Trisha, A Real Bride shares her Beautiful Wedding Journey
My name is Trisha and here is a little about me and my husband Dharmesh. I am originally a Bengali girl from Madhya-Pradesh and Dharmesh a Kannadiga Brahmin, he was born in Bangalore but grew up in US. After years of working in US, He came back to India and joined an airline as a pilot where I was already working as a flight attendant.
This is how it all started ...
We met four years back. At first we never spoke, but he was good friends with my girl friends and I had heard a lot about him and his charming personality. After which I ran into him at lunch during one of our common stays in Delhi and that's where we developed a mutual attraction towards each other. And just after a couple of dinners and night outs we knew our relationship was going places. I still remember meeting him for dinners and him talking non stop and making me laugh. And since then he hasn't changed a bit. He makes me the happiest, I have never been so sure of anything else before and I look forward to many more years of laughter and togetherness.
Dharmesh and I are currently working in UAE and are Beach lovers. So our vision for a perfect wedding was an intimate modern beach wedding. So we kept our options open for beaches in Phuket, Bali or Maldives but then settled down for Goa in India. Dharmesh and I always believed that a wedding is a celebration of lifetime of togetherness and we wanted to make these two days a special and memorable one for everyone we had a very small guest list of family and very close friends.
So living in UAE and coordinating a wedding in Goa wasn't easy. As Dharmesh and I planned every little detail of it by our selves. From "Save the dates" to choosing the venue. After a lot of research we found "Weddings and Dreams" owned by Lester Melo, a wedding Planner based out of Goa. He suggested us few hotels and after a lot of skype calls we decided to celebrate our wedding at the "Holiday Inn Beach Resort", Goa. It's a fabulous property on Mobor beach where we booked rooms for our guests.
Events: Mehendi ceremony in the afternoon and Cocktail party in the evening
The Cocktail party took place at the Beach Hut. Its a Beach Shack with the local feel of Goa which was beautifully decorated for a perfect fun evening, A casual get-together & pre wedding party to celebrate our wedding at a beach shack. The night was all about some foot stomping music, drinks and dance. I wasn't very sure of what I wanted my dress to look like for this event but I knew I wanted it to be comfortable and yet elegant. So after a lot of trips to several stores in several countries, I still didn't find a perfect dress till one day Dharmesh went to Germany for one of his work trips and while going around the city he found a store that sold evening dresses and picked up this elegant navy one shoulder dress. It was the perfect dress which fitted me exactly the way I wanted it to be. I accessorized it with big gold earrings, bracelet and black killer high heels. My hair was styled in an updo.
Events: Haldi ceremony in the morning, Sunset Beach wedding in the afternoon and Reception in the evening
The Haldi ceremony took place early in the morning. I wanted this ceremony to be a traditional bengali 'Guy Holood' ceremony where I wore a beautiful Mustard Yellow and Gold Kanjivaram saree which was given by a very close Aunt and my mom draped it in bengali style which was perfect. I paired it with a simple mang tikka, gold neckless, earrings and lots of gold bangles which was all designed and given by my mom.
For the Wedding...
As It was an afternoon beach wedding we kept the decor simple. While choosing the wedding color we opted for neutral colors like Ivory, Beige and tan and we paired it with salmon orange. We also placed colorful sandalwood scented hand fans from Thailand for every chair.
While getting my wedding dress I did quite a bit of research online and exactly knew what I wanted. I stayed away from usual bridal colors like red and gold for the wedding, and opted for this 'gorgeous Ivory and bright pink lehenga' which I picked up from one of my shopping trips to Delhi.
It was a Brahmin style wedding and instead of usual polki sets, I chose to go for temple Jewelry. I wore a sparkly ivory peep toes with it. My make up was done by Jolen, a bridal make up artist from South Goa. I asked her not to cake my face and not to match my make-up with my wedding dress. I just wanted gorgeous doll eyes with luscious lashes that I picked up from Mac, which was perfect for my eye shape, neutral lips and hair was done in a bun with lots of flowers.
For the reception...
We played our pre wedding video which was shot in Dubai and Oman. We knew we are not one of those couple who can sit on the stage and get greeted by guests so we kept the reception very casual. We had fire dancers to kick start the night followed by our first dance and then it was all about drinking dancing and enjoying. The night was so magically entertaining that older family members including our friends were on the dance floor. We had fun props like massive eye shades, masks, hats, a princess crown and pink fur ( P.S which was worn by the groom). We officially finished the night with lighting lanterns by the beach and continued the rest of the night with our friends enjoying and dancing Gangnam style.
My attire for the reception was a 'glamorous red lehenga with corset' which I got from the same boutique as my wedding lehenga. I left my hair open and paired it with kundan jewelry.
Most memorable Wedding moment...
It is very difficult to come up with one favorite moment as the whole wedding was so much fun and memorable with the best people around. But I guess when I walked down the aisle with my mom and dad and I looked at the mandap and my man was standing there waiting for me. It was just overwhelming but in a good way.
My most important wedding decision was to decide on a photographer. Finding a perfect photographer is as hard as finding a perfect groom!! It took me 6 months, endless emails and internet research till I found my photographer. As Dharmesh and I never had a professional shoot before we did our pre-wedding shoot, during which ( probably like most couples) we were so camera shy but were quite surprised by the result. Our pre-wedding photographer in Dubai did a fantastic job, so after that it became even more important to get a good wedding photographer. So after 6 months of endless research, tons of Emails and calls I found Isha shukla from Ahmedabad. Her work is fabulous. She did a fantastic job with our pictures. I guess after putting in so much effort and arranging every little detail it's important to document it.
Tips for brides to be:
The most important-' let loose and enjoy'.
Photography by: Isha Shukla
About Isha shukla
Isha Shukla, is a Photographer based in Ahmedabad - Gujarat. She is a graduate in Interior Architecture from CEPT University and a self-taught photographer. She is currently practicing as a freelance travel/ wedding and architecture photographer. Indian weddings have always fascinated her because they consist of those tiny details and rituals performed which makes them so intriguing regardless of various scales. Website, Facebook