Nooky and Gautam, Conrad Bali
This couple drew their own triangle of love when they met in Singapore, followed by a proposal in New Zealand and finally tying the knot in Bali.
Nooky, a Thai bride, and Gautam, a desi groom, hosted an extravagant destination wedding in Bali. A chance meeting at a club led to a surprise proposal after three years of dating. Scroll down to witness the coming together of the two cultures.
How They Met
“We met for the first time at Tanjong Beach Club at Sentosa, Singapore, back in 2016. The moment I saw Gautam, I knew there was something special about him. I felt so comfortable around him and I really enjoyed our conversation. He offered to drive me home and as we reached I realized that my slippers were missing. Gautam was a true gentleman and, without me even asking, he drove back to the club to find my slippers. Though we finally found them in the car park, regardless of whether or not I had gotten my slippers back that day, my heart was taken.”
“During our trip to New Zealand on December 11, 2019, Gautam arranged a helicopter ride in Queenstown. It was supposed to land on top of a glacier but, because of the extreme weather conditions, we landed on a nearby mountain top. He quickly got down on one knee, his voice quivering with nervousness, and asked, ‘Will you marry me?’ The other passengers all started cheering. Guess what he made me do after I accepted his proposal? He made me take a leap of faith with him at AJ Hackett Bungy Nevis Swing, which goes on a 300m arc!”
“This was a hard decision as Nooky’s family is from Thailand and were not comfortable with travelling overseas. We considered Thailand as our first option. However, there was nothing exciting about the venues there. We discussed this with our parents and fortunately they were happy to let us choose our own dream destination for the wedding. We both love Bali. Not for just the beaches, but we also love the locals, culture and holy vibe of the place. We made a list of hotels to visit and saw almost twelve properties in Bali. The minute we walked into the Conrad Bali, we knew happy that it checked all our preferences perfectly. Gautam wanted a reception venue with big lobby and high ceilings as he believes that a lot of guests like to assemble in the lobby area to make conversation and get to know each other. Conrad’s lobby has a majestic view facing the ocean. The water garden was perfect for the wedding ceremony as it had a readymade mandap surrounded by water. The 8th-degree restaurant by the pool was a great place to host a mehndi party and the ocean garden, right by the chapel with an open lawn, was ideal for our outdoor reception.”
The couple kicked off their wedding celebrations with a mehndi lunch by the pool on the first day. The couple, along with the guests, followed a beach theme and wore fun costumes to the party.
For the decor, they preferred keeping things subtle, not wanting to incorporate too many colors at the venue, which was near the beautiful Nusa Dua Beach. Nooky and Gautam matched outfits for this event. She wore a blue and white saree with floral embroidery and mirror work by Elisha Wadwah, while he arrived in with a blue kurta teamed with a white stole by Sarab Kanijou.
As a couple who loves to explore and travel the world, their sangeet night was one hell of an adventure. The decor, which included Egyptian elements and a red and gold color pallette, was made to reflect their travel diaries. Nooky set the stage on fire with her first-ever dance performance to a Bollywood song. She looked amazing in a pink lehenga with a floral-embroidered cape by Dolly J, accessorized beautifully with stunning statement jewellery. Gautam looked handsome in a black vest with embroidery and pink crystals, and a grey kurta by Kunal Dieu, which matched Nooky’s outfit.
The wedding decor incorporated tones of peach, red and white. To decorate the mandap, the couple chose bright orange and red drapes and floral garlands. Nooky was dressed in a beautiful red lehenga by Shyamal and Bhumika, which she accessorized with a green emerald and gold polki jewelry set. The groom wore a light pink and gold sherwani by Sarab Kanijou. As Nooky wanted to incorporate her culture into the wedding, her family and bridesmaids wore traditional Thai outfits.
The theme for the reception was ‘I love you to the moon & back’. The venue was artfully decorated with fairy lights hanging from clear tents and a giant full moon with stars as the backdrop. There was a live band playing melodious tunes that set the mood for the evening.
It is believed that the rain brings blessings to a marriage and the couple was blessed with a slight thunderstorm right before the reception. Nooky’s entrance in a silver gown by Junne Coture was the highlight of the evening. She paired her gown with shimmering diamond earrings. Gautam complemented the bride in a blue tuxedo by Sarab Kanijou.
Growing up in the US, Gautum enjoyed many music festivals and wanted the after party to have a similar vibe. Following an ‘Electric Forest’ theme, the decor included trees, neon flowers, LED drums and an Avatar-inspired DJ booth. Nooky and Gautam kicked off the occasion with a touching first dance, with friends and family members giving heartfelt speeches soon after.
Advice For Couples
“The most important thing is to find a great wedding planning team who understands your requirements. You need to explain everything clearly from the beginning to set a concrete plan in place well in advance. It’s very important for the bride and the groom to be able to stay relaxed and have fun at their own wedding.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Conrad Bali
Wedding Planner: Innaz Communique, Jakarta
Decor: Design by Butterfly, La reine
Caterer: Queen’s Bali Catering
Groom’s Outfits: Sarab Kanijou (Mehndi, Wedding, Reception), Kunal Dieu (Sangeet)
Bride’s Outfits: Elisha Wadwah (Mehndil), Dolly J (Sangeet), Shyamal and Bhumika (Wedding), Junne Couture (Reception)
Makeup and Hairstylist: Prana and Herman, Jakarta
Mehendi: Ima Barbie, Jakarta
Entertainment: Antonio (Bangkok), Alison (UK), Orange production (Bali), Lucky Aces (Bali)
Choreography: Lavania, Singapore
Photographer and Videographer: Axioo, Bali