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By Kritika Manchanda

For Parul and Manas '7' surely proved to be 'lucky 7'. The romance that started with a casual conversation in a club seven years ago turned into a forever relationship on November 24th, 2012. The couple was always keen to have a destination wedding and considered Bangkok, Kathmandu, Chandigarh and Chail as some of the options, but none could match up to the serenity and grandeur of one of the favourite cities of Punjabis - Amritsar. The ceremonies took place in Hotel Ista, Amritsar, located close to the Golden Temple.

Parul quips that she was the Stylist and the Wedding Planner for her own destination wedding so we asked her how easy or difficult it can be to arrange your own wedding? "Not very difficult, I had my brother and the entire family to help me. I had gone to Amritsar a couple of days before the ceremony and since all the arrangements were made, they just had to be put into in place", says Parul.

 

Traditional pre-wedding ceremonies

The Sagan and the Ring ceremony took place on the first day i.e. 23rd November 2012. The next morning was the chooda and haldi ceremony followed by the wedding in the evening.

Pakiza Theme Ring ceremony

The theme for the ring ceremony was Pakiza and the dress colour code was white, gold and silver. Although all the guests were in the Pakiza mode, Parul and Manas were the exceptions. Parul's blush matched her beautiful pink gown which was highlighted by silver accessories by Sense of Touch, a popular designer jewellery brand. Manas wore a black Indo-Western Jodhpuri. To add in a little fun element in the event, the bride and the groom made a very different entry to the venue hall- they vroomed their way on a bike, filmy style!

Wedding theme with a twist

The excited bride told WeddingSutra about the zara hatke decoration and the theme of the wedding. "We had arranged a lot of props on the day of the wedding- peacock feathers, masks, claws, big animated sunglasses, umbrellas, hats, handcuffs and pom poms, and we insisted to all guests that they should get clicked with the props. The idea was to add fun to the entire ceremony and it was a big hit", says Parul.

The pheras took place in the open courtyard under the starry night amidst the backdrop of the Golden Temple. To look her best on her special day, Parul hired Pompi (popularly known as Kareena Kapoor's preferred make-up artist) to do her make-up. Parul dazzled in a red and gold attire from the very famous 'Anarkali' store in Karol Bagh while Manas looked suave in an off-white sherwani from Valentino.

The ceremony ended on a heavenly note when both the bride and the groom lighted paper lanterns from the rooftop of the hotel that illuminated the sky and their future. Post the wedding, the bride, the groom, the family members and friends went to the Golden Temple to seek blessings.

Photographs courtesy: 
Rishabh Agarwal, New Delhi
http://www.facebook.com/RishPhotography

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