Nandini Hingoranee lives and works in Dubai. Her husband Manoj Lakhiani is a businessman and they met when she was in the second year of college Coincidentally, they were also in the same school but didn't know each other then! Nandini and Manoj had a destination wedding on 27th April in the land of sun, sand and surf – Goa. They chose the Cidade de Goa Beach Resort in North Goa for all the wedding functions. The wedding functions were spread over 3 days-- between 25th and 27th April. Nandini shares her
experience of being a beach-perfect bride.
What I wore for the different wedding functions
Our wedding functions commenced with a Barbecue Party by the
beachside. For this function I wore a white pleated chiffon tube dress
with a Swarovski crystal encrusted belt. Since the function was on the
beach I wanted to feel very cool, comfortable and relaxed. I wore
minimum jewellery-- a diamond hoop earrings in white gold and square
The mehendi function commenced at 11 am and went on till 4 pm. For
this function I wanted to look different and opted for a mix of the
ethnic and modern look. I wore a silk and brocade one-piece halter
dress. The bustier was bottle green brocade with gold and silver
thread work and antique zardozi embroidery. The bottom of the dress
was a shaded maroon and rust orange. I teamed the outfit with antique
gold jewellery inlaid with green minakari and kundan, a matching
antique gold thick 'kadda' and gold & diamond bangles.
The Sangeet and Engagement ceremonies were on the same night. For this
function I wore a turquoise blue corset with a lehenga by Neeta Lulla.
The corset was made of stretch net with a lining of sequined fabric.
The corset was encrusted with diamante crystals embroidered on
handmade net flowers. The lehenga had a lot of texture made from
chantilly lace in white, silver and gold. I carried a net stole with
chantilly edged with diamante crystals. My jewellery was a diamond set
with aquamarine stones and a princess cut diamond bracelet in white
Sangeet and Engagement
We had an afternoon Hindu wedding ceremony. I wanted to go for a
completely traditional look and wore a Gujarati style gharchola
lehenga in deep red and gold with mango and lotus motifs in zardosi. I
carried 2 dupattas – one was a heavy gold tissue dupatta that was
draped around the lehenga, the other was a deep red net dupatta with
delicate gold embroidery and gotta work for covering the head. With
this I wore an uncut diamond set with traditional earrings, a maang
tikka, the suhaag chudas and uncut diamond bangles.
For the reception I wanted a very contemporary and stylish look and
chose an Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor creation– a corset and tight fitting
lehenga in mermaid style in shaded pink. The outfit had a lot of
stones and crystal in different shades of pink and highlights in gold
My wedding shopping
I purchased all my wedding clothes from Mumbai. My jewellery was
bought from Mahesh Notandas Jewellers in Mumbai and Liali Jewellery in
Dubai. My uncut diamond set was from Jaipur.
Hair and Makeup
My make-up and hair for all the functions was done by the very famous
Neomi Barnetto from Goa. She runs several salons in Goa and gave me a
unique and different look for all the functions. I had a natural look
for the day functions and used minimal foundation. For the reception I
opted for a more glamorous look with crystals around my eyes. I wanted
to focus on my eyes and Neomi enhanced them perfectly.
My advice for Brides-to-be
You should be very comfortable with what you'll be wearing on your
wedding day – especially the shoes and clothes. Do try the clothes and
shoes before hand. Remember you need ultra comfortable shoes as you
will be standing and moving around most of the time. Wedding planning
is taxing. Whether you have 1 year or 6 months or 3 months to plan
your wedding it will be very stressful. So try to be very flexible
with your ideas, choices and try to go with the best options
available. Lastly, enjoy yourself to the maximum. This day will never
come back! You will never get so much attention again in your life!
And don't worry if something's gone awry, even the most elaborately
planned weddings encounter some difficult or tense moments!!