Sangeet | Poonam & Jonathan

I was pretty excited when Poonam flicked me an email about her wedding and her Sangeet might. I love the thought of all that colour and culture and boy was I treated to both!
Sangeet loosely translates to 'music' or 'to sing' and involves cultural traditions, dance, music, food, ceremonies and a whole lot of friends and family celebrating before the big day. I tell ya, you need to get yourself invited to one of these!

Before the evening kicked off with a very festive bang, I spent the afternoon amongst Poonam's family, relatives and best girls whilst they adorned themselves in all sorts of traditional attire before heading out with P & J.
I had a blast with these two love birds, they even let me drag them into some almost-head-height grass for some pearler sunset moments. Troopers. 


Poonam purchased her dress or 'Lehenga' unstitched from an Indian store in Papatoetoe and was then sewn together by a family friend. Her hair was done by Darren Meredith and makeup by Grayson Coutts. The bridesmaids wore Poonam's own sarees. The venue for the Sangeet evening was D'grand Haveli Indian Restaurant in Manukau, Auckland. Poonam's family friend/beautician Kaajal Jigiasi helped pin the dress in place and helped the bridesmaids with their Sarees, as well as make up on a long line of aunties, which It is not an easy feat! She also did the traditional 'Mehendi' for all family & friends the week of the wedding. The video work was done by ShaunPaul Creative. Favours were homemade Laddu, an Indian sweet which is traditionally given as a wedding favour.