I first met Anj and Nico through links to weddings I had conducted a few years ago. Dipesh and Arti and Priyesh and Suneeta. I remember Anj and Nico for many reasons, but mostly because of the most humble initial email they sent to me writing that they would be honoured if I was able to conduct their wedding.

​​Communication is important as I rarely know who I am dealing with initially. So too is respect, because a preacher is often an outsider. As we communicated further I felt the expectations of this couple were down to earth. When we finally met at my home this observation became was confirmed. You see, my home isn’t a corner shop from which I have wares to sell.  

The couples lack of ego was refreshing . We chatted and we laughed together. They kindly invited me. That was it. Trust, faith, hope.​ ​Time passed and before I knew it I was in Nice with them. The weather was hot and the views stunning. On the wedding day itself we were at a Chateau. The sun, the prayers, everything went wonderfully and in a traditional Gujarati way the couple tied the knot.

I wanted to mention the character of people. These two were beautifully French and Indian, hearts of gold and not once did Nico or Anj demand from me. The photographs, taken by wildroses studio were stunningly natural depicting the stages of the ceremony well. I hope the images give people a taster for the emotions created during a ceremony.  Don’t discount Nice as a destination location. It’s an absolute gem on the foothills of The Alps. ​

Destination events can be beautiful and invitations are accepted on the condition of three nights travel and reasonable accommodation with breakfast. I try to get to the destination at least one day before the event so that I can get accustomed to the time and location. I tend to travel back one day after the event. Please do remember two days are travel days; there and back; and one day is event day. With commitments and a packed diary with demanding travel these basics are important and allow me time to recuperate between events.