Roma and Jas, Oman
From African beats to Omani dances, Jas and Roma's wedding was a grand fusion of cultures.
Who needs Cupid when your family takes on that role! Roma Hemlani and Jaskaran Singh solidified their three year long relationship with a grand Indian wedding in Oman. The festivities were planned by WeddingSutra Favorite – Vivaah Weddings and executed by another WeddingSutra Favorite – Mosaic Events. Every magical moment was captured by the talented team of WeddingSutra Favorite – Sam & Ekta Photography.
How they met
Roma and Jas met back in 2013, on the very day he had moved to the Philippines. Roma, who was studying in London, was back for the Christmas holidays, met him at a dinner with his family, who were close to her parents. She shares, “I remember telling my sister I found him really cute. Initially, we were just friends but over time our relationship evolved into something more. After three years of being together, he popped the question.”
“The venue was the most challenging decision since our families and friends are from opposite ends of the world. We wanted to find a venue that was somewhere in the middle of the US and the Philippines, and our options were the Middle East and Europe. After four months of travelling and research, we zeroed in on Oman. I remember walking in the Al Bustan Palace Hotel, and instantly knowing that I had found my wedding venue”.
For planning their grand wedding festivities, the couple hired Inaaz Communique and Vivaah Weddings whose concepts were executed to perfection by Mosaic Events. The opulent affair was captured and recorded in breathtaking frames by Sam & Ekta. The couple share, “The experience was multidimensional. Not only did Sam & Ekta engage with us in capturing the most genuine moments throughout the wedding, they also mentored us over the wedding week, graciously guiding us through the series of emotional events. We couldn’t have picked anyone better, they are amazing and I’m glad we found them :)”
The festivities kicked off with a haldi function. The vibrant decor in hues of yellow, orange, and pink included floral setups, quirky props and popping cushions. The highlight was the tropical bar setup with customized cocktails and a separate mojito station. The bride looked elegant in an indigo lehenga by Anita Dongre.
“We wanted to welcome our guests in a unique and unconventional way. Almost none of our guests had ever been to Oman before. So for the welcome event, we decided to have an Omani themed dinner, where we showcased various aspects of the country’s culture, decor, and traditions. We had stations such as the souq market, the Omani fishing village, calligraphy, music, and more.” The bride donned a Shivan and Narresh ensemble, and the groom picked a Tom Ford suit for this function.
Youngsters After Party
“With our fascination for the vibrancy of African culture and music, as well as the energetic tempo of House Music, we threw a youngster’s after-party with an eclectic ‘Lost in Tribe’ theme, where DJ Rampa, who is our favorite, played his rocking beats.”
“I had always wanted an Amalfi themed party, and so for our mehndi ceremony, the decor of lemons, trees, blue and white vases and flowers transported everyone to the coastal region of Amalfi in Italy for one glorious afternoon.” The couple opted for Shantanu & Nikhil ensembles for this function.
“We wanted a colorful, musical, and traditional sangeet that showcased our love for Indian culture. Rich tones of red and gold decor were soaked in warm golden lighting to lend the evening a magical touch, which ended with a surprise performance by Diljit Dosanjh.” The bride wore a Falguni Shane Peacock creation, while the groom looked dapper in an outfit by Shantanu & Nikhil.
“With a beautiful backdrop of the ocean, and nestled amidst the Al Bustan Palace compound, we couldn’t have picked a better place to have a solemn wedding ceremony than the Al Bustan Lawn. The white and gold mandap was inspired by Arabic architecture and looked spectacular against the blue sea. Both our outfits were from Sabyasachi Mukherjee, and Jas’s red turban matched my all red lehenga perfectly.”
“The festivities ended with a royal reception on the Al Bustan driveway and lobby, with spectacularly laid out tables, romantic lighting and the rugged backdrop of the terrain behind us.”
Advice for Couples
“Be sure to enjoy the process of planning your wedding. After all, it is your biggest day.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Al Bustan Palace Hotel, Oman
Wedding Planners: Innaz Communique, Weddings by Vivaah
Decor: Mosaic Events
Groom’s Outfits: Tom Ford (Welcome Dinner), Shantanu & Nikhil (Mehndi Sangeet), Sabyasachi Mukherji (Anand Karaj)
Bride’s Outfits: Anita Dongre (Haldi), Shivan and Narresh (Welcome Dinner), Shantanu and Nikhil (Mehndi), Falguni Shane Peacock (Sangeet), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Anand Karaj), Mark Bumgarner (Reception)
Makeup: Natasha Moor
Hairstylist: Noko Blora
Catering: Queens Catering Jakarta
Photography: Sam and Ekta