Nishita Patwardhan and Jasjeet Singh
Nishita Patwardhan of On Cue Productions writes on her Gurdwara and Christian wedding in Koh Samui, Thailand
Nishita Patwardhan of On Cue Productions on her Gurdwara and Christian wedding in Koh Samui, Thailand
I live in Bombay and I work in the Event Management field and have my own company called On Cue Productions. We stage manage all the big awards nights and pageants in India including Filmfare Awards and Miss India . I have been doing this for the last 12 years. My husband Jasjeet Singh was modelling for some extra pocket money while doing his Engineering degree in Bangalore and we met while we were both working on an event.
We had a long distance relationship for a few years and then he moved to Bombay to be closer to me. We have been seeing each other for the last 10 years. My husband switched over from engineering to event management and he now has his own company. The wedding was the biggest event we have probably managed. Being in this field it was easy for us on one level but on another it had to be just perfect down to the last detail since we knew what it takes to make an event perfect. We were getting too involved in the details and we had to be repeatedly reminded that we were the bridal couple and should assume those roles rather than checking on the decor, catering etc. But we had vowed no matter what to enjoy our wedding which I’m glad we actually did! It was a blast and so much more special because we put it together ourselves.
Our wedding was in Koh Samui , Thailand because we wanted to keep it small and have only our near and dear friends and family there. My friends and family are from Bombay and around the world and his from all over India . Me and Jasjeet went to Koh Samui years ago on a holiday and fell in love with the place. Jasjeet jokingly mentioned to me that we should get married here. When the time came to choose a wedding location Koh Samui was the first choice subject to a Gurdwara being there.
God answered our prayers! A very small bunglow had been converted into a Gurdwara just 2 years before and we were the first couple to get married in that gurdwara! We also had a Christian style exchange of vows on the beach as I believe in Christianity! Both ceremonies were radically different and equally beautifull and special!
My look for the wedding
Being from the event and fashion industry I have always had a lot of exposure to the best clothes, make-up, accessories and the latest trends so I pretty much knew exactly what I wanted for every occasion down to the last detail and getting it together was very easy but time consuming!
My company works closely with a lot of stylists so when it came to choosing my make up and hair stylist the choice was wide open! But make-up maestros Bharat & Doris Godambe are like family to me since we have worked together since so many years. As soon as my wedding date was finalised I informed them since they usually get booked months in advance. They unhesitatingly cleared their calender for me and came to Koh Samui as our guests and also my stylists! It was very special to have them there!
7th August Mehndi function on the beach
I have been a huge fan of Sabyaschis (Sabya) clothes and I was dying to wear an outfit by him at one of my functions. Since this was a casual beachy function the outfit had to be cool, comfortable and light. I knew excatly what I wanted from Sabya’s pret range but unfortunately the stores that stock Sabya’s clothes in Bombay don’t take orders on the pret line so with the help of my office girls who handle backstage on Sabya’s shows and a friend of mine who was shooting with him I sent him a note requesting if he could make an exception and make a pret outfit for me on order! I had sent pics of myself, my measurement, and reference pictures of what I liked from his collection. Sabya was so touched by my note that he decided to gift me the outfit! The outfit was beautiful. It was an old rose print cotton kurta and perfectly suited the occasion of a mehndi, sagri cum choodi ceremony on the beach! I wore simple ancestral kundan earrings with it as they were to be taken off when my in-laws family had to perform the sagri ceremony which is a Sindi ceremony where the bride is decked up in floral ornaments!
7th August- Dinner party
For the dinner party I wore a simple yet elegant peach lace corset and lehenga made by a friends mother who is a designer- Falguni Davda. It was an Indo-western creation and was perfectly suited for a party by the pool.
8th Aug- Gurdwara Wedding
Since we were in Koh Samui but doing an Indian wedding we decided to make it as traditional as possible with all the colours and festivities our Indian weddings are known for. The colour theme was Orange & Pink! And the theme carried through from us, to the decor, to the kids clothes to the head scarfs and fans given out at the Gurdwara!
