Priyanka and Swapnil, The Park Hotel Navi Mumbai
From the outfits to the decor, here’s how this determined bride pulled off an intimate wedding at the last minute.
Priyanka and Swapnil, college love birds who have now begun a new phase in their lives in the USA, had an intimate wedding in Mumbai. WeddingSutra Favorite – Movie’ing Moments, beautifully captured all the emotional and the happy moments with their skillful photography. Scroll down and see their love shine through their pictures.
How We Met
“We were in the same engineering college and had been friends for a very long time. The entire college knew he had a crush on me and all my friends used to tease me with him. I had never been in a relationship before and was naive to the entire concept of dating. I was enjoying all the attention and deep down I did have feelings for him. He finally confessed his love for me and now we are here, married,” shared Priyanka.
Priyanka says, “There wasn’t an official proposal. It all happened when he went on a college trip to Manali with friends. I was back in our college, busy with the college fest. He didn’t call or message me, which made me realize how much I missed being around him. A few months down the line, late in the night, it was just the two of us having a conversation and he confessed his feelings. I told him that I wasn’t looking to get into a meaningless relationship that doesn’t have a concrete future. After pouring our hearts out, he proposed to me, asking me to marry him.”
Speaking about the wedding venue, the bride says, “I always wanted an intimate wedding with just close family members present. I spoke Swapnil and his parents and they were immediately on board with the idea. We chose The Park as our wedding venue. Having attended many weddings there, we knew we loved the place and its open spaces.”
Giving us some insight into her wedding planning, Priyanka says, “For my outfits, I was very sure about what I wanted and how I wanted to look. I chose Sabyasachi and Astha Narang for the main functions. There was continuous back and forth for alterations as I was constantly losing weight from all the running around. Both the designers were helpful and accommodating. They dropped off and picked up the outfits from me many times. When choosing vendors, I checked out the WeddingSutra App, keeping in mind all the logistics and my budget. Being a little short on time, The Park was kind enough to take over all the decor and catering. Coordinating from US and India was a little tricky, and I had to sit down with a paper and pen, drawing how I wanted our wedding venue to look.”
Mehendi and Haldi
The bride and groom began their wedding celebrations with an intimate mehendi and haldi ceremony at their respective homes. Only their near and dear ones were present to shower them with blessings.
Sangeet and Engagement
The sangeet and engagement were clubbed into one grand function. The bride and the groom hit the dance floor with an impromptu performance to the song Gallan Goodiyaan from the film Dil Dhadakne Do. Family members soon joined in the fun. The bride looked ethereal in a traditional Marathi saree at the sangeet. She then changed into a silver lehenga for the rest of the evening. The bride-to-be shed a tear on stage as she exchanged rings with her husband-to-be, recalling all their happy times. She says, “It felt as if everything was finally falling into place.”
For the decor, the couple opted for white and yellow elements that made for a beautiful backdrop. Priyanka made a grand entrance in a red Sabyasachi lehenga, under a phoolon ki chaadar. Her brothers touchingly hummed the song Kabira from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani while dropping her to the mandap. The happy bride says, “All of us had a great time during our pheras and while taking our marriage vows. At that moment, everyone around us just faded away and it felt like it was just the two of us celebrating the rituals. I cry at the drop of a hat but, on that day, I was overwhelmed with joy.”
The wedding celebrations came to an end with an intimate reception. For the evening, the bride wore an elegant peach-pink lehenga by Astha Narang. For her makeup, she went with a modern look – a light base and diffused smokey eyes.
Advice For Couples
“Be as involved as you can in your wedding planning. It’s natural to be a little worked up when you’re planning everything yourself but remember it’s the most important day in your life, so enjoy all the happy moments and be yourself.”
Venue: The Park Hotel Navi Mumbai
Bride’s Outfits: Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding), Astha Narang (Reception)
Makeup: Makeovers by Preeti Jain
Photography: Movie‘ing Moments