We are thrilled that you are able to make the trip to our wedding from 19th – 22th Aprl 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. We have some important information to share with you.
As I’m sure you’re already well aware – it is going to be 4 days of celebrations, partying and lots of fun with all of our closest family, and friends in one place at one time. Especially amongst the most beautiful countries in Africa.
Without further ado. We want to make sure you are 200% prepared and informed.
So below the key bullet-point information that you need to know. Please note all of the below may not be applicable to you:
Haven’t got your Visa?
Be aware of scam and fake visa sites. If you aren’t a Kenyan citizen and haven’t applied for your Visa – please click on the link below, the application can be completed online and it should be approved within 3 to 4 working days. Cost is approximately $55USD. www.kenyaimmigration.org/Kenya-eVisa
Alternatively visa's for Kenya are available on arrival for Australian citizens.
Weather forecast for the wedding:
The average maximum daytime temperature in Nairobi in April is a hot 25°C, while the average minimum night-time temperature is a comfortable 15°C. On average 0 mm (0 inches) of rain normally falls in Nairobi during April with very little chance of rain falling during the month. You can expect on average 10 hours of sunshine a day in Nairobi during April.
You’ll be picked up from the airport (25th January 2016)
You will have one of the hotel’s representatives pick you up from the airport on your arrival on the 25th of January 2016. Look out for a paging board displaying the hotel name with the airport representative at the airport.
Helpdesk for you at Grand Hyatt Goa (First day of wedding – 25th January 2016)
We have arranged a special Hospitality Desk on the first day of the wedding celebrations at the hotel. This is for your convenience and to ensure you have a smooth transition. Contact the desk on extension number #1936 or #1937. The team will be stationed at the Atrium, Grand Hyatt Goa: 25th January 2016 till 6:00 pm.
Important Note - To fast track the process for you (please send by 5th january 2016)
To fast track the entire process from your arrival to the airport and to checking into your room – if you can do the two things below, it will make the process a whole lote easier for you:
1. Please email your flight itinerary (arrival and departure to Goa) to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Please email a copy of the photo page of your passport or driving license to email@example.com
Other services we’ve arranged while you attend our wedding:
• Stay connected (WiFi access): Wi-Fi in the guest rooms and public areas has been made complimentary for your stay. Should you wish to use the Wi-Fi in the banqueting areas it would be on a chargeable basis.
• Get your hair done: The hotel has a state of the art Snip Salon located at Shamana Spa. If you would like to get your hair done between 25th - 27th January 2016. Please call the help desk at the hotel to make an appointment for you one these dates and with a preferred time. Making an early booking will prevent disappointment later on.
• Relax in the spa: As guests to our wedding, you are entitled to a 10% discount on spa services.
• Get your laundry done: As guests to our wedding, you are entitled to a 15% discount on laundry services. Please contact the hotel to avail of this facility.
• Money exchange: Guests have the facility of changing Foreign Currency at the Front Desk.
• In case you are feeling unwell (hope you won’t need it): We have many guests that are doctors – take your pick for a free consultation ☺.
* Private – Manipal Hospital
* Government – GMC
* Doctor – The hotel has a doctor on call, please contact the Reception for assistance.
**Room service: Please note that room service is not included in our package, it is charged extra, payable directly by the guests.
Mehendi in Indian tradition is typically applied during special Hindu weddings and Hindu festivals. In Hindu festivals, many women have Henna applied to their hands and feet and sometimes on the back of their shoulders too, as men have it applied on their arms, legs, back, and chest. For women, it is usually drawn on the palm, back of the hand and on feet, where the design will be clearest due to contrast with the lighter skin on these surfaces, which naturally contain less of the pigment melanin. Henna was originally used as a form of decoration mainly for Hindu brides.
Dinner & Dance ceremony
Dinner & Dannce ceremony as the name suggests is all about dance and music. It is one of the most enjoyable ceremonies before the wedding and is exclusively for women. Initially, the Dinner & Dance party was organized only by the bride's family but with changing times it is now observed by the groom's family as well. Also, it was a ritual which was only seen in North Indian weddings, but nowadays it is conducted in Bengali and South Indian marriages as well.
The Dinner & Dance ceremony is held few days before mehendi ceremony and comes as a time for joy and merriment amidst the hectic hustling bustling activities before marriage (however due to time constraints we will be holding both the Mehendi and Dinner & Dance ceremony on the same day). Traditionally the family of the bride invites female relatives and associates for Ladies Dinner & Dance, wherein all of them sing folk songs dedicated to marriage and bride. It is accompanied by Dholak and spoon, for the tune and beat. After this all the unmarried girls perform dance on different songs.
Amidst celebration, ladies, crack jokes, tease the bride, merrily reminisce their youthful days and bless the girl for a prosperous married life. The environment quite often becomes emotional as the bride and her mother experience the pangs of separation from each other. After all the dance and singing is done, its time for refreshment. It mainly contains a number of snacks and sweet dishes. Women enjoy themselves to the fullest, making the environment ligt.
