A bubbly bride and a dapper groom who met at a wedding 5 years back got hitched in the most surreal Thailand Nikah ever. Boasting of the most mesmerising decorations, beachside revelries and an insane Haldi ceremony, Irfan and Alyana's neo-traditional Nikah soiree has our hearts for all right reasons. Thailand-based planners Weddings by Keeran did an exceptional job whilst keeping the decor as a definite highlight. Our vendor WhatKnot Wedding Photography captured each and every detail in the lenses with utmost perfection. And oh, did I tell you that the bride stunned in a classic white saree at her wedding?
Wait no more and check out the wedding snaps of Alyana and Irfan for the unending love for decor, to steal stylish outfit ideas and to seek inspiration on how to plan a destination wedding (read bride's tips in the end).
Irfan & Alyana's Scenic Nikah in Thailand
The Enchanted Engagement
The magical aura of lush green enchanted decorations and glimmering fairy lights set the mood & aesthetics right for the engagement ceremony. The forest-themed stage standing against the sea looked nothing less than a whimsical marvel. Complementing the extravagant stage decor finery were the subtle white drapes, hanging white umbrellas. The seating arrangement beautifully matched the theme with white chair covers and ferny centrepieces.
As the sun set down, came the real stars of the night! Walking hand-in-hand under an array of sparklers held by the family members, Alyana and Irfan made quite a sparkling entry. Hearty giggles, endless dance and a breeze of romance brushed the night. And we love how the both the bride and groom kept their outfits casual. Alyana slipped into a Masaba Gupta crop top and skirt set, whereas Irfan donned a basic blazer set.
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The Insane Pithi Ceremony
Insane is the word that best describes the Alyana and Irfan's Pithi ceremony. The couple's crazy clan started off with lovingly applying the auspicious Pithi paste but ended up with smashing them with tomato ketchup, eggs, milk and what not! Held in the lawn area of the venue, this was undeniably a quaint ceremony. The guests were welcomed with a yellow-themed entrance setup boasting of beateous floral arrangements and an eye-pleasing signboard.
Mehndi Ceremony with the prettiest decor ever!
Alyana and Irfan's mehendi ceremony was a riot of colours, flowers and everything beautiful! The poolside area of the venue was brought to life with vibrant drapes, a plethora of fresh flowers and a marvellous mehndi seating area. The bride got her hands & feet laden with auspicious mehndi under a breathtakingly beautiful gardenia-themed seating area. The dome-style area was draped in pink and turquoise and was adorned with a burst of pastel-hued flowers with a mix of greens. From the ceiling hung unique elements like kaleeras, latkans, roses and dainty nest-like structures adding a whole lot of freshness to the decor. The seating lounges for the guests were equally peppy with boho tassels and dreamcatchers hanging from the ceiling. And how pretty did the bride look in her emerald green anarkali teamed with a bandhani dupatta, have a look at it your self!
The surreal seaside Nikah
Dressed in heavenly and exquisite white outfits, Irfan and Alyana redefined sartorial class at their seaside Nikah. While Alyana opted for an elegant cutwork saree and paired it with a diamond jewellery set, Irfan embraced a graceful ivory sherwani. A pretty signboard with 'Today I marry my best friend' written on it marked the entrance to the heart-winning pastel-bloomed nikah ceremony. A plain white aisle bordered with flower petals led to the majestic all-floral spectacle backed by the scenic blues of sky and sea. The couple said 'Qubool Hai' and solemnised their love under this fascinating setup whose pillars, ceiling and the entire structure was flushed with an unbridled number of pink-hued flowers. The peach and pink drapes and chair decorations further amped the aesthetics of this neo-traditional nikah ceremony.
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The Love Story
The bride Alyana shares, "I met Irfan in 2014 at my cousin's wedding. It was love at first sight for me. For him - it took some time. Lol. After about 1 year of getting to know each other, Irfan finally confessed he liked me. He made a move to Kenya after 2 years of dating to join his family business. A year after moving to Kenya, Irfan finally popped the question and another year later, we were married!"
From the Bride
Alyana hails from Kenya and wanted to have a Thailand wedding. Talking about her wedding planning journey and what all she kept in mind while planning it all, she says, "I wanted our wedding to represent what Irfan and I are like. Everyone should have fun. We kept this in mind throughout. Planning was tedious as we had to make a few trips to Thailand. But being at the wedding made it worthwhile." The gorgeous bride further revealed that it was tough but manageable to maintain the work-wedding planning balance. "It almost felt like another part-time job for about 5-6 months."
She also has a valuable tip to share with all the couples getting married, "Have fun and let the wedding be about you - It goes by too quickly, so enjoy every moment of it."
Wedding Planner: Weddings by Keeran (Thailand) | Photographer: WhatKnot Wedding Photography | Stationary designer: Invitations by Moor Designs | Makeup artist & Hair: Swanti Suwannee Sethi (Thailand) | Performing Artists: Rimi Nique & Jonita Gandhi | Dhol artists: Dhol Federation (Malaysia) | Bride's Outfits: House of Masaba (Engagement), Magic Mirror (Wedding/Nikah) | Groom's Outfits: Kora (Wedding/Nikah) | Bride's Nikah Juttis - Fizzy Goblet