Neha & Scott’s Wedding

Dear Neha,

Thank you for agreeing to be part of our website wedding blog. We think your wedding was a very romantic affair ….one could feel the love in the photographs and it looked so colorful and well coordinated!

It will be a good read for couples that are planning to have a destination wedding…

Tell us about your marriage proposal?

I knew the proposal was coming as we’d already finalised the wedding destination! I also knew that whatever Scott had planned, it would be sentimental. On the day, I thought we were just going for dinner so I was not dressed for the occasion at all. On our way, we drove past our old university (which is where we first met), and he suggested popping in just to see how things had changed. As we were walking around the grounds, he got down on one knee and took out the ring.

Why did you decide to have a destination wedding and what made Portugal the destination you picked particularly special?

Scott and I both wanted a destination wedding because we wanted an outdoor wedding and taking a chance on the unpredictable UK weather wasn’t an option for us! Lisbon in Portugal was a perfect choice – it’s a vibrant city and not too far for most of our family and friends to travel to. It’s also home to a large Indian community which made it easy to source all the intricacies that come with a Hindu wedding. We were easily able to find a planner, caterer and people to do our décor. We also incorporated the Portuguese culture in our celebrations through the food and entertainment.

Did you pick up any tips during the planning stage?

We picked Penha Longa, a Ritz Carlton resort in Sintra (just outside of Lisbon) for our wedding venue. One of the things I found really useful was researching online and checking Facebook & Instagram for other couples who’d also used the same venue for their wedding. It was interesting to see which parts of the hotel they’d utilised for each event and it gave our planner a point of reference when deciding on our décor. After the wedding I had 5 brides contact me (all of whom had seen my pics online) to ask my advice on getting married in Portugal so it’s really valuable if people are willing to share their experiences.

What did you love most about your wedding dress? How did you choose the ‘THE ONE’?

I’m quite experimental with my fashion choices and not afraid to try new styles so I ruled out anything too traditional. I knew I wanted my bridal outfit to be fun and different. Payal had the most amazing material which was on a different outfit in her showroom, it was the right colour scheme and had the exact level of detailing I was after. It started with using that as a foundation for the skirt and then Payal designed a blouse to match incorporating the style I wanted. The end result was a gorgeous bright floral pink and coral lengha with gold embellishment and pearl accents.

How did you plan your outfits and jewellery for each event? Which was your favorite outfit?

For each event, we planned the outfits to depict the theme or complement the venue. The mehndi night was the start of our celebrations; the theme was ‘bright colours’ and we didn’t hold back. Payal created a funky, multicolored party lengha for me with mirror work.
The wedding ceremony took place outdoors in a rustic venue that dated back to the 16th century, it felt a bit like Game of Thrones in a modern day setting! So for our outfits, we opted for light colours to match the scenery and landscape of the Sintra hills.

Did you walk down the aisle to a particular song?

The instrumental version of Jashn-E-Bahaaraa from Jodhaa Akbar.

What about your first dance song and did you practice your dance or completely wing it?

This is one part of the celebrations I was secretly dreading and even though we tried to practice, I knew we’d forget it all when the time came.
We picked an acoustic cover version of David Guetta and Usher’s ‘Without You’ by Boyce Avenue and asked our DJ to mix it with the original version which is faster. It meant our first dance was only 45 seconds long before we made our friends and family join us on the dancefloor!

Most memorable moment:

The fun! It’s not every day you can get all your friends and family together in the same hotel relaxing by the pool!

What advice would you give to other couples planning an Indian destination wedding?

Don’t get stressed over the small details because most of the time the guests won’t even notice!


Photographer: Geeshan Bandara Photography, Sri Lanka
Videographer: The Wedding Diary by Ruwin Fernando, Sri Lanka
Venue: Penha Longa Resort, Portugal
Catering: Details Event Planning, Portugal
Décor: Passage to India, Portugal
Wedding planner: Lisbon Wedding Planner, Portugal