Yashna and Samagra, Langkawi, Malaysia
Yashna and Sam hosted an idyllic, intimate wedding with less than 60 guests in a tropical paradise.
Discovering your soulmate half way across the world can only be attributed to destiny. For Yashna and Samagra (Sam), a chance encounter on a vacation changed the course of their lives forever. They became life partners at a charming wedding held at the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia. All the special moments were captured by WeddingSutra Favourite – Shutterink.
How They Met
Yashna and Sam met in early 2018 when Sam came to South Africa from Australia on a holiday. The bonded so deeply that they just had to stay in touch, despite the geographical distance. A few months later, Yashna travelled to Australia to meet him, and that’s when everything fell into place, and the couple knew they had something very special together.
Sam planned the proposal during a trip to India to meet his friends and family. On a trip to Lonavala, he hustled a sleepy and clueless Yashna awake at 5 am for the biggest surprise of her life. There, on a hilltop, as the sunlight creeped in, he popped the question that changed both their lives forever.
“When we started planning the wedding, we knew we both wanted two things for certain. Firstly, we wanted a beach wedding, and secondly, we wanted to celebrate it with only the people we are closest to. We kept our guest list extremely minimal to just 54 people. It took about six months to plan everything in its entirety and to give unique attention to detail. We worked with Hanngevent Langkawi Wedding Planner for all the decor, in coordination with the resort. All our events were captured by Shutterink.”
“With a lot of international guests, our choice of venue was based on many factors. We knew we wanted a beach wedding, and after much research, the Four Seasons Resort in Langkawi, Malaysia, ticked all our boxes. Its mile-long private beach however was the cincher for us. The property’s lavish hospitality and personalized service were truly commendable.”
The first event, the mehendi party was a vibrant affair of hot pink, bright yellow and orange accents. It was hosted at the intricately designed Rhu Bar, an island lounge bar with exceptionally scenic views and some of the finest tropical cocktails. The decor featured fabric drapes, hanging lanterns, pompoms and traditional Rajasthani umbrellas.
The guests were welcomed with rich baklava and mehendi favours at the ‘bangle and bindi bar’ that included South African beaded bangles, Indian bangles by Satva Jewels, an assortment of bindis, and makeup pouches by Desi Pop that contained henna, and tealight candles.
There were also a few fun things for guests to participate in, including an Instax camera station with fun handheld props and colorful shades, a giant Jenga setup as well as a henna corner.
Held at the Upper Serai restaurant at the resort, the cocktail night was an elegant affair comprising canapés and cocktails. Yashna wore a strapless dress that featured intricate ethnic embroidery, while the groom wore a three-piece suit. At the end of the night, the couple thoughtfully provided their guests with little ingenious hangover packs that contained a small bottle of coconut water, painkillers, plaster and vitamin tablets.
Yashna recalls, “The haldi was the most fun event of all as it was completely informal and involved minimal planning. All we requested was that guests wear dispensable clothing. By the end of it, everything and everyone was covered in turmeric paste. The ceremony was followed by a friendly yet competitive volleyball match between my side of the family and Samagra’s loved ones.”
For people dreaming of a beach wedding, nothing beats the sublime ecstasy of nuptials at sunset with an amber horizon as a backdrop. Yashna and Sam’s pristine mandap on Serai beach was decorated in a minimalist way with roses, eustomas, baby’s breath and eucalyptus. The bride looked serene in an intricately embroidered cream organza silk lehenga with a contemporary crop top blouse by Anita Dongre, which she paired with kundan jewellery, while the groom donned a greyish-silver sherwani by The Male Thread.
The guests were welcomed by Tiffany chairs adorned with burlap, bamboo hand fans and bohemian parasols in keeping with the earthy tones of the event. The couple exchanged garlands made of white and red roses. The wedding was followed by a reception dinner at the resort’s Kelapa grill.
Advice for couples
“Your wedding is one of the most significant days in your life and its probably the biggest party you will ever throw! The planning is going to demand a lot of attention, and to avoid getting overwhelmed, get organized with checklists, and delegate tasks. A good planner is crucial in ensuring your day goes by smoothly, and make sure you invest in a good photographer to capture your precious moments, as they are going to last you a lifetime.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia
Wedding Planners & Decor: Hanngevent Langkawi Wedding Planner
Bride’s Outfits: The Female Thread (Sangeet), Anita Dongre (Wedding)
Bride’s Jewellery: Tiana
Groom’s Outfits: The Male Thread (Sangeet and Wedding)
Makeup artist: Skincover Bridal
Photography and Videography: Shutterink