Real Weddings

Nicole & Ranjit's Margaret River Wedding

Ranjit and Nicole met while working in a busy hospital emergency department.

"He was a doctor and I was the administrative officer overseeing his rosters. I was six months pregnant when we decided to take a pre-baby holiday to NYC in the middle of winter.

Ranjit had big plans to propose under the Statue of Liberty, however on the day getting me there was proving a little difficult. A series of laughable events including morning sickness on a busy sidewalk, getting lost in the Financial district and almost disclosing the ring at a security check point would have some running the opposite way! But to his credit, my fiancé-to-be bravely escorted me onto Statten Island and proposed under a winter tree below the grand lady. It was a truly memorable location and a day we'll never forget!

We gave ourselves just four months to plan our wedding (crazy I know!), and we decided on a small family gathering in Margaret River, Western Australia. All of our planning was done online and that included choosing our wedding location. It didn't take long for us to decide, from the moment we laid eyes on 'Incognito Estate' in Margaret River we were hooked. The modern private residence sits on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean and we loved the surrounding natural landscape.

The most memorable moment was the 'reveal', where Ranjit and I met for photos before our ceremony. My fiancé looked so dashing, and it was a lovely chance to have some precious alone time to breathe and enjoy the moment. Our wedding photographer Ange whisked us off to find some pretty vineyards before heading back to Incognito to marry.

From the first magazine I purchased, I knew I wanted a Karen Willis Holmes dress, her style is so elegant and classic. I flew down to Sydney on my own in a day to visit her Paddington store and tried on five dresses, the fifth being 'the one'. I loved the length of the skirt and the bodice was stunning, especially in sunlight. I did splash out on a pair of crystal encrusted Yves Saint Laurent shoes and I'm glad I did given my feet were on show. My husband chose to have a suit tailor made for him by a Brisbane suit maker. Ranjit chose his own shoes and belt by Prada when we arrived in Perth. Our one-year-old son's little suit was lovingly sewn by me only days before flying out.

I kept our day fresh by using a colour palette of aqua and green to complement the natural surrounds. We brought a little New York City to our guests with boxed bonbonniere filled with beautiful handmade Etsy finds by local US artists. Etsy was a fantastic way for us to include unique touches, including Ranjit's 100 year old NYC coin cufflinks and our personalized Palomas Nest ring bowl. I also handmade our paper ware and created a simple photobooth with props and a polaroid camera which was a big hit!

Our dessert table was filled with New York style desserts and a handmade Clara French cake stand sent all the way from Seattle! The reception was held under a marquee with amazing chandeliers and guests were treated to white lounges overlooking the ocean and garden games scattered across the lawn."

Nicole has this advice for brides "Give yourself less time to organise if you tend to procrastinate. Also, handmade is a special touch that guests will remember."

Congratulations on your marriage Nicole and Ranjit! Thank you for sharing your wedding story with us.

Photography by Angela Higgins. Wedding Ceremony/reception - Incognito Escape, Margaret River. Suit Maker: Wilvalor


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