Malavika and Aathithya, Taj Bekal Resort and Spa, Kerala
From Frida Kahlo to 'Malgudi Days,' Kutch fabrics & a bamboo mandap, this wedding featured eclectic themes & decor elements
Working tirelessly as medical professionals, Malavika and Aathithya fell in love amidst the hustle and bustle of their hospital schedules. Their intimate ceremony at the Taj Bekal Resort and Spa, Kerala was packed with interesting themes, that were planned, designed and executed by WeddingSutra Favorite – The A-Cube Project. Check out the highlights here.
How They Met
The bride shares, “I am a dermatologist, and Aathithya is an orthopedic surgeon. We crossed paths in college during my intern year at medical school (SRMC) when I was posted to work under him during my orthopedics rotation. After many car drives, conversations and takeout meals with cute notes amidst work, he finally left me a note on my car asking me out on a date. I’m lucky the note stayed on my windshield till I got to it, because the three years that followed were incredible, after which we decided to make it official.”
The couple envisioned a memorable destination wedding at a pristine location with natural beauty which could accommodate 150 guests. They found the Taj Bekal Resort and Spa, near Kasargod in Kerala, perfect as it met all their requirements.
The bride shares, “The planning and execution of the functions were entrusted to The A-Cube Project, who did a spectacular job. The themes they conceptualized for each function were very unique. The minimalist and elegant decor perfectly reflected who we are as people”. The celebrations were captured in pretty frames by Shot Stories by Varun Suresh, and their wedding film was created by Journeys by Ram.
Mehndi & Sangeet
Inspired by the colorful life and vibrant personality of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, a true queen of the bohemian culture, the joint mehndi and sangeet function commenced with a quirky ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ theme. Peppered with myriad Mexican influences, right from the cocktails to the decor in the form of succulents, cactus accents, pom pom baskets, macrame hangings, vibrant rugs, jute mats and lounge seating, this eclectic sundowner set the mood for the upcoming celebrations.
The haldi ceremony included a sumptuous brunch. The event had a Kesari Kutch decor theme that celebrated the beauty of Indian textiles. Handmade kutch fabric was used to create panels, discs, buntings, cushion covers and table runners.
Floral terracotta arrangements and citrus accents lent a warm saffron hue to the festivities. The guests took it a notch higher by dressing up in shades of orange for this event. Brass buckets filled with water and petals, with metal ‘pichkaris’ (handheld color pumps), added a touch of nostalgia to the festivities as loved ones played a floral Holi with petals and challenged each other in a friendly Tug-of-War game that brought out the competitive spirit of guests from the bride and groom’s sides.
With a ‘Malgudi Days’ theme, the engagement evoked the old world charm and a vintage vibe. Traditional flowers, earthy accents and metallic undertones in the form of terracotta and brass elements blended perfectly with the tranquil vibe of the venue where the ceremony was held. The quaint decor comprising floral rangoli patterns, ethnic hanging items, and pickle jars reflected the simple tastes of the couple as they exchanged rings in front of a woven backdrop and were cheered on by their family and friends.
The wedding had a ‘Silk Route’ theme that was inspired by the bride’s love for silk fabrics. The gorgeous morning ceremony held by the backwaters was a blend of all things traditional and minimalistic. Highlights of the decor included an ombre palette, Kasavu silk drapes, an aisle strewn with rose petals, a swing, gold diya hangings and traditional brass urlis, alongside a bamboo deck mandap erected over the water.
Post Wedding Brunch
Inspired by the Malabar region of Kerala, renowned for its forests dense with bamboo, orchids and elephants, the post-wedding sadhya brunch was a grand finale for the three-day wedding festivities. Fluttering white drapes, interspersed with cane basket hangings and foliage formed the perfect canopy under which the guests sat down for a traditional multi-course meal. A console table was decorated with jute runners, glass domes filled with sand, miniature brass elephants, candles and striking floral arrangements. Locally sourced muttakodals lent shade to the lounges dotted with pretty tropical print cushions.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Taj Bekal Resort & Spa
Decor & Design: The A-Cube Project
Furniture Rentals: House Of A Cube
Makeup Artist: Elton Fernandez
Bartenders: The Wedding Bartenders
Photography: Shot Stories By Varun Suresh
Videography: Journeys By Ram