‘Sangamam’ of two vivacious souls Skumar and Snehal Chaware, becoming one in the Island of Gods. A tale of love that collided their worlds and transformed his oceans into the color of her skies. A tale of love that would consume you up in its glory!”
Almost three years ago, at one of our most favourite expeditions in Chennai (a wedding that was smeared with Rainmaker magic), the bride’s brother was blown away by the beautiful and memorable experience we had crafted for his sister, family and the guests. That night, Selva Kumar, the brother of the bride gave us a word, that whenever he gets married, he would want only us to craft the magic once again for him and his family.
The moment his wedding was announced, Skumar called us over to plan and craft the most awaited moment of his life. A self-made man, the groom, CEO of Ashtavinayak Investments, Mumbai, wanted to host his wedding in an international destination with only the closest of his friends and family. We took it on us to weave the most magical and memorable experience for him and his family.
International destinations – Bali, Phulet & Sri Lanka were recced and proposed to Selva with full-blown action plan for his wedding celebrations. Fascinated by its magnificent mountains, mesmerising coastlines and breath-taking hillsides, Bali was his only choice (the perfect choice) where he wanted to solemnize his marriage vows with Sneha.
Soon after, he left all decisions of selecting the hotels, event venues, themes, dress codes, caterers, entertainments, logistics, cinematographers, make up specialists etc into the think-tank of Rainmaker Wedding Planners. A team from Rainmaker recced the length and breadth of Bali to find and finalize on all aspects of every event for the wedding. After in-depth research, Rainmakers were ready to present Selva and Sneha with the best surprise of their life!
Themes and dress codes for all events were designed to suit the Band Baaja Bali Wedding on 21st and 22nd of June 2017. A Sea Cruise Mehendi ceremony named Bali Ahoy. The Floral Balinese themed Sangeet – Kamso Express. The conventional Hindu traditional wedding Thirumanam and the Ballroom Reception called Twilight.
50 guests and 21 crew members were flown in from India to attend and celebrate the Selva Sneha Wedding. Hilton Bali Resort hosted the couple and the guests from 20th June to 23rd June 2017. Queens Tandoor, Bali was roped in as the official Indian caterer for the wedding.
Flying down from across India, the guests wanted to retire early for the night. And, hence the first night had a casual get together with food and light music. The banquet hall in Hilton hosted a relaxing welcome dinner for all guests where they got to interact and break the ice between families and friends.
Bali Ahoy! The Mehendi on board the Sea Safari Cruise on the waters of Bali was an exhilarating start to the celebrations of the Selva Sneha Wedding. The pirate ship was decked up with color splashed dream-catchers, arrow-headed banners, lanterns and exclusive branded flags. The guests were welcomed by a Balinese Dhol player at the harbour. While the friends of the Groom carried him, the women of the family escorted the Bride into the cruise. Mehendi on the cruise saw the guests swaying to the dance steps of Can-Can and Brazilian dancers. Interactive games initiated by emcee Shilpa Menon alongside invigorating music played by DJ Ryan and DJ Shamil accelerated the celebratory vibe on the cruise. All guests were given funky sunshades to wear while they cruised through the Indian Ocean.
The Kupu Kupu Amphitheatre at Hitlon featured the Kamso Express Sangeet. The venue was decked in Balinese theme with penjor, Balinese umbrellas, fire torches and frangipani centrepieces. Dressed in tropical attire, all guests were gifted straw hats and firangipani crowns to accentuate the theme. A 10 minute specially orchestrated fusion show of LED water drummers, agni puja dancers and dancing pyro welcomed the couple on to the stage on their sangeet night. Renowned vocalists Gowri Lekshmi and Niranj wooed the guests onto the dance floor with energizing songs that went on through the night.
The mesmerising hillside of the Kuta Golf Club witnessed the magical wedding ceremony ‘Thirumanam’ of Selva and Sneha. The beauteous cloud formations and ravishing views of the Indian Ocean set a marvellous backdrop for this fairylike wedding. While colorful VW Combis brought the guests to the venue, the couple came in Merc Convertibles escorted by Bali Police on bikes. Traditional Balinese wedding dance performers guided the couple onto the mandap. Styled by Pallavi Pillai, Sneha looked gorgeous in her crimson red saree. The vedic wedding ceremony ended with excited cheer, flower shower and happy applauds by all. Everyone was treated to a lip-smacking Tamil Sadya with 34 food items on the sadya leaf. Guests were gifted with Balinese hand fans to beat the heat.
A formal western sit down dinner reception ’Twilight’ was held at the Graha Sawangan Ballroom in Hilton. A classic culmination to the big fat Indian wedding celebrations in Bali. The night bore testament to a romantic first dance by the couple followed by exchange of the wedding cake. Guests celebrated the final night of the Selva Sneha wedding swaying alongside Bollywood dancers and vocalists Gowry & Niranj.
Keshav Films enthralled the guests with the same day edit wedding video highlights with amazing drone shots of the wedding venue and the ceremony. Serendipitous Smiles and Wedding Cinemas photographed blissful moments from the celebrations.
Band Baaja Bali! was an experience we thoroughly planned, crafted and executed exclusively to give Selva and Sneha the best time of their lives. As the guests left the next day after all the festivities, we were embraced with words of appreciation and gratitude for gifting them a memoir that will be cherished for life!
Destination: Bali, Indonesia
Hotel: Hilton Hotel Bali, Nusa Dua
Venue: Hilton Bali, Sea Safari Cruises, New Kuta Golf Club
Entertainment: Orange Productions, Bali
Photography: Wedding Cinemas, PaperBoat Photography, Destination Photographers
Videography: Keshav Films