Fairytale Riverside Celebrity Wedding

Nishka & Dhruv

Snapshot

My most favourite moment from the wedding…

It was definitely my bridal entrance. I felt like a princess when I made my bridal entrance on a boat along the Chao Phraya River.

My wedding style was…

Fairytale princess with a touch of glam.

It was most important to me that…

Our guests were comfortable and well taken care of, service at the venue was great and the food was delectable.

Honeymoon destination…

We went on a month-long honeymoon that had the best of everything. We ventured to New York, San Francisco, Disney World, and Universal Studios in Orlando with a little bit of island hopping in Hawaii.

My advice for future brides having a destination wedding…

  1. Make a checklist.
  2. Carry only what’s needed for your destination wedding. With traveling on mind during your wedding shopping, try to opt for lightweight bridal wear.
  3. Dress weather and event appropriate.

About The Couple

How we met

We met at a common friend’s wedding. I still recall Dhruv approaching me. We got to talking and got along instantly.

How we are as a couple

We are well balanced as a couple. Dhruv is extremely caring and supportive of me, especially when it comes to my work. He is always looking out for me. Dhruv and I share many common interests. We both love to travel and are absolute foodies!

How he proposed

Dhruv took me completely by surprise. He had just come back from his travels and so we planned to meet. He seemed really nervous that day. As I made my way to his place, he kept checking-in to see where I was and when I would be arriving. Once I got there, I saw that he had decorated the room with candles, flowers, and balloons! It was only then that I realized what was happening. Once our eyes met across the room, he got down on one knee with a ring in his hand and asked me if I would marry him.

What marriage means to us

To us, marriage means commitment and companionship.

The Details

Wedding Planning

LOCATION: It took us three months to finalize the destination for our wedding. We both knew we wanted a destination wedding and so went out scouting for venues. We visited a few places around Thailand, but it was only once we reached Anantara Riverside Bangkok that we felt we had found ‘the one’. We loved the riverside venue instantly. It was beautiful. The hospitality was warm, the service was great and the food was delicious. I had always dreamed of a fairytale wedding and the ambiance of the venue and its location made it ideal.

The hotel offered an array of restaurants and spaces where we could potentially host each of our events, such as BenniHanna, Brio and Trader Vics. The fact that the hotel was a mere half an hour distance from the airport was another plus point. This would prove to be quite convenient for all our guests who would be traveling from overseas, especially the elders.

WEDDING PLANNER: We finalized the venue six months before the wedding date but there was still a lot of work left to do. While Anantara Riverside Bangkok was very helpful and very accommodating, my mother, Neeta Lulla, really took charge to make sure she gave me more than the wedding I dreamed of. She was responsible for all the creative aspects that are involved in planning a wedding; from coming up with the theme, to designing the decor for each event and coordinating with our wedding planners, Spectrum Events, who brought her designs to life. She worked closely with my husband, Dhruv who handled the coordination with the hotel and focused on the menu for each event.

PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMATOGRAPHY: We had the incredible WeddingNama as our photographers and cinematographer for our destination wedding. They were phenomenal and did an amazing job of capturing all the emotions and event details.

Wedding Shopping

For me, my bridal looks and trousseau were the least of my worries since my mother Neeta Lulla, being a designer, I knew I would be in safe hands. My wedding shopping started with deciding on my jewelry first, as my outfits would be based around the jewelry. This is always more practical.

My mother, designed and all of my looks for each of the events, as well as Dhruv’s and most of our family members. I really can’t decide which was my favorite because I loved them all. My aunts who had flown in from the US gifted me shoes for my functions.

Wedding Events

The wedding celebrations started with some pre-wedding events in Mumbai followed by the destination wedding at Anantara Riverside Bangkok. The destination wedding events were all held at different venues within the resort.

  1. Wedidng Brunch – AM, Hakkasan Mumbai, Mumbai.
  2. Temple Wedding – AM, ISKCON Juhu, Mumbai.
  3. Mehendi – AM, Anantara Riverside Bangkok (Trader Vics & Riverside Garden), 300 guests.
  4. Sangeet – PM, Anantara Riverside Bangkok (Banquet Hall), 300 guests.
  5. Ceremony – PM, Anantara Riverside Bangkok (Grand Sala), 300 guests.
  6. Reception – PM, Anantara Riverside Bangkok, 300 guests.

Mehendi Overview & Decor

Our Mehendi function was held at Trader Vics, Anantara Riverside Bangkok. We also extended the function out to the Riverside Garden. Dhruv and I made a grand entrance at the event on a colorful cycle rickshaw named ’Nishka ki Mehendi’. Guests could have their mehndi done by local mehndi artists (organized by Spectrum Events), while others could sit back and relax by the pool or be pampered at the massage stations.

THEME & DECOR: We had a bohemian theme. The Trader Vics venue with its ambient setting of a Polynesian inspired dining room and tropical Riverside Garden worked well. In the garden, we had beautiful colorful tents set up where guests were able to have their mehndi applied. There were hanging origami umbrellas and birds in lime green, hot pink and yellow.

