VARSHINI + ROHIT | An old world romance

Varshini and Rohit are a contradiction to the times we live in. They could easily pass of as royalty from a hundred years ago- everything from their personal style to wardrobe reflects their love for vintage. For their wedding, they chose the beautiful Suryagarh as the backdrop and we designed an aesthetic that was above everything else – classic.

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The Polo brunch:

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Rohit loves polo, so much so that Varshini claims he loves his horses more than her! Their brunch was inspired by his love for the sport- large umbrellas, cushions inspired by a photo of him playing, polo trophies and horseshoes defined the décor for the afternoon.

The Sangeet:

Was a recreation of Varshini’s love for designer Sabysachi and everything vintage. Velvets, sequins and beautiful lamps lay casually in the royal gardens to host a night of dancing.

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The Mehendi:

In our little imaginative world, we see a little differently. Sometimes through our eyes and often through the eyes of others. For Varshini and Rohit, we created a mehendi inspired by an imaginary setting - if Mary Antoinette and Maharani Gayatri Devi met for tea. We had macaroons and maharaja tents set under the vibrant desert sky. Royal, mad and entirely whimsical- only we can dream of such things!

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The Ceremony:

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We've always believed in a modern interpretation of the traditional. Brass, tuberoses and handwoven fabrics are a constant in our little universe.

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Varshini and Rohit wanted an elegant royal wedding, one that also personified their South Indian heritage. Guests sat around a stepwell filled with the fragrance of fresh tuberoses as the pheras took place under a beautiful canopy of natural greens.

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 The ceremony was followed by a sit-down meal. The Sadhya meal is perhaps the most beautiful way of serving food- it’s almost an art form. Long tables were set under an air-conditioned tent, draped with banana leaves and brocade runners. Comfortable charpoys were set out for a quick nap between courses. After all, a wedding is foremost about the food.

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Design and Concept: Devika Narain & Company

Venue + Food: Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

Flowers: Henna Bespoke

Structure and rentals: Rama tent house, Bombay tent house

Furniture: Silverline rentals

Photo: Stories by Joseph Radhik

Film: The Wedding Filmer

Planning: Shaadisquad

 

 

 

Anusha + Dhrumil | Magic in the Middle East.

Every once in a while, life offers you a dream opportunity and when you get the chance to design a beautiful beach wedding by a client that not only gives you an insane amount of creative freedom, but also helps to make it happen- you make this!

Check out the magic we created for Anusha and Dhrumil’s minimal middle eastern wedding.

Structures: Jam Design Centre

Furniture and Rentals: Los Clarita

Technicals: Talentz

Flowers: Henna Bespoke

Props and Linen: Devika Narain & Company

Photos: Stories by Joseph Radhik

 

Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt, Goa

I had the opportunity to spend an entire day at the youngest new hotel in Goa, last week. The Grand Hyatt has been around for a few years and is fast becoming a much sought after venue for a destination wedding. With its charming Portuguese architecture, it is the perfect place to kick up your feet and enjoy a long weekend. 

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Here is a low down on all that is awesome and not about this hotel.

I loved that almost half the hotel faces and sea and is designed around the beach. The rooms are categorized by Guest Houses and each has a unique view of the property. 

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Each of its restaurants has a matchless ambience. My favourite was the Pool Bar which opens out into the lawns and pool and has an awesome sea food menu to choose from. The Chulha has to win for the most romantic restaurant with its innovative seating.

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

The pool itself is quite a treat, built on multiple levels with the beautiful hotel façade as its backdrop.

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

The Grand Hyatt has one of the most impressive ballrooms in all of Goa- large, with high ceilings and multiple- with two smaller ones on the first floor, a Grand Ballroom on the ground floor which opens into a large pre function and garden and numerous smaller salons, meeting rooms and a wedding studio- all of which make it a perfect venue for a monsoon wedding. The drawback is, you don’t really come to get married in Goa to be stuck in a ballroom!

The hotel follows the no music allowed outside post 10pm policy and has few outdoor venues to offer, unlike its cousin in South Goa- the Park Hyatt. The beautiful garden and pool are not available for private parties and the wedding lawn (which I must add, is gorgeous!) is right in front of guest rooms and a nightmare for event companies who would want to work overnight.

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

However, if you are willing to pay for it, there is the fantastic club house which opens into its own private lawn which overlooks the ancient chapel and beach.

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance of try out the food but more of that later!

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

Photo: Devika Narain

For now, I strongly recommend The Grand Hyatt for average sized Indian wedding- the trick is to block as many rooms as you can, so that you have the hotel all to yourself.