Real wedding: Sarah & Sharan

Sarah & Sharan

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Sarah Hooper and Sharan Rambarran brought their families and cultures together for a bright and gorgeous celebration of their love in Durban.


I met Sharan working in the same hospital in Durban. We had an old-fashioned romance that grew into an uncompromising great love.

He proposed in Mauritius. It’s difficult to put a perfect moment into words, except that it made us immeasurably happy. We spent the rest of our holiday celebrating and grinning at the kind universe.

We hoped for a wedding day that was sincere, beautiful and remembered as one filled with celebration, gratitude and love.

We were married in St Annes Guest House, a delicately beautiful old Durban colonial house, built in 1885 as a wedding gift from a father to his son. It was offered to us by the owners and our dear friends. We were lucky to have such a personal venue.

Our planning was a haphazard journey, but somehow everything turned out well. Many unplanned DIY projects surfaced! Everyone chipped in and it was one great, mad, wonderful collaboration.


Sharan is of Indian descent and I’m English-speaking South African, so we tried to blend the two cultures. The wedding was a fun mix of the two: breyani, samosas, Champagne, sitar musicians, jazz, toasts, dancing, Bollywood jives.

Our vision for the day went far beyond any expectations. To say it was perfect would seem trite; it was like something out of a dream. I felt as if I was reliving a memory of the most cherished day of my life.

There were so many memorable moments: walking down the aisle with my father, seeing Sharan’s face, the faces of my family, some of whom hadn’t been in the same place for decades. Sharan’s family, proud and welcoming. Private glances and smiles with Sharan all through the day, and dancing with my dad at the reception.


Make sure you remember the essence of the day, which is the making and celebration of a marriage. By keeping that in mind, the small details won’t matter and you’ll be able to savour the very special occasion that it is.


We had traditional Indian wedding food, which is strictly vegetarian. This is out of respect to animals on a special occasion. Our cake was a traditional marzipan wedding fruitcake.

There were long garlands of pinkish carnations, the Indian flower of love, to go around the front of the house and in brass bowls on the tables. The sky was made of fairy lights, the tables had white linen and candles on them. Everything was simple and quietly pretty.

I ordered a sari from India where it was hand-woven with silk and gold thread. I changed into a delicate hand-made 1920s lace gown that I found on eBay and had it altered to fit. It may have torn a few times during the night, but that was fine.

Our first dance was to Sting’s ‘You Were Meant For Me’. Sharan gave me a CD when we started dating and this song was on there. It reminds us of a time when we were first falling in love.

Real wedding| Sarah & Sharan

Real wedding| Sarah & Sharan

Real wedding| Sarah & Sharan

Real wedding| Sarah & Sharan

Real wedding| Sarah & Sharan

Real wedding| Sarah & Sharan

Real wedding| Sarah & Sharan

Real wedding| Sarah & Sharan

Real wedding| Sarah & Sharan

Real wedding| Sarah & Sharan

Real wedding| Sarah & Sharan


St Annes Guest House

Jacki Bruniquel

Seating Plan
Manjula Bhoola + 27 31 208 5425 /0824518195

Hair and make-up
Clinton and Jana Rudolph of Fusion Hair +27 31 309 5056


Bride’s shoes
Oscarina Boutique

Groom’s suit
B Gangaram
Shadows +27 31 566 3388

Bridesmaids’ saris

Kristen Malan


Sunrise Prayer Goods +27 31 208 2494


Dave Yapp from Top Jocks

Indian classical music
Shanjeet Teeluck +27 31 577 8947