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Vishesh & Dhvani: Wedding at Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Vishesh & Dhvani: Wedding at Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Vishesh & Dhvani: Wedding at Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Every year February starts on a high note and it is one of the busiest months for us and this year was no different.  It started on a great note with Vishesh & Dhvani’s wedding at Taj Land’s end,  Bandra. Vishesh was the first one to get in touch with us and what we liked about Vishesh is his straightforward approach to our whole proposal and he also said that they will ensure that we get a great wedding to capture which couldn’t have been more true. 

Vishesh & Dhvani had the distinct privilege to be the first couple to get married on the open-air rooftop of Taj Land’s End, Mumbai which has recently been opened for events. It provides a beautiful infinity view of the sea on its long end and the Mumbai Sea Link towards its left along with a long cover of trees. It makes for a stunning and breath-taking setting for a sun-downer wedding. The color palette of the whole decor in white and a see-through mandap made of acrylic and orchids was a sight to behold. Dhvani in her red lehenga for her wedding and Vishesh’s off-white Sherwani with silk turban looked classy and royal against the whole backdrop. Vishesh & Dhvani first met through their friends and it is safe to say that their friends set them up.

Contrary to the popular choice of having Sangeet before the wedding, Dhvani and Vishesh planned to tie the Knot first and then throw a moving reception along with few dance performances and DJs. They kept their first half of both the days empty, without opting for too many ceremonies or other activities. In our experience, weddings with lesser functions always tend to be more enjoyable and with stunning photographs. Also, all the ceremonies moved with clockwork precision and the lighting was absolutely great throughout their whole wedding. Checkout their beautiful wedding film, before you head to the wedding photographs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this photograph below, I already had the frame in mind after seeing this window and the Sea Link behind, all I had to do is get Dhvani there, which was unfortunately far from her room. However on our insistence Dhvani reluctantly agreed to go the extra mile. Finally when she saw the result she agreed it was worth sparing 5 minutes for it even though she was anxious to reach on time for her entry. 

 

 

This is how the first day of Dhvani and Vishesh’s wedding ended on a great note and what a beautiful wedding it was! A lot of people would find it hard to believe a sun-downer wedding like this is possible in Mumbai, but the Taj Land end’s terrace provided the perfect venue set against the Arabian Sea and the Sea Link for this breath-taking wedding. The Sangeet and Reception was scheduled on the evening of the second day. So let us take you to the second day! 

 

 

Important Wedding Makers :
Wedding Dress Designer: Avvantika S Parwani 
Makeup Artist: Meghna Butani
Decor: Fleuron Decors by Sahil Gidwani

 

Ankita & Varun : Wedding at Ritz-Carlton, Pune

Ankita & Varun : Wedding at Ritz-Carlton, Pune

Ankita & Varun : Wedding at Ritz-Carlton, Pune

Ankita and Varun’s love story started with a simple swipe right, and thereafter very soon, they decided to get hitched. They say, marriage wasn’t a conscious next step, but it happened quite naturally to them.

Ankita always dreamt of having a proper proposal, a dream that even Varun knew about. So, Varun planned an outing for them in Mahabaleshwar where they were keen on going and picking strawberries. However, Ankita’s suspicions arose when he asked her to wear ‘something nice’ the day before! On the drive over, She knew that he was planning to propose as she spotted a square-shaped box in his jeans pocket. After the strawberry picking, they went to Le Meridien and were taking a tour of the property when he led her outside to a foyer which was beautifully decorated with roses, candles, and a custom-made pillow read Ankita, will you marry me?’ Ankita recounted that nothing could take away the magic of that moment when it actually happened, and ofcourse she said ‘yes”.

