Shiksha and Siddharth, The Oterra, Bangalore
Siddharth pulled off a surprise proposal for Shiksha and their outdoor wedding in Bangalore was equally memorable.
Their parents introduced them to each other, little knowing that Siddharth and Shiksha would hit it off immediately. Their picture-perfect Bangalore wedding was planned by WeddingSutra Favorite – Bling Mushrooms, and here, bride Shiksha shares details of the proposal and wedding celebrations.
How We Met
“ I first met Siddharth via an arranged married set-up! I wasn’t too keen on seeing anyone as yet, but since I love dressing up, I saw it as a chance to dress up! We met with our families at Taj West End in Bangalore. After a while, our parents asked us to sit separately so we could get to know each other. We got along effortlessly when we started talking about our common interests. It was as if we had known each other for years. We spoke for hours, and our parents had to call out to us to end our chat. It was obvious that he was completely interested in me as a life partner. But, our story wasn’t as smooth as one would expect. We faced a few hurdles and had to fight with our parents to make things happen even though Siddharth and I first met through them. That process took three months and then everything was official! All the credit goes to Siddharth as I had given up but he fought to make us happen.”
“I am quite a dramatic Bollywood kind of girl, so for me, a proposal was a must even though my answer would be a ‘Yes.’ Siddharth planned the proposal with my friends. One day I was informed by my friends to pack my bags. I assumed it was for a surprise girls trip. Two of my best friends came to pick me up in bridesmaid tee shirts and took me to Oak Wood, where my other friends were waiting for me. It all seemed like it was a bachelorette bash. The next morning, my friends said we were checking out and heading elsewhere. Siddharth called me to share that he was picking us up for breakfast. My friends packed my bags and escorted me to his car. They said they would follow later as they were not ready yet and I believed them. Siddharth asked me if I wanted to go to eat at California Burrito at the airport and I was okay with that. Then he parked the car and took out his bag. That’s when I realized he was taking me for a holiday. He asked me to marry him at the beautiful Amanzi luxury resort which is close to Pune and made my dream of a fancy proposal come true!”
“I had been planning my wedding in my head for years – it was the most awaited event of my life. When it came to deciding the venue, I left it to Siddharth because he was way too particular about wedding venues. We chose The Oterra Hotel in Bangalore after months of discussion! It was very lush and green which we both love. Plus, the hotel and rooms were very well maintained.”
“My wedding planners were Bling Mushrooms. I used to work with them earlier, so I was confident that they knew what they are doing. I was particular about decor details, and they understood that. They have a great and talented team who are always just a call away. My makeup team was from Bangalore, and they have been doing makeup for my family for a long time. I prefer light makeup. Dinesh, the makeup artist, and my hair stylist did a wonderful job with my bridal look. Dinesh works for a lot of local actors. I picked Manan Upadhyaya to shoot our wedding as he is a good friend and I like his work. We both have similar tastes when it comes to photography.”
“My wedding functions started ten days before the wedding. Since my dad was over excited about it. I had many traditional functions and pujas, but the main ceremonies started with a ‘paath bithai’ ceremony which officially marked the start of the wedding. I had haldi and mehndi functions, a South Indian Night as well as a ‘Rajasthani Night.’ These were kept low-key with just family and friends attending. Before the wedding, we had a musical afternoon where we organized a musical housie. The decor for this was colorful with low seating. This was the ice breaker for the wedding and in the evening, the sangeet was held where the Kakar sisters performed. The decor for this function was rustic with beautiful geometric lights. The wedding day began with the baraat followed by the outdoor pheras and ‘varmala’ (garland exchange) ceremony in the afternoon. Our mandap featured white and powder blue hues with lotus block prints. I wore a red and peach combination lehenga, and paired it with traditional jewellery including a gold choker and a polki necklace set.”
“The next day evening was the reception which had a very royal look from the stage to the eating area to the lounges. I wore a dark green lehenga with a diamond choker necklace set, while Siddharth looked dapper in his classic black tuxedo.”
Advice for Couples
“My wedding planning tip would be to know what you want and make a to-do list, so you get everything in place on time. You get married once, and it’s the most precious occasion of your life; do not compromise so that you live your dream and not regret anything once the wedding is over.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: The Oterra, Bangalore
Wedding Planner: Bling Mushrooms
Photography: Manan Upadhyaya