Akshay and Shyla, ITC Maratha, Mumbai
From a vibrant Mehendi function to a wedding dominated by regal red, Akshay and Shyla's nuptials in Mumbai offered a heady spectrum of colors, standout decor and fun.
Akshay and Shyla’s wedding celebrations held in diverse venues across Mumbai were resplendent with stunning decor and creative setups. Their special moments were captured by WeddingSutra Favorite Fotografia9. Here, bride Shyla share some highlights of her special day.
How We Met
“Akshay is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Schbang Digital Solutions, and I work with Vogue India. We met at our last work stint and clicked instantly. It wasn’t loved at first sight, but we had that spark from the day we started talking. We dated for three years before getting married, and this journey of love has been magical for both of us!”
Shyla shares, “Our wedding invitations were unique. Since Akshay is also a photographer, we used one of his pictures from his recent trip to Japan where he shot cherry blossoms and used that for the invitations. Akshay’s sister designed his mehndi, sangeet and wedding outfits while his reception outfit was designed by Jennifer Mulchandani at Monsieur M.”
The revelries started with the engagement which was a brunch for youngsters that was hosted at Escobar. This event included some unique decor elements such as fresh flowers arranged artistically, warm lights and a beautiful white cake for the couple. The relaxed vibe of the event was a great way for guests to relax and mingle in the beautiful venue.
The mehndi decor included elements such as a white bicycle decorated with vibrant florals arrangements, golden frames that were perfect for a photo-op, pink and green fabrics and lots of beautiful decor elements that added an authentic, ethnic touch. The pretty floral arrangements strung from above as an added charm and even the bride’s seating area got a vibrant look with bright fabrics covering them. The decor hues of pink and red brightened up the environs of this festive function.
The elegance and warmth of Blue Sea Banquets made it one of couple’s favorite venue where they hosted the sangeet. The highlight of this evening was the beautifully lit stage as the color schemes for the decor included pink and white with a touch of gold. The stage and cool lighting arrangements added to the mood of the evening. All the performances for the night were entertaining, and the couple along with their loved ones couldn’t stop dancing till late into the night!
Akshay made a grand entry in a classic Dodge car, and Shyla looked ethereal as she entered the venue walking under the pretty ‘phoolon ki chaadar’ (floral canopy). The couple wanted the mandap decor to blend perfectly with their outfit colors. Hence the color palette for the pheras setup included gold and blush tones. Shyla adds, “We didn’t have an overall theme for our wedding decor. It was more traditional chic by which I mean we used props to amp up the traditional decor which included a customized bar menu, sign boards, bubbles instead of flowers for the pheras, and so on.” The attention to detail that went into the setup was impressive as everything was aligned with the picture that Akshay and Shyla had in mind.
The couple envisioned the regal impact that the picture-perfect venue would have for the reception, and they were right – the setting was perfect! Glamor, glitz and all things shiny were the order of the evening. The couple looked majestic in their ethereal outfits as they made an appearance as a married couple for the first time.
Advice for Couples
“Marry your best friend and if he or she isn’t that then make sure you build a strong friendship with the person you are intending to marry.”
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Escobar (Engagement), Blue Sea Banquets (Sangeet), ITC Maratha (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Vidhi Gurnani (Mehndi), Astha Narang (Sangeet), Sabyasachi (Wedding), Falguni and Shane Peacock (Reception)
Makeup Artist: Kapil Bhalla (Sangeet, Wedding and Reception), Malvika Sitlani (Mehndi)
Photography: Recall Pictures (Engagement), Fotografia9 (Mehndi, Sangeet, Wedding, and Reception)