Glamorous Indian Resort Wedding

Ayisha & Jekin

Snapshot

My most favorite moment from the wedding… 

I have many favorite moments from the wedding, but there are three special moments that I hold close to my heart. My first one was when I was getting ready and seeing my Dad’s reaction when he walked into the room. His joyful tears started a domino effect of waterworks in the family. Another favorite moment was when I was walking down the aisle and I saw Jekin sitting under the mandap – it’s the moment I realized that I am finally marrying the love of my life and everyone who is close to us would be a witness. The last one was dancing with my Dad to under the Bali night sky to ‘Butterfly Kisses’, a song he has played for me ever since I was born.

I had the most fun… 

Each day was amazing with four days of continuous celebrations with our closet friends and family.

I cried when… 

During the Civil Ceremony hearing, Jekin says his vows with a slightly unsteady tone as he was holding back tears. It was a tough moment because I knew if I started to cry, he would too. Many don’t know, but he has a very soft and loving heart and I didn’t want him to be embarrassed. I could hear my bridesmaids and even the groomsmen and guests sniffling and wiping back their tears which didn’t help.

My wedding style was… 

Soft, elegant and glamorous.

It was most important to me that… 

When we started to plan the wedding, we knew our closest family and friends from different parts of the world would attend and since it is a long flight for everyone, we wanted to make sure our wedding felt like a holiday.

My advice for future brides… 

  1. Get a really good wedding planning team that’s well established, trustworthy and understands your vision for each event.
  2. Be organized. Good photographers, planners, venues get booked out in advance.
  3. Have fun! At the end of the day, it would be a very expensive party to stress over. Enjoy the moments as they’ll be lifetime memories.

About The Couple

How we met

Jekin and I have actually known each other since we were kids, as we both grew up in Fiji where our families have known each other for three generations. Due to our five and a half year age gap however, I was never ‘cool enough’ to hang out with Jekin. It wasn’t until nine years later when we were finally introduced. Most of our friends and family get together in Fiji for two weeks Christmas and New Year celebration. I was returning from the US, where I was pursuing my degree in Biology and Jekin was visiting from Papua New Guinea, as he was working for one of his family businesses at the time.

Our first date

Exactly a year after we were re-introduced, we met again at the same place – but this time, there was a spark. We couldn’t help but hang out until New Year’s Eve. As the fireworks erupted along the beach, Jekin asked me to be his girlfriend. Of course, I said yes.

The Propsoal

Jekin had booked a weekend away for the two of us. I still remember it was a cloudy day, with drizzling rain. He picked me up that morning after which we went white water rafting. I loved every moment of it and credit to Jekin, as he knows I love outdoor sports. Afterward, we were supposed to be heading to our hotel but out of the blue, Jekin wanted to stop at a beach.

It was still cold and rainy (not exactly going to plan), so when Jekin asked me to go for a walk down the beach I was confused. After some quick thinking he came up with a story about being interested in a beachfront property, so I agreed. After walking down the beach in the rain for a couple of minutes, Jekin stopped and asked me if I would ‘be his best friend forever?’. Confused, I replied, ‘what’s wrong with you?’. He asked again and eventually, I said, ‘Yes’. Before I knew it, he got down on one knee. Shocked and speechless, I said ‘Oh shit!’. He popped the real question and after a slight pause, I said yes.

We walked a couple more meters and there was a path of flowers leading into the villa on the beach. There were candles lit all around the room, a string of our photos hung from the bed, heart-shaped flower arrangements on the floor and a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon next to the bed. It was perfect. We spent the weekend at the villa soaking at the moment until we met up with the family the following day to celebrate.

The Details

Wedding Planning

WEDDING VISION: Jekin and I were sure that we wanted to have a destination wedding. When we started planning, we knew that our closest family and friends from different parts of the world would attend and since it would be a long flight for everyone, we wanted to make sure our wedding felt like a holiday. Our main goals were amazing food, Moet & Chandon and alcohol flowing freely, great music and ambiance at each event.

LOCATION: Bali is known for its amazing waterfront views and secluded villas which is why we thought it would be the perfect location. We chose to have our functions at various locations around Bali. Jekin and I loved the ocean views that each location had to offer as it met our overall vision. We arranged for all our guests to stay at Peppers Luxury Villas, which is where we also held one of our events.

WEDDING PLANNERS: It took us one year to plan our wedding with the help of our amazing planners. Vanessa, Vishal and their team at Eventures Asia were the perfect planners we could ask for. The highlight of the wedding planning experience with Eventures Asia was that Jekin and I were each assigned our own personal assistants. This was extremely handy.

Along with planning and coordination, the decor and theme for each event were brought to life by the Eventures team. We wanted a consistent theme for each of our events with the use of corals, soft pinks, soft oranges and gold colors with hints of green foliage. To complement the scenic waterfront views, floral decor helped to create a glamorous, yet romantic feel.

WEDDING SHOPPING: My mum, grandma, aunty and I planned a quick trip to Mumbai for the wedding shopping. We managed to find everything we needed in four days. I found my Civil Ceremony outfit in London.

