Saachi and Sumil, Mumbai
A lush intimate wedding celebration in the heart of South Mumbai.
Mumbai-based Sumil Shah and Saachi Jhaveri Shah’s intimate wedding celebrations painted a beautiful picture of love and traditions against myriad beautiful venues in South Mumbai, every moment of which was captured by WeddingSutra Favorite – The Photo Diary. Catch glimpses of their festivities below.
How They Met
“Saachi, a social media marketing consultant, and Sumil, a diamond and jewelry businessman, were brought together by a memorable twist of fate! It was Saachi’s mother who introduced the two at a mutual friend’s wedding, after having previously met Sumil at another wedding. Driven by Saachi’s mother’s enthusiasm, the two met with high hopes, and to their delight, they clicked instantly and spent the entire function getting acquainted. There was no looking back, and soon they were in love.
The bride had always dreamed of an open-air wedding with a laidback, elegant ambiance and found her perfect venue at Gallops Restaurant in Mahalaxmi Racecourse in Mumbai, while the rest of the functions were hosted across a variety of tasteful venues in the city. Every function was premeditated with a theme and decor to celebrate different aspects of the couple’s culture and life stories. Every moment of their beautiful festivities was captured by The Photo Diary. Speaking about their experience with them, Saachi shares, “From the first meeting itself, Monisha, the founder of The Photo Diary, aligned perfectly with our vision and related expectations. She is such a pleasure to work with even as she captured our moments incredibly well and gave us memories to look back upon for life!”
The bride’s childhood in Japan inspired the cocktail function at Koko Restaurant in Mumbai that kicked off the celebrations. From drinks to decor, the night was brimming with Japanese oriental flavors. A ‘Konichiwa’ welcome sign beckoned the guests inside, while cherry blossom arrangements, Japanese paintings, traditional folding fans, rice paper lanterns and more, added to the magical vibe. Dressed in a ruffled pink gown and a suave grey suit respectively, the bride and groom enjoyed with their posse clicking pictures, drinking and dancing.
The rooftop Sangeet ceremony at Jade Garden in Nehru Centre, Worli was a tropical wonderland full of vibrant hues and lush decor. Floral canopies, wicker baskets full of exotic flower arrangements, pampas grass, bamboo and palm leaves all added to the striking ambience, dotted with many personalized touches. The bride glittered in a silver lehenga while the groom donned an embellished ink blue sherwani for the occasion. Smoke bombs, balloon releases, dance performances and cocktail towers all made the evening unforgettable for the couple and their guests.
The bride’s Haldi was an intimate, indoor function at Status Restaurant, Mumbai with an elegant, minimal decor of marigolds. Saachi was seated in a traditional brass vessel for the ceremony, and she was playfully doused with turmeric paste and flower petals by her loved ones. She opted for a soft, floral lehenga with a shimmering silver blouse for the occasion.
The lush outdoor wedding saw quaint white decor with flowers, foliage and whimsical crystal strings. The wedding was a heartwarming, romantic affair full of warm family moments and tender traditions. The bride dazzled in a rich maroon lehenga, which was perfectly complemented by the groom’s elegant cream-hued sherwani. The ceremony was followed by a lively Reception dinner highlighted by fairy lights, cake-cutting, warm speeches, music and laughter!
Advice for couples
“The most important thing is to be in the moment and enjoy the events while they last. Owing to the confusion and subsequent re-planning due to the Pandemic, we couldn’t be with so many of our loved ones as they were unable to travel. However, we made sure that we enjoyed the time with the people who were around us, and made the most of it. Some things are not in our control, and there is no point fretting over them”.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Gallops Restaurant, Mumbai (Wedding); Jade Garden, Mumbai (Sangeet); Koko Restaurant, Mumbai (Cocktail); Status Restaurant, Mumbai (Haldi)
Wedding Planners: Dee Weddings
Bride’s Outfits: Seema Gujral, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Tamanna Panjabi Kapoor
Makeup: Tanvi Chemburkar, Makeup by Riddhima, Tanvi Sheth
Invites: Samreen Chawla
Photography and Videography: The Photo Diary