Kriti and Nishit, JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata
This bride turned heads in her grandmother’s heirloom gold jewelry that she paired with a traditional Ikat lehenga.
Kriti and Nishit’s love story has been seven years in the making and it finally began its new chapter in a series of magnificent functions held at Kolkata. The duo, who’ve known each other since college, got hitched in a three-day residential affair. Capturing the love that this beautiful couple shared with each other and their family, along with the essence of each function to the fullest was WeddingSutra Favorite – Framed by Ronak Gadhia.
How They Met
“Nishit and I met while pursuing our under-grad from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Our families have known each other for a while. Although we have a lot of mutual connections, we weren’t aware of each other’s existence prior to college. Both of us worked for the college committee and it wasn’t long before our friends tried their hand at matchmaking. But I was in a relationship back then with someone else. However, I did start speaking to Nishit as a friend. There was something so comforting about his personality that I randomly started pouring my heart out to him about my relationship woes. From acquaintances, we became friends and then best friends. I never thought I would end up dating Nishit because he wasn’t originally my type. I was always outgoing whereas he was quite shy. Although to the world, he appears reticent, I gradually discovered he has an epic sense of humor and a fun persona. Even after my previous relationship ended, I never thought of dating him until the day he popped the question over a midnight call.
We had been in a long-distance relationship for three years out of the seven that we were together, because we both went on to pursue our MBAs. But that just made our bond stronger. I’m so glad I poured my heart out to him on that phone call that evening as I couldn’t have gotten luckier. I never ever imagined, that a random phone conversation would actually get me the best man in this universe!”, recalls Kriti.
Held in the luxurious JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata, Nishit and Kriti’s nuptials embodied elegance. However, initially, they planned to get married in Kochi, but due to some logistical issues, they shifted their entire wedding to Kolkata. Fortunately, the results were no less than what they’d imagined, and they managed to seamlessly transition to the new location.
To create a wedding as beautiful as this, the couple relied on an efficient wedding team, who, they knew would make their vision a reality. Comprising of Framed by Ronak Gadhia who made sure each tender moment was captured in breathtaking shots, the couple got beautiful memories to last them for a lifetime. On the planning and decor front, Signature Events understood Kriti and Nishit’s vision completely to give them the wedding of their dreams. Makeup artists Prasenjit Biswas, Bithika Benia and Reshma Daing worked their magic on the bride ensuring she looked stunning in each shot. Talented artists like Rodney and his troupe, Raghav Pandit and DJ Kushal Walecha kept the spirits high with their uplifting tunes.
Mehndi and Bhaat
Kriti shares, “The first function was the Bhaat and Mehndi ceremony. Since both my husband and I come from a Marwari background, this function was a traditional one, with a pink and blue themed decor. Also, with less than a month to finalize my outfit, I was lucky to find something that went along with the color scheme and suited my budget.”
Surrounded by pink and blue canopies with tasseled wall hangings, the couple made a stylish entry sporting cool sunglasses. For this function, Kriti glowed in a pink and brown lehenga set that she paired with a loose braid adorned with flower buds. Nishit, on the other hand, chose a cool mint blue and yellow printed bandhgala with white trousers.
With a distinctly casual set up, the Shaam-e-Mehfil was a function held under the open sky with a unique Sufi theme. Making sure that the ambiance reflected the chosen theme, there were Sufi dancer and singers who entertained the guests. Additionally, the guests were also provided with passas and qawwali caps to celebrate the occasion together.
The bride in her sequined bottle-green lehenga was all smiles as she twirled around with her soon-to-be husband. Nishit chose a slate grey embroidered kurta which he paired with dark blue trousers.
South Indian Carnival
“Since our wedding got shifted from Kochi to Kolkata, we still wanted to maintain the South Indian themed function. And, I think this was the best function of our wedding celebrations. Even our guests enjoyed this one the most.
