Jasmin and Varun, Bangalore
This wedding was full of unique ideas ranging from a pastel evening Mehndi to an indoor garden Reception with a mandap that matched the bride's lehenga!
Jasmin Thakkar and Varun Nathwani celebrated their wedding in great style at the palatial Leela Palace Bangalore, which was a stunning blend of unusual decor themes with personal touches that were orchestrated expertly by WeddingSutra Favorite – Wedlock Weddings by Vima. Read on to see how it all unfolded.
How they met
Family friends since childhood, the couple recognized their true feelings for each other in 2011 and dated for a decade before taking their relationship to the next level. With no formal proposal, they made their decision in unison to be together with their parents’ blessings and set about planning for the most special experience of their lives!
The bride had always dreamed of a royal palace wedding in Udaipur, but since they could not travel amidst the Covid regulations, they found their perfect palatial venue in their city at The Leela Palace Bangalore. The sprawling lawns and beautiful architecture made for a mesmerizing setting for their festivities.
The couple entrusted the planning of their wedding to the team of Wedlock Weddings by Vima. Looking back upon their experience, the bride shares, “Vima put us at ease and understood everything we were looking for. She handled everything flawlessly even during the Pandemic. She took suggestions and made sure to follow up and revert with pictures, ideas and presentations. Although she couldn’t be in Bangalore, she ensured that someone from her team was representing her at every step of the way. But during the wedding, she was present at the venue throughout, just to make sure everything went smoothly. All that matters in the end is how effortlessly the wedding went off aided by her expertise, and we were so very impressed and ecstatic with the results!”
The festivities kicked off with a traditional Mandava ceremony for which the decor was designed with cultural influences for a serene, yet stunning look. Banners printed with the Gayatri Mantra hung around the mandap, elegantly decked with flowers. The bride wore a burnt orange-hued Anarkali suit for the occasion, while the groom paired his white kurta set with a red Bandi jacket.
Stepping away from conventional hues and decor, the evening mehndi function was set in delicate pastel hues of ivory and pink alongside the hotel pool. Brimming with Moroccan design elements such as rugs, tiles, intricate Moroccan prints and more, the ethereal setting was further elevated with an abundance of fairy lights that added a starlit whimsy to the evening. The couple matched the decor and ambience with ivory and blush ensembles.
The haldi ceremony saw traditional decor in yellow and red, planned with a Rajasthani mela-like ambience, brimming with carts, food stalls, games and more.
Inspired by the bride’s love for Bollywood, the cocktail function was all about glitz and glamour of the Silver Screen. Red carpets, large installations, photo walls of celebrities and a canopy of tinsel and disco balls set an award-show kind of atmosphere. Neon signage on the stage backdrop spelt out ‘Pyaar Dosti hai’, as a nod to the couple’s history. The bride glistened in a silver couture outfit while the groom wore a stylish patterned navy suit.
In rich traditional hues of red and beige, the wedding was a gorgeous traditional affair. Flowers, Indian artisanal decor and mirror-work set the tone for the occasion with the mandap created just to match the bride’s lehenga, hung with a canopy of fabric hangings.
Although the reception was hosted indoors, it had a vibrant garden theme complete with lush foliage, butterfly elements, artificial grass and an illuminated pathway lined with electric lights. The couple opted for stunning black velvet ensembles for a statement look.
Advice for couples
“It is better to plan everything in advance than leave anything to just a couple of months before the wedding. Also, have a plan B in place for outfits, jewellery and other things in case anything gets damaged, especially when it comes to a destination wedding. Finally, remember to rest in between functions so you can be fresh for the next one. Also, research your makeup artists before booking them, so you’re better organized for the big day”.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: The Leela Palace Bangalore
Wedding Planner: Wedlock Weddings by Vima
Groom’s Outfits: Kora (Pooja, Haldi, Cocktail, Wedding, and Reception), The Luxe Label (Pooja, Mehndi)
Bride’s Outfits: Shyam Narayan Prasad (Pooja), Kirti Bhandari Boutique (Haldi), Pink Peacock Couture (Cocktail), Tarun Tahiliani (Wedding)
Makeup: Manjeet Khehra
Invites: Handout Hampers
Photography: Lightbucket Productions