Aarti and Kunal, Hyderabad
Revel in the beauty of this cross-cultural celebration that fused Tamil and Sindhi traditions seamlessly.
Aarti Ram and Kunal Lalwani’s enchanting wedding was the perfect celebration of their decade long journey. Hosted at the beguiling Taj Krishna in Hyderabad, every second of their festivities were frozen in beautiful frames by WeddingSutra Favorite – Weddings by Knotty Days, a glimpse of which they shared with us.
How they met
It is wisely said that there is nothing better than marrying your best friend. Dubai based Aarti and Kunal crossed paths in college, hitting it off instantly. They began as acquaintances, which soon led them to become best friends, and gradually eased into being in love. After 10 long years of togetherness, the couple decided to take their bond to the next level and tie the knot.
The bride shares, “Kunal popped the question to me on a private beach in Dubai. It was intimate, magical, and more than anything I had ever dreamed of. Kunal always joked about how men always propose to women, so to make things more interesting, I followed up his proposal with one of my own, a few weeks after he did.”
The two-day festivities were hosted at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad. The spectacular lush property with a rich Nizami history and panoramic views was the perfect backdrop for their celebrations. The Sufi night hosted at ITC Kakatiya was then followed by the after-party back at Taj Krishna.
The couple got a ton of inspiration from WeddingSutra to help plan their dream wedding. The functions were designed and conceptualized by Hyderabad based Sampradaya Events. The beautiful moments of their wedding were immortalized in gorgeous frames by Weddings by Knotty Days. The bride was styled with stunning looks and hairstyles by Delhi based Tanvvi Aanchal and Jyoti Rana, respectively.
Vibrant hues of orange and pink ruled the Mehndi celebrations, with flowing drapes, flowers and balloons adding a dose of youthful freshness to the ambience. Quirky props, signs, games and performances added to the fun of the event as the guests enjoyed delectable food and drinks. A charming bangle bar was one of the highlights of the day, while a memorable shoe game of the bride and groom had everyone in splits. The bride wore an embroidered mustard gown and dupatta by Roop Saree, with yellow and pink floral jewelry, while the groom stunned in a bold purple Jodhpuri jacket.
The glam Sangeet night held in the grand ballroom saw a host of dazzling performances by the couple and their loved ones. The inviting, sparkling bar area was lit up with an eclectic neon ‘Daru Sharu’ sign. The groom looked dapper in a silver and black tuxedo while the bride glistened in an embellished silver lehenga.
The wedding day kicked off with various traditional morning rituals with close family and friends, such as Ganesh Pooja, Ghari Pooja, Kashi Yatra and more, that blended the beauty of their heritage with a whole lot of fun.
The nuptials were a breathtaking mix of Tamil and Sindhi cultures, with both families coming together in a harmonious blend of traditions. Aarti embodied the quintessential Tamilian bride in a rich coral Kanjeevaram saree with traditional temple jewelry, while Kunal was every bit the ‘Sindhi Dulha’ in a stunning blush sherwani, layered dupattas and a turban embellished with a feathered Kalgi.
Hosted at ITC Kakatiya, the Sufi night was a celebration brimming with rich Nizami flavor. Decadent décor in red and gold with a shimmering canopy, antique chandeliers and lamps added a royal touch to the evening, while the guests enjoyed the performances by a live band and Sufi dancers. The groom channeled elegance in an emerald green ensemble while the bride wore a dazzling midnight blue lehenga by Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
The couple along with their friends and cousins hit the dance floor back at Taj Krishna for a rocking after-party. Dressed in relaxed athleisure wear, everyone grooved to the DJ’s beats amidst psychedelic lighting till the wee hours of the morning.
Advice for couples
“Go with the flow and don’t fret over the little things, as everything will eventually fall into place. Most importantly, enjoy every second as you wouldn’t get those precious moments back”.
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Taj Krishna, Hyderabad; ITC Kakatiya, Hyderabad
Wedding Planners: Sampradaya Events, Hyderabad
Decor: Sampradaya Events, Hyderabad
Groom’s Outfits: Black Onyx (Mehndi, Wedding, Sufi Night), Sartor (Sangeet)
Bride’s Outfits: Roop Saree (Mehndi), Kushal’s (Sangeet), Pothy’s (Ghari Pooja), RMKV (Wedding), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Sufi Night)
Floral Jewellery: Flosaira
Makeup Artist: Tanvvi Aanchal, Delhi
Hair: Jyoti Rana, Delhi
Mehndi: Bhavana, Hyderabad
Invites: Design Tuk Tuk, Dubai
Choreographer: Sartak Mahendru, Yalla Dance Studio, Dubai
Bartenders: Flaming Trio
Entertainment: DJ GT (Gaurav Thakur), Dubai
Photography and Videography: Weddings by Knotty Days