ROSHINA + MARK
Jan 5, 2019
Treeleaf Beach Resort, Marari.
Roshina and Mark are based in Chennai, a restaurateur and a dentist / singer.
The Brides dream was to walk down the aisle on the beach at sunset, with a happy vibe, where food and song take centre stage.
We started scouting for locations in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu and Mararikulam, Alleppey. We were looking for a place that was quaint, compact and right on the beach. Along with the couple we stumbled upon Treeleaf Beach Resort, Marari. They hadn't had such a large scale event at their resort but their rapport with the locals and the fact that the place checked of all the boxes made this the perfect location.
In keeping with the beach theme, we decided to do message in the bottle invites. The invites were handmade. We printed on butter paper and sourced the glass bottles and shells from the local market, and everything was tied together with jute rope.
Since the bride and groom didn't want to have a traditional Christian ceremony, the groom's uncle and aunt presided over the ceremony. We helped them put together a simple ceremony that spoke about love and marriage culminating in exchange of vows and rings.
As the guests walked in there were flip flops, hats and paper fans for those how wanted to get comfy in the sun and sand.
Bridal Party: The bride's nephew had a board that said ‘Ring Security’ with the customised ring box in tow, the flower girls had sand buckets with flower petals and the bridesmaid walked down the aisle holding a beautiful summery Chinese umbrella with the words 'Here comes the bride'.
The alter was a four post set up on the beach, with green leaves and white flowers adorning it, giving it a natural feel and look. The seating was white and gold delicate chairs with sky blue drapes on the back to add colour and character to the beach themed decor.
For the reception we used the tall coconut trees to light up the periphery and the dance floor with strings of raw bulbs to create a cosy and festive mood. We had long community style tables for seating with jute table linen, and green and white floral centrepieces adorned with tea light candle, fish bowls with sand and shells and pastel coloured Mason jars with flowers.
We created shacks with the local theme to serve fresh sugarcane juice and tender coconut, a little tea and coffee cart to serve freshly brewed refreshments alongside an array of tea time snacks with a 'Holey matrimony' aka donut stand.
Also a cheese cart set up with cheese from around the world served with bread, preserves (made by the bride's mother), fruit, olives and cold cuts.
For dinner we set up shacks that served seafood chowder, freshly grilled seafood and fried rice and noodles and a cocktail bar set against a backdrop of their initials lit up with bulbs.
Apart from the drinking, karaoke and dancing, the kids had a space for themselves to have their own little bit of fun with drawing, crafts, colouring and beach toys.
The adults also could have their own little bit of fun with beer pong, tic tac toe and ring toss.
The family of the bride made custom giveaways with coffee from their estate, pickles/jams from the mother's kitchen and handmade soaps by the sister all put together in a rustic paper bag.
All in all, every detail of this wedding was thought of with love, with the intent to make it fun and memorable for everyone present. We at Amanati couldn't be happier to have been a part of such a special day.
CURATED BY AMANATI
This wedding helped us understand how to surpass geographical boundaries, as the couple were in Chennai, we were in Bangalore and the wedding was in Kerala. The handmade Invites were sourced and put together from scratch, including us collecting beach sand and mailing some invites on behalf of the couple. The entire ceremony and flow were structured by us. We even timed sunsets the preceding days to ensure the timing of it all was perfect. We procured all the fun beach props and custom decorated ring box, sand bucket and Chinese umbrella with the words 'here comes the bride'. We designed, decorated and procured all items for the cheese cart, created life size game for the adults, customized boards and signage’s keeping with the theme and sourced the bags and packed the giveaways.
Photography Courtesy: Vinay Arvind
Video Courtesy: Siddharth