TASHMIEV AND MICHAEL decided one special day just wasn’t enough to enjoy the company of loved ones travelling thousands of kilometres to join them. So they swapped the traditional honeymoon for seven days of wedding festivities at Phuket’s blissful Cape Panwa Hotel.
The romantic ceremony set-up was an instant hit with the beautiful bride. “I remember walking down the aisle and thinking it looked like something from a magazine,” Tashmiev says. The reception was also, literally, picture-perfect. “Guests were taking photographs of the tables,” recalls Tashmiev, adding that the full buffet option was worth the upgrade. “We are foodies and have been to weddings where the food lets them down. So we wanted something that stood out – and it really did!” An incredible fireworks display, an extravagance made affordable in Thailand, was the perfect finale to their joyous nuptials.
Tashmiev gives kudos to Angela at Wedding Destinations, who created a relaxed experience for everyone, including the older guests, and helped the couple feel confident despite having never visited the hotel. “It surpassed our expectations – and that was just the hotel. The wedding was breathtaking from start to finish. Guests commented it was the best wedding they have ever been to,” Tashmiev says.
She advises other brides to find a wedding planner who understands the local area. “The stress level is more than halved having someone else organise the details!”
Wedding date: 14 April, 2016 // Number of guests: 57 // Wedding location: Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket // Wedding planner: Wedding Destinations // Photography: Resort photographer // Dress: A sari sourced online in New York // Honeymoon: Cape Panwa Hotel