SI­AMESE DREAM

Sh­eryl Bux­ani and Dhiraj Wad­hwani’s In­dian nup­tials in Thai­land were in deed a wed­ding fit for a prince and princess

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Sh­eryl Bux­ani and Dhiraj Wad­hwani’s In­dian nup­tials in Thai­land were in­deed a wed­ding fit for a prince and princess

The fam­i­lies of Sh­eryl Bux­ani, chief cre­ative of­fi­cer at Temp­ta­tions jeweller, and Dhiraj Wad­hwani, head of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment at Wadhsons, had been friendly for a long time – but it wasn’t un­til De­cem­ber 2008 that the two be­came friends them­selves, says Sh­eryl. “We got to know each other bet­ter at a friend’s party – Dhiraj claims he couldn’t keep his eyes off me that night. We started dat­ing af­ter we both grad­u­ated from univer­sity and re­turned to Hong Kong in the sum­mer of 2010,” she adds. The two dated for a year be­fore Dhiraj pro­posed in Rome.

In­dian wed­dings are renowned for be­ing grand, elab­o­rate af­fairs, and Sh­eryl and Dhiraj’s nup­tials were no ex­cep­tion, with more than 1,000 guests in­vited to join the party at the Shangri-La Ho­tel in Chi­ang Mai. High­lights of the four-day cel­e­bra­tion in­cluded the cou­ple’s bold en­trance on a gi­ant flo­ral float as part of a 100-strong pa­rade. “The pa­rade in­cluded per­for­mances by flower girls, feather girls, pea­cock girls, mu­si­cians, mar­tial-arts per­form­ers, Thai bell ringers, um­brella dancers and tra­di­tional Thai dancers,” says Sh­eryl.

Ref­er­enc­ing the fact that Dhiraj had got down on one knee in Rome, the cou­ple’s civil theme was based around the Ital­ian cap­i­tal. “We dec­o­rated the room for our civil cer­e­mony as though it were the Sis­tine Chapel. For din­ner, we had St Peter’s Basil­ica as our stage back­drop, and

recre­ated the Trevi Foun­tain as a photo prop,” the new­ly­wed re­calls.

For the civil wed­ding, Sh­eryl opted for a cou­ture Elie Saab bridal gown, while Dhiraj wore a Pal Zi­leri Ce­r­i­mo­nia tuxedo. Sh­eryl changed into a gown by An­na­sul Y for the re­cep­tion, and Dhiraj rocked a Tom Ford tuxedo. The cou­ple also called on sev­eral renowned In­dian de­sign­ers to cre­ate tra­di­tional wed­ding cos­tumes for them. “Our In­dian out­fits were de­signed by Ashima Leena, Rim­ple & Harpreet Narula, and An­jalee & Ar­jun Kapoor, among oth­ers,” adds Sh­eryl.

The cou­ple’s en­trance for the sangeet – the night on which fam­ily and friends per­form chore­ographed dances for In­dian newly-weds – was equally thrilling. “We were trans­ported via hy­draulic lift onto a bal­cony above a back­drop of a life-size ele­phant,” says Sh­eryl. As the sangeet is a tra­di­tional event, the two wanted to pay trib­ute to their cul­ture and eth­nic­ity, and did so with a grand Bol­ly­wood night, she says.

Dur­ing the four-day event, guests were treated to some top-notch mu­si­cal per­for­mances. “Our DJs in­cluded Paris House Ad­dict, Lon­don Beats, and DJ Zubair, who were flown in from Paris, Lon­don and Dubai re­spec­tively. The par­ties kept go­ing un­til 8am – our guests just couldn’t get enough!” says Sh­eryl.

Sh­eryl and Dhiraj’s cel­e­bra­tions also in­cluded a pool party based around the theme of un­der­wa­ter trea­sures. “The in­spi­ra­tion came about as I’m a jeweller and I love work­ing with high-end gems – di­a­monds, pearls, tan­zan­ites, ru­bies, turquoise – you name it, they all fas­ci­nate me! We de­cided to com­bine my jew­ellery pas­sion with the el­e­ment of the sea and named our event Trea­sures of the Deep.”

The fi­nal night of the wed­ding, the re­cep­tion, was the cou­ple’s most glam­orous

and grand af­fair, says Sh­eryl. “We had a huge palace back­drop on our stage, and flow­ers ev­ery­where. It was as if you were in one of the palaces of Europe.”

Other de­tails that made the wed­ding ex­tra spe­cial in­cluded cus­tomised cap­puc­ci­nos served with the cou­ple’s wed­ding logo, and a girl hang­ing from a huge chan­de­lier serv­ing guests cham­pagne dur­ing cock­tail hour. “We also had a Barbie-and-Ken-box photo booth for our young­sters’ pop-art party, but in­stead of Barbie and Ken, it was cus­tomised to Sh­eryl and Dhiraj,” adds Sh­eryl.

With so much par­ty­ing, guests were grate­ful for the Hang­over Bar at break­fast each morn­ing, which served wheat­grass shots, smooth­ies – and Dom Pérignon, for those in need of a hair of the dog.

Af­ter cel­e­brat­ing in Chi­ang Mai, the cou­ple took a month-long hon­ey­moon that be­gan in Cap­pado­cia, Turkey. “We then headed to Is­tan­bul, Prague, Dubrovnik, Mu­nich, and ended up on the Amalfi Coast in Posi­tano, which was sim­ply mag­i­cal,” says Sh­eryl. With Italy the lo­ca­tion of the pro­posal, there re­ally was no more fit­ting place for the hon­ey­moon to reach its ro­man­tic fi­nale.

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