Divya Ganatra and Darshan Majethia, Le Meridien Mahabaleshwar Resort and Spa
From a Harry Potter-inspired engagement and a Garba-Raas Haldi to an Enchanted Forest wedding, this one was just as creative as it was beautiful.
Divya Ganatra and Darshan Majethia’s ethereal forest-themed wedding orchestrated by WeddingSutra Favorite – To The Aisle amidst the mystic hills of Mahabaleshwar was an affair to remember. Watch the festivities unfold in these mesmerizing shots by WeddingSutra Favorite – Magic Motion Media.
How They Met
Darshan and Divya first crossed paths at their workplace, and much like in the movies, Darshan fell in love with her at first sight. He struck up a conversation with her over Facebook, and before long they were inseparable, talking and spending time together. It was a long wait for Darshan, but his love persevered and paid off handsomely when months later, Divya said yes to his sunset proposal in Goa, the same place where they first expressed their feelings for each other.
Spread across 3 days, Divya and Darshan’s wedding was an intimate affair chalked out beautifully by Mpire Events. The elegant, tasteful set-up for each function was thoughtfully curated by To The Aisle to not only match the vibe of the bride and the groom but also make their guests feel at home. Unique touches like a perfume bar, customized cocktails, wedding favors like mints, bath salts and more, made the wedding all the more memorable for the guests, while every night was topped with a rocking after-party to ensure that everyone enjoyed it to the fullest. The team of Magic Motion Media captured their precious moments in stunning frames.
Brimming with vibrant colors, the Mehndi function kicked off the festivities. Huge pots of bougainvillea in every hue along with acrylic signages added a lively, youthful feel to the occasion. In contrast, acrylic chairs were used for the seating arrangement to let the colors truly pop. The bride and groom rocked bold colors and prints, as they danced in a drum circle organized by their friends.
The striking couple exchanged rings in an indo-fusion ring ceremony with an eclectic vibe in shades of berry red, black, and gold. Floating candles inspired by The Great Hall in their favorite Harry Potter films and a stage backdrop of floating lampshades added a charming touch to the evening. The couple sported chic ensembles of black and crimson to match the decadent yet classy vibe of the evening.
A glitzy night under the stars, their glam Sangeet saw riveting performances by their friends and family to the couple’s favorite songs on a concert-like stage with LED graphics and lights. Rousing tunes by Bhavya Raj Experience had everyone dancing into the night.
The final day began with a Haldi function imbued with the flavors of Gujarat. The earthy decor consisting of terracotta pots, a spinning wheel and marigold flowers lent a warm feel to the occasion. Traditional Garba numbers set a lively ambience while a dress code of Bandhani and Leheriya outfits added a burst of colors.
The couple got their forest wedding theme with a whimsical celebration cocooned in greenery. Wooden benches flanked the aisle to emulate tree barks, while the enchanting mandap of foliage-laden pillars and a halo canopy of flowers left everyone awe-struck. Crystal chandeliers and fog machines added a mystical feel to the occasion, completing the mesmerizing vision as the couple took their vows, while soulful flute music played in the backdrop.
The black-tie Reception followed the Wedding. It was a classy affair that saw heartfelt speeches, emotional toasts and tender moments of love. Dinner tables suspended from trees made for a quirky element, while warm cozy lights added a surreal feel to the evening. A photobooth shaped like intertwined pinky fingers added a funky touch for people to snap fun shots for their social media. Darshan’s favorite popcorn was given to the guests as a parting gift wrapped in brown recycled bags aptly labeled, “Thanks For Poppin’ By”.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Le Meridien Mahabaleshwar Resort and Spa
Wedding Planner: Mpire Events
Design & Decor: To The Aisle
Groom’s Outfits: Telon (Welcome High Tea), Shantanu and Nikhil (Ring Ceremony), Kasbah by Nishchaiy Sajdeh (Mehendi), Raisson D’être by Govinda Mehta (Sangeet, Wedding, Reception), Eleven Brothers (Haldi)
Bride’s Outfits: Prints by Radhika (Welcome High Tea), Shantanu and Nikhil (Ring Ceremony), Torani (Mehndi), Kresha Bajaj (Sangeet), Amreen Sandhu Atelier (Haldi), Shyamal and Bhumika (Wedding), Gavin Miguel (Reception)
Jewelry: Manubhai Jewellers (Ring Ceremony, Sangeet, Reception), Jet Gems (Ring Ceremony, Sangeet), Tribe by Amrapali (Mehndi), Qbik (Mehndi),
Makeup: Kajol Mulani
Invites: Two The T
Wedding Favors: The Perfume Lounge
Bar: The Wedding Bartenders
Entertainment: Taal Inc (Mehndi), Bhavya Raj Experience (Sangeet, Reception), DJ Jay Weather, Vibhor Mathur (Wedding)
Photography and Videography: Magic Motion Media