Trisha & Dharmesh – Goa, India
Dharmesh and Trisha met 5 years ago while we were working for the same airline in India. They had a long distance relationship for a few years, but both eventually moved to Dubai, and are currently settled there. Here, Trisha tells us about their destination wedding in Goa.
Trisha writes about her Wedding in Goa
Dharmesh and I met 5 years ago while we were working for the same Airline in India. We had a long distance relationship for a few years, after that I moved to Qatar and he switched to work for one of the airlines in Asia. We both eventually moved to Dubai, where we are currently settled.
Our wedding date was set for 26th February 2013, and we decided to tie the knot at the Holiday Inn Resort, Goa. As both of us are beach lovers, we couldn’t think of a better place than Goa, as it was easy accessible for our family, relatives and friends from different parts of India. Me and Dharmesh planned every bit of the wedding, and our wedding planner Lester Melo did a fantastic job helping us put it together.
The wedding festivities started with the Mehndi in the afternoon. It was a casual event where the ladies of the family gathered and sang and danced as the rest of the guests were still just arriving into the hotel.
The Cocktail was held later at night at a beach shack called The Beach Hut, which was recommended by our wedding planner, and situated a five-minute drive away from our hotel. It was a very breezy & casual place that was beautifully decorated for a perfect fun evening that included some foot-stomping music, drinks and dance. For this event, I knew I wanted my outfit to be comfortable, but yet elegant. With Dharmesh’s help, I chose an elegant navy blue one-shoulder evening gown from Germany.
The Haldi ceremony took place early in the morning. I wanted this ceremony to be a traditional Bengali ‘Guy Hoolod’ ceremony, so all the family members wore attires in shades of yellow. I wore a beautiful Mustard yellow and gold saree with a gold necklace, and lots of gold bangles designed and gifted by my mother.
Our beach wedding then commenced in the afternoon. For my outfit, I stayed away from the typical bridal colors, and instead choose an ivory and bright pink lehenga from one of my shopping trips to Delhi. As Dharmesh is a Kannada Brahmin, the wedding was conducted in that style, and I paired my attire with temple jewellery instead of a polki set. For the wedding decor, we opted for neutral colors like ivory, beige and tan, and paired it with salmon orange florals and drapes.
Our Reception later at night was a very relaxed event. We had fire dancers to kick start the night, followed by our first dance. I wore a glamorous red and gold lehenga teamed with a corset. We had various kinds of fun props, and the night involved lots of drinking, dancing and enjoyment. We ended our festivities by lighting lanterns by the sea.
Recommendations for Brides-to-be
a) Let loose and enjoy the whole experience. It will never go exactly as how you planned it, but it will still be perfect.
b) Do a lot of research and ensure to get a good wedding photographer.
c) Don’t forget to get a guest book as there is nothing like documenting well wishes from your friends and family.
Make-up artist- Jolu’s Salon, South Goa
Pre wedding- Enchante- www.facebook.com/EnchanteLifestyles
Wedding- Isha Shukla Photography- www.facebook.com/pages/Isha-Shukla-Photography/361339654610
Wedding Planners- Lester Melo- www.facebook.com/weddingsanddreams.in?fref=ts