Anjali and Kyle, Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon
Anjali and Kyle’s beautiful union was an extravagant celebration of their love meticulously planned by the couple themselves.
Anjali and Kyle pulled off a lavish Indian wedding in the beautiful environs of Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon. Have a look at the lovely wedding they managed to plan themselves and how they traded wedding traditions to the merriment of all.
How we met
Anjali says, “We met while teaching at Vega School in Gurgaon. We spent some time together informally outside of school and realized we enjoyed each other’s company. That is how it all started.”
“There was a formal proposal and it took place at Roots (in The Park) near the Kingdom of Dreams,” Kyle says, “It’s where we had our first date and we hadn’t been back. Anjali had no idea. I got a couple of friends on board to help with the surprise. So… Anjali usually helps me with my Hindi and I told her that I needed help to translate something. I wrote the proposal in Hindi and asked her to translate the way she always does with most of my work.” Anjali remembers, “He was on his knees for a good while as I was busy crying and digesting the fact that he’s proposing marriage!”
The couple did it all on their own, Anjali says, “Kyle and I were the wedding planners who managed to line up everything in a month from budget, guests flying from different countries, booking venues, getting our outfits, photographers and makeup artist. It was a tough job but we wanted every aspect of our union to be personal as well so we decided to plan it ourselves.”
“The Mehndi and Sangeet was arranged to just break the ice between the traditional Haryana family and a modern American family,” Anjali says, “Kyle came up with an idea of doing it informally in a space where people can get involved in activities and we decided on Patio in Gurgaon. We started off with paintball which was so much fun, and then later, we had the Mehndi function which was followed by lots of dancing and laughter.”
“I always wanted to wear a wine colored lehenga with beautiful green jewellery for my wedding and so that’s what I did,” Anjali smiles. The wedding was captured by The Wow weddings and the bride and groom both loved the personal touch to the photographs.
The bride’s makeover was crafted by Vanilla69 by Yogita Adhikari who she knows since her sister’s wedding. Anjali says, “She is now part of our lives and her work is beyond amazing.”
It was a first for Kyle’s family and the traditional Hindu ceremony was wonderful to witness. The fun traditions were also extra exciting, “While stealing shoes, it was more like a game of Rugby than just a tradition which was taken pretty seriously as all his friends and my cousins left the wedding venue and went on the main road to chase for these shoes,” Anjali says, laughing at the memory, “It was a great experience for Kyle’s friends and family to see various rituals and participate as well.
It helped that a lot of their students were around too, “My students were more excited than me and welcomed me with so much warmth as I entered the wedding venue.”
The reception was an American style party, Anjali says, “with speeches, toasts, games, lots of drinking, dancing, tears, laughter and memories to cherish forever. The key to this wedding was Kyle’s and my belief in making this happen. Our union was blessed by both families and we let emotions guide us from moment to the other. Now we are happily married!”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Patio Club (Mehndi/Sangeet), Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon (Wedding and Reception)
Brides Outfit: Pakeeza Plaza, Delhi
Grooms Outfit: Vicugna Menswear, Gurgaon
Makeup Artist: Vanilla69 – Makeup and Hair by Yogita Adhikari
Photography: The Wow Weddings