We used a lot of marigolds and golden accents for the decor. It was also peppered with other South Indian elements like bells and banana leaves. Our guests were also encouraged to stay true to the theme with tilak artists, dhoti and saree drapers. Each male guest was provided with a lungi. Along with this, we had various South Indian dancers and a Kathakali artist for the occasion.”, shared the happy bride.
Adding a touch of nostalgia to the entire affair, Kriti chose to wear her grandmother’s gold jewelry which she paired with an ethnic printed lehenga as she mingled with the guests. Nishit, in pure South Indian style chose a traditional lungi which he paired with a rich purple shirt.
“Our Sangeet was held in the ballroom of JW Marriott, Kolkata and was attended by almost 1000 guests. The decor included a lot of red roses and golden elements to complement the gold tones of the ballroom. The Sangeet lasted for an hour which was followed by cocktails and a musical evening by Rodney and his troupe. The guests tirelessly boogied to his tunes. This was followed by DJ Kushal Walecha’s epic and trippy gig. We partied till 4 am!”, shared Kriti.
The sangeet was a glitzy affair with decor choices inspired from ‘The Great Gatsby’. Kriti wore a unique beige lehenga with red and blue accents paired with a diamond-encrusted necklace. Nishit chose a black bandhgala with silver prints.
“Our Haldi was floral themed with Nishit and I wearing coordinated outfits. We chose the color red as we wanted to stand out from the traditional yellow-hued Haldi outfits. All our guests also dressed in floral outfits to match the theme. For entertainment, we had a bubble artist at the venue and we also provided our guests with colorful hats, tiaras and funky sunglasses. Our close friends surprised us by wearing similar t-shirts and stood together to spell out our wedding hashtag ‘#KriShitGotReal’ on their backs.”, says Kriti.
“For the wedding, we chose a ‘Royal Rajwada’ theme. Nishit made an entry in-sync with the same, and I came out of a doli structure created on the varamala stage. We also had a few background dancers for the varmala ceremony. Raghav Panditji’s tunes added a touch of Bollywood music to the phere and all our guests loved the effect. Some of our guests even booked him for their wedding ceremony that very day itself!”, gushed an excited Kriti.
The bride looked elegant in a pink and red floral lehenga that she accessorized with diamond jewelry. The groom, however, chose a white and gold sherwani which he paired with an emerald necklace that had him look every bit royal.
Advice For Couples
“Planning a wedding isn’t an easy job. There’ll be a lot of people giving their advice and opinions. One should be mindful while selecting the right team to help them with their wedding planning, rather than taking multiple opinions from every friend or family member. Shreevar, who is best friends with both Nishit and me, was basically the 911 speed-dial for our wedding. He took care of every small detail and solved even the tiniest problem for all our guests.
Also, we had a tough time with all the changes in the wedding date and venue. We also had lots of cancellations last minute by our vendors and a mehndi function got added in last minute.
But it’s better not to take any stress. Eventually, everything falls neatly into place. Just enjoy the moment and have the time of your life. You wouldn’t want to regret not making the most of your big day just because you were too stressed to do so.”, advises Kriti
The Wedding Makers
Venue: JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata
Wedding Planner and Décor: Signature Events
Groom’s Outfits: Dev R Nil (Mehndi/Bhaat), Arjun Agarwal (Shaam-e-Mehfil), Paarsh (South Indian Carnival), Gaurav Gupta (Sangeet)
Bride’s Outfits: Nidhi Agarwal (Mehndi/Bhaat), Nakul Sen (Shaam-e-Mehfil), Ratan Shikheraj (South Indian Carnival), Falguni and Shane Peacock (Sangeet), Anamika Khanna (Wedding)
Makeup: Prasenjit Biswas, Bithika Benia, Reshma Daing
Entertainment: Rodney and his troupe, Raghav Pandit
DJ: DJ Kushal Walecha
Photography: Framed by Ronak Gadhia