The #Desi2Aussie bride, Deepika Kamaiah’s wedding was a thrilling mélange of fun, glamor and unabashed color, which made for a very ‘blingy’ winter wedding.

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

How we met
We were introduced by our families and because I’d already received several proposals, I readily gave this a shot. I thought Sumanth was really handsome and started talking to him regularly. But I had apprehensions about the distance – he lives in Australia, I in Bangalore. After much thought we finally decided to meet in person in Bali. The rest? Well it is our history…

The proposal
He’d already planned an entire proposal before we met in Bali. He wrote a long letter to my father telling him that he wanted to marry me, assuring him that he would take care of me and told him about how lucky he feels to marry me! And that’s not all. He even asked my friends and family about my likes and dislikes and began crafting a really special proposal. I was in for a pleasant surprise! He took me out to a candle light dinner and went down on one knee to propose. I was so touched when he told me he’d already written to my father asking for my hand in marriage.

Wedding Planning
Pritie from Bling Mushrooms is one of my best friends and so deciding on a wedding planner was easy. With Sumanth away, Priti and I discussed the whole wedding together and the results were fantastic!

Wedding Functions

Mehndi
I wanted to break the mold and have my friends really enjoy the mehndi celebration. So I planned a ‘pampering session’ at a very well-known place called Polished Nail Studio in Indiranagar for all my girlfriends. The décor was entirely done in yellow and orange for a fun vibe. Each of my friends were treated to a luxurious pedicure, manicure and gel nails. The mehndi celebrations, later, spilled into a wine and cheese soirée to which I wore a yellow & orange lehenga by Kamaiah Design Studio – my own clothing line in Bangalore.

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Haldi
We hosted an intimate haldi ceremony at the Manipal County Resort in Bangalore. The color scheme that evening was pink and green which perfectly matched my embellished lehenga by Kamaiah Studio and the intricate long Amrapali uncut diamond haathphool. We even had a baraat where his family danced to the choicest beats of the dhol.

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Wedding
Though we had a typical open air Telugu wedding, it was a mix of tradition and a beautiful play of colors. We had marigold flower and gold bells theme running throughout our wedding festivities. The invites, too, were cutely designed and wrapped in yellow tissues potlis to match with the decor of the function. To welcome the guests, we had specially designed a life size lord Ganesha statue at the entrance of the venue. We also had unlimited cocktails at the wedding which is quite unusual for a South Indian wedding.

Because we hosted our wedding at the open air resort, we were able to bring in fun décor elements and activities such as photo booths, gazebos, quirky auto rickshaws entirely decorated in bright orange marigolds. The aesthete in me made sure even the family’s attire was co-ordinated: the youngsters wore yellow while others wore orange. As the bride, I brought my own colors to the wedding and dressed myself in a traditional cream and gold kanjeevaram saree with a bright pink border from Angadi Silks. I accessorized it with a long necklace, maang tikka, jhumkas and bangles from C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons and Shree Krishna Diamond & Jewellery.

Vikram Mittal has been doing my makeup for decades. I trust him completely. He knows my skin texture and crafted the most beautiful dewy makeup look to make me glow on my big day.

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Cocktail
Our cocktail party was an English style after party with a ‘black and red’ ballroom theme. I wore a red tube gown with a long trail from Elan Design Studio which went perfectly with Sumanth’s all-black tuxedo. The party was hosted at the Chancery Pavilion which has a very western, ballroom setting. It was entirely decorated with white flowers and also had an amazing photo booth that said "Desi2Aussie". Sure, there was delicious food and unlimited alcohol but this party was all about celebrating our special bond. There was an impromptu dance performance from our friends and family but the sweetest surprise was when Sumanth, danced and also sang my favorite song. It was wonderful and a very special moment for me!

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

Deepika Kamaiah and Sumanth Gopi

The Wedding Makers
Venue: Manipal County Resort, Bangalore (Haldi & Wedding), The Chancery Pavilion (Cocktail)
Jewelry: C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons, Sri Krishna diamond & jewellery and Amrapali jewels
Makeup Artist: Vikram Mittal
Outfits: Kamaiah design studio (mehendi & Haldi), Angadi Silks (Wedding), Elan Design Studio (Cocktail)
Event and Décor coordinator: Pritie Jain, Bling Mushrooms
Mehendi: Polished Nail Studio

Photographers: Manan Photography

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