Our series, Featured Weddings brings you wonderful moments from weddings held at the finest venues across different cities. Here, bride Monica tells us all about how she met her husband Puneet and their wedding celebrations at the stunning and historic Hotel Fateh Garh – a Heritage Renaissance Resort - in Udaipur.
“Puneet and I were both busy professionals and our parents are good friends. So one day we met up in a restaurant and were chatting formally for a while. I decided to order a cup of coffee, and Puneet suddenly asked me if we could have a bottle of red wine instead. ‘Why don’t we enjoy ourselves and leave the world aside?’ he said, and that really broke the ice. After that, we kept messaging each other and meeting up. We dated for about a year and a half, and then our parents fixed our wedding without our formal consent as they could see how happy we were with each other and had noticed our chemistry…” shares Monica.
“We were married in a lavish three-day wedding in Rajasthan. Even though my family is from Mumbai, we wanted to have a feel of a ‘destination wedding’ with everyone staying and celebrating together. So we booked the beautiful Hotel Fateh Garh in Udaipur which is a Heritage Renaissance Resort. Both sides of our families moved into this beautiful property for the duration of the wedding. We loved that this premiere hotel had very elegant and plush rooms as well as stunning outdoor venues. Plus, it is very centrally located so it was convenient for our guests and vendors. We held all our day functions at the hotel.”
“We had six months to plan the wedding and the process was made easier by the team at Horizon W.I.E. They assisted us in many areas such as décor colors to all the little details that are so important in a destination wedding. We wanted to have beautiful décor as well as gorgeous natural views which the hotel offered. Although we had considered options like Dubai for our wedding, I knew I wanted a place that commanded a rich view of nature. I knew that these memories would stay with us for life so we finalized Hotel Fateh Garh.”
Pre-wedding Shoot and Ring Ceremony
“The first event of our wedding was a small pre-wedding photoshoot with Amardeep Singh Nagi from Editmaster Weddings. This was followed by the ring ceremony in the evening, and a cocktail party after that with lots of music, dancing and revelry. We had the popular singer Papon Singh croon beautiful folk songs to entertain all, and this was followed by crazy dancing.”
Monica wore a formal glittery sleeveless red gown and Puneet donned a smart black suit with a crisp white shirt for the Western-themed cocktail party that was buzzing with champagne, a beautiful white cake with red roses, and lots of cheery spirits as guests enjoyed themselves in the beautiful ambience of this heritage hotel.”
Mehendi / Sangeet
"Our sangeet was like a Bollywood celebrity night and took place after our traditional mehendi event where I wore a bright green saree paired with a vibrant yellow blouse and gold jewellery. There were colourful 'lehariya' drapes and marigold blooms that formed the decor of the mehendi. The theme for the sangeet all about elegance, and we had peach accents in the chairs to the tables laid out in the sprawling terrace of the hotel, next to the pool. Rajasthan Roots (a collective fusion band comprising folk musicians from the desert state) rocked the evening with their tracks. Our families performed choreographed dances, and everyone partied non-stop till 3am in the morning. It was truly a memorable night!"
Haldi and Wedding
“The following day we had the traditional ‘haldi’ ceremonies during dusk, followed by the wedding ceremony that commenced with the ‘jaimaal’ ritual and then ‘pheras’.”
Monica's wedding lehenga was designed by Manish Tripathi under his label Naveli. This rich yellow and orange ensemble was paired with a red 'bandini' dupatta that glinted with a shimmering gold border. The deep gold jewellery complemented the lush richness of the fabrics, and Puneet's light brown sherwani with all-over gold threadwork, standout motifs and light brown 'safa' complemented Monica's look perfectly.
The regal 'mandap' was adorned with lattice of blooms strewn across the pillars and also forming a splendid canopy, profusion of floral arrangements in the front and carefully arranged spotlights to bring out the highlights of the setup. Puneet made his grand entry in a traditional horse-drawn carriage that was festooned with bright orange marigold blooms. Even his 'baraat' wore orange 'safas' and looked nicely coordinated.
Venue: Hotel Fateh Garh, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Wedding Planner: Horizon W.I.E
Bridal Trousseau: Manish Tripathi (Naveli)
Groom's trousseau: Raghavendra Rathore, Tarun Tahiliani
Music & Entertainment: Papon, Rajasthan Roots
Photos Courtesy- Editmaster Weddings