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Divya and Mahek met when they were in school, and while the bride refuses to believe it, she was the first girl he had ever had a crush on. Their fun wedding celebrations in stunning Oman were planned by WeddingSutra Favourite - The Wedding Designers. Here, bride Divya shares some of the highlights.

Divya and Mahek, Muscat, Oman

How We Met
“Mahek and I met at our English classes in 2004, and we connected on many things. Seven years down the line we began dating, and through the journey, we realized that we were truly meant to be. We’ve had so many ups and downs, but we always managed to find our way back to each other.”

Divya and Mahek, Muscat, Oman

The Proposal
“About a year ago, we had gone to the Andamans for our pre-wedding shoot, and we were going to click a few pictures at sunrise. When the sun began to appear, we made our way to the top of a rock which was in the middle of the water and just then, he went down on one knee. I hadn’t expected that at all since we were already engaged and I loved his gesture very much!”

Divya and Mahek, Muscat, Oman

Wedding Venue
“I had visited Muscat in Oman three years back and fell in love with the place. Mahek and I wanted to get married on a beach and had spoken about it for years. While getting married in India was my first choice, Muscat was a great option too and keeping in mind several factors, and we zeroed in on Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa as our wedding venue. The hotel is unique and offers a view of the mountains on one side and the sea on the other. To make everything even better, we were assisted by a team of staff who were so excited about our wedding! They left no stone unturned in giving us our dream day and making it special.”

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa

Wedding Planning
The Wedding Designers took care of our wedding planning. Rishi and Yamini are very close to us and understood our taste perfectly. Therefore, when they designed the decor, finalized themes and booked artists they knew exactly what they were doing, and everything was just like what we wanted on our big day. Their attention-to-detail is commendable, and their team is so efficient that they can accomplish almost anything! My makeup artist was Pakkhi Pahuja, and Kaushal styled my hair. I have always been a fan of their work, and I was so happy with them. The Magic Weavers were our photography team. Abhinav and Shraddha and their team were extremely cooperative and enthusiastic. All my wedding outfits were designed and made by my sister Tanvi Sawlani who has her clothing brand ZWAAN and Mahek’s outfits were all bought from Veer Design Studio.”

Wedding Functions

Sangeet
“Our sangeet was the event that kickstarted the wedding celebration, and we decided to call it ‘Ringing It In’ since there was a ring ceremony before the performances. This function was hosted on the beach and had a very easy-breezy, yet elegant feel to it.”

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After Party
“Our after party was inspired by pop art and was essentially a colorful night full of fun and dancing. We had a dance floor covered in a pop-art version of Marilyn Monroe’s picture, installations with LED lights, a man in an outfit covered in mirrors, a performer in a yellow suit and so much more. We wanted to create a very eccentric vibe, and this was a huge hit!”

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Haldi
“The haldi ceremony had very simple decor, and all our loved ones had a blast smearing us with turmeric. This was followed by my 'chooda ceremony,' and a ‘Lemons and Lavender’ themed brunch by the sea.”

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Wedding
“The same evening, we had our wedding on Turtle Beach, and the venue had the most beautiful setup. The decor made use of pink flowers which made everything look super romantic and dreamy."

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Sufi Night
“We decided to have a Sufi Night as the final function instead of the reception since we wanted all our guests to relax and have a good time. This was such a happy occasion with live music performances. The soulful voices of the artists filled our hearts with joy, and this made for the perfect end to our nuptials.”

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Advice For Couples
“Work with your partner and families on your wedding as a team and take things as they come. As long as we remain true to ourselves and everyone else around, everything tends to fall into place. Keep in mind that nothing matters more than your relationship and your partner, so let go of all the stress and take in all the goodness of those days!”

The Wedding Makers
Venue: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Oman
Wedding Planner: The Wedding Designers
Bride’s Outfits: ZWAAN
Groom’s Outfits: Veer Design Studio
Jewellery: Mahira Jewels, Delhi; Doro Fashions, Mumbai; Jewellery By Preeti Mohan, Delhi
Makeup Artist: Pakkhi Pahuja
Hairstylist: Kaushal

Photography and Videography: The Magic Weavers

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