Purvi and Akash, Holiday Inn Resort Goa
A canopy of twinkling fairy lights, a mandap inspired by regal architecture and an engagement with the sun on the horizon were only some of the charming features at this wedding.
Purvi and Akash first met at a wedding – a hint from fate perhaps, that this celebration of a union would one day lead to their own. The couple recently tied the knot in Goa and WeddingSutra Favorite – The Wedding Salad captured the revelries for posterity.
The bride shares with us their story.
How We Met
“My cousin is a friend of Akash’s and we met at his wedding. Things got a bit awkward because Akash thought I was cute and people began teasing me. But Akash ignored all of them and came up to talk to me. Soon enough, we were so engrossed in our conversation we forgot about everyone else and the entire reception.
We spoke for about two hours and we both knew there was something special there. We traded numbers and started talking almost every day. Somewhere amidst those cute messages and late night conversations about life we, fell in love!”
“We wanted a very fun-filled affair and we wanted to have our wedding ‘our way’. Getting married in Goa, by the beach was something we were very eager to do.
After months of scouting for a location, we locked down the Holiday Inn Resort, Goa. Spread over 24 acres, it’s a unique property. There are a quaint reception and veranda, lots of greenery, a scenic poolside. Also, there are multiple venues within the property which were perfect for our different functions. It ticked most of our boxes and having our wedding there was a dream come true.”
“We had The Wedding Salad photograph our wedding. This team works tirelessly, capturing all those moments that will put a smile on your face when you look back. We love everything about their photography and thanks to them we have a set of crazy pictures and videos to relive our wedding. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
“The setup for our engagement was western influenced. An arch heavy with lavender and white flowers stood over the entrance and led to an aisle flanked by bird cages also full of flowers. We exchanged rings on a stage and a mandolin player segued the transition into the sangeet.
Akash and I opted for outfits from SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi for this event and wore the same to our sangeet as well.”
“Fairy lights lit up our sangeet. A tunnel bright lit with these twinkling stars led our guests to the hotel lawn. Here they were seated under a large canopy created out of more fairy lights. Via a series of dance performances, our friends and family told our story. The stage backdrop featured a huge LED screen with large frames on either side. We also played some video clips that Akash and I had randomly shot. We kept this function short and interesting since we wanted our guests to enjoy the entire event.”
“Our pheras took place by the beach and we fused Indian design with a western color palette for this ceremony. The mandap setting was evocative of the palaces of the north. The drapes were pastel pink, red and white flowers added softness to the decor and Ganesh idols were placed close to the mandap to make the occasion auspicious.”
“We wanted a western-style reception dinner. The floral and fabric elements were in white, blue and pink. Blue-tinged lights gave the venue a frosty feel and candlestands on the tables added an elegant, romantic touch to the evening. There was a photo-corner so guests could pose and have fun. I wore a blue Gaurav Gupta gown and Akash was dapper in a black tuxedo by Deepak Parwani.”
Venue: Holiday Inn Resort Goa
Wedding Planner: Reynold Weddings
Bride’s Outfits: SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi (Engagement), Rabiya S (Wedding), Gaurav Gupta (Reception)
Groom’s Outfits: SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi (Engagement), Deepak Parwani (Wedding and Reception)
Makeup Artist: Varsha Gidwani
Wedding Invitations: The Murphy Studio
Photography and Videography: The Wedding Salad