Taruna and Ankit, Jaipur
Unable to locate the groom’s shoes for the ritual of ‘Juta chhupai’, this ingenious bride squad stole the shoes of the entire Baraat, including the wedding planner!
The grand wedding celebrations of childhood friends Taruna and Ankit were as beautiful as they were unique. Brimming with fun surprises, the 3-day multicultural wedding extravaganza was captured in priceless frames by WeddingSutra Favorite – Weddingrams. The bride took us on an exciting journey through the festivities.
How they met
Taruna and Ankit met at the tender age of 9 and 11 respectively when Taruna moved to Dubai. They were neighbours as well as friends, they soon became each other’s constant buddies, racing through teen years, high school and life in general together. Even when they went their own ways for higher education, despite being in separate continents, they never lost touch. It was when they re-united in Dubai as working adults that they decided to take their relationship a notch higher and give it a real shot. That’s how #Nautanki happened!
The proposal was elaborately planned by Ankit with the help of the bride’s sister Trisha. During a trip that Taruna’s entire family made to Dubai, the two conspired to take everyone to Bollywood Parks and Resorts. Unfortunately, Taruna expressed no desire to go, which sent them into a tizzy and they painstakingly convinced her to relent and go along. Once there, dressed in casual lounge attire, Taruna wondered why everyone looked ready for a photoshoot. As she stood there perplexed, out came Ankit dancing with the evening parade to Taruna’s favorite song. Overwhelmed with glee, she quickly glanced towards her father for approval, and seeing his beaming smile she was reassured and responded with a resounding yes!
After searching far and wide for the perfect destination, the couple was won over by the rich culture of Rajasthan. They chose Fairmont Jaipur for its grand palatial architecture, the beguiling backdrop of the Aravalli mountain range and the romantic vibe of a bygone era.
The bride shares, “Having worked in the wedding industry myself, I knew the importance of securing a great wedding planner to avoid undue stress on ourselves and the family. We selected F5 Weddings as they shared the same headspace as us and with a great team and extensive in-house services, they did a fabulous job at bringing our vision to life. For our pictures, I knew exactly what I was looking for and after a lot of research, zeroed in on Delhi based Weddingrams. They’re lovely to work with and are great with Candid shots. They blended into our festivities and captured our joy and revelries in the most natural way possible.
I wanted my outfits to be one of a kind and designed each one myself. Paveena Rathour ad Ruchi Arya created great looks and hairstyles for me.”
The festivities began with a welcome dinner for the couple’s close friends and family. It was an intimate affair with soothing music, cocktails and barbeque, perfect for a winter evening in January.
The next morning began with guests pouring in from all across the globe. After a Ganesh Pooja, the Haldi festivities ensued with vibrant decor and a profusion of marigolds. The couple looked sun kissed in hues of saffron. The function eventually turned into Holi Party.
Next was the welcome brunch cum Mehndi function. The romantic pastel tones of the decor brought out the vividness of fruits and flowers against the boho wooden structures for a rustic yet chic vibe. The bride looked radiant in a carrot pink attire accessorized with a statement necklace while the groom looked dapper in a blazer and chinos.
The Sangeet was exclusively designed by the owner of F5 Weddings himself, Mr. Ajay Modgil who took a personal interest in curating this entire wedding. A glittering affair of funky yet glamorous decor bathed in stunning violet light, the Sangeet included many filmy entries and grand performances. The couple dressed in scintillating outfits of Midnight blue for this function.
The couple wanted their guests to be able to relax at the after party without having to dress up, and hence kept a casual and fun theme. Everyone rejoiced and danced till the wee hours of the morning.
With an enchanted forest theme, the stunning pheras were a sundowner affair set amidst the beautiful Sahiloon Ki Badi. Beautiful photoshoots were followed by their respective baraats (yes, the bride had a baraat too). The couple donned ethereal ivory outfits embellished with intricate detailing. The pheras were followed by a 1 hour long ‘juta chuppai’ ritual, wherein the bride’s squad stole the entire baraat’s shoes, including the wedding planner’s as they were unable to locate the groom’s footwear, which resulted in a lot of laughs.
Since the bride’s paternal side is Christian, she wanted a contemporary western vibe and decor for the reception. With a regal color palette and a whole lot of crystal, the event saw an explosion of flowers, candles and vintage lighting. The groom looked suave in a tuxedo while the bride vowed in a rich marsala hued gown. Toasts and speeches were followed by the bouquet toss and the festivities carried on till dawn.
Advice for couples
“To avoid undue stress, find a wedding planner you can absolutely trust with your vision. Also ensure that you book your venue much in advance so as to avoid losing out on your dream location”.