Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding

‘When childhood lovers turned life partners in a beautiful home wedding set-up’

“The future for me is already a thing of the past. You were my first love and you will be my last” ― Bob Dylan

The Story

Aishwarya and Himanshu literally grew up together. They’ve known each other since they were in seventh grade! So you won’t be surprised to know where they met, at school. From being schoolmates, best friends to childhood lovers, teenage sweethearts and partners to this day, this couple saw it all, conquered everything and stuck together over all the years! Theirs is indeed a tale of timeless eternal love and certainly couple goals for new-age lovers.

The Proposal

When you’ve been with someone for that long, everything else just becomes about doing the needful when the time is right. Hence, even in their case, there was no planned proposal as such as they both knew they could handle the other for another lifetime. The decision to tie the knot was mutual. And they set out on the journey to becoming man and wife with the blessings of their families and loved ones.

The Wedding

Aishwarya and Himanshu wanted a very happening wedding to celebrate their journey from childhood lovers to life partners. And what better place than the picturesque setting of stunning Thailand to meet this dream?! Hence their fun, exquisite and meaningful marriage unfolded in the gorgeous milieu of Hua Hin, Thailand. Their wedding festivities kickstarted with a mehendi ceremony, followed by a heart-warming valentine’s dinner soiree. For this evening event, all the women wore red ensembles while the men followed the black dress code and must we say they all looked spectacular! This was then followed by a pool party, engagement ceremony, cocktail bash and finally the wedding ceremony.

Come d- day, which was one beautiful pastel affair, Aishwarya looked like a dream in an elegant Sabyasachi Mukherjee intricate peach lehenga. Himanshu, on the other hand, looked royal in a Rohit Bal brocade sherwani. The marriage rituals were carried out beautifully and the atmosphere was filled with joy and lightness. The highlight definitely was the bride and groom entry. Himanshu entered the venue atop a vintage car surrounded by baaratis and traditional Thai dancers, whereas Aishwarya, inspired by Cinderella, made her grand entry on a white horse chariot.

 For this lovely couple, their destination wedding turned out to be exactly how they envisioned and they couldn’t be more grateful for this experience!

Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding
Aishwarya and Himanshu Thailand Destination Wedding

The Photographer

The team at Cinelove was responsible for lighting up their portraits. And true to their name, they did a fabulous job at creating happy frames of this nuptial. The couple also recounted having a pleasant time collaborating with the team and expressed, “Team CineLove Production made us feel at ease completely and captured the most amazing shots. Their combination of skill and commitment can be seen in the pictures.”

The Dream Team

Photography: Cinelove Productions

Makeup artist: Meera Sakhrani

Bridal outfits: Sulakshana Monga, Amit Aggarwal, Bloni Atelier, Falguni Shane Peacock, Sabyasachi Mukherjee 

Groomswear: Anuj Madaan, Rohit Bal, Bloni Atelier

Wedding Planner: Weddings In Thailand

Lockdown Wedding Diaries: Kajal Aggarwal Weds Gautam Kitchlu in an Intimate Wedding Ceremony in Mumbai

We’ve all heard the famous saying, ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’ However, a thought that has truly resonated with this unusual year is, ‘Where there is love, there is a way!’ From what seemed like a doomed year (courtesy the global covid-19 pandemic) to the trend that lockdown weddings have now become, we’ve all certainly traversed a long path. If there is one thing that kept us hooked and happy in this lockdown phase, it was to see couples beating all odds to get married in the midst of a global health crisis! Be it the lockdown weddings of celebrity couples or unique stories of people who have gone out of their way to get hitched, we’ve seen it all. And today, another celebrity joins this list.

Enthralling us with her performances in films like Singham, Magadheera, Thuppakki, Special 26 and many more, Kajal Aggarwal gave her fans another surprise this October by announcing her marriage plans with Mumbai-based entrepreneur Gautam Kitchlu. And ever since, we have been eagerly awaiting to watch this cute couple finally walk down the aisle! Joining what now seems like a legit term- ‘the corona/lockdown wedding club’ this couple finally got hitched in a small intimate wedding ceremony at Mumbai’s iconic Taj Mahal Hotel.

