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Name : Deepa Dhamecha and David Ryan
Wedding : November 21, 2010 at the Al Qasr Beach platform
Reception : Johara Ballroom at Madinat Jumeirah
Main Functions: A party was hosted at Deepa's brother's home on the evening of November 18, 2010. The families had arrived in Dubai from the UK, United States of America, Canada, India and Africa – the perfect setting for everyone to get together and start the celebrations. It was also the first time that both families met (the 10 from David's side and about 100 from Deepa's)! The sangeet took place at the Westin, Mina Seyahi Hotel ballroom.
Favours-Giveaways: The couple decided to do away with favours at the reception. However, a mini two-tier wedding cake was given withevery invitation.
Deepa and David wanted their invites to be something most people could have as a keepsake. So they had one that was religious and abstract – a Ganesha symbol along with the Ganesh shlok carved in abstract form on the cover. It served as a thin box in which the different occasion inserts were placed. Apart from this, there was a stand placed at the back so it could also be used as a frame.
Wedding Dress Designer: The Bride: The sangeet outfit was designed by Sabyasachi Mukherjee; the wedding ceremony dress was a white sari by Anamika Khanna and
the reception outfit was from Cocoa in The Mall Of The Emirates.
The Groom: The sangeet sherwani was by Arjun Khanna, the wedding linen suit was by Lagerfeld and the reception suit was by Armani.
Bride's Accessories: Mainly Amrapali jewellers in Juhu, Mumbai and Suman Jewellery in Kolkata.
Bride's Hair and Make-Up: Make-up by Tonee Roberio and hair by Natalie Fasson.
Bridesmaids' Dresses: The bridesmaids' dresses were made in pink chiffon with a kundan border detail for that quintessentially Indian touch. But each of them chose their own styles to express their individuality. The outfits were then created by a Dubai tailor.
Groomsmen's Suits: The groomsmen did not have any formal, planned outfits; everyone wore what they wanted to, keeping it casual and in-keeping with the beach ambience.
Rings From: Tejori jewellers in Dubai.
Ceremony: The couple combined parts of both, the English and Indian traditions, for the wedding on the beach. The wedding took place in the late afternoon with 100 guests seated on the beachfront. Deepa walked down the aisle with her and David's parents. David was seated in the gazebo. The priest conducted a beautiful, contemporary ceremony including the seven-steps that are an integral part of Hindu weddings. They then walked back down the aisle together as man and wife while the violinist played soft, romantic tunes.
Wedding Planner: Right Star Wedding helped with the organisation of the sangeet party.
Flowers: Partly from Madinat Jumeirah and Right Star weddings.
Bridal Bouquet: Bliss flowers. Deepa wanted just two single-stem lilies.
Cake: The cake was made by Vinita Lobo. Again, Deepa wanted the cake to have a bit of an Indian touch; they chose a three-tiered cake but modelled on Indian-inspired cushions. Unique and representative of two cultures, it was an amazing day indeed.
From The Bride And Groom
Deepa: Waiting with my mum and dad right before walking down the aisle. And of course seeing Dave for the first time that day as I walked up to him.
David: Seeing Deepa walk down the aisle towards me – it was one of those life-changing moments! And the ceremony itself was lovely.
Best Part About The Wedding
The dance performances by the family and friends at the sangeet were memorable for Deepa. David arrived on a horse and carriage with his family making a proper baraat entrance! The perfect setting for the ceremony, and the huge welcome they received as they walked into the reception hall in the evening were moments to cherish forever, says Deepa.
Best Piece Of Advice For A Bride
Deepa: We always put too much pressure on things going exactly the way we want them to. Chances are, there will be something that will not! You just have to go with it and remember that little things do not matter and it will still be a beautiful day. Anything She'd Have Done Differently "Nothing, it was perfect," says Deepa. The hard work by the family and months of preparation paid off beautifully!
"One of my bridesmaids and a flower girl went missing and no one could find them! We were about to start the ceremonies without them but they luckily showed up at the last moment," says Deepa.