Both men and women participate in the procession of a Gujarati baraat. Close male relatives of both the bride and groom always wear turbans, which indicates honor. When the baraat arrives at the wedding venue, a ceremony known as the milni (literally, meeting or merger) is carried out, in which equivalent relatives from the groom and bride's sides greet each other. This usually begins with the two fathers, followed by the two mothers, then the siblings, uncles, aunts and cousins; even distant relatives are included in the milni, which symbolizes the unification of the two clans.
At this ceremony, the bride will be cleansed, purified, and blessed to get all the positive vibes flowing before she commences this journey.
Wedding - Pheras
The saat phere (seven circumambulations) is one of the most important features of the Hindu wedding, involving seven rounds around a pious fire lit for the purpose amidst the Vedic mantras. The bride and groom circumambulate a consecrated fire seven times, reciting specific vows with each circuit (Sanskrit: parikrama). Vows made in the presence of the sacred fire (Sanskrit: agni) are considered unbreakable, with Agnideva (lit. God/Lord of Fire; c.f. Latin cognates: ignis+deus) held as both witnessing and blessing the couple's union. Every phera taken holds a specific meaning. The Saat phere or the seven pradakshinas (circumambulations) are as follows:
1. In the first round or phera, the couple prays to God for plenty of nourishing and pure food. They pray to God to let them walk together so that they will get food.
2. In the second round, the couple prays to God for a healthy and prosperous life. They ask for the physical, spiritual and mental health from God.
3. In the third Phera the couple prays to God for wealth. They ask God for the strength for both of them so that they can share the happiness and pain together. Also, they pray so that they can walk together to get wealth.
4. In the fourth round the couple prays to God for the increase in love and respect for each other and their respective families.
5. The bride and groom together pray for the beautiful, heroic and noble children from God in the fifth step.
6. In the sixth holy round around the fire, the couple asks for the peaceful long life with each other.
7. In the final seventh round the couple prays to god for companionship, togetherness, loyalty and understanding between themselves. They ask God to make them friends and give the maturity to carry out the friendship for lifetime. The husband says to his new wife that now they have become friends after the Seven Vows/Sat Phere and they will not break their friendship in life.
The final event will be the reception.
Here you will find our photos of when we were younger. Feel free to scroll through them.
My parents have always been so supportive and loving - and they have taught me so much! My dad has taught me how to be independent and how to keep a family together. He is my role model and I want to be like him. My mum is my best friend, I can talk to her about anything. I'm so thankful for how I was raised and thank my parents for everything they've done (and continue to do) for me. I love you both so much!
My brother Bhavin is an year younger to me so it may not be a surprise that we fought a lot as kids. Although he is my younger brother, he has always acted like the elder one. Do not be mistaken by his height,God has blessed him with something else. He always finds a dodgy way of doing things and somehow never gets caught. When we were young,I would want to play with my friends and he was always tried to "tag along" with us. We were also very competitive - about everything! We turned every mundane thing into a competition - even who could grow a better beard! Fortunately, now we've matured (a bit) and we've become close friends. We never, ever compete anymore about anything, right bro? Haha! Anyway, I'm thrilled he'll be in my wedding and I'm proud to call him not only my brother, but my friend too.
I call my sister Suhani either Sonu or Dosi. She is the the dadi of our family. She's always blabbering and grumpy. I am very protective of her and do not allow her to talk to any boys. Somehow Sonu always finds something to make me angry. She never gives me my space. She loves sleeping and listening to Bollywood music.
My Mom and Dad are the best parents you could ask for. They put up with me as a whiny, willful child, then helped finance my education, and now are so thrilled to see me getting married to Nirav. Even though we lived far apart for the past 10 years, we are probably closer now than we ever were. Thanks Mom & Dad for all your love and support over the years! I love you.
My sister is 2 years older to me, I have always bullied my sister since I was a kid. I sort of feel sorry now, because she’s the only one that still laughs at my jokes, who entertains my laziness and helps me out with any issues I have, be it my car, phone, computer etc! She also lends me money when I am in need. I rarely show it, but I will truly miss you. If it wasn't for my sister,this wedding would not have happened. Love you Pooni!!
It was 29th December 2016. I was in Bali with Nirav so I wanted to make it a special night for him, but I had no plans. I should begin by saying that Nirav and I had talked about marriage in the past, but I was convinced he wasn't ready yet to take the plunge! I knew he loved me, but was I ever shocked when he proposed!
It was a Saturday night in Bali, and we had plans to go out to dinner at a beach front restaurant in Jimbaran which Nirav had been dying to try. We walked through the restaurant front and towards the beach. The tables on the sand were candle- lit. The tables lay at the tide's edge and were adorned with attractive palm leaf decorations. To date, I remember looking up to the sky and thinking this was the most spectacular sunset that I had seen. As the sun went down,the horizon featured faint lights from the traditional fishing boat lanterns at sea. Ocassional strolling musicians roamed throughout the cafe and help set the mood playing songs by request for diners.
