Celebrity wedding planner & designer Ambika Gupta brings in the flavors of India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari for actor Kajal Agarwal’s wedding decor
Actress Kajal Aggarwal’s recent wedding to Gautam Kitchlu captured our imagination with mesmerizing accounts of their Mumbai wedding released on social media. Hosted at her family home and the iconic The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the celebrations featured exquisite decor that stole the show.
Designed, styled and planned by WeddingSutra Favorite – The A-Cube Project, the gorgeous themes and execution set some serious decor goals. Ambika Gupta, founder and creative director of The A-Cube Project, shared what went into creating the standout settings.
The festivities began on an auspicious note with a Radha Krishna Puja held at Kajal’s family home that was attended by the bride’s family and close friends. Inspired by paintings of the eternal couple Radha and Krishna swinging amidst the pristine greenery of Vrindavan, an intimate cove for the puja ceremony was created. Flanked by a lovely statue of the idol, stood an impressive arch on a tree structure, dotted with pink peonies. Hanging from the tree, origami birds and brass bells transported one to the tranquility of Vrindavan. Subtle touches of peacock feathers, flutes and flowers scattered around the room tied the theme together.
Ambika shares, “A strong advocate of supporting local artisans throughout the pandemic, Kajal imbued her haldi, mehndi and tradition senth function with the same sentiment and fervor. The ‘Kitsch Mandi – The Artisans of India’ paid homage to India’s homegrown artisans.’ Soufflé S’il Vous Plaît, an otherwise tropical French bistro in the heart of Mumbai was infused with the flavor of South India for spell-binding fusion decor.
A customized weave made for Kajal’s outfit was her way to give back to the weaver community, while the decor married her body of work in the South and local artisanal crafts. The highlight was the Pettis (traditionally used by tree climbers to store their tools) that dotted the backdrop, as a tribute and a conservation effort of the ancient disappearing art. These striking Pettis were handmade with love by tree climbers of KadambaVanam farms in Parmenkenni, Tamil Nadu and hand-painted by local artists. Bright touches of Kutch workmanship were reflected in the backdrop as well as the cushions while dangling flower adornments of tuberoses and dancing lady orchids added a fresh touch. Kajal’s connection to the South was further established with the traditional dry palm weave, a Chettinad console and brass pots with banana leaves.
Inspired by the idyllic beauty of Kashmir, the wedding ceremony paid tribute to Gautam’s heritage, creating decor that mirrored the picturesque mountains of the valley beside the serene Dal Lake. Reflective of the spiritual integration of self and soul, the pyramid-shaped mandap of gold frames and pink screens was unique and impressive. Reminiscent of the beauty and intricacies of Kashmir’s famous houseboats called shikharas, it contained paneling with wooden jaalis and openings. The flawless, reflective aisle conjured an image of the shimmering waters of the Dal Lake, flanked by floating flower markets on either side. An abundance of pink ombre flowers set in gold frames spoke of the valley’s floral beauty, while the iconic Pashmina shawls were celebrated with expert embroidery in diamond set frames. Each guest was given a silver bell and a personalized note, inviting them to be a part of the couple’s beautiful wedding journey.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Ballroom, Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai (Wedding and Post Wedding Party), Soufflé | S’il Vous Plaît, Churchgate (Mehndi)
Wedding Designer, Stylist & Planner: The A-Cube Project
Florals: Afreen Wedding Services
Production: D Karmali and Co.
Stylist: Ami Patel
Photography: Stories by Joseph Radhik, Rahul Jhangiani
Videography: Paper Tiger Films