RASHI AGARWAL + MAURITS FAVIEr
ROYAL ORCHID SHERATON , BANGKOK | THAILAND
Featured on Femina Wedding Times, WedMeGood
Destination Weddings are all the rage this season. Picturesque locales, intimate ceremonies and the couple get to spend more time with the guests are some of the many reasons people go for it. Many a times the couple prefers it because they have a special connection to the place. We witnessed one such grand ceremony in the breathtaking locales of Bangkok at the Royal Orchid Sheraton as Rashi and Maurits tied the knot in this Indo Dutch wedding.
Maurits and Rashi met at a roof top party in the quaint town of Pondicherry where they had both moved for their jobs. There was an instant connection and the two immediately hit it off. After a few years of courtship and launching a handbag brand called ‘Raff” together in the process, Maurits proposed while the two were vacationing in Vietnam.
The two decided upon a destination wedding because they wanted it to be an intimate affair and as the city’s vibe and lifestyle represented their personalities, they zeroed on Bangkok. Both share a love for Thai cuisine and its unmatched hospitality. Also, it was easier travel for both the bride’s side flying in from India and the groom’s side flying in from the Netherlands. The riverside and the skyline at the Royal Orchid Sheraton gave the event a magical touch. As she is a designer herself, Rashi ensured that she left no stone unturned in choosing the perfect outfit and jewelry for the event. Her style was minimal and classy with a quirky twist. She firmly believes that you don’t have to spend a million bucks to look like it and that the outfits you wear should be a reflection of your individuality and personal style. For the cocktail pool party she wore solid colors with interesting cuts and silhouettes. The gorgeous mint and pink lehenga with pearl embellishments thatshe wore on the D-Day was custom made for her by her favorite designer Rehane. The groom complimented her attire in a clean cream sherwani accentuated by a pink safa.
Almost a year’s planning went into the planning and the couple ensured that everyone had a lot of fun as this was the main focus of the wedding rather than the rituals. The rituals were mainly limited to Hindu wedding ceremony. The best part was the baraat where all the Dutch guests taped their feet to dhol beats and the entire atmosphere smelled of enthusiasm. Maurits entered the venue on a vintage bicycle as a tribute to his home country Netherlands. The entire venue was color coded to match the bride and groom’s outfits by the wedding planers Wizkim and the ceremony took place at sunset. To add a Thai touch to the event, the garlands and the phoolon ki chaadar were made up of Thai flowers. We enjoyed a lot clicking pictures against this amazing backdrop.
The detailing wasn’t just restricted to the décor. Even the wedding invites illustrated by the bride’s graphic designer friend Asha Das were personal to the couple’s story and were locally printed and each envelope was wax stamped. The wedding rituals and the seven vows were written on cards and made into fans to explain them to the Dutch guests. Even the gift bags were made up of personalized paper and contained goodies such as a hangover kit, personalized shot glasses, personalized Kitkat covers and other Thai and Indian themed items.
This Indo Dutch wedding photoshoot left us with many fond memories that we’ll cherish over time.