Thinking of an intimate destination wedding? Then this wedding is sure to inspire you!
Ankita and Faiz are college sweethearts whose love takes our breath away. Their wedding at Varca Le Palms Resort and Spa in Goa is my idea of the perfect intimate destination wedding. I’m delighted to share their gorgeous wedding on My Wedding Planning. Big thanks Namit Narlawar for the spectacular photographs, and to this wonderful couple for sharing their big day with our readers!
We love showcasing weddings of different religions and customs. Ankita and Faiz honoured their heritage with a combination Islamic Nikkah and Hindu wedding. They chose one of the most beautiful places in India for their intimate wedding which had only 60 of their closest friends in attendance! Think bright colors, fun-filled evenings, and ocean views…their wedding was the perfect balance of fun and classic yet timeless.
Meet Ankita and Faiz
Not only are they college sweethearts, but they have a very filmy love story too.
Ankita says, “As luck may have it, both me and Faiz (my husband) ended up in the same MBA college. He was not only a year senior to me, but was also the General Secretary of the Student body at IIM Indore. Hence, his role required him to be the main point of contact to his junior batch. What I thought was just a senior walking an extra mile to make his junior comfortable in a new environment, was actually his way of pursuing me. Staying up till 4am for helping me with assignments, getting chips and cookies for me (as my hostel was very far from the canteen!) were some of his (very successful) techniques to impress me! But I have to admit, it was not just he who was trying to woo me. I was equally smitten by his looks and his smile and sense of humor! I shamelessly accept that I was the one that actually went and danced on a bachata number with him. Infact, my dance was one of the major factors due to which he decided to pursue me.
Within a couple of months, we were together. But we were very discreet about it, as we were unsure about our future plans. Life at IIM Indore was a bliss together. We had our share of romantic dinner and movie dates, long drives, short trips and ofcourse ‘studying together’.
Time went by and it was his farewell day. The day we decided would be our last day together. Till then, we knew we were madly in love, but I also knew that my family would be totally against this relationship. However, it was easier said than done. We could not stay apart even for a week! He came down to Mumbai where I was interning to meet me. We had a lot of ‘last days’ thereafter. Finally, we decided that living apart was never really an option and that we should stop fooling with ourselves. We played this game till my MBA was over, and it was time for some serious confrontation with my family. As we already knew, they were totally against it. We tried for around 3 years to convince them, and finally decided that life has to move on. We took the plunge on 14-15th March and organized our very own ‘Jashn-e-Ishqa’.
Aren’t they adorable? Not just because they happen to be college sweethearts with one of the cutest love stories; but also because they glow with happiness. A lovely couple who just can’t stop smiling! See all the photos of their wedding captured by the talented photographer Namit Narlawar.
For their nikkah, they kept the decor simple and colourful. Diwans throughout the outdoor area, tons of lanterns, and many hues in this days celebration.
Such a pretty nikkah ceremony! Now let’s head to part 2 of their celebrations: the hindu wedding.
Ankita is getting ready for her second of two ceremonies, the Hindu wedding phere. She looks stunning in an elegant white lehenga with a green and gold blouse.
These gorgeous photographs by Namit Narwlawar give us a little peek into the personalities of this couple and are my absolute favourites!
FROM THE BRIDE
The vision was, if nothing conventional has happened in our love-story till now, why end it in a conventional way? Even though we were technically married in court a month before the celebrations, both me and Faiz wanted to celebrate our togetherness with pomp with our closest friends. The aim was to have a budget destination wedding with world class pictures and videos and a hell lot of fun, such that everyone who attended our wedding would think of it as the best wedding of their lives! After a lot of brainstorming we boiled down to 3 functions – 1.Mehandi & Sangeet followed by Nikah (Muslim Style wedding), 2. DJ cum Cocktail Night with cake cutting, rings and vows exchange, and 3. Beach side Phere (Hindu style wedding). It was a one of a kind wedding, where no family or relatives were involved and our closest group of 60 friends were present.