The wedding festivities for Kajal and Gautam’s intimate nuptial kickstarted with a beautiful haldi and mehendi ceremony at home. True to the spirit of home weddings, the to-be bride was surrounded with her closest ones to ring in her joy. She kept her looks for both events simple yet elegant. For the haldi, Kajal donned a bright yellow outfit and was adorned in floral jewellery. And her mehendi look was characterized by a stunning green ethnic ensemble and gorgeous jewellery. For her marriage ceremony, she looked straight out of a dream in a bright red intricately embellished lehenga. Gautam Kitchlu complemented his bride in a gorgeous sherwani, styled with a pale pink dupatta

Extending our hearty congratulations to this lovely couple, let’s take a look at their wedding pictures here:

Kajal Agrawal and Gautam Kitchlu Lockdown Wedding
Kajal Agrawal and Gautam Kitchlu Lockdown Wedding
Kajal Agrawal and Gautam Kitchlu Lockdown Wedding
Kajal Agrawal and Gautam Kitchlu Lockdown Wedding
Kajal Agrawal and Gautam Kitchlu Lockdown Wedding
Kajal Agrawal and Gautam Kitchlu Lockdown Wedding
Kajal Agrawal and Gautam Kitchlu Lockdown Wedding

Image Courtesy: Stories by Joseph Radhik

The Dream Team

Bridal Outfits: Anamika Khanna, Anita Dongre, Manish Malhotra 

Groom’s Outfit : Anita Dongre

Jewellery : Sunita Shekhawat

Kaliras : Mrinalini Chandra

Stylist : Stylebyami

Style Team: Tanya Mehta

Make up: Vishal Charam Makeup and Hair 

Hair : Divya Naik

Phitigraphy: Stories by Joseph Radhik

Haryana Destination Wedding: Richa Weds Rachit at Best Western Manesar

“Love isn’t something that you find, it’s something that finds you.” – Anonymous

The above line rings true in the case of our lovely couple – Rachit and Richa. Unlike a mushy romantic love story, this couple met through an arranged marriage setup. But soon fell in love with each other.

It was as if the universe wanted Richa and Rachit to fall in love and spend an eternity together. So, when Rachit’s father got a WhatsApp message with Richa’s biodata, Rachit happened to go through it. In an instant, Rachit felt he wanted to meet her and explore what their future prospects would be like. In fact, even his friends thought that Richa was a good match for him.

“On our first meeting, we met with the entire family. Within five minutes of our meeting, Rachit decided that because we (Rachit & I) had to make a decision about our future, we needed some space to talk.” Says Richa, the bride.

Their discussion went on for about two hours. They then decided they had to meet again. This second meeting too, had them talking and discussing their future plans for many hours. “Before my second meeting, it got me thinking… I had never felt this way about a girl. I was thinking a lot about her. So, I felt we had something special and could make this work.” – Rachit, the groom.

The brief courtship period was a complete rollercoaster ride as Richa says Rachit has a very crazy side to him and no one can put anything past him. Remembering one such event, Richa says, “He surprised me and everyone, when he came with a small baraat, made up of his friends, family and the dholwalahs to my residence at 1 AM just before the wedding festivities began. He did so to surprise me as I had mentioned ki Ghar par baraat aane ki feel hee alag hoti hogi na…”

Planning the wedding was another task. The couple maintained many excel sheets to ensure no detail was missed out. It was tough but they managed it together.

The Wedding

They decided to tie the knot at Best Western Manesar, Haryana on 9th December 2019. For her wedding, Richa wanted everything unusual, i.e., different and unique from everything she had seen so far at weddings.

Therefore, they created a stop motion video as their invitation instead of regular wedding cards.

The wedding ceremonies kicked off with the Mehendi ceremony where the theme was orange and green. For her mehendi ceremony, Richa wore a sage green lehenga and matching floral jewellery. She paired her lehenga with a pink dupatta. Her groom, Rachit wore an indo-western outfit in red and green to match his bride.

To make the event even more, they pair had a flashmob to get every dancing!

Their sagan ceremony had a Moroccan theme party. For this function, Richa wore a deep purple lehenga choli with mirror work by Payal Sethi. Rachit looked dapper in his royal midnight blue outfit with embroidered golden birds.

The Sagan ceremony saw Richa perform a bridal solo dance as a tribute to her parents. At the sangeet ceremony, they had a Big Boss-like event.

About the Photographer – Think Tonk

He is simply amazing!

For her Haldi and Bhaat rasam, Richa wore a simple suit to ring in the intimate ceremony. For her grand evening wedding, she wore a stunning blood red lehenga by Anish Rawra with heavy embroidery. She completed her look with stunning gold jewellery.

About the Photographer – Think Tonk

He is simply amazing!

Dream Team

Mehendi- Apsara collection

Sagan- Payal Sethi, Shahpur Jat

Bhaat- Odhni, pitampura

Wedding- Anish Rawra, Shahpur jat

Reception- Odhni, Pitampura

Makeup- Neelam Harish

Mehendi- Oawan Mehendi wala

Decorator and wedding planner- Celebration Concepts

Ruchika and Vaibhav Amar Mahal Orchha Destination Wedding

A couple who ‘accidently’ fell in love with each other…

The very mention of an accident is ominous, right? But some accidents are meant to be and fortunately, they have great outcomes! This ‘happy accident’ holds true for our gorgeous couple –  Ruchika and Vaibhav!

