Category: Indian Wedding

Indian weddings are joyous celebrations and for a bride is the most important ceremony of her life. Everything must be perfect, so here there are some tips for brides, grooms and guests to enjoy it in the best way! Read about Indian Wedding ceremonies here –

Nupur and Saurabh’s Fun and Colourful Wedding

In so many of the Indian weddings I feature, I am often missing the story behind the couple.

I always find it fascinating to know about the story behind the pretty pictures, and in the case of Nupur and Saurabh, I had the chance to do exactly that! Read about the couple’s story after the amazing pictures.

Details I Loved

Holi incorporated as part of the wedding was so cool I thought. And the retro motorcycle with the side carriage was perfect for the day. It looks like so much fun! 

Holi and Haldi Party

I loved the idea of a holi celebration as part of the wedding. It adds such a colourful and playful element to the wedding, which I am sure everyone would enjoy. Not to mention, it makes for a beautiful photo op!

First of all, it was a surprise for everyone except the bride and groom. We both love to celebrate Holi and play with colors. With a whole bunch of friends, cousins, and colleagues playing colors together, it was definitely the most memorable and out most favorite. 

Wedding and Reception

Lavish yet elegant wedding decor is the hallmark of a wedding done tastefully. The couple selected rich gold accents and dashes of rich shades as their colour scheme. Might I say, the end result certainly looked fit for royalty!

How it all started

Best to hear it from the source…. so in the words of the couple,

 We both are VIT University Graduates. It was in 2015 we met for the first time when Saurabh came to recruit students from his company behalf to VIT University, Vellore. 

We both worked together in the same company for about a year and fell in love. It was a roller coaster ride for us. Firstly, it was a \colleague relationship at the beginning which got converted to Girlfriend-Boyfriend later. It was a difficult ride as we were hiding it from everyone in office but later on, when friends and colleagues got to know, it was a very exciting and most memorable time of our journey. 

Highlights for the couple from the wedding

When we saw each other for the first time during the wedding. It was for the mehndi function, I was coming down from the lift and he was waiting there to receive me. That moment we both just wanted to hug each other and gulp the reality that this is actually happening. 

Tips from the Couple to Others planning their wedding

  • Try to be on time or before time so that you can get your portraits clicked and enjoy the functions at the fullest
  • Always have your bridesmaid around you or at least one person to be with you in your room always especially when you are getting ready
  • Make sure you click pictures with your family coz that’s what you are looking for in the end. For a bride, it’s important to have pictures with mom, dad, brother or sister for each and every function
  • For haldi & holi – Don’t use an extravagant outfit. Keep it simple


Photography: Weddings by Knotty Days

Wedding Venue: Indana Palace, Jaipur, India

Wedding Planning: The Royal Host Events

Wedding Party Makeup: Asmita Vineet

Wedding Cake: SweetTooth by Swati Deroliya

Bride’s Makeup: Artistry by Jaslin

Bridal Henna: Roop Vatika

Bride’s Wedding Lehenga: Raghav Creations, Delhi, India

Sangeet Outfit for Bride: Siddharth and Disha

Bride’s mother outfits – Vasansi, Jaipur

Bride’s brother’s outfits  – Anusha j Couture

Bride’s sister’s outfits – Mann Couture by Mini Batra

Groom’s sister outfits – Damask Fashion Boutique

Hemali and Aditya’s Fun Wedding

Hemali and Aditya’s wedding looks like loads of fun with the personalities of both the bride and groom shining through. All the events during the wedding reflect their quirky and fun personalities – right from the decor to the outfits.

The decor was elegant and simple through the events and in line with the overall colour theme. The bright pop of purple on the sangeet stood out for me as the only change in the colour tone – but this was done in a tasteful way.

Photographs courtesy ShutterMagik

Details I Loved

The peach coloured Sherwani worn by Aditya is so on trend and looks lovely. Hemali’s lehenga matched the peach shade with touches of blue. The very modern colour tones were pulled off beautifully by the couple.


The hashtag trend initially started for celebrity couples, has moved mainstream with so many posts on social media across platforms. Having a common hashtag makes it so much easier to search for everything related to the wedding. Putting up the hashtag on the stage was a very interesting idea!

How cool is Aditya opening an umbrella to rain flowers on his Hemali. So cute!


The groom, Aditya, joining with the dancing was the highlight of this baraat for me. Why should the groom not have fun and enjoy his big day?

The ladies posing in the sunglasses have their sarees draped in a style popular with the Marathi community in Maharashtra. Just in case you were wondering!

The wedding ceremony was an intimate affair and done in the traditional Maharashtrian way. The couple look so cute together!


Special shout out to the decor for the wedding events. I think they struck the right balance between elegance and style. The use of the coloured fabrics very smartly gives the decor a sophisticated feel without the use of too many flowers.

