Sarvani and Abhishek, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
This quaint beachside wedding was a delightful celebration of different cultures and traditions.
US-based Sarvani and Abhishek knew from the very first time they spoke to each other that they had each found someone remarkable. After a breathtaking proposal in Barcelona, they tied the knot in a wonderful multicultural wedding at the InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort, Mahabalipuram. Here are a few glimpses from the events.
How They Met
Sarvani says, “We met through mutual friends who gave Abhishek my phone number. After the first phone call we had an instinctive feeling about one another. After many late night calls and days of texting across the country, we went on our first date, where we watched Beauty and the Beast, which was funny since Abhishek’s nickname playing lacrosse growing up was ‘the beast’. It has been a whirlwind since then.”
“We went on a trip to Barcelona and Lisbon to celebrate Abhishek’s law school graduation. We were walking through Park Guell early in the morning. As the sun peeked out from behind the clouds, the glow of the pink sky looked magical over the blue mosaic walls of the city. Knowing how much I love taking pictures, Abhishek insisted I pose. He knelt down to take a photo and instead pulled out a ring box. It was a magical moment.”
Sarvani shares, “We knew we wanted a destination wedding in India that was unique yet filled with culture. Abhishek had always dreamed of a beachside wedding. Mahabalipuram, with its old architecture, temples and beguiling beach was a perfect choice. InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort had a sleek feel, as well as architecture reminiscent of a bygone era, along with incredible food. Most of our guests stayed at the resort so they could have a weekend free of stress and great memories!”
The gorgeous wedding decor was executed by The Tailored Tale from Chennai, while precious moments of the celebrations were captured by Prashant Kumar Photography. The bride’s sister gave her a glowing visage for the festivities while her hair was styled by Bridal Makeup Studio by SriSarath, Chennai.
Mehndi and Sangeet
Sarvani says, “Our theme was inspired by the beach and had to be vibrant. There were dream catchers and vintage trinkets. I love pink and we included it profusely in the decor. There were sofas with henna artists around the venue to allow guests to lounge by the water comfortably while getting their hands painted. The menu consisted of food stations from around the world, from pani puri and kathi rolls to noodles and even French desserts. We wanted guests to have fun and dance by the beachside, for which we created a quirkily-printed dance floor. Our lovely event ran into trouble when the skies opened, showering rain upon us. It even caused a minor fire with the light connection but we safely managed to continue the merriment inside and now look back upon it as a funny incident.”
The ambience for the wedding was airy and romantic, with hues of ivory and blush with flowing drapes and blooms decorating the venue. The ceremony was a mix of traditions from Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh and relatives from both sides had a lot of fun mingling and experiencing new customs. “The lunch menu was a traditional South Indian buffet with fresh sambar, tangy coconut chutney, tamarind rice, a dosa station, Hyderabadi biryani and more. We wanted food to be the best part of the wedding, with each guest leaving with their belly full!”
The whites and pinks of the wedding ceremony were embellished with splashes of bling and green foliage, making the evening function a whimsical affair. North Indian cuisine was served, with live paneer stations, buttery naan, paneer makhani, a dessert table and cake. The gorgeous decor, delicious food and a night of dancing wrapped up the celebrations in style.
Advice For Couples
“Start early! The whole process will have many details and there needs to be enough time to execute everything – you may need a year’s advance. If a particular aspect of the wedding is very important to you, lock in those vendors sooner rather than later. Most importantly, have fun!”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort, Mahabalipuram
Décor: The Tailored Tale
Groom’s Outfits: Manyavar (Sangeet, Wedding), Indochino (Reception)
Bride’s Outfits: Shaadi Bazaar (Sangeet), Pachaiyappas Silks (Wedding), Navya Collection (Reception)
Makeup artist: Bride’s Sister
Hair Stylist: Bridal Makeup Studio by SriSarath
Invites: Nandi Cards
Photography and Videography: Prashant Kumar Photography