This fusion beachside wedding combined the best of Indian and Irish cultures to create a heady mix of joy and laughter
A union that brought two rich cultures together, Chris and Priyanka’s wedding was a feast for the eyes with its artful display of both, Indian and Irish cultures. The duo’s love story started in London, where Priyanka who hails from the ‘city of dreams’, Mumbai, and Chris, from the scenic Belfast had moved to pursue their ambitions. Over the course of six years, their relationship steadily became stronger, and when the time came to take the plunge into marital bliss, both their families, despite their cultural differences, happily agreed to their union.
Describing her thought process behind choosing the venue in her hometown Mumbai, Priyanka shares, “Being born and brought up in the suburbs of Mumbai city, Juhu, which is close to the shore I’ve been a frequent beach-goer. So, when the time came to choose a venue I settled on a sea-side venue that captures the spirit of the city and offers impeccable hospitality. Hotel Sea Princess ticked all the boxes as it gave me the option of having my mandap right by the beach while the sunset made a stunning backdrop as we tied the knot.”
Acknowledging the mammoth task of planning a wedding that had people from all over the world flying in, the couple decided to rope in professional vendors that they could rely on completely. Their dream team consisted of photographers Dark Cup Productions, makeup artists Mridula and Monika Dey, along with National Decorators who helmed the decor front exceptionally well.
Starting with the sangeet, the duo’s nuptials began on a high note with a glamorous and boisterous celebration that had everyone showing off their best moves on the dancefloor. Following the fun-filled sangeet was the awe-inspiring beachside wedding ceremony that celebrated the rich desi culture. Priyanka shares, “Our wedding was one big party, and everyone went away filled with happy memories. I wanted Chris’s Irish family and friends to experience the rich Indian culture, but I consciously made it a point to include their traditions too. Since we had guests flying in from England, USA, Australia and Singapore, it was essential that everything went smoothly.
Chris was also very enthusiastic about the traditional wedding and adopted our desi mannerisms perfectly. He entered with a proper baarat sitting astride on a ghodi, and he even touched all the elders’ feet. My family was extremely impressed!”
Keeping the bride’s love for the beach and the traditional theme in mind the decor was replete with plush elements that reflected the bride’s elegant personality. A mandap adorned with fresh white flowers surrounded by lush palms contrasted delightfully with the dark velvet sky. Apart from the mandap, the rest of the decor was kept deliberately simple to let the guests enjoy the pristine beach to its fullest. Dressed in a soft rose lehenga, the bride was the showstopper and made heads turn as she glowed under the last rays of the setting sun. Accessorizing her look was a gorgeous ruby and diamond-encrusted necklace, maang tikka and earrings. The groom, on the other hand, decided to contrast her with an off white intricately embroidered sherwani. Ending the nuptials on a high note was a dazzling reception that had a harp player entertaining the guests with mesmerizing tunes.
When quizzed about what kind of advice she’d like to give couples who’re getting married, Priyanka wisely shares, “Don’t pay much attention to ‘trends, Instead, just focus on what makes you happy as a couple. Follow your instincts at all times.”
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Ballroom by BCB (Sangeet), Hotel Sea Princess (Wedding)
Décor: National Decorators
Groom’s Outfits: Kora by Nilesh Mitesh (Sangeet), Manyavar (Wedding), Moss Bros. (Reception)
Bride’s Outfits: Salian By Anushree (Sangeet), Geeta Bangera (Wedding)
Makeup: Mridula (Sangeet), Monika Dey (Wedding)
Photography: Dark Cup Productions