We were Ankita & Varun’s core entourage throughout their journey of “starting a lifetime” – starting from the Roka, Pre Wedding and finally the Wedding. Before you proceed to see the photo-set, checkout their quirky pre wedding film, including the vibes and feels of Pune City!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mehendi  

Ankita & Varun’s nuptials kickstarted with a mehndi ceremony for both of them. Ankita’s mehendi was hosted by the pool while Varun had his mehndi on the rooftop. Their mehndi also doubled up as a welcome party which let guests break the ice with plenty of dancing, all thanks to the dholwalas and boliyaan, who were present at the venue. This was definitely a fun-filled event where everyone mingled freely without formality. Dressed in a contemporary turquoise blue lehenga with floral embroidery, Ankita was all smiles as she posed with her girl squad. Varun, however, made a striking contrast while complimenting her in his white bandhgala.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engagement, Cocktail and Sangeet
The same evening after the mehndi, they had their cocktail and engagement party that also doubled up as their sangeet, which surely was a grand event. Just before the performances began, they presented their Pre-wedding Film before everyone which we had shot for them. They also surprised their guests with a performance by Sophie Choudry, who packed an energy-fueled performance. Following which, all their family and friends joined in on the stage as they exchanged their rings. And the party went on till the wee hours of the night, one memorable night to remember surely. Keeping the decor in mind, Ankita wore a stunning mermaid purple gown as she made an entrance hand in hand with Varun, who donned a deep blue velvet bandhgala.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chooda & Haldi

The morning of the wedding saw an intimate and beautiful chooda and haldi ceremony of Ankita. True to tradition, Ankita donned a simple bright yellow salwar kameez for her chooda ceremony.

 

 

Wedding 

For her big day, Ankita chose an off white and gold embroidered lehenga, and she looked stunning in every way. Her room was filled with the banter of friends and family, who simply could not stop raving about how gorgeous she looked. Later, we made portraits with her bridesmaids and family, and as she headed for her new journey, she raised a toast with her girls.

 

 

Varun on the other hand looked dapper in a pastel hued sherwani. The baraat was a crazy affair, as the groom made an entry amidst a lot of dances, in a vintage car.

 

 

 

 

 

The couple wanted the phere outdoors and kept that in mind, as they scouted for wedding locations. Spurred on by the news that The Ritz-Carlton was about to open in Pune, they visited the property just as it was nearing its finishing stages. The victorian interiors and its overall grandeur truly impressed them, and that way the decision was made.

For the wedding, The Foyer at The Ritz-Carlton was magically transformed into a pastel-hued venue to accommodate their vision of a floral wedding mandap.

 

 

Thereafter, the dreamy wedding happened. Ankita and Varun made an entry together, hand-in-hand, a beautiful sight to behold forever!

 

 

Reception
The festivities concluded with a reception held at the same venue as the engagement and cocktail. Dressed in a silver lehenga paired with elegant diamond jewelry, Ankita looked radiant as she posed with Varun who donned a subtle polka dotted three-piece suit for the occasion.

After a heartwarming speech by Ankita’s dad, they met all their family members and exchanged greetings. The celebrations ended on a high note, as Ankita & Varun converted a part of the ballroom into a dance floor so that everyone could groove the night away. Thats how #varuntheankswerisyes happened in full glory. We are thankful to Ankita & Varun and the families, for making us a part of their beautiful celebrations!

 

Nihar & Miloni : Wedding at Della Resorts

Nihar & Miloni : Wedding at Della Resorts

Nihar & Miloni : Wedding at Della Resorts

After a whirlwind romance across beautiful locations around the globe, Miloni and Nihar got married at Della Resorts, Lonavala. The best part – their pet son, Rancho was a part of the charming festivities spread across two days. It was a crazy affair, filled with happiness, joy and unlimited dances. Here is the story leading to #NVMilove.

