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Digisha and Tanuj’s outdoor wedding by the sea in a landmark hotel featured all the big and beautiful details that were so special to the couple. Here, the lovely bride shares her experiences and tips for other couples.

Digisha and Tanuj at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai

How We Met
I was introduced to Tanuj through his mom. I was managing an event where I had met his relatives, who coaxed Tanuj’s mother to ask me if I would like to meet him for a casual tete-e tete. We exchanged numbers and soon after, Tanuj and I got talking! We hung out for a while, got to know each other and met each other’s friends during our courtship period.

Digisha and Tanuj at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai

The Proposal
After spending time with Tanuj, I realized that he was 'the one' but didn’t want to rush it. I thought it would take him at least six to seven months to decide, but I was in for a surprise when Tanuj confessed within three months of our first meeting that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me!

Digisha and Tanuj at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Wedding Venue
We always envisioned having an outdoor wedding surrounded by lush green lawns. We even shortlisted a few suitable wedding venues, but finally chose The Taj Lands End, Mumbai. From the cool sea breeze to the sprawling greenery, there's something about sea-facing wedding venues, especially this landmark sea-facing hotel, that make weddings look simply beautiful and surreal!

Wedding Functions

Sangeet
We started off our wedding festivities with an intimate sangeet function in the evening. Gorgeous paper flowers and LED lights formed the highlights of the décor. I wanted the decor to be simple yet look elegant and couldn’t be happier with the final outcome. For this evening sangeet, my family friend and designer Ushma Vaidya designed a hassle-free, chic and stylish blue cocktail gown that fit me like a dream and made me feel like a superstar.

Digisha and Tanuj at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Digisha and Tanuj at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Mehendi
The mehendi décor involved a peppy theme that included pinwheels and colorful paper flowers with cabanas, a cute photo booth and activity areas around the vast lawns of the hotel. The pinwheel design was executed by Manasi Desai of Ideas Designed, who completely transformed the décor and added a dash of quirkiness to our mehendi function.

Digisha and Tanuj at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai

I adore regal ensembles but wanted to add my dash of fun to my mehendi ensemble. Therefore, I chose to wear a traditional yellow lehenga with a zany twist of pink and lots of ‘gotta patti’ work alongside floral jewelry to complete the look.

Wedding
Being a sunset wedding, we wanted to incorporate soothing colors that would represent our personalities. So we chose floral décor with a peach and pink color scheme. The stage backdrop was decorated with clusters of roses in different shades and charming chandeliers and peach drapes on the side. This worked extremely well for the mandap and the whole look was deeply admired by all our guests.

Digisha and Tanuj at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Digisha and Tanuj at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Digisha and Tanuj at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Since I am very low-key and favor comfort over anything else, I wore a gorgeous red lehenga with intricate zardozi handiwork and matched it with a complementary pink blouse. I accessorized my wedding lehenga with a statement ‘nath’ (nose ring), ‘jhumkis’ (ethnic dangling earrings) and long necklaces to complete the bridal look. The makeup for the evening was done by Recinda Martis who did a great job in making me look absolutely fabulous on my big day! Tanuj wore a light blue kurta with an elegant white dhoti and an ornate beige 'safa' (turban).

Digisha and Tanuj at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Digisha and Tanuj at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Advice for to-weds
Couple should try and stay calm during the busy wedding phase as it is easier to make better decisions when the mind is relaxed. Visit the function venues personally and discuss them with your family/planning team as early as you can so you have enough time to organize things and concentrate on the smaller details. Lastly, add a bit of you and your partner’s personalities to the wedding — it is your big day and has to embody both of your tastes which everyone will remember and enjoy.

The Wedding Makers
Venue: The Taj Lands End, Mumbai
Bridal Trousseau: Ushma Vaidya and Neha Bhansali
Makeup Artist: Recinda Martis
Mehendi Décor: Manasi Desai, Ideas Designed

Photographer: Recall Pictures

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