Our series, Featured Weddings brings you wonderful moments from weddings held at the finest venues across different cities. Here, bride Narayani shares details about how she met her soul mate Anurag and their wedding in Mumbai.
How We Met
Anurag and I were introduced to each other by our parents and we clicked instantly at the first meeting. As a result, we were very comfortable with each other, and felt as if each of us was looking for a friend-cum-life partner. Both of us are very compassionate and dedicated towards our work and families. So we decided to tie the knot.
One thing was clear between us from the start - that I would be designing all the outfits for all the functions at our wedding. I had a faint idea about my wedding lehenga and the way I wanted to design it! I definitely wanted threadwork to feature in it, with very minimal bling and a dash of orange. Anurag has a very subtle choice when it comes to clothes, so his sherwani needed to have very intricate detailing. I am a person who loves playing with bright colors and wanted different looks for all my functions. I designed outfits for my parents and brother too.
For my mehendi function, I wanted to wear a brightly colored lehenga and a long kurta. I did not want it to be of the typical green color. So I teamed it up with floral accessories. The décor was well coordinated with my outfit with kaliras hanging all over.
Narayani wore a bright - almost neon - orange lehenga with a gold and silver bands all along the hem band, and her long kurta featured waist high side slits on the shaded ombre orange and bright green fabric with golden motifs. The neck of her kurta had lovely embroidery. Even Narayani's big, round maang tikka at the mehendi was studded with a green stone in the centre and her whole look was vibrantly matched from head to toe.
Our sangeet was different and we had a unique way of introducing all our performers. We had a flash mob performances as well as dubsmash videos before each performance by loved ones. It was well edited with their names and relationship with us, the groom and bride. For the sangeet, I wore a self-designed navy blue gown with peacock motifs at the base. My yellow net dupatta matched my jewelry which also had yellow accents. Anurag's dull gold long jacket with blue accents complemented Narayani's royal blue ensemble cleverly.
The sangeet venue included a stage for the bride to perform on, as Anurag looked on admiringly while seated on a gold-plated traditional swing that was brightly festooned with festive floral arrangements.
As a designer I’ve always dreamt of designing my own wedding lehenga! But when I got my chance, I didn’t know where to start. I love beautiful thread work with bright colors. Soon I started getting samples made with few ideas in my mind. My mom, who is my biggest support, always knew what I exactly wanted and helped me put together the perfect look! As my sangeet look involved peacocks with jharokas (windows) in zardosi work, I opted for jaal (net) design in thread work. I was very happy when my dream wedding lehenga turned out exactly how I wanted it to.
Anurag wore a sharp sherwani with a fully embroidered front and a red waist band, which matched his red safa (turban) perfectly. The couple made a compelling picture together with their beautifully matched ensembles - especially when they stood side by side in a glass circle as fireworks lit up the skies around them.
The Wedding Makers
Make-up & Hair: Shamita Gogia
Bride & Groom’s Trousseaus: Narayani Ruia (bride)
Sangeet Venue: FM Banquets, Goregaon West, Mumbai
Wedding Venue: SRPF Grounds, Goregaon East, Mumbai
Photos Courtesy- Priyam Datta, Shaurabh Agrawal & Anand Rohimal - Two Fireflies – One Camera