Avi and Prab, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Thailand
Avi and Prab’s wedding in Thailand was a sparkling affair with a waterfall of fireworks, a secret stage entrance, and pheras on the beach.
Avi and Prab hosted their wedding in Thailand which was planned by WeddingSutra Favorite – Shanaya Celebrations. Their fun celebrations in the hospitable ‘Land of Smiles’ had everyone beaming all through the various functions. Take a peek at some of the highlights and memories beautifully captured by WeddingSutra Favorite Koro Films.
How We Met
Both born and raised in London, Avi and Prab met at school during an annual charity Diwali show which his and her schools were co-organizing. They became friends and stayed in touch for a while. The two even went to different universities in London where Prab studied dentistry while Avi did a management course. As their relationship flourished over the years, Avi decided to pop the question to his lady love and proposed to her on a private yacht on the river Thames by the Tower Bridge.
One trip to Thailand for a site inspection and a billion Skype calls later, the couple decided on Sheraton Hua Hin Resort and Spa as their wedding venue. Located on a pristine beach along the southern border of Thailand, Hua Hin is a hidden gem. With outstanding Thai hospitality, diverse venues within the property and great weather for outdoor photo shoots, the resort had everything they wanted.
Prab shares, “Our vision was to have the most ‘informal’ wedding ever, and overall it turned out to be our dream wedding. The whole team at Shanaya Celebrations – Ash, Ashita, Shashi aunty and their entire team were incredible. We found them to be very hardworking, creative and most of all lovely people to work with.”
The celebrations kick-started with a welcome dinner that incorporated a summer soiree theme. The bespoke decor had a rustic feel with fairy lights and wooden props and a live band that played soft music that created the perfect vibe for the guests. Avi wore a smart printed jacket, and Prab wore a midnight blue silk gown with a diamond and sapphire necklace. The Welcome Dinner was followed by a full moon after party at the Black nightclub. A neon-themed party with glow sticks, face paints and lots of shots had guests dancing till the wee hours of the morning.
Mehndi and Pool Party
The decor theme for the mehndi pool party included a color palette of cyan and white with accents of yellow. Prab shares, “We had a small ‘dholki’ (Indian hand drum) which family members played as they sang folk songs. Avi and I entered under colored canons held by our friends. The first few hours were all about mingling, and it gradually turned into a buzzing pool party with floats, games and lots of people being pushed into the pool! I wore a beautiful canary yellow lehenga by Priyanka Jain.”
This regal theme of the sangeet witnessed a glamorous mix of blue, black and gold color palettes in the decor. The evening saw some fun dance performances by the bride, groom, family, and friends.
The traditional Hindu wedding ceremony took place in the evening on the beach. The mandap was decorated with pink floral arrangements and commanded a great ocean view. The groom made a grand entrance with his baraat on an all-terrain vehicle, a baraat truck, DJ and his best friend MCing while the bride arrived with her brothers under a floral canopy. The bride shares, “We were both lifted by our brothers for the varmala ceremony. After the pheras, everyone enjoyed a spectacular firework display including a sparkler waterfall behind us. Once we were done with the dinner on the lawn, an open mic session started where our near and dear ones gave some beautiful singing performances. My mum even sang, which was an emotional moment for me.”
The celebrations concluded with a glitzy reception. The theme for the decor was ‘White Winter Wonderland,’ and the dress code was centered around glitz and glamour. Avi and Prab’s close cousins and friends made grand entrances as the couple came on to the stage secretly which had dry ice that created a camouflage while the guests were expecting them to enter through the main door. There were lots of speeches by friends and parents which were fun and made the couple emotional. Guests also waved glow sticks that were personalized with the wedding hashtag.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Thailand
Wedding Planner: Shanaya Celebrations
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Nui
Jewellery: Mughal Jewels, New Delhi
Entertainment: DJ Xunny Dey, Bangkok, Thailand
Photography and Videography: Koro Films