Ayushree Baruha and Saharsh Surana, Fairmont Jaipur
An ode to their diverse cultures - this couple’s fusion destination wedding in Jaipur raised the bar high with its elegant themes and vivid hues.
Ayushree Baruha and Saharsh Surana’s destination wedding in Jaipur was a stunning confluence of their diverse cultures. Paying equal attention to both their Assamese and Marwari traditions, this wedding was planned and designed by WeddingSutra Favorite – Mapsor Experiential Weddings flaunted a series of vivid celebrations.
How They Met
The Guwahati-based couple crossed paths in 2013 when they were introduced via common friends. However, they both lost touch as Ayushree moved to London for her academic pursuits, As fate would have it, they met again in Bangalore where they instantly reconnected and started dating.
Preitesh Sharma from Mapsor Experiential Weddings shares the couple’s vision for their union and how his team went about orchestrating it, “They wanted to have a fun-filled few days where they got to be with their family and their loved ones and to celebrate their love while respecting both of their cultures. To give their guests a truly customized experience, the team crafted special newspapers that carried anecdotes from the couple’s love story and placed them in the cars that would receive the guests from the airport.
A customized audio was created for the guests to enjoy during their ride to the hotel, where all the family members pitched in to narrate the beautiful story of the couple. On arrival, the guests received a royal Rajasthani welcome. Moreover, a special Instagram handle was created for the couple where all of their wedding photos and details were shared to keep all the guests posted about the most intricate details of the wedding. During the wedding, all the functions were designed in such a way that they had a unique element either paying homage to the couple or their diverse Marwari-Assamese traditions.”
For the close-knit family mehndi, the colours were subdued as Preitesh shares, “The palette was subtle pink and pista green and it was an intimate gathering just for the close family members, where each and every guest was welcomed with dhol and Rajasthani ghoomar dancers.”
Preitesh shares, “A beautiful off-white gold sufi setup was created amidst the glow of multiple candles to compliment the arches at Aasma, a rooftop venue at the hotel. The passage entrance was filled with suspended tuberoses that emanated a mesmerizing scent. It was a lovely function, where the couple danced while the groom’s father sang a beautiful song for them. Attar bottles were bestowed on the guests as giveaways.”
Post the elegant welcome dinner, the guests moved to an indoor space where they had a blast with a neon-themed after-party. And, to ensure that everyone felt rejuvenated the next morning, the couple provided everyone with special hangover kits!
Traditional hues of red, green and orange were generously used during the mayra with bandhej fabric to honour the groom’s Marwari side. For the bride, a traditional jhoola was placed on stage where the ceremony took place.
After the traditional mayra, the mehndi was a fun event with a carnival theme. Preitesh shares, “The couple made a smashing entry with colour bombs and dancing artists. Pink and orange hues looked stunning under the sunny sky while multiple stalls were placed across the venue, Saheliyon ki Bari, to entertain the guests.”
“Black and rose gold gave Sangeet the glitzy, blingy vibe that the couple desired. The entrance was a shimmering passageway while the guests had the perfect photo-op spot at the photobooth with the couple’s official hashtag. The groom dedicated a dance performance to the bride and the couple also went on to exchange rings onstage”, says Preitesh.
A pre-wedding ritual that usually takes place two days before the wedding, the Juroon ceremony in Assamese culture includes the bride being given gifts from the groom’s side. These gifts usually include almost everything, from clothes, and cosmetics to jewellery. Preitesh shares, “This was the most fun function that we designed, from understanding the Assamese culture and the need to have this function to executing it from sourcing Gamusa, jhapi topi, Assamese dhol from Assam to making it into a reality on the D day. This function was so close to the bride’s heart as here the groom’s mother and his family welcomed the bride into their family by showering her with multiple gifts and placing sindoor on her head. The function ended on a high note where the couple and everyone enjoyed the bihu dance.”
Honouring the local culture and the groom’s Marwari heritage, the haldi was inspired by Jaipur as Preitesh shares, “The function event design was inspired by blue pottery with yellow tones interspersed in between to create a striking contrast. A special balloon fight was organized for everyone to have fun, and multiple stalls were arranged for guest interaction.”
For the big day, all stops were pulled when it came to grandeur. The celebration kicked off with a large baraat where the groom arrived in a vintage car while the couple entered with an entire troop of dancers. Preitesh shares, “The varmala took place on the infinity pool with fireworks going off in the background. The whole theme of the function was ‘traditional royal’ with maroon and gold colours. The mandap featured intricate mirror work that Rajasthan is renowned for and we included the same design aesthetic for the reception stage too.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Fairmont Jaipur
Wedding Planner: Mapsor Experiential Weddings
Décor: DY Wedding Design Studio
Groom’s Outfits: Shantanu & Nikhil (Welcome Dinner), Suman’s Official (Mehndi), Gaurav Gupta (Sangeet), Shree Silk (Jurun), Manish Malhotra (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Amit Aggarwal (Welcome Dinner), Siddhartha Bansal (Mehndi), Gaurav Gupta (Sangeet), Shree Silk (Jurun), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding)
Jewellery: Outhouse Jewellery (Welcome Dinner), Prerto (Welcome Dinner), Raabta by Rahul (Mehndi), Zangfai (Jurun), Prune (Haldi)
Makeup: Tanvi Marathe
Hairstyling: Ruchi Arya Uppal
Entertainment: SwarYug The Band (Welcome Dinner)
DJ: DJ Axon (Sangeet)
Photography and Videography: EightFold Stories