A Kenya Destination wedding story full of laughter and love
Gorgeous sunrises, the sound of the sea waves, perfect weather every day, and two passionate people in love – this set the base for Paayal and Samir’s destination wedding in the Sarova Whitesands Resort, Mombasa
Their wedding was a stunning, crazy, three-day-long party with their closest family and friends. Their wedding ceremonies – yes, there were TWO! – were a dream! They had a Hindu wedding in the morning followed by an Ismaili wedding in the evening. It was such an honour to capture one of the most important days in Paayal and Samir’s life.
Part 1: Pre-Wedding
Their pre-wedding was just as beautiful as the country and the people we were shooting. We’ll admit, our couple was not the most enthusiastic about waking up at 5 in the morning but when they saw the pictures, they agreed that it was a great idea!
The real challenge and the beauty came when we took the boats into the sea. But Paayal and Samir were champions up there and we love the results!
Part 2: Welcome Party
The welcome party was a casual and informal event to kick-off the wedding festivities.
Part 3: Haldi and Sangeet
Samir’s haldi ceremony was an affair that even we couldn’t have imagined. After the main rituals were done, his friends and family broke eggs on his head, made him wear a garland of dead fishes, and splashed him with all the haldi around!
Their sangeet ceremony had some amazing dance performances by the family followed by a night of dancing and more dancing! So much so, that at some point, I think we were also tapping our feet while shooting.
Part 4: Hindu Wedding
Set against the backdrop of the ocean, Paayal and Samir’s wedding venue with the mirrored mandap and the pastel pink roses was truly magical. Paayal was stunning in a pink Sabyasachi lehenga and the wedding ceremony was their dream come true.
Part 5: Ismaili Wedding
The couple had a smaller and an intimate Ismaili wedding ceremony after the Hindu wedding. The joy of finally getting married is so clear on both their faces.
Part 6: Reception
The reception with a 1920’s art deco theme took us back in time. Paayal and Samir made an entry with a bang, dancing together towards the main stage. It was a beautiful culmination to the three-days of this Kenya destination wedding.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Sarova Whitesands Resort, Mombasa
Paayal’s Outfits: Papa Dont Preach (Welcome party) | Varun Bahl (Mehendi & Sangeet) | Sabyasachi (Wedding) | Kalaniketan (Ismaili Wedding) | Nadine Dhody (Reception)
MUA and Hair: Bianca Louzado
Wedding planner: Golden Globe Events
Wedding Design: Misaki Design
Photography and Cinematography: Twogether Studios
Photographers: Arjun Kartha, Nikhil Mishra, Nihareekaa Kaur, Paras Batra, Sunil Gautam
Cinematographers: Ritesh Arora, Anmol Sharma, Sameer, Sunil Gautam
Same Day Edit: Anmol Sharma