When two people are meant to be, not even a continental divide can keep them apart. When they were introduced, Ruchika Tulshyan was living in Singapore and Paras Malhotra resided in Atlanta — not exactly conducive to a romance. “But when we met,” says Ruchika, “we felt so comfortable with each other and had so much to talk about.” Paras proposed just a few months later.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore held a special place in Ruchika’s heart. She had been there many times, and from a logistical standpoint, it was one of the only places that could accommodate 600 guests for a traditional Indian wedding.
Lush red roses and tall candles adorn reception tables.
Hindu wedding customs were an integral part of the dazzling celebration. A resplendent gold mandap, the ceremonial area for Hindu weddings, was flown in from India.
Motifs reflective of Indian royalty set the stage for the opulent celebration. Sumptuous hues of red, gold, sapphire and emerald were woven throughout and used for details like velvet panels adorning archways.
Drummers signal the start of the wedding procession.
The banquet menu was designed especially for the couple — no dish was repeated over the course of the three-day event. Says Ruchika: ”The service, the decor, the entire wedding was a dream.”