Shreya and Mihir, Hyderabad
Bedecked with scarlet and white blooms, this couple’s wedding mandap at Taj Falaknuma Palace was the epitome of romance and tradition.
A traditional wedding with a dash of contemporary glamour, Shreya Choudhari and entrepreneur Mihir Sabadra’s wedding in Hyderabad was an Indian fairytale come to life. Hosted at the luxurious Taj Falaknuma Palace the wedding was steeped in vibrant grandeur. Planned and decorated by WeddingSutra Favorite – DreamzKrraft who went above and beyond to make sure the festivities were seamlessly executed, this wedding boasted of events that were unique and perfectly in sync with the vintage charm of the venue.
Held at the plush and breathtaking Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, this wedding pulled all the stops when it came to grandeur. Filled with vintage charm and equipped with impeccable hospitality, this venue ensured that the couple’s loved ones were pampered as they enjoyed the festivities. With its lush lawns, manicured gardens and stunning interiors giving each function a beautiful backdrop, this luxury palace hotel ticked all the boxes for the couple who wanted each function at their wedding to be exclusive.
With complete clarity on how they wanted their wedding to look, the couple roped in Dreamzkrraft to plan and decorate their wedding. Giving us an overview of the brief they received from the bride and the creative process, Priti Sidhwaani, founder of DreamzKrraft shares, “Shreya was keen on an elaborate and exquisitely detailed decor. In her brief, she emphasized that each function should look unique and different from the other. Moreover, she also wanted the old-world charm of the luxurious palace hotel to shine through. In order to achieve this, we ensured that all the themes were picked keeping in mind the essence of the palace and the functions held. The decor was designed in a way that would add to the beauty of the property and blend in with the existing architecture. We picked out various rich fabrics like Banarasi, satin, damask and lace to complement the venue for the various functions. Since we were working in a palace, we had to take the aesthetics of the architecture into consideration so as to complement the wedding decor.”
Keeping in mind that the couple wanted the guests’ welcome to be special, team Dreamzkrraft picked up the arriving guests from the main gate and brought them to the entrance in horse-drawn chariots. Priti shares, “We used the natural trees lined against the drop-off area as installations and adorned their roots in a cascade of flowers. The beat of dhols added a zing of energy as everyone was welcomed with tokens that consisted of customized garlands, wristlets, and sweets.”
Surrounded by the lush greenery of the Rajasthani gardens, the decor at the Kumkum function was mindfully kept in sync with the natural beauty. Pastel-hued banarasi drapes and a ‘phoolon ki mandi’ were set up on the existing structure that the garden provided.
A Marwari pre-wedding tradition where the bride’s family ensures that the groom and his family indulge their appetites with a lavish spread, the Sajjangoth feast was served upon Taj Falaknuma’s legendary table which is also one of the longest in the world. Also, to ensure that the function blended impeccably with the palace interiors, Priti and her team left no stone unturned. She shares, “Various shades of pink were used to contrast with the walls and interiors of the venues. The famed 101 Dining Hall, the staircase railings, the sculptures and all the other tables were decked up in lavish pink floral arrangements. The couple wanted this event to look like a debutante’s ball, and I’m happy to say that we delivered as promised!”
Combining the best of pastel and earthy hues, the Mehndi was a day function that followed a bohemian theme. Wooden furniture and elements added to the earthiness while fresh blooms shone brightly under the sun. Decorated aesthetically with flowers and fruit, the table decor accentuated the richness of the venue.
“Since the couple wanted the Sangeet to resemble a concert night we went all out as we constructed a large 60 x 40 feet stage with inverted electric sparklers, CO2 guns and dry ice! For the decor, we played around with various hues of gold which transformed the venue into a golden fortress. Fairy lights in shades of blue and gold added to the bling factor while a whole host of special effects added oodles of glamor to the couple and their family’s dance performances”, shares Priti.
Haldi and Mayra
“In tandem with tradition, the Haldi was themed around shades of yellow, and the decor was intertwined with the architecture of the venue. Bedecked with tassels, cascading floral garlands, and traditional vases, we used monochromatic shades which resulted in a bright yet serene event. Additionally, the mother of the bride had a special request to have a completely traditional Mayra for which we roped in Rakhee Falor, a traditional singer who gave an astounding performance,” shares Priti.
“For the big day, we crafted a romantic atmosphere with scarlet shades that were contrasted by reflective elements. Hosted at the palace’s biggest gardens the entrance pathway was replete with red blooms while the lounging areas were decorated with rich red fabrics embroidered with golden zari. The mandap too, followed suit with its pillars adorned in red roses and a ceiling decorated with white suspended florals.” shares Priti.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Wedding Planner and Décor: DreamzKrraft
Bridal Outfits: ASAL (Kum kum), Anamika Khanna (Sajan Goth), Manish Malhotra (Mehndi), Gaurav Gupta (Sangeet), Sabyasachi (Wedding)
Floral Jewellery: Floral Art by Srishti
Makeup Artist: Varsha Gidwani
Hair: Ritika Hairstylist
Entertainment: BollyJammers (Sangeet), Rakhee Falor (Haldi and Mayra), Dharini Thakker (Pheras)
Choreography: Kartik Mohan Productions
Emcee: Sonam C Chhabra (Sangeet)
Perfumes Giveaway: Ras Luxury
Photography: Reels and Frames