Intimate Fiji Wedding With The Bride In Unique & Tasteful Looks

Maisha & Nathanael

Snapshot

Set in environs that boast of clear waters and vast skies, Maisha & Nathanael’s wedding at the Denarau Island, Fiji, speaks of unconventional and classic together in breathtaking ways.

Right from the wedding decor to their distinctive looks, the entire wedding was stitched keeping in mind both the aesthetics and of course, the couple’s unique cultures. Be it the ‘trending in Bangladesh’ decor, the Bengali outfit styles or the western elements, everything blended into each other creating a medley that’s capable of curing any sore heart.

Without making you wait further, let’s delve into all the details of this wedding that’s sure to fill your inspiration kitties.

About The Couple

Their Tale

Nathanael, a Fiji-Indian, and Maisha, a Bengali, met each other through mutual friends. She knew it was going to be a tough battle as they both belonged to different cultural backgrounds and she tried denying her feelings. But, it’s like they say, “at the end, love wins!”

They are opposites yet very alike. She is an unrealistic dreamer and he is more grounded maintaining that perfect balance of fun and subdued.

The Proposal

The two dated for more than six years and decided to get married some time ago. Because it was a lot harder to convince their parents, it was much later the proposal finally happened.

Nathanael asked Maisha to join him for BBQ at his place with a few close friends and said that his dad will pick her up. When she reached she was led to the backyard through a fairy-lit path where a beautiful gazebo was set up.“He stood at the end of the gazebo with our friends making an aisle for me to walk down and once I reached the end, he went down on his knees and said “let’s do this, let’s make it official, whatever it takes” in a true marvel fan style 😛

He always joked he wouldn’t ask me “will you marry me” because he already knew the answer so I made him ask me anyway and said NO on the purpose of course, with a giggle as I put out my hand for him as he slid the ring onto my finger.”

The Details

The Engagement Ring

Maisha always wanted Nate to pick the ring for her ‘cuz for her it is a symbol of his love and she truly wanted to be surprised when the time came. Nathanael designed a dual-toned silver and gold ring, with intricate detailing and a pear-shaped diamond in a beautiful halo setting.

The bride further says, “I couldn’t have designed a better ring for myself, it is exactly what I wanted; the shape, size, shine. ;)”

Wedding Planning & Details

An intimate destination wedding in Denarau Island, Fiji, Maisha & Nathanael’s minimal yet extravagant wedding was gorgeously planned by the two of them. Being a detailed person that she is, while Maisha planned even the tiniest of details to perfection, their wedding stylists & decorators decked up their ceremonies at the flamboyant best.

Whether it was designing their save the date and invitations, planning specific decor elements and outfits, or curating personalized bridesmaids boxes, Maisha made sure to weave her and Nathanael’s personalities & cultures together in an aesthetic fashion.

Furthermore, Leezett Photography shot the entire soiree in an artistic and quintessential way and their frames are worth ogling at.

Pre-wedding Shoot

Connoting the idea behind her look the bride says, “I am a Bengali and always loved the red Banarasi bridal look but as I was having a destination beach wedding I didn’t want to wear a saree on my actual wedding. So I opted to go for that red Benarasi bridal look for my pre-wedding photoshoot.”

Maisha bought her saree from Dhaka, Bangladesh and fashioned for herself a traditional bridal look for the shoot looking ravishing. She paired up her saree with India Trend’s classic jadau neckpiece, a long pearl & gold necklace, earrings, matha patti, and red & gold bangles. She further amped up her look with long floral kaleeras and a classic bridal makeup to stitch it all up.

Nathanael too opted for an Indian outfit and donned a navy blue bandhgala that he teamed up with a velvet stole and golden trousers.

Framed by Naren Bedekar Photography, the pictures are a treat to the eyes.

The Welcome Holi

Hosted at the Smugglers Cove Beach Resort, the Holi themed meet and greet was the perfect ice breaker amongst the guests and was a super fun and informal affair. Since the event was on the beach, the dress code was white and the decor was planned to be kept minimal yet colorful.

