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He proposed to her on a river in New York and they wed by a pool in Goa. Nirja and Vishan's wedding dived deep into traditions, dramatic themes and memorable performances. Here, the bride shares highlights of the fun extravaganza at the scenic and luxurious W Goa.

Nirja and Vishan

How We Met
“Vishan and I met in high school, and we used to hang out in the same group. We were quite different from each other, and still are. He grew up in the world of finance, and I was into engineering. We used to fight all the time - and we still do! We became the best of friends and didn’t realize when we fell in love. He proposed to me in March 2016, in the middle of the Hudson River! I was studying in New York at that time and he surprised me by taking me on a yacht cruise and popping the question."

Nirja and Vishan

Nirja and Vishan

Wedding Venue
“I’ve dreamt of my wedding since I was a teenager. Hence I got excited when we finalized W Goa as the wedding venue. It was a fun and bright place with a super chill vibe. Honestly, it defined Vishan a lot. We got married at the Rock Pool at the property, and the second I saw that place, I knew this is where I wanted to get married. It was perfect as it overlooked the sea and was one of the most beautiful places I had ever been to."

Nirja and Vishan

Wedding Functions

Sangeet
Nirja shares, “The sangeet was hosted in Ahmedabad, and the theme was 'Black and White - An Electric Monochrome.' The stage was set and the lighting arrangements added to the mood of the evening. This was our pre-wedding reception where Prem Joshua played during dinner followed by the energetic performances of Vishal & Shekhar that left the guests mesmerized. All the performances for the night were entertaining, and we couldn’t stop dancing until late into the night!”

Nirja and Vishan
Nirja and Vishan
Nirja and Vishan
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Nirja and Vishan

Nirja and Vishan

Nirja and Vishan

Moroccan Night
“The mehendi function had a 'Moroccan Night' theme. Our families danced at this event and their performances were followed by a tanoura and belly dancing act.” The idea was to orchestrate an elegant Moroccan-style event that was resplendent with white hues and floral decor. Radiant with shades of green and white, the decor also included a jewel colors palette and bright lights.

Nirja and Vishan

Nirja and Vishan
Nirja and Vishan
 

Nirja and Vishan

Haldi

Nirja and Vishan

Nirja and Vishan

Nirja and Vishan

Mehndi

Nirja and Vishan
Nirja and Vishan
 

Masquerade Ball
“The event was a fun cocktail night where the ladies were dressed in glamorous gowns, and the men arrived in their dapper suits. Jonita Gandhi was a big hit this evening and had everybody dancing to her tunes.” In sync with the concept, the decor was a perfect blend of bright lights and gold elements. Nirja looked resplendent in a green Gaurav Gupta gown, and the groom looked suave in a classic white tuxedo.

Nirja and Vishan
Nirja and Vishan
 

Nirja and Vishan

Wedding
The wedding was one event that the couple had imagined about in great details. They knew exactly the look and feel that they wanted and had planned everything meticulously, including the colors, decor, and the mandap. They had seen pictures of what they wanted, but the reality was even better than what they had visualized. The main decor elements for the wedding included pearls and velvet. The wedding mandap had huge pearl tassels, and the venue was decked up with embroidered floral motifs on velvet that matched the bride’s lehenga.

Nirja and Vishan

Nirja and Vishan

Nirja and Vishan

Nirja and Vishan
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Nirja and Vishan
Nirja and Vishan
 
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Nirja and Vishan

Nirja and Vishan

Advice for Couples

“Don’t stress, you’re getting married only once! Half of the work is done when you make sure you’ve hired a team that you and your family are genuinely comfortable with. For the other half, compartmentalize-divide-delegate and give it your best!”

The Wedding Makers
Venue: W Goa
Wedding Planner: Event Tadka
Decor: Heena Patel, Amaahyaaj
Bride’s Outfits: Manish Malhotra (Sangeet), Gaurav Gupta (Masquerade Ball) and Sabyasachi (Wedding)
Groom’s Outfits: Raghavendra Rathore and Manish Malhotra
Makeup Artist: Shayli Nayak and Ulupi Parikh
Entertainment: Vishal & Shekhar, Jonita Gandhi, DJ Chetas, Prem Joshua
Wedding Invitation: Krimson Ads

Photographer: Colorblind Production

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