Koh Samui Wedding: Wedding day is a tremendously an important day in each person’s life. Two people joining their fates together, happy tears, special wishes, lots of laughter, tons of fun. We often speak about weddings, and we’re happy to be a part of so many of them, but there’s always been this part of weddings, that we were eagerly waiting to talk about but never before had a chance: bridal fashion.
When little girl starts dreaming about her perfect fairytale wedding, what’s the first thing she’s going to imagine? Of course, her wedding dress. Beautiful white dress that will turn her into a princess when all eyes are on her.
Last summer we were proud to plan a very special wedding for Valerie and Shyam. Their wedding was a 5-day cultural mix extravaganza, with every detail thoroughly planned and designed. But naturally, the cherry on top, the embellishment of everyday was the bride. Valerie worked on each of her looks for this wedding with extreme accuracy and taste, and each of her gowns was either custom made or brought from an exclusive shop from various parts of the world.
Today we’d like you to have a glimpse into her wonderful collection.
White party on day 1 obliged all guests wearing white to create a chic atmosphere for welcome dinner. In the meantime, by the right of the bride, Valerie decided to stand out from the crowd and chose to wear a yellow BCBG gown, with gorgeous feminine ruffles and pleated chiffon.
Day 2 was devoted to rich and sophisticated Indian traditions. Since we held 3 events that day, the bride had a number of outfits to change throughout the day.
For Chunni ceremony, when groom’s mom greets the bride into her new family, Valerie wore a royal blue embroidered Sari Indian dress. The traditional Indian sari is a long cloth (4-9 yards in length) that is draped over the bride’s body to offer the illusion of a long dress. Accessories The look could not be complete without traditional Indian bridal jewelry, including a matching gold chocker necklace and heavy blue earrings.
During the traditional Mehndi ceremony, when all women gathered by the beach to have beautiful henna embellishments drawn on their hands and feet, Valerie wore a coral orange traditional Indian dress called a bridal Salwar Kameez. Bright, vivid colors of the dress were nicely complimented with detailed gold embroidery on the skirt, along with heavy gold beading on the upper portion of the dress. This type of dress is popular for Indian brides as it is lavish in style and color, allowing the bride to stand out in a crowd.
What made the look even more authentic and charming is a “maang tikka headpiece”— a beautiful accessory with a coral jewel to sit on a forehead. It has a resemblance with a small tiara and made Valerie look like a real Indian princess from fairytales.
That evening, we also held a Sangeet night — a traditional Indian party to heighten excitement for the guests before the official wedding ceremony. The bride wore a gold lengha, consisting of an extravagantly detailed skirt with a short blouse, and a matching gold scarf draped over the shoulder. The lengha is a popular choice for brides on special wedding night festivities for its detail and heavyweight appearance.
All outfits and accessories for the Indian day were bought in India, carefully custom made to make the look very authentic and chic.
Third day was a tribute to Valerie’s ethnical origin, Vietnam, and it’s beautiful wedding rituals: Tea Ceremony and stylish Asian red night dinner.
During the ceremony Valerie wore a traditional Vietnamese bridal dress called an “Ao Dai Cuoi.”. It is a long dress, with a traditional high collar and matching loose pants worn under the dress. A bridal head turban, called a “Khang Dong” was also an integral part of the look,. Decorated with rhinestones, it added both a national zest and modern luxury.
In the evening at the Vietnamese reception, the bride changed into a white Ao Dai. Valerie aimed to re-create a modern Vietnamese Ao Dai dress, by using white-laced material found in a western style bridal gown.
A traditional style heavy necklace of Swarovski crystals added a chic accent to the look.
Both Ao Dai dresses was custom tailored in Los Angeles, California, using carefully chosen lace material.
Day 4 was full of Indian wedding traditions. Morning Pithi and Mandvo ceremonies helped both families to obtain gods’ blessings and pray for the marriage to be as happy and long-lasting as ever possible. The wedding ceremony itself, called Mandap, was followed by a quite dinner by the beach.
As a viewer during Pithi ceremony, Valerie wore a vibrant green Indian dress, called a Salwar Kameez. The dress had traditional Indian embroidery in silver beads all along the top half of the outfit. A traditional Indian shawl, draped over the shoulder, completed the look.
An Indian bride is never complete without proper bridal accessories. Valerie wore a set of thick bangles on each arm, in green, gold, and silver to complement the green dress. Special attention goes to heavy gold plated earrings with green gems, and significant Indian “maang tikka.
During the Ceremony Valerie wore a traditional bridal lengha dress, with colors typical for Indian wedding: maroon, gold and red. Rich embroidery and especially signified the status of an Indian bride. The scarf worn over her head, “Dupatta”, emphasizes respect to the Indian rituals.
Accessories complimenting Valerie’s dresses were hand selected by her mother in law in India.
After the Indian Mandap ceremony, the bride changed into a light cream-colored gown, by fashion designer Niki Kapoor. It was a transition into a western style dress, still maintaining some Indian fashion tones to reflect the day. This gown boasts its classy yet simple design, with gold beading to add flare and style to the dress. The dress was light and elegant, perfect for the quiet evening planned after the Indian wedding. It was the perfect dress to light up fire lanterns and enjoy the evening with all guests. Dress was bought in New York City, and it is part of the Nika Formals Collection (Nika 8052).
Grand finale of this wedding, a western ceremony followed by a gorgeous reception could only be as stylish as it was.
Valerie wore a Provonais Leiben gown, shipped to Los Angeles from Barcelona Spain. Tightly fitted mermaid dress, with a long chapel length train looked exquisitely elegant on Valerie. Lace over the top part, cloud-like skirt and a sweetheart cut created a very romantic look. At the reception she accessorized the gown with a Lazaro designer bridal sash to add more glow.
Accessories by Swarovski and Tacori Designs.
Just before the first dance, Valerie changed into her final white gown. This gown was custom made and designed, with a rhinestone-embellished top half & soft lace fabric to lay over the white silk lining. Valerie worked together with a well-known tailor in Toronto, Canada to create this sexy look. Our gorgeous bride looked like a Hollywood star on the Red Carpet area.
It’s always a good idea to have a second dress for the after party that will be both sexy and comfortable for dancing at the same time ☺
We hope you enjoyed this little fashion insight!
What is your dream dress, girls?
The couple would also like to extend their big “Thank You” to everyone who made this very special event happen and to the following people and companies…
Bride: Valerie Ma
Groom: Shyam Visani
Wedding Date: August 26 – 30th, 2014
Wedding Planner: The Wedding Bliss by Nanya
Photography: Liam Collard Photography
Wedding Venue: InterContinental Baan Taling Ngam, Koh Samui
Officiant: Alan Bohlsen
Catering: InterContinental Baan Taling Ngam, Koh Samui
Wedding Singer: Eka Liu – EKA SOUNDS
Hair & Makeup: Johnny Nguyen – MakeupByJohnny, LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA
Bridal Gown: Provonais Leiben gown & Lazaro belt
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Suits: Giorgio Armani
Groom Shoes: Giorgio Armani
Engagement Ring: Tacori Designs
Wedding Bands: Tacori