Vibrant Koh Samui wedding with a dozen ideas to steal !
BY The WMG Bride | 14 Feb, 2015 | 951 views | 4 min read
Meet Vanisha and GopalFrom Vanisha: We met through a friend whilst Gopal was working part time during University. On our first date he was an hour late because he got confused with the time, I think that was the indicator that I liked him as I waited! I would normally never have done that. He arrived and I handed him a pack of cough drops as I knew he was sick. We went to lunch to a Thai place, where I struggled with chopsticks and eventually just gave up as it was easier than the concentration involved with attempting to use the chopsticks lol. It was going well so we walked around and as we were going past a theatre booking place he just turned to me and said "Let’s go to the theatre" , and then he bought us tickets to the Lion King, it was a wonderful first date. We went on a couple more dates and decided to make it more official even though we were long distance. 1 month became, 2, 2 became 6 and all of a sudden we were together for a year, since then the years have passed without even realising.
Bubbles to welcome the Mr. & Mrs!
Polaroid camera for instant photobooth
My fiancé Vanisha and I very early on decided we wanted a destination wedding, for a number of reasons besides being awesome, we had an objective, we wanted all our of guests both friends and family to actually become a family, strengthening relationships that can really only happen when you’re on a holiday together, and with only 50 guests this was a real possibility.
Personally, I had only ever attended a dozen weddings, but Vanisha had attended over one hundred! Given my major lack of wedding experience / attendance as is typical for most of the Asian grooms I knew, the whole wedding planning process typically fell with the bride because she gets it. I was only too happy to follow this tradition and to an extent so was Vanisha and then something happened. Vanisha suddenly became immensely busy at work…
Given our travel schedules for the year this limited down our scope to teams in either London, Thailand or India. Vanisha contacted teams in London whilst I started to look at Asia. It was then that I came across the photographer, Joseph Radhik and our Videographer, Vishal Punjabi ‘The Wedding Filmer’ both of whom are based out of Mumbai, will travel the world and we cannot recommend them highly enough! After a bit of back and forth with Joseph, I asked him to recommend some Indian wedding planners for which he sent over a short list. One of whom was the young and incredibly talented Devika Narain. She offered something that I didn’t know existed but desperately needed — Wedding Consultancy.
Essentially Devika was not only able to design and plan our wedding but also school me on the ins and outs of an Indian wedding; something that Vanisha would have done had she had the time.. Vanisha fell in love with her portfolio (I knew she would!) and quickly understood why we needed someone like Devika in our team. A wedding consultant not only helps with the planning, but can bring fresh, original ideas to maximise your guest experience. Vanisha shared her Pinterest board of what she loved and Devika developed it further and ran with it.
Read Gopals full experience of planning his wedding from a grooms perspective over here
Vendor details: Venues: Le Meridien Samui for wedding , Anantara Resort and Spa for mehendi | Makeup:Ablaze by Simran Thakkar| Photographer : Joseph Radhik | Cinematography :The Wedding Filmer | Bridal Outfits: All from Friendship Sarees Mumbai | Groom Outfits: Onitaa London| Invitations: Dhruv Co | Furniture Rentals and flowers: Bliss Events and Hattaya Laemsamooth | Wedding decor design and consultancy: Devika Narain | Mehendi Artist: Ablaze by Simran