This fairytale wedding saga began almost two years ago, when Harustat & Rustam exchanged a harmless follow on Instagram. When Rustam first scrolled through the sweet and scenic pictures on Harustat's page, he was sure that she was the perfect girl for him. But who would have thought that the conversation starter between the two would be Harustat's dog, Rex!?
Dive down below into this wonderful Royal Sikh wedding inspired by the royals of olden times. From every detail on their wedding outfits to the decor and even the performances, this wedding is one to blow your minds!
Introducing Harustat & Rustam's Wedding
When Harustat and Rustam began talking to each other on social media, it was mostly about Harustat's upper Rex. But the conversation soon lead to various other topics which soon made them realise that it wasn't just casual conversation between them, but something special and meaningful.
Upon discussing this with their families, their first meeting was set and Rustam boarded the next flight to Adelaide to meet Harustat. With butterflies their stomach and goosebumps everywhere, they approached each other in person for the very first time. There, in the serene city of Adelaide, the two spent quality time with each other and Harustat's family. The couple realised that their intuition about each other was correct, and soon the relationship progressed to the next step.
Soon, after many months of getting to know each other inside out, Rustam knew a proposal was well due which takes us to the beginning of their amazing wedding tale.
After careful and coordinated research, plus assistance from both sides of the family, Rustam planned the perfect proposal for Harustat. The success of the envisioned proposal depended on various factors including the weather, availability of the helicopter operator, cameraman and cinematographer. And all of this had to succeed without Harustat knowing a thing!
Rustam blindfolded Harustat and told her that he was taking her to see some wonderful native wildlife on a secret mountain and was told that they would be sharing the helicopter ride with a cameraman and cinematographer due to a shortage of flights because of the torrential rain. Being an avid wildlife enthusiast, Harustat believed and agreed to it in a matter of seconds and was ready to pat a few babies of mother nature.
However, once they landed on the mountainous terrain of Queenstown New Zealand, Rustam placed her down amongst a heart made out of rose petals on the lush green grass. When Harustat, who was visibly confused, removed the blindfold and opened her eyes, she was met with the sight of her boyfriend down on his knee with a ring in his hand, asking for her hand in marriage. In complete awe and excitement, a ‘YES’ was proclaimed from Harustat and a sigh of relief was achieved after many days of tormenting confusion as to why her partner was constantly on the phone when they were supposed to be on their holiday together!
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The Engagement Ceremony
The beginning of the wedding celebrations started with the couple's engagement ceremony. A floral fairytale, the engagement was held at the Garden Ball Room at Oatlands House. The entire venue was drenched in floral decor, courtesy of Anna Wang, while the custom sahi chitti was prepared by Your Event Signage. Another gorgeous element of the engagement, apart from he bride and groom themselves, was the handcrafted cake and beautifully decorated cookies by Copper Fork Cakers.
Harustat chose a stunning floral pink lehenga from Asiana Couture, whereas Rustam wore a maroon velvet bandhgala with a floral print black and white shawl and a baby pink safa that matched the colour of Harustat's lehenga.
The Sangeet Ceremony
The sangeet ceremony was the next function in like. Held at The Lemnos Club by Clarence House, the theme of the sangeet was Punjabi folk. Elements like charpayis, colourful cushions, jhoolas, and even carts from the Punjab countryside were mixed with more modern elements like grand floral arrangements and chic white & gold seating arrangements that were visible in the decor. Harustat wore a beautiful tea blue sharara with silver embroidery and a pretty side braid along with matte bright makeup, whereas Rustam dressed up wore an off white kurta-pyjama with a blue and silver nehru jacket.
The Wedding Ceremony
The wedding ceremony was centered around a Royal Sikh Heritage theme, inspired by the times of Rajas and Maharajs of the old. While the couple's Anand Karaj ceremony was held at Gurudwara Sahib Glenwood, Sydney, their photoshoot took place at the Curzon Hall by Navarra Venue. Both Harustat and Rustam looked like royalty in their regally designed attires. The bride stepped out dressed in a pale gold and orange coloured lehenga by Rimple and Harpreet, while the groom looked handsome in a blue sherwani ensemble, laden with pearly jewels and rust coloured safa.
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Post Wedding Photoshoot
The couple’s post-wedding photoshoot was inspired by the 2008 Bollywood blockbuster, Jodhaa Akbar. To make their vision come to life, they travelled to various destinations in Jaipur, including the Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Churu Desert. Every shot of the post-wedding shoot was excellently captured by the talented Paran Singh Photography, who made this newlywed couple look like a dream from la la land!
Wedding Photographer: Rolling Canvas Presentations (Engagement, Sangeet & Wedding); Paran Singh Photography (Post-Wedding Shoot); Fallon Photography NZ (Pre Wedding Shoot); Eureka Films NZ (Proposal Cinematography) | Wedding Venues: Oatlands House by Navarra Venues (Engagement); The Lemnos by Clarence House (Sangeet); Gurdwara Sahib Glenwood (Anand Karaj); Curzon Hall by Navarra Venues (Photoshoot Location) | Bridal Makeup Artists: Sana Hair & Makeup | Mehendi Artist: Arora Mehndi | Bridal Jewellery: Jagdish Jeweller Chandigarh; Affinity Diamonds Sydney (Engagement Ring); LeFleur Jewels (Floral Jewellery) | Bridal Outfits: Rimple and Harpreet (Wedding); Asiana Couture (Engagement) | Groom's Outfits: Panjab Bespoke | Wedding Decorator: Anna Wang (Florals); Shagun Events (Decorations); Your Event Signage (Signage) | Wedding Caterers: Urban Tadka | Wedding Choreographer: Ministry of Bhangra Sydney | Enetertainment: Dj Vinny