Jheal Shah and Mittul Patel, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Be it the quiet cocktail party or the grand wedding that was in sync with tradition - this couple’s union by the seaside in Mumbai was a stylish one!
Equally traditional and glamorous, entrepreneurs Jheal Shah and Mittul Patel’s wedding was a showstopper that expressed their families’ love for grandeur and their own modern sensibilities. Hosted at The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai – an iconic hotel by the shore, their wedding was a dreamy one. And, making their vision come to life was WeddingSuta Favorite –The Vow Weavers who with their expertise planned a series of fun celebrations.
For their wedding, the couple chose The Taj Mahal Palace located in Colaba, a posh neighbourhood in Mumbai. With its heritage charm, stunning location by the sea and impeccable hospitality this hotel checked every box for the couple who wanted to enjoy their big day to the fullest. The couple not only made full use of the outdoor venue by the sea but also revelled at the luxurious indoor ballrooms.
Jheal shares, “We always wanted an intimate wedding celebration with our close family and friends. On the other hand, our families were keen on a grand wedding. We took the middle path and kept the pre-wedding rituals close-knit while the wedding was a grand one!” Planning their wedding was The Vow Weavers who precisely understood their vision and crafted a series of celebrations that reflected the couple’s unique tastes. Neelam Madnani from The Vow Weavers shares, “Mittul was clear that the theme of the wedding should be ‘fun’. So, when we created the events, we tried to incorporate as many fun elements as we could while staying true to traditions.” Impressed by the planning team’s dedication, bride Jheal shares, “At every wedding, there are many different things that could go wrong. And when such a thing happens, you’ll definitely want The Vow Weavers by your side. They are exceptional at their craft and came to our rescue numerous times. Our wedding went very smoothly and the entire team did a fantastic job. Right from the logistics to the hospitality, everything was done effortlessly. They had people stationed at the airport and train stations all through the night sometimes just to ensure seamless transport to the hotel. The shadows were also brilliant and able to anticipate our needs even before we thought of them.”
Jheal goes on to add, “We found that my father had stage 4 cancer in June last year, five months before my wedding. Till the last month, we were worried about whether we could do the wedding or not due to his health. Miraculously he was in good shape during the wedding due to the treatments and enjoyed it the most. He was the happiest I had ever seen him in my life.”
Jheal shares, “We both love hanging out with our friends and dancing hence we decided to host a cosy cocktail party where all of us could have a good time. Naquita Dsouza belted out some really nice jazz tracks that set the mood just right. Later on, the after party, of course, had everyone in high spirits and all the guests had a great time as they danced to some groovy tracks.”
The bride shares, “The next morning we did a phoolon ki haldi ceremony just for the guests to have fun since we weren’t doing any traditional events other than the wedding ceremony itself. We created the set-up to resemble a flower market and for people to play holi with the flower petals. Our outfits were filled with floral patterns of embroidery as well to match the theme. We had Garba girls and a circular LED stage for people to dance on as well.”
Jheal shares, “The same evening we had our wedding. It was a sunset mahurat with an outdoor mandap at the chambers lawn in Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. Our varmala and mandap backdrop was the sea and the sunset and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue. Our mandap had cold pyros during our pheras and the theme was traditional with fresh flowers and folk music that included a flute player who played throughout the ceremony. We also had a Swaraag fly down especially for the wedding ceremony to lend background music. As a special surprise, my sister made a ‘wedding contract’ for Mittul to sign which was exactly as tall as me with 25 pointers for the groom. Only once he signed was he allowed to get ready for the wedding.”
Jheal shares, “The last function was the after party held immediately after the wedding in the main crystal ballroom. We wanted everyone to have one last blast before the weekend ended and everyone went back to their daily lives. We had Gurdeep Mehendi, Daler Mehendi’s son as our after-party star and he totally delivered! It was the perfect end of the most memorable weekend.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Wedding Planner: The Vow Weavers
Bride’s Outfits: Rahul Mishra (Haldi), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding)
Jewellery: Kotharis Jewellers
Makeup: Tejas Shah
Hairstyling: Jayshree Thakkar
Entertainment: Naquita Dsouza (Cocktail), Swaraag (Wedding), Varsh Jain (Wedding), Gurdeep Mehndi (Reception)
DJ: Dj Madoc (Cocktail, Wedding)
Bartenders: The Wedding Bartenders (Cocktail), Drinq (Reception)
Photography: Shawn Menezes