Wedding Events

The wedding events took place at various locations, both within and beyond our resort.

  1. Vidhi – Friday AM, Peppers Luxury Villas.
  2. Hindu Wedding Ceremony – Friday PM, The Sanctus Uluwatu.
  3. Sangeet – Friday PM, The Sanctus Uluwatu.
  4. Civil Ceremony – Saturday, PM, Phalosa Villa.
  5. Reception – Saturday, PM, Phalosa Villa. We then held an afterparty at Mint. 

GUEST WELCOME: From the moment our guests arrived at Peppers Luxury Villas, they were greeted and checked-in by Eventures Asia. We placed welcome hampers in each of the rooms in the form of a customized tote with a calendar, marking our wedding dates. Inside the tote, we placed havianas; customized scented sunscreen; insect repellent and after cooling gel; and a newspaper style itinerary with all the information needed about the events and Bali in general. When guests arrived at the venues, they were greeted with a cold peppermint towel and a cocktail/mocktail.

Vidhi

The Vidhi ceremony was held in two of the villas at Peppers Luxury Villas.

DECOR: We went for a traditional feel in terms of decor. We decorated the entrance and poolside with hanging marigolds and placed a marigold backdrop with pink and purple cushions and drapes for the ceremony.

AYISHA’S OUTFIT: I wanted a traditional and colorful look for my vidhi as my other outfits were soft and subtle. I wore a yellow, pink and green custom lehenga that I purchased from a store in Mumbai. I had white florals in my hair and floral jewellery. I felt like a princess, all thanks to Yeanne Makeup Art.

Hindu Ceremony & Sangeet Overview & Decor

The Hindu Wedding Ceremony was held later that afternoon (after the Vidhi) at The Sanctus Uluwatu. The ceremony was held by a cliff, overlooking the ocean and served as a perfect backdrop to our traditional ceremony. DJ Vishal from Ambiance played soft acoustic Indian music.

After the ceremony, we let our hair down with our guests for a fun-filled Sangeet night followed by dinner. We treated everyone to Indian and Indonesian food stalls catered by Queen’s Tandoor. Everyone loved our idea of vodka pani puri and the modern twists to the street food, such as wasabi dhokra, cavaiar jalebi and coffee barfi. Queen’s Tandoor did an amazing job!

DECOR: The venue was so beautiful that we didn’t want to overshadow it with too many decorations. We worked closely with the talented Gloriosa Flower House and Eventures Asia when finalizing our options. Due to the natural landscape, we opted for more florals to create a rustic, yet romantic feel. The color scheme was coral, soft pinks, soft oranges, and gold, with hints of green.

The mandap, which was situated on a floating stage over the infinity pool, was filled with orchids, roses, and carnations in a mixture of orange, peach, corals, and hints of pink. We also had matching pink and orange chiffon fabric draped around light champagne colored chairs and the aisle decorated with soft pink petals.

During my entrance, my brother held an umbrella made of green foliage and roses. Around the garden side of the venue, we had tall and short umbrellas with hanging marigolds, fifty floating candles in the four pools and hanging fairy lights in the trees.

Hindu Ceremony & Sangeet Look

AYISHA’S OUTFIT: I knew I wanted a simple yet classy look. I also wanted Jekin’s and my outfit to match our color scheme. I found my dream lehenga at Shantanu & Nikhil. I knew it was the one when I first saw it. I had the lehenga customized to my taste with intricate matte gold details, Swarowski crystals to give it glamor, a simple dupatta with a shiny leather gold border and a princess skirt to finish it off. It was perfect for the wedding.

JEWELLERY: With regards to the jewellery, I had it customized to my taste at a store in Mumbai. The necklace had two strands of emeralds and diamonds, along with matching earrings and tikka. I didn’t want too many bangles, so I chose bangles with hints of pink and gold with diamonds.

SHOES: I finished off the look with a pair of Jimmy Choo matte gold heels.

HAIR & MAKEUP: The talented team at Yeanne Makeup Art did my hair and makeup. As the pastel lehenga was quite soft and demure, I kept my makeup very minimalist. The sleek ponytail added the perfect touch of glamour.

JEKIN’S OUTFIT: Jekin wore an off white silk kurta with gold embroidery along the collar, shoulders, and lining of the kurta and matching Punjabi pants – this was designed by Jekin himself and was tailor-made in Mumbai, India.

BRIDESMAIDS LOOK: I wanted the bridesmaids to complement the colorful look. They wore a bright teal blue chiffon sari with a gold border and diamontes, shimmering champagne color blouse, and matching matte gold and diamond earrings, tikka and bangles. I had their sarees custom made in Mumbai and also purchased their jewelry there. They had their hair and makeup was done by Yeanne Makeup Art. They went for a gold smokey eye look with classic red lipstick and a Mimosa and Cardamon Jo Malone fragrance.

