In a time of extravagant weddings, this bride chose to have her beautiful nuptials at home. Here's why…
What if your ideal wedding venue just happens to be your home which is rich in memories, emotions and the presence of your loved ones? That’s why Riddhi and Ankur decided to get married at her home – which was the bride’s dream come true as she had always imagined getting married in this special place.
Riddhi spent a lot of time as a child with her grandmother in her house. She always knew she wanted to get married at her house as it symbolized the presence of her late grandmother who she was very close to, and the home was a repository of their cherished memories together. Riddhi’s mother Madhulika Bansal shares, “I knew getting married at home would be an opportunity of a lifetime for my daughter who wanted something very personaland intimate on one of the biggest days of her life.”
Here, Madhulika shares some highlights from her daughter’s wedding celebrations in New Delhi captured by WeddingSutra Favorite Hitched & Clicked.
How They Met
Madhulika recollects Riddhi and Ankur’s journey from their first meeting to wedlock. “Ridhhi and Ankur met through common friends ten years ago, and since they’ve known each for so long, it was given that they were destined to be together. She did not want to go down the conventional way of having a lavish wedding, so we decided on hosting an intimate wedding ceremony with just close family and friends in attendance. While researching venues, we finally decided to hold the wedding ceremony at home. Ridhhi was very close to her grandmother who passed away when Riddhi was just ten years old, and both had spent a lot of time together in this house. Riddhi wanted to feel her grandmother’s presence on her big day, so getting married at home made sense. Everything came together so beautifully, and our wedding planner Abhinav Bhagat did a great job in transforming our home into something magical just for the occasion.”
“Riddhi wanted a very personal and meaningful wedding experience. Our friends and family know Riddhi and Ankur better than anyone else, individually and as a couple, and you know they’ll go the extra mile to make their day special. We were fortunate to have Abhinav Bhagat who was just like a friend,and he guided us through the wedding planning and decor as he already knew our vision which made the entire process smooth and stress-free. We believe in the blessings of our ancestors and it was equally important for us to maintain all the rituals on this auspicious day. We honored our deceased loved ones by dedicating a wall which featured their old pictures,” adds Madhulika.
For the wedding ceremony, Riddhi designed her outfit which was a beautiful mint green lehenga with pretty gold thread threadwork depicting floral motifs on the skirt. She paired this with a contrasting red dupatta and elegant gold jewelry. Ankur matched her bridal splendor in a light cream Nikhil Thampi ethnic kurta with churidaar pyjamas which he paired with a green neckpiece and beige turban.
“Before the main wedding ceremony, Ridhhi and I, along with her aunt, organized a small mehndi ceremony in the house with a themed dress code,” shares Madhulika. The bigger daytime outdoor mehndi bash took place at Pullman New Delhi Aerocity after the home wedding. The function’s decor included pink as the dominant color, with large dream catchers beautifully incorporated into the setup alongside beautiful florals. While Ankur looked dashing in his blue and white Nikhil Thampi creation, Riddhi looked every bit a happy bride in her self-designed purple outfit with a colorful topcoat, which she paired with bespoke jewelry.
After the more formal atmosphere of the religious ceremonies, the reception at Pullman New Delhi Aerocity was a livelier event. Bright lights made the entire venue look chic and dreamy. Riddhi wore a beautiful pink and white ombre gown with glittery details by Gauri and Nainika, while Ankur kept his look classic in a dapper suit.
Venue: Pullman New Delhi Aerocity (Mehndi and Reception)
Wedding Planner: Abhinav Bhagat Events (Delhi NCR)
Caterer: The Food Affairs by Sarita Bajaj (Home Wedding)
Make-up Artist: Savleen Manchanda (Delhi NCR)
Bride and Groom Stylist: Mohit Rai (Mumbai)
Bride’s Outfit: Ridhhi Bansal (Mehndi and Wedding), Gauri and Nainika (Reception)
Groom’s Outfits: Nikhil Thampi (Wedding and Mehndi)
Photography: Hitched & Clicked