Prashanth & Andrea's Wedding in Bangalore & Goa, India
Who knew a valentines date would turn into a true love story? Prashanth and Andrea's Hindu and Christian weddings were truly magical.
How we met:
My husband and I met when we were just 21 and 18 years of age respectively, working at a Corporate & Business Coaching Company as Interns in Bangalore. Within a few months of working together he asked me out on a Date on Valentine’s Day and ever since then we’ve been together for the last 7+ years and the rest is history!
I was determined to plan the Wedding on my own, so initially the process was slightly overwhelming, as I had no clue where to start from. I spent a lot of my time browsing through wedding blogs and stories written or shared by Real brides. Google search, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Pinterest became my go to place for wedding planning inspiration and ideas. And eventually I gained all the information and knowledge I required in planning the Wedding and selecting my Vendors. Hence, it turned out to be smooth and rewarding on D-Day!
Feelings on the Big Day:
I had mixed feelings, mostly happy and anxious. I always visualized and dreamt of my Wedding Day, knowing it would be a certain way and so I got emotional and cried during my vows as I couldn’t believe that it was finally happening and coming together, that I was finally marrying the man of my dreams and we would spend the rest of our lives together, just the way I imagined it to be.
I was accompanied by my Mom and Mom in Law and it was very smooth. We were lucky that we finished shopping for our Wedding outfits all in 1 Day! We had already made a list of stores we would visit and shop at, for the Wedding and we were happy to find exactly what we wanted.
Schedule of events and outfits worn on each function:
Kanjeevaram Saree (Vijayalakshmi Silks) – Hindu Wedding
White Gown (Elan Design Studio) – Christian Wedding
Red Lehenga (Aanchal Bridal Gallery) – Christian Wedding Reception
First was the Hindu Wedding in Bangalore and since my husband’s family is from Andhra Pradesh (South India) the wedding was celebrated as per the South Indian theme of rituals, customs and decor. Next was the Christian Wedding & Reception in Goa. The colour scheme for this was Marsala, Dusty Rose, Olive & Soft Gold and theme for the decor was Vintage, Rustic-chic.
Since we were having two weddings, we wanted to pick venues that were distinctly different from each other. For the Hindu wedding we picked Ganjam Mantapa, once the ancestral home of Bangalore’s well known diamond jewellers which was built and redesigned as per traditional South Indian architecture with sloping tiled roofs, a garden courtyard with multi-level water body, sandalwood hued textured walls, decorated with Rangoli and toran patterns with dark red tiles reminiscent of red-oxide floors of the bygone era, giving the space the perfect ethnic look. Our main requirements for this venue was – seating capacity for 400 people, a Dinning Hall, Kitchen (so the caterers could prepare fresh South Indian meals), Washrooms, Car parking facility, Architectural theme and design. We found this venue through friends and family.
For the Christian wedding we were very clear that we wanted to exchange our vows and celebrate the ceremony in Church and then have a Reception on a beachfront/beach-facing property. We found out about Prainha Resort by the Sea, online on Google and decided to see it in person. Our requirement was that it should be a sea-facing property, accommodating upto 100+ guests with an outdoor and indoor seating capacity of the same, providing Food & Beverage, Catering, Hospitality and managerial support from the owners, staff and team members since I was planning the Wedding all by myself. It’s a green resort that has no lifts, and the property architecturally transports you back to Greece or Old Goa with it’s picturesque view, whitewashed walls with blue windows, red brick steps and beautiful landscaping. It just fit the bill.
Performers and Performances:
We decided not to give our family members a tough time by asking them to perform for us 😛
Instead, we as Bride & Groom decided to perform for our Guests! We performed Bachata on Stand by me (Prince Royce version). Being a dancer myself it was easy for me to do so but since my Husband has two left feet and put aside 1 month to train under the guidance of Atish Khan who choreographed the song and trained us accordingly.
Few words on the photographer, videographer, hair/make-up artist, bartenders and DJ:
All of my vendors understood me and my needs really well. They were extremely sweet, understanding and co-operative with me and my family members and did a fantabulous job of making us look great!
Advice for to-be-weds:
You are probably going to fight the most while planning the wedding due to in differences in tastes and preferences. So keep calm and carry on. Enjoy the process while it lasts. Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture i.e. coming together in love and faith and spending the rest of your lives together.
Photography: Vivek Krishnan Photography, Bangalore & Flashbakc Studios, Goa
Videography: Magic Elephants, Chennai
Wedding Decorator: Ganjam Matapa, Bangalore & Fergie Pinto, Goa
Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist: Make up by Preeya, Bangalore & Minette Pereira, Goa
Live Band: A26, Goa
Wedding Cards: Rajratan Paper Products, Bangalore
Wedding Cake: Sweet Art Cakes by Sharla D’souza, Goa
Wedding Jewellery: Rajrathnam Jewels, Raj Diamonds & Malabar Gold
Wedding Choreographer: Atish Khan
Wedding Favors: Packaging sourced from Dragon Mart, Dubai. Silver coins designed by Hitesh of Design Space and created by Antegra Silver Company, Banaglore
Photo Courtesy: Vivek Krishnan Photography, Bangalore & Flashbakc Studios, Goa