Shefali & Pratik

December 9, 2023

Shefali wore Style 1141 from the Demetrios Collection


How did you meet your spouse?

We met on an online dating app. It was love at first swipe for me with his iron man arms, good height and goofy smile. Plus kindness and humour - what more could a girl ask for?

Tell us about your proposal

We both had proposal conditions. His was that I choose my ring and mine was that he surprise me when asking. So we ordered the ring together with the jeweler estimating 8-10 weeks before we were to receive it. Here I was thinking he won't propose until the ring arrives, but he met the brief and surprised me with a lolly ring proposal! It was an intimate proposal at home followed by dinner in the city. I was then lucky enough to get a second proposal with the actual ring on the move-in day of our first house.


Tell us about your wedding dress. How was your experience when you were searching for "The One"?

We had a Hindu wedding ceremony so I already had a traditional outfit sorted for the wedding day. However, I wanted the best of both worlds, so decided to find my dream white reception dress. The process started off as daunting and confusing (I am very indecisive!) but with my 2 girlfriends in stride, we stepped into The Sposa Group and were immediately put at ease. I felt like Amelia knew exactly what style would compliment me best. The dress I ended up choosing was one she picked off the shelf for me as opposed to me seeing it first and wanting to try it. She made the experience so effortless and the end result was just perfect. Everyone was amazed.


Describe a favourite highlight or two from your wedding day.

Our first-look was our favourite moment. And simply having our family and friends together was incredibly wholesome.

Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?

Allow yourself extra time (I recommend an hour) on your wedding day for certain things to take longer than planned for (e.g. getting ready & photos). I found myself worrying about the time because I did not do this. In saying this, in the end we managed to make up the time and everything ran smoothly. So trust the process and enjoy every moment as the day goes by in a flash!

Wedding Dress The Sposa Group Melbourne
Reception Cordis, Auckland
Photographer Ootum Collective
Videographer Patty Lagera
Hair and Make up Dipal Solanki from Bridal Beauty NZ
Flowers and Stylist Jenny Duan from Intimate Florist Studio

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