Actress and writer Sukhmani Sadana tied the knot with real estate mogul Rishabh Thakkar in an intimate wedding celebration in Jaipur. Planned and executed by Mumbai-based Svaha Events and beautifully captured by Delhi-based photographer Gurvinder Singh, Sukhmani tells us about her wedding.

About us
Rishabh works in the family business of real estate and construction. He’s been a Billiards World Champion and also worked in the directorial team of two feature films, “Guzaarish” and “Kai Po Che”. He wants to direct a film one day!

I’ve always pursued my two passions, writing and television. I’ve anchored several travel and educational shows for channels like CNN IBN, Travel XP, NDTV and have acted in shows produced by YRF, web shows for Sony and television commercials. My writing career has included stints with Vikram Bhatt, Kunal Kohli, Tarun Mansukhani, Tips, Balaji, to name a few.

How we met is not such a romantic story, though I wish it was. Rishabh claims he saw me first at Ranveer Singh’s birthday party nine years ago! Then he kept seeing me around Mumbai, spotting me with my friends. He thought I was cute but never made any attempts to chat me up. Two years ago, he decided to make contact. Sadly, our medium of love wasn’t beautifully written letters or pigeons carrying notes. It was a Facebook message. I didn’t pay much heed (I hate those new-age unromantic gestures) but I must admit, his persistence got a reaction out of me. Within a few months we started dating and it took only a year for him to go down on one knee and propose. We were married six months later.

Wedding Venue
I’m from Amritsar, he’s from Mumbai. I’m intrigued and in awe of the glories of Indian royalty, sprawling lawns, old school glamour. Art and music matters more to us than discos and five star hotels and we wanted a cultured, wedding. So we chose Samode Palace. It’s not been created to look like a palace – it IS a palace. It hasn’t been taken over by a hotel, it is the residence of royalty. The staff don’t work for a chain. They are the maharaja’s personal staff. All of this made Samode Palace stand out and above any conventional wedding venue. And of course the weather is just the icing on the cake!

Wedding Functions
We wanted to celebrate in an earthy, classy, rooted way – not screaming out for attention. For example, we wanted to recreate our childhood melas for the mehendi. So we had kites hanging from the trees, puppet shows, snake charmers, stalls with things to purchase, game stalls where you could throw a a ring to win a prize or pop balloons with rifles.

As for the wedding and sangeet, unlike others, we didn’t want to torture our family and friends with having to wake up early for the pheras after a long night of partying. It takes away from the purity of the event. So we took the liberty of changing the usual format and celebrated our sangeet after the day of the pheras. And we partied into the wee hours of the morning with no alarm clocks going off the next day!

Wedding Shopping
Rishabh and I don’t believe in spending a fortune on wedding outfits. He chose a subtle sophistication and went with outfits by Nachiket Barve and Simone Khambatta. As for me, I knew what colours and look I wanted so rather than going to a single designer, I put together my outfits from an assortment.

The Wedding Makers
Wedding Planner- Our wedding planners Svaha were just fabulous. If it wasn't for them, I wonder how we would have managed.

Photography & Video- I found Gruvinder Singh, photographer from Delhi, after a random search on the internet and he exceeded my expectations. As for the video team, we hired Dhoom Dhaam Weddings by Ashi Dua and Tanya Ghavri. This was their first project and I think they did a better job than anyone else could have!

Makeup & Hair- Jay Kanojiya and Poonam Solanki worked like magic and their expertise kept me calm because I had no reason to brief them at all.

Photos courtesy- Gurvinder Singh

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