Sapna Makwana and Rashpal Hanspal decided on a destination wedding, as they wanted to do something unique and different. The couple wanted their Hindu-Sikh union to be fun and relaxed so it could be more like a holiday for them and their guests and not a stress filled occasion. To help them achieve this they brought the Foreign Wedding Planners on board and let the experts do the rest! Find out more details on their romantic beach wedding below.
The couple had been to Thailand years before and had fond memories of their time there, so it seemed like the ideal spot for their big day. Sapna also points out that it was a reassuring destination, as “this location seems to cater well for an Indian wedding”. Their choice of venue was the Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa, which the bride says “was perfect on all counts”. The hotel also undertook the catering, an aspect that was a high priority for this couple. “Food was very important for us, we wanted to have a mixture of cuisines over the events and it had to be top quality.“ Verdict? The property surpassed itself, the bridal couple and guests were blown away by the amount of choice and “everything was absolutely delicious“ they say.
The couple wanted a chilled out, stress-free destination wedding. Weddings as we know, particularly Indian ones, are not easy to plan, destination ones less so. That’s why this bride and groom hired Neha Mehrotra of Foreign Wedding Planners, so they could just live this big moment instead of organising it. As the couple explains “she executed our dream wedding in the most amazing way. From start to finish, Neha thought of everything, which meant we could focus on just enjoying the events with our guests. Every time we walked into an event, we were overwhelmed with how beautiful the décor and ambience was. She was a pleasure to work with!”.
Since this was a culturally mixed wedding -Hindu & Sikh- Sapna and Rashpal wanted their sartorial choice to reflect this “fusion of cultures”.
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Sapna’s outfits were: a long Grecian cream dress she wore at the welcome party. This was followed by the sangeet for which she wore “a beautiful fuchsia pink and gold lehenga, bought from Yavani in Leicester, England. Paired with Arabic style jewellery, as the theme was Arabian Nights. For the wedding ceremonies, I wore a traditional bright red lehenga. For the reception, a beautifully embroided peach gown with a train that made me feel like a princess.” The bride went on to add that her last two outfits were bought from the London based store Mongas. For the finishing touches, she had her makeup was done by Simran Takkar from Ablaze and her jewels were from Taj Jewels in Leicester and Kyles in London.
As for the groom, he wore outfits that complimented the brides looks on all occasions. For the welcome party, he was casually styled. While at the sangeet he took it up a notch and wore a bright peacock blue sherwani. A classic cream and gold sherwani was the look for the wedding and for his reception, he went all out for a custom-made tux by luxurious The Bespoke Club in Singapore.
All their joy was captured by CoolBluez Photography, and if you asked the bride to pick her favourite moment? She says she couldn’t. “It’s a challenge to highlight just one moment, as we loved it every bit and just didn’t want it to end. One of the most amazing moments for me was when I walked into the Hindu ceremony and I could see the mandap in all its glory against the backdrop of the sea, it was just stunning! Also Walking into the reception for the first time, hand-in-hand as husband and wife, everything was just perfect and we felt so blessed”.
From Her To You:
From one bride to another here is her top tip for you!
“Hire a good wedding planner! The process of planning and preparing for a wedding should be fun, but it does have its stressful moments and those can be greatly reduced with a good wedding planner, leaving you to focus on the fun parts. Also, as cliché as this is, don’t forget to enjoy your own wedding and take it all in, it goes by so fast so make the most of it, and the memories will last forever“.