The functions were spread over 2 days: on 14th morning we started with Sangeet and Mehendi function, followed by Nikah Ceremony. The entire setup was based on a Moroccan theme, where we placed canopies for the girls and diwans for the guys. The dress code was Salwar Kurta/ Anarkali for girls and Kurta pyjama for boys. We had placed hukkas for our guests to accentuate the entire ‘Moroccan’ theme. The cheesy sangeet songs, and many dance performances (including ours on chikni kamar, kisi disco mei jaaye) added colors to the entire function. Nikah was a funny story in itself. As a bride, I was looking forward to saying the words ‘Qubool hai’, but the Qazi had methods of his own. My signature was deemed enough of a ‘Razamandi’ and he did not find it necessary for me to say ‘Qubool hai’. I was furious and somehow passed on the message to Faiz on the other side of the ‘Parda’, that he better not mess this one up! And after a lot of persuasion, the Qazi finally agreed and I got to say ‘Qubool Hai’! 🙂
After all the sweating and tanning and dancing in the afternoon sun, everyone enjoyed a sumptuous lunch, post which the boys began their pool volleyball and the girls aired their mehendi. Everyone soon started preparing for the sundown cocktail party which was a masquerade themed party. We had organized colorful masks for our guests and the dress-code was tux for the guys and gowns/dresses for the girls. The entire cocktail setup was close to the beach on a cemented platform covered on all sides with palm trees. We setup a ramp for our guests flanked by Balinese flags on either sides. There were huge masquerade cut-outs to bring out the theme. The idea was to make all our friends walk the ramp in groups while we introduced them. This way, everyone knew everyone! This grand entry was followed by ring exchange ceremony, in which we both gave very emotional speeches, followed by our friends’ not-so-emotional ones. 😉 Then there was cake cutting and then we both danced on the number ‘Ishq wala love, faiz wala love’ (yes-intentionally ;)) The dance floor was then open and neither of us remembers how the next 3 hours passed. The next thing I remember is sitting on the beach in my gown at 1 in the night and eating my dinner, while singing retro hindi romantic numbers.
Such a happening night was then followed by the most beautiful and much awaited morning of our lives – getting married right on the beach!! Everyone slept late and were cribbing to get up, but we were prepared. Faiz personally went to each and every room and woke everyone with thundering dhol beats. There was no way anyone could have said no to the groom right? 😉 Post the ‘dhol-waking-up-routine’ and the entire Sajna-dhajna and dozens of picture clicks later, the groom set out towards the beach with his ‘baraat’ which was him, not on a ghodi, or a baggi, or a car, but a super-cool lambretta! His friends danced to the dhol beats while he drove the lambretta in endless swag. He was welcomed on the beach with all the pretty girls waiting to shower him with flowers and the customary aarti ka thaal. It was now the bride’s turn to make an entry. Hers was a much graceful affair, with her closest girls holding a flowing dupatta on her head while she slowly made her way to the most beautiful mandap she had seen in her life. After an hour of laughs and jokes and ‘reeti-riwaaz’, we were finally married in all possible ways!
But that was not it. The marriage was followed by some perfect clicks the beach with all our friends! The lunch that followed was a befitting end to this fairy-tale wedding, where people not only took back the amazing taste, but special memories as well! The compliments we received and the fun that we had made it all worth it.
What was your personal style as a bride?
After months of research and visiting every damn designer store in Mumbai for inspiration, I boiled on to 3 dresses for the 3 functions: a Muslim style sharara for Nikah which had colors complimenting moroccan theme, A sexy red gown for Cocktail and a very ‘Breezy’ Lehenga Choli for Phere. I being a big fashion freak, wanted everything to be perfect and different – right from the colors to the design. I did not want anything common-place, and since I did not have to worry about relatives, none of my dresses were ‘safe’ either! All had plunging backs, and figure-hugging cuts. For the phere especially I wanted a lehenga that fit the background, for once, I did not want to overshadow the entire serenity of the atmosphere with heavy embroidery. The jewellery I picked up was also non-traditional. To summarize my dresses, my jewellery and my make-up were complimenting each other perfectly.
Mehendi Artist- Ramesh Mehandi (Very good, one of the best in Goa)
Brides outfits- Jigna Koradia Joshi (Excellent. Replicated my dream designs to the T)
Jewellery- Notandas, Magic Mirror
Makeup Artist- Sukanya (MAC Artist)
Invitations- Self made e-invites. 4 pages depicting our story & the wedding themes
Photographer- Namit Narlawar (Excellent, exceeded all expectations, hats off to the commitment, best investment)
videographer- Dev (Daewoo Films) as Cinematographer, Namit Narlawar as Editor (Excellent, quality cinematography, beautiful angles)