Real Weddings

Hitesh and Charlotte

Photography by Sélea Photography

A pre-dinner dance party, an exquisite custom-made gown, and a dream team of vendors—Hitesh and Charlotte's wedding was everything they had hoped for and more!

Is there one particular memory you'd like to share?

"We flipped tradition on its head and had a "reverse" reception. Instead of the usual order, we started with dancing and partying before dinner, with the reception formalities towards the end. It was such a blast! Starting with the dance set a relaxed and festive vibe for the whole evening, and our guests were pleasantly surprised by the twist. To top it off, it started raining unexpectedly, but we rolled with it. I mean, what's more romantic than dancing in the rain on your wedding day, right? Plus, it gave us some seriously epic rainy-day wedding photos. We embraced the unexpected and made memories that'll last a lifetime. That's what our wedding day was all about!"

What was your experience like with your wedding vendors?

"Our wedding photography experience was truly exceptional, especially since we had not one, but two amazing photographers from Selea Photography. From the moment we met them, we knew we were in good hands. During our wedding, they seamlessly blended into the background, quietly observing and capturing candid moments. They documented every smile, every tear, every moment of joy. Looking back at our wedding album now, we're reminded of the love and happiness that filled our day. So, to all the soon-to-be-weds out there, invest in capturing your memories—it's worth every penny.

Abel Estate Team: Planning a wedding can be a daunting task, but with the right team by your side, it can be a breeze. This was exactly our experience at Abel Estate, where Stephanie, Nikki, and Virginia were instrumental in making our wedding planning journey effortless. Their honest feedback in planning helped us make informed decisions, ensuring our day was perfect. Abel Estate truly was a one-stop destination. There was no need to hunt for florists, photographers, cakes, dinner service, DJs, or wedding coordinators, as they were all included in our Abel Estate package. This made our wedding planning a breeze, and we couldn't be happier!

My bridal gown (designed by a talented team in India, D'Aisle Bridals) was more than just a dress—it was a work of art. Despite being thousands of miles away in New Zealand, every detail was meticulously planned, from the initial design discussions to selecting the perfect lace. They even took measurements over a video call. What's even more remarkable is that I didn't have to step foot in their boutique or alter the gown — it fit flawlessly when it arrived. This was a true testament to their craftsmanship and attention to detail!"

Thanks to all the contributing vendors:

Reception Venue: Abel Estate
Photography: Sélea Photography
Catering: Indian Accent
Wedding Cake: Cake & Co
Wedding DJ: Vick Singh
Venue Styling and Florist: Go Flowers NZ (Meghann)
Bridal Bouquet and Boutonnière: Citi Flora
Bridal White Gown: D’Aisle Bridals, India
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids, Tauranga
Hair & Makeup: Made-Up by Naeema