I’m really excited to share Soniya and Marcel’s wedding on the blog especially after I featured their engagement shoot, which you can see here. Beautiful Soniya is a Hindu girl from Nepal who met, Christian, Marcel from Germany in his home country. She tells us about how they met and their proposal story on their engagement shoot post.
HOW THEY MET
“We first met few days after I arrived in Germany back in 2011 as he was the neighbour of my host family where I was as an Au-pair. But it was only 2 years after when I started my studies and came back to where my host family live to work during my semester break, we finally got to know each other. I worked at Marcel’s father’s company and we used to drive to work together; he used to pick me up and drop me off for around 3 and half months. We also worked together and were spending maximum time with together. Even after work we started meeting for a movie night, cycling and so on. And so we started dating.
After almost 3 years of being together, we decided to get married with lots of consultation with our family. It wasn’t easy for my family to allow me to marry a person from first different culture, second different nation, third different language and last but not least from so far away.
But luckily, everything turned out to go our way. However, we, at least Marcel still needs to meet my parents and my relatives personally and we are quite nervous about it. Although, it doesn’t have any influence on our marriage but it would be great if everyone could be convinced with the man I have chosen to live rest of my life with.
For Nepalese (Hindu), red is the colour of wedding. Although I had a white dress, we still wanted to have some red tone. So, we went for a touch of aubergine colour in combination with bronze and some wood. The whole theme was a bit Vintage and also the location demanded it.
The wedding day
We stuck to the classical ceremony and followed the Christian tradition. It’s hard to pick any particular part as our favourite as for us the whole ceremony was a dream come true. However, the most emotional part for me as a bride was walking down the aisle with my father. I was so proud of my dad as he did it so professionally although we don’t have such ritual in Nepal and was absolutely new experience for both of us.
Easiest part of wedding planning
After having a general overview of the theme and idea of what we wanted, the planning of invitation card and the guest to be invited was the easiest part of the wedding planning. The rest followed the path and everything went as it should with lots of helping hands.
Hardest part of wedding planning
The hardest part of the wedding planning was to make sure that few of our guest from across the world felt comfortable staying at home with us. We had around 15 people who stayed with us for few days from all around the world (Nepal, New Zealand, Australia and England). Each and every corner of the house was filled with guest and we tried our best to make them feel like home.
Is it harder to plan a wedding when the couples are from different faiths/culture etc
To be honest, the difference in culture didn’t bring any complication in the planning of our wedding. I think it was also because both families were flexible with regards to the tradition and both respected each other’s culture. There was enough room for both traditions to harmonise together.
Advice to give to other multicultural couples
The only advice that we would like to give to other multicultural couples is to give enough space to each other’s belief and most importantly respect them because the belief and the tradition you follow is your identity. As long as, your other half respects your identity and supports you, you will never get the feeling that you both come from different culture.
Here I want to share our wedding text, which perfectly defines the situation
“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
Photography: Carito Photography
Venue: Landhaus Rössle in Veinau
Dress: Kisa Hochzeithaus in Heilbronn
Shoes: Mira Podo
Earrings: Avalaya London
Hair accessories: Kisa Hochzeithaus, Heilbronn
The groom’s outfit: Wilvorst via Klarissia Sposa in Schwäbisch Hall
Food and catering: Landhaus Rössle in Veinau
Entertainment: DJ Uwe
Flowers and decor: Hohenloher Blütenzauber