About – Nihar & Miloni

Nihar, our groom, is a chemical engineer by profession. He grew up in Mumbai and moved to the states for university. Miloni, our bride is a psychologist by profession, and bakes cakes in her free time. Miloni grew up in Belgium and moved to London for university. Nihar and Miloni were introduced by Miloni’s best friend. Nihar was living in Dallas at the time and Miloni in Antwerp then. They connected over WhatsApp and FaceTime, and very early on they both were sure about each other. The first time Miloni and Nihar met in person was in Toronto, at Pearson International Airport. Miloni was attending a conference in Toronto, and Nihar decided to travel to see her. They had a magical time, including spending a day at Niagara Falls. They next met in Dallas, where Miloni met Nihar’s golden retriever, Rancho, for the first time. They were sure about being together, and they let their parents know of this. A few months later, both the families united in Antwerp. They were delighted to share Miloni and Nihar’s engagement to their family and friends. After all their travels and ventures abroad, Miloni and Nihar decided to settle in Mumbai.

 Miloni and Nihar decided to tell their story chronologically through their wedding events. Each event was designed to be the cities they met and spent time in:
Welcome Lunch: Toronto, Canada
Mehendi: Dallas, USA
Sangeet: Antwerp, Belgium
London Lunch: London, UK
Wedding: Mumbai, India

Here is their very fun wedding teaser 🙂

Day 1 – Welcome & Haldi

 Nihar’s side of the family put up at the Dukes Retreat, Lonavala, and Miloni’s side was put up at Della Resorts, Lonavala. The festivities started with Nihar and his parents welcoming guests, proceeded by dhol and crazy dance. Let us tell you that dance   was the major highlight of this wedding, and loads of dance and craziness shall follow in this blog. Lets first start with the Welcome Dance.

 Met our groom – Nihar: The one thing that will immediately strike you when you meet Nihar is that he is totally a people’s person, he is also the “center of attraction at every party” and also dance runs through his genes. 

 Nihar & his friends were a close-knit group. They were always there for Nihar, and up to crazy antics. We got to witness the crazy and warm side of Nihar’s friends throughout the wedding.

Post the welcome dances, it was time for Nihar’s Haldi. And our groom was not spared at all. We saw an epic Haldi where – Nihar’s clothes were torn, and thereafter his face was smeared with schezwan sauce, chutney, butter, raita and what not. Post the haldi  aftermath, the friends were kind enough to escort our groom for a shower too.

 Day – 1 Mehendi Ceremony

 Post the Haldi, we headed to Della Resorts, where our gorgeous bride Miloni was getting ready for the Mehendi ceremony.

 Meet our bride – Miloni: The one thing which is spectacular about Miloni is her smile, beautiful and genuine in every way. Her attention to detail is just remarkable and she goes out of her way to make her closed ones feel special.

The Mehendi ceremony celebrated the Texan culture of Dallas, where Nihar & Miloni met for the second time. Miloni wore a stunning lemon and pale blue Anita Dongre lehenga with multicolored motifs that matched the color palette of the decor. Nihar wore a green kurta  with yellow waist-coat. Miloni & Nihar were delighted that Della Resort is dog-friendly that enabled their pet dog, Rancho to be a part of all their ceremonies. Rancho is a crucial part of their lives and complete their family now. It was quite obvious that we wanted to include Rancho for their couple shoot 🙂

And when Rancho joined them for their Mehendi ceremony entry, it was beautiful and overwhelming and beautiful in every way

Our bride and groom are really a riot, when they are together. The energy they bring out together is tremendous. They totally love each other’s company and enjoy making memories together

 

Friends and Family are truly the sunshine of Life. Nihar & Miloni’s wedding saw such great bonds of friendship – revisiting old ones while creating new ones. Also, time to introduce Niomi, Nihar’s sister who shares a great bond with Miloni.

The last  photograph in this series is a proof.

 

Mehendi ceremony thereafter, saw performances and garba. It was beautiful as energetic performances went through the entire afternoon, till the wee hours of the evening. We were tired from back to back shoots the same week, but somehow the energy at the garba really got to us, and we had so much fun documenting the dance performances. Guess that’s the magic and beauty of garba and gujarati weddings!

