Shagun and Udit – Goa, India
Shagun and Udit’s winter wedding at Park Hyatt Goa was a colourful bash with bright décor, a boisterous cocktail bash and blissful weather
Captured by photographer Ramit Batra, bride Shagun Malhotra tells us how she met her soulmate Udit in London and their lovely wedding in Goa.
“I am an interior designer and stylist turned restauranteur from Kanpur, and Udit is a businessman and foodie from Chandigarh. We met in London in 2012 where I was doing summer stints and he was just completing his education and getting ready to head back home. That’s where our story began – a month in London and then we headed back to our respective cities. Long-distance phone calls, FaceTime sessions, fun times with common friends, weddings, concerts and parties kept us connected for some time before we decided to tie the knot at our beach wedding in 2016.”
“We always wanted a sunset wedding on the beach. Our engagement was a grand affair, and we wanted our wedding to be a more intimate affair with just family and close friends. We only considered Goa for our destination wedding as it was perfect for a winter do. Surprisingly the only hotel we saw was Park Hyatt Goa and we all loved it from the start. We were clear that we wanted to host all our wedding functions in a single hotel.”
“Since I am a designer and plan events as a profession, I knew from the start exactly how I wanted my wedding to be – from the wedding invites, to the itinerary and themes. I designed everything myself as far as possible.”
“Nafisa Sheikh of Purple Tree Events Goa did a brilliant job – from decorating the entry of the hotel to managing the last function. It felt like the same vibe was carried all the way through, from the charming personalisations to the décor. Everything was more beautiful than what I could have imagined!”
“Our wedding celebrations at Park Hyatt Goa took place over two days, during which we hosted multiple functions.”
“Our wedding celebrations kickstarted with a Mehndi Sundowner, and this was a fun, casual event with an authentic Goan feel. The venue featured lots of palm trees, and the theme centred around teal, which is a greenish-blue colour, and yellow. My bridesmaids were clad in yellow, and I wore a green lehenga with elegant gold and silver thread embroidery and a light pretty dupatta.Udit wore a blue printed kurta ensemble with a Nehru jacket. Our outfits were designed by budding designers we personally know. We had lots of fun elements at the event such as beer pong, swings decorated with flowers and foliage, a custom-made bar menu, caricature artists and spa treats.” The lush lawns of the hotel were resplendent with teal and yellow accents such as divan cushions at the seating area, a blue bicycle with yellow marigold strands and pretty bottles on tables. Even the outfits of the dhol drummers featured the same vibrant scheme.
“The Mehndi Sundowner was followed by a Cocktail Night which has a ‘The Great Gatsby’ theme – think gowns and tuxedos, black and gold… The focus of the night was on drinking and dancing. I wore a black and gold ensemble by Shantanu & Nikhil, and Udit looked dapper in a black tuxedo with bowtie by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna.
“The actual wedding ceremony was the event with the maximum focus, and the theme here was ‘dreamy’ and the colour scheme was mint green and pink with a hint of vintage. I chose a floral light pink lehenga by Varun Bahl with blooms across the entire skirt. Udit looked every inch a groom in a pastel green and gold Sabyasachi sherwani. He made an entry in a vintage car, while my entry was a dream come true! My brother held a pretty pink parasol over my head, and my sisters held mint green parasols over their heads as they accompanied me to the mandap. The baraat procession and celebrations took place in daylight, while the pheras were planned during the sunset hours.”
Other Wedding Highlights
“Every event at our wedding was thought through in minute detail, be it the ‘chooda’, pooja ceremony with a scenic waterbody in the background or the ‘sehra bandhi’ ceremony next to the beach. The beautiful fireworks at different points of the wedding added that spark to the festivities.”
The Wedding Makers
Location: Park Hyatt Goa
Wedding Planner: Nafisa Sheikh of Purple Tree Events Goa
Makeup Artist- Nadia Tharadra, Mumbai
Bridal trousseau: Shantanu & Nikhil and Varun Bahl
Groom’s trousseau: Rohit Gandhi, Rahul Khanna and Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Wedding Stationery: Designed by the bride
DJ Suketu for the Sangeet
Photographer: Ramit Batra