Deepika and Divyu, Thailand
Embossed coconuts, fire dancers, and creative themes made Deepika and Divyu's wedding a memorable affair.
Childhood sweethearts Deepika and Divyu overcame cultural differences and personality clashes with the firm belief that they were meant for each other. Their fairytale wedding took place at the Sheraton Resort and Spa in Hua Hin, Thailand, and the festivities were planned by WeddingSutra Favourite – Pink Palki.
How They Met
Schoolmates from childhood, Divyu and Deepika always felt a connection and started dating when they were in Grade 8. They say it’s too early to understand love at that age, but they always knew that they had found their soulmate in each other. Deepika shares, “He is a typical Punjabi guy, whereas I am a Marwari girl, and we always knew there were certain differences, but it never mattered to us”.
“We had been dating for a long time, and always knew we would get married one day. However, when we started to talk about it, my father was a bit reluctant as this would be the first inter-caste marriage in my family. To abate any misgivings, he met Divyu one-on-one. Thankfully, one meeting with him took away all his doubts and he knew that Divyu was the best choice for me. And so began the planning of my fairytale wedding!”
When deciding on the venue, the couple wanted a destination beach wedding, with alluring vistas and a seafront mandap.
“Divyu came up with the idea of Thailand, and I instantly agreed. Sheraton Resort and Spa, Hua Hin was a perfect choice for our wedding. Everything from their accommodation options to their hospitality and service was impeccable, as we wanted the very best for our guests.”
For breathing life into their dream, they chose the trio of Ravina, Sharan and Ruchika from Pink Palki to plan and execute their wedding. “Their experience and patience kept us grounded, and their fun and joyous work style created a positive atmosphere throughout the process. All we had to do was get ready and show up, and everything would be in place”.
Deepika was given gorgeous looks by Visage by Vanita to complement her outfits, and their memories were captured in timeless frames by PhotoTantra.
“The bride shares, “We wanted our respective friends and families to get to know each other before the start of the ceremonies with a relaxed dinner. The theme of this first event, which was a sundowner, was “Don’t Be Shy, Raise a Toast.” It was a fun event with fire dancers, samba girls, music by DJ Ajay Nautiyal, and games like the Mr & Mrs Game (Who Knows Who Better).”
The mehendi ceremony was a pool party, incorporating quintessential Thai influences such as vibrant colours, pineapples and flamingos. The function also featured a liquid drummer, fresh coconuts with the couple’s initials embossed on them, signature cocktails and fun competitive games between the two families. The bride wore a pale sea-green and blue embellished lehenga with a bustier peplum-style blouse teamed with floral jewellery, while the groom donned a navy kurta with a teal bandi jacket.
The sangeet night was a glitzy affair, and the red decor palette included items such as floral arrangements, drapes, and vintage elements like candelabras. A live performance by “Janki and Friends” infused the crowd with energy and got everyone to dance the night away. The dress code was ‘Formal Glam,’ and the bride wore a glittering champagne gown, while the groom looked dapper in a tuxedo.
The wedding was an evening affair with stellar lighting and a profusion of flowers in romantic hues. The bride looked angelic in a magnificent blush pink creation by Rimple and Harpreet Narula, while the groom wore a heavily embroidered sherwani in hues of aqua, blush and beige.
The festivities concluded with a “Denim & Diamonds” themed after-party where everyone changed into comfortable jeans to dance and enjoy.
Advice for couples
“It’s okay to have wedding jitters. After all, it’s your moment and you want everything to be perfect. Just be sure that you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to the overall vision of your nuptials.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Sheraton Resort and Spa, Hua Hin, Thailand
Wedding Planners: Pink Palki
Bride’s Outfits: Ridhi Makhija by Aza, Asiana Couture, Rimple and Harpreet Narula
Groom’s Outfits: Dhruv Sehgal, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Rimple and Harpreet Narula
Makeup: Visage by Vanita
Hairstylist: Vishnu Witsanu
Entertainment: DJ Ajay Nautiyal, Janki and Friends
Photography and Videography: PhotoTantra