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

 

 

 

Anika + Nabeel | The most unique wedding we have designed!

Anika and Nabeel’s wedding is by far one of the most unique weddings we have designed. Originating from Dhaka, both have traveled and lived all over the world. For their wedding they wanted to invite their friends and introduce them to the rich cultural heritage of Bengal. We worked with local artisans and craftsmen and handcrafted a beautiful wedding for them in their many homes.

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All images are copyrights of Devika Narain

All images are copyrights of Devika Narain

All images are copyrights of Devika Narain

 

Welcome Dinner: Private home, Dhaka

A mad twist on the Sunderbans, the dinner was a recreation of a forest- with neon and life-sized animals of course! Each detail was locally made -in fact, the walls masking the property were hand painted by a local artist.

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All images are copyright of Devika Narain

All images are copyright of Devika Narain

All images are copyright of Devika Narain

 

Mehendi: Private home, Dhaka

I will never forget the first time I met Anika, it was past sunset and we met in a dimly lit hotel on Lodhi road in Delhi and in she walked with a giant blueprint. What unraveled was a home they were building outside of town, that we spent the next eight months transforming into a mehendi venue with her team. The function was spread over an entire day (the invitations were for noon and the last guest left post breakfast the next day!) and we wanted to create multiple moments of discovery for the guests. Each space was imagined differently, inspired by the venue, architecture, culture and personal preferences of the family.

The entrance imagined as a flower market led into a Mexican inspired pool lunch and a concert stage set for dinner. The tea garden was imagined as her favorite restaurant in India and the bridal area was an installation of over two thousand hand painted birds. Our favourite part of course were the surprise rooms- a room filled with marigolds, one using just prints, a perfumery and a curiosity corner.

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Wedding: Senakunjo, Dhaka

The wedding venue was perhaps the largest venue we have ever designed. A magical Persian city inspired by Tresoldi’s grand structures was created for the reception. A dreamlike city of arches and fountains with floating birds stood over the three thousand guests as local artisans performed in a stage especially built for them. Dinner was laid out in a setting inspired by Persian gardens with large pomegranate trees and details fit for an emperor.

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All images are a copyright of Devika Narain

All images are a copyright of Devika Narain

All images are a copyright of Devika Narain

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Design + Concept: Devika Narain & Company

Floral designer: Kalikaar, New Delhi

Flowers: Joy Flowers, Dhaka

Planning: Motwane entertainment and weddings.

Photo: Weddings by Ehab, Reminiscence Photography, Celebrate Once.

Special thanks to the entire team at Square, Dhaka.

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

 

Aditi + Shubham | Amrud Bagh

Aditi and I had an instant connection from the day we first spoke ( I suppose the fact that we shared our birthday had something to do with it!). A journey that began with a phone call that led to a very long drive from Ahmadabad to Baroda culminated in this beautiful wedding in Udaipur.

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Aditi and Shubham are childhood sweethearts(They met at a coaching institute in tenth grade) and have all the makings of a power couple- they have launched multiple businesses together, including a popular fashion retail website. Aditi had always wanted a wedding in Udaipur and Shubham decided to fulfill her dream. Their 150 guest wedding took place at The Leela Palace over two super fun days.

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Aditi wanted something minimal and dramatic. Inspired from the Guava gardens in The Leela Palace, we chose elements that are commonly seen in the gardens- parrots, guavas, white flowers and pomegranates.

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The décor and the seating was a mix of white and gold with a burst of pink! We organised lots of fun activities like kite flying, hair braiding, parrot reading, caricaturist and mehendi.  White carts with white baskets displayed color blocked bangles, parandis and lehariya dupattas for the guests to pick and wear!

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The Sangeet happened in the Leela ballroom and terrace. The ballroom has these stunning chandelier and mirror panels – so we created something that didn’t feel too palace like yet enhanced the existing space. We worked with lots of gold sequins and deep tones of burgundy and purple. The décor had a print inspired from the wedding card- a raja and rani sitting on a horse.

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The outer courtyard or rangmanch is one of the most spectacular venues in Udaipur- it has the entire Pichola lake as a backdrop and has stellar views of the Lake Palace, City Palace and Jagmandir. This is where the wedding took place. Not wanting to create something that will take away the beauty of the space, we added splashes of marsala red into the space. The mandap was in the centre of the waterbody, draped in red and the entire ceiling was covered with rajnigandha.

The cabanas were specially hand embroidered. Zarzodi chandowas dotted the lawns with customised coffee tables made to look like bells.

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We filled the entire water body with roses and floating pattals with diyas.

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The décor for the Reception was classic, simple and elegant at the Guava Gardens. Five thousand candles were hung from the trees of the garden at varying heights. 

Venue: The Leela Palace, Udaipur.

Furniture and Rentals: Rama Tent

Florals: Kalikaar Design

Photo: Stories by Joseph Radhik

Cinema: The Wedding Filmer

Entertainment: DJ Angel

Outfits: Sabyasachi and Anushree Reddy