Ruchika and Vaibhav first met nine years ago when she was a first-year student and he was her senior, a third-year student pursuing B.Tech.

“We met through an accident. It was literally an accident and I had called him up for help. Thereafter, we started talking casually and one fine day, he proposed to me on the day of our freshers’ party. Since then we’ve been the best of friends! I’m so lucky to have married my best friend. He has always been so supportive in every situation,” says Ruchika.

The Wedding

Weddings are a grand affair in India but not everyone wants to follow the same norms. Ruchika and Vaibhav opted for a destination wedding in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh with only close friends and family in attendance.

“We wanted to enjoy our own wedding to the fullest and we made sure we did so.” Says Ruchika. However, this wasn’t the only change they were after. As a modern couple with a progressive outlook, they did not want to follow any rituals that would make them uncomfortable.

Daughters are not an object or property and therefore, there was no Kanyadaan at this wedding. Again no Vidaai a bride’s parents remain her parents for life! “The only thing that has changed is that I now have two sets of loving parents ❤️ The milni ceremony was done by Masi and his Mami. We did not have any separate functions or pujas. We both were equally present in all our functions and enjoyed to the hilt. All thanks to my family and in-laws for not forcing any of the rituals on either of us and not questioning any of our beliefs. Thanks to all our loving friends for making our wedding the most enjoyable one ☺️” says Ruchika.   

The celebrations kicked off with a mehendi ceremony. For this day function, Ruchika looked resplendent in a mint green lehenga with a baby pink dupatta. She completed her look with fuchsia pink floral jewellery and left her hair down in soft waves. Vaibhav looked every bit the relaxed dulha in a dark teal kurta and a floral bandi jacket.

For her evening sangeet ceremony, Ruchika wore a stunning silver-grey lehenga with a lot of sequins. She kept her hair down and opted for minimal makeup and jewellery. To match his lady love, Vaibhav wore a dapper blue bandhgala.

For her Haldi ceremony, Ruchika wore a simple but beautiful mustard yellow chiffon saree with a zari border. Her look was kept simple yet again to let her natural beauty shine through.  

Finally, for her big day, Ruchika looked stunning in a fuchsia pink lehenga with gold zari work and mirrors. She wore gorgeous jadau jewellery and kept it simple as always with a simple pink bindi and a beautiful jadau passa. Her handsome groom, looked every bit the regal prince in a white chikankari sherwani with mukaish and gold accents.   

At the reception, this stunning couple surely made one and all swoon and drool all over them! Vaibhav looked like a superstar in a classic tuxedo while Ruchika wore a stunning mauve lehenga with jadau jewellery.

The Dream Team

Details of vendors for Mehendi:

Hairstyle: @hairbybarkhaa

Details of vendors for Sangeet:

MUA: @makeupstoriesbymon

Jewellery: @sonisapphire

Details of vendors for Wedding:

MUA: @makeupstoriesbymon

Jewellery: @stringjewels

Kaleeras: @devanshisethdesigns

Details of vendors for Reception:

MUA: makeup_by_amandeepahuja

Photography: @photo_paparazzo

Venue & Location: @amar_mahal, Orchha, MP

A Grand Celebrity Intimate Wedding Amidst Lockdown: Actor Nithiin Weds Shalini Kandukuri

Since the news of Telegu actor Nithiin’s wedding hit the headlines, fans and eager beavers alike have been looking forward to getting a glimpse of the celeb’s wedding festivities. And finally, the big day arrived!

Recently, we shared intimate details of the actor and his long-time girlfriend, now fiancé’s engagement story. Both looked stunning in their traditional avatars as they put a ring on it to seal the deal for life on 24th July 2020. With fun sangeet celebrations taking Instagram by storm on 25th July, it was only natural that the wedding would be another extravaganza. And let’s say… the couple did not disappoint!

Sticking to their traditional roots, the couple embarked on their marital journey by tying the knot at the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad on 26th July 2020. The current lockdown has paved the way for a new normal, i.e. making celebrations and events more intimate, more personal. And this holds true even for celeb weddings. Nithiin and Shalini had a grand but intimate wedding with only 50 people in attendance as per government protocols. The priest conducting the wedding wore a mask.

The celebrity couple had initially planned to get married in Dubai in a grand destination wedding but like many other couples, COVID-19 put paid to their plans.

The couple had initially planned a destination wedding in Dubai.

The excited groom first broke the news of his nuptials on Twitter and shared pictures from his wedding ceremony.

Captioned as “Mothaniki oka INTIVAADINI ayyanuu! Need all your blessings and love, – meaning finally I am a household man” he shared the post.

