Dilraj and Vidyesh, Mumbai
Brimming with stunning design themes and elements, this couple’s wedding was full of intimate decor inspiration.
Childhood sweethearts Dilraj Kaur Nanra and Vidyesh Achrekar celebrated the long journey of their love with a delightful intimate celebration of their distinct cultures. Orchestrated with spectacular decor themes by WeddingSutra Favorite – The Petite Project, every function of their city wedding is sure to transport you to a magnificent wonderland.
How They Met
Based out of Mumbai, Dilraj and Vidyesh’s story embodies the kind of love every girl dreams of. As childhood sweethearts, they grew up in the same neighborhood, playing, talking and texting non-stop. As they grew, their bond transformed from friendship into love. Through different stages of school, college and then work, they always made time for each other in the bustle to have date nights, play badminton or take trips together.
When they decided to take their love to the next level, they had a tough road in front of them, convincing their families to support their intercultural union. Their patience and perseverance paid off, and they happily started their life together with the blessings and love of their near and dear ones.
After planning and replanning the celebration multiple times through the Pandemic, the couple zeroed in on Mumbai Metro The Executive Hotel to host an intimate wedding with their close friends and family only. They entrusted Varsha Shetty of The Petite Project to bring their vision to life. They share, “We had to literally re-plan every aspect of the wedding a week before our big day, and Varsha and her team went above and beyond to make sure our wedding was personal, top-notch and up to the mark in every way. Varsha made herself available at all hours of the day and night to accommodate our timings and kept us in the loop for every little development.
From putting together a mood-board a week before the wedding to curating suitable décor elements in the middle of a pandemic and sourcing the right fabric during peak lockdown, they worked tirelessly and passionately. Their transparency, accountability and genuine empathy for the groom, bride and their respective families was heartwarming. They had the ability to understand and deliver under pressure whilst living up to the expectations of a very discerning couple. Varsha was super innovative and ensured each ceremony was a distinct experience for our guests with the right mix of tradition, culture and love! She literally put together a masterpiece of a celebration for us! The team at The Petite Project is extremely zealous about what they do, and they don’t believe in just churning out one wedding after another. They personalized little details that meant the world to us.”
Sakharpuda, Ganesh Pujan and Sagan
The festivities commenced with a traditional Sakharpuda and Ganesh Pujan hosted at an indoor venue of the hotel. The decor was kept minimal and elegant, with seating under a canopy of red chandeliers leading up to the stage which was stunningly set up with a halo made of flowers and wooden twigs. The backdrop was festooned with marigolds that were aglow with a luminescent blue light. The Maharashtrian rituals were followed by the Sikh ceremony of Sagan.
The sunny yellow hues of the Haldi ceremony got a twist with a startling turquoise blue floor that created a magical contrast with the cascading white and yellow garlands of flowers. For the joint Haldi ceremony, the bride and groom were seated in large traditional copper vats as they were doused with turmeric paste and flowers.
The elegant engagement function saw decor of green and lavender that was as whimsical as it was beautiful. Lavender flowers and green foliage decked every surface, dotted with pops of white blooms. Elements like a classic typewriter, telephone, birdcages, table fans, and jute bags cast a vintage, rustic ambience. What stole the show however, was the creative use of pomegranate in everything from the canopy to the decor elements, the stage arch and even in the cushion prints. The bride matched the decor in a mint green lacework gown, while the groom dazzled in a rich teal-colored tuxedo.
The couple tied the knot with 2 ceremonies, honoring both the bride and groom’s respective cultures. After a serene Anand Karaj ceremony with just their families at a close-by Gurudwara for which the couple dressed in hues of pink, they adjourned to the hotel for a Maharashtrian ceremony where they changed into an ivory sherwani and a red banarasi saree respectively. Pastel tones of pink and mint green set a soft, romantic vibe for the occasion, while flowers like baby’s breath, roses, and carnations decked the decor and the mandap which also had a canopy of jasmine and roses. Vertical towers of copper vessels added a traditional touch, as did the brass bells festooned with baby’s breath that was given to the guests to ring during the ceremony.
Advice for couples
Last-minute hiccups are always going to happen. Take it easy and just remember that you’ve waited for this day forever! Find good vendors, trust them implicitly and enjoy every second of your celebrations.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Mumbai Metro The Executive Hotel
Decor: The Petite Project
Outfits: Wah Wah Boutique, Mumbai
Makeup: Makeup by Hemi
Photography and Videography: Editmaster India