Sukrita and Ankush, Siliguri
Encircled by fragrant tea gardens, this couple celebrated the beauty of nature with a lotus themed wedding.
Sukrita Chowdhary, a luxury brand consultant, and Ankush Agarwal, a businessman’s nuptials hosted at a boutique tea resort in the month of July consisted of a variety of events that expressed their happiness. With their loved ones in tow, their colorful celebrations were captured flawlessly by Kolkata-based WeddingSutra Favorite – Framed who artfully photographed every emotion as the wedding unfolded.
How They Met
Sukrita shares, “Ankush and I met through a typical arranged marriage setup where both our profiles were sent to each other’s families by a mutual friend of our grandfathers’ who thought that we would be perfect for each other. We first met in the month of October and if you think your first placement interview was the hardest setting you’ve ever been in, then you’ve never been in a full-blown family interview!
The first thing that Ankush asked at the meeting was whether I was comfortable or not, and from thereon, our conversation just kept flowing. It was almost as if I’d known him for ages. After several hours, our families started getting impatient as we were out for a drive and they kept asking us for an update. So we parked the car outside the hotel his family was staying in and finally addressed the elephant in the room. A very short, awkward, and shy 15 minutes later, we decided to get married. He asked me the momentous question and it was the easiest ‘yes’ I’ve ever said in my life.”
To celebrate their love, Sukrita who hails from Jamshedpur, and Ankush from Bhubaneshwar, chose the 16th Century Tudor-style luxurious tea resort located approximately an hour away from the Bagdogra International Airport. Nestled amidst the lush tea gardens, this 154 room resort provided the couple and their families with ample space to enjoy themselves thoroughly.
Capturing the couple’s happiness at every turn was ‘Framed’ with their unbridled creativity who true to their name, captured shots that left everyone mesmerized. From unassuming candids to magnificent portraits, they left no stone unturned in their quest for perfection which resulted in the bride and groom taking home a treasure trove of memories. Sukrita shares, “Framed timelessly captures every moment with so much passion that we are constantly reminded of how happy we were every single time we go through our pictures and videos! Nothing makes me miss our wedding more than the glimpses captured by Framed. The entire team’s members are just as enthusiastic as your oldest friends attending your wedding! In a week of dancing around and getting ‘Framed’, they automatically became our family cheering us on throughout.”
Mehendi and Welcome lunch
Heralded by sringas and the dhol, the guests received a grand welcome as they proceeded towards the Mehendi and welcome lunch. Following the theme ‘padharo sa’ the occasion was mostly traditional with splashes of modern designs on the decor front.
Sangeet and After Party
Sukrita shares, “Since it was the wedding eve, we decided to have a Great Gatsby-inspired Sangeet party that had everyone grooving on the dance floor. Accented by hues of gold and silver, the decor was a treat for the eyes as we let our hair down till the early hours of the morning. Add to that, we decided to have a ‘Pakeezah’ themed after-party to keep the tempo going!”
Simple yet boisterous, the Haldi function witnessed everyone at their liveliest as they smeared the bride and groom with turmeric. Filled with smiles and basking under the sunny sky, the bride and groom enjoyed themselves thoroughly before they got ready for the big day.
Nestled amidst acres of tea gardens, the couple’s wedding was an enchanting affair with an elegant white and pink-hued mandap. Sukrita recollects, “The theme of our wedding revolved around lotus flowers which we not only incorporated in the decor but also our outfits. After our pheras we were entertained by the soulful Sufi tunes of the Humsufi band.”
Keen on unwinding after the rigors of the wedding, the couple decided to celebrate the first day of their married life with a lively pool party. Hosted under the blazing afternoon sun, the party followed a nautical theme and featured a delicious lunch spread that had everyone reaching out for second helpings. Sukrita shares, “We decided to have a day of partying after the wedding day, so we could actually spend time and enjoy with all our family and friends!”
Sukrita shares, “As the name suggests, this night was all about Bollywood! It was jam-packed with dancing, music and tons of revelry! All in all, it was the perfect way to mark the end of our celebrations! With Guru Randhawa performing on stage, we were extremely happy and thankful for the smooth way in which each event unfolded.”
Advice for Couples
Sukrita says, “Honestly, no amount of advice is ever going to be good enough! That being said, communication is key and you have to trust the process, as eventually everything falls into place and syncs harmoniously.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Mayfair Tea Resort, Siliguri
Wedding Planner: Siddharth Khandelwal, Events Corner
Groom’s Outfits: Govinda Mehta (Mehndi, Haldi, Pool Party, and After Party), Shantanu and Nikhil (Sangeet), Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla (Sangeet, Wedding), Gaurav Gupta (Bollywood Night)
Groom’s Shoes: Govinda Mehta (Mehndi, Haldi, and Pool Party)
Bride’s Outfits: Siddharth Bansal (Mehndi), Abhinav Mishra (Sangeet), Surbhi Shah (Haldi), Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla (Sangeet, Wedding), Picchika (Pool Party), Amit Aggarwal (Bollywood Night)
Bride’s Shoes: Rohan Arora (Mehndi, Sangeet, Pool Party)
Jewellery: Rakhyans Fine Jewellery (Sangeet), Shree Jee Jewellers (Wedding)
Makeup: Saniya Sahadpuri Advani
Entertainment: Humsufi (Wedding), Guru Randhawa (Bollywood Night)
Wedding Invitations: The Exotic Invites
Wedding Favors: Ananya Creations by Nidhi Sarawgi