Nilma and Abhineet at Moongate, Bangalore
From their 'pheras' under a fig tree to homegrown coffee jars as giveaways, Nilma and Abhineet's wedding in Bangalore was a blend of regional cultures, quirky decor and a cool boho vibe.
When two creative professionals decide to tie the knot, you can be sure that everything will be a little edgier than other weddings – that’s exactly the vibe of Nilma and Abhineet’s hipster wedding at Moongate Events Venue in Bangalore with its vintage accents, minimalist mandap setting and memorable moments.
“Abhineet and I run two businesses together. One is the Yellow Umbrella Productions where we coordinate and produce TV commercials and advertisements for brands. The other company is called ‘With Love, Nilma’ where we curate decor for events and celebrations like weddings, birthdays and baby showers. We met about eight-nine years ago through a common friend. When the same friend got married, Abhineet and I got a little more time to spend with each other over the course of wedding and that’s where our story began. Our chemistry was undeniable and we were together for the best part of three years before getting married last November.”
“One evening when I came back home, Abhineet had moved all the furniture from the living room and made a tiny teepee with fairy lights and laid out all the food that he had cooked. He brought out a big, bright, blue wooden ring made out of resin and asked me to marry him!”
“After looking at many venues in and around Bangalore, we finally decided on Moongate Events Venue. The main reason we chose this venue was because it has a large fig tree, and we got married under it. We were very particular about having just the shade of the tree as the mandap as we didn’t want to put up a mandap or structures for the ceremony.”
The majestic fig tree was strung with garlands of flowers and ferns, alongside white drapes around its majestic trunk. Two simple wooden benches facing each other were placed under the tree.
Pre-wedding Pool Party
“We threw a pre-wedding pool party in the morning for the girls. The theme was a tropical poolside soiree with a lot of cocktails and dancing in the pool. We did our own décor and brought in some props and giveaways to go with the theme.”
“The outdoor venue was lush with greenery and the weather was perfect for the traditional wedding ceremony. The wedding ceremony was a traditional Brahmin one as Abhineet is a Kannada-Brahmin, and I’m part Malayali and part Coorg. To bring in my side of the traditions into the event, I got my closest friends to wear a ‘Mallu’ (Malayalam) Saree in the Coorg style. I entered with a small dance choreographed by my friends. Sitting under the shade of a magnificent fig tree, with my soon-to-be husband turned to be one of the most memorable days of my life. To bring in some Coorg flavor, we got the traditional Valaga musicians from Coorg to perform at this function. The music was perfect and the families danced till late that afternoon. Giveaways for the guests were jars of coffee from my uncle’s estate in Coorg and marigold flowers in pots.”
“The boho-themed wedding brunch party for about 100 of our friends was my favorite amongst all our events! With DJ Ivans fabulous music, best dishes from the food trucks, and lot of grooving, the event was a celebration of a fun-filled week. We started at 1 pm and ended at 10 pm, exhausted from all the dancing! My sister-in-law also played for us a surprise video with small video clips sent in by friends and family.”
The décor for the event was a mix of vintage accents like chest of drawers, antique typewriters and chairs, alongside handwritten messages on boards, low tables with games, paper origami birds strung from the ceilings of corridors, watering cans, a helix-shaped photo backdrop, among others.
Advice for couples
“Our parents and families insisted on many things we weren’t too keen on having as a part of the wedding. There will be a point where you cannot control every single aspect of the wedding. At that point just let it go and go with the flow. Learn to embrace every challenge while planning and let go a few things which will only lead to a stress-free, happy wedding celebration.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Moongate, Bangalore
Bridal Trousseau: Next (Pool Party), Angadi Silks & Sithara Kudige (Wedding Saree & Blouses)
Grooms Trousseau: Angadi Silks (Wedding), Shraddha Ponnapa (Wedding Party)
Makeup Artist: Ralph Daniels
Videographer: The Wedding Flicks
Photos Courtesy- George Seemon Photography; Neel Bhupathi (for the decor + pre-wedding event)