By Jaspreet Soni

Natasha and Abhishek had known each other for almost ten years but they started dating much later and got married a year after. The couple wanted a beach wedding, they scouted many locations including Thailand and Bali but Goa and The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort. stole their heart for its accessibility, hospitality and personal touch of the staff.

The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort. 

Natasha says, "We chose this beautiful property in Goa because they were very flexible about what we could do in terms of decor. Also the overall interaction was very warm and comfortable."

Arabian Theme Welcome Dinner and Youngster's party 

Natasha says, "We planned the welcome dinner with the theme Arabian night. So we had shamiyanas for the guests, hukkas, Moroccan furnishings and drapes and authentic Middle East cuisine. There were belly dancers who entertained the guests. The youngsters went on to celebrate the night with a Youngster's party which was gatecrashed by many elders though."

Natasha wore a maroon lace knee length dress by Ayesha Depala (a Dubai based designer) and Abhishek wore a black Versace semi-formal jacket with pink shirt.


Hawaiin theme for Mehndi by the poolside 

The Mehndi was organized in the afternoon with the Hawaiian theme. Natasha says, "We arranged for flower garlands, cocktails, straw hats, and flowers for the ladies. The theme for girls was summer dresses and for the boys floral. I was wearing another Ayesha Depala creation, a bright green long dress with layers, and Abhishek was in relaxed wear. The DJ played the trendiest hits and that day, by coincidence, it started raining so the whole ambience turned even more romantic and the rain dance was the highlight of the mehndi."

Bollywood and glitterati for Sangeet 

The Sangeet happened in the ballroom of Lalit Intercontinental which was decorated with lots of shimmer, crystals and bling. The primary colors were pink, silver and gold that reflected in the decor right from the drapes to the flowers. She says, "We wanted an Indo-Western look for this evening. So we kept the decor ethnic but chic. The colors were blended well in all the elements." Natasha wore a fuschia and silver lehenga created by Indore based designer Raaj Parmar and Abhishek went for an Indo-Western black sherwani with white narrow pants by Bangalore designer Manoviraj Khosla.

Red and Gold Wedding 

Natasha says, "We had the mandap set up by the beach. There was a rain scare but we took a chance and thankfully it was all blissful. Red and gold were used abundantly in the decor and I had the same colors in my wedding lehenga too. Heavy and rich drapes were used along with red roses and the entrance leading to the mandap was carpeted for a romantic and warm feel."

Natasha wore a traditional red Sabyasachi lehenga and Abhishek wore a cream sherwani with zari embroidery.


Glamorous Awards Night for Reception 

The families decided on an Awards Night for the Reception at the Ballroom. Natasha says, "It was the finale event and we wanted to do something special so everyone could feel involved. So we came up with the idea of an awards night where we gave away awards like 'Best Dressed', 'Naughty at 40','Fashionista' and so on. We tried to recreate the magic of Filmfare awards with round tables and performances by the dance troupe Tarantismo. I wore a gold gown fully embroidered with gold sequins designed by Raaj Parmar and Abhishek wore a black tuxedo by Paresh Lamba."

Event planning: Ramesh Sadhwani of Sadhwani Events, Bangalore.

Photographs Courtesy: Vijay Eesam http://www.vijayeesam.com/

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