Pragya and Vaibhav, Jodhpur
Pragya's quirky mehndi pattern included their wedding date in computer code as Vaibhav is a software engineer.
Pragya grew up wanting a fairytale wedding with her prince in a royal land! All her desires came true when she and her soulmate Vaibhav wed in regal Jodhpur, enjoyed a fun sangeet with a fairytale theme, and walked into the ‘happily ever after’ phase. Here, bride Pragya shares all that unfolded at her wedding, whose moments were captured by WeddingSutra Favorite – Infinite Memories.
How They Met
The couple met through their family friends in an arranged marriage setting, and it wasn’t long before they knew they had found their soulmate in each other. Over endless conversations on WhatsApp and video calls, their feelings deepened as they got to know each other better over time. Pragya recalls, “Vaibhav and his family knew their search for a suitable bride was over after our first meeting. Their affirmation was so strong, they instantly started planning the arrangements. I was amazed at their acceptance of me and my family, and wasted no time in saying ‘Yes.’”
“My wedding destination was something I had dreamt of since forever and was fixed even before I met Vaibhav! The rich culture and palatial architecture of Jodhpur ooze royal, vintage charm, and the lavish Indana Palace was ideal for us.”
The three-day affair was planned in meticulous detail by Pragya, with careful focus on every aspect, from the decor, outfits for herself, her mother and Vaibhav, as well as the entertainment. She shares, “My wedding wardrobe was all about vibrant colors, glamorous silhouettes and traditional outfits which I carefully handpicked. I wanted every outfit to mirror the vibe of the specific function I was going to wear it to. I wanted my wedding to be perfect so I was fully involved at every stage. I entrusted Pratistha Arora for my hair and makeup for each function and every look was carefully planned out. I loved the final results of everything!”
The Infinite Memories team captured all the big moments and little nuances of the celebrations beautifully.
The festivities kicked off with an intimate mehndi ceremony featuring a warm orange and pink decor palette, live music, and an antakshari competition between the two sides of the families, and much more. Pragya was resplendent in a self-designed orange lehenga which she paired with intricate jewellery from Birdhichand. Vaibhav opted for a blue outfit from Telon which contrasted with Pragya’s lehenga. Her unique mehndi captured different elements of the couple’s life such as their hashtag #PrabahavShaaliCouple, wedding date in computer code since Vaibhav is a computer engineer, tennis racquets to signify Pragya’s national player status, India Gate to signify her move to Delhi after the wedding, and Umaid Bhawan as an homage to her home town.
The second day commenced with a colorful ‘carnival theme’ that entertained the guests with fun decor, carnival games, Rajasthani music, dance, and delicacies, all organized in the beautiful courtyard of Indana Palace. bride wore a quirky customized outfit from Chamee and Palak in yellow and turquoise with a full ‘gher’(circle skirt) and mirror work, which she paired with gotta patti jewellery from Fooljhadi. The groom complemented her outfit perfectly with his yellow kurta pyjama set and turquoise bandi jacket.
“I had always envisioned a fairytale theme for my sangeet, and I found my dream outfit at Chamee and Palak. The shimmering powder blue lehenga looked lovely and I paired it with diamond jewellery and a tiara, and styled my hair in soft waves. Vaibhav wore a navy blue tuxedo from PuRusham that matched my outfit. The decor was magical with fairy lights, lanterns, and vintage chandeliers. There was a ‘LOVE’ photobooth for selfies and photos, and everyone, including my parents, performed at this fun event. My favorite part was our entry in an ornate carriage as cold pyro sparklers glittered above us.”
Haldi and Mayra
The third and final day commenced with the intimate haldi ceremony. The radiant bride wore floral jewellery and a yellow saree, as did all her guests, and everyone danced and rejoiced amidst a vibrant venue whose decor comprised of marigold blooms. The ceremony was followed by the ‘mayra’ function, which is a traditional gifting ritual, for which the couple donned matching lavender outfits.
“I was extremely excited for my wedding day. It had been a dream of mine to enter under the ‘phoolon ka chadar’ (floral canopy) with my dad and grandfather, and I felt a wave of emotions when I did so.”
Pink and white blooms added charm to the royal yet contemporary decor. Pragya wore a rich red lehenga for the garland exchange ceremony, and a delicate blush lehenga with a vibrant red dupatta for the pheras. Both ensembles were from Kalki Fashions. Vaibhav sported a white sherwani with floral patterns from PuRusham, and also wore accessories that complemented Pragya’s ensemble.
Advice for Couples
“Don’t splurge mindlessly. Keep different budgets for different functions and factors, and make it a balanced mix of elements. Secondly, include your parents in your shopping. The joy they feel is incomparable and their opinions are very valuable. Lastly, stay hydrated and eat through the functions whenever you can to retain strength.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Indana Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Groom’s Outfits: Telon (Mehndi), PuRusham (Sangeet and Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Chamee and Palak (Carnival and Sangeet), Indrani (Mayra), Kalki Fashions (Wedding)
Jewellery: BirdhiChand (Mehndi and Wedding), Fooljhadi (Carnival), InstaCrafts Jaipur (Haldi)
Makeup: Pratistha Arora
Photography and Videography: Infinite Memories