In no time the musicians came to our table and asked what song we would like to hear, I asked them to sing Happy Birthday for my beloved darling. They did an amazing job. It was a beautiful moment. I stood up to take a video of them singing to Nirav. I did capture this moment, which is the video on the left. As soon as they finished singing, Nirav leaned really close to me and held my hand and whispered "Will you marry me?" I didn't think much of it that time as I didnt expect him to ask me at that time. But looking back, there wouldn't have been a more perfect time that he could have asked. Either way, we're getting married!
One day, 4 years ago, as I was browsing through various girls facebook profiles, Shrina's profile popped up and I thought to my self, she is the one! I had seen Shrina previously at various indian night club events, (it was just hard to miss such a beauty!) but hadn't really ever spoken to her. I said to my self, this is my perfect opportunity! I sent her a message that evening via facebook and persistently sent lame jokes on Whatsapp and received a positive response (or thought I did anyway). I guess you could say the rest is history.
I had my eye on Nirav for a while (who wouldn't!), but had never gotten up the nerve to talk to him. When he messaged me one day back in 2010, I was so nervous! But it turned out that he was just so sweet and kind that he put me right at ease. A few weeks later, he asked me out for a coffee, I was totally floored! Of course I said yes, and a few days later we went on our first of many, many dates!
The real version:
Little did Shrina and Nirav know that their paths were meant to cross twice. Sometimes things happen for a reason and till now, neither of them believed in destiny! They went to high school together, and no, they were not high school sweethearts but rather the total opposite. What were the odds that they would both end up in a place so far away from home, in the SAME country and SAME city! This is what had brought them closer, knowing that they had something in common.
When Shrina first arrived in Perth, day 1 itself, Nirav travelled almost 2 hours from his home in the scorching February heat only to find out that she wasn’t at her home. Over the next few weeks, Nirav showed Shrina what Perth was like through his eyes and immediately, Shrina fell in love with Perth. They both went to Curtin University, so they would meet up after classes and spend the rest of what was remaining of the day together. Deep down they both knew there was a connection. Some sort of chemistry. Something was brewing.
Fast forward a few years, Nirav was the boy next door as he moved to Millpoint in the same block where Shrina lived with her cousin. As they say, the rest was history…Their journey wasn’t always a smooth one but the one thing they came back to was, they each knew that the other was the person that they wanted to share their lives with. Shrina and Nirav are a perfect combination of a dreamer and a realist, like Yin and Yang, different yet complementing each other to complete the circle, their world.
I was born in Nairobi, Kenya and grew up in the South C ghetto playing karam with my homeboys. There is a reason why the blokes from there are known as South C’s “finest”. I have a love for motorbikes even though I have failed my driving exam many times. I graduated from Curtin University in Perth with a Bachelors in Commerce (Accounting and Taxation). I am now a qualified Chartered Accountant and own my accounting practice in Perth. I had to follow my father’s footsteps due to pressure from the family.
Outside of work, I enjoy playing volleyball and darts. I have always dreamt of traveling to the US. This dream will be much closer once I get married to the love of my life Shrina.
I moved to Australia at the age of 21 and I have lived in Perth ever since then. That's where Shrina and I met. Shrina is the most amazing person I know and I can't wait for our wedding day! After we're married, we plan to stay in South Perth (not South C in Kenya) and ideally plan to get a few kids.
I was born in Meru, Kenya. I grew up in Nairobi, and at the age of 22, I left for Perth, Australia for studies. Ever since, I fell in love with the place, and don't intend on returning to Kenya. I graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) from Curtin University in Perth. I am currently working at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia as a Servicing Planner. I can always be won over with chocolate. I am a sucker for anything Bollywood and a gym junkie, that enjoys going to the beach and exploring new places.
I am the youngest sibling in my family. I have 1 sister who is older to me. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, socialising with friends, and wasting my time on facebook. Lately, I've been consumed with wedding planning - I never imagined what effort goes in to planning one perfect day! Even if everything goes wrong, the only thing I really care about is Nirav, and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him!
Hello and welcome to our personal wedding wedsite!
Here you will find all the information regarding our wedding. Feel free to browse through all the pages and photos. Also please don't forget to answer the questions on the Poll page.
We would like to thank our family and friends for all the support they have provided to us over the years. We look forward to seeing you all on 21 April 2018.
Please do visit this wedsite from time to time, especially closer to the big day, for updates regarding our wedding.
Welcome to our wedsite! We got engaged in December 2016, and are now in the process of making our way to Kenya, for our long awaited wedding! We've created this wedsite as a fun, convenient, and special way for friends and family who are both near and far to participate and celebrate with us. We hope you'll use it to get to know us better and keep up-to-date on our future plans.
Here you can read about how we met, meet our families and view all the wedding events. We've also included some fun stuff like a poll, a gallery for viewing photo albums, and a way for you to leave us a note in our virtual guestbook!
We are so grateful for all the positive influences in our lives! Thank you to all our friends and family for your love and support over the years. Thanks for sharing our joy!
We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible to ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it LOVE. (Dr. Seuss).
Nirav & Shrina