Ramsha and Danish, Islam Gymkhana, Mumbai
Danish and Ramsha’s elegant Muslim wedding at the Islam Gymkhana in Mumbai saw the bride's vidaai in a charming old-style ‘palki’, while the groom made his grand entry in a vintage car
There was that undeniable mix of old-world charm and modern flourishes at Ramsha and Danish’s wedding and reception at the Islam Gymkhana in Mumbai’s Marine Drive. Here, bride Ramsha shares details of all that went into making the wedding a picture-perfect and memorable one.
How We Met
“I was introduced to Danish through my parents. His father and mine had a lot of mutual friends and they suggested we meet at least once. I agreed, but upon meeting him, I just felt that we didn’t speak much to each other and that there were a lot of awkward silences between us. He was from New Delhi, and for me, moving to another city was a big deal. But luckily, we got talking on our second meeting and discovered that we definitely complemented each other’s personalities and tastes very well.”
“We wanted a traditional Muslim wedding and decided on hosting it in the pious surroundings of the Islam Gymkhana at Marine Drive in Mumbai.”
Mehndi & Haldi
“Ours was a grand wedding. We started off with fun and colorful mehndi and haldi functions. Since it was an outdoor event, our event planners ‘Weddings in Vogue’ suggested that we have an airy, colorful vibe with décor that included pinwheels, marigold flowers and a multi-colored shamiana. I wanted to doll up for the function and decided to don a beautiful yellow and gold gharara with floral accessories for that beautiful summer bridal mehndi/haldi look. I wanted my makeup to look natural and decided to do it myself. My hair was done in beautiful braids by my trusted hairstylist Ritika Kadam.”
For my Nikaah ceremony, the center stage was fully illuminated with a soft golden backlight and decorated with rows of white and red blooms, alongside orange marigold flowers which hung from a huge circular frame that was also festooned with flowers. Apart from the fun baraat which saw Danish escorting me in a vintage car, I was also carried on a decorated wooden ‘palki’ (carriage held aloft on the shoulders) by my brothers. Following my ‘nikaah’, we had a beautiful reception which commenced in the evening.
“I had my eyes on a Manish Malhotra lehenga for a long time, and after much thought and discussion with my mother, I went ahead and wore the red and gold masterpiece for my wedding and reception. My jewellery was a mix between a lot of Mumbai and Jaipur-based designers, but the highlight of my trousseau was the polki ‘passa’ (head ornament) that I got from Mumbai. I also wore a round ‘nath’ (nose ornament), a ‘maang tikka’ (forehead ornament) and heavy dangling earrings which matched my ornate neckpiece. My makeup artist Chandni Girdhar designed a gorgeous traditional makeup look with gold eyeshadow, classic red lips and dewy skin which made me feel very elegant and beautiful.”
Danish wore a deep green quilted sherwani from Manish Malhotra that complimented my ensemble. His sherwani had interesting details such as the embroidered collars, side buttons and a beautiful motif on the left pocket.
The Wedding Makers
Wedding Venue: Islam Gymkhana, Marine Drive
Event Planner: Classic Concepts, Mumbai
Bridal Trousseau: Manish Malhotra
Makeup Artist: Chandni Girdhar
Hair Stylist: Ritika Kadam
Photographer: Plush Affairs