When we open ourselves to new possibilities, that’s when all the magic begins. Priyadarshini and Varun never expected that the traditional arranged married setting was something that could surprise them. However, in a conversation with us, Priyadarshini revealed, “Initially, our parents thought that we would be a good match and introduced us to each other. Little did we realize how much fun an arranged marriage could be! Once we met, everything magically fell into place. The way our families came together and the way our relationship took shape was beautiful.”
The couple celebrated their love with an extravagant engagement ceremony at ITC Grand Chola, Chennai. To take the beauty of it all up a notch, the couple entrusted WeddingSutra Favorite – The A Cube Project with the responsibility of transforming the venue into a space that looked ethereal.
“Ambika did a killer job with the decor at our engagement. What she created for us was just what I had imagined. I have known her for years and was certain that she was the best, yet, her work left me pleasantly surprised! Everything was so last minute, and we went to her only two weeks before the event, yet she pulled it off flawlessly. She has an amazing team, and I love how creative they are. I had complete trust in her, and she did not let me down.”
Their event was hosted at the ITC Grand Chola and the opulent interiors and magnificent facade of the hotel were the perfect match for the mood of the celebrations. Overlooking the city’s verdant foliage, the property is a palatial tribute to one of Southern India’s greatest empires – The Imperial Cholas.
The event was divided into two separate ceremonies and included a traditional engagement function and a reception where the bride made an impression with her tasteful ensembles. At the tradional ceremony, she was resplendent in a golden Kanchipuram saree from Prakash Silks which was embellished by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla.
The A Cube Project designed the floral elements to make the venue look like whimsical garden. The ceiling was festooned with burgeoning vines and flowers which was complemented with striking centerpieces created using fresh calla lilies, delphinium, buttons, and hydrangeas among other exotic blooms.
In another section of the venue, wisterias and greens hung from upturned cane baskets adding a touch of quirkiness to the environs. The stage showcased geometric cuts, candles, mirror surfaces and chic accents that added another layer of grandeur to the floral paradise.
A central installation made with alco panels, crystal ‘shamadans’ (candle holders), and calla lilies exuded opulence, while ‘Swings of Joy’ made from pink roses brought in the fun factor.
Besides the wide variety of exotic flowers, the function was filled with revelry and energy. What made the evening even more memorable was the beautiful performance by The Flute Symphony.