When a part-Irish, part-Punjabi man marries a true-blue English woman, there is one thing you can expect from the wedding- unadulterated fun! Emily and Rian's wedding was that, and much more. The UK-based couple decided to solemnize their vows amid the swaying palms on the pristine lawns of The Leela, Goa, where Rian's brother had also tied the knot a couple years ago. Also, it offered the convenience of space and comfort for all their guests.

Destination Goa

Rian and Emily have been friends since college so the couple had invited all their friends over to share their special moment. It took a year of planning and deft management skills to bring over around 150 guests from London, Exeter and Melbourne, all the way to Goa for their two-day wedding ceremony at the luxury beach hotel.

The Venue

The wedding functions were held on the pristine lawns of The Leela. The decor was minimal and elegant with just a few fairy lights strung up in the air and around the white canopies across the lawn. On the wedding day, the aisle was strewn with marigold petals to add a festive touch.

Hindustani Style

The Sangeet was as much a traditional music ceremony as it was a party. Apart from all the ladies performing to some of the latest Bollywood songs, there was a professional dance troupe and a DJ to keep the spirits up. By the end of the evening, everyone was on the dance floor.

On the wedding day, a dapper Rian arrived on horseback in a traditional sherwani through the lawns of The Leela, while Emily was chauffeur-driven in a golf cart! Emily's father walked her down the aisle to the mandap, where the bride and groom were married as per traditional Hindu rituals in a magical setting. Emily's hairstyle was inspired by Jessica Alba but with her lehenga and the dark mehndi she looked every bit a traditional Indian bride.

Drink, Dance and Dine

Needless to say, there was enough alcohol to put all inhibitions on hold, and a sumptuous spread to complement. The cuisine was a mix buffet spread with an assorted chaat and South Indian feast on the Sangeet night and Goan fish curry at the reception dinner. Once the wedding formalities were done, the guests were back to more drinking and crazy partying. The wedding festivities ended on a bright note - neon pink, to be precise - with one of Rian's friends attempting the limbo, wearing nothing but the Budgy Smuggler!

Photographs Courtesy: 
Nikhil Kapur,

Wedding Planners:
Weddings and Dreams by Lester Melo,

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