Chetali and Udayan, Mumbai
Flanked by tall palm trees and adorned with elegant pastel-hued decor, this couple’s fusion wedding at Taj Lands End was picture-perfect.
Childhood sweethearts, Chetali Agarwal Deshmukh and Udayan Deshmukh first crossed paths in college and as fate would have it, grew closer as they went on to pursue their bachelor’s degree respectively. Hosted at the luxurious Taj Lands End, Mumbai the couple safely celebrated their union surrounded by picturesque views of the Arabian Sea. Photographed by WeddingSutra Favorite – Knotting Bells who with their unparalleled skill captured every precious moment, this wedding was a dreamy affair.
How They Met
The couple shares, “We met in junior college through mutual friends and as we moved on to pursue our bachelor degrees, we grew closer. Since we both were new in Juhu, Mumbai, where our respective colleges were located, we started spending more time together. Soon enough, our friendship blossomed into love. Seven years into our relationship Udayan popped the question and I happily said ‘yes!’”
After creating a long list of venues to choose from, the couple finally zeroed in on Taj Lands End in Mumbai where they made full use of the vast spaces made available to them. Basking under the Mumbai sun and rigorously following all safety protocols, their wedding was a treat for the eyes as Chetali and Udayan let their creativity soar free and enjoyed the scenic views of the Arabian Sea.
Chetali shares, “We actually consider ourselves quite lucky to have had a great Indian wedding despite the COVID-19 situation. Our wedding was the perfect blend of both Marwari and Maharashtrian rituals. We couldn’t have been happier!”
To ensure that their wedding was captured in stunning frames, the couple roped in Knotting Bells who with every click captured a plethora of emotions. Shrey Bhagat, the co-founder of Knotting Bells shares his experience, “The wedding was one of its kind. Both the bride and groom were extremely accommodating and gave us all the time before the events to shoot their portraits. The beauty of the wedding was that Chetali had planned everything with complete precision which in turn made it even more interesting for us to capture those moments.”
Adding to the team were videographers Israni Photography, decorator Weddings By Gurleen M Puri along with planners 1609 Wedding Planning Solutions and Niche Events.
The bride shares, “The first function was a beautiful, fun Maharashtrian Haldi function. We wore traditional, yellow-hued outfits with Udayan in a kurta and an open jacket while I chose a beautiful Banarasi Saree and accessorized it with floral jewelry. Additionally, we also wore the traditional Maharashtrian Mundavalya as a part of the ritual. On the decor front, we chose marigolds and floral installations that were peppered across the venue.”
Maira and Mehndi
“Keeping the Marwari culture in mind, we had the maira and mehndi function clubbed together. I wore a pastel green lehenga while Udayan donned an open jacket kurta that went perfectly with my outfit. Also, to ensure the guests were comfy as they got henna patterned on their hands, beautiful gazebos were constructed with hanging floral décor from the ceilings.”
“Filled to the brim with mirror work and vivid floral decorations, the Sangeet upped the glamor stakes! Udayan and I aptly chose electric blue outfits studded with mirror work to coordinate with the decor. At the entrance, a photo booth was set up along with a floral flamingo installation. Additionally, a bright pink neon sign reading ‘2020 couldn’t stop us! #CUforever’ lit up the venue!” shares Chetali.
“I’ve always dreamed of a white and pink pastel theme for my wedding and that is exactly what we opted for. Our mandap was set up in the center of the lawn overlooking the sea, and was filled with pink, white, and lavender floral decor resembling a garden during spring. However, the most memorable part of the wedding was my walk down the aisle towards Udayan. At that moment, I felt a rush of overwhelming emotions! I just couldn’t believe that it was all happening after so many years! The moment I saw him waiting for me, my heart just melted and I had happy tears flowing through my eyes. After the Varmala exchange, I just knew that this was the beginning of forever!”
“To end things on a high note, we had a ‘Night under the stars’ themed reception. Canopied under twinkling lights, the tables were decorated with scarlet rose centerpieces and both of us were welcomed by a shower of cold pyros as we made our way down the stairs. Following the entrance, we shared our first dance which was celebrated by a rousing toast from our loved ones.” recollects Chetali.
Advice for Couples
“My first tip would be to just enjoy your wedding as these moments never come back! Things may not always go as planned, but you must learn to just soak in the moment and make the most of it. Secondly, make sure to give yourself proper nutrition on the big day. A lot of brides, including myself tend to skip eating or are just unable to eat. However, to be able to carry the heavy lehengas, it is very important to have something to eat and keep hydrated.” advises Chetali.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Taj Lands End, Mumbai (Haldi, Maira and Mehndi, Sangeet, Wedding, Reception)
Wedding Planner: 1609 Wedding Planning Solutions, Niche Events
Décor: Weddings By Gurleen M Puri
Groom’s Outfits: Telon (Haldi, Maira and Mehndi, Wedding), Mard by Abu Sandeep (Sangeet), Gaurav Gupta (Reception)
Bride’s Outfits: Roopkala Heritage (Haldi), Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor (Maira and Mehndi), Akanksha Gajria (Sangeet), Shyamal & Bhumika (Wedding), Gaurav Gupta (Reception)
Jewellery: Alankar International Pvt. Ltd. (Wedding)
Floral Jewellery: Floral Art (Haldi)
Makeup: Varsha Gidwani (Haldi, Sangeet & Wedding), Simran K Sadarangani Make Up (Reception)
Hairstyling: Hair by Anisha Nagpal (Haldi, Wedding)
Photography: Knotting Bells
Videography: Israni Photography