When Wedding Planner Pritie Jain invited us for Poonam and Akash’s shaadi at Radisson Blu Resort, Mamallapuram we were delighted to travel there. Firstly because bride Poonam is a huge fan of WeddingSutra, and since we’ve stayed at the resort earlier and we were only too happy to visit the tranquil temple town again.
Akash and Poonam
Mamallapuram is a two hour drive from Chennai airport, there are two resorts for those looking to host an intimate celebration or a big, fat wedding- Radisson Blu Resort, owned by South India’s GRT group and Fisherman’s Cove run by the Taj Group of Hotels. Radisson, with a newly-renovated ballroom, lawns by the beach and open space next to the swimming pool (the longest in India) offers versatile spaces for different celebrations. Shabin Sarvotham, the General Manager tells us that they’re now hosting several weddings every month, of different communities and families from India and abroad. Poonam Lunawat and Akash Mehta’s celebrations were fun and hectic; they exchanged vows by the beautifully decorated poolside and the Radha Krishna theme lunch was held the next day, by the lawns. The reception was in the banquet hall after which was a Sangeet with performances by friends and families. A huge variety of South Indian specialities and North Indian delicacies made it tough for us to decide what to sample and relish. And how can we forget the delicious coffee at the filter kaapi counter. Now back in Mumbai, we long for something as good as what we felt was the best filter kaapi.
The Wedding celebration by the poolside
Mehndi and Festivities
Music and Masti in the lawns
Celebration over in Radisson, we dropped by at Fisherman’s Cove. A wedding set-up was taking place there, and with simple decor, the lawns of the resort with an old-world charm, looked picture-perfect!
Vivanta by Taj Fisherman’s Cove
Photographs Courtesy- Abhinay Omkar
Wedding Planners- Bling Mushrooms