I’m sure you will feel a little closer to summer with the beautiful beach elopement of Manasi and Rohin. The pristine turquoise waters of Playa del Carmen witnessed the nuptials of these lovebirds who decided to pack their bags and have all their loved ones travel to this dreamy paradise! The exclusive Fives Resort Azul Beach accommodated all the wedding travelers as soon as they arrived to get ready for the wedding festivities. The bride started off the celebrations with an intimate mehndi session with all her female relatives and friends. With her arms beautifully adorned, Manasi was ready to hit the dance floor, with her soon to be husband Rohin, in a traditional Sangeet night by the pool. I’m sure our lovebirds wanted to know about relaxation in this tropical setting only. To achieve this important goal, the bride and groom left all their plans in the hands of the destination wedding team VIP Vacations. They made sure every day ran smoothly and gave these two the wedding they have always imagined! The oceanfront wedding ceremony, the beautiful entourage outfits, and the tropical vibe made the scene just magical. Thankfully, the cameras of the Christian Pleva Images’ crew chronicled all the love Manasi and Rohin professed to each other in a well-achieved highlight film. Make sure to hit play and enjoy the gorgeous sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters of this beach elopement!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We first met at my place. I was throwing a party for my friend’s birthday. He was a friend of a friend and came over. Funny thing was, he wasn’t planning to come that night because he was exhausted but made a last minute decision. - I thought he was cute and immediately did NOT want to talk to him so I politely showed him where the food and drinks were and tried to ignore him. I was going through a happy single phase in my life and didn’t want the distraction. Obviously that was a fail. Over the next few months we dated and I think I just knew no one else would compare.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Haha- I was not subtle. I was in a place in my life where I was not playing around. I knew what I wanted and I would oh so casually drop hints. It was about a year after we started dating. I remember I was going to go to India in the summer and told him how great it would be if I could just get my wedding shopping done. LOL. I have ZERO filter. I can’t believe he still considered marriage! Well, he proposed two weeks before my trip. I was totally surprised because he kept saying he didn’t want to be rushed and also tried to throw me off by telling me we were going out of town the next weekend….which I thought might be the moment.
Wrong. Two weeks before I left, we went about our day like any other Saturday. Got up casually, went to the dry cleaners. His parents wanted some family visiting from India to see Boston and were bringing them into the city. We were planning to meet them near the Charles River (where we live). Rohin suggested this pier we always go to watch sunsets, hang out/ drink wine. It’s actually my favorite spot on the Charles and I had been going there for years since I moved to Boston. That afternoon, I was wearing shorts and tshirt. Rohin kept insisting I put on a dress since we were going to meet family. I was actually getting upset because I didn’t think anyone should care what I was wearing. Rohin knows me so well and knew I would be mad if the photos had me in shorts. Anyway, here we are sitting on the pier, waiting. I turn around and see his brother and entire family (parents/grandparents) walking up the walkway to the pier, his brother playing the ukulele (casually). I was so confused but I knew we were going to meet them so I wasn’t surprised. However, as I went to hug his mom, she told me to turn around. Rohin proposed and I obviously said yes (not 100% sure but I think that word came out of my mouth). The best part is, the family members who were visiting who I had never seen before, were sitting on the dock with us and recorded the entire thing! It was beautiful. Not extravagant, not cheesy, and represented the things we love in our lives- each other and family
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Both of us wanted to have a wedding to celebrate but didn’t want people to come just because it was a big indian wedding and people LOVE indian weddings. We opted for a destination wedding instead in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. We contacted VIP Vacations to help us figure this piece out. Though they do travel, the CEO/founder Jennifer knows the wedding industry well and they have helped several previous brides before find a place outside of the US for a semi-traditional indian wedding. They recommended Azul Fives for us and it was perfect. Jennifer provided a very organized excel from a previous wedding that helped me plan my wedding. We took about 90% of the decor with us, kept it bright and colorful, and traditional but with some modern elements. My hair and makeup were done by my best friend who is a celebrity hair and makeup artist in Hollywood (Kerrie Urban). Talk about unbelievable!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I went India and already had some ideas in mind so in one day got everything!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Working with VIP Vacations and Azul Fives to customize our events including the beach welcome party.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
It was a huge 4 day party on the beach!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking down the pier surrounded by beautiful blue water
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
Sangeet: I loved the color and lights
Reception: Rooftop+crazy DJ+beach= AMAZING
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Dream weddings do not need to be large or expensive. A wedding is only a few days but a marriage is forever so make sure your priorities are straight.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I felt the entire wedding was truly representative of my style given I was able to design and implement the entire decor of the wedding. What I also really loved was we were the first couple to be married at the private location on the beach at Azul Fives. They made it happen and I am so thankful!