this by really choosing our attire, accessories, flowers, and invitation carefully, not too Indian and not too modern with a Shiraz Red colour theme throughout both.

The Sikh temple is a beautiful building & I wanted a lighter palette for my beautiful Lengha. This being the more traditional part of the day we wanted this to be more colorful & guests to wear the rainbow! Then we found a stunning venue in an olive estate for the reception so the evening was a bit moodier but vibrant.

Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 41
Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 18
Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 24

Favorite Moments

Logan’s nephews did the most phenomenal Haka (traditional Maori war-dance) and spoke words at the reception that brought that Kiwi culture further reinforcing the day and showcased just how wonderful both our heritages are and who we are as a unit.

Our guests also loved our Stop Motion Booth. At first, they were confused as no photos came out immediately but once we got the video back we all had the biggest laugh with all the dance moves and handstands. I find myself watching this on the regular and it takes me right back!

Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 23
Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 45

The Flowers

Jennifer did a magic job on the flowers. I wanted a moody vibrant vibe with a big is better attitude and she turned up with the most gorgeous bouquets for my bridesmaids and myself. She had the shiraz red as the main colour with pops of white, blush, green and yellow. Jen also did the styling for the tables and I’m so glad I handed those reigns over to her. It was nice to have a surprise on the night as I had done most of the planning and set-up myself.

Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 27
Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 31

The Important Details

We really wanted to make sure we were present and to truly soak in the day! We decided early on that having cars wasn’t a high priority on the list so we opted with my Dad’s Mercedes and Logan and I drove together from the Temple to the reception together. It was so nice to have that down time just the two of us. To reflect on the major milestone that just took place in front of all our loved ones! It also got us pumped in anticipation for the party that was our crazy reception!

We splurged on our invitations, they were beautiful. I had a rough time finding the right card and design that complimented the temple and the olive grove but I found The Distillery where they had the perfect embossed suite on crisp off-white paper that screamed modern bohemian that suited our day to a tee. We got so many compliments!

Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 49
Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 15
Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 34

The Cake & Favors

We went with a red velvet, semi-naked cake with macrons and a few flowers over the tiers. It was delicious and devoured quickly.

As our reception was held in an olive estate so we gave all our guests the most divine fresh bottled olive oils.

Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 50

Advice to Other Couples

My advice for couples would be to not to lose sight of the day in searching for perfection in every little detail. Things always work in the end and often it’s the unexpected that adds to the day! Make the day truly yours and ditch the traditions that aren’t relevant. I also recommend giving your carefully chosen vendors the creative freedom to showcase their expertise, that’s what you are paying them for!

Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 36
Multicultural Indian Sikh Kiwi Waterfall Wedding – Karen Willis Holmes – Hollow and Co 51
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