We chose Goa, as I have spent some of the best years of my childhood
here and Goa fits the bill in terms of being a picturesque,
unconventional location, instead of Mumbai. It was also almost
equidistant between Kerala and Mumbai, making it a neutral yet
universally appealing destination for our families & friends.
I am a Bengali and have been living in Mumbai for the past 8 years and
I work as Marketing Manager for BBC World News & BBC.com. George is
from Kerala and he was working with Olam International in the
commodities & trading business, in upcountry Nigeria. He relocated to
Mumbai this June and is currently on a sabbatical.
Prainha Resort in Dona Paula
The Prainha resort in Dona Paula was recommended to us by my friend
Miki Naik. We fell in love with the place the minute we walked in. It
is a quaint, cosy and exclusive little property set in a private cove
amidst a coconut grove. It was literally the venue of our dreams!
We hired Dennis Figueiredo, a Goa based wedding planner since we
needed someone at Goa, to help us with the set-up, DJ etc. The themes
for the event set-up, colour schemes, flower arrangements and all
other details, including our wedding garlands were planned by me and
very efficiently sourced and executed by Dennis.
Mehendi, Cocktail and Wedding
It was a simple wedding and our functions included the mehendi, the
pre-wedding cocktail and the wedding ceremony & reception lunch. For
the mehendi the décor was traditional, with gaddas, floor cushions in
bright ethnic colours, chowkis, yellow & orange marigolds strung
around the venue. The pre-wedding cocktail party was at the poolside
restaurant at the Prainha. The entire restaurant overlooking the sea
was converted to a rustic dance floor and a separate shamaina was
erected for seating. The colour scheme was white & gold for the décor
and the flowers were white & yellow gerberas. Golden fairy lights were
strung across the coconut trees.
The wedding ceremony was held on the patio facing the Prainha’s
private cove, while guests stood informally in the coconut grove &
poolside restaurant during the ceremony. The colours were cream and
red, reflected in the floral arches, including a beautiful jasmine
arch at the beginning of the pathway to the wedding venue. Other
flowers used were ropes of jasmine strung around the coconut trees’
trunks, clusters of white and red gerberas hoisted on bamboo tripods along the pathway and
table arrangements of white & red roses in
For the Mehendi I wore a custom-made tanchoi churidar kurta in purple
and bottle green from Monica Parwani. For the cocktail I wore a red
net sari with antique brocade border & dull gold motifs from Aishwarya
Design Studio, teamed with custom-made emerald green & gold motifs 70s
style knotted blouse in organza & crepe de chine petticoat in emerald
For the wedding ceremony I wore a cream crepe de chine sari with
heavily embroidered maroon border and all over motifs in gold, from
Aishwarya Design Studio, teamed with a bespoke pure zari brocade
blouse in maroon. I wore traditional jewellery that belonged to my
mother and maternal grandmother at all the ceremonies.
Vendors I’d like to recommend:
1. Berzin Irani- for make up (my hair was done by a very dear friend
Priya Kasthuri Rangan, Education Manager at the L’Oréal Professional
Training Academy, Mumbai).
2. Dennis Figueiredo– our wedding planner in Goa. He made sure we
weren’t stressed and we had a blast at our own wedding, something I
haven’t heard too many people say.
3. Joseph Radhik & Rushi Tambe– our wedding photographers. They made
us look great & our wedding was captured beautifully!
4. Esther Mascarenhas, who owns Prainha Resort. She was very helpful,
professional and her warmth, customised menus and accessibility gave
everything that personal touch.
5. Aarti Purohit & Kashmira Muleek from Mumbai- for their absolutely magical mehendi
6. Heetesh Purohit - for designing our invites and thank you cards
7. Gopal Kumble of Visual Prints, Mumbai for the printed invites