ANUSHA + DHRUMIL
Anusha Patel and Dhrumil Sejpal from Mumbai are not just connoisseurs of good design but party planners and set designers themselves. For their wedding, they wanted a design unique to their minimal sensibilities which also appealed to their families Gujrati heritage so they reached out to us.The two-day wedding, 300 guest wedding took place at the Shangri La in Muscat.
The Moroccan inspired Mehendi took place at the Al Bandar Lawns. The colour palette was inspired by the colors of the water in Oman- Shades of sea foam and aqua are offset with lime and hint of pink. The vibe was chilled as cabanas with low seating was interspersed with tables in the lawns. The dance floor was fashioned around Arabic tiles and a large fountain filled with hydrangeas stood in the centre of it.For the sangeet, we wanted to create an experience of chic royalty for this evening; something that represents the new age maharaja, minimal and opulent at the same time. Guests are made to believe that they are at the Sultan’s house for the dinner and the entire ballroom is converted into his dining quarters- the walls represent the old over the top style of Arabic architecture with jaalis and arches.: Dhrumil wanted the wedding mandap to be the focal point of the entire afternoon. Set against the serene aqua waters, the cream and gold mandap was custom made in India. An aisle of pink roses and hydrangeas led to the ceremony area which was draped in calla lilies and glass bells.
SYLVIE + AARON
Sylvie and Aaron’s wedding in Kumarkom is special in more ways than one. Not only was it great, because I unlocked another achievement level (I had never worked in Kerala before!).It was one big cultural cocktail- Sylvie and Aaron wanted three unique experiences for each day of their wedding- distinct from each other yet tied together under one grand theme that echoed their personal style, culture and heritage.
Rehearsal Dinners are all about families getting to know one another in a close intimate setting. In the west, it is seen as a time of toasts and families having fun together. The first night for Sylvie and Aaron embraced their American heritage with an all-white theme.The evening was romantic, almost like a dream. As guests took a cruise on the beautiful backwaters before a formal sit-down dinner.Long tables draped in white were set beneath a canopy of bulbs and lanterns. I wanted to bring in Aaron’s favourite animal, the Indian elephant into the theme in a subtle way- so I created gold mats with laser-cut silhouettes to echo his love for them.
The Sangeet was everything that is quintessentially “Indian” - I was certain I wanted to work with local traditional elements. So we hung rustic Indian lanterns all over the lobby to create a dreamy old-school charm. Gold kerosene lanterns lined all the pathways leading guests into the lawns.
The décor of this backwater wedding was inspired by the location itself and Sylvie’s personal style which is a such a beautiful blend of the east and west. The chic style met laidback glory and it was a wedding like no other. There ceremony area had tropical-inspired arches made only of leaves with Indian brass lamps hanging from it. The color palette ranged from Indigo to green and gold. There was a sweet little bar packed up with the choicest of liquor - personally chosen by the couple. The Ninja bar was all covered in greens with bar tables laid out with sequinned tablecloths. Just a bit of shine for the evening, you see.
SHEETHAL + ROBIN
Sheethal Goutham and Robin Uthappa had an intimate Christian wedding in Bengaluru in the first week of March this year. Their wedding had a small guest list that included only their closest friends who stayed for a day at the Taj West End.
The ceremony took place under one of these trees- in fact, the exact one that he proposed her under (if that isn’t romantic, I don’t know what is!). The ceremony area was minimal and enhanced with flowers, keeping the original beauty of the space intact. Sheethal walked through a series of arches specially designed for her with greens, roots, white roses and blue hydrangeas. We kept the focus away from anything that looked too “made-up” and focused only on enhancing the natural beauty of the space.White orchids were intertwined with the greens to form beautiful vines. They were hung above the altar to form a natural canopy of greens and white flowers. The entire aisle was sprinkled with rose petals and lined with fresh roses (Sheethal loves roses!) for this white wedding.We added wreaths and wines of white orchids and flowy leaves to make it look like it was naturally flowering.
KANIKA + RAKSHIT
Their wedding was a coming together of two culturally different families that at the very core were very much the same. A Mehendi at their home, sangeet inspired by light at the Dusit and minimal botanical inspired wedding formed the three-day soiree at the Dusit Devrana in New Delhi.
The Dusit is one of the most stunning properties in Delhi! I have always been impressed by the large waterbodies that form the centre of the hotel and wanted to create a design that incorporated them in it. Playing with light and the beautiful reflections of the structures that were cast in the still waters, we curated a design experience that was filled with drama. Floating platforms were created in the water with ceiling made of hexagonal lanterns and greens. The ballroom was transformed into a chic space matching the aesthetic of the restaurant for the sangeet and dinner.
UPASANA + PAUL
Upasana and Paul's three day wedding took place over five different venues in Jodhpur. Their love for elephants was woven around their unique heritage to create each space.
‘Alishaan Bagh’ is Persian for Royal gardens. Working around the theme of the miniature paintings, the idea was to create a setting inspired from the palace gardens of India for the welcome dinner. The motifs used were sights one commonly sees- Champa Trees, peacocks, fountains – In palaces.
We brought in an element of blue pottery into the dinner area- A common motif both in France (Paul’s home) and India(Upasana’s home). The stage backdrop and bar façade were made of bevelled mirror and a large fountain was created in front of it with floral peacocks around it.
Inspired by the bazaars of India, we chose a palette reminiscent of Gulal for the Mehendi- bright and happy with lots of very typically Indian things: kites, matchboxes, ambassadors- sights which you’d see if you stepped into the markets in India. Guests were given umbrellas as they entered and a relief station was setup with sunscreen, face mist and face wipes.
Working with the brief of creating something fantastical for the sangeet, our storyboard comprised of elements drawn from the Indian baraat, circus and other mystical fables. The fort was divided into multiple areas and each section was created as a separate. Pre-function cocktails happen at the entrance after which guests were led by drums and fanfare in an elaborate procession to the ramparts in time for sunset. The entire fort was lit and dotted with diyas. The Dinner area was created like a lush oasis with tables overflowing with flowers and fruits. The arches were draped in rich velvets and a large bar fashioned like a French carousel took CenterStage.
Set against the Umaid Bhawan Palace, the wedding was characterised by the colour of year, marsala. The beautiful baradari overflowed with flowers and long tables were set in the garden with glass candelabras.
ADITI + SHUBHAM
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.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.
SHREYA + DHRUV
There is nothing more charming than being married in your own garden. The family was entirely convinced of this and wanted me to create an extension of their house. The vision was clear- they wanted an opulent wedding which echoed their aesthetic. Inspired by the bride’s outfit by the legendary Sabyasachi (Who I absolutely love!) and her favourite movie ‘Devdas’, I created a palace inspired wedding with gold arches and cut glass chandeliers. Velvet was draped on the walls and the stage was made of cutwork mirror. Artisans were specially brought in from Vrindavan to create the beautiful mandap (made out of banana leaves). Large floral peacocks sat on either side of the stage. We layered prints with embroidered panels and drapes to echo the opulence of the home which formed the backdrop to the entire set.