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The magic of cupid can truly strike when you least expect it, leading to surprises that gift us the most treasurable moments of life. Uroosa tells how she met Ghazal, about their wedding and how to be a ‘bride-chilla’ rather than bridezilla!

Uroosa and Ghazal

How We Met
“Our story begins with a conventional arranged marriage set up and weaves its own unique love story. Marriage was the last thing on my mind but it definitely ruled my parents’ head. Ghazal, they believed was an ideal match! I thought since they were so smitten by him, I should meet him too. Parents do know what’s best for you. Ghazal and I were like fireworks across the table. I had to acknowledge my feelings when I realized I wanted to meet him again. Day by day, our conversations grew longer and our feelings, deeper, I didn’t even realize how he changed the meaning of love and marriage for me.”

Wedding Venue
“Ghazal and I tied the knot in my hometown, the City of Joy, Kolkata. While the haldi and mehendi ceremonies were a private affair, for our nikkah, we couldn’t find anything better than the plush JW Marriott Hotel, Kolkata. With VVIPs on Ghazal’s guest list, we hosted two receptions, the first at ITC Sonar and the second at The Park Hotel, both in Kolkata.”

Wedding Planning
“Planning the wedding was like writing my own dream and it was smooth sailing thanks to family, friends, and of course, Ghazal. The one thing we focused on was choosing the right photographer to capture our precious moments. After thorough research, we finalized Saurabh Rungta Photography and the team was truly godsend! Keeping our brief in mind, he flawlessly managed to give me memories worth a lifetime.

Complementing his skills was the stunning décor of each function, the color palettes of which were chosen keeping in mind my outfits.”

Wedding Functions

Haldi
“Our haldi ceremonies were private. Mine was celebrated in my house; Ghazal hosted his at The Park Hotel, Kolkata and wore a regal Sabyasachi outfit to the function. Perfectly complementing my Anita Dongre outfit, the décor, a beautiful blend of yellow and pink, turned my house into a dreamy setting.”

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Mehendi
“A floral fiesta of fun and foot-tapping music, my mehendi truly saw some talented moves and grooves. To celebrate the last few hours of being single, I wanted a location that exuded a very chill vibe with both outdoor and indoor arrangements. With its breath-taking view from the 20thfloor, Ozora at Acropolis Mall was exactly what I wanted. My dainty green and pink Banarasi lehenga was picked from Seasons, Mumbai while Ghazal looked dashing in a printed Nehru coat by Anita Dongre.”

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Nikkah
“The grand and larger than life banquet of JW Marriott created a remarkable ambience for our union. Ghazal and I chose Sabyasachi outfits for our big day. As I walked towards him in a classic red lehenga, with a phoolon ki chadar above my head, he stood looking suave in his peach outfit.”

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

 

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Reception 1
“Our nikkah was followed by our first reception at ITC Sonar, Kolkata. A true big fat Pakistani revelry, the décor oozed glamour and elegance. Matching the pastel theme, I wore a Pakistani trail gown from Asiana Couture, Delhi and Ghazal looked no less charming in a raw silk embroidered Sabyasachi creation.”

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Uroosa and Ghazal

Reception 2
“A perfect ending to my dream wedding, our second reception was truly happening. I chose a pastel pink lehenga and paired it with an Anita Dongre matha patti for the final day. The décor colors mirrored those of my outfit. Ghazal chose an ideal contrast; he wore a regal gold-toned Sabyasachi sherwani.”

Uroosa and Ghazal

Tips for to-be-wed couples
“I’ll share my secret to being a Bride-chilla! The only thing you have to do is get organized, make a checklist, set smaller goals and achieve them one by one.”

The Wedding Makers
Venues: The Park Hotel, Kolkata (Ghazal’s Haldi and Second Reception); Ozora, Kolkata (Mehendi); JW Marriott Hotel, Kolkata (Nikkah); ITC Sonar, Kolkata (First Reception).
Groom’s Outfits: Sabyasachi Mukherji (Haldi, Nikkah, First and Second Reception), Anita Dongre Nehru Coat (Mehendi).
Bride’s Outfits: Anita Dongre (Haldi), Seasons, Mumbai (Mehendi), Sabyasachi Mukherji (Nikkah), and Asiana Couture, Delhi (First and Second Reception).
Jewellery: Malabar Gold & Diamonds (Nikkah), Anita Dongre Matha Patti (Second Reception).
Makeup Artist: Sayanta Dhali (Nikkah and Mehendi), Kriti Dhir (First and Second Reception).

Photography: Saurabh Rungta Photography

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