A Kenya Destination Wedding Story | Paayal+Samir

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A Kenya Destination Wedding Story | Paayal+Samir

A Kenya Destination Wedding Story | Paayal+Samir

A Kenya Destination wedding story full of laughter and love

Gorgeous sunrises, the sound of the sea waves, perfect weather every day, and two passionate people in love – this set the base for Paayal and Samir’s destination wedding in the Sarova Whitesands Resort, Mombasa

Their wedding was a stunning, crazy, three-day-long party with their closest family and friends. Their wedding ceremonies – yes, there were TWO! – were a dream! They had a Hindu wedding in the morning followed by an Ismaili wedding in the evening. It was such an honour to capture one of the most important days in Paayal and Samir’s life.

Part 1: Pre-Wedding

Their pre-wedding was just as beautiful as the country and the people we were shooting. We’ll admit, our couple was not the most enthusiastic about waking up at 5 in the morning but when they saw the pictures, they agreed that it was a great idea!

Destination pre-wedding couple shoot in Mombasa, Kenya
Destination pre-wedding couple shoot in Mombasa, Kenya

The real challenge and the beauty came when we took the boats into the sea. But Paayal and Samir were champions up there and we love the results!

Destination pre-wedding couple shoot in Mombasa, Kenya
Destination pre-wedding couple shoot in Mombasa, Kenya

Part 2: Welcome Party

The welcome party was a casual and informal event to kick-off the wedding festivities.

Wedding couple photo. Bride in Papa Dont Preach by Shubhika.

Part 3: Haldi and Sangeet

Samir’s haldi ceremony was an affair that even we couldn’t have imagined. After the main rituals were done, his friends and family broke eggs on his head, made him wear a garland of dead fishes, and splashed him with all the haldi around!

Their sangeet ceremony had some amazing dance performances by the family followed by a night of dancing and more dancing! So much so, that at some point, I think we were also tapping our feet while shooting.

Part 4: Hindu Wedding

Set against the backdrop of the ocean, Paayal and Samir’s wedding venue with the mirrored mandap and the pastel pink roses was truly magical. Paayal was stunning in a pink Sabyasachi lehenga and the wedding ceremony was their dream come true.

Indian bridal photo wearing Sabyasachi lehenga Kenya destination wedding
Indian bridal entry wearing a Sabyasachi lehenga at Kenya destination wedding
Indian couple exchange jaimala at Kenya destination wedding
Indian couple phera photo at Kenya destination wedding
Indian couple gets married at Kenya destination wedding
Indian couple gets married at Kenya destination wedding
Indian couple gets married at Kenya destination wedding
Indian couple gets married at Kenya destination wedding
Indian bride cries as she bids her father farewell at a Kenya destination wedding

Part 5: Ismaili Wedding

The couple had a smaller and an intimate Ismaili wedding ceremony after the Hindu wedding. The joy of finally getting married is so clear on both their faces.

Couple entry at Kenya destination wedding

Part 6: Reception

The reception with a 1920’s art deco theme took us back in time. Paayal and Samir made an entry with a bang, dancing together towards the main stage. It was a beautiful culmination to the three-days of this Kenya destination wedding.

Couple entry at Kenya destination wedding

The Wedding Makers

Venue: Sarova Whitesands Resort, Mombasa
Paayal’s Outfits: Papa Dont Preach (Welcome party) | Varun Bahl (Mehendi & Sangeet) | Sabyasachi (Wedding) | Kalaniketan (Ismaili Wedding) | Nadine Dhody (Reception)
MUA and Hair: Bianca Louzado
Wedding planner: Golden Globe Events
Wedding Design: Misaki Design
Photography and Cinematography: Twogether Studios
Photographers: Arjun Kartha, Nikhil Mishra, Nihareekaa Kaur, Paras Batra, Sunil Gautam
Cinematographers: Ritesh Arora, Anmol Sharma, Sameer, Sunil Gautam
Same Day Edit: Anmol Sharma

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