Kinjal and Raj, Lonavala
Captured against the myriad moods of Aamby Valley, this couple’s wedding saw splendorous décor and non-stop celebrations
From the embers of love at first sight to the flame of their enduring bond, Kinjal Shah and Raj Somani’s nuptials celebrated the nuances of their journey with breathtaking festivities. Spread over 7 stunning functions, every moment of their joyous celebrations were captured perfect shots by WeddingSutra Favorite – Knotty Affair by Namit and Vipul.
How They Met
Introduced by a mutual friend, the couple felt a blooming attraction from the moment they met. Reminiscing about the kindling of their story, the groom shares, “Even though it sounds very clichéd, it truly was love at first sight for me. There was an undeniable connection from the very first meeting, which only grew with time, countless conversations and plenty of car rides. It was however when we started travelling together that we truly became soulmates. Through thick and thin, our bond only grew stronger, and before long, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. One day while walking on the beach together, I confessed the depth of my feelings and asked her to be my wife”.
The Mumbai based couple chose the lush greenery and myriad unique locations of Aamby valley such as the auditorium, lake view gardens and Benaras Ghat, as a backdrop to their wedding festivities. Every moment of their celebrations over the course of their 7 functions were captured in breathtaking beauty by the talented team of Knotty Affair by Namit and Vipul. Talking about their experience the couple shares, “It was a pleasure working with their entire team. Throughout the wedding, they were superbly coordinated and professional while effortlessly blending in to capture the most beautiful shots.”
Mumbai based makeup artist and WeddingSutra Favourite – Kajol R Paswwan gave the bride stunning looks for every function.
Ensconced in a sunny décor of marigolds, the Haldi function saw an abundance of laughter and joy as the couple were doused with turmeric paste by their loved ones amidst a revelry of music and dance. The couple looked radiant in self-designed coordinated outfits of citrus hues and sparkling embellishments.
The waterfront Mehndi function was a carnival of colors, with a vibrant décor of tassels, umbrellas and other quirky props. Everyone got their hands painted with henna, enjoyed delectable food and celebrated with fun games, including the popular couple question game. The bride wore a stunning sky blue lehenga by Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika, which the groom duly complemented with a sky blue jacket and kurta.
The Sangeet function was imbued with glitz and glamour with decadent décor, while the canopy of sparkling lights cast a magical glow over the evening’s revelries. The bride and groom dazzled in rich hues of chocolate and gold as they danced with their loved ones and made merry.
The bride and groom arrived for the pool party amid cheers, balloons and colorful smoke bombs. The breezy poolside festivities saw vibrant décor of pink and orange that was witness to a rain dance amidst gleeful moments. The bride and groom opted for fresh sky-blue hues for the event.
The wedding was hosted amidst traditional splendor of the Benaras Ghat venue of Aamby Valley that re-imagined the auspicious aura and ambience of the iconic religious destination. Décor of red and gold adorned the traditional white temple architecture, enhanced by candle and diya stands, flowers and other heritage accents. The groom donned an exquisite ivory and gold sherwani, while the bride exuded royalty in quintessential bridal red.
Inspired by the nuances of Mughal architecture and splendor, the Sufi night was embellished with magnificent interiors of white and gold, with vintage chandeliers, flowers and more. Professional Sufi singers entranced everyone with their melodious tunes. The groom dazzled in the Nawabi elegance of his Qbik ensemble while the bride wore an enchanting midnight blue lehenga by Dolly J.
The festivities concluded with a formal reception that saw delicate décor of white and lavender, with flowers and balloons while adding a romantic air to the function. The bride and groom wore statement ensembles to match the theme as they cut the cake to cheers and applause.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Aamby Valley
Wedding Planner: 2 Fat Ladies
Groom’s Outfits: Qbik (Sufi Night), Gaurav Gupta (Reception)
Groom’s Accessories: Versace (Mehndi), Burberry (Pool Party)
Bride’s Outfits: Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika (Mehndi), Label Moksha Jain (Sangeet, Pool Party), Dolly J (Sufi Night), Gaurav Gupta (Reception)
Jewelry: Fooljhadi (Mehndi),
Bride’s Accessories: Bhaavna Kumar (Mehndi), Be Chic (Sangeet), Chanel (Pool Party), Love To Bag (Sufi Night), Jimmy Choo (Reception)
Makeup: Kajol R Paswwan
Photography and Videography: Knotty Affair by Namit and Vipul