A few years ago, Shruti met the love of her life, Akith, a property finance consultant, in London where she worked in the book publishing industry, and they soon decided to tie the knot. Being a Rajasthani, Shruti naturally wanted her wedding ceremony to take place in Jaipur, preferably at the Taj Rambagh Palace. But, given that their wedding date was set to be one of the most auspicious days in the shaadi season, the venue was unavailable. So they opted for the newest luxury brand of hotels in the country, the Fairmont, and the experience went beyond their expectations.

As with most traditional Indian weddings, the two families had charted out the travel plans for their guests, decided on the gifts, stationary and the wedding invitation, and brought in Sanjay Godha, a Jaipur-based wedding planner to take care of the rest. The only decision left solely to the couple was the wedding photographer, which, Shruti says, "was the most fun and most stressful. We had to please our parents who wanted typically posed Indian wedding photos, but we were adamant on having Christophe and Renaud, who were amazing and didn't have any issues accommodating their wishes". Shruti was very happy with her Makeup and Hair artist too: "Gaurav Arora from New Delhi did a fabulous job- everyone complemented me and enquired about the artist."

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.

The wedding was a three-day affair. It began with the engagement ceremony on the first day, followed by cocktails and a sit-down dinner with traditional Gujarati thali. It concluded with Rodney's live performance and a party that had everyone shaking a leg.

On the second day, Shruti had a mela-themed mehndi complete with bangle makers, balloon shooting, vodka-spiked chaat making for a fun-filled afternoon. The evening was a breather for the guests to relax and enjoy the beautiful hotel and its surroundings, so they could enjoy the formal sangeet and garba/dandiya night that followed. The celebration continued into the wee hours and the sumptuous buffet spread by the Fairmont chefs left everyone craving for more. The DJ for all functions was Vicky from Calcutta.

The wedding day itself began with a quiet morning for the guests to recuperate from the night's revelry, while the families were busy with the pre-wedding nuptials. The baraat set off mid afternoon, with Akith riding an elephant. The wedding was conducted as per traditional Marwari wedding rituals.

Photographs Credits:
Christophe Viseux Wedding Photo 

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