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Sumit Ahuja works as an Equity Derivatives Analyst at Citigroup in Canary Wharf - London. Akshi works as an Operations Officer at Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP.

"We always wanted to have a Royal Palace Wedding and be the King and Queen for the day" says Akshi Bhargava who got married to Sumit Ahuja in Jaipur. She shares her experiences.

We considered Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur before we finally settled on Jaipur, one of the reasons being our roots are in the city. It was very difficult to finalize on the venues as Jaipur has a lot to offer but based on the capacity, location and our budget, we settled on the Taj Jai Mahal Palace Hotel, for the Reception, Alsisar Haveli for the wedding vows and the Jaipur Megh Niwas Hotel for stay. The wedding was held on December 18, 2011 as per Punjabi Hindu traditions and the ceremonies included a Cocktail night with friends, Mehndi and Sangeet, Haldi, Pheras and the Wedding Reception.

 

Wedding@ Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur

Alsisar Haveli has its special charm- the beautiful historic Rajputana ambience with traditionally dressed staff and a beautiful swimming pool. Orange, Yellow and Amber, the theme colors were perfect for the afternoon hours. Dholwalas & kacchi godhi played at the enterance of the baraat, the safawallas tied safas to the thumping beats of the dhol and the women welcomed the guests with flower petals. This was followed by the varmala and pheras after which a Shahi lunch (traditional Rajathani food) was served in the beautiful dining room which has walls decorated with inlaid gold and is truly magnificent.

Wedding Reception@ Taj Jai Mahal Palace Hotel, Jaipur

The welcome at Jai Mahal was in Rajputana style- petals were showered, trumpets and drums (nagaras) played like in the olden days to welcome the King & the Queen. The beautiful front gardens of Jai Mahal Palace were decorated with white and red flowers, big copper vases; the beautiful fountains were surrounded with candles and flower petals. For the sit-down dinner, the under lit tables were set with gold linen, there were golden draped shamianas and white & red roses centre pieces with tall white candles in the centre. The surrounding trees and the palace building in the background were decorated with fairy & red lights. A Sufi band playing in the centre added color to the occasion.

Wedding Planner

One of our very close friends Bhanu Prataap Singh Raghav who is a Wedding Planner helped us with wedding planning and he organized all the functions. We were truly very impressed with the hard work he put in.

Wedding Clothes & Make-up

My mehndi/ sangeet outfit was from a Pakistani designer, for the wedding I wore a Sabyasachi lehenga- I picked it because I loved its mix of colors. For the reception I wanted a very different look so I chose a glamorous layered gown from Monga's, a boutique in London. Sumit wore a Jodhpuri suit for the mehendi/ sangeet and a sherwani for the wedding. For the reception he wore a blue velvet tuxedo.

My make-up was done by my sister-in-law Jaswinder Chhabra, who runs Shades, a chain of beauty salons. I loved all the different looks she gave me for all the functions especially the traditional look for the wedding.

Recommendations

Dev Purbiya wedding photography : Devendra is an AMAZING photographer, our best decision! 
Website : cam-dev.in/
Naveen Sharma Photography is great at what he does. Brilliant work!
Website : www.r-actionstudio.com

Monga's : Indian designer attire in London (extremely hard to find quality Indian wear in UK)

Shades Beauty Salon, Jaipur - Jassi did an amazing job, we totally loved it.

WeddingSutra.com Great Website, great ideas. Rocks!

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