Shreya and Yash, Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa
Shreya and Yash focused on delighting their guests at every step during their charming wedding celebrations.
Yash and Shreya wanted to recreate their childhood holiday memories of Mahabaleshwar so they decided to host their nuptials in the beautiful hill station. They hosted the celebrations at Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa, and the photos captured are a testament of all the fun festivities. Bride Shreya shares some happy memories here.
How They Met
Yash, who runs a real-estate development company with his family in Pune, bumped into Shreya who is starting a home décor brand, at a wedding! In fact, she was the choreographer at his older brother’s wedding and that’s where they first connected.
“Yash and I traveled together to Europe and the US and spent countless nights chatting on FaceTime. We discussed our careers, relationships, breakups and common interests – and one day, we both realized we are perfect for each other. He proposed to me in Brussels while we were watching the final stage act of ‘Tomorrowland.’ I screamed, ‘Yes’ in the fraction of a second!”
“Both of us have grown up in Pune and visited Mahabaleshwar during our vacations. The place is the same even after all these years with its market, horse rides, boating, arcade games, strawberry with cream and corn on the cob. My grandfather hails from there, and Yash has a house there, so we always felt connected to the place. The Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa is the most beautiful property in the area, and it makes you feel as if you’ve been transported to a Portuguese castle with its views of the rolling hills and all those gorgeous yellow villas! We wanted a small and fairly simple destination wedding where our guests could enjoy the place as much as the event itself.”
The bride’s uncle and aunt run Purple Blue Events, a Mumbai-based wedding planning service, and they planned the decor, layout, food, vendors and logistics. The bride shares, “The team created a seamless experience for our guests. Our main focus was making the wedding an intimate, and simple affair where we got to interact with our guests, and they got to enjoy a weekend away together. We made sure they received hampers, handwritten notes, hangover kits, and other little surprises from time to time.
For photo and video, we wanted to choose a team whose work looked really moody and artistic. We didn’t want traditional photos and opted for people who did great candid work. We chose Rimi Sen for our Photography and she brought Gaurav Higne along with her. We found The Wedding Toast through WeddingSutra and choose them for our wedding videography.
We arrived at the location a day prior to the wedding and spent the afternoon and evening shooting in our Sangeet and Reception outfits at the resort itself. The next morning, on one of the coldest weekends that Mahabaleshwar had experienced in years, we all woke up at 4 am to shoot. I wanted a simple look, in sync with my personality and the mood of the shoot we were going for. I chose Sayali Makeup Artistry, a local Pune artist who was so accommodating and really put my comfort and happiness first. I put on my lehenga that weighed half as much as me, created my wedding look and the whole shebang, got a horse and went to Wilson point to catch the first light. Everyone was quite enthusiastic and the results are beyond dreamy! The entire group was an ABSOLUTE DELIGHT to work with! They really represented the kind of theme and mood we wanted for our wedding personally and professionally. It was like we had been friends for years!”
Mehndi and Pool Party
“After the guests checked in, they headed to the mehndi function that was held outdoors at Royal Gardens. We greeted each other, laughed and danced under a pastel pink and yellow shamiana while stuffing ourselves with chaat. Meanwhile, all the men decided to start the party early at the infinity pool. Yash decided to DJ, and they had their little sunset soiree.”
For the sangeet, the bride opted for a custom midnight blue embellished gown with a matching silk taffeta train which she paired with vintage earrings and a ring that her mom wore at her wedding in 1985. She finished the look with a fur stole. “The sangeet was held at the Henry Lawn, and the theme for the event was black tie. The decor included hues like plum and navy and lots of fairy lights. Our choreographers for the night were Kunal Phadke and Saloni Modi. Yash and I are both dancers, and instead of going traditional, we did a hip-hop piece on the hit song ‘Lamberghini.’” The sangeet was followed by the after party indoors where DJ Akhtar had everyone grooving.”
“The next morning, we had a haldi function in the veranda area of the hotel, which is a gorgeous yellow central courtyard. Everyone sang songs and danced to the beats of traditional drums. It was supposed to be a small quick affair, but people had such a good time that we just went with the flow!”
“The haldi was followed by a party with a ‘mela’ (Indian fair) theme. By picking Mahabaleshwar as our wedding location, we wanted our guests to relive the nostalgic experiences we had as kids. The menu included sugarcane juice, cotton candy, ice-pops, street food, and fun games. The function became even more interesting with contests between the bride and groom’s guests.”
“The wedding took place in the Henry Lawns of the resort, and the venue was transformed into what felt like a secret ceremony in the middle of a forest. We incorporated Maharashtrian and Marwari weddings rituals that we loved. The priest who conducted the ceremony has been with the family since Yash was a baby and he made the whole experience enjoyable with funny anecdotes and explanations of the rituals. We ended the wedding with a short speech, and then walked around the lawns to meet everyone. We finished the night with the Mantri family’s ‘Sajjan Kot’ which served up traditional Marwari treats.” For wedding favors, the couple handed guests homemade chocolates and potted herbs as a token of their love and appreciation.
Advice for Couples
“Concentrate on small things that bring people joy as opposed to over the top decor and extravagant gifts. No one remembers what flowers were part of the decor or what color the tent was. They will remember how someone shy sang a favorite song or the best man’s heartfelt speech for the groom. Celebrate the coming together of two families by doing things that facilitate interaction. Spend less money, more time!”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa, Maharashtra
Wedding Planning & Decor: Purple Blue Events
Groom’s Outfits: NM Design Studio (Mehndi), Siddhartha Bansal (Mela-themed party), Sash Design Studio (Sangeet and Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Ghagra from New York & Blouse by Designer Radhika (Mehndi), Sonam Parmar Jhavar (Sangeet), Siddhartha Bansal (Mela-themed party), Kalki Fashions (Wedding)
Jewelry: Minerali, Neelkanth Jewelers, Azotiique
Makeup: Sayali Makeup Artistry
DJ: DJ Akhtar
Choreography: Kunal Phadke and Saloni Modi
Wedding Favors: Divine Exotica, Peik
Photography: Rimi Sen Photography
Videography: The Wedding Toast