Memorable Weddings: In conversation with Poonam Mayank Sharma
A wedding decor company based out of Bangalore, Poonam Mayank Sharma is founded by a dynamic husband-wife team who know exactly what it takes to transform dreams into reality.The team’s talent for impeccable planning and flawless execution are complemented by their ability to gauge their clients’ tastes and add on creative spins to their choices. While their forte lies in floral decor as well as sets design and creation, their wide range of specialized services include wedding communication, logistics, menu selection, styling and entertainment.
We spoke to Poonam Sharma, founder of Poonam Mayank Sharma, who talked about some of the most cherished weddings they’ve undertaken and what made them so special.
Tell us about a wedding that was designed by you where you felt the couple’s personality was reflected the best. What were the details included that spoke about the duo?
“It was Akshay and Krutika’s wedding that was hosted in Bangalore, designed under the supervision of Ambika Ghorpade. Owing to the bride and groom’s royal lineage, the wedding had a very regal look and feel to it. While each event had a distinctive theme, it was the wedding ceremony that turned out to be truly spellbinding. This was a couple who were modern yet rooted in their heritage. We ensured that the ceremony had a mix of cultures – Maharashtra, Rajasthani and Bangalorean – as a nod to their backgrounds. Every little detail, including the seating, was organized keeping the royal code of conduct in mind. The mandap was the highlight of the wedding- it was decorated using exquisite tuberoses imported from Holland.”
Venue: Taj Westend, Bangalore
Which is the most unique wedding that you have executed so far? What were the nuances that helped you make it so exclusive?
“It was Tanvi and and Aashrith’s outdoor wedding, where we set up a colossal tent-style mandap. The canopy was created using lots of fabric in a dusty-rose hue. It was suspended from a 100-year-old tree and the cloth stretched all the way to the far end of the stage, creating a symmetrical and stunning setup. From the center, we hung a large floral chandelier with blooms in peach and white. This was hands down one of the most romantic and awe-inspiring setups we have created.
The bride entered under a phoolon ki chadar with cascading pastel roses – it matched the rest of the decor perfectly. The seating arrangements were designed to exude a rustic elegance. Strips of burlap were used as chair ties and the centerpieces featured frames of raw wood with roses placed inside to add freshness.”
Venue: Holiday Village, Bangalore
Tell us about an unforgettable city wedding and some of your favorite aspects of the celebration.
“I find it very interesting when people who have lived outside the country for decades find their way back home to celebrate life’s landmark occasions, such as their nuptials. Priyanka and Sriniketh’s wedding was one such example. Despite having lived outside the country for over 30 years, the bride’s mother decided to hold her daughter’s wedding here. The bride too was eager to have an Indian wedding filled with bright colors and traditions.
The mehndi made use of every shade of the rainbow and was filled with Rajasthani umbrellas and matkas. Early next morning, their wedding saw an abundance of flowers, with a spectacular floral arrangement suspended above the mandap. This was followed by a grand ‘English vintage’ themed reception where we brought together a variety of interesting decor, featuring paper lanterns as well as a ceiling covered in Edison Bulbs and fairy lights.
There is no doubt that the decor was fantastic, but what made this wedding truly unforgettable for me was seeing guests from different parts of the world participating in all the activities. It is very rare to witness people from different cultures immersing themselves in Indian culture. This made being a part of the wedding a delightful experience.”
Venue: RG Royals, Bangalore
Which has been the most challenging destination wedding? What made it so and how did you overcome the hurdles?
“Juhi and Gaurav’s wedding that took place in Mysore has to be one of the most challenging destination weddings we have executed so far. The couple and their families are based in Dubai, so most of the planning took place over phone calls. Additionally, we decided to make this wedding an eco-friendly celebration. While we were happy to be working on such a project, the concept is still quite new so we faced a unique set of difficulties.
The bride and her family wanted a very low-key mehndi ceremony with just close relatives and friends at the resort. We used several reusable elements for the decor, including bright umbrellas and colorful pots. At the events, we swapped plastic straws with those made of steel. Since the bride and the groom belong to different cultures, the families decided on an Arya Samaj wedding in the day, followed by a reception in the evening. The event was held on the lawns and made use of paper decorations. A lot of the elements were incorporated to further the eco-friendly theme. We packaged the gifts using paper, we also made use of jute and other fabrics for the decoration and we also used chalkboards with handwritten messages in place of the usual printed signs.”
Venue: Silent Shores, Mysore
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