Splendid Weddings incorporated different elements like a bright teepee, tablecloths, rickshaw art, and props like cookies with couple’s initials, dupattas, and sunglasses all in different colors.

Couple Looks

Wanting to keep it all casual, Maisha slipped into a crisp white shirt paired with a colorful zari skirt. Huge jhumki earrings & a maang-tikka further pepped up her outfit making her look chic & unconventional.

As she herself is a makeup artist going by the name Maishas Makeup, she did her hair and makeup for all the events. For the Holi, she gave herself half tied beachy waves along with pretty pink eyes and a bold lip to go with the theme.

Nathanael, whereas, went all subdued in a white kurta set teamed up with a ice blue & gold Nehru jacket from Manyavar.

The Evening Sangeet

Hosted at the Nasau Resort & Villas, the poolside evening mehndi and sangeet was rather simple yet elegant boasting of a floral swing seating & some rustic trees scattered with birds atop them; all bedecked by Splendid Weddings.

For the event, Nathanael wore a navy blue Manyavar sherwani teamed up with a velvet stole.

Maisha, on the other hand, wore a traditional yellow & pink saree draped in Bengali style. She paired it up with colorful ghungroo juttis and bewitching pink & yellow customized floral jewellery accentuated with emeralds, pearls, and stones.

She opted for a messy floral braid, traditional gold eyes, and a bold lip along with and pulled it all off so flawlessly.

The Beachside Vows

The Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa was decked up by Grace Creations Fiji in a surreal way and was drenched in an authentic & tropical Fijian beach wedding aura. The space was marked with minimal tropical decor and the duo took their vows in front of a Bure (a Fijian word for a wooden hut).

Maisha's Look

Maisha looked absolutely resplendent on her wedding day in the famous moss green Sabyasachi silk lehenga which she paired up with her exquisite pre-wedding jadau jewellery from India Trend, green bangles, and pearl kadas.

To let the royalty of her outfit & baubles outshine, she kept her makeup rather subtle and opted for matte brown eyes with minimal foil shimmer, nude lips, and a sleek floral bun.

Nathanael's Look

Nathanael went all classic and looked handsome and dapper in a sharp custom made black tuxedo with a bow-tie.

The Reception

Going a little detailed for their rustic & tropical reception, the decor was done in red and pink flowers coupled with foliage, golden pineapples, fresh coconuts, and fairy lights. Fire dancers, fireworks, and lighting sky lanterns however were quite the highlight of the entire day.

The Reception Looks

While Nathanael simply slipped from his coat into a velvet blazer, Maisha decided to just take off her head dupatta to make her look more casual. She also changed her jewellery set and adorned a pearl and ruby choker set & an oversized matching jhoomar, all from Tanzila Rab Designs.

Bridal Party Looks

Spilling the beans about her bridesmaids outfits the bride says, “They wore custom made sarees by Asmee. I designed and handpicked the materials to go with my theme and Asmee went beyond to bring it to life. I wanted the outfits to be very light and airy to go with the beach theme but still tie in some traditional aspects. So we chose the saree material to be net with a very thin
traditional pink border and brocade blouses. I had each of the bridesmaid design their own blouse style so everyone’s
personalities still shone through and they weren’t just put into an uniform.”

The Groom Squad

The groomsmen wore matching grey trousers & vest with a crisp white shirt from Tarocash taken a notch above with their boutonnieres.

Tips From The Bride

  • Do a lot of research; a lot!! You can have a very impactful wedding without breaking the bank.
  • Pick certain areas where you want to splurge but, balance it out with areas where you cut costs by either DIY-ing or finding
    alternatives.
  • Allow yourself time and don’t take on too much; delegate! I failed in this and wish I could change a few things!

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About The Author

Divya Arora

An old school at heart with subtle but intense hints of modern glam, she's always happily making the best of both worlds. With reading, Zentangling, and spilling her thoughts on paper, she keeps her creative streak always on point. Hogging food and dozing off often, comes naturally to her! Follow her on Instagram @divya.arora14