Gayatri's wedding ensembles included designers like Payal Singhal and Sabyasachi Mukherjee, but she and her mother-in-law collaborated to create her stunning bridal lehenga
How We Met
Gayatri shares, “Vikram and I lived in the same block and met through a friend. We became very good buddies in Grade 10. I was his confidante and he was my best friend. Vikram would share his deep, dark secrets with me, so it is safe to say that I knew him pretty well.”
Gayatri joined Delhi University after school to study psychology, and Vikram left for Switzerland to pursue hotel management. “With the new stresses of life, we lost touch. When we met again after three years, it took us no time to be the way we always used to be with each other. He would always tell me the kind of girl he wanted to date. And I wasn’t quite that girl. Yet, out of nowhere, he fell for me. I still don’t know what I did that made him fall for me but I guess you know when you know. And so he asked us to give our relationship a shot via FaceTime…” recalls Gayatri.
Gayatri adds that the best decision of her life was to say ‘Yes!” to Vikram’s request to deepen their relationship. “Imagine spending the rest of my life with my best friend! In the beginning, I believed he was so lucky to have me, but little did I know then that it would be the other way around. He proposed to me the following year with a heart-shaped diamond to seal the deal. And just like that I forever became a Sharma.”
“We had our ‘Youngsters Night’ at The Tree House Resort in Jaipur, while the joint mehndi and sangeet night was held at our farmhouse in Gurgaon. The wedding took place in a gurudwara followed by a reception at The Oberoi, Gurgaon.”
Gayatri and Vikram’s #VikTri wedding included the following functions:
The guests and family members from the Gayatri’s side were called ‘Gaga da Crew’, and the groom’s group was called ‘Vikram & Veer’. Both sides drove down to The Tree House Resort in Jaipur to start the wedding celebrations with the ‘Youngster’s Night’ that was termed ‘Bawli-Bawlo’.
Gayatri shares her ensemble details for his function. “I wore a gray lehenga choli with bold floral motifs by Payal Singhal and paired it with ‘juttis’ (ethnic flats) that were a design collaboration between Fizzy Goblet and Payal Singhal. For jewellery, I chose traditional silver creations from Apala by Sumit.”
“This was one jam-packed event which included the ring, sangeet and mehndi ceremonies. It was a beautiful December day event and we made sure we made most of the beautiful sunny weather.” The bride wore a Sabyasachi lehenga with a light pink base and intricate all-over gold embroidery that gave the outfit a glittering golden vibe. It was paired with a net dupatta and customized wedges by The Right Sided. Her jewellery included a ‘passa’ (head ornament) and ‘chand baalis’ (earrings) by Navrattan Jewellers.
“Our wedding was a rather simple ceremony. It was held in a gurudwara and the pheras took place at the ambrosial period – also known as ‘Amrit vela’ – at 3 am. My wedding outfit was a full-floor length burnt orange brocade Anarkali lehenga with burnt orange two-layered net dupatta. I also draped a beautiful red Banarasi georgette dupatta with the ensemble. The outfit was my vision. From the time I learned that I would be having a gurudwara wedding, I was certain about how I wanted to look. Yet, my vision would not have materialized if it weren’t for my mother-in-law. She is a designer and amalgamated her expertise with my vision and created my wedding outfit. I wore the prettiest red ‘juttis’ by JuttiChoo. My bridal wedding set and ‘maang tikka’ were by Navrattan Jewellers, and my ‘nath’ (nose ring) was by Tarun Tahiliani.”
“This event was a final end to our crazy wedding celebrations! With no stage at any of our functions, we partied with everyone at the reception. Vikram and I poured every shot possible down each other’s throats! The entire reception venue turned into one huge clubhouse.”
Gayatri looked gorgeous in a velvet maroon lehenga designed by Vikram’s mother which featured lovely floral motifs on the skirt. She accessorized it to perfection with jewellery from Navrattan Jewellers.
Hair and Makeup
“My makeup for almost all the events was done by Jasmeet Kapany. I am a makeup fanatic so it was hard for me to pick the right one for myself. After having tried five experts, I got in touch with Jasmeet and choosing her was the best decision. I absolutely loved her work as she did a fabulous job with all my looks. I already had worked on all my looks since I had been preparing them for almost a year. In fact, I had created my own board on Pinterest and knew exactly what I wanted.”
The Wedding Makers
Venues: The Tree House Resort, Jaipur (Youngsters Night); The Oberoi, Gurgaon (Reception)
Bridal Trousseau: Payal Singhal (Youngsters Night); Sabyasachi (Mehndi-Sangeet)
Decor: New Variety Decors
Catering: Tandoor Nights
Photos courtesy– Rajkamal studios