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The Location
Priya and Satyajit wanted a 'normal yet unusual wedding at the same time.' They decided to make the unpredictable Mumbai weather work to their advantage by adding colour and drama to all the ceremonies, and booked the venues ten months prior to the wedding date. For the Mehendi ceremony, they chose the seaside Hotel Citizen in Juhu, for its astonishing marine view. The Hyatt Regency, they thought, was ideal for the "white fairytale' themed Sangeet. The venue was done up in ceiling drapes and lit motifs. JW Marriott poolside for its romantic and surreal ambience was the venue for the Pheras and the Reception.

A Handy Planner
While the couple had reached out to a wedding planner to assist with preparations for their big day, they had to let her go, as she too was getting married around the same time.Over the next five months, Priya researched, sourced and put together her wedding trousseau with a constant companion by her side, WeddingSutra. "I could check out the best wedding service providers in the business, right from photographers to designers to make-up artistes, all showcased on one portal. WeddingSutra was the only page I needed to follow. It proved to be a complete, handy guide for all my bridal needs," she reveals.

The Trousseau
For the mehendi function, Priya wore a long green and antique gold anarkali suit by designer Dinesh Malkani and chaand baalis to match while Satyajit donned a bandhgala from Aza.

The sangeet was a formal affair with no dress code for the guests. The groom sported a jacket by Govinda Mehta while the bride wore a sequinned evening gown in baby pink by Falguni and Shane Peacock and a diamond set by Varuna Jani.

The phera look had to be red. So Priya chose a Sabyasachi, "my heart was stuck on Sabyasachi," she quips. She wore her mother's polka set with emeralds and a part of the reception set to complement the bridal lehenga. Satyajit was clad in a traditional sherwani from Aza.

Hair & Makeup
Once the trousseau was in place, Priya decided on the beauty element for each look and chose make-up artistes accordingly. For the mehendi look, makeup artist Vinod superbly fused the traditional with the modern and gave her a side fishtail braid. Ojas Rajani 'created magic' for the sangeet with dramatic, smokey eyes and coral pink lips, and soft curls in her hair. For the pheras and reception, she wanted a clean, simple and beautiful look and Kapil Bhalla gave her just that. "Each look was special and I loved it," she states.

Advice for Brides-to-be
- Follow your heart. Be clear of what you want within yourself. Suggestions are great, but they are also a dime a dozen. Go with what really works for you.
- Always have a couple of meetings and trials when finalising on the designer, even if they have a great record.Ensure that their assistants are helpful enough as the minor details make a big difference on your big day.
- The only beauty routine that I followed was a trip to the Ageless Clinic in Bandra for a regular facial and glow pack. I'd say it was worth it.

Photos CourtesyAditi Varma (Photosynthesis)

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