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From stylish to sizzling, bride Miloni Choksi's bridal trousseau choices featured an interesting range of colors and cuts, including a glamorous red gown with bold cuts at the waist to an earthy lehenga in shades of brown

Miloni Choksi

How we met
Karan and I had been dating since 2008. We met through mutual friends at a wedding in Mumbai. Karan lived in Singapore earlier, and I was based in Belgium but we kept in touch. Later, he moved to Boston for college while I moved to New York for higher studies. Soon, our phone chats graduated into a long distance relationship, and we got married!

Wedding Proposal
In 2014, Karan proposed to me at Aer at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai. He had booked the entire venue and had it decorated with rose petals and flowers. I had no idea he was in town so I was thoroughly surprised. He planned the evening in such a way that we were alone during the proposal, but our friends and family joined in later to celebrate with us.

Wedding Functions

Mehendi
We had a small mehendi function at Aqaba restaurant in Mumbai. I really wanted to do something colorful and traditional for my mehendi ceremony, so we decided on bright Rajasthani-themed decor. We had arranged for quirky food trucks and fun activities that included a palmist, caricaturist, photo booth, magician and mehendi artists for our guests. Since the decor was bright and colorful, I chose to complement it with a stunning pink embellished lehenga by designer Sonal Mehta with gotta patti and zardozi work. The blue floral borders of the lehenga coupled with beautiful gold jewelry from Shobha Shringar were the only colors that broke the monotony of all that pink! Makeup artist Fiona Liu did a fabulous job by tying my hair in a fishtail braid and keeping my face matte, and this look was effortless to maintain all through the busy event.

Miloni Choksi

Miloni Choksi

Youngster’s Party
The whole premise of the ‘Youngster’s Party’ was to let our hair down and dress up for this formal ‘Black Tie’ themed event. The ceremony was hosted at the lavish Imperial hall of the The St. Regis Mumbai hotel. It was a perfect time for me to glam up and flaunt my favorite creation from designer Gaurav Gupta who made sure I shimmied all night in a gorgeous red thigh-slit gown!

Miloni Choksi

Miloni Choksi

Sangeet
The sangeet was held at the ballroom of The St. Regis Mumbai hotel. I chose to wear a coffee brown and cream lehenga with ‘bindi’ work and subtle gold and silver appliques by Sabyasachi Mukherjee. I am a fan of the minimalist look so had very subtle and dewy makeup done by Fiona to complement this look for the evening.

Miloni Choksi

Miloni Choksi

Miloni Choksi

Wedding
We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding venue than the NSCI Dome. The décor was illuminated with pink and silver fairy lights and flowers, and the whole venue looked like a picture out of a fairytale! I wore a heavily embellished pink, orange and silver Anamika Khanna lehenga and paired it with a traditional ‘maang tikka’, kundan necklace and statement earrings by Renu Zaveri. Since my hair was tied in a bun, makeup artist Recinda Martis brought out my features by accentuating my eyes and lips while adding a subtle bronzy contour to make me glow on my big day!

Miloni Choksi

Miloni Choksi

Miloni Choksi

Miloni Choksi

Miloni Choksi

Advice for brides-to-be
My only advice to brides-to-be would be to enjoy every moment of the wedding planning process. The few days of your wedding go by in a jiffy; if you stress, you’ll probably end up being a bridezilla! Both Karan and I really enjoyed our own wedding because we made it a point to forget all the small things and enjoy every moment of the wedding process.

Wedding Makers
Venue: Aqaba, The St.Regis Mumbai, NSCI Dome (Worli)
Bridal Trousseau: Sonal Mehta (Mehendi), Gaurav Gupta ('Youngster's Party), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Sangeet), Anamika Khanna (Wedding)
Jewelry: Shobha Shringar, Renu Zaveri
Makeup: Fiona Liu, Recinda Martis

Photos Courtesy: Stories by Joseph Radhik

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