S&P22 Jun, 2019
Our Real Wedding
I am an architect, originally from Nasik and Sahil is a demand planner by profession, from Mumbai. We were introduced to each other by our families in a typical arranged marriage setup, back in December 2017. During that time, Sahil had a work trip scheduled to Canada that he was due to leave for and he decided to not tell anyone with all the intentions of sneaking out of the situation, as marriage didn’t feature in his immediate plans. But happened that his visa didn’t come through within the time frame and his plans were cancelled. I on the other hand had a very neutral approach to the Rishta, though I wasn’t expecting things to move this quick. With here and there tries to delay the meeting, I decided to go with the flow, having zero notions in my head about the same!
When we met for the first time, he was very warm and respectable to me and my family, but he told me upfront that he isn’t ready to get married and I appreciated his honesty and suggested we should not take this forward. As soon as we left, I had told my parents that he’s an amazing guy, but I don’t want to marry him. A couple of days passed, and he kept thinking about it. We’d had a very basic conversation, but my presence stayed with him. He called me and asked me to meet again, saying he needed to get to know me better, he had never felt this way and was kicking himself with the realization. It took some convincing, but I finally agreed to meet him, simply because I liked his genuinity. We didn’t talk much until the next meet, and when we met, it suddenly felt so right, we talked the entire evening! I would not say we clicked the first time we met, but we shared some endearment and another level of comfort, for which we definitely wanted to meet again and then again. Each time it was wonderful to see how the connection seemed to get stronger and that’s when the proverbial “sparks flew” everything fell into place effortlessly.
We realized we were indeed the perfect match for one another and couldn’t wait to get married, we told our parents the big ‘Yes’. Ironically, Sahil received his visa the next day! We wonder if it was coincidence or destiny.
We decided to have a close-knit yet opulent destination wedding. After exploring a few places around Mumbai and not landing upon a cohesive decision, we happened to consider goa as one.
We shortlisted a few resorts in goa, but once we were at holiday inn resorts, we knew this is the one. The property being very beautiful, spread across a huge land, with a quaint reception and veranda, lots of greenery, a scenic pool and deck, comfortable rooms and cavelossim beach along the resort, was the cherry in the cake The ballroom size was perfect, for we were having an indoor wedding. Also, the connections between the indoor and outdoor spaces in the resort let us enjoy all our functions, not missing on the surrounding beauty and moving between venues was not a hassle even when it was raining. Also, there are multiple venues within the property which were perfect for our different functions. It ticked most of our boxes and having our wedding there was a dream come true. Since we couldn’t have a beach wedding, choosing this venue, we made sure we were not missing on the Goan vibe.
Being a designer, I designed my own wedding cards. Since it was a monsoon wedding happening in goa, I chose a tropical theme to emphasize a goa wedding and designed a different template to depict each function, keeping it simple but unique. Instead of wasting paper, we chose e-invites.
After hosting a welcome lunch, the day 1 of the celebration started off with the engagement ceremony followed by sangeet/ cocktail. “The” function everyone looks forward to because it’s an excusable and understandable reason to be happy drunk and let the dancer within exploit the dance floor. Keeping all these things in mind, I wanted to have a subtle yet glam decor. We used dark color theme in black and blue, with a pop of bright colored flowers to highlight the right areas. An LED screen framed in glitter added to the glam as a stage backdrop. A fairytale seating with a giant floral wreath and hanging lights and a quirky bar saying “drunk in love”, matching the dance floor. A classic photo booth with our personalized logo and fairy light looped entrance corridor.
The next morning started with the haldi/ chura ceremony for Sahil and I separately. As the name suggests, the decor elements were kept very traditional and colorful. We used bright marigold flowers as the main element, with low seating and vibrant cushions to keep it informal and cozy.
Right after it, we threw a tropical themed lunch party. This had a very westernized vintage touch to it, all giving the tropical Goan vibe. This was our only outdoor function, where we were blessed with a pleasant weather. It had a vibrant, boho decor comprising of festoons, floral rings, barrels, flamingos , pineapples and a cute photo-booth that displayed the wedding hashtag.
Finally, it was the wedding reception night, followed by Pheras. The decor had a royal vintage touch to it, with white and gold color theme to emphasize on the luxurious celebration. Sahil decided to ditch the ghodi tradition, his baraat came in a vintage car instead. My entry under the phoolon ki chadar with bright pink/ purple flowers matching those at the stage. The decor elements had Roman pillars, vintage pots, chandeliers, jalis and drapes around the ballroom. Pheras were outdoor, but semi-covered considering the weather. Perfectly located gold and white Mandap outside the verandah, with candles, floral chandelier and crystal strings as main elements.
Outfits: Bride- Asiana Couture by Payal Keyal official, Delhi; Kalki Fashion, Mumbai;
Groom- SS Homme; Kora by Nilesh Mitesh, Mumbai
Jewelry: Notandas Jewellers; Nora Jewellers, Mumbai; Malabar Gold & Diamonds, Nasik
Makeup Artist: Mabel D'silva & Vidya Hairstylist, Mumbai
Decor: The Wedding Pheras, Mumbai
Photographer & videographer: Camera Crew, Mumbai.
Sahil and Priyanka 's wedding vendor team
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