Shreya and Saurabh, The Leela Palace Udaipur
Traditional rituals mixed with fun activities, all held at regal venues, made for a grand celebration of love.
Shreya and Saurabh’s wedding festivities exuded an imperial charm; the exquisitely-executed functions leaving guests delighted and mesmerized. With the impactful Udaipur architecture acting as a regal backdrop, the couple’s special moments were artfully captured by WeddingSutra Favorite – Knotting Bells. The bride, Shreya, shares the highlights of the events.
How They Met
“I met Saurabh when we were both studying for our masters at Aston University in the UK. We were in the same class but would rarely talk at first. After a while, we became friends and developed feelings for each other. Then, within no time, we realized that we were madly in love!”
“We went to Ibiza with a few friends to celebrate Saurabh’s birthday. It was during that trip that he proposed to me.”
“I always dreamed about having a grand wedding in Udaipur, specifically at Jagmandir. That is why we decided to have all our events in the city, choosing five different venues in Udaipur.”
“The Mehendi was held on the gardens of The Leela Palace. This function was an intimate affair and we chose a vintage theme for the decor.”
This party had a European carnival theme. It was held outdoors and the decor consisted of vibrant color and an assortment of flowers. The bride and groom made a grand entrance in a chariot, as family and friends cheered them on. The function had tons of entertainment with many games and activities organized for the guests to participate in. The highlight of the night were mesmerizing performances by carnival dancers.
The sangeet was a grand affair; the venue decked out in gold and glitter for a glamorous touch. The stage, set in front the stunning mahal and under the open sky, looked enchantingly beautiful. Energetic performances by the couple, their family and their friends, supported by background dancers, made this a night to remember.
“The haldi and bhaat was referred to as ‘Dhaani Ki Dhoom’ and the theme of the evening was ‘Rajasthan’. The open lawn was decorated in attractive Rajasthani elements, with performers from the region entertaining guests. A few fun activities were also organized to keep guests engaged,” Shreya says.
In keeping with the colors associated with a haldi ceremony, the bride wore a beautiful outfit in ochre, teamed with floral jewellery.
The wedding ceremony was just as grand and regal as the bride had wished for. The venue was lit up to look gorgeously golden under the clear night sky. The bride made a unique entry wearing a red ghungat trail. She was brought to the mandap with her brothers holding the phoolon ki chaddar above her. After the rituals were complete, guests got to watch a breathtaking fireworks display, with the bride and groom greeting their near and dear ones from above, on a beautiful baroque balcony at the venue.
The Wedding Makers
Venues: The Leela Palace Udaipur (Mehendi, Wedding Pheras), Trident Hotel Udaipur (SS Wonderland), The Zenana Mahal (Sangeet), Shiv Niwas Palace Udaipur (Haldi), Jagmandir Island Palace (Varmala and Reception)
Bride’s Outfits: Disha Patil (Mehendi), Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika, Manish Malhotra (Sangeet), Akanksha Gajaria (Haldi), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding)
Groom’s Outfits: TISA (Mehendi, Wedding), SS Homme (SS Wonderland), Rohit Bal (Sangeet), Kora Designs (Haldi)
Makeup Artist: Hriya Marfatia
Floral Jewellery: Floral Art by Srishti
Photography: Knotting Bells