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Inspired by Sufi, Arabic and Rajasthani cultures, this couple’s wedding was a diverse celebration
Wedding Planning - Aug 6, 2020
With the palatial architecture of Jaipur serving as the perfect backdrop, Disha and Jay’s nuptials reflected their unique tastes and personalities. Designed, conceptualized and executed by WeddingSutra Favorite – Swaaha Weddings & Experiences, the wedding celebrations were a feast for the senses.
Handling the colossal task of planning, conceptualizing and executing this destination wedding, Swaaha Weddings & Experiences looked into every detail with pinpoint precision and creativity. Hemant Kale, director at Swaaha Weddings and Experiences, shares, “Our aim was to blend the requirement of the couple and their respective families to create a wedding that everyone, regardless of age, would enjoy. Keeping this in mind, we went ahead and conceptualized seven thematic events that were hosted over three days.” On the photography front, the duo chose WeddingSutra Favorite – DotDusk Studios who captured all the fun and candid feelings in beautiful frames. Adding to the team were anchor Jay Karmani, DJ Shadow Nakash Aziz, and Dharini Thakkar who kept everyone entertained.
High Tea by the Pool
Kickstarting the celebrations in style, the duo hosted a joyful high tea by the pool where guests, wearing vibrant geometric printed attires, mingled with each other. Making sure that everyone felt at ease was anchor Jay Karmani who shared witty anecdotes to keep the guests entertained. Adding his musical prowess into the mix was DJ Shadow who played peppy beats that got everyone grooving. However, the highlight of the occasion was the couple’s entry that was heralded by their squads of friends in a fun manner.
Keeping the venue in mind which was a vast open terrace under the starry sky, the rehearsal dinner was a glamorous affair with guests turning up in tuxedos and gowns. Elements like fortune cookies, a customized champagne wall, and a smashing entry by the couple impressed all. Punctuated by heartfelt speeches by Disha and Jay’s loved ones, a light-hearted roast session and the mesmerizing tunes of an acoustic singer, this function was high on style and sentiments.
Lunch by the Pool
Following a vibrant pop color palette, the lunch by the pool was a sunlit event that included interactive artists, quirky photo booths alongside foosball and casino tables. To keep the spirits high, an elaborate cocktail bar manned by efficient mixologist bartenders served drinks all evening that led to everyone enjoying a casual dip to cool off in the pool.
A Sufi-themed event that was replete with elements that showcased rich Arabic culture, the mehndi was an interactive event where guests could browse through stalls that offered block printing, customized fragrances, and other trinkets that the guests could take home as souvenirs. With elements like comfortable Arabic majlis (seating places) and mashrabias (a window or doorway decorated with ornamentation made in carved wood or stone) that exuded distinct Moroccan vibes, this event also saw performances by Sufi dancers and tanoura artists.
Hosted at the plush VYOM, the sangeet was a dazzling affair that fused contemporary and traditional elements together to create an atmosphere that set the right party mood. With trippy special effects encouraging everyone to set the dance floor on fire, the evening included stunning performances executed by family members and friends. Adding their groovy tunes into the mix were Nakash Aziz and his band, along with DJ Shadow, who ensured that everyone celebrated till the early hours of the night.
A ‘Phoolon ki Holi’ themed event, the Haldi witnessed everyone dressed in traditional bandhani and leheriya prints that added a pop of bright color to the surroundings. With food counters dishing out thandais, chaat, and chana dishes, everyone whetted their appetite while smearing the couple playfully with turmeric paste. Later, as the event progressed, however, the guests were in for a treat as they indulged in a traditional Rajasthani sit down lunch that was served to them on silver platters. Over the course of the meal, they were entertained by Jaipuri dancers and singers.
Wedding and Reception
For the big day, the groom made a grand entrance on a vintage car with a baarat that consisted of elephants, horses, darbans, and a DJ van. And, as the garlanding ceremony took place on the porch of Hotel Fairmont, the 400-year-old doors of the palatial structure swung open to reveal the bride and groom who were greeted by family members who tossed balloons in the air to celebrate the occasion.
Progressing on to vast, lush lawns where the magnificent mandap was set up, the couple were serenaded by the melodious tunes of Dharini Thakkar and her team who crooned while the duo took their vows around the sacred fire.
Striking a delightful contrast with the traditional wedding ceremony, the reception featured a contemporary look where the couple cut the customary cake and listened in surprise as Jay’s parents made a touching speech welcoming Disha into the family.
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Hotel Fairmont Jaipur; VYOM (Sangeet)
Designed, Conceptualized and Executed: Swaaha Weddings & Experiences
Decor & Production: Weddings Across by Opus Media & Entertainment
Groom’s Outfits: Millionaire (Lunch by the Pool), Kunal Rawal (Mehndi), Gaurav Gupta (Sangeet), Tarun Tahiliani (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Papa Don’t Preach by Shubika (Lunch by the Pool), Arpita Mehta (Mehndi), Manish Malhotra (Sangeet), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding)
Makeup: Nidhi Behl
Hair: Sangeeta Kumar Hegde
Entertainment: Nakash Aziz, Dharini Thakkar, DJ Shadow
Emcee: Jay Karmani
Photography and Videography: DotDusk Studios