Our series, Featured Weddings brings you wonderful moments from weddings held at the finest venues across different cities. Here, groom Anuraag tells us all about how he met his soul mate and their wedding celebrations in Udaipur.
Devanshi is into textiles, home décor, and furnishing, while Anuraag is a DJ and music producer.
Devanshi and Anuraag met at a common friend’s house and immediately hit it off. He shares how he popped the question to her. “Yes, there was a formal proposal in February 2015 - exactly a year before our wedding. I got all our friends together at a club I was supposed to be playing at. Before the place got crowded I got her to come out and hang with me and then made a random guy request for ‘Marry Me’ by Bruno Mars. I denied the request at first, and then when he requested it again – he was acting at my behest – I played it for him. Devanshi just stood there wondering what was happening, and one by one our friends came in and handed her roses and danced around her - it was supposed to be like a flash mob but nobody really remembered any steps… and then I proposed to her with a ring.”
“We picked The Ananta Udaipur as our wedding venue. We did a lot of research and visited a number of properties in Goa and Rajasthan and finally settled on The Ananta Udaipur as we had the entire luxury resort at our disposal which was wonderful given the number of guests we were expecting. Plus, the weather in Udaipur in February is heavenly!”
“We started planning our wedding almost a year in advance, though the main work really happened only in the last two months. Devanshi was heavily involved in every aspect of the wedding given that she is a complete micro manager,” Anuraag says smiling as recalls the fun and festive ceremonies. “Magnanimous Events handled our wedding which was attended by around 400 people comprising mainly family and close friends. I work with the Magnanimous Event team for my work in general and have known them for a while. So we already had a great relationship and that made the whole thing much easier. Devanshi played the main wedding planner with them though. The entertainment was handled by all my artist friends, so we had a whole lot of DJs and percussionists.”
“Selecting our wedding photographer and videographer probably took the longest time till we met Nishith Dayal of Creative Crow Productions. We booked him immediately and that was one of the best decisions we ever made. He created a pretty cool ‘Save The Date’ video which went out with a convenient RSVP form. It was basically a quirky one-minute stop motion video which captured Devanshi and I goofing around.”
“Our wedding functions were pretty standard – the mehendi ceremony was followed by the ring ceremony and sangeet. The following day we had the ‘haldi’ ritual, followed by the ‘baraat’ and then the traditional wedding. The third day saw the cocktail reception which was held at night.”
“I wore ensembles by Libas for the sangeet and wedding, and a three-piece suit by Avinash Punjabi for the cocktail reception. Devanshi wore a gown by Papa Don’t Preach by Shubika (who happens to be the common friend at whose wedding Devanshi and I first met!). Don’t ask me which designer’s outfit Devanshi wore for the wedding as I confess I was not paying attention at that time,” admits Anuraag.
Anuraag made an entry with his ‘baraat’ in a bright red vintage convertible which was decorated with bright blooms and strings of white flowers arranged all over the bonnet. His colourful ‘safa’ (turban) added to the riot of colours, and Devanshi looked every inch a bride in her red lehenga with striking gold threadwork. Her elaborate 'maang tikka added to that regal vibe she exuded.
One of the backdrops at the wedding venue was a wall with circular photos of the couple. Rajasthani folk singers and musicians added that unique Rajasthani-touch to the proceedings, alongside bright canopies with white flowers festooned on the frames, vibrant cushions and traditional marigold garlands around the beautiful venue.
Advice for to-be-wed couples
“In my opinion, the only thing guests remember at the end of the wedding is the food and how happy the couple looked! So smile, enjoy yourselves and stop caring about every little detail of the execution!
The Wedding Makers
Location: The Ananta Udaipur, Rajasthan
Wedding Planners: Magnanimous Events
Bridal Trousseau: Papa Don’t Peach by Shubhika,
Groom’s Trousseau: Libas, Avinash Punjabi
Photography & Videography: Creative Crow Productions
Photos Courtesy- Nishith Dayal Photography