Mailys and Berlin have a beautiful love story. They both met when Mailys was interning with a non profit organization in Canada and Berlin volunteered for the project. After 10 days of working of together for the project, Mailys flew back to Canada and Berlin to India. As soon as they left the hotel, they knew they were in for a long distance relationship and they would work it out. Berlin proposed to Mailys on their last in Nigeria but Mailys didn’t officially say yes but agreed to stay in touch and their love blossomed over the course of two years. It was a beautiful engagement followed by a wedding and captured perfectly by Neha John Photography.
“I have always dreamed of a DIY wedding. We have such talented and loving family and friends, so we wanted them to be involved in our wedding, thus making it such a special and precious experience.”- The bride.
“My wedding dress was designed and made by a good friend of Berlin’s (now a good friend of mine too). We started the design process back in April of 2017 when I was living in Australia. I had already spent months researching dress styles and fabrics and I knew that I wanted a dress that represented both of our cultures. A tailor measured me in Australia and I sent the details to our Ayoklar in India. I had never met her, nor spoken to her over the phone. The first time I met her was at my first dress fitting in March this year. It was so incredibly nerve wracking, but the dress fit perfectly and it was so beautiful and perfect! Please take the time to go see her work at Ayoklar.”- The bride.
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“I feel as though most of our wedding was DIY. My dad hand made Berlin’s ring, and he also made our pinata wedding cake with the help of my younger sister, my brother, and his girlfriend. Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, we had a pinata that looked like a wedding cake that was filled with candy which was a great option for all of the kids. I designed and made all of the wedding invitations and ceremony programs myself, and Berlin and I planned the ceremony proceedings, asking Church friends and family to be involved in the ceremony itself.”- The bride
“My younger sister painted some signs for me and also did my hair and makeup along with my brother’s girlfriend. My sister also did the flower arrangements with the help of other family. We didn’t spend a lot of money on flowers. The night before the wedding, we drove into town and bought baby’s breath along with another white flower and some greenery. The rest of the flowers and greenery were sourced from the venue itself, on the morning of the wedding.” -The bride
“It was so important to me that I had someone capture our special day who’s photography I loved and who was invested in the day and excited about working with us. We had initially approached Neha but she was booked for the day so we selected another photographer. When the Kerala floods happened in the weeks leading up to our wedding, our photographer was unable to make it, so we frantically approached Neha a week before our wedding. Incredibly, her gig had been cancelled and she was available! I think it turned out perfectly and I wouldn’t have it any other way! She was so much fun to work with and brought such life and excitement to the day despite not feeling well.”-The bride.
“We spent so many months and weeks searching for a venue. Again, I was very particular about what I wanted and we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the venue. A church member happened to mention Assisi Farms and Training Centre one day after we still hadn’t found a venue despite spending an entire week driving from one venue to another. During the drive up to the venue, we were both captivated by the surrounding beauty and then the peace, quiet and calming nature of the venue itself. Moreover, the fees would go towards a good cause as they run a rehabilitation centre for women who are struggling with mental illness. Whilst we were hoping to have an outdoor wedding, the venue gave us options for wet weather as well which was perfect.”-The bride.
“We finally got married on August 24, 2018. The wedding day itself was beautiful and perfect. Everyone says that about their day, but we really felt a sense of calm assurance, and after all that we had been through, it was just such a relief to finally get married. I could barely keep myself from crying several times during the day. Many things didn’t go according to “the plan” but I truly believe that it was better than what we planned.”-The bride