Civil Ceremony Overview & Decor

Our Civil Ceremony & Reception were held at Phalosa Villa the following day. We had a guitarist play acoustic western music while guests mingled and sipped on their personalized cocktails. Our Reception included a modern Asian fusion three-course sit-down dinner by the Bali Catering Company, where we had a few speeches, cake cutting, father-daughter, and couple dance. For our afterparty, we hired a club called Mint which had an open bar and DJ Vishal spinning till 5 am. It was amazing!

CIVIL CEREMONY DECOR: At the entrance, we had an impressive glass roof with six pillars and water features. We decorated the area with twigs, ivory roses and orchids running along the pillars. Near the water feature, we had ivory rose petals scattered along the edge and thirty pillar candles in vases. As you walked along, there was a table on each side. One was a memory table of our loved ones who’d passed away and the other side was our guest registration table. In front was a green wall with our gold logo and behind, our guest seating plan.

The arbor was decorated with white drapes and pink and white roses, orchids and hydrangeas. The aisle was decorated with rose petals starting from the color pink and radiating into ivory and also bundles of white orchids attached to the wooden chairs. At the beginning of the aisle, we had two tree trunk flower arrangements with our initials carved into the wood.

Reception Decor

Our Reception had hints of softer colours such as beige, ivory, gold and soft pinks. We had both long rectanglur and round tables with a mix of bentwood and crossback wooden chairs. The centerpieces were clusters of crystal and gold vases in different sizes, filled with gradual tones of orange roses (Cherry Brandy, Voodoo, Milva, Petra roses), David Austin peach coral, soft pink (Universe and Memoria), deep pink (Lydia) and green foliages. There were also tea light candles in crystal and gold mercury glasses, vintage gold candle holders and a lace runner.

The names on the table were written in gold on banana leaves to give it a garden feeling. The bridal table centerpieces were the same but had gold geometric laterns as well. Behind the bridal table, was a flower wall of green foilage and roses, hydrangeas and asters, matching the color theme. Above the reception area, we had a large flower chandelier filled with hanging roses, orchids, wisterias and foilage, accompanied with nine other smaller flower chandeliers. We also had fairy lights and green vines flowing across the ceiling. Around the venue we had three hundred banana trunk candles swirling around the corners of each side of the venue and an ‘A and J’ green foilage sign floating in the pool.

Civil Ceremony & Reception Look

AYISHA’S OUTFIT: For my Civil Ceremony outfit, I always wanted a simple sweetheart neckline, mermaid cut dress with an impressive trail. It took a while to find. After seven months, I managed to find the dress at a boutique in London, called Mirror Mirror​The dress was designed by La Sposa and made of delicate lace and shimmering beading with a six-foot-long trail and accompanied with an eight feet long veil.

JEWELLERY: To complement the elegant look, I wore diamond and pearl three strand droplet earrings, a diamond tennis bracelet and a diamond and ruby ring.

SHOES: All this accompanied by a pair of white rockstud Valentino flats.

HAIR & MAKEUP: Yeanne Makeup Art did a terrific job with hair and makeup. The side-swept curls and red lip was perfect for the glam look I was going for.

BOUQUET: My wedding bouquet was a posy garden style using a mixture of pale pink and soft peach David Austin roses, blush Vandella, soft pink baby roses, white baby roses, soft pink ranunculus, soft pink lisianthus and silver dust leaf.

JEKIN’S OUTFIT: Jekin wore a Perry Ellis linen suit.

ACCESSORIES: A floral tie and pocket square. He wore a boutonniere made of a baby pink rose with rosemary and leaves.

SHOES: Loafers from Todd’s and sunnies.

BRIDESMAIDS LOOK: My bridesmaids had a subtle look for the Civil Ceremony. I chose a dove color layered dress from Sheike, with diamond-shaped gold studded earrings, gold bangles and a flower crown. Their hair and makeup by Yeanne Makeup Art was done with a natural look with coral lipstick and a Pomegranate Noir Jo Malone fragrance. The girls had their hair in loose curls with some florals. They held a similar bouquet to mine but in a smaller size.

GROOMSMEN LOOK: The groomsmen wore Perry Ellis linen waistcoats and pants. They all wore floral bow ties and ties to give the wedding a casual and summer tropical look. To accessorize, they wore sunnies, pocket squares, and brown loafers. The groomsmen, fathers, and brothers had the same boutonniere as Jekin but in blush pink.

Other Unique Details

STATIONERY: From our welcome hampers, in-room stationery, menus, fans, and decor; everything was tied together with our wedding logo – a monogram of our initials. Designed by Moor Designs by Resham Moorjani.

BRIDAL PARTY GETAWAY: We had our Bachelor and Bachelorette parties three days before the wedding and a boat party the day before. It felt like a vacation and allowed us all to bond before the wedding.

Favors: While everyone was at the Reception, the Eventures Asia team placed a thank you gift for our guests, which was a customized air diffuser with reeds. All of the scented products were spiced vanilla, bamboo and teak, and sandalwood, chosen by Jekin and me.

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