These twin sisters tied the knot together in an intimate lockdown wedding that had a male as well as female priest!
Brimming with double doses of fun and joy, twin sisters Riya and Shriya’s marriage to their respective beaus Indra and Devavrat was a real feast for the eyes. A meaningful celebration of love and equality, this dual wedding was beautifully photographed by WeddingSutra Favorite – Jodi Clickers who with their expertise captured a plethora of emotions in each frame.
Riya Didwania and Indra first met virtually while staying in Hong Kong. They met at a night market for their first date and hit it off instantly, only to find out that Indra had plans to move to Cyprus a month after they’d met. However, they were keen to continue their relationship and managed a long-distance bond where they vowed to try and meet each other as much as possible.
Throughout their courtship they would write letters to each other. Two years down, Indra had the idea of hiding his proposal in these letters. After a while, Riya figured out his intentions on a trip to Paris where he handed her the final letter and led her to the park where he went down on one knee and popped the big question. To sweeten this proposal, he’d added a picture from their favorite comic inside the ring box. Although the couple couldn’t see each other for a year following the lockdown, Riya planned a proposal for Indra as well which she successfully executed a week before the wedding.
Similarly, Shriya Didwania and Devavrat Bhatia’s story also took root online! After a fun-filled first date which consisted of a walk on Marine Drive, hours of conversation, and a date punctuated with spilt lemonade, the two bonded. Fast forward to one and half years later, Devavrat popped the question to Shriya at Alibaug during her birthday weekend. After uttering an excited ‘yes!’ to him, Shriya also crafted a wedding proposal for Devavrat which had him going on a treasure hunt all over Bombay to the places they frequented!
When it came to planning their wedding, the couples were insistent on having a smaller, more intimate wedding and placed utmost importance on the safety of their loved ones. The sisters share, “We wanted everything to be as safe as possible. Keeping the pandemic in mind, everyone’s health and safety were at the top of our priority list! We limited the functions to the ones that we related to most and those that made sense to celebrate. Our parents were keen on a Ganesh Puja and our uncle was enthusiastic about the cocktail, so we decided to host them. Furthermore, we combined the Mehndi and Sangeet where we performed together while one of the grooms doubled up as the dholki! Most importantly, we had a male and a female priest leading the wedding ceremony. Prior to the wedding, we’d explained how we looked at our relationships as equal partnerships, and we went about the rituals keeping that mindset. Usually, one hears of how stressed the couples and their families are during the wedding planning. On the contrary, it was a smooth process for us. Since we had only close family and friends attending the wedding, nobody was stressed and everyone felt at ease.”
Gushing about the photography team, the two brides share, “Team Jodi Clickers made us feel really comfortable from the very first day which consisted of a shoot at six in the morning! Every single member of their team was very pleasant and friendly. They added a unique spin to our photo shoot which was quite far away from the typical pictures one sees of couples! They made sure we had a great time and it was the perfect start to our celebrations. Even after the wedding, they were extremely prompt with their deliverables. We would highly recommend them.”
Mindful of how smaller businesses have been adversely impacted by the pandemic, the sisters decided to go local with their outfits. Riya shares, “We wanted to support small, local businesses since they’ve been hit hard by the lockdown. The mehndi outfits which were the Lucknowi lehengas were a gift from my in-laws while the cocktail outfits were a gift from Shriya’s in-laws who got it customized by a local designer. Our wedding outfits were also by a local designer from Mumbai. Also, while buying outfits, we were keen on having something we could wear often and not something that would be worn once and then left to collect dust in the wardrobes.”
Enlightened by their experience of conducting a dual wedding amidst the pandemic, the sisters’ advice, “start planning as early as you can and have fun with the process. Everything cannot go exactly as planned but make sure to enjoy every moment of that time. If it wasn’t for the pandemic we probably wouldn’t have had an intimate wedding but in the end, we’re glad it turned out this way.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai
Groom’s Outfits (Devavrat): Charagh Din (Cocktail, Reception), Dawood Khan Tailors and Clothiers (Wedding)
Groom’s Outfits (Indra): Vanshik (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Jiya by Veer Design Studio (Ganesh Puja, Wedding), Simone Handcrafted (Cocktail)
Makeup: Makeup by Bandana
Entertainment: Shanay Music (Reception)
Wedding Priest: Kailash Dwivedi
Wedding Invitations: Monki Business by Maitreyi Bhatia
Photography: Jodi Clickers