Talisha and Neil, Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa, Thailand
A stunning all-white mandap overlooking the gentle waves, fire dancers and the entry of the groom astride an elephant were some highlights of Talisha and Neil's wedding.
Talisha and Neil were each other’s first loves, and their destination wedding had to be special. Their impeccable nuptials in Thailand were all due to the effort and expertise of WeddingSutra Favorite – Foreign Wedding Planners. Check out some memorable moments and images of the celebrations held at the Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa.
Set on the beautiful Eastern Thai coastline and just two-and-a-half hours away from Suvarnabhumi Airport in the Thai capital of Bangkok, Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa made for a wonderful wedding venue for Talisha and Neil. With guest rooms offering expansive views of the Gulf of Thailand and lush hills, spacious and modern ballrooms, a private beach and beautiful hilltop, the property continues to be one of the top choices for destination weddings.
Neil and Talisha knew early on that they would need the services of expert wedding planners to pull off their dream wedding in Thailand. They picked Foreign Wedding Planners to craft and execute the celebrations and were delighted with the assorted activities, amazing decor and smooth running of the multiple functions.
The festivities at Neil and Talisha’s wedding began with a beach party where white, peach and baby pink colors used in the decor gave the event an elegant yet relaxed vibe. Lots of contemporary canopies with white paper lanterns, gorgeous floral arrangements on tables and fairy lights made the environs magical. Guests milled around on the lounge-style seating and the casual bar setup. Many enjoyed dancing as a brilliant saxophonist played lovely tunes. Neil and Talisha also had fire dancers flown in especially for the evening, and they stunned the gathering with their fiery performances.
The pool party took place at a venue by the sea. The colors that were used to bring in an element of cheer to the gorgeous location were baby blue and yellow. Lots of sunflowers and bright greens were used all around the cabanas, and a stage was constructed in the pool that featured additional decor. The duo also planned lots of activities for their guests such as water games, a rain shower area, and even foot massages.
This function had a more Indian mood than the pool party. The main decor colors used for the sangeet were red and gold. The ballroom of the Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa was decorated with panels that had delicate laser cut patterns, lamps, candles and floral centerpieces. The highlight was the lovely stage and a bar. The backdrop of the stage looked like an ornate entryway with its beautiful golden and red drapes, shimmering fabric and glowing lanterns. Lots of performances by the couple’s nearest and dearest ones made the night a truly power-packed and fun affair.
“Mandvo” is a traditional pre-wedding prayer ritual, so the decor for this function centered around using traditional flowers such as marigolds and jasmines. For the ceremony, a small chequered backdrop was placed against a wall covered in lush drapes. This intimate ceremony exuded an authentic ethnic feel.
We moved outdoors later for the haldi ceremony which took place in an amphitheater-like setting area. Colors used for the decor at the event included white, yellow and orange. The decor was simple but striking. A Ganesh idol surrounded by decorative pillars and a flower ‘rangoli’ (traditional Indians designs created on the floor with multi-colored powders) brightened up the middle of the space, and the ceremonies for the couple took place on either side.
Talisha and Neil’s decor at the wedding ceremony incorporated white as the main hue. At the entrance of the venue stood a large arch enveloped in a variety of white blooms including roses, cherry blossoms, baby’s breath and more. Cute signages cradled in florals arrangements were placed all over the venue. The mandap erected on a hill top featured billowing white drapes and elegant seating that made for a captivating sight during the sunset hours. Neil arrived for his hilltop wedding on an elephant, and guests witnessed a spectacular sundowner wedding while they sipped on fresh coconut water.
In the evening, the duo hosted their reception which was a black-tie event themed ‘Starry Night.’ The walls were covered in black fabric embedded with twinkling lights. Elegant candle stands surrounded by red roses were placed at the center of every table. A dance floor complete with drapes and floral chandeliers was created at the center of the banquet, and a live band kept the guests entertained all along. The party went on till the wee hours of the morning, and everyone let their hair down and had a great time dancing.
Photography: Samsara Studio