Isha and Ronak, Mumbai
From dandiya raas and chaat stalls to fortune-tellers and handcrafted traditional décor, this couple's Garba Night festivities takes one on a colorful journey of Gujarat.
From a picture perfect proposal to a scintillating city wedding, Isha and Ronak’s celebrations were inspiration galore. Get a sneak peek into their journey through the flawless frames of WeddingSutra Favorite – Sam & Ekta.
How they met
Poles apart in nature, united by love! “The first time we met was through a bunch of mutual friends at a night club. I struck up a conversation with her, with much help from my friends who kept intervening to talk me up” Ronak grins, “We soon started dating casually, but as we got to know each other, our bond deepened. We were complete opposites, but that is what kept things interesting, as we are constantly challenging each other. Soon enough, I knew I had found the one I wanted to spend an eternity with”.
Ronak shares, “I knew she wanted her proposal to be a surprise, but since our families had already started prompting us to get engaged, she had completely given up any hopes of a formal proposal. I asked her to come to Aer at Four Seasons under the pretext of my sister’s baby’s shower. Check-ins from other people about the fake party, and a fake-fight between us further ensured she was completely clueless. Walking in to see me standing amidst roses and a sign that said ‘Marry me’ as Perfect by Ed Sheeren played in the background, she was floored!”
Having previously seen and being impressed with their amazing talent, the couple entrusted the husband –wife duo of Sam & Ekta to capture their moments. They tell us, “From the very first time we met them, it was like we had known them forever. They understood us completely, and without any need for direction or briefs, they took over. We left it all to them, and they, as expected, created magic to last us a lifetime.”
Their exquisite wedding festivities at Member’s Enclosure in Mumbai were planned to perfection by Globally Local. DJ AJ and DJ Sandy had everyone grooving while the team of Happy Dancing Feet choreographed the sensational dances for the couple and their family.
The festivities kicked off with a high powered Garba Night that imbibed every flavor and color of Gujarati traditions. Vibrant décor of pinks and oranges ruled in everything from the décor, the seating and the stage to the statement wall of traditionally embroidered umbrellas. Chaat and other local delicacies tingled everyone’s taste buds as activities such as tarot and fortune-telling kept them entertained, apart from the main highlight, which was the garba and dandiya raas. The bride wowed everyone in a unique teal and pink lehenga by Debyanti and Co, while the groom stunned in Shantanu and Nikhil.
For the lively Mehndi festivities, the bride wore an Anita Dongre lehenga in a charming combination of red and blue, accessorizing it with fresh floral jewelry in matching hues and hair braided softly with baby’s breath and blue butterflies. The groom complemented her in an ivory kurta set with red neck detailing. Getting her hands painted with exquisite henna designs, she looked like a vision against the backdrop of a yellow marigold laden swing. The couple and their guests spent the day dancing and making merry.
The Haldi ceremony was an intimate affair for the bride with just her family, for which she kept it simple and pretty in a minimalistic kurta set with mirror-work. Dressed in bride-squad t-shirts, her family danced and sang around her, smearing her with holy turmeric paste.
The wedding revelries kicked off with a rocking baraat, wherein the groom, dressed in a white and gold sherwani by Anita Dongre arrived in pomp and splendor as his entourage danced to the rousing tunes of DJ AJ. An explosion of floral beauty, everything from the mandap to the seating, décor and dinner setup was in beautiful shades of pink and gold, setting off a magical ambience. Elements like a gold peacock with a flower plume added to the grandeur. The bride, radiant in a gold Sabyasachi lehenga, arrived under a gorgeous phoolon ki chadar, after which the couple exchanged varmalas of stunning pink blooms.
The groom shares, “Unlike most people, we decided to end the evening with a Sangeet, so that we and everyone else could party to our fullest without having to wake up the next day for another function.” The décor of glass, silver, magical lights and LEDs made the function exactly what the vibe was, an extravagant after-party! The bride shimmered in a Manish Malhotra lehenga for the starry event, while the groom stayed on point with his fashion game in a red and navy Shantanu and Nikhil outfit. Set to the groovy beats of DJ Sandy, the night saw stunning performances and non-stop dancing, however the groom stole the show with his awe-inspiring moves.
Advice for couples
“Enjoy the process. Fights and arguments are part of the experience. On the day, you will forget about everything and look back at it with utmost fulfillment. Also, meet all vendors personally, they always like it when clients are involved.”
The Wedding Makers
Wedding Planner: Globally Local
Décor: Fireflies (Garba), Ajay Decorators (Wedding), Horizon WIE (Sangeet)
Groom’s Outfits: Shantanu and Nikhil (Garba, Sangeet)), Crestelli Kurta (Garba), Anita Dongre (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Debyanti & Co (Garba), Anita Dongre (Mehndi), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding), Manish Malhotra (Sangeet)
Makeup: Pakkhi Pahuja (Garba), Varsha Gidwani (Mehndi, Wedding), Namrata Soni (Sangeet)
Hair: Ritika Kadam
Invites: Masoomi Dhawan
Choreography: Happy Dancing Feet
Entertainment: DJ AJ (Wedding), DJ Sandy (Sangeet)
Photography and Videography: Sam & Ekta