 Day 1 – Sangeet

The diamond capital of the planet, Antwerp, which has been Miloni’s home was the perfect inspiration for the glitzy sangeet night with shimmering crystals, twinkling lights, and a glamorous blue glow that ruled the evening of dance and music, and of course Belgian waffles.
This is how the evening started as we started documenting stories from Miloni’s room. Miloni has two beautiful sisters – Pasmi & Saloni, who were by her side throughout along with her mom.

 Miloni’s embellished blue lehenga by Seema Gujral was chosen to sync in with the theme colour of the sangeet night – blue. And she  looked stunning in every way.

This is how Nihar and Miloni entered and all the eyes, undoubtedly were on them.

Dance was the major highlight of this wedding, we repeat ourselves again. The evening saw some amazing next-level performances. Here is how the first half of the evening looked like.
Starting with our groom, Nihar who rocked the stage.

Followed by our bride, Miloni who really danced away all her happiness with killer thumkas.

 

We also got to witness some family moments and family performances.

 

And then followed by performances of the friends.

 Our bride and groom were surely having a great time.

 

The next performance was featuring the couple themselves. And, they surely won many hearts with their special performance.

Time for our bride to put her feelings through her solo performance through the song “Teri Ore”

Finally, after all the energetic performances came to an end with the favourite song of the season ” Sauda Khara Khara

The audience kept cheering for more.

Soon, the stage was taken over by Singer Dilesh Doshi, and he ensured that the rocking evening continues.

 

We also witnessed Nihar singing and everyone cheered through. Surely, it was amazing.

And the night ended with all happy memories. Along with them, we too danced a bit.

 

Day 2 – London Lunch 

 A British-themed lunch was hosted the following day to celebrate Nihar and Miloni’s time in London.

 The day began with our bride basking in the glorious morning sun.

 

Nihar’s side at Dukes Retreat Resort saw a very fun morning with some interesting games – Banjo and Bingo

 

 Day 2 – Wedding 

 Nihar’s Getting Ready Story : The mood at Nihar’s room was very chilled out, filled with hustle and bustle, and ofcourse had Rancho who kept everyone around happy and entertained 

Thereafter, our groom started getting ready in the company of his friends and Rancho.

Special mention here to Atish, who is Nihar’s best friend and best man, and was there for him throughout. Even when our groom needed band-aid

Nihar was very particular that he would not take portraits alone. And he didn’t let us take his solo portraits on the first day. But we convinced and managed his portraits on the wedding day. We are sure he doesn’t regret now for the same

 

The party thereafter proceeded inside for a few rituals and some fun photos

  Miloni’s Getting Ready Story : Miloni had her best friend Bhavi inside her room, while she got ready. Bhavi is also the one who played cupid and made the match of Nihar & Miloni

  Also, we made couple portrait of Nihar and Miloni, in the nick of time just before Nihar headed for his baraat. We swear the second photograph was impromptu, thanks to our bride Miloni

 We made portraits with Miloni and Rancho. For the wedding, Miloni wore a pastel Kalki Lehenga. It’s interesting to mention that Rancho also matched his outfit with his mommy. Rancho’s customized sherwani was designed by Miloni. Don’t they look cutest?

Miloni’s girl gang kept her entertained throughout, and we had to make some photos with them.

Nihar’s baraat was one of the most epic baraats we have ever witnessed. The baraat went on for almost three hours. The friends and family danced their way to begin Nihar’s new journey.

It was so overwhelming to see the family bonding at the baraat.

 

We also documented Miloni as she waited for her groom to come, who indeed made her wait for long. But she spent the time with her girls, smiling and laughing all throughout.

We proceeded now to the Jaimaal finally. And it was a surreal moment in the evening dusky sky as Nihar & Miloni exchanged garlands.

 Day 2 – Wedding 

 And the finale – Here’s to love, laughter & happily ever after. The theme city was Mumbai, where Miloni & Nihar would finally settle.

 

We wonder what would be the intense conversation going on here between our bride and groom.

  The Pheras and all the happiness.