So, without further ado, here are some stunning pictures from their ceremony:

Looking dapper in a red coloured Lalchi kurta-pyjama with floral bootas, Nithiin made a regal groom. But his lady love stole the show! Shalini was stunning in a cream and gold Kanjeevarm saree with brilliant diamond and emerald jewellery. Her completed her look with a bridal bun and a simple yet elegant diamond mathapatti. Her beige gold dupatta added to her ethereal charm.

📸 : @badalrajacompany & @rohan.foto
MUA : @makeupartisttamanna
Location : @tajfalaknuma
Decor : @minttusarna

Palak and Paras Faridabad Golden Galaxy Resort Wedding

A couple different as chalk and cheese bonded in eternal love…

Meet Palak and Paras, a couple who are polar opposites or as different as chalk and cheese but the conspired to bring them together forever!

Having known each other from their high school days, Palak and Paras literally grew up together. Over nine years of courtship, not only did they fall deeply in love but also learnt to respect each other and at the same time became each other’s best friends.

And when the time came to take their relationship a notch higher, fortunately for them, their families readily agreed!

Planning the Wedding

“We both took on the mammoth task of planning everything on our own! Oh boy, was it a rollercoaster! It was the ultimate group project. We primarily followed one simple rule for all the major decision-making. We first sat down together, discussed at length what each of us wanted – got on to the same page and prepared our script before we presented it to the parents,” says Palak, the bride.

Luckily, both their families did not mind and let the couple decide and steer things their own way.

“From the venue, décor and the clothes to the design on the DJ floor we pretty much did all of it together,” says Palak. 

Of course, it was no piece of cake. Due to the stress and intensity of everything ‘wedding planning’, Palak had nightmares! “Paras will never forget when he had to calm me down in the middle of the night (or was it nights?) when I was convinced that my wedding lehenga (which I had gotten heavily customised) is going to be a disaster!), but we both had fun doing it together!” says Palak.   

However, the whole planning process was a huge learning for both of them. The couple made it a point to take breaks from their wedding planning to spend some quality time with each other. They went on dates too.

“We made sure we went on a date to our favourite place three days before all the madness was set to begin!”

Another interesting point to note was that the couple along with their families tweaked certain wedding rituals. The idea behind this was to ensure that they did not have to sit through or participate in any traditional that imposed due to cultural norms. “As everyone knows, Indian weddings have a robust dose of (without the lack of a better word) misogynistic rituals. And so, began the family discussions on kanyadaan, bidaai and other such stuff – we were pleasantly surprised to hear our families’ progressive views and their appetite for discussion on this.  We did manage to “tweak” some of these rituals and the others we accepted with a pinch of salt and the fact that we and our families were on the same page with our thought processes aligned. My biggest takeaway was when my parents, especially my dad, was open to doing away with kanyadaan declaring his daughter was not something to “be given away”. – Palak, the bride.

The Wedding Festivities

The main vision for the couple was that everything about their wedding had to be super fun and breezy. They had four functions and therefore, four different outfits for the bride and groom were carefully curated. Each look had to be different from the other. Also, they did not want to stick to ‘expected colours’ for each of the functions.

Mehendi

For the mehendi ceremony, the couple matched each other in ice blue hues and white tones as they did not want any typical colours of pinks and yellows. Palak wore a stunning lehenga by Vasansi, Jaipur and Paras wore an achkan with white embroidery work.

Engagement and Cocktail

For their engagement, Paras wore a classic tuxedo with a hand-embroidered waistcoat while Palak wore a beautiful Indo-western sapphire blue lehenga with an attached dupatta. “Best decision ever – need your hands free for all the tunak-tunak-tuns!”

Haldi and Choora

Wedding

For their sunset pheras, Paras wore an ivory sherwani with intricate embroidery and Palak wore a baby-pink hued organza lehenga with a heavy mix of pearl and zardozi handwork. For the reception, Palak donned an oxblood Anarkali with a draped dupatta complete with a kundan choker-set. Paras went for a black achkan finishing the look with a kani shawl.

Live Music at the Wedding

“The decision to have Jeevan, a live flute player at the pheras is definitely something that we both pat ourselves on the back for! Be it my entry on the tunes of classical Indian music or our jaimala on the flute rendition of our favourite retro song – the peaceful aura that Jeevan created was a much-needed break from all the crazy madness that had just preceded the event!” says Palak.

“We also did not have a stage at any of our events – we loved that we were not stuck in the same place for hours looking down at a party that we had hosted! Thankfully, our photographer was game for it and managed to capture the “traditional” shots as well.”

Tips for Couples Planning their Wedding

If your events are closely packed (like ours were) it is very important to have a time schedule in mind and finally (the most difficult part) abide by it. A delay of even say half an hour can set you back sometimes. Like me and Paras couldn’t make time for portraits after our pheras.

