Nancy and Rishi, Jodhpur
From traditional to flamboyantly contemporary lehengas, this bride dazzled with her sartorial wardrobe choices.
Nancy Khanna and entrepreneur Rishi Raj Sharma first crossed paths in an arranged marriage set up, but in no time, both realized that they were meant to be together. Surrounded by the majestic beauty of Rajasthani architecture at Umaid Bhawan Palace and swathed in grandeur, their nuptials were a feast for the eyes from the start to finish. From a casual mehndi to a regal wedding, this couple pulled all the stops to ensure their wedding stayed true to their vision.
How They Met
The couple first crossed paths in an arranged marriage setup and soon realized that they were meant to be. With their parents playing cupid, their arranged marriage was transformed into a love marriage!
Knowing the labyrinth of tasks one faces while planning a destination wedding, the duo decided to rope in seasoned vendors who’d understand their vision with complete clarity. Since this was to be a destination wedding, the couple pulled all the stops and awed their guests with a wedding that was grand yet elegant.
Hosted at the majestic and awe-inspiring Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, the couple let their creativity run free as they geared up for celebrations that would express their vivacious personalities. From the venue’s vast lawns to the stately steps, each part of the palace lent a regal splendor to the celebrations.
Cocktail and Engagement
High on glamor and color, the engagement was punctuated with powerful performances by the bride and the groom. Adorned with a floral arch under which the couple exchanged rings and a huge stage on which everyone shook a leg, this event led everyone to let their hair down as Sukhbir took the stage by storm.
Bedecked with softly glowing lanterns, rustic seating areas, and tables decorated with bright red roses, the Sufi night merged Arabic glamor with desi vibrancy. Brimming with regional performances that enthralled the guests, this night was jam-packed with fun and boisterous moments where the groom was hoisted upon the shoulders of his best pals.
Swathed in pastel hues of lavender and pink the Mehndi was a casual affair that exuded romantic yet playful vibes. Dancing to their heart’s content and surrounded by their loved ones, the duo radiated joy as they basked under the sunshine. Looking gorgeous in a frilled mint-green lehenga, Nancy was the showstopper while Rishi complemented her in a gold sherwani.
Bathed golden under the Rajasthani sunlight, the Haldi was a traditional affair with a decor that flaunted lush foliage teamed with yellow and white hued flowers. Slathered in turmeric by their playful family and friends, the couple was all smiles. However, the highlight of the afternoon was the smashing entrance made by the groom’s good friend and Bollywood actor Varun Sharma who landed at the venue in a helicopter to congratulate the couple.
Furnished with an opulent mandap and adorned with regal decor that consisted of red and gold tapestries, the wedding was the epitome of grandeur. Emanating desi vibes that left everyone spellbound, and hosted on a sprawling lawn, the couple’s big day was dotted with fairy lights and a traditional baraat where the groom danced to the beats of the band with his best pals. After the Varmalas were exchanged and phere were done, the newlyweds looked stunning as they marched down the stately steps with sparklers celebrating the beginning of their new adventure!
Extravagant yet elegant, the reception was peppered with bouquets of white flowers that contrasted delightfully with the green foliage. Decorated with delicate chandeliers, candles, and a spacious stage where everyone blessed the newlyweds, this event witnessed the couple sharing their first dance as man and wife with their loved ones cheering them on.
Advice for Couples
The couple shares, “I think we made a great decision to get married at Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur. The vibe was extremely regal and we were so happy with the results!”
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur (Cocktail and Engagement, Sufi Night, Mehndi, Haldi, Wedding); Haveli Heritage Jalandhar (Reception)
Wedding Planners: Jashan by Swati and Sumit; The Global Design Co.
Groom’s Outfits: Gaurav Gupta (Cocktail and Engagement, Sufi Night), Kunal Rawal (Haldi), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Mehndi, Wedding)
Groom’s Safa: Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Manish Malhotra (Cocktail and Engagement, Reception), Falguni Shane Peacock (Sufi Night), Suneet Varma (Mehndi), Abhinav Mishra (Haldi), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding)
Jewellery: Hazoorilal Legacy
Floral Jewellery: Floral Art By Srishti
Makeup: Amrit Kaur, Shahidnaar Professional Makeup Studio (Reception)
Mehendi: Jasmine Mehendi
Entertainment: Sukhbir (Cocktail and Engagement), Bhanudj, Akriti Kakar, Bryden Parth
Emcee: Sonam C Chhabra
Photography: Stories by Joseph Radhik
Videography: The Wedding Filmer