If nothing else, living through a pandemic has forced us all to think out of the box. The idea of hosting a ‘drive-in’ wedding was suggested to Collisheen Estate owner Wayne Hulett during the hard lockdown as a joke. But a seed was planted and Wayne decided to go with it!
Bride Sam Pillay shared her drive-in wedding experience with us …
Sam and Kursh always knew they wanted to do something unique for their wedding and when they saw a video on Facebook of the mock drive-in wedding, they knew this was for them!
Although they have gone back to hosting regular, in-person weddings, Wayne says the drive-in concept offered a great alternative for couples who didn’t want to postpone their special day.
“Our executive head chef and her team prepared delicious canapés, which we served directly to the guests’ cars and the ceremony consisted of just a minister, bride and groom and two witnesses for the wedding party. Family and friends parked in an oval shape surrounding the aisle and gazebo and could tune in on their car radio to listen.
After saying their vows the newlyweds cut the cake and enjoyed their first dance in the middle of the oval with the onlookers hooting and flashing their lights to celebrate the occasion!”
DETAILS OF THE DAY …
Sam considered a number of different styles and looks for her wedding, but eventually settled on a modern South Indian style, which she felt would be elegant and timeless but still rich and colourful.
“We contacted Collisheen and spoke to their amazing coordinator Amanda. We booked a date and planned our wedding in three weeks! It was one of the craziest things either of us have ever done but it turned out to be the most magical day.” Sam was styled by Teeno Perumal and wore a traditional South Indian kanjivaram silk saree in cream and maroon and Kursh wore a matching traditional Indian Sherwani.
“Amanda coordinated the wedding and everyone said that I was the most calm, relaxed bride they had ever seen. She and the Collisheen team were amazing to work with and they went above and beyond to make our day incredible!”
Despite the pouring rain on their big day, Sam and Kursh’s guests were able to enjoy a wonderful pyrotechnic display from Terence Naidoo of Sound, Light & Decor Technologies, as well as a live performance by singer Ashleigh Joseph. “Our guests were treated to the most divine sweetmeats made by Faye Pramraj of Whisked Away who also did our wedding cake. People still ask me about that burfee! I truly believe that we had the incredible day that we did because we worked with an absolute dream team from start to finish,” says Sam.
The couple had to postpone their dream honeymoon to the Philippines due to travel restrictions, and as a result, Sam says, it’s turned into a ‘babymoon’ as they are now expecting baby! “We were so grateful to have been able to have our dream wedding in the midst of what seemed like the impossible and we are so grateful to Amanda and the Collisheen team for making this happen.”
THE BRIDE AND GROOM …
Bride and groom Sam and Kush have had a whirlwind romance. They met on Instagram and moved in together within a year. They got engaged the year after that, during the first lockdown. “Kursh is the more romantic out of the two of us and he had planned to propose in a hot air balloon. Covid happened and we went into lockdown and so, one evening while I was cooking, he started rambling on about how much he loves me … and the next thing I knew he was on his knees in the kitchen with a ring? I obviously said yes!”
Details: Venue: Collisheen Estate: [email protected]
Photographer: Stephen Railton: https://www.stephenrailton.com/
Cake and sweetmeats: Whisked Away: whiskedaway_withfaye
Stylist: Teeno Perumal: @teenoperumal