The Dream Team

Mehendi: Outfits: Study by Janak (Groom); Vasani Jaipur (Bride)

Engagement: Outfits: Study by Janak (Groom); Asmairaa – Mahima Batra (Bride)

Pheras: Outfits: Deepak S Chhabra Couture (Groom); Sangeeta Creations (Bride)

Reception: Outfits: Lakshay Nagpal (Groom); Ridhima Bhasin (Bride)

Photography: Beginnings for you

Video: Rock Paper Scissors Films

Caterers: In-house at the venue

Décor: Shaadi Masala by Jitendra

Makeup (Bride): Neha Grover

Hair (Bride): Rashid

Location: Golden Galaxy Resort, Faridabad

Aishwarya and Nikhil Orana Aurum New Delhi Wedding

“Kehte hain agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaho, to puri kainaa usse tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jata hai.” – Om Shanti Om

A very filmy dialogue, right? But for our couple Aishwarya and Nikhil this line rings true! Especially for the lovely lady Aishwarya 😉 Her and Nikhil’s love story began when she spotted him at a religious event and that too while watching on her laptop! “So, six years back, I was watching a live religious event on my laptop with my cousin where I saw a very handsome guy, I did not know who he was, I did not know his name, I did not know anything about him neither I saw him anywhere before but after looking at him, my cousin and I were like wow he’s so good looking! I think I was just 17 at the time and being a teenager, we all have crushes.” – Aishwarya.

While she started to crush on Nikhil from the very moment after spotting him at the event, the universe conspired to bring them together. The very next day, he appeared as ‘people you may know’ list on her Facebook profile.

She messaged him. And fortunately for her, at the time of her Facebook message to Nikhil, he was boarding the train to Shirdi for Sai Baba darshan. “And I believe in Sai Baba like anything. He is above all for me,” says Aishwarya.

Soon, both of them started interacting via WhatsApp and Facebook, and phone calls. Their bond grew stronger each day and soon blossomed into love. They first met on friendship day, two months after their first message. For Aishwarya, Nikhil was the one for her from the very beginning but she never really told him that. When Nikhil asked her out, she was ecstatic! They dated for six long years and it was only in 2019 that Nikhil popped the question of marriage.

However, like in any Indian love story, when it comes to marriage, the couple needs to have their parents’ consent. For Nikhil, his parents readily agreed but the same wasn’t the case with Aishwarya.

Aishwarya’s parents were upset not because Nikhil wasn’t an ideal match but because she chose to make her own decision. But soon they were on board too.

The Wedding Planning

The couple started their wedding shopping, their hunt for the perfect venue and other functions’ requirements six months prior to their date of the wedding. They both juggled work and their wedding arrangements. “For the entire period of six months, I went shopping or searching for venues or ideas after coming from work.” – Aishwarya.

They decided to tied the knot at The Orana Aurnum in New Delhi on the 9th of February 2020.

The wedding festivities kicked off with the Mata ki Chowki function on 1st February 2020.

For the engagement ceremony on 5th Feb, Aishwarya wore a full-flair floral gown in net with zarkan work and with a touch of sea green colour.  

For her mehendi on 8th Feb, she wore a dark green velvet embroidered lehenga and an embroidered dupatta in gold in perfect contrast to her lehenga. She completed her look with magenta floral jewellery with pearls.  

For her Haldi and choora, she wore a yellow crop-top and skirt ensemble in honour of the ceremonies. Her outfit consisted of a plain yellow one-shoulder crop top with a flared yellow skirt and a yellow georgette dupatta. She wore real flower jewellery with jasmine flowers and completed her look with fabulous Pataka bride earrings by ‘Kraftedwithhappiness’.

For her big day aka her wedding, she wore a mauve pink organza silk flared lehenga with carrot red floral embroidered and stone work. She had two dupattas – one in the same shade of pink and the other one in carrot red colour that she draped over her head.

Interestingly, while it was love at first sight for Aishwarya, she had never really confessed the same to her husband. He was completely unaware. She confessed her feelings to him only once their nuptials were completed.  

The Dream Team

Engagement and Wedding MUA – KritiDS

Bride Engagement Outfit – CTC Mall

Bride Wedding Outfit – Pakeeza Plaza

Groom Wedding Outfit – CreativeStopOfficial

Bride Chooda and Jewellery – Kins Glitter

Bride Kaleeras – Frontier Bazarr

Photography by – Jaideep Gandhi Photography

Engagement Venue – The Falcon

Wedding Venue – The Orana Aurnum

An Intimate Small Wedding Amidst Lockdown: Ex-Miss India Koyal Rana Weds Businessman Ayush Dabas

There’s a certain charm about lockdown weddings, don’t you think? It reinstates the whole idea of ‘chat mangni, pat biyah’ and how! Under normal circumstances, couples meeting through an arranged match would want to spend more time together to get to know each other before they decide to take the plunge in holy matrimony. However, since the lockdown in India, and across the world, we have seen that couples who had just met or were in a relationship and planning their big fat wedding celebrations, suddenly decided to tie the knot either over a zoom call, google hangouts or have small intimate weddings amidst the pandemic.

