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MY BIG GAY INDIAN WEDDING

Bollywood flash mobs, colour schemers, an arrest for disorderly conduct, and two deaths all figure in the frenzied lead-up to Marc Andrews’ nuptials in London…
PHOTOGRAPHY: GEORG MEYER-WEIL

OURS WAS ALWAYS going to be a fairly international wedding. My husband-to-be, Uday Bhardwaj, is Indian of heritage, but born in Africa and educated in the UK, whereas I was born in Australia, but have lived in the UK and Germany at various times in my life. We wanted our wedding to reflect our global citizenship, so little surprise, then, that it would end up featuring Israelis and Arabs, Croatians and Serbians, Indians and Pakistanis, Russians and Chinese – plus representation from Turkey, Iraq, Bali, Colombia and, best of all, Bollywood (courtesy of Uday’s extended family)…

March 2015

It’s six months to the date of the wedding and we’ve already had to shift once due to our original venue’s questionable rate hikes. Just when you think you’ve found the dream location, a nightmare scenario unfolds. If you need longer than one hour to set up for 100 guests, we are told the cost bumps up an extra $5,000. This feels like extortion, so after a quick look at other options we found a location that we love just as much, if not more.

Overlooking the Thames and the London Eye, The Royal Horseguards Hotel has some serious history. It was the launch venue for Downton Abbey and the first Harry Potter movie, plus it was a drinking bunker for Winston Churchill during the war – but probably only my dad is interested in hearing about that.

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DNA 196 | We’re going to the chapel and we’re gunna get married. That’s right it is our wedding special as we take a look at the best ways to prepare to tie the knot with fashion pitfalls you should avoid and how to deal with the big-day blues from style consultant Joshua Heath. Our Grooming expert Will Fennell has suggestions to help you look your best on your big day – from looking less wrinkly to fine-tuning your kissable lips, home facials, and sexy scents. DNA speaks with 10 gay couples about how they planned for and celebrated their big day … some of the stories will bring a tear of joy to your eye! Plus hear how Bollywood flash mobs, colour schemers, an arrest for disorderly conduct, and two deaths all tie into a frenzied lead-up to one couples wedding in London. It’s not all nuptials and rings this edition of DNA, we catch up with Aussie journalist Patrick Abboud to chat about growing up in conservative Arab Western Sydney plus hosting the national broadcast of Sydney’s gay and lesbian Mardi Gras! We also jump in the kitchen of the super sexy Jordan Burno from the Australian TV show My Kitchen Rules. In pictures we catch up with former cover model Willie Gomez and Iggy Goncalve, we also take a look the new trend that see’s muscle men wear womens under. All that and so much more in this issue of DNA Magazine
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