Aanchal and Jai, Sri Lanka
From a stunning sunset photoshoot to beachside nuptials, this wedding showcased the natural beauty of the Sri Lankan coast.
Imagine tying the knot on warm sands, under blue skies, with the ocean waves serenading the gathering in the background. Aanchal and Jai’s wedding in Sri Lanka was one such magical affair that incorporated myriad moods and memorable settings. The candid emotions and action of the festivities that unfolded in a picture-perfect resort on the pristine coast of Sri Lanka were captured by WeddingSutra Favorite – Shutterdown. Here, bride Aanchal shares some highlights of the celebrations.
How They Met
The bride shares, “Jai and I were casually introduced by a common acquaintance at our gym, after which we kept bumping into one another. Eventually, we became good friends, and four years later, we gave into our feelings for one another. Once we started dating, we knew right away that we had found our soulmate in each other, and broke the news to our families.”
To preserve every moment of their wedding celebrations, Aanchal and Jai entrusted the Shutterdown team to capture every beautiful moment of the celebrations in stunning frames. Aanchal shares, “Lakshay and his entire team were incredible. From the lighting, settings, backdrops, shoot timings, poses and more, they nailed everything. Most importantly, they captured not only memories but the true essence of fun and love at our wedding.”
The tropical-themed mehndi, with printed and floral decor against a backdrop of sublime white, kicked off the festivities. The guests donned vibrant outfits as per the theme for the poolside party, and many made a splash in the pool. The groom’s white and yellow ensemble perfectly complemented the bride’s lemon Falguni & Shane Peacock lehenga.
With a starry sky invoking a sense of magic, the sangeet ceremony, hosted in the ballroom of the resort, was a night of glitz and glamor. The bride dazzled in an iridescent silver gown by Amit Aggarwal, while the groom looked dapper in a royal blue tuxedo by Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna. The evening was a merry affair with guests dancing and merrymaking till the wee hours of the morning.
The beach wedding saw whimsical decor in a soft pastel peach palette. The groom’s ivory and blush ensemble from Stitch by Sarab Khanijou looked divine next to the bride’s peach lehenga by Sabyasachi Mukherjee as they tied the knot against the ocean backdrop. The ceremony was followed by a breathtaking photoshoot against the setting sun.
The reception was a formal black-tie event that saw spectacular dance performances, impromptu dance-offs, speeches, great food, lively mingling and a whole lot of love. The bride wore a stunning rose lehenga by Manish Malhotra, while the groom looked dapper in a three-piece suit for the celebration.
Advice for Couples
“Make sure you and your partner are more or less on the same page regarding everything with your wedding planning. Be open to ideas and be ready to make changes to your initial vision. Most importantly, don’t worry about the little things, because when the day comes, they won’t matter.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort, Sri Lanka
Wedding Planner and Decor: Catapult Weddings
Groom’s Outfits: Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna (Cocktail), Stitch by Sarab Khanijou (Wedding), 1 Oak Suits (Reception)
Groom’s Accessories: Burberry (Mehndi), Purab Pashchim by Ankit Khullar (Broach), Ray Ban (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Falguni & Shane Peacock (Mehndi), Amit Aggarwal (Cocktail), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding), Manish Malhotra (Reception)
Makeup: Samaira Sandhu (Cocktail, Wedding, Reception), Makeup by Pardeep Singh (Mehndi)
Photography and Videography: Shutterdown