An Intimate Indian-Pakistani Beach Wedding
Minal & Shaz
This wedding is very close to our heart, not because it's a multi-faith wedding or because the bride wore such gorgeous outfits, or the endless Pinterest worthy ideas we got from this rustic wedding, but also because it is a celebration of love and never losing hope.
After a lot of relationship challenges and waiting for almost 10 years, our #CrimsonBride Minal, a Sindhi-Indian married her Pakistani groom, Shaz in a super intimate wedding in Mauritius with just 70 guests. The wedding is utterly beautiful in every sense, but it wasn't an easy road for this 'madly in love' couple, who are an inspiration to thousands of love stories like this.
About The Couple
How they met
Minal: "We were briefly introduced during university days in Toronto at a mutual friends gathering. I guess I must have caught his eye as he added me on facebook right away and to date he must be the only person that I didn’t really know who I accepted on facebook - Let’s just say the rest is history."
How they are as a couple
Minal: "We are really the definition of opposites attract but we’ve been together for more than 10 years that we have sort of molded into each other. We actually bonded over our love for music but totally different genres. I was into hip hop and reggae he was into edm/house at the time which grew into huge events. Today we’re much more laid back and love travelling, he- big metropolitan cities, me- historical cities or nature destinations. Music is still a part of our lives and every year involves at least one visit to Ibiza and Ultra Music Festival."
Minal and Shaz celebrated their wedding with close family and friends over a three-day destination wedding in Mauritius followed by a Reception in Dubai. The boho-chic wedding by the beach were a perfect blend of traditions, rituals and who they are as a couple. Highlights included vintage, understated decor, a bougainvillea floral mandap, and Minal's beautiful grey Sabyasachi outfit.
A Dancing Marigolds Mehendi
The wedding celebrations kicked off with a fun-filled mehendi event. The theme was 'Dancing Marigolds' at the Banyan, LUX* Grand Gaube Mauritius with main setup under an ancient banyan tree overlooking the ocean. Our favourite details included an 'all-white' dress code, lots of marigolds, minimalistic mehendi design, and gorgeous outfits.
'All-White' Bridesmaids Outfits
With the dress-code For the 'All White Mehendi', Minal and her mother made white flowy dresses for the bridesmaids.
Latin Meets Desi Sangeet
Sangeet was a colourful evening of fun and dancing all night at Inti, LUX* Grand Gaube Mauritius featuring a 'Smoking Pineapples - Latin Meets Desi Nights' theme.
Prior to the wedding ceremony, Minal and Shaz held a Haldi function at The Forest, LUX* Grand Gaube Mauritius. The Haldi is a special ritual in Hindu wedding where family and friends apply turmeric paste on the face and body of bride and groom to cleanse and bless them before the official wedding ceremony.
The rustic beach-side Wedding Ceremony at Bodrum Beach, LUX* Grand Gaube Mauritius was all about 'less is more'. The couple tied the knot among 70 of their closest family and friends. The 'Blooming Bougainvilleas' theme against the sunset made for a rustic-romantic setting. We are in love with the minimalist decor that worked to enhance the venue. Our favourite details included the bougainvillea floral mandap and auto-rickshaw and and natural touches using coconuts and pineapples.
Minal walked down the aisle with her parents to the touching song,100 Years Covered by Piano Guys.
Wedding Groom Look
Shaz wore a navy blue Tiger of Sweden suit with a pocket square by Sabyasachi to match the Minal's outfit.
Modern Mughal Reception
The Wedding Reception at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai was nothing less than a royal affair with a Mughal - Rajasthani theme with a guest list of 350-400 people. The decor was heavily inspired by Bar Palladio in Jaipur and Haveli Barood Khana in Lahore and other Rajasthani architecture from pre-partition Hindustan which was symbolic to the couple.
Tips For Brides-To-Be
Minal suggests the following wedding shopping tips for brides-to-be:
1. For your wedding trousseau shopping, try to plan a trip in the cooler months as you are so much more productive and don’t burn out.
2. As traffic can be a nightmare, the most helpful tip is to stay around the main shopping areas.
3. Make sure to visit all the stores, ranging from high end designers to mid tier and upcoming designers.
4. If you are in Delhi, or planning to go to Delhi for your wedding shopping, make sure to visit the Mehrauli area and Ogaan. Minal picked up almost all her outfits from these areas.