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Shreya and Aayush's nuptials at a charming eco-friendly resort in Nainital fused small-town warmth with big-city elegance. Here, bride Shreya shares all that went into the planning of her wedding, including last-minute changes to her wedding invites that were designed by WeddingSutra Favorite - Turmeric Ink

Shreya and Aayush, Wood Castle Spa & Resort, Nainital

How We Met
“My parents had been looking for a match for me for a long time. When they came across Aayush’s profile, they asked me if I would like to meet him, but I declined. I never thought that we would click since he is a small-town boy from Dehradun while I was living in the city and working in Gurgaon. My parents, however, didn't give up and after some persuasion from them, we finally met. To my surprise, our meeting was quite amusing. We discovered that we had some similar habits, likes, and dislikes. His answers to all my questions were exactly what I wanted to hear. The accuracy, was so uncanny as if he had read my mind before speaking! So it turned out that I liked him and was ready for this. We gave each other some more time for everything to sink in and after a while finally agreed to be with each other. We got married on February 18, 2018.”

Shreya and Aayush, Wood Castle Spa & Resort, Nainital

Wedding Venue
“We got married at the Wood Castle Spa & Resort, in Nainital's famous Jim Corbett National Park. I belong to the small town of Kashipur, and we couldn’t think of a better place to get married. The two days here were an absolute delight and packed with fun. I always wanted to host my pheras at a venue with a view and the resort offered charming river and forest views.”

Wedding Planning
“We got our invitations designed and made by Turmeric Ink in Shahpur Jat, New Delhi, and were very pleased with their effort and cooperation. Our initial plan was to have physical cards, and the design process took place keeping that in mind. However, we had to change plans and go for e-invites instead. The Turmeric Ink team was extremely understanding and quickly adapted to the situation and designed stunning e-invites. Our photographs were clicked by Divesh Idnani of The Lumiere Project. Divesh is a Pune-based photographer who recently moved to New Delhi. When I looked up his work on Instagram, I liked his creative, candid photos. He and his team captured great shots at our wedding too. For the decor, planning, and catering, we hired local vendors from Kashipur and supervised them.”

Wedding Functions

Mehendi
“My mehendi was the first function in the line-up of events that lead to the wedding. This event was a fairly intimate affair, and we hosted it at home with just some close family members and friends in attendance.”

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Engagement
“This function took place at the Wood Castle Spa & Resort at the Jim Corbett National Park in Nainital. The venue was decorated in white and purple hues and was lit up with beautiful chandeliers which made everything look like a fairytale setting. We also made use of a lot of flowers, especially roses. Keeping in line with the mood I wore a pink Kamaali Couture gown, while Aayush chose to don a suit from Nine Men’s Wear.”

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Wedding
“We had an outdoor daytime wedding. I’d always wanted to get married during the daylight hours when the sun was out because the photos that are taken at that time come out so much nicer! Our mandap was built on the banks of a river and we could hear the sounds of the water as we exchanged our vows. The setup was indeed remarkable. Since ours was a day wedding in an open-air setup, I chose a bright yellow lehenga by Mayyur Girotra for this event. Aayush, on the other hand, opted for a muted achkan by Rohit Bal.”

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Advice for Couples
“Just enjoy every bit of the special treatment you get on and before your big day. It’s a once in a lifetime feeling. I remember, I was going through a major bridezilla mode while I was preparing for my wedding but the two days of celebrations just flew by in the blink of an eye. I was a control freak about every arrangement till my mehendi, but once the celebrations started, I just took a back seat. When I look back, all the stress was just not worth it. Also, there is nothing more perfect than a happy bride, and I am glad I was one!”

The Wedding Makers
Venue: Wood Castle Spa & Resort, Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital, Uttarakhand
Groom’s Outfits: Nine Men’s Wear (Engagement), Rohit Bal (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Kamaali Couture (Engagement), Mayyur Girotra (Wedding)
Makeup: Prettify Me
InvitationsTurmeric Ink

Photography and Videography: The Lumiere Project

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