Oriane and Akash, Bangalore
From a mela-themed mehndi to a quaint Mangalorean wedding and a glittering Reception, this couple’s multicultural wedding was truly a vibrant affair.
Oriane and Akash Amin’s beautiful multicultural wedding was a celebration of their love and the union of their families and cultures. Planned breathtakingly by WeddingSutra Favorite – Crimson and Cherry, their Indian wedding was hosted across a range of stunning venues in the groom’s hometown of Bangalore, including the resplendent Taj West End.
How they met
Oriane and Akash crossed paths while staying in the same student accommodation for their studies in Sheffield, UK. Oriane, who hails from France, moved there for her 3rd year of Bachelor’s degree, while Akash moved from Bangalore for his MSc in International Business Management. Fascinated with each other’s cultures and traditions, they started to get to know each other and discovered a strong friendship, which organically transformed into love.
Today Oriane works as a merchandiser for a British Lingerie company while Akash works for the South Yorkshire Police Force. They are also property investors, buying run-down houses and transforming them into beautiful homes together.
The couple tied the knot with two weddings, one in India and a smaller ceremony in England. Their Bangalore wedding was hosted across a multitude of beautiful venues, one of which was the spectacular Taj West End Bangalore. The airy feel and beautiful spaces of the property made it a memorable spot for their Reception where they captured many momentous shots with their guests.
The couple wanted their wedding celebration to be the confluence of two cultures for which they entrusted the talented team Niveditha and Nishanth of Crimson and Cherry. They share, “Working with them was an incredible experience and we cannot recommend them enough. We live in England, so everything was done remotely and we were amazed by the end results. They listened intently to all of our requirements and gave us lots of different options to choose from. They worked in tandem with what we wanted, even considering the smallest of details. They gave amazing advice for everything from decor to activities. They also had the thoughtful idea of hiring a French translator for our guests from France. They were the best listeners and made our wedding very comfortable and infinitely memorable.”
Their special moments were captured beautifully in shots by Indian weddings by Katia, and on film by Light Bucket Production.
Mehndi and Sangeet
The celebrations kicked off with a lively mehndi function at Hotel Royal Orchid, Bangalore. With a vibrant ‘mela theme’, the mehndi was hosted outdoors with colorful decor and fun activities such as tarot card readers, live bangle store, mehndi application and delicious local food stalls. The merriment was followed by an indoor Sangeet with even more enjoyment as everyone danced, played games and reveled in great spirits.
The traditional Mangalorean Hindu wedding was hosted at The Tamarind Tree, Bangalore. The couple wanted a serene, open-air setting for the nuptials, and the hotel’s natural open spaces proved to be perfect. The greenery and tree cover was decorated with fresh flowers creating a canopy of jasmine strings over the decor of marigolds, which complemented the traditional brass elements and rugged stone architecture. Guests from all over the world flew in for the occasion and looked splendid in traditional silks and dhotis.
A spectacular evening Reception at Taj West End, Bangalore brought the festivities in India to a stunning close. The couple chose the heritage hotel for its timeless splendor and vast, airy spaces. An abundance of flowers and string lights added to the beautiful decor and the couple had a lovely time enjoying with their loved ones as they grooved to the tunes of the DJ and relished the scrumptious food.
Advice for couples
“Don’t get stressed, and instead let the communication between you and your wedding planner remain transparent. If you have special requests, put them across and trust the process. Involve your wedding planners in all aspects of the event and keep them in the loop with everything, including any vendors you hire on your own, so your planner can take charge and handle any issues. Last but not the least, make sure you pick planners you really get along with, and the whole process will be a breeze.”
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Hotel Royal Orchid Bangalore (Mehndi), The Tamarind Tree (Wedding), Taj West End (Reception)
Wedding Planners: Crimson & Cherry
Bride’s Outfits: Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Reception), Angadi Silks (Wedding)
Makeup: Kishi Thai
Choreographer: Letz Break a Leg
Photography: Indian weddings by Katia
Videography: Light Bucket Production