Hitali and Jay, Pune
Dressed in a white intricately embroidered dress with a sheer long veil, this bride stepped up the glamour quotient several notches at her reception.
Determined to celebrate their love despite the odds, Dr. Hitali Majethia and Jay Thakkar’s wedding was an ode to their strong bond that has stood the test of time. Photographed by WeddingSutra Favorite – KnotsbyAMP who made sure each loving moment was captured in beautiful shots, this union of a successful textile merchant and surgeon was truly an elegant affair punctuated by emotional as well as playful moments.
How They Met
Hitali shares, “Jay was my senior in school and we started out as mere acquaintances. But the first time we met properly was during my last year in school when my friend introduced us during Navratri. His endearing smile on seeing and talking to me left me in complete awe. Since then, he always made it a point to see me once every day when he dropped his brother to school. From friends to best friends, and finally to becoming life partners, we have witnessed all of life’s phases together.
Whether it was making a choice of college, to career paths or higher studies we were there for each other through all the ups and downs. Although we belong to different careers and have different sets of goals, we’ve celebrated and supported each other throughout.
Over the years, we’ve inspired each other every single day to do better in life, to chase bigger goals, and think larger than life. The years 2016 and 2019 were especially difficult for us professionally but finally, by the end of 2019, we both settled in our respective fields as Jay successfully started his own venture in textiles and I became a surgeon.
Needless to say, we’re happily growing together, but not without each other’s support and of course, the backing of our loving families.”
“Initially, we’d decided to have a court wedding as I wanted my big day to be an intimate one but Jay wanted a big celebration. But the pandemic spreading fast across the globe had other plans for us. Knowing that COVID-19 is here to stay we changed our previous decision to finally execute a small wedding with all the restrictions and precautions being followed. It was also a good break from a stressful year! We also eschewed a wedding planner and both of us did extensive research online to come up with a vision of what our wedding would look like.” shares Hitali.
Knowing how important it is to have a skilled wedding photographer on board, Hitali and Jay roped in KnotsbyAMP who truly impressed them with their extensive body of creative work. Expressing her happiness the bride shares, “As I am very fond of photos and memories, the first thing we did was to book a photographer, and who could do it better than KnotsbyAMP! We had them for our pre-wedding shoot too. The level of trust we had in them was unparalleled. We always consulted them for the color theme of the decor to ensure that the pictures came out even better. KnotsbyAMP has the best team who are talented, grounded and dedicated to their craft. They have given us the best memories by capturing our emotions at the perfect time. Furthermore, they also gave us links to all our photos before time. Throughout the wedding, the photography team was energetic, soft-spoken and alert. Choosing them was the best decision we made!”
“The Haldi consisted of a yellow and teal theme. The backdrop to our seating was a life-size flex print of our own photo. Various seating areas along with the vibrant decor gave the event a quirky edge. I made my entry seated atop a khatla bed while Jay entered astride a cycle-rickshaw decorated with marigolds. Later, our families performed on stage which was followed by a phoolon ki holi and party that comprised of a rain dance.”
Sangeet and Engagement
“The Sangeet decor consisted of a moon-shaped seating which was flanked by our wedding hashtag in bright LED. A live band belted out Gujarati and Bollywood songs while all of us had an amazing time on the dance floor. Jay and I also performed a number for our family and ended it with both of us exchanging rings.”
“We had our mandap set up under a tree and the whole entrance and mandap area had hanging bells and flowers. Jay entered with a boisterous baraat in tow while I entered on a chariot! For the big day, I donned a traditional gharchola and a pastel lehenga along with a nath that had ‘Jay’ inscribed on it.”
“Crafted out of white leaves and blue lights, the reception stage looked every bit glamorous and dreamy. We both made our entry together walking along the red carpet with balloons bursting around us. A book for our guests to express their good memories and wishes was also maintained which today serves as a beautiful memoir from one of the biggest days of our lives! Following the reception, a gala dinner was hosted where we happily cut into a giant palace-shaped cake.”
Advice for Couples
Planning a wedding is not difficult but execution might take a toll. It’s always better to first discuss with your partner about each other’s likes and dislikes, prepare a budget and then research on latest trends along with some age-old traditions, create a Pinterest board of all the events and have in-depth discussions with your decorators and photographers. Most importantly, divide and delegate the work. It’s an amazing experience to plan your own wedding, and it’s surely bound to leave you with memories that you’ll cherish forever.” shares Hitali.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: The Corinthians Resort and Club, Pune
Décor: Ashok Electrical & Decorators
Groom’s Outfits: Tulsi Studio (All Functions)
Groom’s Shoes: Kavith Sainaani (Sangeet and Engagement, Wedding, Reception)
Bride’s Outfits: Tulsi Studio (Haldi, Sangeet and Engagement), Heena Designer Studio (Wedding), Khatri Jamnadas Bechardas (Wedding), Brides R Us (Reception)
Bride’s Shoes: Imprints Footwear by Neelam Pasad (Sangeet and Engagement, Wedding, Reception)
Jewellery: Boutique Jewellers (Wedding, Reception), Jill Lalka – Jasper by Lata & Jill (Sangeet and Engagement, Wedding, Reception)
Floral Jewellery: Nidhi
Makeup: Kajol R Paswwan
Mehndi: Charmi Goswami
Cake: Aditi Garware