If you’ve read my “About Me” page, you’d know I’m obsessed with all wedding-related things. I thought about sharing our wedding details on the actual date of our third anniversary, but I ended up coming down with a terrible cold, after having fought off another just a few days prior…and then, well, we were on the other side of the world for a couple of weeks before we had to settle back into the swing of things. Of course, if I were to be completely honest, I also ended up going through our thousands of pictures while picking my favorites for this post, and ended up spending way too much time reminiscing! Anyway, without further ado…
Pritom and I were living on opposite sides of the world when we were planning our wedding, and on top of that, our parents were in parts of the world far from either of us, so naturally, deciding where we wanted to get married was stressful. For months, we had absolutely no idea where we wanted to do it, but we did know we wanted an intimate affair. After what seemed like ages, we decided that the best thing to do would be a destination wedding, and that way, we could also keep our wedding small. We finally picked Koh Samui in Thailand because it wasn’t too commercialized like most islands had become. As for deciding on a resort, well, after emailing countless places, only one person got back to me quickly and answered my million and one questions in detail, and if you know me, you’ll know I’m all about details, and I can ask some really strange questions! Michelle – with Nora Weddings – was as patient as could be, and after more back-and-forth with her, I just knew she was someone with whom we wanted to work on our wedding. Nora Weddings does offer two different resort options though, but to make a long story short, this beautiful palm tree at Nora Beach Resort and Spa stole our hearts, and we knew that was it. Michelle made everything we had envisioned for our wedding come to life. There was not a detail we had discussed that was missed on our wedding day. We were given the option to do a Thai ceremony before our beach ceremony, and we went for it. We wore traditional Bengali wedding attire during this ceremony as a nod to Pritom’s heritage, which I honestly think made it even more special.
One of our two biggest wedding splurges was the food (and drinks, of course) at our reception, and oh my goodness, if I could do it all over again, I’d probably have danced less and eaten more! I know Pritom and I had picked our menu, but guests were gushing about dishes neither of us even got to try because Pritom was too busy drinking and I was too busy partying up a storm.
Our other wedding splurge was on photography and videography, both done by Daren Chong Photography in Malaysia. If I had to pick one thing that took us the longest time to decide, it would definitely be our photography and videography team. Malaysia has some of the best wedding photographers, so when I went to visit family a year and a half before our wedding, I made sure to make appointments to meet with most of them. The only one I really wanted to meet was Daren because every picture he’d ever taken up till then spoke to me, but alas, he was out of the country at that time. Call it fate or a complete leap of faith, but I didn’t quite connect with any of the photographers I met in person like I did with Daren even though we’d only communicated online, so Pritom and I took the plunge of hiring them, and it was the best decision ever. I mean, seriously, get on their website. Tell me it’s not some of the best work you’ve seen. I wish I could tell you all about how amazing he and his team were, but I’m pretty sure I’d run out of room here! And in case you’re wondering, yes, we flew them in to Thailand from Malaysia.
Now that I’ve gotten our two biggest splurges out of the way, I can finally talk about my dress. Ahhhhh…I still smile when I see pictures of it. You know how they say every girl dreams of their wedding day and knows exactly what kind of dress they want? Well, I didn’t…not quite (you should have been able to guess that one considering how long it took for us to decide on a venue). I knew I wanted some lace at least because it’s so timeless, and I knew I wanted off-the-shoulder (what a shock, am I right?) but that was about it. I didn’t know what silhouette or neckline or oh my goodness, which shade of white or ivory! As I’d mentioned before, we wanted to splurge on only two major things – food/drinks and photography/videography – so I made sure I kept to a strict budget on my dress. When I dress-shopped, every single dress that was within my budget was strapless. If you’re looking for an off-the-shoulder now, it’s so easy! It’s everywhere – I’m so jealous! Anyway, I did end up with a strapless Blue by Enzoani dress that I got from L&H Bridal, but they offered to order the exact lace from the company so I could have an off-the-shoulder bolero custom-made. It was everything I’d hoped for and more! I was speechless by my final fitting (and hoping that my future husband would be, too).
For every bride who has a pretty strict budget to stick to and/or has a vision of something so unique your neighborhood bridal boutique doesn’t carry it, Etsy will seriously be your best friend. For me personally, there’s just something special about supporting a small business, and of course, knowing someone creative out there could make your vision come to life. I’m not going to lie. I saved money on my sash (I wasn’t going to pay an arm and a leg for it) and my garter, but I blew my budget when it came to my veil. I fell in love with the look of a silk tulle veil because of Kate Middleton, but hardly any bridal store carried it, so I searched high and low on Etsy for someone who made them, and came across IheartBride. Not only did my veil turn out more beautifully than I could have ever hoped for, I became friends with the owner who is truly one of the sweetest people ever.
Yes, I realize as I’m typing this how long my post has gotten, so I apologize, but hey, I could go all day talking about our wedding! As we move into prime wedding season, please feel free to shoot me an email or leave a comment here should you want ideas or recommendations because the number of options for everything is just overwhelming, but ultimately, we loved every vendor we picked!
| Wedding Venue: Nora Beach Resort and Spa | Photography and Videography: Daren Chong Photography | Bridal Gown: Blue by Enzoani from L&H Bridal | Veil: IheartBride | Bride and Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Tejani | Bridal Sash: Glam House | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka from Zappos | Bride’s Garter: Nana Rose Designs | Groom’s Suit: Kenneth Cole from Macy’s | Groomsmen’s Pants: Kenneth Cole from Macy’s | Groom and Groomsmen’s Ties: The Tie Bar | Guestbook: by Bride | Signs: by Bride and her sister | Cake-topper: Custom-made Gift from Our Amazing Friends |