Priyanka and Pranav, Mumbai
Priyanka and Pranav planned the perfect traditional wedding according to authentic Maharashtrian rituals in Mumbai after a beautiful proposal in the iconic Central Park in New York.
They were college friends and could never have predicted that they would tie the knot one day. Check out beautiful moments from Priyanka and Pranav’s authentic Maharashtrian wedding captured by WeddingSutra favorite Whatknot. From their fun-filled cocktail function to the elegant Reception, Priyanka and Pranav made sure everyone had fun at their wedding. Here, Priyanka shares some interesting moments of her nuptials.
How We Met
“We met each other while doing our Bachelors of Pharmacy course, and became friends as we were in the same college group. Our interaction began with writing journals and attending same practicals. We started hanging out together as friends and eventually started dating in July 2009. Towards the end of the course, I realized that things were getting too serious and I was sure I was going to end up spending the rest of my life with him. However, things weren’t that smooth for us. We applied for Masters degrees in the US, and my visa went through – but his did not. It was a challenge for me, as I was already dreaming of spending the next two years in New York with him. The reality was like a nightmare as I had to leave for New York without him. I spent one year hoping he would get in next year, and voila, his visa went through – and finally he was with me in New York. We spent close to three years in the city together, and it’s only then that I realize so many little things about Pranav that I did not know despite our dating each other for three years in India. New York was like a demo for what to expect in the years to come.”
“Like every other girl, I had always dreamt of this special day for years. I was visiting New York for one of our close friend’s wedding reception. I was specifically asked to wear a pretty dress as I was going to be the bridesmaid since we were unable to attend their wedding back in India, I was already feeling guilty and wanted to do everything possible to please the couple, so I dressed up and did the perfect hair for the big day. Once the reception was done, we went to Central Park for the wedding photo shoot (which Pranav had planned for the proposal keeping in mind the perfect location). Unfortunately, I drank a little too much at the reception, and Pranav wanted to scrap off the proposal plan since he felt that the moment would be wasted. I thank my stars that I came to my senses and experienced the world’s most beautiful feeling. Pranav went down on his knees and asked me, “Will You Marry Me?” I was taken aback as I never expected him to be so romantic, and that was the best thing ever. He just raised the bar for proposals in our group and gave everyone major relationship goals.”
“I planned my wedding almost a year ahead as I wanted to leave no stone unturned. Since I was in the US it was difficult for me to coordinate with people and manage things. My family and friends really helped me in planning my wedding. Also, all the important stuff and items that I selected for my wedding were based on my best friend Shivani Borade’s recommendations, and half of my things were taken care of.”
“For the cocktail function, I wore a gorgeous red gown by Tanya Oak, and Pranav wore a royal blue short jacket and trouser set. Makeup artist Bhavya Arora gave me big curls look with shimmery eyes as it was a night event. All our wedding functions followed a theme of simplicity and elegance. Our cocktail decor palette was simple and full of bright lights which complemented our outfits perfectly.”
“Inspired by Maharashtrian heritage, we incorporated bright yellow, orange and soothing white colors at the wedding. The mandap was resplendent with orange floral garlands suspended from its roof. Pranav wore a light beige sherwani, with gold motifs all over the jacket, that complemented my traditional green saree for the rituals and a yellow saree for the pheras which I paired with stunning gold jewellery. My makeup artist gave me a traditional Maharashtrian look, and I flaunted the perfect hairdo with a Marathi bun with a ‘gajra’ (fresh jasmine garland) pinned around it.”
“After the more formal atmosphere of the religious pheras ceremony, the reception was a lively event. The entire venue looked very dreamy. We wanted this event to be fun and interactive so that all our guests would have a good time. For the reception, I wore a pink lehenga, and my makeup look was all about smokey eyes and soft pink lipstick which paired well with my outfit. Pranav kept his look classy in a black tuxedo.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: MCA, BKC (Cocktail), Sahara Star (Reception)
Bridal Trousseau: Tanya Oak (Cocktail, Wedding, Reception)
Groom’s Trousseau: Manyavar, White Collar, and Telon
Makeup Artist: Bhavya Arora