An heirloom saree mandap at this century-old ancestral home gave this lockdown wedding cozy vibes
Harini and Venu were all geared up to tie the knot and embark on an adventure to last a lifetime. But, as fate would have it, the duo’s plans were thrown off-track due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, this determined couple set out to make their dreams come true and created their silver lining while deftly making new plans to adapt to this situation and celebrate their love in style. From shifting the venue to arranging for travel passes, a rollercoaster ride ensued which ended with a beautiful ceremony celebrated at the groom’s ancestral home.
How They Met
Harini shares, “Venu and I first met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in 2013 and we barely exchanged greetings. Luckily, we met again at the same friend’s wedding in 2016, and this time we had a long conversation and stayed in touch even after the meeting. Slowly and steadily, the love between us grew deeper, and soon we knew that the feelings were irrevocable. After dating for a while, Venu asked me to get married to him to which I happily said ‘yes!’ “
When quizzed about their sudden change of plans and how they coped, Harini shares, “We had finalized all the arrangements for the wedding and even our relatives who stay abroad had booked tickets to India. However, as the big day drew closer, the COVID-19 pandemic had us all worried. And finally, the government imposed lockdown just weeks before the wedding. But taking it in our stride and keeping our eyes on the positive side of things, we decided to go ahead with the wedding.
Both of us had always cherished a dream of getting married in Venu’s ancestral home Marakinni House. Hence, after consulting our respective families we took the decision to get married there. Being a century home, it provided a perfect backdrop for a beautiful intimate wedding ceremony. Thankfully, our wedding took place on its original date itself but we did face a fair share of obstacles while planning it out. With great difficulty, we secured travel permission for ourselves and our immediate family members to travel to Dakshina Kannada, and I headed to Adyanadka with my family. Additionally, my saree and blouse were stuck at the designer’s but my friend stepped in and quickly stitched a blouse in a day’s time!”
A grand event where the groom made his entry on horseback while being surrounded by his cheery family members, the engagement ceremony was replete with joy. Hosted under the velvety night sky, the setup dazzled brightly while the bride and groom exchanged rings underneath a floral arch and shook a leg under a gazebo adorned with fairy lights.
“The decor was a distinct challenge since there were no decorators involved, and the family united to decorate the venue. The mandap was borrowed from his neighbor and my mother-in-law’s saree was used to decorate it. Local flowers and foliage were used to amplify the decor. Unfortunately, the makeup artist and photographer couldn’t secure a travel pass but through sheer luck, just a few days before the wedding we got to know of Sharath Padaru who agreed to take on the photographer’s mantle for the day while I did my own makeup. Also, the loved ones who couldn’t join us showered us with blessings via video call”, recalls the bride. Nestled amidst acres of farmland, the venue was breathtaking in its beauty and provided a stunning backdrop for the occasion.
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Royalton Leisure, Bangalore (Engagement); The Tamarind Tree, Bangalore (Pre Wedding); Marakkini House, Adyanadka (Wedding)
Décor: Anagha Bhat and Geetha Naidu (Engagement)
Groom’s Outfits: Ramraj (Engagement), Raymond (Engagement and Pre Wedding), H&M (Pre Wedding), Temple Silks (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: A S Babu Sah (Engagement and Wedding), Dee Boutique (Wedding), Koskii (Engagement and Pre Wedding), Bariano (Pre Wedding)
Jewelry: Mangalore Jewelers
Makeup: Makeovers by Nikitha
Entertainment: Ashok Raj Kadbettu & Team (Engagement)
Wedding Invitations: Mostly Handmade, Bangalore
Photography: Vivek Krishnan Photography (Engagement and Pre Wedding), Sharath Padaru (Wedding)