Varsha and Erik’s Intimate Wedding Celebration

All the talk about Big Fat Indian Weddings are great and grand weddings make for amazing photo opportunities. Amongst all the grandeur and the masses of guests, when I see an intimate wedding, my face lights up with joy.

Varsha and Erik’s wedding was a breath of fresh air because it was so intimate and beautifully executed. Right from the vibe at the wedding to the location, everything screamed (or whispered) a close knit family who joined in celebrations in gusto.

Photographs courtesy ShutterMagik

The Venue

I loved the water feature and the rustic + old school feel of the venue. The use of stone and wood reminds me of old temples that were built centuries ago and carry positive energy and vibrations.

The wedding mandap could not have been located at a better spot – right in the middle and overlooking water. Such a beautiful and serene spot to get married!

Loving the use of fresh flowers all over the venue. A simple and elegant look that is timeless and makes for absolutely stunning pictures.

The Wedding

A beautifully simple ceremony with the couple looking absolutely lovely in their complementary coloured outfits. Loving the candid pictures and the fun ceremony. You often see couples sitting through the ceremony looking either bored or lovey-dovey. In this case, they seem to be actually having loads of fun.  

Details I Loved

I especially loved the flowers and the jewellery in the hair. Does anyone know what it’s called? The traditional style jhumka earrings in gold matched the overall jewellery worn by Varsha very nicely.

After Party

Following on from the intimate and elegant theme, the after party was no different. The bride and groom wearing elegant evening attire against a backdrop of lights and flowers made for a picture perfect setting.

Overall, I loved the simplicity of the wedding and wish more folks would take inspiration from this small wedding theme on board.

Ananyn & Joseph’s Punjabi Wedding

A chic and stylish multi-cultural wedding with bride Ananyn and groom Joseph. I love the relaxed and very personal style of the wedding

The Baraat

I am so used to seeing pictures of the baraat with the groom on a horse, that it felt like I was missing some pictures! Then I realised that the groom took a very different route (and animal friendly I might add) to not use a horse but instead walk in his baraat.

The added advantage of walking the baraat is of course that he can very easily join in the fun and festivities – not something a lot of grooms might be able to boast.

I absolutely love the vibe this gave. It feels so much more personal and intimate this way. I do think more grooms need to consider this as an alternative to riding a horse.

Pictures courtesy Candid Wedding Stories

Gurudwara Wedding

Sikh weddings in gurudwara’s always convey a sense of calm and quiet to me. Family and friends sitting calmly and listening to the ceremony has to be one of the most precious moments during such a wedding

Special shout out to the bride for selecting such a gorgeous coloured lehenga. A yellow lehenga is not the most common colour I have to admit, but she pulled it off beautifully. And how cute is the mustard coloured pocket square that the groom used 🙂

Alisha and Savio’s Cincinnati Wedding

 A beautiful wedding from across the pond. I especially love the selection of outfits by the bride Alisha. The colours and the detailing on the outfits was spot on I thought. the couple look absolutely amazing together.  

Pre-wedding Shoot

I have been going through a phase recently, and am absolutely loving outdoor photoshoots. I think they are so much more natural and fun if done right!

At first when I saw the pictures, I thought it was one of the bridges around London. How silly of me 🙁 The bridge does have similarities to the ones in London and I think it forms a stunning backdrop for photos. It makes the photos look so much grander and gives such nice perspective. Thats the geek in me talking 

The last photos is perhaps my favourite because it has the bride, henna, pizza and a cookie – captures absolutely the essence of what the bride goes through during the long long long mehendi session.

In and Around the City and Sangeet Evening

I love the green that Alisha wore for the sangeet. The pallu is draped in a gujarati style and the detailing on the outfit looks very nicely balanced. There is just the right amount of detailing to make the outfit appropriate for the event, and it does not overwhelm.

Especially cool is her shaking a leg on the dance floor, and absolutely owning it – you go girl!

Wedding Day

For the wedding day, Alisha opted for a traditional Red coloured outfit, a colour that suited her very nicely. Savio opted for an ivory coloured sherwani. And how cool are the chooda’s with the couple’s names? I have not seen this before, and I absolutely love it!

I love the decor’s pink tone – a very delicate colour that looks so elegant. 

After Party

I loved the blue colour and the mirror work on Alisha’s outfit – I want it now!! Savio looks absolutely dapped in his classic style tux.

Vendors and Contacts

Photography/ cinematography: Priyanca Rao Photography

Planners: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants

Venue: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

Decor: Weddings InStyle

DJ: Opening Minds Entertainment

Lighting: Clear Lighting

Caterer: Taj Mahal Inc. 

