"What's meant to be yours, will always find its way to you."
There was this mystical quality in the energy that Ragini & Pav shared – like old souls who found their way to each other, beating all odds & probabilities, time & space. Ragini met Pav at a university party while she was studying in New Zealand and fell in love with him at first sight but they didn't end up becoming too close during her years there. After Uni, both moved to different parts of the world & may have never met again but as fate would have it, they reconnected online & the rest is history!
Fast forward to January 2020: We witnessed friends & family of all ages & ethnicities, come together from all over the world to the quaint city of Mysore for their mixed-culture wedding. The ceremonies reflected many elements of their multicultural roots & mixed heritage - Telugu, Hindu, Sikh, Punjabi, Kiwi, British and Malaysian! This destination wedding was held at Wind Chimes – an elegant Victorian-style building from 1918 with sprawling gardens and a gorgeous canopy of two 100-year old rain trees that were made to look even more gorgeous with bright balls of light and tasseled basket lamps hanging from the branches.
The Sangeet kicked off with the most spine-tingling performance of the night - also a surprise for the couple. The groomsmen performed the Haka - a ceremonial war dance from the MÄori culture – paying homage to the culture of the indigenous people of New Zealand, where Pav’s family is from. It was an emotional & powerful performance and eventually Pav joined in as well! The bride’s Mysorean side was second to none, bringing all their friends and family onto the dance floor for an impressively choreographed, high energy routine that had Ragini dancing in her seat and led to a fully packed dance floor after! The celebration carried on well into the night and everyone literally danced till the lights went off. We managed so capture some really pretty portraits of this gorgeous couple as well.
We saw them the next morning, bright and early for the Hindu wedding ceremony. It was a Telegu wedding with a contemporary touch. Ragini, much like superwoman, was on top of everything even as she got ready - ensuring all the elements for the ceremony reached the venue on time to checking in on guests in different hotels. She even managed to surprise Pav with a special message note to commemorate their journey. Pav's smile as he read it out was really priceless.
The decor was elegant with a hint of royalty; it had all the elements one could think of for the guests to enjoy a destination wedding in India! It was a visual treat & there was something for every one - be it a stall for fresh coconut water to beat the heat or a large variety of flower baskets to shower on the couple, a photo booth for the guests & the whimsical floral mantap under a canopy of coconut trees!
Come evening, a smaller group of inner circle friends and family congregated at Wind Chimes once again, for their intimate dinner reception. Just like every event so far, it was evident a lot of thought had gone into it — there was an elegant seating chart, a flurry of white candles (with their customised monogram!), flowers and even adorable disposable cameras. There were hilarious speeches from the best man and maid of honour while Pav and Ragini’s concluding speeches did not leave a dry eye in the house. Everywhere we looked, we could see the abundance of love everyone had for the couple.
It was a celebration everyone present would remember for a long time, including us.