Take A Look At Roma Hemlani & Jaskaran Singh's Spectacular Destination Wedding In Oman
There’s no denying that Roma Hemlani and Jaskaran “Jas” Singh know how to party it up with the best of them. So, when news broke that the well-loved couple were getting hitched in Oman, everyone (the 400 that made it to the exotic destination, that is) knew they were in for an unforgettable time.
Having scouted and viewed 10 ritzy locations across the globe, the couple made a fine compromise, as the groom’s family and friends reside stateside while majority of his Filipina-Indian bride’s side come from the Philippines. Al Bustan Palace in Muscat impressed the couple from the start. So it was that this stunning and romantic venue became the fitting backdrop to the three-day Sikh extravaganza.
From the traditional and themed regalia donned by the couple and their entourage all throughout to the vibrant décor of the wedding reception, all elements came together beautifully, creating a visual feast from glamorous start to finish. “It was the most beautiful evening!” reminisces the recent bride of her reception, adding, “The purple lights shining out on the mountains were just magical.” While the newlywed acknowledges that their destination wedding was logistically more difficult to pull o , she simply wouldn’t have it any other way.“The challenging part was having to fly back and forth for everything, but in the end, it was so worth it.”
When: 7 December 2019
Where: Al Bustan Palace, Muscat, Oman
How did the two of you meet?
I met him in 2013, the day he moved to the Philippines. I was still studying in London, but I have always spent Christmas holidays with my family in Manila. Our parents are friends and we met one night over family dinner. Initially, we were just friends.
But in a series of phases through our relationship, we ultimately became best friends, and now... he’s my husband.
What was that big moment where you realised that he was “the one”?
I was out for drinks one night with a friend and I asked him if he knew anyone who was down to go out that night. He said, “Ask Jas, he’s really cool.” Prior to this, I met him once two years back at a family dinner, and we barely even spoke. I called him anyway, and he said he was busy so I hung up and didn’t think I would see or hear from him again—we weren’t friends anyway. The next day I was at a birthday party and I got a random phone call at midnight. It was him. He asked me where I was, and I told him, and he immediately hung up. I found it really weird, but I was tipsy, and I forgot about it. Twenty minutes later, he surprised me and showed up. We sat down for hours just us two and we talked about everything. I had just met this guy and I told him my whole life story and I’ve never ever done that with anyone. It takes a lot for me to open up to someone, especially someone I just met. I went home that night thinking this is the guy I’m going to marry.
Please describe the proposal.
September 2018, he told me that he wanted to go to Florida and spend the Christmas holidays with his family and friends. I didn’t really think anything of it; I just thought he invited me to spend time with his family because things were getting serious between us. Christmas day in Orlando, we were with his whole family and he told me there was a note for me on the Christmas tree. I opened it and it was a surprise trip to Napa Valley. I had a feeling he was going to propose but didn’t want to get ahead of myself. When we were in Napa, he pulled out all the stops—he made dinner reservations (which he never does, because I always do it) and planned everything ahead of time. On our last day in Napa, he woke me up at 9:00 am and told me to get ready because we were late for wine tasting. At this point
I thought he wasn’t going to propose because it was our last day and he had nothing special planned aside from this wine tasting.
So, I got up, wore all black and barely put any make up on. He took me to the most beautiful vineyard I’ve ever seen. I drank wine on an empty stomach before he proposed to me that morning, and I cried like a drunk 18-year-old when he got down on one knee. It was the best proposal ever.
How did you decide on your wedding venue?
He’s from the US and I’m from the Philippines. We were looking for a place in the middle. We travelled to 10 different locations, but I couldn’t get the Al Bustan of my mind. I knew I had to get married there the minute I stepped foot in that lobby.
What was the overall look and theme of your big day?
Set against a beautiful backdrop of the ocean and nestled within the Al Bustan Palace compound, we knew we couldn’t have picked a better place to have a Sikh wedding ceremony.
Who did you wear and how did you decide on this? What was the process like?
I wore a red Sabyasachi Mukherjee lehenga for my wedding. He is an Indian fashion designer, and it’s been a dream of mine to wear him on my biggest day. I wore a white Mark Bumgarner dress for my reception. In my opinion, he’s the best designer in the Philippines. There are only a few people out there who can execute their work exactly as you imagine. He is one of them, and I’m happy I chose him.
Which wedding apps, sites, and bridal Instagram accounts did you follow for inspiration?
Wedding Sutra, The Crimson Bride, all Indian and local fashion designers for outfit inspirations.
Was there a unique or surprise element that you can reveal to us?
My favourite one was the mehendi entrance of my husband. He entered with all his groomsmen, dancing towards me and bearing flowers. It was really cute!
- Photography SAM AND EKTA