With its talcum-powder beaches lapped by topaz waters, lush hills, a sublime laid-back tempo, Seychelles is a dream tropical island come true. The unparalleled natural beauty and gorgeous views of this archipelago of 115 islands is a shining jewel in the Indian Ocean. Here, no matter where you are you can be sure that a paradise is close at hand.
Considering Nikkita and Mayur call this paradise home, after their wedding in London, they realized the celebrations would be incomplete without a function there. Wanting to share in the delight of Seychelles, they hosted a reception on the country’s largest island, Mahé. The function was a showcase of all things Seychelles – the country’s flora and fauna, its history and culture. With the stunning backdrops and impeccable hospitality, the couple’s guests were treated to a wonderful event.
In the lush environs of Constance Ephelia, Nikkita and Mayur received their loved ones for the first time as a married couple. Sprawled across two of the most beautiful beaches on Mahé, Constance Ephelia overlooks the marine national park of Port Launay. The hotel perfectly captures the essence of the island and exudes an authentic Seychellois vibe.
At the function, the venue was sectioned off into disparate themed areas, each more striking than the next. Each theme aligned with the geography and culture of the country and was named after its inspiration.
Section 1: Anba Langar
At the entrance, guests were greeted with views of a rustic paradise – Latania leaves, local to this region formed shacks and a canoe offered coconuts as welcome drinks. A perfect representation of typical island life in Seychelles.
Section 2: Cape Lazare
The VIP section was named after the pirates’ cove of the island. In the past, this was a landing site for pirates who came here to hide and plunder treasure. It is said that if you dig deep enough you might uncover something today as well!
Section 3: Valle de Mai
One entire area was dedicated to a local coconut variety of Seychelles. ‘Coco de Mer’ is special species of coconut that is no longer available for consumption since it is endangered. However, once it falls off the tree, the natives use it as decor and souvenir manufacturing. The fruit remained the main decor element in this section.
Section 4: Victoria Market
Victoria Market or Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market was built in 1840 and remains one of the best places to buy fresh fruits, fish, vegetables, and spices. The buffet are, modeled on this bazaar, was cute and picturesque.
Section 5: Beau Vallon
This bay on the north-western coast of Mahé is renowned for its white sandy beaches. The theme reflected the purity of the islands’ ecosystem, powdery shores fringed with breathtaking landscapes and the concept was perfectly executed.
Section 6: Bird Island
Home to thousands of tropical birds, this coral island has been the nesting place for many migratory seabirds and a diverse fauna. However, the place once held a deeper significance to the lifestyle of the locals. Now well managed and protected, in the past, the seabirds’ meat and eggs used to play a major role in the islander’s diet.
Section 7: La Digue
An ode to one of the prettiest islands in Seychelles’, this area was designed to remind the guests of how island life went by in the yesteryears. An easy living punctuated by the sights and sounds of ox carts, bicycles going past old Creole houses and a coconut factory. The decor at the venue was evocative of some of these significant features.
The Wedding Makers:
Venue: Constance Ephiliea
Photography: Nick Rose Photography