Garima Kothari and Eric Auguste Gregoire, Rajasthan
Taking a cue from the local culture and crafted with French influences, this couple’s fusion wedding amidst the wilderness was gorgeous!
A beautiful fusion of Indian and French cultures, Garima Kothari and Eric Auguste Gregorie’s wedding in the lap of nature at Ranthambore was filled with romance. Planned, designed and conceptualised by WeddingSutra Favorite – Marigold by Minal, this serene wedding showcased how two different cultures can be merged together using different hues and elements. Photographing the couple’s adorable moments was WeddingSutra Favorite – Memoirs Photography who didn’t miss a beat as they captured some truly romantic moments.
Minal Bhatnagar from Marigold By Minal shares, “Garima’s brief to us was that for us to plan a simple, elegant and fuss-free wedding. The comfort of her guests was of utmost importance and a lot of attention was paid to small details. Simple things like the snack boxes that contained an assortment of savoury and sweet treats from Rajasthan along with handcrafted coffee pouches and other healthy snack options were paid special attention. Small touches, like, parasols for guests to walk around the majestic property during the daytime, especially, since it was a spring wedding and the sun in Rajasthan peaks during the day.
A memorable trip to the Ranthambore National Park for all her guests was planned during the day, between functions, to ensure that the guests enjoyed the location of the wedding to the fullest! Not only did they take back memories from the wedding but also experienced the beautiful forest of Ranthambore. Each event was designed keeping in mind the fusion of two cultures, that is, Indian and French.”
Capturing the couple’s adorable moments were Memoirs Photography which beautifully photographed the fusion of two cultures against the beautiful heritage backdrop of the venue. Everything, from the laughter, dance and tears was photographed in stunning, tasteful frames that seamlessly take one back in time!
Minal shares, “The mehndi ceremony incorporated the Rajasthani Leheriya pattern and pastel shades of pink and peach. Plus dense foliage lent an enchanting vibe to the afternoon. Bamboo and jute elements were merged organically with the venue.”
The wedding also had a sustainable side to it, as Minal goes on to explain, “Usage of plastic was kept to a minimum. Refillable glass bottles were placed at each table instead of plastic pet bottles. Mineral water in the water dispensers with paper cups was placed at all the venues, which were also used to refill the glass bottles.”
Minal shares, “Set under a beautiful canopy of fairy lights, the theme of the sangeet ceremony revolved around white flowers, mirrors and lights. The floral work was predominantly in white and green hues with accents of lavender. Chrome tables and acrylic chairs complemented the contemporary décor. Clouds of gypsos and candles hovered over the long tables adding a dash of romance to the occasion.”
The haldi ceremony was in line with tradition. A profusion of marigold flowers, mustard yellow and mandarin orange hues along with the specially created tiger prints made the venue come alive. The party soon turned into a full-blown holi party with colourful organic gulaal on everyone’s faces.
Minal recollects, “The Arya Samaj style wedding ceremony was held in the middle of a beautiful step well and was designed keeping the architectural value of the venue in mind, along with showcasing local Rajasthani crafts, especially Udaipur’s Thikri Mirror Work, since Garima hails from the picturesque city of lakes. The floral concept was woven to express the love that the French have for pastels hues while including Indian touches that were added by brass elements and local blooms.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Nahargarh Ranthambhore, Rajasthan
Wedding Planner and Décor: Marigold by Minal
Caterers: Archana Rai Catering Co.
Bride’s Outfits: Swati Ubroi, Nidhi Tholia, Benu Bhatnagar, Anita Dongre
Makeup: Makeup by Shriya Pardal
Photography: Memoirs Photography