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The #AaShray wedding was a celebration of desi cool and all about exuberance, style, glamor and tradition.

How we Met
Shray lives in Australia while I’m from Mumbai, India. Our relatives were very eager we meet but we’d always managed to avoid the situation. Finally, after a lot of coaxing we agreed to be introduced at a wedding in India and what do you know, we connected instantly!

We kept in touch via social media and would talk on the phone and video chat endlessly. Shray surprised me with a special proposal on my birthday and with the blessings of our parents, we were married!

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Wedding Venue
We wanted a traditional wedding in the lap of nature so after a lot of research, we zeroed in on the Tivoli Garden Resort in Chattarpur. It suited our tastes and requirements perfectly.

Wedding Functions

Mehndi
The wedding commenced with an Arabic themed mehndi celebration with a Bollywood twist! The décor was entirely pastel and included gorgeous floral decorations that created an incredible atmosphere for the ceremony. To complement the décor I wore a Peppermint Diva lehenga in lime with floral applique and accessorized with delicate floral jewelry, a necklace, earrings and haath phool.

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Cocktail
Consistent with our contemporary meets traditional themes, we organized Greek inspired décor with desi swag for our cocktail party. The ceremony was held at the hotel’s banquet hall, entirely illuminated in colorful LED lights. I wore a brilliantly cut gown by Reeti Arneja in icy gray which looked glamorous and fit me like a glove!

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Wedding
Everyone loved the traditional floral decor, the diyas and bells and jhumar decorations but it was my trousseau that brought me the most compliments. I’d always wanted my wedding attire to reflect my personality so instead of going down the conventional route, I donned an angrakha lehenga in dull gold by Shifa Hassan Studio. It was the stuff of childhood dreams - the lehenga was embellished with the choicest of Swarovski pearls in traditional nakshi and dabka work. Dagina Jewellers in Ahmedabad specially curated my jewelry; an antique necklace set was embellished with minakari work set amidst ruby stones and pearls. My mattha patti was another special piece which was designed by Purab Paschim, restored from an old earring and an antique silver choker necklace. The final touch was my pearl inscribed Kaleeras that beautifully synched the Mughal bridal look.

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Aanchal and Shray, Chattarpur

Advice to couples planning their wedding
Always plan the theme of your wedding first and everything else will follow suit. Enjoy your own wedding, because that is what we did!

The Wedding Makers
Wedding Venue- Tivoli Garden Resort Hotel, Chattarpur
Makeup Artist- Raoul Joshi, Pink Floss
Outfits
Mehndi- Krasaa by Vikram Phadnis
Cocktail- Reeti Arneja
Wedding- Shifa Hassan Studio
Jewelry- Purab Paschim, Delhi and Dagina Jewellers, Ahmedabad

Photographer- Happy Frames Photography

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