Radhika and Daniel, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Daniel proposed to Radhika in the same room in Mumbai where her dad had popped the question to her mum.
Over assignments and finance classes, Radhika and Daniel’s friendship bloomed into love. What followed was a heartwarming proposal at her maternal home and a memorable wedding at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai. Here are some of the moments of the special occasion captured by WeddingSutra Favourite – The Photo Diary.
How They Met
Daniel laid eyes on Radhika for the first time in their junior year at Brandeis University. She was finishing a class assignment with a mutual friend, one that he had not yet finished. Being reprimanded by the professor was only half the reason he requested to copy the assignment, because all he wanted in his heart in that moment, was to spend time with the pretty girl in front of him. Little did he know that he had just met his future wife.
On a trip to Mumbai in 2017, Radhika had no idea what was in store for her, although she had a small inkling. A simple visit to her grandmother’s house for tea took a surprise turn when she walked in to the room filled with roses, candles, photos, and had Daniel kneeling on one knee with a gorgeous round cut diamond ring. Her “Yes!” was followed by popping the champagne and celebrating with her mom, sister and grandmother, who revealed that her dad had popped the question to her mum in the very same spot, which made the moment even sweeter.
The entire wedding was spread over two days, and was held at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai and the beautiful celebrations were captured by The Photo Diary. Says the bride, “After great reviews from prior weddings, we chose The Photo Diary, and boy did we make the right choice. Working with the photo diary was amazing! Even without a planned out family shoot, they managed to get the perfect shots at exactly the right moments for each event, from Graha Santi Puja to reception. They were considerate of our requests and incorporated everything we wanted, and were absolutely fantastic in the quality, time and manner they delivered the finished results.”
The wedding festivities kicked off with the mehendi and sangeet. The bride wore an emerald green feathered lehenga with a sequined blouse which she paired with emerald and diamond jewels from London, while the groom donned a white kurta with a blue floral bandi jacket. The vibrant decor comprising fuchsia and green elements and lots of marigold blooms added to the lively vibe of the festivities which included a rocking after party.
The traditional Indian wedding ceremony, was held the next morning. Radhika entered under a simple but gorgeous floral chaadar of baby pink roses and carnations. Her wedding outfit was a vibrant Anita Dongre creation in powder blue and fuchsia that contrasted beautifully with the groom’s white and gold sherwani. With a sophisticated decor of white and pink, the function enabled a cheerful mixing of different cultures.
The serene wedding ceremony was followed by a glitzy reception where everyone let their hair down on the dance floor. The decor featuring lavender drapes, cherry blossoms and striking light setups created an aura of understated opulence. The groom looked sharp in a black silk tuxedo, while the bride was the picture of contemporary splendor in an embellished mauve and silver lehenga.
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Taj Mahal Palace (Wedding), Taj President (Reception)
Bride’s Outfits: Nadine Dhody (Mehendi), Anita Dongre (Wedding)
Makeup: Pallavi Symons
Hair: Sandhya Bellarae
Jewellery: Jaipur Gems (Wedding)
Dance Choreographer: Aneesha Thadani
Photography and Videography: The Photo Diary