Vedika and Rohan, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort, Tamil Nadu
From Mahabalipuram to Mumbai, Vedika and Rohan's wedding festivities spanned diverse venues and themes.
Vedika and Rohan’s spectacular wedding at the idyllic seafront of Mahabalipuram was steeped in the beauty of Tamil traditions, an awe-inspiring wedding wardrobe, and the warmth of their families bonding together. The festivities were planned beautifully by WeddingSutra Favorite – Marriage Colours, and here are a few glimpses of the celebrations.
How They Met
“Our families introduced us. It was tepid beginnings for us both as we have extremely hectic work schedules. Rohan was headlining sales for his family business, while I was completing my second year of residency in anaesthesiology. After a couple of months of irregular texting, he surprised me by flying to Chennai to meet me. Even though I was in no mindset to get married, that impromptu lunch we had between my shifts was so terrific, it completely changed my point of view”.
A whirlwind romance of four months later Rohan proposed to Vedika in the most beautiful way possible. Keeping her private nature and dislike of all things public, he whisked her away on a private yacht from Mumbai and went down on one knee in the middle of the ocean to pop the question. Could anyone say no to that?
“We both come from large, loving families and we wanted a place that would allow us to reserve the entire resort to be able to host everyone and enjoy the festivities. After considering multiple venues across cities, we zeroed in on InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort for the evening functions and Ideal Beach Resorts for the morning events.”
The couple entrusted the team of Marriage Colours to conceptualize and deliver the entire wedding planning, and they were joined by Reet Entertainment to manage the events and organize the entertainment. Vedika’s gorgeous looks were created by the Makeup by Ibrahim team, while makeup artist Harini gave her a lovely visage for her mehndi function. The festivities were captured in timeless frames by Made in Mono. Vedika shares, “Unexpected showers turned the events into a monsoon wedding, but everyone worked to pull everything together without getting deterred. I’m glad we picked some great vendors.”
“Ours was a complete ‘Tam-Brahm’ wedding with a beautiful mix of traditions and fun. For the customary functions, we wanted to completely stick to our roots, while for the evening and cocktail parties we let our hair down.” The festivities kicked off with the ‘Vrutham’ or engagement on the first morning with their close family members in attendance. The bride looked radiant in a magenta silk saree with gold temple jewellery.
The mehndi was an afternoon poolside function with vibrant sunny decor in hues of yellow and orange. “Given that most people opt for bright colors for their mehndi, I wanted to wear an unusual outfit for this function.” Vedika donned a shimmering powder blue and silver creation by Priyanka Jain, which she paired with floral jewellery in royal blue. The groom sported a stunning orange and sky blue ensemble.
“We wanted a big Indian baraat experience with all the traditional and fun things it comes with, from the entry with dhol drums beats to Rohan arriving on a white horse.” The groom wore a gold and ivory sherwani by Shyamal & Bhumika, and pearls, as he entered, while the bride wore a quintessential red bridal lehenga by Anushree Reddy, which she paired with polki and diamond jewellery. Red flowers and delicate sprigs of baby’s breath blooms in her hair added a refreshing touch to her ensemble.
The next day commenced with a traditional Tamilian wedding or ‘Muhurtham.’ Beautiful garlands of jasmine, roses, and marigolds draped over the venue lent an air of color and serenity to the ceremony. Vedika looked like a vision in a rich gold and red Kanjeevaram saree with gold jewellery and elaborate head accessories typical of a Tamilian bride. The couple exchanged exquisite garlands of white jasmines and red roses.
The festivities concluded with a scintillating cocktail reception by the beach. The groom donned an eclectic copper-toned embroidered jacket from Shyamal and Bhumika, while the bride wore a head-turning sequinned gold Sabyasachi gown with polki jewellery. The couple and their guests danced the night away under a glorious canopy of white hanging blooms.
The festivities were followed up by a luxurious cocktail reception at St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai, which is Rohan’s hometown. The dapper couple looked chic in stunning couture by Gaurav Gupta. The evening had an air of old-world sophistication with vintage chandeliers, delicate drapes and white flowers.
Advice for Couples
“For the time leading up to the wedding, we were largely in different locations. Despite how hectic everything seemed, we ensured we always talked regardless of what we spoke about. And that matters. At the end of the day, it was about us. That would be our only tip for couples getting married. Indian weddings can be stressful. But never forget why the two of you set off on this journey in the ﬁrst place. Everything else will fall in place. And of course! The importance of family cannot be stressed enough. Without them, nothing could have been possible.”
The Wedding Makers
Venues: InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort, Ideal Beach Resorts Mahabalipuram, The St Regis Mumbai (Reception)
Wedding Planner: Marriage Colours
Groom’s Outfits: Govinda Mehta (Mehndi), Shyamal and Bhumika (Baraat and Cocktail), Gaurav Gupta (Mumbai Reception)
Bride’s Outfits: Priyanka Jain (Mehndi), Anushree Reddy (Baraat), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Cocktail), Gaurav Gupta (Mumbai Reception)
Makeup: Harini (Mehndi), Makeup by Ibrahim
Choreography: Pshah Dance Company, Dubai
Entertainment: Reet Entertainment
Photography and Videography: Made in Mono