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It takes skill and resourcefulness to organize a wedding incorporating dual cultures in another country that is far away from one's hometown. But, Divakar and Tina managed to do just that. Here, Divakar shares highlights of the wonderful celebrations in the lovely Malaysian island of Langkawi.

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

How We Met
“I grew up in Chennai while Tina grew up in Germany. In 2015, we met in Dubai while we were on a Meditation and Silence Course. I went in on my first day and she was sitting right there and that’s where we started talking. Surprisingly, we failed in our first five days of the course by not keeping silent and talking to each other. Our friendship turned into something so beautiful and Tina knew from the very first time that this meant something and we were destined to be together. We were lucky enough to know almost instantly that this was the start of something special.”

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Proposal
“We didn’t really have the quintessential proposal but Tina decided to meet my family and friends to propose and I did the same with her family and friends. We wanted our close ones to come together, accept us and understand our culture. The proposal, the acceptance and our loved ones coming together for this was more important to us before we embarked on a beautiful journey together.”

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Wedding Venue
“We did not believe in only one side of the two families hosting the wedding but Tina and I wanted to host this for everyone at a common destination. We soon started looking out for destinations and we had an ideal budget. We wanted a new atmosphere without compromising on comfort for the guests. Since the two families were coming together to bond, Langkawi felt like the right choice. After much research, we finalized Four Seasons Resort Langkawi.”

Wedding Functions
“We first had our wedding celebration in Langkawi for two days and then a reception in Chennai followed by another reception in Gurgaon.”

'Mandi Bunga'
“We kick-started the festivities with a Malaysian traditional ritual called 'Mandi Bunga' which is performed to dispel bad luck and bless the couple. The rationale is that once the couple is void of bad luck, they are able to attract good fortune. It was such a beautiful ceremony with only our close families and friends. We were all in tears by the end of the ritual.”

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Wedding and After Party
“Since we wanted to host a white wedding, we opted for the gorgeous beach of the hotel as the venue. The entire decor comprised elegant and delicate floral arrangements. It was a testament to the love that surrounded us that day that everyone cried during our vows. Soon after the ceremony, it was time for the after-party; glamor and glitz with all things shiny were the order for the evening. Keeping with the vibe of good sounds this wedding enjoyed, the evening was filled with lots of fun music and dancing.”

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Chennai Reception
“After the Langkawi wedding, we also hosted a reception in Chennai. We are proud of the lovely event which reflected Chennai's vibes - intimate, unifying and simply joyful!”

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Divakar and Tina, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Advice for Couples
“Weddings are meant to be fun, full of laughter and lots of love. If you know what you want, do it your way. The only people that matter is you, your partner and your family. Make your day as magical as you can, and it will be!”

Wedding Makers
Venue: Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia
Wedding Planner: Vajenthi Vadivelu, Wedding Services Executive, Four Seasons Resort
Decor: Darling Florist (Langkawi)
Bride's Outfit: Maggie Sottero, Bride2Be Wedding Boutique (Dubai)
Groom's Outfit: Suit Supply
Makeup Artist: Peiling (Singapore), Skincover Bridal Make Up (Langkawi)
Photographer: Nick Tan – 7 Plus Image, Eddie Ng Song Hooi – BW Studio and Murali Raju- Hi-Q Weddings (Chennai)

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