Jayshree and Sandeep, Jaipur
This couple’s royal style wedding was a scintillating blend of their Indian heritage and their contemporary New York lives.
From office romance to their grand Indian palace wedding Jayshree Mahtani and Sandeep Chouksey’s story of love got a fitting celebration amidst the royal heritage of the Pink City. WeddingSutra Favorite – Dreamzkrraft brought their vision to life with great style and aplomb, while the exciting festivities of their functions were captured by the team of WeddingSutra Favorite – WhatKnot.
How They Met
The couple first crossed paths while working for Shutterstock Inc. in New York City, where their office was in the iconic Empire State Building. A funny work incident just a few weeks into Jayshree’s joining the same sparked a connection that eventually turned into friendship over cafeteria run-ins. The couple soon started dating, but kept their relationship private, and it was only when Sandeep left the company that their romance became public!
Since both the bride and groom hailed from New York, they decided to host a traditional Indian wedding full of culture and colors with a grand celebration in India. The bride shares, “We didn’t want any specific ‘themes’ for our wedding. We wanted Indian culture shining through, but at the same time, we wanted to respect and highlight our home, New York City as well.” Fairmont Jaipur was chosen as the setting for the royal festivities, and the talented décor team of Dreamzkrraft was roped in to bring their vision to life. The photography team of WhatKnot captured every moment of the splendorous revelries in gorgeous shots.
The festivities kicked off with a poolside Mehendi and Sangeet function. A fusion of vibrant colors and quirky boho elements set the tone for the exuberant event. The decor included teepees, cane furniture, baskets and funky props, while strings of vintage lights criss-crossed above. Bright blooms, pampas grass, foliage and citrus fruits lent a fresh yet rustic vibe. The bride stood out in a fun white lehenga by Mahima Mahajan scattered with colourful leaves and ferns, teamed with a sequinned blouse and jacket for a relaxed yet statement look. The groom opted for a cream and blue asymmetric kurta and jacket ensemble. They entered with great pomp to the beats of dhols.
The sunset pheras were held on the rooftop, against a breathtaking backdrop of the city and the setting sun. The bride shares, “This wasn’t actually our first choice for pheras at the venue. But we trusted DreamzKrraft in their vision on how the mandap would look set up against the backdrop of the terrace and Jaipur. We also liked the terrace because it was just formal enough for the pheras to transition into dinner.” Pretty floral arrangements and drapes in warm blush tones made up the minimal décor that brought out the beauty of the sun-soaked palace architecture, while candles and fairy lights added to the romantic ambience. The bride chose a stunning pink and blue lehenga from Jade by Monica and Karishma, while the groom wore an icy blue sherwani from Mahima Mahajan.
The reception revelries saw edgy, glamorous décor that was a nod to the modern spirit of New York. Hues of red, white and black ruled the décor, with crystal ornaments, bold centerpieces of red flowers and more. The groom looked dapper in a white tuxedo, while the bride donned a sleek black and silver outfit by Amit Aggarwal which proudly reflected the contemporary ambience of the night, and her New York identity.
Since the last day of the festivities coincided with the first day of Holi, the couple decided to end the enjoyment with a colorful Holi Party for everyone to unwind and party. Everyone was gifted with custom made t-shirts featuring the couple’s hashtag on the back and ‘Gulal Gang’ on the front.
Advice for couples
“Whatever your vision for your wedding might be, work as a team and figure out all the pertinent points that need attention. The things you do not care too much about, delegate the same to your planners or someone in your family that you know would do a great job executing it. Be respectful to each other and mindful of each other’s wishes. Have fun, and always remember that at the end of the day, the main purpose of this beautiful ceremony is to stand up in front of all your friends and family and commit to a lifelong partnership with the love of your life.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Fairmont Jaipur
Planning & Décor: Dreamzkrraft
Groom’s Outfits: Aza (Mehendi), Mahima Mahajan (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Mahima Mahajan (Mehendi), Jade by Monica and Karishma (Wedding), Amit Aggarwal (Reception)
Makeup: Tanvi Chemburkar
Hair: Deepa Hairstylist
Entertainment: DJ Naved
Photography and Videography: WhatKnot