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The sprawling ramparts of the historic Suryagarh Jaisalmer heritage hotel got a dash of color as Rohit and Varshini's three-day wedding celebrations, orchestrated by Shaadi Squad, got underway with interesting themes, standout decor, Rajasthani performers and a mandap setup in an ancient stonewell on the property. Here, bride Varshini shares some beautiful memories and highlights of the festivities.

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

How We Met
“Our story goes back to five years ago when Rohit and I were introduced through friends. Though their intention was to set us up, we just wanted to get to know each other first. And that’s how it was for the next three years where Rohit and I moved from being strangers to acquaintances and then best friends. We gradually realized our feelings for each other, and that’s how my best friend became my boyfriend - and now, after two years of togetherness, my husband!”

Wedding Venue
“We wanted something away from the hustle and bustle of city life. After considering many options in Jodhpur and Udaipur, many people recommended that we check out Suryagarh Jaisalmer. With culturally rich interiors, the palatial property exudes unmatched elegance. Their event spaces morph the best of nature with the best of luxury and present a fairytale setting. We were delighted by the staff's warm hospitality and decided to host our wedding there. Looking back, we couldn't have made a better decision!"

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Wedding Planning
“Wedding planning felt so much easier with the Shaadi Squad by our side. Keeping in mind our personalities and preferences, they meticulously planned each function. While Jaisalmer proved to be a stunning venue for the wedding, a lot of planning and logistics needed to be taken care of due to the sheer location. A 30-member hospitality team was flown in from Mumbai to run the show. They had an array of entertainment in place as well; a Karnatic band from Chennai, traditional Nadaswaram, Nashik Dhol from Pune, a percussionist from Mumbai, a Hyderabad based DJ and a saxophonist from Paris!

Devika Narain of Devika Narain & Company handled the decor for the wedding. With her artistic vision and expertise, she transformed the stunning venue spaces into wonderlands I had always wished for. I had two make-up artists, Sandhya Shekar for all the functions, except for the reception at Chennai for which Mitali Vakil did my makeover. Our photography was handled by a close friend, Joseph Radhik of Stories by Joseph Radhik, and we had The Wedding Filmer handling videography. Lastly, The Wedding Bartenders did a remarkable job with drinks as well!”

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Wedding Functions
“Rohit and I, along with a few of our friends, left for the venue two days in advance and on the night before the wedding festivities began, they had a small surprise planned for me. Rohit and his friends danced in high spirits and gifted me a memory which I’ll always treasure!”

Welcome Brunch
"The wedding celebrations kickstarted with a polo-themed Welcome Brunch for all to meet and socialize. The concept stemmed from Rohit’s love for the sport, and the decor did complete justice to it as well. I chose to wear a caped outfit by Anamika Khanna while Rohit donned a suit for this event."

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Sangeet
"The Welcome Brunch was followed by a sangeet which was adorned with ‘Elements of Sabya.’ My pearl white ensemble was from Manish Malhotra, and Rohit looked suave in his outfit by Shantanu & Nikhil."

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Haldi
"We hosted our haldi ceremony on the next day, which was then followed by 'nalugu' (traditional Telugu wedding ritual where a couple is smeared with turmeric and oils), during which Rohit and I sought blessings from the elders. Going with the theme of the ceremony, ‘Textiles of India,’ I wore a Raw Mango Banarasi lehenga for this ceremony, and Rohit chose a kurta by Kunal Rawal."

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Mehendi Sundowner
"Later that evening, we hosted a mehendi sundowner for which I wore a customized pink Anita Dongre lehenga. Rohit’s outfit by Raghavendra Rathore matched mine! The theme of the function was ‘Gayatri Devi invites Marie Antoinette.’ From the decor to the menu, each element flawlessly contributed to the concept and we had French elements fusing wonderfully with Indian heritage touches.”

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Wedding
"For the big day, both Rohit and I wore Sabyasachi Mukherjee ensembles. A botanical concept was followed for the ‘green and white’ decor, and our mandap was set up at a picturesque 'bawdi' (stepwell) at Suryagarh."

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Reception – Hyderabad
"We hosted our first reception at Hyderabad, for which I wore a feathered outfit by Falguni Shane Peacock. With massive chandeliers, elaborate drapes and elegant centrepieces, the décor for the evening amazed with a royal and glamorous touch."

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Reception – Chennai
"Our second reception was held at Chennai. The décor, with vibrant florals and suspended light bulbs, oozed an understated elegance. And as for our attire, while Rohit picked a classic black sherwani from Sabyasachi Mukherjee, I chose a Kresha Bajaj ensemble for this last function."

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Varshini and Rohit, Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Advice for Couples
“Try getting more involved in the planning process even if you have a wedding planner standing by your side. And more importantly, do not stress over anything on the big day as everything will work out just fine.”

The Wedding Makers
Venue: Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Wedding Planner:  Shaadi Squad
Decor: Devika Narain & Company
Groom’s Outfits: Shantanu & Nikhil (Sangeet), Kunal Rawal (Haldi), Raghavendra Rathore (Mehendi Sundowner), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding & Reception 2)
Bride’s Outfits: Anamika Khanna (Welcome Brunch), Manish Malhotra (Sangeet), Raw Mango (Haldi), Anita Dongre (Mehendi Sundowner), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding), Falguni Shane Peacock (Reception 1), Kresha Bajaj (Reception 2)
Jewelry: Farah Khan Fine Jewellery (Earrings- -Brunch, Sangeet), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Necklace – Sangeet, Maang Tikka – Nalugu, Mehendi,Wedding, Reception 2), Jaipur Gems (Bangles – Nalugu), Amrapali (Nalugu)
Makeup Artist: Sandhya Shekar, Mitali Vakil (Reception 2)

Photography: Stories by Joseph Radhik
Videography: The Wedding Filmer

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