My mother is the store manager for Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla in Bombay and I have known Abu and Sandeep for over 10 years now. So there was no element of doubt on who was making our outfits. When you know and have access to the best in Indian Couture why go elsewhere. Abu and Sandeep and the entire team at their store took special care in ensuring our outfits were exceptionally nice! Thanks to their outfits we felt like a King and Queen on that day. My outfit was a short pink orange kurta with a beautiful long dupatta to cover my head! It had exquisite gota work embroidery on it. I wore an ancestral set of Kundan Jewelery that went well with the outfit! My husband wore a Sherwani with dull gold simple embroidery in a cream colour with pink threads running through it. He had grown a beard so he could wear a turban and look like a traditional sardar for that day! I have never seen a better looking sardar in Jmy entire life
8th August- Sangeet
We had a sangeet party that night to celebrate the wedding. The location was a beach side resort with the party partially by the beach, pool and indoor. All you could see is the ocean lit up in turqoiuse blue at night and to compliment that I wanted us to wear outfits in shades of aqua which I found ideal for a beach side party!
We found really nice complimenting outfits at Shantanu & Nikhil in Bombay . I wore a very Indo-western Lehnga. The top was a ruched chiffon empire line sleevless top and it went with anornate leather work Aqua, biege and gold lehnga with aqua netting underneath! I have a passion for putting flowers on my hair so I wore flowers tucked in on one side of my hair. The make up was a bit bolder and more fun…less traditional! My husband was clear he wanted to wear just a simple kurta and stay cool and comfortable so he selected a kurta that complimented mine in cream with little aqua hints and an aqua kurta & stole. We looked well co-ordinated together, much to my delight! The jewellery I wore was gifted to me by my in laws.
9th- Exchange of vows on the beach in the evening followed by a reception
This was the nicest of all our occasions. It was co-ordinated down to the very last detail! We did the entire bridal entourage that a Christian wedding has.. from the Best Man, to three brides maids, page boys and flower girls. The colour was ivory and pink and transended through to everything.
I went a little mad trying to find outfits for the bridesmaids as they were all of different shapes, sizes and heights! Eventually I went to designer Lascelles Symons who I have known from his modelling days to help me out. He made beautiful flowy pink grecian gowns in georgette in different styles but in the same fabric. The girls looked really pretty and each one’s outfit suited them individually. The page boys outfits were designed by me and executed by a men’s tailor! The flower girls outfits were made by my friend Karen who makes dresses for kids! They were perfectly embellished with pink rose buds and a wreath and she even made their flower baskets to match!
I wore a strapless lace corset with a organza skirt with a trail and a hint of lace at the hemline. The two piece set was a bridal gown when put together. It was rather simple but very elegant. I had picked up this gown at a small Atelier in London over three years ago and was so relieved that I still fit into it! It was completed with a net veil with diamontes sprinkled on it! I added to the ready outfit a stole that went across the shoulders to make it a little more conservative and comfortable. Abu and Sandeep also decided to bling out the top corset a little more with diamontes which just added the perfect finishing touch on the gown! To complete the look I wore shoulder duster diamond earrings only and as a last minute addition a simple small cross gifted by a friend which I placed on a make shift pink ribbon around my neck!
My husband wore a simple white linen suit with a soft pink shirt and a light pink rose corsage to complete the look in his button hole!
My makeup was very simple, yet pretty and irredascent; very little base makeup and soft pink lips and rouge! Bharat out did himself with doing the best job ever on me! And as proof of that my husband had tears in his eyes when he saw me come down the isle; which is definitely a first in our 10 years of seeing each other! I was clear from the begining I wanted flowers in my hair and no tiara etc! Doris swept my hair back in a comfortable up style and arranged the flowers beautifully! I was very pleased with the way I looked and felt at this function and I was comfortable and cool all evening! I danced all night and still not a hair or flower was out of place!
This was a fairytale wedding for us and just PERFECT all the way through!