Smita from London got married to New York based Abhishek and the celebrations were held at Zeebop by the Sea and The Leela, Goa. Here, Smita writes about her search for the perfect Wedding Lehenga.
Soon after our engagement in Feb 2013, we started our search for the ideal wedding venue. We decided it had to be somewhere in India so our family elders could attend. We also wanted it to be a holiday cum getaway for everyone including us. Goa therefore was the unanimous choice!
Since I live in London, I only had a few days to shop for my entire wedding trousseau during a trip to India in May (wedding in Nov). It was highly unlikely I would make another trip before the wedding. After facing disappointment at India’s top designers as their ready-made Lehengas were not ‘long’ enough (I am 5’10”) and any alteration would spoil the original look, I visited famous shops in Delhi like Frontier, Ushnak Mal but I didn’t like what I saw there. I then turned to a shop in Chandni Chowk on a friend’s recommendation. While they had a few sample pieces to show, none was anything like I had in mind. I wanted a traditional red with intricate gold work. So I ended up designing my own Lehenga. I picked the perfect ‘red’ colour. A green and mango border in velvet with gold work all over. And a green velvet blouse to break the monotony of red. I also had little gold round beads put all over.
The Lehenga arrived a few months later, I saw photos of it. It was not perfect so I asked my mother and local tailor to improvise and add a bit. I tried it on a few days before my wedding and voila it was lovely.
Our search for a venue and vendors was influenced by logistics and costs as it usually is but most of all by the attitude and response of the people. We were managing this process remotely so it was that much more important we could trust the vendors to deliver, most of whom we had never met and would not meet until the wedding. It is for this reason that we picked The Leela over many other hotels even though it was not the most economical. Ankit Bhargava of Regal Weddings was our Wedding Planner. And photographer Payal Kumar captured the special moments, her passion and willingness stood out sharply compared to other photographers we spoke to. Looking back, we are so glad we made these choices.
Having had a wonderful wedding, I think clothes and make-up can only do so much. The best thing a bride can wear is her smile.
Photos Courtesy- Payal Kumar (All Things Nice)