Our series, Featured Weddings brings you wonderful moments from weddings held at the finest venues across different cities. Here, bride Tanya shares memories of how she met Aeckarth, how he proposed and their marriage celebrations in their hometown Delhi.
“We met almost nine years ago while working at a management consulting firm in Delhi. Our versions of the story slightly differ, but it was Aeckarth who noticed me and after getting to know each other better, we began dating thereafter. I, however, moved to London to pursue a Master’s degree but we somehow managed to get through the challenges of a long-distance relationship. Aeckarth eventually moved to London and it all started to come together from then on.”
“To be quite honest, it was a very simple proposal. We were in Morocco on a holiday together and Aeckarth caught me off guard and just went down on one knee with a ring in his hand and asked me to marry him. It was such a heartfelt moment that I instantly said ‘Yes’! With the blessings of our loved ones, we soon got engaged and subsequently got married in November last year.”
“I’m very aesthetically inclined and wanted a sophisticated yet traditional venue for our wedding. Also, I wanted the main wedding function to be held outdoors to have a lively, romantic, open feel at the event. I steered clear of selecting farmhouse venues in Gurgaon as I thought it would become inconvenient for guests and didn’t want the traffic to dampen their wedding spirit. We felt The Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi was a great venue that suited our taste for elegance and grandeur for the wedding, and its central location made it a perfect choice for our special day.”
“I cannot thank my mother enough for taking the entire responsibility of our wedding on her trusted shoulders. Aeckarth and I live in London, so besides the distance and the time zone difference, it was imperative for us to pass on our ideas in a coherent manner. My family and I wanted the wedding to be grand, yet personal and memorable keeping with the family’s customs and traditions in mind. We didn’t hire a wedding planner (believe it or not) as we wanted our wedding to be a very intimate and personal affair. It took us close to 10 months to plan our wedding with ninety percent of the work, fully curated and organized by my star mom!”
“As we didn’t have a wedding planner and the whole wedding was personally planned and organised by my mother and that made every function a bit more intimate, different and fun.” We worked with Abhinav Bhagat Designs for all our wedding functions. Abhinav took no time to understand our aesthetic sense and all the small details we wanted to show through at our events.
“The Mehendi was held at a private lawn in Janpath and it was designed to be more colorful and traditional. My mother had specially designed my lehenga which I hadn’t seen until the final day. It was very delegate and was hand painted in Benaras – this perfectly added to the bespoke essence of my ensemble. She adorned me with flower jewellery which was also customized. The henna application was done by renowned KundanLal, who did a great job with the final design that left me completely awestruck. My make-up for all the events was done by SimranKalra, who did a fantastic job as I wanted to have a soft and natural looking make-up, especially in photographs.”
“I love food and knowing my edgy tastes, we organized a quirky menu for the Mehendi and hired XO Catering by Arjun Puri, whose team provided great food, with the nitrogen ice cream cups drawing special attention. Another highlight was the foot massages guests could get from a team of visually challenged masseurs trained by the Blind Relief Association. We also had caricature artists, fortune tellers, and traditional folk singers at the ceremony.
“Our Sangeet function was more of a cocktail party with a very contemporary and sophisticated décor theme. I wanted to enjoy the ceremony and therefore opted for a comfortable pastel orange backless gown designed by Chhavvi Aggarwal, whereas Aeckarth wore a black ‘achkan’ by Abha Batra. The ceremony was hosted by the groom’s side at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and was quite a crazy dance party.”
"We wanted our wedding to be personal and memorable. From bespoke wedding invitations designed by Shabnam Sirur based in Mumbai to the décor – we wanted everything to be unique and relatable to us. Having known each other for 8 years, we wanted to celebrate this moment and make it a special one for our families and friends."
“The style of the wedding was classic and elegant with pastel color themes. We wanted this day to be a celebration of love and decided to have our grandparents’ and parents’ wedding pictures from their ‘jai mala ceremony' to be decorated at our ‘jai mala’ stage to recreate the same moment from their wedding. Our wedding ‘mandap’ really stole the show; it was just what I had wanted. It was a beautifully crafted ‘mandap’ that made the ritual seem magical and dreamy! There were beautifully coordinated floral arrangements adorning the entry to the ‘mandap’, and lots of danglers hanging from the ceiling with gold medallions that sparkled with the light of the numerous candles that glowed on the shelves in the background. I wore a beautiful soft pink lehenga with gold thread work and Aeckarth wore a traditional sherwani. My jewellery was all designed by my mother and was very minimalistic, intricate yet traditional."
Tanya’s wedding jewellery included a beautiful Mughal-style ‘jhumar’ worn on the right side of her forehead as well as an elegant'maang tikka’, a grecian metal juda hair accessory alongside stunning delicate earrings.
“One of the surprises was Aeckarth’s arrival in a vintage car with his the ‘baraat’. It was such a happy moment and one that I can never forget! We also had a band called 'The Copycats' to play live and cover classics from our parents' era such as ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Staying Alive’ to the new generation blues to stir up the crowd. Honestly, it was so much fun and we ended up singing and dancing more than the guests at our wedding. There was never a dull moment.”
Advice for to-be-wed couples
“Our wedding was a free-spirited night of celebrating love and friendship – just what we had imagined it to be, or actually even better! Our advice to all couples would be to truly enjoy every part of their wedding. Be involved in the planning as this is your day but don’t let the stress give in.
The Wedding Makers
Location: The Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi
Décor: Abhinav Bhagat
Make-up & Hair: Simran Kalra
Wedding Invitations: Bespoke invitations designed by Shabnam Sirur
Bridal Trousseau: Chhavvi Aggarwal
Groom's Trousseau: Abha Batra
Mehendi: Kundan Lal
Music: The Copycats, Prabhtoj Singh New Delhi
Photos Courtesy (Mehendi): Shweta Poddar
Photos Courtesy (Wedding): Bhumi and Simran