Vidhi and Pranav at Trident Hotel, Mumbai
Was it love? Was it arranged? For Vidhi and Pranav, it was a bit of both and destiny as they commemorated their union in Mumbai.
Our series, ‘Featured Weddings’ brings you wonderful moments from weddings held at the finest venues across different cities.
Vidhi, a CA met Pranav, who owns the Astoria Hotel in Churchgate, Mumbai, seven years ago through a common friend. He fell for her immediately but nothing really happened until Vidhi’s family began to look for a match for her. Pranav decided to ask for her hand and Vidhi’s family fell in love with him at their first meeting. This is how they celebrated their festivities in Mumbai!
Mehndi at St.Regis – A fusion of Indian and Cuban elements, colourful backdrops, pop art, oversized centerpieces, Love signs in mirror work – the theme shouted FUN! Seating arrangements were eclectic and casual, ranging from a big sofa in a cabana to a circular set up with trinkets dangling all across. In attendance, for the entertainment of the guests were a tarot card reader, an astrologer, mehndi walis, a multi-vocalist live band and of course, the dholwalas.
In the middle of this gorgeous, lively mini-Indian-mela, the bride, Vidhi looked beautiful in a pastel blue Neeta Lulla while Pranav was dapper in Tarun Tahiliani.
Sangeet at the Taj- What a treat for the guests: a Salim-Sulaiman concert that had the crowd rocking out, going wild and letting their hair down. The focus was on letting the people groove to the music so the décor was minimal, floral arrangements skirting the huge space dedicated to dancing. The bride was stunning in a gold shimmer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, as she performed with her groom-to-be.
The guests were in their element, insisting the bride sing while Bollywood actress, Sonakshi Sinha (also the bride’s bestie) played the dhol and dancers outdid the silver screen shimmy with their choreographed filmi-style jamming. This was one sangeet that raised the bar!
Wedding/ Reception at Trident Hotel- The décor evoked a classic European affair, a suspended floral canopy at the welcome gate with glittering tea lights allowing the traditionally decorated mandap to stand out, with its gracious Ganesha as backdrop and a larger than life marigold shivling.
The bride dazzled in her Anamika Khanna red and pink lehenga, with a large set of kaliras.
As the groom made his grand entry in a vintage car, Vidhi anxiously tried finding a vantage point to see the baraat, a tradition in the family.
The reception was as beautiful as expected and was followed by an intimate wedding ceremony with close family and friends.
The Wedding Makers:
Event planner: Focus Events, Mumbai
Wedding Decor: Gurleen
Photography: Wedding Stories by Riddhi Parekh & Pramod Mitta
Videography: Photo Raman
Make up Artist: Malika Bhatt
Hairstyling: Alpa (Mehndi & Sangeet) and Kaushal (Wedding/Reception)