Indian weddings are all about celebrations in multiple ways – each fresher than the other. Whether it’s the themes, the colours or the beautiful ways the couple create their dream together, weddings done in style are many in 2020. This week, it’s Palak and Aditya’s wedding that took place in October at Shangri La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat. Nothing like a desert wedding and the venue was the sparkling Sea of Oman which became their backdrop with an intimate outdoor wedding. Executed to perfection by Momente Weddings, this one was as unique as they come and took style to the next level. And school friends turned friends turned couple, Palak and Aditya kept their real Indian wedding avant-garde, chic and contemporary, just like their personalities.

“We had the most fantastic time planning Palak and Aditya’s wedding. The couple wanted fun elements in the wedding and they were absolutely open to different ideas and suggestions. The flow of ideas and execution was excellent and each event had a distinct style and flavour of its own – from the Arabic Souk to the Mykonos themed beach party to a Western-style five-course Sit-down dinner,” says Darshan Shroff, Co-founder and Partner at Momente Weddings about this real Indian wedding. 

The Arabic Souk with Mehendi

What we loved at the wedding:

The Arabic Souk with Mehendi

The three-day wedding, hosted at the Shangri-La, Oman started off with Middle east traditional dance performance, the Dhabke Dancers followed by the welcome lunch. The first event was the The Arabic Souk with Mehendi. The decor was about stunning stained glass lanterns, chic bohemian touches and elegant sit-down dinners based on the middle east market vibes with a lot of vibrant colours of fabrics and rugs.

The evening made way for theme-based entertainment acts as the couple made their entry with a LED Tanoura dancer. Samir Tanna and his team recreated the Gujarati mood with the Garba music with family performances which then turned into a Sufi evening with singer Adil Hussaini.A gifting corner set up for guests to pick up assorted Attar fragrances and Bakhoor sets.

The Haldi function

The following morning was the Haldi which turned out to be messy but at the same time an adorable affair with all the friends and family members coloured in yellow as if they’d all just played Holi. The couple danced in matching yellow outfits and there was general merriment around.

The Beach Party

The Beach Party was a recreation of the European beach vibe. The entertainment was all set with DJ Aman and his team and a Mentalist and Mime artists to interact with the guests.

A station with portable mobile fans, an assortment of hats for men and women and a beat the heat corner with sunscreen and aloe vera for everyone.

The wedding day

Everyone had an easy morning to relax with a casual lunch. The Baraat was a fun affair, with the DJ and Dholwalas and Aditya arrived in a magnificent vintage car. The varmala was a pictorial location overlooking the sea. As Aditya waits for Palak who walks down under a floral umbrella accompanied by her brothers followed by a beautiful petal shower as Aditya and Palak exchange the varmalas.

A beautiful sunset beach wedding with the sea as the backdrop was a mix of floral and dried pampas and looked surreal.

With Aditya waiting at the mandap, Palak walked down the aisle with her father by her side and Vedic chanters adding up the traditional feel. The enchanting ringing of bells by the guests added a notion of blessings to the beautiful now married couple.

The Reception dinner

The Reception dinner was a traditional western affair, with a five-course sit-down dinner. During the cocktail hour with drinks and canapes, we had a Violinist perform to entertain guests, followed by the couple entry, cake cutting ceremony with the Champagne pop and the toasts.

With all the guests seated, there were entertainment acts like a moving puppet show, a musical trio and a ballet performance. It was a stunning affair, in and out, this real Indian wedding. 

Vendors

Wedding Planners: Momente Weddings

Bridal Outfits: Mehendi & Wedding outfit: Sabyasachi; Beach party outfit: Rahul Mishra; Reception outfit: Kresha Bajaj

Groom’s Outfits: Mehendi outfit: Antar Agni; Haldi outfit: Ritu Seksaria; Beach party outfit: Deepak Parwani; Wedding outfit: Sabyasachi; Reception outfit: Govinda

DJ/Music: DJ Aman Nagpal

Venue: Shangri La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat

Photography: House on the Clouds 

Decor: Devika Narain & Company 

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.