Tunisha and Siddhant, Thailand
Bride Tunisha's self-designed wedding lehenga featuring motifs of everything she loves was the highlight of her trousseau.
Tunisha, an architect, and Siddhant, an investment banker first locked eyes in a house party, and Cupid found its mark. After four years of dating, the couple finally decided to take the plunge by tying the knot at Phuket, Thailand. Photographed by WeddingSutra Favorite – The Wedding Crasher, the celebrations were captured in all their glory with professional expertise and creativity.
How They Met
Tunisha shares, “Siddhant and I met in Singapore four years ago at a house party where he was accompanied by my friend with whom he’d gone out on a date. Introductions were swiftly made and that’s how our story started off. Who would’ve thought that we’d end up marrying each other after such a chance meeting?”
“One of my friends was getting married in Italy, so, Siddhant and I made the most of the opportunity and decided to embark on a road trip around Italy and Austria. Innsbruck was our last stop and since our engagement was meant to be in December, he somehow found his window on this trip to pop the question. As we were making our way up the scenic Alps on a tram, there were alot of people around us with their cameras out to capture the scenic beauty, and amongst them were also two photographers whom Siddhant had hired to capture the proposal. As we got off the tram, he asked me to take a picture of the view and as soon as I turned around, there he was on his knees asking me to marry him while the photographers were right across us taking pictures! I was extremely surprised but naturally, I said ‘Yes!’ and couldn’t contain my happiness.”
“We got engaged a year before the wedding at the Dome, Intercontinental in Mumbai. However, we’ve always wanted an intimate destination wedding, and what better place than Thailand? After a lot of scouting, we found the perfect venue at the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa which blew us away. The natural beauty of Thailand with its impeccable hospitality made our vision of a spectacular destination wedding come true. For our reception, we took a more traditional route and hosted it in Ahmedabad where Siddhant’s parents are based.”
To make sure that their vision of a close-knit yet opulent wedding came true, the duo relied upon an efficient team of vendors who helped them make the right choices with minimum stress. On the photography front, The Wedding Crasher and Studio BeUnique took charge and gave the duo stunning clicks that captured the essence of their nuptials. For the decor, they chose Pavarit & Co who used their creative skills to come up with striking decor concepts. Adding their musical expertise into the mix was the Shillong Choir Chamber who thrilled the guests with their upbeat tunes.
A close-knit and laid back affair, the duo’s engagement had minimalistic floral decor and overlooked the sea. As the couple sat against a rustic floral wreath, they were blessed by their respective families and exchanged rings. Dressed in a dusty rose lehenga, Tunisha looked fresh and festive, while Siddhant complemented her in his pastel pink floral kurta.
A solemn event with a dash of color, the pre-wedding pooja witnessed all the family members coming together to bless the couple. With baby’s breath blooms and marigolds decorating the tables, it was a homely and close-knit occasion.
Keeping it comfortable and light in a magenta lehenga, the bride shared tender moments with her mom who happily blessed her. Siddhant, on the other hand, donned a pastel yellow chikankari kurta.
For the haldi, the couple chose minimalist decor and instead, concentrated on having plenty of fun with their family. Everyone was all smiles as they playfully smeared the duo with a mixture of turmeric that would help them get their pre-wedding glow on. Taking the less beaten track and eschewing yellows, Tunisha chose a rich blue floral print lehenga for the occasion and accessorized it with simple floral and silver jewellery. The groom also kept it simple in an off white kurta with delicate embroidery.
Exuding cheerful vibes with its bright pink canopies, the mehndi was held on one of the sprawling lawns of the venue. Complementing the colorful canopies were mint blue seats that contrasted delightfully with the surroundings and gave guests plenty of space to relax and get henna patterned on their palms. Keeping the decor in mind, Tunisha chose to stand out in a bright yellow lehenga that flowed with her every twirl. Joining her on the dance floor was Siddhant who opted for a quirky printed bandhgala ensemble.
Adding glamour and fun to the nuptials was a ‘retro’ themed sundowner that had everyone shaking a leg on the dance floor. Held under the dark night sky and surrounded by lush foliage, it was a breezy event where it was proven that age was just a number as everyone showed off their best moves. Golden candle holders and comfy white seats made sure that anyone who wished to take a break had plenty of space to do so.
Dressed in a beige saree, the bride looked radiant as she joined Siddhanth, who wore a white bow tie and shirt for a customary waltz.
Amping up the glamour stakes, the sangeet was a dazzling event that glowed with fairy lights that cast their radiance from the ceiling. Everyone danced to their heart’s content and joined the couple on stage. Looking radiant in a light yellow lehenga, Tunisha accessorized her outfit with diamond-encrusted jewelry. Siddhant, meanwhile, contrasted her in a sleek black bandhgala suit.
Hosted against a backdrop of crashing waves and surrounded by the salty breeze, Tunisha and Siddhant tied the knot in a scenic beachside ceremony. The highlight of the occasion was the mandap which glowed brightly against the dark blue sunset sky and cast a glow on all those surrounding it. As the bride made her way down the candlelit aisle, she glowed in one of her own creations that contained designs close to her heart. She shares, “Everything I love can be seen in my wedding lehenga. From elegant lotuses, chandeliers to symbolic elephants, I put all my heart into designing my outfit.”
The groom also channeled his inner royal and opted for a pristine white sherwani that he accessorized with a layered emerald necklace.
For the reception, the couple flew back to Ahmedabad where they celebrated their union with a traditionally decorated reception replete with Indian elements. From tasseled wall hangings to diyas encircled with marigolds, the event exuded desi elegance with an undercurrent of whimsy. Tunisha stayed away from bright colors when it came to her outfit and instead chose a delicate peach lehenga. The groom followed his bride’s cue and opted for a somber grey suit which he paired with a peach tie.
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Dome – InterContinental (Engagement), JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa, Thailand (Haldi, Sundowner and Wedding)
Decor: Pavarit & Co
Groom’s Outfits: Rahul Mishra (Mehndi), Raghavendra Rathore (Sangeet), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Warp ‘n Weft (Pooja), Izzumi Mehta (Mehndi), Anita Dongre (Haldi), Ridhi Mehra (Sundowner), Tarun Tahiliani (Sangeet), Devnaagri (Reception)
Floral Jewellery: Floral Art
Entertainment: Shillong Choir Chamber
Photography: The Wedding Crasher (Haldi, Sundowner and Wedding), Studio BeUnique (Reception)