Neha and Antariksh, Chennai
From a fun Punjabi Mehndi to a Malayali wedding, Neha and Antariksh’s nuptials in Chennai were a perfect combination of tradition, elegance and grandeur.
Neha and Antariksh decided to celebrate their wedding in a number of ways – they had a Punjabi style Mehndi, a Mughal themed Sangeet, a proper Malayali wedding and a reception with tones of Tamil.
Bride Neha tells us all about how fun it was!
How we met
“We met over 7 years ago at university in the UK. We’re both Malayali but we had to meet 4,500 miles away from home to fall in love. After being in a relationship for 6 years Antariksh proposed to me in London. Ten months later we tied the knot in Chennai, my hometown.”
“We are both big fans of the TV show Friends and have spent several hours binge-watching it together. It was such an integral part of our relationship that Antariksh proposed to me in the same way Chandler proposed to Monica. He filled my apartment with candles and proposed with a beautiful solitaire ring.”
“The decor was vibrant with pops of bright orange and yellow florals. Multiple garlands of fresh flowers were strung up and the lively colors brought the entire venue to life and it felt like the traditional wedding celebrations had truly arrived! We had a swing where I sat to have my Mehndi applied. We also had chaat and street food as well as Bollywood music. For the Mehndi, I wore a lehenga that was made out of a piece of fabric my grandmother bought me when I was 12, with a beautiful hand-embroidered blouse!”
“My mother and father, the superheroes in my life, planned the wedding of my dreams. After an intimate ceremony with just family in the Ayappan temple in Chennai, we had a grand Kerala-style celebration at the Mayor Ramanathan Chettiar Hall. My mother designed my entire outfit and every piece of jewellery I wore on the day. I wore a Kancheepuram saree and gold temple jewellery – a few pieces passed down through the generations, and some made just for my wedding. I walked down the mandap aisle with ‘singari melam’ artists leading the way, followed by my bridesmaids, all in traditional Kerala ‘mundus’. Our wedding was quintessentially Malayali, with Kathakali dancers welcoming guests and a traditional Kerala sadhya served on banana leaves.”
“The wedding ceremony was followed by a reception at Mayor Ramanathan Chettiar Hall, with a musical concert by the maestro, Rajhesh Vaidhya. The groom wore a mundu and kurta bought from Trivandrum. The talented and lovely make-up artist (and my childhood school friend) Akriti Sachdev did my bridal make-up for all the functions.”
Advice for couples
“The wedding will go by in a flash! The memories will be hazy. Even though we had an elaborate celebration, there are very few moments that will stick with us! Try to take a few moments to catch your breath between all the madness and process the events of the day. Also, plan your honeymoon for right after. You will need it!”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Mayor Ramanathan Chettiar Hall, Chenna
Makeup Artist: Akriti Sachdev (Chennai)
Photography: Scintilight Creations