And one such story is that of former Miss India, the lovely Koyal Rana. Koyal met Ayush, a Delhi-based businessman only a few months back. In fact, they met during the lockdown itself. Having met through their families, things moved really fast for this couple. And for the inquisitive ones, Koyal says, “it was a destined wedding!”

But how did Koyal and Ayush decide to be life partners so quickly? Well, their families met over tea and the couple was introduced to each other. Soon they got talking and spoke about education, spirituality and even history. Koyal was so enamoured that she never wanted the conversation to end!

They both realised they had many things in common and grew up believing the same value systems and similar aspirations. In short, this match was heaven sent! However, the couple did not exchange numbers. They did not speak for a week post their first meeting. Then Ayush called on Koyal’s mother’s number and they continued their conversation. They both decided to get married and go with the flow as everything felt right.

To further strengthen their match, when Koyal sent a piece of her written work to Ayush, he made some poignant observations about the project and Koyal was touched. Soon, they wrote lengthy emails and these emails turned into virtual love letters in no time. They decided to meet again and this time around, they figured out that they were meant to be together. Koyal says, “The most important decision of our lives, was the easiest one!”

But here’s the catch – the country was in quarantine and therefore, the typical big fat Indian weddings were a Big NO. But for Koyal this was the perfect setting. This is because she had always wanted an intimate wedding with a simple ceremony with her closest friends and family only. And a lockdown wedding presented her with this perfect opportunity. So, this lockdown, intimate wedding was a dream come true for her. Also, a small marriage ceremony does have its perks! In a small marriage ceremony, you can spend more quality time with your loved ones and it is easier to mingle and to have a conversation too. In short, great memories with people who matter the most!

The Quarantine Wedding

Like all Indian weddings, the wedding festivities kicked off with a Haldi function, followed by Sangeet and Mehendi. For her Mehendi and wedding, Koyal reached out to VowtoWow.co to help style her stunning outfits. Meenal Narula and Venika Khanna of VTW helped Koyal with the best outfits and styled her looks for the functions.

The Mehendi

For her mehendi, which was a fun yet laidback affair, Koyal wore orange linen pants with an embroidered blouse in peach and a ruffle-trimmed organza cape jacket in blush pink. She completed her look with a simple yet elegant layered diamond jewellery from Kotwala jewellers. Staying true to a simple wedding, Koyal opted for minimal bridal mehendi as well. And not to miss the matching mask to go with her outfit!

All mehendi pictures courtesy of Rohit Kumar Photos

For her wedding, Koyal wore a stunning baby pink heavily embroidered lehenga. Her look was simple, with flawless makeup that enhanced her already beautiful features. She completed her look with an emerald layered haar and a diamond emerald necklace – all from Kotwala jewellers, a perfect contrast to her pink lehenga.

All wedding pictures courtesy of Gautam Khullar Photography

While weddings in India are huge affairs, given the current quarantine situation, the government norms allow only 50 pax events. Therefore, for their wedding, this couple was on the lookout for places to have a small wedding. And they narrowed down on a farmhouse in Delhi.

The wedding was hosted at a farmhouse in Delhi with only immediate family members in attendance. While Koyal had always wanted a small wedding, she did miss her friends and extended family members who couldn’t make it.

The Dream Team

Styling – VowtoWow.co

Jewellery – Kotawala Jewels

Makeup – ArtistrybyAnurisha

Wedding Photography – Gautam Khullar Photography

Mehendi Photography – Rohit Kumar Photos

Priyanka and Rahul Grand Celebration Resort Amritsar Wedding

When I saw you, I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew. – William Shakespeare

Here’s a couple who met completely by chance. It was fate and the insistence of their respective families that got them to meet each other in the first place! Rahul, the groom, is a Canadian citizen and he came to Indian to meet prospective brides.

On the other hand, Priyanka, our beautiful Indian bride was looking for Prince Charming. And their families thought they’d make a good match. But how wrong they were! This couple did not make a good match but a match like no other! In fact, in their first meeting at Café Chocolade in Amritsar, cupid struck and it was love at first sight.

“We met each other on 1st January 2019 at a cafe and that was actually our first date. Our families wanted us to meet once. So, my brother picked us up and drop us to the cafe so that we can talk and make a decision about the wedding,” says Priyanka.

But as they talked, they fell in love so although they weren’t sure at first, they did not say to this match. The couple were matched through their parents and first interacted via WhatsApp and Facetime. “That’s how we started knowing each other more and we made decision that we want to meet now. Then he came to India on 31st December and on 1st January, we met and finalized our decision to get married.”

