DEEKSHA + ABHISHEK
Oct 26, 27 & 28, 2018
The Grand Magrath Hotel, Taj Vivanta and Royal Orchid Hotel & Suites, Bengaluru
When North meets South and both sides want to pull out all the stops to make it one hell of a shandaar wedding we step up to take care of everything from the start- the invites, the decor, the entertainment, the hospitality of all their guests coming in from all parts of the country.
The brides invite was an origami envelope that was conceptualized by her sister and executed by us. The groom's invites was designed by Saras Design Studio.
While one part of our team was busy receiving and welcoming all the guests, making sure the custom made welcome hampers with a welcome note and programme were set in each room, the others was prepping for the Mehendi at the bride’s hotel.
The Mehendi colours where pink, orange and yellow. It was by the rooftop pool of The Grand Magrath Hotel. The little canopies were draped with fabric in the theme colours and furnished with diwans so the women could get their Mehendi on. We had bangles laid out in different sizes in handlooms pouches. The exterior areas of the spaces had handmade macramé holders, holding fish bowls with flowers and hanging overhead. The 360 degree glass walls of the dining area had strings of palm fish in yellow and pink handmade by artisans from a village near Coimbatore. The fish and fish bowls were made a part of the decor keeping in mind the Mangalorean heritage of the bride.
The Sangeet at the Taj Vivanta was meant to be an engagement, coupled with one big party celebrating the bride and groom. The decor was meant to be striking yet under stated, the entry board, the entry arch, the bar backdrop and main stage were all done with small pieces of used CD's. The centrepieces were a silver disco ball, with a silver tea light and silver bottle with baby's breathe placed on a mirror.
It was a party right from the get go with the couple making a grand entry to the beats of the dhol, getting the crowd totally in the mood for the night. After a blessing, an exchange of rings, a cake cutting, some toasts and amazing performances from friends and family there was only one more thing to do and that was party.
The Mangalorean Muhurtham was traditional with a circular mantap, cascading strings of yellow and orange marigold in the banquet hall of The Grand Magrath Hotel. The exterior of the hall was adored with fairy lights all around and strings of orange and yellow marigold hanging from different heights. The entrance was a traditional banana and palm leaf entry called a chapra. The night was filled with solemnity, laughter and traditional Mangalorean food.
Day three began with a Sehra Bandi at the groom's side and the ruckus that comes with a Punjabi Baraat with the groom on the traditional white horse enroute to the Gurudwara. After the ceremony at the Gurudwara the couple and guests headed to a reception at The Royal Orchid Hotel & Suites. The decor was themed to be rustic and light for a pleasant October afternoon. The main stage had three separate wooden frames with falling ivy and greens and white and pastel flowers. The entrance mimicked this framework and when the wind blew, you would notice our hanging elements of silver glass bottles and white paper lanterns embellished with flowers. The centrepieces for the afternoon were fish bowls with a floral arrangement inside.
We customized the return gifts for the groom side guests with authentic goodies from South Indian of coffee powder, pepper corns and cardamom, brought all the way from Coorg with a box of Mysuru Pak.
As the festivities came to an end with the Vidai, a sober mood set in but we felt elated to have had such a fun and successful three days.
CURATED BY AMANATI
Each event had a unique vibe that was specially designed by us. As part of the decor we handmade the macramé holders, procured the palm fish from local artisans, handmade and put together the silver themed centrepiece, made arrangements for all the ceremonial requirements. The stay, transport, welcome hampers and notes, wedding programme and return gifts were custom curated for this wedding.
Photography Courtesy: Claude Loren