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They first met in the US, but chose to wed in the verdant environs of Cochin, in Kerala. Nikita and Sanil's destination ceremony was meticulously planned by WeddingSutra Favorite - Vivaah Wedding Decor Stylist. Captured by another WeddingSutra Favorite - Sam & Ekta, here’s how the fun and festive celebrations unfolded.

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

How They Met
Nikita and Sanil were introduced to each other by their parents, who exchanged phone numbers for the two. Having never met before, the couple were awkward initially but hit it off eventually and couldn’t wait to see each other in real life. It was Nikita who flew off to New York to see Sanil, and their first meeting itself was heady with sparkling chemistry between the two. Long dates and deep conversations saw the two falling in love, and Sanil confided his feelings to Nikita in Brooklyn. The couple was engaged within four days of Nikita flying back to her hometown, and the rest is history.

Wedding Functions

Pool Party
The wedding celebrations commenced with a nautical themed pool party hosted at Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin. With quirky, upbeat decor in shades of bright yellow and blue, the venue was transformed into a sophisticated marine spot with sailor caps, seashells and funny quotes. Guests wore bride and groom squad t-shirts and had a gala time in the pool.

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Cocktail
A neon-themed cocktail followed the pool party. Dressed in glamorous white ensembles, the guests danced all night basking in the vibrance of colorful neon lights. The bride looked like a dream in a gorgeous white embellished gown designed by Ark. The groom on the other hand looked handsome in a blue Bonobos tuxedo.

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Sangeet
The sangeet ceremony was marked by lots of music, dance and fun and incorporated a gorgeous blue and gold decor palette. Vivaah Wedding Decor Stylist erected a glitzy stage for the evening using bright LED lights. The couple wowed their audience with a romantic performance which was followed by fun dances performances by their loved ones.

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Haldi
The couple’s haldi ceremony was a boisterous and enjoyable affair for all. Sitting on a traditional Indian swing, bride Nikita had the turmeric paste smeared upon her by her loved ones. The groom also was spotted having a merry time getting messed up with turmeric paste by his loved ones.

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Wedding
The wedding began with the procession of the baraat in which the groom’s gang was dressed in uniform red t-shirts. Set against the pristine backdrop of the setting sun, the evening wedding had royal floral decor. The mandap was decorated in rich blooms with suspended garlands fluttering in the evening breeze. The bride was dressed in a rich red Sabyasachi Mukherjee lehenga while the groom wore an elegant Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla sherwani.

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

Nikita and Sanil, Kochi, Kerala

The Wedding Makers
Venues: Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin; Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty
Wedding Planner: Vivaah Wedding Decor Stylist
Groom’s Outfits: Bonobos (Cocktail), Dhruv Vaish (Sangeet), Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Ark (Cocktail), Anjul Bhandhari (Sangeet), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding)
Makeup Artist: Priya Todarwal

Photography: Sam & Ekta

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