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“It felt special to get married at Taj Mahal, Colaba the first five star hotel my parents visited.”

Anuja and Omkar’s wedding celebrations were held in Mumbai. They both earlier lived in Mumbai and now live in Singapore, she works in her family business and he is an investment banker. Says Anuja: “Taj Mahal, Colaba was the first five star hotel my parents visited. At that time, over three decades ago, they could only afford a cup of tea there. I heard this story from my mother quite some time back, and whenever I visited the hotel, I would remember my parents as newly-weds. With so much emotional value associated with the hotel, it was a clear preference as our wedding venue. And The Gateway of India as the backdrop for the reception sealed the deal.”

The wedding celebrations were managed by Sneh Punjabi and Radhika Gulwadi of Svaha Events, Mumbai. Says Sneh: “When Anuja approached us, she was very clear she wanted a stress-free wedding and being a perfectionist she wanted to ensure that she could enjoy herself and not sweat about the small stuff on her special day. Before the wedding we spent a lot of time to look into the decor and all the elements as she wanted every function to have a unique look and feel.” The three-day wedding festivities started with the youngsters’ brunch at Amadeus in Mumbai’s landmark destination NCPA. The theme was Western semi formal and the guests were the couple’s close friends only. Anuja looked lovely in a yellow gown and Omkar looked relaxed and dapper in blue jeans. The elements of the party included coyote dancers, a fun photo booth with customized signages and props that were ordered especially from US. Svaha Events conceptualized a unique photo booth with colorful lanterns placed on a tree making it an interesting setting for fun pictures.

The mehndi the next day was an eclectic and colorful event where the highlight was pop colors like green, orange & pink. Though traditional flowers were used, there was a ‘fun feel’ to the decor with cone-shaped centerpieces and flowers wrapped in a banana leaf, gold twig trees with flower hangings, and hanging tea lights. The Sangeet was held at Sofitel Hotel where the decor was more dramatic, lots of red with hues of orange, gold and white. The night commenced with a small family performance, and more dance performances that continued till the wee hours of the morning. Anuja wore a beautiful white Anarkali by Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla.

The wedding and the reception were held at the Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba. The wedding was a traditional Maharashtrian affair, the decor in shades of white, yellow and gold to blend with the rich & royal interiors of the Taj Ballroom. Since Anuja loves candles, the decor featured tea light grids at the entrance and as the backdrop for the mandap. The reception decor was Victorian, with flowers like orchids & Thai roses, and lanterns and crystals with mood lighting for a very romantic feel. Champagne with strawberries were served to all guests to celebrate the union. Wedding celebrations over, it was now time for the newly-weds to head to Krabi islands for their honeymoon.

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