Manzoor hai – Big Fat Wedding In Goa

Manzoor hai – Manasvi Zoher , They first met in 2006 in a math tuition while they were studying for their engineering entrance exams. The first time they spoke on the phone was when Zoher called her to ask for help on a math problem he already knew how to solve. She confidently gave him the wrong answer at which point he actually stopped and corrected her. They were never in the same college but they always kept in touch and a year after they started talking, he asked her out. After getting done with engineering school they started thinking of what to do next. They had long talks at go-to bus stop and one day decided that they both wanted to study abroad. They started studying and helping each other out, Zoher wanted to do his Masters degree in computer science and Manasvi always wanted to do something more creative. After going through more exams and applications they both got into different universities in the US. Zoher moved to Philadelphia to study at UPenn and Manasvi moved to Pittsburgh to study at Carnegie Mellon. Once they were done with college they moved to two different coasts in the country. Zoher lived and worked in New York while Manasvi was in San Francisco. They finally moved to the same city about two years ago after which they knew they were ready to get married and take the plunge. Zoher had the talk with Manasvi parents and asked her dad if he could marry her and then a few months later he proposed to her. They got their marriage registered on the same day they started dating 9 years ago.

Zoher proposed to Manasvi in the sweetest way possible. One day he invited her to go to his place before heading out for dinner. When she reached his apartment after work, it was completely decorated with string lights and candles. Once she entered the door he told her that he had a little treasure hunt inside the apartment. Each of the rooms had a little gift that was based on conversations they had at some point. The last gift was the ring itself. When they got to it he went down on one knee and asked her if she would marry him. After she said yes, they went out to dinner to her favorite restaurant and celebrated. Once she said yes, they called both their parents and were extremely excited to share the news. Both of our families had been very loving and open minded and accepting of each other. They flew back to India the following month and decided that they only wanted a small engagement with their immediate family. They decided to fly to Goa and spend 2 days with their parents and Zo’s sister during which they exchaged rings and celebrated in their own way!

Style of wedding:

Zoher is Bohri (Muslim) and Manasvi is Gujarati, they did not want to pick a religion to get married in. Instead they decided to do something different, they wanted to have some of Indian traditions but get married in a way that meant something to both of them. They planed on having a baraat and doli that would lead to the wedding. The wedding itself would be vows, ring+garland exchange, speeches by their parents and a few fun traditions – Zoher had to carry her and they had to break a coconut, Manasvi had to wear a new pair of shoes etc.

The wedding was in Cidade De Goa as they wanted to get married during sunset by the beach! The sangeet was decorated as a Gatsby themed event.

Destination Photographers:

They chose Destination Photographers as they really liked the way we captured candid photographs and told a story. They liked how every frame was interesting whether it was the background or the angle or the moment that was captured, that really resonated with them.

Event planner: Purple Tree Events

Wedding outfits:

Manasvi: Sabyasachi (wedding), Nandita Thirani (sangeet) and Jade by Monica & Karishma (mehendi), Zoher: Sabyasachi (wedding), Shyamal Bhumika (Sangeet)

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