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Bhairavi and Avinash, Mumbai

Three NRI couples celebrated the beginning of their journey together in their home country, with able assistance from Ajay Modgil’s F5 Weddings.

Marriages may be made in heaven, but if you are an NRI planning to get married back home, the long-distance planning can bring you rudely down to earth.

What wouldn’t you give to have a best friend, a Jeeves-in-service to clock your tastes and desires, execute them flawlessly and have you come home to the perfect wedding?

Australia-based Avinash was planning his wedding with Dubai-based Bhairavi when the bride-to-be’s cousin connected them with Mumbai’s F5Weddings. Instantly they knew they’d found a trustworthy ally who could streamline the pre-wedding process and let them relax a bit. It started with doing recces and short-listing the most appropriate venues, discussing these with the couple online and helping them make a decision remotely.

“F5 brought a method to our madness,” says Avinash of the ten-month association filled with innumerable mails and video chats. This wasn’t Avinash’s first long-distance success story. He’d already had some online experience wooing a more special person, his ‘Arabian princess’, Bhairavi. Conference video chats across three countries became the order of the day as they shared their vision for a movie-like dream wedding. Their Mumbai wedding at the ITC Grand Maratha was themed, A Tale of Two Continents. Their invitation captured the essence of filmy romance; it was a movie reel with clapboard inserts for each event.

Photos Courtesy- Richa Kashelkar

Maybe you’d prefer an invitation that is more classic. Or more quirky. F5 will design them and courier them across the country to your relatives. When it is time, they manage travel arrangements for guests and curate interesting welcome hampers complete with local maps and memorable return gifts.

For Africa-based NRIs, Miguel and Minal, an extensive, inter-continental guest list was efficiently coordinated by setting up a private website to update invitees across the UK, US, Europe and Asia on everything from the couple’s wedding plans to their itinerary. Transport from Mumbai airport to a quiet, charming property on the outskirts of the city was arranged. The couple, third generation immigrants to Portugal, were concerned that their families would not easily adapt to local flavours. F5 made sure they had a beautiful sit-down dinner, with international cuisine and flowing champagne.

Photos Courtesy- Studio Grey

Rini and Mohit, also NRIs, had a romantic beach-front celebration at the Radisson Blu Resort, Alibaug. The bride arrived in an open doli, into a floral mandap set in the middle of the pool, teeming with tea-lights and floating decorations. For the reception that followed, the entire lawn was lit up with a thousand candles. Generous crystal centerpieces added sparkle to the grandeur of the evening. A cherry-blossom tree doubled up as a wish-tree, festooned with heartfelt notes containing the wishes and wisdom of their loved ones.

As Rini put it, “It’s the thoughtful little things that make for great memories. F5 pays attention to detail. I can’t thank them enough.”

Photos Courtesy- www.sonderframes.com

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