But what really sealed the deal?  “All his qualities. There is no one like him. He’s the perfect husband material – very caring and responsible. Every single moment was magical for me. He especially came here for celebrating valentine’s week with me and he gave me surprises each and every day.” – Priyanka.

Naturally, both sets of parents were very happy and set out to plan the wedding. In fact, before the couple met, a lot of convincing and hard work was put in from the parents’ end to ensure these two get together.

The Wedding Planning

Everyone in the family has designated wedding planning duty and therefore, it wasn’t tedious for the couple to plan a grand celebration. Priyanka had always wanted a grand wedding where she looked every bit the princess with perfect hair, outfits and jewellery, and makeup! Thankfully, everything was a dream come true for our bride 😊

When it comes to planning a wedding, the venue is very important. In fact, a good venue is the very foundation of how things will pan out during the wedding ceremony itself! Therefore, before they could book the Grand Celebrations Resort in Amritsar as their wedding venue, they had other plans.

“Actually, we changed our venue two months before the wedding. Firstly, we finalised a farm that was an open farm where we booked the decorator but that place did not have any hall so, then we thought about the rain because the weather is so uncertain nowadays. We decided to change the venue and this venue had an amazing hall. So, we booked that and just as we thought – it rained on our wedding day! It was god’s grace that we changed the wedding venue on time!” – Priyanka.    

The Wedding Festivities

It was a week-long grand function – starting with the bangle ceremony, bachelors party, saint ceremony, shagun, mehendi, haldi, choora ceremony and then the grand wedding.

For the Shagun ceremony, Priyanka wore a baby pink Indo-western lehenga with a dupatta in the same shade with floral bootas in sequins. Her makeup was glamourous with smoky eyes and bright pink lip shade. She let her hair down for the occasion. Her dapper groom wore a dark wine-coloured suit with beadwork on his jacket.

The Wedding

The vision for the wedding was simply just one thing – it had to be grand. And therefore, the bride had to look nothing less than a queen. Priyanka looked every bit that in her red Anita Dongre lehenga. She went for a complete traditional look – a bridal bun bedecked in red roses, a grand Matha Patti in gold with a coin-shaped tikka. She wore a stunning gold choker and long haar in strands of pearls and a heavy gold pendant. She completed her look with flawless glamorous makeup and a big red bindi. She had two dupattas – one in white to complete the work on her lehenga and the second one in red to match her outfit that she draped over her bun.

Rahul matched his lady love and was the perfect prince charming in a cream and gold sherwani with a red shawl.  

The Dream Team

Wedding outfit: Anita Dongre

Shagun outfit: Smridhi Bajaj

Avantika and Vikram Pune Lockdown Home Wedding

Investing in an apartment is considered to be the right move for many young people. Like they say, start early and reap benefits, right? Yeah. But little did our bride Avantika know that her wedding would take place in her own apartment, in her beautiful balcony to be more specific thanks to the lockdown!

Yes, our couple Avantika and Vikram tied the knot in their very own balcony with their parents and panditji as witness to their new life.

Avantika and Vikram were in the same school growing up but they did not really interact with each other then. They got in touch with each other years later for professional reasons as they found each other through mutual contacts. From professional contacts, their relationship blossomed into a friendship and very gradually, they decided to take the plunge together and become husband and wife!

As their relationship progressed gradually, their families had enough time to get to know each other and bond together. Therefore, when the couple decided to get married their families accepted their decision wholeheartedly. Currently, Vikram is one of the four co-founders of an Edtech startup called Pariksha while Avantika heads the online piece for the company.

Planning the Wedding

Like every couple, Avantika and Vikram had planned a grand celebration too. They had booked Hyatt Regency to celebrate their nuptials but thanks to COVID-19, the hotel couldn’t service their requirement. While this was a big issue, the couple did not lose heart. In Pune, where they both work and live, Avantika had invested in a 2BHK flat about three years ago. And now this flat was the best venue they could get in this lockdown situation!

“Who would have thought three years back, when I invested in a 2BHK apartment, I would end up getting married in the same house!” says Avantika.

Their wedding was scheduled for 27th of June 2020 and all the bookings were done in advance. But, unfortunately, as the lockdown wasn’t lifted, the couple had to get innovative! “By mid-May, when we saw no respite, we had to decide whether to go ahead or postpone the marriage. To add to the situation, the property we had initially booked for the event refused to host us for the said dates as they were not in a position to do so. As much as we had plans of a grand royal wedding celebration, our families and friends advised us to go ahead with the decided date and a limited guest count (In our case it was 15 immediate family members),” says Avantika.

While the couple decided to go ahead with their small wedding ceremony, they continued to hunt for a venue that would accommodate their request at such short notice. Plus, they would have to ensure that all safety and hygiene protocols as mandated by the government would have to be followed by the venue as well. But after 20 days of research and venue hunting, they realised that logistics would be a nightmare for them! But instead of losing hope and heart, the couple along with their families decided to host the wedding at home. “Yes, Mera Ghar!” says Avantika.   

