Shivani and Tanmay, Taj Lands End, Mumbai
Shivani and Tanmay's big, fabulous Punjabi wedding celebrations in Mumbai started with a 'Casino Night' and ended with a traditional South Indian meal.
Shivani interned with Tanmay’s mother little knowing that love would come knocking. Orchestrated by WeddingSutra Favourite – Weddings by Ekta Saigal Lulla, the couple’s nuptials at Taj Lands End in Mumbai was a smooth-running and sophisticated affair. Here, bride Shivani shares some photos by WeddingSutra Favourite – Israni Photography, and some special memories.
How We Met
“I am an interior designer by profession and so are Tanmay’s parents. They even worked on our house interiors! After studies, I began an internship with his mother, and while I worked there, he was pursuing further studies abroad. However, little did I know that his mother secretly shipped us together! Once he was back, our relationship slowly grew from work-related talks and meetings to endless dates and conversations as well as some unforgettable moments of togetherness – and here we are today!”
“We chose the plush and popular Taj Lands End for our wedding in Mumbai. Given our guest list, we booked approximately 200 rooms of the hotel, and I must mention that right from the interiors to the hospitality, everything was remarkable.”
Wedding Planning, Themes, and Decor
“All the wedding festivities were flawlessly handled and planned by Ekta Saigal Lulla. Her meticulous approach to work had us feeling relieved and stress-free at all times. And as for our wedding memories, Israni Photography did a fabulous job at capturing our precious moments.”
“Our revelries started with the ‘Casino Night’ at Glocal Junction. Everything from the decor and chic casino tables to the mouth-watering spread of food had everyone commencing the wedding with high spirits! Taking things up another notch was DJ Rohin Puri who had everyone dancing to his beats. I chose a pastel pink Gaurav Gupta gown for this function.”
“We hosted the mehndi ceremony the following day after our fun ‘Casino Night.’ Everyone enjoyed the views at Taj Lands End which we chose for this function.”
“The cocktail party, which was held on the same day as the mehndi, was an evening affair that was high on glamorous revelry. Tanmay looked suave in his three-piece suit, and I wore a Manish Malhotra gown for the night.”
Haldi and ‘Chooda’
“An important part of the Punjabi culture during a girl’s wedding is the ‘chooda’ (bridal bangles) ceremony. My ‘chooda’ ceremony was hosted with the haldi event the next day.”
“Finally, it was time for the big day! I felt no less than a princess in my Sabyasachi lehenga. Everything was just perfect. Even the gorgeous mandap with suspended decor elements was better than what I had imagined!”
South Indian-themed Lunch
“Hosting a lunch after the wedding is a common ritual in Punjabis and to break away from the repetition, we gave this event a South Indian twist! Going with the theme, not only did all of us dress in lungis and Kanjivaram sarees, but we also relished a sumptuous spread prepared for us by the chef from Taj Kerala!”
Advice to Couples
“Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, but you won’t even realize how fast everything goes by so make sure you and your partner enjoy each second of it.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Glocal Junction; Taj Lands End, Mumbai.
Wedding Planner: Weddings by Ekta Saigal Lulla
Decor: National Decorators
Bride’s Outfits: Gaurav Gupta (Casino Night), Anamika Khanna (Mehndi), Manish Malhotra (Cocktail Party), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding).
Makeup Artist: Varsha Gidwani
Hairstylist: Ritika Kadam
DJ: Rohin Puri (Casino Night)
Photography: Israni Photography