Palak Shah and Aditya Shah, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Oman
Blending the flavours of Oman with desi elements seamlessly, this couple’s destination wedding was a vibrant celebration!
Palak and Aditya Shah’s wedding celebrations in Oman resembled a sleek Bollywood flick punctuated by drama, fun and unhindered moments of love! Having known each other since school, these childhood sweethearts began their journey towards their ‘happily ever after’ with a stunning three-day wedding planned by WeddingSutra Favorite – Momente Weddings. Designing their wedding invitations meticulously was WeddingSutra Favorite – Radhika Pitti Studio. And, to ensure that the essence of their festivities was precisely captured, WeddingSutra Favorite – House On The Clouds added their photography expertise into the mix!
Planning a three-day Indian wedding on foreign shores is not a cakewalk. However, with their vast experience, comprehensive network, dedication and creativity planners Momente Weddings orchestrated a union that left everyone asking for more! Infusing the local flavours of Oman carefully with desi elements – they crafted a series of celebrations that looked distinctly apart from one another. Taking a cue from the duo’s personalities, the festivities were keenly curated to be an expression of their love.
Designing the wedding invitations while keeping the couple’s tastes in mind Radhika Pitti Studio used their artistic abilities to the fullest. Photographers House On The Clouds, too, added their creativity into the mix with dynamic shots of the couple as they began a new adventure.
Mehndi and Sufi Night
Darshan Shroff from Momente Weddings shares, “The first event was an ‘Arabic Souk with Mehndi’. The decor was based around a middle-east market with a lot of vibrant colours along with fabrics and rugs. The evening was set in motion with a DJ and followed by other entertainment acts. The couple made their entry with an LED Tanoura dancer that left everyone mesmerized.”
After the mehndi, the Sufi Night was an energetic one as Darshan shares, “The Sufi Night started with traditional Garba performances! However, once the family’s performances were done, a Sufi singer took the stage by storm. A gifting corner was set up for guests to pick up assorted Attar fragrances and Bakhoor sets, which, in turn, entertained the guests.”
Darshan shares, “The Sufi Evening slowly transitioned into a full-blown after-party where the DJ played groovy beats and Palak distributed customized sweatshirts to the youngsters! An inflatable pool filled with coloured balls was the most frequented space at this event.”
Messy yet adorable, the haldi unleashed everyone’s playful side as they slathered the couple in a mixture of turmeric. Hosted in the morning and decorated with marigolds, the haldi was a fun affair.
Darshan shares, “The beach party was inspired by the famous beach club, Principote in Mykonos, Greece. It was a delightfully relaxed atmosphere offering the guests a one-of-a-kind experience with photo-worthy unstated luxury. Hats, sunscreen, mobile fans, and beautiful lace umbrellas, added to the glamour along with helping the guests beat the sun. The minimalist chic décor with breezy cabanas and low lounge seating created the perfect vibe to enjoy great music, cocktails and delicious food.”
“The couple wanted the Sangeet to have a club-like feel. Consequently, we had the whole evening around lights and music. Palak and Aditya nailed their sangeet performances and, truly, raised the bar high. The Sangeet was then converted into a complete dance club party with the DJ drawing everyone onto the dance floor. Plus, selfie lights were provided for everyone to click great pictures even on the dim dancefloor”, shares Darshan.
“Everyone had an easy morning to relax with a casual lunch. The Baraat was a fun affair, with the DJ, dholis and the groom who arrived atop a magnificent vintage car. The varmala ceremony overlooked the sea making it a moment filled with romance. Palak walked down the aisle under a floral umbrella accompanied by her brothers. What followed was a beautiful sunset beach wedding with the sea as the backdrop with a mix of floral and dried pampas making the proceedings look surreal”, shares Darshan.
Darshan shares, “The celebratory dinner was a traditional western affair, with a five-course sit-down dinner. During the cocktail hour with drinks and canapes, a violinist performed after which the couple entered and cake-cutting took place. With all the guests seated, we had entertainment acts like a moving puppet show, a musical trio, and a ballet performance. The dinner turned into a casual afterparty and everyone enjoyed the last night of the fun-filled celebrations.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Oman
Wedding Planner: Momente Weddings
Décor: Devika Narain and Company
Caterers: Pavitra Catering
Makeup: Mallika Bhat
Entertainment: Adil Hussaini (Sufi Night)
DJ: DJ Aman (Mehndi, After Party, Sangeet)
Emcee: Vishaal Rasquinha
Choreography: Samir and Arsh Tanna
Wedding Invitations: Radhika Pitti Studio
Photography: House On The Clouds