Followed by sindoor and mangalsutra.

An emotional moment for Miloni and her mom. Her sister, Saloni also joins in. From Antwerp to Mumbai, Miloni’s life is going to change now.

  But, all is well that ends with a “ladoo” & “photo” 🙂

 Wait there is more. Its the same day Miloni got her PhD (Doctorate) degree. She joked later, that she got degree & dulha the same  day.

 Like an amazing husband, Nihar broke out the news to everyone present there. Kudos to Miloni’s hard-work, and the celebrations just doubled, and her wedding day will be memorable forever. This is how the festivities ended 🙂

Thank you Miloni & Nihar, and the entire Sanghvi & Vakil families for all the love. It was absolutely great to be a part of your wedding.

Advice for Couples
Miloni shares, “The entire experience became smooth sailing once we identified our strengths and focused on those. Nihar managed the technical aspects, and I took lead on all things creative. This joint effort helped to pull our wedding together without chaos. Learn to pick your battles instead of locking horns over every decision.”

Harsh & Alisha : Destination Wedding in Silvassa

Harsh & Alisha : Destination Wedding in Silvassa

Harsh & Alisha : Destination Wedding in Silvassa

Harsh & Alisha got married in a very colourful and vibrant wedding at Pluz Resort in Silvassa in a two-day festivities.

We met Harsh & Alisha at Starbucks, BKC and saw their cute, effortless and chivalrous chemistry and knew its going to be really fun capturing their wedding. Harsh knew about Alisha’s existence through his tution classes, when he was in his 8th std. Alisha was in 3rd std then. Thereafter, while they were in college NM and NMIMS, Alisha in NM and Harsh in NMIMS respectively, they bumped into each other. Chatting over texts and calls, going on car rides, they knew this was “meant to be”. Thereafter, they tied the knot in December last year, and we had the good fortune of documenting their big day. Here is their wedding story. But before proceeding to their photo-set, check out their wedding film.

The wedding festivities started with Haldi. Harsh & Alisha made an entry wearing matching outfits. Thereafter, a crazy haldi followed. Harsh wasn’t spared at all. Thereafter, the day led to the sangeet. From co-ordinating outfits to matching their joys, the happy couple along with friends and family danced their hearts out.
The next day the beautiful dreamy wedding happened followed by a happening reception. The celebrations galore is what we loved the most about this wedding. Don’t miss Alisha’s fur baby – Aura. In this lockdown time, this wedding story will surely take you back to the joys and happiness of weddings & celebrations nostalgia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saumya & Anu : Wedding at The Resort, Madh-Marve

Saumya & Anu : Wedding at The Resort, Madh-Marve

Saumya & Anu : Wedding at The Resort, Madh-Marve

Love happens when it’s meant to be, persevering through distance or time.

So was it for Saumya, a fiercely independent girl who’s lived life on her own terms and Anuranjan, fondly and lovingly called Anu, a kind-hearted doctor based in Manchester.

Their love story began in Glasgow where they met through mutual friends and slowly but steadily gathered pace online. After combating long distance, the duo finally decided to tie the knot on the shores of Mumbai. We first met them for their pre weddding shoot at Sets in the City 🙂

Haldi
The festivities kick-started with a playful Haldi function, where the couple made a dashing entry surrounded by colorful smoke bombs. Replete with dhols, boliyan, and an ornate swing, the decor stuck to true tradition with its yellow and orange color palette

Cocktail and Sangeet
The sangeet/cocktail night was a dazzling affair, which had everyone up on their feet dancing to their heart’s content on the floor. With drinks flowing freely, everyone was in high spirits as Saumya and Anu along with their friends displayed their story in the form of a unique musical skit which was then followed by several dance performances.

Pool Party
The pool party had everyone mingling freely as they danced to the peppy beats and splashed in the pool. A light & breezy chill party to wind down before the wedding festivities

With a distinctly Hawaiian feel, the party included pool and drinking games that kept everyone entertained