Sasikala Britto

Sasikala Britto

Nirvana – A Dream Destination Wedding in Thailand

Venue :Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket and Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort

A Tropical Wedding Fiesta / A Fairytale Destination Wedding in Thailand
2 Ultra Luxury 5 Star Resorts. 300 Rooms.
500 Guests. 50+ Vehicles.
50 Crew Members. 40 Artists & Entertainers.
3 Days. 7 Events.

As the chairman of the CSS Group – Dubai, Mr. T S Kaladharan had visited and seen many fascinating places around the globe. Through his business tours and vacations, he always held one particular locale close to his heart. When he promised his daughter – Sasikala’s hand in marriage to Britto, he didn’t think twice about where he wanted to host the dream wedding.

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Sasikala, daughter of Mr. T S Kaladharan & Mrs.DevikaKaladharan, was born and brought up in Dubai. After completing her graduation from Raffles Design Institute – Singapore, she joined the family business and currently heads the marketing division in Dubai.
Britto, the eldest son of the South Indian movie producer Mr.Satheesh Kuttiyil and renowned advocate Mrs.Syra Sathesh, was born and brought up in Kerala. After completing his bachelor’s in aerospace engineering from Nottingham University, he stepped up to become a noted research scientist at Montan University,Austria.

A quirky and informative wedding website (www.sasikalabritto.com) was created to provide all info regarding the wedding. Such a website was first of its kind in Kerala weddings, since it provided a scope for the guests to interact with the wedding team way before the wedding. Most of the invitees got in touch with the wedding team to submit their RSVPs, arrange for accommodations, check on airport transfers, understand the dress codes, and elucidate the gifting process and all other queries regarding the wedding. By early June, a total of 500 guests had confirmed to attend the wedding.

Both the resorts were completely booked for the wedding guests. The resorts had their senior officials flown in from Bangkok, Singapore and India to assist them as they had never managed a wedding of this scale and size before.
The guests started pouring in from the first week of July. Guests flew in from all across, namely, Dubai, Kenya, USA, Austria, Hongkong, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, China, India and South Africa. This was the first time such an ethnic blend of guests attended a wedding. Special vehicles on the likes of Limousines and BMWs were used to transfer VIP guests to their resorts. For large group and individual arrivals, Toyota Commuters and Toyota Fortuners were used.

Guests, especially those from other countries, dressed in sherwanis,bandgalas, lehengas and designer sarees, following the North Indian dress code, added to the magnificence of the Mehendi ceremony.

Daawat-e-Mehendi
The next day, the lawns at Dusit Thani set stage to the North Indian and Thai fusion Mehendi ceremony. The venue was highlighted with colourful Thai parasols, paper flowers and satin drapes.

Sasikala and Britto were brought to the venue amidst Serng Kratip Khoa performers – North Eastern Thai long drum musicians and dancers.

While the bride was showered with love by her family and friends through the Mehendi ceremony, the groom was teased by smearing Haldi all over him. The event wound off with vivacious dance moves by the guests to perky Bollywood music by Kerala’s very own DJ Ryan & DJ Shamil.

That evening, the pool side of Hyatt Regency hosted the South Indian – dappan kuthu Sangeet night.

Sangeet was just a start to an unforgettable after party that went on till 4 AM. A special performance was staged by Sooraj Santhosh & Varun Sunil of Masala Coffee, Siddarth Menon and Viaan of Thaikkudam Bridge along with Mr.Kaladharan who sang and danced to some nostalgic numbers. The DJs replicated the tempo and set the floor on fire.

Mermaids made a surprise entry to the Sangeet as they swam and danced to a few South Indian numbers in the swimming pool; and took photos with the families.

The menu for this event was creatively designed to suit all taste buds, the first of its kind of any Kerala wedding. The highlights of the menu were live and mini stations with spring rolls, pastas, char-grilled mini burgers, home smoked salmon, prawn and vegetable tempura, baked salt crust seabass, traditional and gourmet pizzas, lavish spread of BBQs, kaffir lime crème brulee, pineapple puff, artisan Italian gelato and Strawberry flambé.

The wedding mandap decorated with banana leaves and a floral Ganesha was set up inside the Hyatt Regency ballroom for the Kerala traditional wedding. Poojari was flown in from Kerala to preside over this auspicious ceremony.

A first time in Phuket, Kerala’s biggest chef, Noushad, was roped in to create the traditional sadhya on the wedding day. Noushad’s team faced a huge challenge in sourcing the vegetables and original masala flavours of Kerala. 30 different dishes were prepared for the sadhya under the supervision of Chef Noushad, with the help of the kitchen staff and Chef Alejandro of Hyatt Regency Phuket. Many foreign guests, intrigued by this kind of food experience, enjoyed the course and taste of the authentic Kerala wedding sadhya.

The beautiful white beach of Dusit Thani vouched to be the perfect venue to host the Thai Water Ceremony – the traditional Thai wedding. Lush blue-green waters of the Indian Ocean served as the perfect backdrop for the breath-taking pink Cherry Blossom mandap festooned with swirling twigs flowers. The walkway to this charismatic mandap was nothing less than magical with vintage carved drums holding dreamy floral arrangements of white and pink hydrangeas, orchid and phalaenopsis.

The couple were guided to the wedding venue by Lanna Parade with Sabad Chai Drum performers, a celebratory dance in Thailand, followed by the dashing Groomsmen and the gorgeous Bridesmaids

An ethereal themed contemporary ambience was set for the reception that radiated the essence of romance with profusion of orchids and hydrangeas. A zillion blooms lit up the stunning canopy embellished with florally decorated bird cages and a majestic chandelier. Opulent larger-than-life floral centerpieces, an equally magnificent head table and rich floral walls added to the richness of this ambience. The officially wed couple made a grand entrance to their wedding reception with their bridesmaids and groomsmen dancing to the tunes of Sooraj ki baahon mein.

Every event was accompanied with vivacious dance moves by the guests to the perky music played by Kerala’s very own DJ Ryan & DJ Shamil.

Pallavi Devika, the renowned bridal makeup artist and her team of make-up experts were flown in from Delhi to cater to the beauty needs of the bride and her family. And of course, the bride looked absolutely gorgeous at each of her wedding events.

It was one of a kind experience to be a part of this massive celebration. There were many firsts to this wedding. The first ever Keralite destination wedding to be held in a foreign country. The first ever attempt at coordinating and arranging to serve traditional Kerala Sadhya in Thailand for 500 guests. The first such a massive effort was taken to create an international experience for a Malayalee wedding. Having set a benchmark, this wedding is going to be a magnanimous game changer for weddings from Kerala. The team at Rainmaker Weddings worked to experience, stretch the limits and go beyond the comfort zone to make this fairytale wedding a dramatic reality!

Destination: Thailand

Venue: DusitThani Laguna Phuket and Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort

Photography: Wedding Cinemas, PaperBoat Photography, Destination Photographers

Videography: Keshav Films