Renaira and Parish were married in a beautiful wedding in Pattaya, Thailand at the Centara Grand Mirage Resort and Spa. With six fabulous events over three days, this wedding was full of colour, fun and lots of love.
The events began with a simple mehendi evening where the bride and groom-to-be were surrounded by their closest family and friends. Renaira wore a yellow and gold dress with a beautiful diamond necklace. Adding to the joyous occasion was Parish’s parent’s 33th wedding anniversary celebrated the same evening.
In the Bride’s Words: How They Met
Me – He stays in China! No way!
Him – She is a pilot! No way!
Neither of us took this even a little bit seriously. His parents saw me at a wedding and I only saw his picture as he wasn’t there. We had never met, seen or even heard of each other. He was cajoled into messaging me on the 7th of May by my uncle who in his mind had ALREADY decided to get us married!! I least expected him to give in to my uncle and message me, but he did.
It took all of one text message from him to realize that neither of us could let this go. That message turned into hours and four days of messaging (day and night) like we were already the best of friends followed finally by a phone call to fall in ‘More Than Like’ with each other!
Day 1: Mehendi Party
Day 1 began with a picnic style themed mehendi party. The outdoor venue was decorated in gorgeous pinks and yellows with a stunning floral chandelier in the middle of the stage, adding a beautiful touch. Guests were dressed in an Indo-Western chic dress code
Renaira arrived to the party in a beautiful blue lehenga with contrasting red floral jewellery, and a beautiful diamond necklace. She was accompanied by her mother, sister, and close friends.
Parish arrived dancing to drums with this family and friends beside him. He wore a beautiful pink and white kurta pajama and vest.
In the Bride’s Words: The Engagement
We got engaged in a Gurudwara in a very traditional and private ceremony which was very beautiful with our near and dear ones present.
Welcome Aboard Party
The same evening was the airport themed Welcome Aboard party with the dress code ‘Trendy Traveller’. Both Renaira and Parish wore suits to match the theme, and had guests dressed and ready to party.
In the Photographer’s Words
The Ballroom of Centara Grand Mirage in Pattaya was transformed into a huge plane. For those who do not know, our beautiful Indian bride is a pilot, and so all the guests got in the mood. Some fantasized, but everyone danced until daybreak.
Day 2: Beach Party
Day 2 started with a sun, sand, and sea beach party where guests sipped on drinks and danced to music until the sunset. The dress code for this event was ‘Pastels on the Beach’ and guests were able to relax and take in the scenery before the big day. Renaira and Parish arrived to the party by boat, where there were mermaids, dancers and Thai musicians entertaining and keeping the party going.
In the Bride’s Words: Obstacles
We were getting married during peak season time and almost all the hotels were booked out. Eventually after checking around with every hotel for months and finding the most beautiful hotel, Centara Grand Mirage, was a big blessing and we felt extremely lucky in the end.
Parish lives in China, his parents and family live in Dubai, Spain, Brazil, U.S.A, Saudi Arabia, China, and Indonesia to name a few. I lived in Mumbai and was travelling around the world since I’m a pilot; my family is spread across India, Spain and Dubai. Bringing everyone from around the world together felt like a big task but when over 500 guests turned up for our wedding we felt overwhelmed and so blessed with all the love and support.
Going with the ‘Royal Indian’ theme, the sangeet was decorted with stunning palatial decor in tones of white, gold and red. Renaira and Parish made their entrance from the top of the palace.
With their closest family and friends surrounding them, the couple exchange rings in a beautiful ring ceremony, and cut a cupcake engagement cake to mark the occasion. The dancing started after this by performances by the bride and groom-to-be, family, friends and professional dancers.
In the Photographer’s Words
This was the time when I could actually travel to India without ever having been there. The richness of the decoration, transformed the ballroom of the resort in a real Indian palace.
The sangeet was in an extremely luxurious ballroom where the bride, groom and guests excelled in production, dressed in their best “Royal Indian Attire”. Women dressed in saris or lehengas showed that the more the glitter, embroidery, colour and quality of fabric, the better!
During all of the wedding days, we had the presenter Kubra Sait, an award-winning Bollywood actress who came from Mumbai to be a wedding master of ceremonies. She’s funny, cheerful and made light of all the joyful moments. And it was on this night that the family witnessed the couple’s engagement. Parish and Rhea exchanged rings and the bride received a great engagement ring.
Day 3: Ghari Puja
The wedding day started with the traditional ghari puja where both families were in their own beautiful decorated rooms for the religious ceremony. After a combined six hours of prayers, the ceremony completed with Parish’s haldi.
With the big event finally here, the bride and groom held nothing back on this occasion. Renaira dressed in a gorgeous peach, green and pink Amy Billimoria lehenga with gold wedge sandals. She wore beautiful kundan jewellery and had her beloved’s name written in her bangles.
Handsomely dressed in a mint green Sabyasachi sherwani with shoes to match, Parish made his way to his bride. Sitting atop an elephant in traditional attire, family and friends danced to drums as they made their way to the wedding ceremony accompanied by fireworks and colored smoke.
In the Photographer’s Words
The family managed to get the royal authorization from Thailand for the presence of one of the ten rare albino elephants in the country, on which Parish “traveled” to the wedding. For Indians, it is a being with special space in religion, mythology and culture. Elephants participate in daily life and are symbols of royalty; they live in temples, are revered, loved and protected against hunting.
In the Bride’s Words: Wedding Choices
We knew from DAY ONE that we wanted a grand wedding. We wanted it to be like a carnival for every single person we have loved, cared for, and shared our memories with. We wanted to express our love for each other through our wedding and make it a trademark for years to come. We put our heart and soul into it for months and went into great depths to make our dream wedding come true.
From the smallest details like the decor, themes, our event entries, what to gift our beautiful guests on each function- to making sure that they were entertained throughout the wedding with various games and activities during the functions like massages, high teas, and more, we planned everything with our most wonderful event planner – INNAZ COMMUNIQUE from Indonesia.
After the curtain and turban tieing ceremony, the couple were led to the wedding stage where they took their saat phere. Decorated in hundreds of beautiful white jasmine flowers hanging from the top of the stage, and purple, yellow and white flowers around the sides and bottom of the stage – the mandap looked absolutely stunning.
Right after the wedding, at 2am, the wedding reception was held welcoming Renaira into her new family. With a formal elegant dress code, the bride wore a gorgeous deep purple sequin gown, and the groom wore a dapper dark maroon suit.
In the Bride’s Words
You can say Parish and I were meant to be. You can say ours was an arranged love story. You can say our parents made the best choice for us. You can say right timing led us to each other. But one thing is for sure, the day Parish and I met in Mumbai for the first time there was this surreal beautiful spark between us that has only grown with time! There has been no looking back since. He brings joy and contentment in my life like no other. We have been inseparable and can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together.
You can definitely say he is my better half, best friend and soulmate.
Words of Advice from the Bride & Groom
Well, the only tip that Parish and I could give to all the lovely couples out there is to stay calm and enjoy the process of planning your wedding. Things are going to look difficult – even impoissible sometimes, but it all falls into place in the end. Enjoy your wedding, those two or three days will be the best days of your life. Forget about making it perfect because you already did the best you could and just live in the moment during your wedding days as they will never come back.
And please please invest in good photographers and event planners. It will make your life the easiest as these are the people that will give you the perfection, memories and a fairytale that you all are seeking for your dream wedding.