Mehendi Look

NISHKA’S OUTFIT: In keeping with the boho-chic theme, I wore a cherry yellow mirror work cropped choli with a tiered gypsy skirt embroidered with colorful unicorns to create a merry go round effect. Designed and styled by my mother, Neeta Lulla.

JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: Hand hardness and ear cuffs by Suhani Pittie, vintage gold coin earrings.

SHOES: Flats by Dolce & Gabanna. 

HAIR & MAKEUP: The amazing Marianna Mukuchyan did my hair and makeup. My hair was styled in a wreath.

MEHENDI: We brought the talented Kashmeera Dedhia from Mumbai for my bridal mehndi.

DHRUV’S OUTFIT: Comfortable yellow shirt and jeans, styled by Neeta Lulla.

Sangeet Overview & Decor

The Sangeet was held indoors in the Banquet Hall. It was an evening of performances by our closest family and friends. The talented Manasi Scott sang for us and our guests. She was energetic and fun – we all thoroughly enjoyed her performance. Dhruv and I also performed a dance, which was followed by our cake cutting ceremony. It was a great evening!

THEME & DECOR: We had a fairytale-themed evening with ivory, gold and blue colour scheme to bring it to life. My mother designed a Cinderella-style carriage that was kept at the entrance. It was a great decor piece and also served as a backdrop for amazing photos. The stage was decorated like an enchanted forest with white florals everywhere. I truly felt like a princess as Dhruv and I sat up there for our ring exchange ceremony.

Sangeet Look

NISHKA’S OUTFIT: Neeta Lulla cinderella blue colored lehenga, embroidered with delicate crystals, little 3D orchid floral embroidery inspired by the enchanted forest.

JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: I wore diamond jewellery to compliment the outfit.

SHOES: Gifted by my aunt from America.

HAIR & MAKEUP: My look was quite feminine for the event. In line with the fairytale-princess theme, I had soft curls and accentuated the look with a frosty, pink lip. My makeup was by the talented Marianna Mukuchyan and hair by Ritika Kadam.

DHRUV’S OUTFIT:  A Neeta Lulla black sherwani with cowl salwar pants, self blackwork on collar and handcrafted maharaja inspired buttons by The Exquisite Co. 

Ceremony Overview & Decor

The Wedding Ceremony was at the Grand Sala, an outdoor terrace set against a Bangkok sky awash in vibrant colour and set among an abundance of fresh tropical flowers. In the background, the the majesty and beauty of the Chao Phraya River was perfect.

My most memorable moment was most definitely my bridal entrance. I made my way to the mandap from a boat to the song ‘Din Shagna Da’. Wearing a fifty metre long trail, I felt like a princess! It was an overwhelming experience knowing that it was my wedding day and I was dressed up like Radha Rani. It was the perfect day!

Following the Wedding Ceremony, we held Dinner Reception. We had speeches, a cake cutting and also did our first dance. Dhruv and I danced to ‘Pehla Nasha’ & ‘Samjhawan’.

THEME & DECOR: The ceremony was a traditional Radha-Krishna theme. My mum decorated the entire venue like a garden in Vridhavan. It was just breathtaking and surreal.

Wedding Ceremony Look

NISHKA’S OUTFIT: A Radha Rani inspired outfit in Radha colours of bright pink and blue. This was my most special outfit. My mother revived her very own wedding lehenga for me since I have always loved her wedding lehenga. She used her embroidery and had a tanjore painting of the Raas-Leela done on silk which was used as the border of the lehenga. The work was in gold zari, pearls, Kundan, and resham threads and came with a fifty-meter long veil.

JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: To complete the look, I wore a layered choker necklace, earrings, mathapatti and kaleeras.

SHOES: Jimmy Choo sandals.

HAIR & MAKEUP: Keeping with the traditional bridal look, I had my hair pulled back neatly in a bun that was covered in a gajra. This was complemented with a dark eye and pink lips to mate the lehenga. Makeup was by Marianna Mukuchyan and hair by Ritika Kadam.

DHRUV’S OUTFIT: Dhruv wore a Neeta Lulla cream sherwani embroidered in self resham work. It was a subtle, yet regal look.

Other Unique Details

WEDDING INVITATIONS: Instead of the usual paper stationery, Dhruv and I sent out e-invites to all our guests. We had our invitations custom designed by Mynah Animations.

BRIDAL PARTY: As Dhruv is obsessed with wih Superman, he had a Superman-themed baraat. All the baraatis wore a ‘Superman’ t-shirt, where the iconic ‘S’ was replaced with the letter ‘D’. The t-shirt had the word ‘Baraati’ written across the back. The ‘bride’s men’ all wore matching turquoise blue sherwani’s. Not only did they dance with the baraat, but also escorted me from the boat to the mandap for my bridal entrance.

Favors:  We presented our guests with wedding favors at our Mehendi. We had a bohemian bag with floral head wreaths, bracelets, maang tika’s (perfectly synchronized with the Bohemian theme (so our guests could doll themselves up accordingly), keychains and traditional Thai vintage hand-painted mugs.

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