Manya and Naman, Morni Hills
Morni hills with its lush beauty of nature was the destination of choice for this couple’s tranquil, close-knit wedding.
Encircled by the beauty of nature, clear skies, and uninterrupted greenery, Manya and Naman’s wedding hosted at Haryana’s popular hill station destination was refreshing and simple to say the least! With a short guest list of 22 people, this couple’s nuptials were brimming with joy as the college sweethearts tied the knot after years of dating. Photographing the beginning of their new adventure was WeddingSutra Favorite – Sunny Dhiman Photography who expertly captured adorable, candid moments.
How They Met
Manya shares, “We first met in college in 2011 and were co-incidentally seated next to each other for the next six months. Soon enough, we became the best of friends and got closer to each other. Naman later moved to Bangalore for work, but we kept the flames of our relationship burning for seven long years as we maintained our long-distance relationship. In 2018, Naman moved back to settle in Chandigarh. After dating for 9 years, we broke the news to our parents in July 2020!”
Manya shares, “We wanted a dreamy beachside wedding but keeping the pandemic in mind, we decided to pick a venue amidst the hills. After months of scouting, we finally found a tranquil resort ensconced in the Morni Hills which is well connected to both Delhi and Chandigarh.”
The couple roped in Sunny Dhiman Photography to encapsulate their moments into timeless memories with some stunning photography. The happy bride shares, “After a lot of brainstorming, we decided that Sunny Dhiman Photography was the perfect fit for us, and I think that it was the wisest decision we took. Their team ensures they brilliantly execute what they promise. Their work is so mesmerizing that I still keep watching it on loop! This is the best gift anyone could give us at our wedding! Hiring a photographer is a decision that everyone should take with utmost care. If you do choose Sunny Dhiman Photography, you will never regret it!”
After the couple’s impromptu Roka that took place four days after they announced their relationship to their parents, an engagement celebration was on the cards. Manya shares, “For the engagement we decided to host an intimate rooftop party during the wintry month of November. We picked a gold, green and white color palette which was accentuated by twinkling fairy lights.”
Manya recollects, “Ten days before the big day, we hosted a Chooda ceremony at my home. My bridesmaids and sisters get full credit for it as they took charge of the decor responsibilities and created beautiful DIY decor.”
Manya shares, “On the morning of the big day, my bridesmaids accompanied me to the Haldi event under the Phoolon ki chadar and popped color bombs to kick off the celebration. Furthermore, I chose to apply Vicco turmeric cream instead of regular Haldi since I have sensitive skin.”
“Originally, this function was supposed to be held at night but due to the lockdown restrictions, we moved it to the afternoon at our chosen venue. Nevertheless, we still had lots of fun as we celebrated at the spacious venue to the beats of the Dhol!”, shares Manya.
Sangeet and Cocktail
Manya says, “In the evening following the Jago, we hosted a rooftop poolside Cocktail and Sangeet party which had us grooving the night away. We took in the beauty of the soothing sights that surrounded the resort. Additionally, the 23 spacious rooms that it’s equipped with were perfect for our close-knit wedding party. The decor consisted of two beautiful gazebos decked with fairy lights in a gold setup and my personal favorite was the floral stage which was flanked by a ‘Better Together’ neon LED sign.”
With plenty of space at their disposal and encircled by lush greenery, the wedding was a joyful affair. However, the couple did experience some apprehension as a total lockdown was announced 24 hours before the wedding. Manya shares, “12 hours before the wedding, we still weren’t sure if it was going to take place. Thankfully everything fell into place and we got married with a total gathering of 22 people.”
Recollecting the details of her big day Manya shares, “Our wedding took place in the evening. Initially, I had planned to make my entrance to the tunes of the song ‘Chaap tilak’ outdoors and execute our Varmala against a backdrop of wild grass flanked by our initials. But due to the rains, we shifted indoors. However, we still managed to get a few pictures clicked outside with a backdrop of a stage adorned with red and white roses. We took our Phere at the deck with a gorgeous view of the mountains. The mandap was bedecked with delicate white and red roses. Our closest friends played the role of our bridesmaids and groomsmen in coordinated outfits. The groomsmen looked dapper in tuxedos while the bridesmaids glowed in blush pink sarees.
Due to the pandemic, e-invites became an essential part of our wedding. We created animated invites and shared it with our dear ones. Post our wedding we had a sumptuous dinner indoors which was decorated with champagne towers.”
After the wedding, the Vidai was an emotional ceremony but there were no tears shed. Manya explains, “The Vidai was filled with happy emotions instead of the usual sad ones. I do believe that you never leave your parents. Rather, you grow closer to them after marriage.”
Advice For Couples
Manya says, “To begin with, no matter how much you want things to be perfect, find a person who’ll do it for you which will help you relax on your wedding day. Secondly, enjoy your day to the fullest, celebrate marrying the love of your life. Just follow the path that takes you to the happiness of your life partner and your loved ones!
Brides, meet up with your makeup artist at least a month before to decide your look. This will help you get better acquainted and will also help you with a smoother execution on your big day. Saves a lot of time, too. Also, keep an epilator handy. Talk to your tailor to stitch a detachable can-can skirt for you. I did this and it was extremely comfortable! Also, try all the outfits 3 days before the event, to avoid any last-minute fit changes.”
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Upstairs Club, Panchkula (Engagement), Redwood Resorts, Panchkula (Sangeet and Cocktail, Haldi, Wedding)
Groom’s Outfits: Blackberry’s (Sangeet and Cocktail), Rajan Men House (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Pooja Sarees (Engagement), Dugri – A Studio (Sangeet and Cocktail), Alaya By Stage3 (Haldi)
Jewellery: Beauty Palace (Engagement, Wedding)
Floral Jewellery: Jewellery by Rohika (Haldi)
Makeup: Enchantress Makeup by Harleen Kaur
Wedding Invitations: Milan Cards
Photography: Sunny Dhiman Photography