Many people would never admit that they met on social media, but for Rushani, she unashamedly says Ashley caught her eye on Facebook; under the ‘people you may know’ section. She thought that he was way too good looking to be single, and after hesitating for a while, she took a leap of faith and eventually messaged him, obviously not expecting a reply, but, surprisingly, he did!! Soon after they met for coffee and Rushani says the connection was instant and comfortable and they couldn’t stop chatting and ended up closing the place down.
Three years later, on their anniversary, Ashley requested that Rushani get ready for a date and that he would collect her around 7pm. As per usual, she got ready in her room, loud music playing, excited to see him; she then sent him a message to tell him she was ready and waiting. As she opened the door, to her surprise, there was a trail of red petals down the corridor, and at the end of the corridor, all suited up was Ashley. At this point in time Rushani was still under the impression that it was their usual anniversary date, and had no idea that this date was going to end in a proposal. After the meal, Ashley mentioned that he had a gift for Rushani and presented a leather album of all of their memories from the past three years. At the end of the album, he had written, “and here’s to the next chapter,” but for Rushani it still didn’t click until he went down on bended knee and popped the question. Rushani says she was in complete shock and did not expect a proposal at all.
Rushani says they both have the same values as well as views on life. They have quite a few things in common which makes it quite easy to get along and have fun. She says “we are each other’s home, he is definitely my person and I am so blessed to be with such a genuine soul. Our differences actually help us grow and work together to see a different perspective, which helps push each other to be better people.”
Their vision for their wedding venue was to host something classy and elegant, and hopefully an experience that their guests would not have had before. After visiting many venues, The Grei Restaurant at The Saxon Hotel stood out for them as it provided everything they were looking for: impeccable service, a fine dining experience, and everything in-between. They describe their wedding as mesmerizing.
When asked about how they put their day together, Rushani says they created their own personalized invitation, which was unique to them. She remembers it was quite a lot of fun putting it together as a couple. The invite itself was elegant yet simple. For the evening they wanted something classy and stylish, something which was an escape from the norm, and something that would be breathtaking and romantic when their guests first entered the reception room.
There were two parts to their wedding day; the first part was the ceremony, where only 15 family members and guests attended a small venue called Simply Wed, where they took their vows. Simply Wed is the beautiful alternative to Home Affairs. It is the ideal option for modern couples who want a no-fuss court wedding, but still wish to share the special moment with their closest friends and family. The second was the reception where the rest of their guests joined them to celebrate their union as husband and wife, which was hosted at The Grei.
A few key elements were considered important to this couple when planning their special day. This consisted of the ambiance, the décor, the food, and the flow of the evening. They chose a two piece string band called the Rocketeers to set the atmosphere, the chef at the venue nailed the food and wine pairing and the flow of the evening was just perfect. The decor was dreamy and Rushani says it really had a breathtaking effect.
With reference to the flowers and décor, Rushani says, “I really loved the combination of darker pink, and white as the main colours, because the venue room was grey, and these colours complemented it. I also wanted romance, using lots of candles. Our décor specialists easily translated what we wanted after just one meeting. They chose the perfect orchids, roses, and decor items that completely captured the essence of what we wished for.”
To achieve her wedding look Rushani says she found her gown soon after her engagement and what she loved about it was that it was simple yet elegant. She fell in love with one of the unique gowns, which best suited her needs, look and feel of her day as well as her bubbly personality at VonVé Bridal Couture. Her beautiful dress celebrated the romanticism and sensuality of her wedding day. VonVé offer professional styling and they advised Rushani to wear this soft and classic ivory coloured gown which highlighted her petit silhouette and skin tone, making her glow and look gorgeously radiant. VonVé offer their brides only the most luxurious fine lace and ultra-unique feminine designs that meets the best quality fabrics. Rushani has gorgeous long hair, and her vision was just to add some volume to it. She was very happy with the makeup artist she found, and says that any look she gave her would have been beautiful.
Ashley on the other hand, looked decidedly dapper in his suit which he choose from Tip Top Tailors. He advises grooms-to-be, looking for something awesome to wear, to pop into one of the many branches Tip Top have around the country, for excellent and unsurpassed service.
For their wedding favours, both families assisted in bringing something from each side. As Rushani is originally Sri Lankan, her side of the family provided each guest with a piece of traditional wedding cake made by her mom, placed in pretty boxes from Sri Lanka, and Ashley’s side of the family placed Indian sweetmeats into pretty glass jars for each guest. A very unique idea from both sides of the family!
The couple felt their day was perfect, after all the planning, they were extremely happy with how it all went and they are very grateful to everyone, especially their suppliers, who helped to make their wedding day a huge success. Rushani says the highlights were that their vision as a couple for their day, spoke out in every way, from the morning to the evening, it was exactly what they hoped for and it was a lot of fun! Rushani beams, “I have to say it was our friends and family around us, which helped make the day so special. It was a truly unforgettable, picture-perfect day for the both of us.”
Rushani’s pearls of wisdom for brides and grooms planning their wedding day includes, “definitely plan ahead, and ask for help if necessary because it can be overwhelming. Don’t forget to breathe, and take it one step at a time. With that, make it your own creative, fun day, whatever that may be; do what makes you happy as a couple.”
Photography by: Melissa Meyer
Gown by Vonve Bridal
Suit by Tip Top Tailors
First Ceremony at Simplywed