While this was a triumph, finding a decorator to make the flat shaadi-worthy was another task!

“I have an L shaped passage from the lift until the main door which I decided to utilize for decoration as well the size of my balcony was decent enough to accommodate about 8- 10 people at one point in time. However, the challenge was to have the decor in a way that would not cramp up the space available and yet give a Royal look and feel. I was fortunate enough to find Jalpa (NWT events) who was patient with me and my specifications regarding the decor. Together, we chalked out a plan and the pictures are proof of how beautifully all the three days (mehendi, engagement & wedding) turned out to be!” – Avantika.

Next, they had to get a Pandit replacement! Yes, the one they had booked for their grand celebrations had to leave due to the COVID situation. Luckily, they found someone last minute to solemnise their nuptials. Else, the couple were mentally prepared to look up YouTube for their pheras. 

The final leg of planning required them to get appropriate Police permissions and medical certificates of all external vendors involved. This was done to ensure the safety of all residents in their society. 

“It wasn’t easy to get the permissions at once, as the safety of the people around us was put at risk and the society was also sceptical of giving us a go-ahead. After multiple reminder emails and a lot of convincing, we finally managed to get the sanction from the managing committee,” says Avantika.

“Special mention here for the frontline support staff of my society (guards & housekeeping staff) who were on their toes all throughout to make the event smooth for me keeping in mind the guidelines issued to them.”

The YouTube Live Wedding

The wedding festivities kicked off with the mehendi ceremony. Avantika looked gorgeous in a mango yellow ensemble. She completed her look with a contemporary braid and white-orange floral jewellery.

They created a hashtag by combining their names #VIKAWedding. The décor was simple yet beautifully done. A wall was decorated with green foliage as the backdrop with pink and white flower trails. In the balcony, the setting was stunning – decked with trailing fairy lights, a floral frame and a royal chaise.  

The engagement ceremony also took place in their flat. Avantika wore a mint green lehenga with floral embroidery and peach accents. She kept her makeup simple, highlighting her beautiful eyes and wore pearl jewellery.

For the wedding ceremony, Avantika wore a beautiful red tradition Poshak staying true to her roots. This beauty was picked up by her inlaws from Rajasthan. The groom’s outfit was sourced from a local store as they did not have many choices in the current situation. Avantika completed her look with a floral bun hairstyle and traditional Rajasthani jewellery.

In all 15 people attended the wedding. Fortunately, the bride’s mother was with her since the lockdown began. Her father joined them seven days before all the ceremonies began.

“For all our relatives and well-wishers who were not in a position to attend physically, we set up a YouTube Live. My best friend, sister in law and many other relatives who couldn’t make it watched us Live until 4 am in the morning and made us feel so loved and special. Their participation overwhelmed us and we will be forever grateful that they blessed us virtually,” says Avantika.

Avantika adds, “This transition from an outsourced wedding to taking us back in time when weddings involved every family member and making it work, little did we know our DIY wedding would be such a delight to bring together. A huge thank you to both our families for being the pillar of our strength. No extravagant banquet hall, no elaborate decoration, no speciality chef, no royal entry, no coordinated trousseau. Just us surrounded by our loved ones, our wedding was perfect for us in every way. We kept it small and simple but ensured we carried out all rituals as planned and enjoyed them with all our heart. This intimate celebration of our little story (#VIKAwedding) will now stand the testimony of time.”

About the Vendors

A big shout out to these lovely people who joined at the last minute to help us expedite the preparations and the results were fantastic. We were as good as the team that backed us. Kudos!

For all our relatives and well-wishers who were not in a position to attend physically, we set up a YouTube Live. My best friend, sister in law and many other relatives who couldn’t make it watched us Live until 4 am in the morning and made us feel so loved and special. Their participation overwhelmed us and we will be forever grateful that they blessed us virtually.

This transition from an outsourced wedding to taking us back in time when weddings involved every family member and making it work, little did we know our DIY wedding would be such a delight to bring together. A huge thank you to both our families for being the pillar of our strength. No extravagant banquet hall, no elaborate decoration, no speciality chef, no royal entry, no coordinated trousseau. Just us surrounded by our loved ones, our wedding was perfect for us in every way. We kept it small and simple but ensured we carried out all rituals as planned and enjoyed them with all our heart. This intimate celebration of our little story (#VIKAwedding) will now stand the testimony of time.

PS: A big shout out to these lovely people who joined at the last minute to help us expedite the preparations and the results were fantastic. We were as good as the team that backed us. Kudos!

Decor: NWT events

H&MUA: Vandanapaney Makeovers

Photography:  Davinder Arora (Eye Media Consultancy)