Khushboo and Vicky, Taj Samudra, Colombo
Bride Khushboo got her mehendi artist to draw the skylines of Singapore and New York on her arms! Find out why, and other details of her Hindu-Christian wedding to Vicky in Sri Lanka.
After a wedding proposal in New York, Vicky and Khushboo’s wedding had to be nothing less than a modern fairytale. Here, they share with us moments of their big day captured by WeddingSutra Favorite – DotDusk Studios and fill us in on all the details.
How They Met
Vicky and Khushboo first met as teenagers in Singapore when Vicky had come to complete his National Service, and Khushboo was visiting Singapore for her summer vacation from London. They first met at a mutual friend’s party and the rest as they say, is history. Little did they know that their entire life would change forever. Their relationship continued in London where both of them completed their undergraduate studies.
Vicky staged a surprise proposal for Khushboo in New York at the rooftop bar of Rainbow Room. Vicky brought Khushboo to the Rainbow Room on the pretext of celebrating her graduation from Columbia Law School, but she had more than one reason to celebrate that night! A few months after their proposal, their union was sealed officially by their Registry of Marriages in Singapore at the iconic Fullerton Bay Hotel.
The couple hosted their wedding at the luxurious Taj Samudra in Colombo. They wanted a location and venue which possessed both heritage and luxury, and they felt that nothing was better than a Taj venue in the exotic and truly beautiful Sri Lanka.
Vicky and Khushboo chose DotDusk Studios as their photographers and videographers and Bollywood celebrity makeup artist ShaanMu. They also called DJ Lemon and DJ Pankaj to provide their guests with Bollywood beats to keep them on their feet all night long.
The celebrations kick-started with a mehndi function held on the lawns of the hotel. Khushboo wanted to wear something colorful, and a shimmery pink and green Papa Don’t Preach sari was just the perfect fit for the occasion, which went wonderfully with their ‘Riot of Colors’-themed outdoor mehndi. Vicky wore a JJ Valaya Modi-style jacket. Khushboo’s mehndi design included the Singapore skyline on one of her arms and the New York City skyline on the other to pay tribute to the country where the two met (Singapore) and where Vicky had proposed to her (New York). She also included their wedding hashtag #veeboozing2017 into her mehndi designs. Guests were given matching kundan earrings, bracelets, and ‘maang tikkas’ in colorful pouches at the mehndi.
The mehndi was followed by the sangeet. Khushboo and Vicky went matching on their ‘Disco’-themed sangeet with a Shyamal & Bhumika customized bride and groom ensemble set. The dup danced for each other on Bollywood songs. After their family skit, everyone boozed the night away in their customized Disco Polo T-shirts and truly lived up to the #veeboozing2017 wedding hashtag. The sangeet vibe that night was truly electrifying with a LED dance floor and disco light beams.
The next morning was the ‘Ghari Pooja’ ceremony which is a customary ritual in Sindhi weddings. This was held at the iconic Samudra Ballroom against the backdrop of the serene Indian Ocean.
Following the ‘Ghari Pooja’ was the Hindu wedding. Khushboo looked like a royal bride in her hot pink Sabyasachi lehenga, uncut emerald choker necklace and earrings set from Ghana Singh in Mumbai as well as other accessories from Amrapali Jewellers. Vicky looked regal in a burgundy Anita Dongre sherwani. He arrived in a vintage 1927 Austin car accompanied by his baarat. The pheras took place at in the lawn of the hotel with a gorgeous sunset in the backdrop. Following the pheras, Khushboo’s parents sent her off in her ‘bidai’ in Taj Samudra‘s classic Mercedez Benz.
The day after the Hindu wedding was free and easy. The couple hosted their Christian wedding and reception in the evening. Khushboo went for a glamorous look with her silver ruffled Gaurav Gupta gown and bespoke diamond earrings from Didi’s jewellery. Vicky donned a Tom Ford tuxedo and Christian Louboutin shoes. Khushboo walked down the aisle of the majestic lawn to the altar with her father. Following the beautiful ceremony, the couple walked away together with blessings as guests showered flowers on them.
At the reception, the families popped champagne before cutting their grand cake and enjoying the same-day edited video by DotDusk Studios with their guests. The reception served up multi-cuisine treats, champagne, cocktails, lovely music by a live band and a mirror video booth. The after party continued with DJ Lemon and DJ Pankaj spinning heady tracks. Khushboo changed into a Reeti Arneja dhoti-style dress so she could dance the night away comfortably. Khushboo also gave out a special gift set from Sri Lanka’s luxurious Spa Ceylon to her friends and beautiful bridesmaids who helped make her big day so special.
Advice for Couples
“Never lose focus of the bigger picture – the wedding celebrations are just the beginning of a long and beautiful journey together. Amidst the wedding discussion, it is important to remember that both the bride and the groom have the best intentions for their wedding. After all, the wedding truly starts at the end of the wedding celebrations!”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Taj Samudra, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Bride’s Outfits: Papa Don’t Preach (Mehndi), Shyamal & Bhumika (Sangeet), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Hindu Wedding), Gaurav Gupta (Christian Wedding)
Groom’s Outfits: JJ Valaya (Mehndi), Shyamal & Bhumika (Sangeet), Anita Dongre (Hindu Wedding), Tom Ford (Christian Wedding)
Makeup Artist: ShaanMu
Entertainment: DJ Lemon, DJ Pankaj
Photography and Videography: DotDusk Studios