Saachi and Mohit, Bangkok, Thailand
This couple welcomed their guests in complete style with Cuban cigars and cocktails.
Saachi and Mohit’s grand wedding was an ode to their decade-long love story, the events culminating in a remarkable, exotic celebration in Thailand. Planned by WeddingSutra Favorite – I Do Etc., this affair saw trends and traditions mixed in equal measure. The bride shares the highlights of the special ceremonies and events.
How They Met
“Mohit had moved to Singapore from Lagos in Nigeria when he was only 14 and was the new kid on the block. I was the girl in the condo next door. He had curly locks and wore oversized polo tees that touched his knees. He was the newbie with a peculiar fashion sense and precarious stories of his Nigerian life. His great speed on the football field earned him a spot on 5 pm neighborhood boys’ football team where he met my brother Sohil. After a few run-ins, he mustered the courage to introduce himself to me and so began our story.”
“Once we met, it did not take Mohit long to realize that our bond was going to last us a lifetime. After 13 years of friendship and nine years of dating, he finally went down on one knee at sunset on Canal Rocks in Perth, post a day of wine tasting at the best wineries.”
“We wanted a destination that was tried and tested and a venue that was seasoned in handling Indian weddings. Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park was simply outstanding. The three things about the property that had us sold were:
The many space options within the hotel. Be it big halls, meeting rooms or the poolside, every place was beautiful and there wasn’t a need for us to repeat a venue.
Our event coordinator with the hotel, Nanthida Sethi is a perfectionist and was super invested in the project. She came from a wedding planning background and that instilled even more confidence in us.
The hotel’s reputation for having excellent food. Their head chef, Daniel, was nothing short of impressive. We worked closely with him on the menus and he was always open to coming up with innovative dishes.”
“Our wedding was planned by I Do Etc., who did a wonderful job putting together an unforgettable event. They’ve been in the business of wedding planning for the longest time and have so much experience that there is no kind of crisis that fazes them!”
“The ‘Havana Festival’ themed welcome party was the event that kicked off our celebrations on a lively note. Borrowing elements from the Cuban city, we had lots of tropical flowers and foliage as part of the decor. We also had a dedicated mojito bar and a cigar bar. Setting the mood was a Cuban band performing live, and lots of warm yellow lights and candles.”
“Going ahead with another South American theme, we hosted an after party called ‘Esco-bar’. This event had an unmissable underground vibe to it. We had a grungy looking bar, a foliage-covered DJ booth and distressed Pablo Escobar posters. The party went on till the wee hours of the morning and was absolutely amazing.”
“The next morning began with Mohit’s ghari pooja. The gathering was fairly intimate and the setup made use of soothing mint green and white drapes. A Ganesh idol sat at one end of the room and flowers were used to add a touch of freshness to it all.”
“’A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was the theme for our sangeet. The whimsical setup featured wildflowers, ferns, tendrils and green lighting to give it an enchanted-forest effect. We even had sculptures of doves suspended from the ceiling. The bar had a botanical look with a large tree behind. The cocktails served followed the same theme. Jonqui, the percussionist, played some groovy beats while DJ AJ spun some Nigerian hits. The two of them were a deadly combination; the dance floor was on fire! “At this function, I wore a custom-made, midnight-blue lehenga by Shyamal & Bhumika while Mohit opted for a velvet outfit by Raghavendra Rathore.”
“The day began with my chooda ceremony. The venue was decked in yellow and white. We used lots of flowers at the entrance and the results were breathtaking! Sticking to the same color palette, I wore a yellow sharara for this ceremony.”
“The most special event of all, our wedding, took place in an outdoor setting – the theme for which was ‘Thai Garden’. We had lots of pastel-colored elements but the highlight was the mandap that was surrounded by thick foliage, ferns and flowers in the softest shades of pink and white. A few Chiang Mai umbrellas dotted the venue and every chair had a hand fan for guests to keep cool. I wore a light pink lehenga by Anita Dongre while Mohit looked dapper in a Gaurav Gupta outfit.”
“A black-tie event, our reception was made to look like the Oscars and the color scheme was white and gold. The elegant setup had an abundance of fresh white flowers, golden leaves, Chinese lanterns and glittering drapes. We even had an eight-piece live band and the party went on and on! I wore a gorgeous Tarun Tahiliani outfit for the evening while Mohit wore a black and white tuxedo by Narin Tailor Bangkok.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, Thailand
Wedding Planner: I Do Etc.
Décor: Design by Peerapach
Bride’s Outfits: Shyamal & Bhumika (Sangeet), Anita Dongre (Wedding), Tarun Tahiliani (Reception)
Groom’s Outfits: Raghavendra Rathore (Sangeet), Gaurav Gupta (Wedding), Narin Tailor Bangkok (Reception)
Jewellery: Jaipore Jewels by Ritu Aurora (Sangeet and Reception), Surana Jewellers of Jaipur (Wedding)
Makeup: Natasha Moor
Entertainment: Jonqui Percussionist, The Walrus Band, The Cuban Band
DJ: DJ AJ
Wedding Invitations: Sketch Design Studio
Photography: The Lightsmiths