This bride experimented with diverse colors and cuts for her trousseau, from a vibrant lehenga to a pastel saree.
A wedding makes many dreams come true, especially for a bride who weds her soulmate, curates a stunning trousseau, and is the belle of the ball all through the festivities! Bride Ayushi realized her sartorial wedding dreams with a variety of styles and colors, and the results were spectacular. Get inspired by her different looks below.
How They Met
“Since childhood, I have been very fascinated with the concept of weddings. We met through our parents who afforded us the time and space to get to know each other. We didn’t try to constrain our conversation to only topics widely accepted in arranged marriage settings and just went with the flow. With time, our relationship grew and one day we just knew we were made for each other.” Ayushi holds an MBA degree with a specialization in entrepreneurship and will join her Bhopal-based husband in his family business of electrical and solar equipment post marriage.
“I planned pretty much the entire wedding myself with the help of my younger brother. For my wedding wardrobe, I kept a balance of outfits across lehengas, sarees, and Indo-Western styles, sourcing some from designers and others from other stores. For my makeup and hairstyles, I entrusted Loveleen Chatwal who created looks tailored to the different functions and outfits.”
The functions kicked off with the engagement at The Leela Palace, New Delhi. The decor comprised grand ball-like decor with chandeliers, bouquets of roses, a dance floor, a life-size wedding hashtag, and soulful live music. The bride wore a beautiful red gown from Neeta Lulla, with diamond jewelry and a dazzling tiara.
“For my mehndi, I always wanted to wear a multi-colored lehenga with a lot of ‘kalis’ (stripes), each of a different color. I found my dream outfit at Gazal Gupta in Delhi and customized it with velvet elements. The lehenga had huge ‘latkans‘ (tassels) that I customized with our names, and paired the outfit with ethnic shoes from Rohan Arora, that said ‘Pataka Dulhan.’ I wore Polki jewelry and kept my hair and makeup fresh and casual. The color palette of the function was largely Tiffany blue with a hint of floral elements. I walked in holding my dad’s hand to the song ‘Dilbaro!’ It was a very emotional experience.”
“After a lot of contemplation, I chose a pastel orange saree from Rabani and Rakha. It symbolized beauty with simplicity, and I wanted to be myself as I am in daily life for at least one function. I kept my look very simple and natural, with loose open hair, and I got many wonderful comments.”
Bridesmaids Get Together
The happiness and excitement a girl feels when her bestie gets married is indescribable. Aayushi wanted to do something special for her squad and thoughtfully gifted all her friends’ outfits and bridesmaid hampers. On the wedding day, all of them dressed up in matching pink sarees and posed with the bride who wore red.
“The sangeet was themed on eleven heavens. Every performance was set in a different background such as Paris, Greece, Rome, India, Switzerland, and many more. It was choreographed in a way that the whole family keeps searching for the girl in all the countries and in the end, the groom finds her in India. I chose a blush-toned Indo-Western outfit from Dolly J in for this event.”
“I always loved Tarun Tahiliani’s work for its delicate and beautiful craftsmanship and knew my wedding lehenga had to be from him. I chose one in red and peach with intricate embellishments and paired it with an elaborate matha patti, layered necklaces, and long jhumkas. I even wore a ‘baju band’ (arm ornament), ‘haath phools’ on both hands, a lot of bangles and felt like a princess. Loveleen gave me beautiful dewy cheeks, shimmering eyes, and a bold red lip that complimented the color of my outfit.”
The Wedding Makers
Venues: The Leela Palace, New Delhi (Engagement), Courtyard by Marriott, Bhopal (Wedding)
Wedding Planners: Purple Patch
Decor: Shaadi by Karsun (Engagement), Sajdhaj, Indore (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Neeta Lulla (Engagement), Gazal Gupta (Mehndi), Rabani and Rakha (Godh Bharai), Dolly J (Sangeet), Tarun Tahiliani (Wedding)
Shoes: Rohan Arora (Mehndi)
Makeup artist: Loveleen Chatwal
Photography and videography: Memory Sauce (Engagement, Sangeet and Wedding)