This lockdown wedding unfolded in the groom’s lush farmhouse with dedicated vendors, including a professional sanitization team
Radhika and Yatin first met when they were pursuing their academic ambitions and as their friendship blossomed into love, they decided to tie the knot after dating for five years.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their plans for a grand Indian wedding, and they had to keep rescheduling dates. Finally, the couple decided to take back control of the situation in the best way they could despite the chaos of lockdowns and wed in a cozy ceremony held at Yatin’s farmhouse in Manesar, Gurgaon.
Radhika shares, “Yatin and I first met while pursuing our master’s degrees, and at first, we hardly spoke to each other. But as time flew by, we both moved to Bangalore to work, and to our absolute astonishment, we discovered that we were living in the same society. Soon, our friendship turned into love, and then there was no looking back.”
When asked about her original plans and what spurred her to opt for an intimate wedding instead, the happy bride adds, “Initially, we were supposed to have a grand wedding with a guest list of over 700 people. But since both of us were in Mumbai when the lockdown was imposed it was impossible for us to make it to Delhi where we had decided to wed. Eventually, we had no choice but to reschedule the celebrations for December. However, taking stock of the uncertain situation, we instead, changed our plans again and decided to tie the knot in June. Yatin’s secluded farmhouse in Manesar, Haryana, seemed like a perfect venue for our intimate nuptials.’’
Sharing the creative process behind choosing themes for each function Radhika explains, “As it was a fusion wedding, we tried to include all customs as per Bihari and Haryanvi traditions. A tilak ceremony was followed by a Ganesh puja, a boisterous haldi function, a cocktail dinner where Yatin surprised us all with his moves, and finally the wedding ceremony.”
“Since Yatin’s farmhouse has a lush beautiful garden, we made it the center stage for our nuptials. Also, it fit in perfectly with our plans of having a lot of pastel and green shades at our wedding. Honestly, everything just fell into place as all our vendors were understanding and active, right from our planner who helped us out at every step to our amazing photographers The Wedding Matinee who clicked expressive shots of every moment.”
“When it came to our outfits, Yatin and I chose to keep it simple to reflect our personalities. For the haldi and cocktail events, I designed my own outfits by sourcing the fabrics locally and getting it stitched at my local boutique in Noida. Yatin’s attire was also designed by me wherein I picked out the fabric, had it assembled, and then added an Anita Dongra dupatta to it as a final flourish.”
Sharing advice for Couples planning an intimate wedding, Radhika shares, “A cozy wedding definitely allowed Yatin and I to enjoy the finer details and understand each ritual of the wedding. And though we did miss having many of our family and friends, technology allowed us to share our joy with them all thanks to the Live Broadcast executed by The Wedding Matinee team. Also, keeping each precaution in mind, we had everything well sanitized and that aspect was looked after by a team of experts.”
The Wedding Makers
Location: Manesar, Gurgaon
Wedding Planner: Din Shagna Da
Decor: The Girl with Ideas
Bride’s Outfits: Ekaya Banaras (Wedding)
Makeup: Sheeny Kaul
Photography: The Wedding Matinee