Reanne and Tervin married in a beautiful Catholic Indian wedding ceremony at the St. Mary’s Church in Dubai during a warm Autumn day. Incorporating their Manglorian heritage into the wedding, the couple held an Indian style Bollywood night the eve after their wedding day.
For the Catholic wedding, Reanne wore a beautiful A-line bridal gown made of tulle with delicate lace detailing and a long train. She chose a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels to pair with the dress, and held a bouquet of white and pale pink roses.
In the Bride’s Words: How They Met
Tervin and I met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in April 2013. All that night was ever supposed to be was a chance for me to dress up, eat lots of cake, and have a laugh with my girl friends.
When Tervin entered, our eyes met across the crowded dance floor, the only word we uttered to each other was ‘Hello’. I didn’t realize that that single moment was full of promise. Neither of us could look away.
The next day, Tervin got my number from a mutual friend and asked me out on a date the following week. We met briefly at a coffee shop where the chemistry, conversation and caffeine were sweet, warm and invigorating. From then on, we realized how happy we were to spend every spare moment in each other’s company. Tervin was smitten with my zestful and high-spirited personality. And in Tervin I found brilliance, patience and perseverance – all the qualities I aspired to myself.
Reanne and Tervin’s wedding reception was held after the Catholic wedding ceremony, at the Grand Hyatt. With a live band and a ballet dancer for entertainment, the reception was elegant and classy.
In the Bride’s Words: The Proposal
Three days before his birthday, on November 15th 2013, Tervin thoughtfully treated me to the Moscow City Ballet’s production of ‘Cinderella’ at the Madinat Theatre (I am a ballet instructor by profession). The magical night continued at a private lounge in Atmosphere at The Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai.
Once the romantic six course meal was thoroughly enjoyed, and silence had fallen, Tervin had one more surprise. He started to profess how much he loves me and values our friendship. Although I was overwhelmed with emotion, I slightly attributed his declarations of affection to the amount of champagne we consumed.
When he went down on one knee and asked me to marry him, it was the most surreal, perfect, and happiest moment of my life.
The evening after the wedding day, the couple held a Bollywood night in commemoration of their Mangalorean heritage. The venue was decorated beautifully with floral entrance ways, and elegant table settings and backdrops. Reanne was carried in on a doli, dressed in a beautiful red and gold bridal lehenga.
In the Bride’s Words: Wedding Obstacles
Luckily for Tervin, I wasn’t a Bridezilla, but the wedding planning did instigate us to become highly opinionated individuals. Nonetheless, our differences of opinion allowed for rich ideas to blossom and materialize on our big day.
We had about 700 people at the wedding, so we had to sift through many service providers to make sure everything went according to plan and to high standards. We also had to make sure everything from invitations to the first dance choreography, cake and table decorations, and music choices were made to entertain the guests, and provide those who travelled from abroad with accommodation etc… The list was endless. It took a lot of time, effort and planning but our persistence was strengthened as both our families were very supportive and invested in delegating and managing several tasks.
Words of Advice From the Bride
2. Draw a budget and stick to it. You will be surprised with how costs can creep up on you, if you are one to be easily tempted.
3. Do not procrastinate. Last minute arrangements can be costly and stressful.
6. Remember it is your day and irrespective of what happens you have smile and enjoy yourself. You still have your wedding album to worry about