A Grand Gujarati and South Indian Wedding in South Mumbai
Sukanya Rangaraj, an editor with a prominent luxury and fashion magazine, and Atman Shah, a fourth generation businessman met in high school and their love culminated into a wedding that was a grand South Indian and Gujarati affair. A host of prominent persons from industry, politics and media and their family’s large circle of friends attended the week long celebration held across different venues in South Mumbai.
The celebrations commenced with a Black Tie theme Cocktail at Tote on the Turf. Quips Sukanya, who wore a Monisha Jaising white and gold number, “We’ve been deemed the very ‘proper’ couple, and we subscribe to all things chic. So naturally, this had to be the first event—a night under a blanket of dazzling stars unfolded and the party rocked.”
The Mehndi was an intimate affair at Sukanya’s residence in Worli. Says Anway P Bhoite, the Wedding Planner: “The temple inspired decor was replete with several bright lines of yellow marigolds suspended from a tall height, antique Ganesha idols and urlis and clusters of poetically burning diyas.” The predominantly ‘ladies’ event turned into a colourful evening of henna and dance as they swayed to a live Punjabi dhol. This was followed by lip smacking chaat and of course the deep hue of ornate mehndi on everyone’s hands.
The sunset Sangeet at Jade Garden was nothing short of a music and dance extravaganza. Lyrical, mirthful and full of joie de vivre, the couple’s family and best friends put up a Bollywood-theme dance show as an ode to the couple. Songs that best described their love, moments of laughter and memories to cherish—each act portrayed a spectrum of emotions. The entertainment didn’t end there. A band of live musicians rendered various musical hits as the amber February sun set in the background. Adding an element of surprise were traditional Garba dancers who got the crowd swaying to folk tunes. Sukanya wore a sequined Anand Kabra yellow and antique green lehenga and Atman wore a beige silk Rajesh Pratap sherwani with a brooch from Tarun Tahiliani to complement his bride’s touch of green.
The Wedding was a traditional soiree at Taj Vivanta. Signifying the best in spirit of both Tamil Iyengar and Gujarati Vaishnav ceremonies, it was a perfect blend of both rituals as the couple exchanged vows in true Vedic style. The décor too by Anway, reflected a regal and uber traditional sensibility.
The Reception at the Royal Western India Turf Club saw a winter wonderland theme where Anway P Bhoite designed a predominantly white set, embellished with crystals and fantasy props. The mood of the evening was regal and pristine. The bride wore a Bhairavi Jaikishan gold applique lehenga, Victorian style diamond jewellery from Anmol Jewellers and the groom wore a classic Dolce & Gabbana suit.
Wedding Planner – Anway P Bhoite (www.linkedin.com/in/anway)
Candid Art Photography – Ryan Martis.
Photographs Courtesy – Chintu Thakkar and Sundaram Vishwanath with team.