The beautiful and intimate DIY wedding of Nicole and Jordan took place in the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. With their closest family and friends around, the couple tied the knot in an intimate and heartfelt ceremony. With a loving couple and a beautiful background, looking at this wedding can only make you smile.
In the Bride’s Words: How they Met
Our parents met each other in a hill station in India called Mussoorie when we were both just short of one years old. We then met again when we were in third grade, we went to a small school in New Delhi. I was Jordy’s first crush, but back then I was terrified of little boys, espically him. He was the class clown and I was the quiet teacher’s pet. We were in school together for 3 years, then we were both homeschooled separately and I moved to Thailand for highschool.
We were never in contact with eachother during that time. Then in 2011, I went with my family on a rafting trip to India, and Jordy and his dad were on the same trip. It had been five years since we had seen each other. The first day I just observed Jordy making everyone laugh and being friends with everyone. We still hadn’t said ‘Hi’ to eachother at this point. We were all sitting in a big group and he stopped and looked and me and said “Do you ever talk?” I started laughing and then wouldn’t shut up the rest of the trip, and that was the beginning of us.
The Wedding Location
We wanted to go somewhere that was naturally beautiful and far away from where we live. We did a lot of thinking and researching online but nothing seemed to fit. Jordy had been to Jaisalmer when he was 3 years old, and his family had told us how amazing it was; so we started to think of that as an idea. We then went a month later to check it out and we fell in love with the place. It’s a bit like a fairytale out there.
The Wedding Dress
I was in the States in the summer and tried on about 100 dresses, but I couldn’t find one that I loved. I really wanted it to have an Indian twist but still be a white dress. The only option I had left was to get it made in India. So my sister-in-laws and I picked out fabric and designed it along with our tailor. It was quite nerve-wracking not knowing what it was going to look like, but it turned out better then I could have dreamed.
We used lanterns instead of wedding flowers. It seemed to fit the desert theme a bit better. I had a clear glass lantern with flowers in it arranged by my sister-in-laws.
Besides getting married to my best friend, it was during the camel procession where I looked ahead and saw all of my favorite people in the world riding camels in the middle of no where; and all I could think was, how did this ever happen?
During the ceremony we incorporated a Thai tradition where we ask a few specific people to come up and tie a white string around each of our wrists as a blessing. The men tied theirs around Jordy’s wrist, and the women tied theirs around mine. It was beautiful.
The only way we were able to pull off this wedding was from all the help we had from our family and friends. Also a huge thank you to Danelle Bohane for being the most amazing wedding photographer and for making the memory of our day last forever. Thanks to each one of you that made our beautiful day possible.
Words of Advice
I would say go for it. Dream as big as you want and then just do it. At times it may never seem possible or like anything will happen, but the amazing thing about weddings is that all of your favorite people are around you, pushing you on and making your dream come true.
Photography | Danelle Bonhane
Wedding Ceremony | Thar Desert
Reception Venue | Hotel Rang Mahal
Wedding Dress Designer | Zoe Tuckey, Asha John, Nicole Johnson, Supra (Bride’s sister-in-laws)
Groom’s Attire | Blackberrys
Groom’s Shoes | Ruosh
Make-up Artist | Asha John (Bride’s sister-in-law)
Hair Stylist | Zoe Tuckey (Bride’s sister-in-law)
Catering | Hotel Rang Mahal (In house catering)
Cake | Hotel Rang Mahal (In house)