Arjun Kanugo and Carla Dennis, Mumbai
Musician Arjun Kanugo wed model Carla Dennis at a romantic wedding ceremony hosted at The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai.
After seven years of dating musician, actor and entrepreneur Arjun Kanugo tied the knot with South African model, interior designer and content creator – Carla Dennis. Hosting their wedding was The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai where the couple got hitched in a traditional Hindu ceremony. Brimming with desi hues and rituals, this cross-cultural wedding was a thing of beauty.
How They Met
Musician, actor and entrepreneur, Arjun Kanugo first met Carla Dennis while shooting for his music video in which Carla played a central role. For them, it was love at first sight and as time flew by, seven years, to be precise, their bond just kept getting stronger.
Giving Carla a pretext of a work assignment Arjun surprised her by popping the question during a sunset cruise in Dubai. And, to make it even more special her engagement ring was encrusted with his grandmother’s diamond with ‘Ek is lief vir jou’ (‘I love you’ in Afrikaans) engraved inside the band as a nod to Carla’s South African heritage.
When it comes to tying the knot in the city of dream aka Mumbai, there are a plethora of places one can choose from. However, nothing beats the charm of the seaside. And, when it comes to seaside venues, it just doesn’t get better than The Taj Mahal Palace – an iconic heritage hotel that offers a sweeping view of the waves but also of the stunning Gateway of India. With several outdoor as well as indoor venues, intricate architecture and versatile hospitality – this luxury hotel was perfect for Arjun and Carla’s intimate wedding.
Helming the decor front was The Creative Company who keenly understood the couple’s vision and designed a decor that aptly represented their fun personalities. From a light-hearted cheery mehndi to a plush wedding decor dotted with tropical elements, their union was nothing short of a dream come true.
The mehndi was a colourful affair in which the South African Carla embraced her desi side by donning a beautiful lehenga which she paired with floral jewellery. Apart from the outfits, the treats served at the mehndi were also quintessentially desi with chaat reigning supreme and delighting everyone’s tastebuds.
For the wedding at The Taj Mahal Palace, the couple kept it intimate yet spectacular. Wearing contrasting hues, Carla in red and Arjun in white, they made a striking picture against the tropical foliage-filled backdrop which was planned by the bride herself! Two female priests officiated the traditional Hindu wedding and also translated the rituals for Carla’s side of the family. Overall, the wedding was an intimate affair with their close, loved ones who mingled freely with each other.
Bringing the celebrations to a glamorous close was a cocktail celebration at a posh restaurant in Colaba where the couple threw a grand party. In the beginning, Carla looked stunning in a pristine white saree and as the night progressed, she changed into a glitzy black strapless gown to take the dancefloor by storm with Arjun.
The Wedding Makers
Venues: President, Mumbai (Mehndi), The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai (Wedding), Neuma (Cocktail)
Décor: The Creative Company
Caterers: The Little Food Co (Mehndi)
Groom’s Outfits: Anita Dongre (Mehndi), Sarah & Sandeep (Cocktail)
Groom’s Shoes: Anita Dongre (Mehndi, Wedding)
Groom’s Makeup: Suprabha Yadav (Mehndi)
Groom’s Hairstyling: Hair Makeup by KrishnaKami (Mehndi)
Bride’s Outfits: Anita Dongre (Mehndi), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding), Falguni Shane Peacock (Cocktail)
Jewellery: Anita Dongre Pinkcity (Mehndi), Tyaani Jewellery (Wedding), Vandals (Cocktail)
Floral Jewellery: Floral Art (Mehndi)
Bride’s Stylist: Anaita Shroff Adajania
Makeup: Monika Dey (Mehndi, Wedding)
Hairstyling: Soniya Modi (Mehndi, Wedding)
Wedding Invitations: The Creative Company
Photography: StoryTellers Inc Management, House On The Clouds, Fourfold Pictures