Krish & Reshu's Wedding in Phuket, Thailand
Krish and Reshu's wedding in Phuket was all about reliving their special moments all over again! From a 'Spanish Flamenco Fantasy' Welcome Party to a 'New York City of Lights' Pool Party to a 'Love Locked in Paris' Mehndi, every function represented cities close to their hearts and hence lent a deeper meaning to the wedding!
How we met:
Krish and I met for the first time on Valentine’s Day 2015 in Mumbai. It was a typical Saturday night and we both were out chilling with our friends. When he saw me for the first time, he approached me and wanted to buy me a drink to get my attention. We hardly spoke and I didn’t give him much attention. Long story short, he left the bar because he thought we wouldn’t talk after that night. After that tiny conversation though, we ended up adding each other on social media. Soon, we both went our separate ways. He went back to the States to finish his medical rotation and I went back to Spain. Three months later, I saw his Snapchat story and figured he had an amazing taste in Bollywood music; I then went through his Instagram and randomly liked one of his old pictures. Soon after, we started talking via text and realized that we had a lot in common. He had a month off from med school in June and he had decided to take a holiday. I invited him to Barcelona, and he booked his flight over night. This was the only way we would get to know each other better but still we both had no expectations. I was supposed to pick him up from the airport, but I fell asleep, and he thought he had taken the wrong decision to come to Barcelona by himself. But when we met for lunch later, he realized, “I was completely wrong! Her sweet smile and her enthusiastic personality blew me away!” We hung out every day – I made plans to show him what a fun and beautiful city Barcelona was. On the last day, I asked him what I meant to him? He replied saying, “You are a very special girl.” The rest, as they say, is history 😉
As amazing as the wedding was, the whole planning process was very tough. Krish and I were very clear about our vision for each function at the wedding, but it took us some time to relay the experience we wanted to give to our loved ones while sharing our love story, as we wanted the planners to imagine it the way we did. We wanted a wedding that had not more than 250 guests – the perfect balance between fun, class and intimate. I Do Etc., our wedding planners, helped us put everything together. Before I even met them, I had collected pictures of decor, etc. from Pinterest and that’s when we decided to make a traveling wedding diary.
Feelings on the Big Day:
Schedule of events and outfits worn on each function:
Every event at our wedding had its own unique venue, representing a city or country that has been close to our hearts. We were thrilled to have taken our loved ones all the way to Thailand and share our traveling diary wedding adventure with them.
‘Spanish Flamenco Fantasy’
We welcomed our family members through a Spanish Flamenco Fantasy theme. I was born and raised in Barcelona, a cosmopolitan city that attracts a lot of tourists every year and is vibrant with culture. This city is where our love story began, so we commenced the wedding functions with this theme, which added a deeper layer of meaning to the occasion and gave us the opportunity to relive those moments all over again.
‘New York City of Lights’ Pool Party
The next day was when most of our guests arrived, so we threw a sundowner pool party, which had a ‘New York City of Lights’ theme, representing the skyline, lights and the vibe of a city that never sleeps. There is something about New York that is so addictive. Once you leave, you just feel like returning to it again and again. Krish was living in New York for six months while finishing his medical rotation and I decided to do a diamond grading course there at the same time. There is so much to do when living in the fastest city in the world – you go out, you work hard, you meet tons of different people every day and balancing all that made our relationship stronger.
‘Love Locked in Paris’ Mehendi
A ‘Paris’ theme is incredibly versatile and romantic. Attaching a ‘Love Lock’ on a Paris bridge was on the top of our bucket list for a very long time. Unfortunately, Paris banned it recently. So we decided to set up a bridge at our Mehendi, where our family and friends could have the opportunity to fasten padlocks to symbolize our love.
‘Mughal Mystique’ Sangeet
Inspired by the opulence and grandeur of Rajasthani palaces, we wanted to recreate a ‘Royal Sangeet’ experience for everyone. Every girl grows up wishing that her wedding day will be dreamy and elegant, and so she pays attention to the smallest of details, be it in clothes, bridal jewelry or the wedding decor. Krish and I were fascinated by the Rajasthani culture and wanted to represent its beauty and grandeur on our Big Day.
By the Ocean Pheras
We both have always loved the ocean, so choosing a destination wedding and getting married on the beach was a dream come true.
‘Winter Wonderland’ Reception
I lived in London for four years, and Hyde Park’s Magical Winter Wonderland was my favorite place to visit every year. It’s the perfect world, where there is only happiness, and that’s the feeling we wanted to bring to our wedding. It went perfectly with our all-white decor at our American reception.
When it came to deciding the venue, we were clear that we wanted a destination wedding that doesn’t have a lot of restrictions with outdoor events. We made a trip to Phuket in Thailand and came across this beautiful resort, Angsana Laguna Resort & Villa Phuket, which was a modern tropical getaway in Bang Tao. We instantly fell in love with this property! Phuket was very convenient for us, especially because we have a lot of family and friends in Asia and that would make it easier for them to come. For those living in Europe and United States, we knew that Thailand would be a completely different experience for them.
Performers and Performances:
Krish’s sister owns a dance company in New York city, BnbDance, so she was in charge of all the performances from Krish’s side while my older sister took care of the bride’s side’s performances. They all surprised us with their dancing to latest Bollywood hits. Krish’s friends, who are med school students and were part of a dance team back when he was at college, redid those performances in a white gown, which became the highlight of the night.
Advice for to-be-weds (one or two sentences):
YOU DON’T HAVE TO INVITE EVERYONE – It’s very important that you and your partner have the best time of your life, where you are able to interact with each of your friends and family members to make it memorable for you and them.
Photographer/Videographer: WeddingNama (Mumbai)
Wedding Planner: I Do Etc.
Make-up Artist: Kamlesh Goplani (Mumbai)
Hair Stylist: Veronica Martinez (Barcelona)
Bartender: Dr. Mixology
DJ: DJ Sumit Sethi
Venue: Angsana Laguna, Phuket
Bride’s Outfits: Welcome Party: Custom made by Sujata & Sanjay | Pool Party: Custom made by Sujata & Sanjay | Mehndi: Custom made by Sujata & Sanjay | Sangeet: Falguni and Shane Peacock | Pheras: Sujata & Sanjay | Reception: Shantanu & Nikhil
Groom’s Outfits: Avinash Punjabi