Jehana Jabbar Mishra and Kanishk Mishra, Amaara Farms, Delhi
This couple paid homage to the rich heritage of Delhi with a regal Mughal-inspired wedding ceremony that also honored equality.
Jehana Jabbar Mishra, an interior stylist and finance professional Kanishk Mishra’s wedding in Delhi explored unique themes that resulted in jaw-dropping events. Packed with serenity as well as laughter-filled festivities, this wedding was designed by WeddingSutra Favorite – Aroosi.
How They Met
Jehana shares, “We crossed paths in Dubai eight years ago. Having just graduated college, I was on the hunt for an internship opportunity in PR, while Kanishk was a few years ahead of me in the same field and was working in the biggest PR Firm in Dubai. We were put in touch over phone calls by our mothers who happened to be friends, and with Kanishk’s recommendation, I got an interview at the firm. After a month or so, cupid hit at a company Halloween party where Kanishk and I happened to sit next to each other and spoke until the wee hours of the morning. The next day he asked me out on a date, and the rest is history.”
Jehana shares, “We hosted the wedding in Delhi in the month of November to make it easier for my grandfather, who was ill, to attend. Moreover, Kanishk and I have a great affinity towards India – we are rooted in tradition and wanted to have all the traditions at our wedding, while of course keeping up with the times, and making sure whatever traditions we did decide to partake in – would stem from equality and two equals coming together in this marriage. The ethos of our wedding was “equality” and local first – I knew it had to be as sustainable as possible while empowering local artisans. We spent one year planning the wedding across four countries and four different time zones! – my parents in Indonesia, my in-laws in Dubai, us in LA and the wedding taking place in Delhi, India. After lots of coffee and Zoom calls with the decor team, that is, Ashima Arora and Rasmeen Sawhney from Aroosi who were so flexible, accommodating everyone’s time difference and making calls at midnight India time to accommodate my LA time and schedule, we made it happen!
Aroosi was the perfect team in making our dream wedding and vision come to life – their attention to detail and aesthetics are why we chose them as our partners.”
Jehana shares, “I wanted to go for a more monotone decor palette, so we landed on a serene green color once we saw the venue. I wanted our guests to feel like they’d been transported to a tranquil garden. The color green signifies new beginnings and growth – so I thought it was apt to use shades of this color to symbolize our new beginning. I wanted the outdoor brunch to feel like a cozy, luscious backyard brunch.
The giveaways included Indonesian batik fans and pocket squares! It was an afternoon filled with sunshine so the Indonesian handheld fans came to good use and added color to our function while the men received vibrant batik pocket squares to take home. We also made gota latkan earrings – latkans are what you usually find at the end of your lehengas so we thought why not upscale these into earrings? The brunch started with all kinds of chaat – golgappas to Delhi’s famous palak chaat.”
Ashima Arora from Aroosi adds, “ With customized cushion covers, earthen Indian pots made by local artisans and coconuts and fresh local flowers serving as the centerpiece – we checked all the boxes of local first, sustainable and personalized. We also tied up with ‘Phool’ to pick up our flowers from the mehendi and wedding to convert them into incense sticks, gulaal etc.”
Jehana shares, “Once we finalized the beautiful venue, we knew we had to enhance the already beautiful space and elevate the natural surroundings. Given the foliage and beautiful flowers in the venue, my in-laws decided to pay homage to the name ‘bagh’ i.e. garden and do our own bohemian spin on it with pintadas and foliage! An eclectic mix of Indian and international cuisine – from live teppanyaki stations to a sushi bar and live woodfire pizza and dumpling stations ensured the guests got to indulge in various international cuisines. We did a burst of colors like pink, oranges, purples to contrast the tones of the mehendi brunch earlier in the day.”
Jehana shares, “I knew the color palette had to be cream/white and gold! White is my favourite color – it signifies peace and purity. Inspired by the Taj Mahal, the Lodhi gardens, and the rich history that Delhi and Agra have with the Mughal empire, we decided to pay homage to the city through its decor.Our wedding was conducted by a female priest – the spirit of the wedding as my mom said in her welcome speech before my entrance was about universal love and stree shakti – to invoke the goddess’s blessings and about female divinity so naturally, we had to have a priestess who set a few ground rules for our pheras, i.e., no kanyadaan. In fact, both families gave their child to each other. We both tied a mangalsutra on each other – him around my neck and me tying it as a form of a bracelet to signify this is a marriage of equals and we will respect each other equally going forward. Sindoor was put on me, and a tikka was put on him by me. There was no vidaai – instead, my family threw a cocktail party post filled with lots of dancing and drinks until the wee hours of the morning!”
Ashima adds, “The shamadans, paan daans and Mughal dome-shaped cabanas fit right into the theme which was inspired by Mughal architecture. On each seat at the mandap and dining tables, we placed personalized thank you notes written by the couple. Plus a memorial table with vintage silver frames was also placed by the mandap.”
Advice for Couples
Jehana says, “Stay true to yourself and your personality! Don’t forget to personalize your decor – it’s always in the details.”
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Trident Hotel Gurgaon (Mehndi), Morbagh (Sangeet); Amaara Farms (Wedding)
Wedding Planner: The Shaadi Knot
Caterers: Prince Chaat (Mehndi)
Groom’s Outfits: Tarun Tahiliani (Mehndi), Sabyasachi (Sangeet, Wedding)
Groom’s Shoes: Artimen (Mehndi, Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Tarun Tahiliani (Mehndi, Wedding), Ritika Mirchandani (Sangeet)
Bride’s Shoes: Anita Dongre (Mehndi, Wedding)
Jewellery: Hazoorilal Jewellers (Sangeet)
Entertainment: The Unplugged Project (Sangeet), Shinjini Kulkarni (Wedding), The Frequency Project (Wedding)
DJ: DJ Ajay Nautiyal (Sangeet), DJ Sukhbir (Wedding)
Photography: Naman Verma Photography