Anda and Parag, Agra
Crafted out of dark merlot-hued velvet, this bride’s wedding lehenga was a true showstopper with its intricate gold and pink floral embroidery.
Anda and Parag first met at the picturesque Maldives which is one of the most ideal destinations to celebrate love. Surrounded by friends and colleagues, the duo quickly discovered the chemistry between them on their way back home. Once they’d landed, Parag wasted no time in asking for Anda’s phone number. Love blossomed steadily over numerous conversations and text messages, once they realized their feelings for each other, there was no turning back! Held at the plush ITC Mughal, this couple’s Agra based wedding was full of playful and tender moments captured by WeddingSutra Favorite – We Don’t Say Cheese, who, with their superior expertise made every shot count.
How They Met
Anda shares, “Our story started in the scenic island of Maldives which I was visiting for the first time in my life. But even though I was excited at the prospect of going about and exploring my new surroundings, I decided to stay back with my friends, who weren’t too keen on visiting the main island, as they had visited the place several times before. So, as we all sat down to have a few drinks and snacks, I was offered spicy chips that I wasn’t particularly fond of. So, I went to request the staff for a different snack, and they arranged for a bowl of salty peanuts for me, which cost a whopping amount. As I offered it around the table, everyone declined except Parag. As the conversation within the group progressed, he started throwing those peanuts at me. Furious, I chased him and threw water at him, and eventually, we both had a good laugh about it.
However, as we were returning back home, we had a more pleasant encounter where we conversed about life in general, over a nice lunch. He asked for my number, the moment we landed back home, and there has been no looking back ever since!”
“Parag and I didn’t have an elaborate proposal, in fact, compared to many, it was a rather simple one. We had traveled to Rome and Naples for a few days to celebrate orthodox Easter, and on one of our evening walks in the city, he kneeled down and asked me to be his wife. Honestly, it wasn’t much of a surprise as we were already planning to get married, but his gesture was heartwarming.”, shares Anda.
“At first, we wanted the wedding to take place in either of our native places, i.e. Bhopal and Faizabad. But thankfully, Parag’s maternal uncle scouted the stunning ITC Mughal for us in Agra. We couldn’t be any happier about our choice, as the staff was extremely well trained, and the catering services provided by the venue were absolutely impeccable.”, shares the happy bride.
Acknowledging the colossal task of planning a destination wedding, the duo chose to seek expert assistance. On the photography front, they chose We Don’t Say Cheese who impressed the couple with their hard work and dedication. Anda shares, “Team ‘We Don’t Say Cheese’ was absolutely amazing. They managed to capture each moment and gave us a treasure trove of memories to cherish forever. Their talent, sensitivity, and commitment are clearly visible in their stunning clicks!”
For the planning and decor, the couple chose Infinity Wedding Solutions who helmed the way immaculately, and makeup artist Aditi Shah who effortlessly highlighted the bride’s natural beauty.
Hosted under a canopy of cerulean blue sky, and surrounded by bright pink bougainvillea, the duo’s mehndi was a laid-back affair in which they both enjoyed their time under the bright sunshine. With minimal decor and plenty of cheerful moments, all the guests engaged in friendly banter as they got henna patterned on their hands.
Glowing in an olive green and gold salwar kameez Anda was all smiles as she ambled on the lush lawn hand in hand with Parag who wore a rich green bandhgala.
Giving glamor a healthy boost, the cocktail party was filled to the brim with friendly shenanigans that had everyone shaking a leg well into the wee hours of the night. Hosted in one of the property’s spacious ballrooms, the decor consisted of a colossal stage and flashing lights that put everyone in a peppy mood.
Dressed in a silver embroidered gown, Anda was the showstopper of the evening as she popped champagne along with Parag who looked dapper in a brown suit.
A traditional affair, the Haldi was a sunlit evening replete with marigolds and sumptuous Indian sweets that everyone enjoyed as they smeared each other with turmeric and color. Dressed in a yellow salwar kameez, the bride looked radiant as she played Holi with her groom who specially chose a pristine white kurta for the occasion.
A family-centric and conventional affair, the couple’s wedding was punctuated by the heritage of the venue which lent their nuptials a vintage charm. As everyone enjoyed matka-chai in the blistering North Indian cold, the duo took their solemn vows around the holy fire.
For her big day, Anda donned a gorgeous wine-red velvet lehenga with intricate floral embroidery while Parag chose to contrast her in a white sherwani.
Advice For Couples
“If you’re starting to plan a wedding then the venue and photographers should be topmost on your checklist. A beautiful venue ensures your guests are happy and a good photographer gives you memories to cherish for life. So, make your choices wisely and plan in advance!”, shares Anda.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: ITC Mughal, Agra
Wedding Planner and Décor: Infinity Wedding Solutions
Groom’s Outfits: Sindh – The Wedding Galleria (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Meena Bazaar, Calcutta Cloth House, Sehej Swadeshi (Cocktail), Resham Garh (Wedding)
Accessories: Jugal Kishore Jewelers (Wedding Bands)
Makeup: Aditi Shah
Photography: We Don’t Say Cheese