Cake – The BonBonerie


Dancers – AATMA Performing Arts

Dance Floor Wrap – Elephant Head Graphics

Hair and Makeup for Bride and Mother of Bride – KC Makeup by Karuna Chani

Jared and Harpreet’s Classic American Wedding

Jared Triplett and Harpreet Singh-Gill got married in September last year in Wisconsin, USA. Of the numerous weddings that I have featured on my blog, this one has to be one of the most unique ones.

The rural setting for most of the events (the wedding events started on all days at their family farm!) make this an absolutely charming wedding.

The henna night was followed by fireworks in the evening and loads of celebrations. I love the style of the henna, a beautiful mix of contemporary and modern patterns on the hands and beautiful traditional style patterns on the feet.

Don’t you also absolutely love the colours and the simple setting for the mehendi. A refreshing change from some weddings which glorify and make the mehendi into a massive and grand affair. Back to simpler times with smaller gatherings, I am loving it. 🙂

The religious ceremony was held as per the Sikh faith. The outfits were absolutely stunning and the couple seemed to have selected colours that complement each other nicely.

Colour co-ordination between couples is an interesting topic in itself, and the outfits do not always need to be the same colour or have elements in the same colour. Tonal matching like Jared and Harpreet have done is a beautiful way to think about couple outfits.

Indian ceremony: Sikh Religious Society of Wisconsin in Brookfield, WI

The reception looked absolutely lovely with a beautiful decor and theme. I especially love the outdoor pictures of the couple – beautifully executed and the end result is stunning.

Reception: Hilton in downtown Milwaukee

Photographs courtesy Brian Slawson Photography

Mehendi / Henna courtesy Mehndi by Maliha

Rachna and Gopal’s Dubai Wedding

Rachna and Gopal’s outdoor Dubai wedding makes me want to take the next flight to the city and get away from all the cold and greyness of London 🙂

Outdoor weddings are always a tricky affair because there can be so much that could go wrong. But in Dubai, where temperatures and weather are far more predictable, it is perhaps the best thing to do.

The couple are both from Chicago, so a lot of the planning was done online. They certainly did a good job if the pictures are any indication. The locations look picturesque and just the right backdrop for a wedding shoot.

If you had not previously considered Dubai as a destination for a wedding, these pictures will make you re-think your decision!

Photographs – Candid Wedding Stories

Wedding venue:  The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills, Dubai

Special shout out for the bride Rachna’s dress – I just absolutely LOVE the colour and the detailing on her lehenga. One does not see a lot of velvet fabric lehengas in recent times, so this nod to the traditional was so refreshing to see. Rachna also got the accessories and jewellery spot on I would say – heavy enough, and not too overwhelming at the same time.

Rachna wore a very stylish outfit for the reception. Slightly un-conventional in that it was a Lehenga and a Jacket combination. But she pulled it off beautifully!

Abhimanyu & Ananya’s Beautiful Bengali Wedding

Abhimanyu and Ananya hail from a design background and planned for most of the wedding themselves. The results are absolutely stunning as you will see in the pictures.

The celebrations took place at Rajbari Bawali which is rooted in Bengali heritage. All the events took place at the same venue and were attended by close family and friends.

As individuals, both Abhimanyu and Ananya had strong views on the design and they even had clashes about the decor with Abhimanyu walking out of Ananya’s place! Thankfully, they resolved the design issues and created a style that worked for them as a couple.

Bengali Dinner

With 60 family members in attendance, the celebrations started with a Bengali themed dinner in the Rajbari’s courtyard. The dress code was traditional bengali and the details were planned by the meticulous couple themselves. Gorgeous touches included each family member printed on the beautifully wrapped menu atop the spotless silverware.

The Bengali dinner was followed by family members dedicating performances amidst a flaming bon-fire and heart-warming music.


The Engagement was donned in vibrant hues of the open lawn. The ceremony was met with a variety of emotions as Abhimanyu and Ananya officially announced there togetherness in the presence of their near and dear ones.

In the middle of the celebrations, Abhimanyu greeted Ananya with a surprise flash mob. 30 people gathered to the tunes of popular Bollywood music to celebrate their official union. No particular theme for Engagement. They wanted to use local relevant materials hence it was a mix of handcrafted shola and jute.

Party time

The DJ took control at Rajbari and the energy flowed through the celebration. Drinks and the colourful dance floor just added fuel to the celebration fire!

Photography : Framed
Engagement Lunch Couple Outfits

Abhimanyu – Manish Malhotra
Ananya – Raw Mango

Dinner Couple Outfits

Abhimanyu’s Kurta – Rohit Bahl 
Ananya’s Saree – Anand Kabra
Both wore Jamewar shawls belonging to their family lineage.

Executed by Fahd Ali and Santosh Singh

Make up (Ananya) – Vatsala Bhagat