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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

Vendors

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

A look at Umaid Bhawan – Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’es Wedding Venue

Everyone’s talking about just one wedding right now, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s. The couple look absolutely amazing together and their wedding was no exception – beautiful clothes, celeb guests and a palace as the venue. While everyone will be writing about the wedding and focusing on all the details related to the couple, i thought i would write about the venue.

A few of my favourite pics from the wedding first though. The couple have been very tight lipped about the wedding and there have been very few official pictures released. But the ones that have been released look absolutely gorgeous, with the couple looking so in love!

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra dressed up for their traditional Indian wedding

Priyanka Chopra looking stunning in a beautifully coloured lehenga

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas for their Christian wedding

Now, lets turn our attention to the gorgeous venue. The venue is probably out of reach for most average folks thinking about a wedding, but it does no harm to dream and get some inspiration from the venue anyway. As per the Wikipedia description,

Umaid Bhawan Palace, located in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, is one of the world’s largest private residences. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner Gaj Singh. The palace has 347 rooms and is the principal residence of the former Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace is a museum.

Ground for the foundations of the building was broken on 18 November 1929 by Maharaja Umaid Singh and the construction work was completed in 1943. The Palace was built to provide employment to thousands of people during the time of famine.

History of Umaid Bhawan

Again, turning to our trusted Wikipedia,

History of building the Umaid Bhawan Palace is linked to a curse by a saint who had said that a period of drought will follow the good rule of the Rathore Dynasty. Thus, after the end of about 50-year reign of Pratap Singh, Jodhpur faced a severe drought and famine conditions in the 1920s for a period of three consecutive years. The farmers of the area faced with famine conditions sought the help of the then king Umaid Singh, who was the 37th Rathore ruler of Marwar at Jodhpur, to provide them with some employment so that they could survive the famine conditions. The king, in order to help the farmers, decided to build a lavish palace.

The foundation stone was laid in 1929. About 2,000 to 3,000 people were employed in its construction. Occupation of the palace by the Maharaja came after its completion in 1943, and close to the period of Indian Independence. The estimated cost of building the palace was Rs 11 million. When it opened in 1943 it was considered as one of the largest royal residences in the world.

The palace was built with “dun-coloured” (golden – yellow) sandstone with two wings. Makrana marble has also been used, and Burmese teak wood has been used for the interior wood work. When completed the palace had 347 rooms, several courtyards, and a large banquet hall which could accommodate 300 people.

The Palace is divided into three functional parts – the residence of the royal family, a luxury Taj Palace Hotel, and a Museum focusing on the 20th-century history of the Jodhpur Royal Family.

Imagine having your wedding in the same place as where the royal family lives. Windsor castle is not available for wedding receptions now is it? So if you’re looking for lavish and royal, head to India and do it in proper royal style!

Weddings at Umaid Bhawan Palace

To give you a sense of the scale of weddings at Umaid Bhawan palace, I collected some pictures of previous weddings at the palace. The decor ranges from average to blow your socks off, so I am putting this down to individual tastes and preferences of the couples getting married. I personally dont like the colourful lighting used and that usually is an instantly put off for me.


So my lovelies, if any of you decide to get married at this palace or any other for that matter, please do share photos. I’d love to see what it looked like and I will pretend that I was part of it as a guest!

 

Sources: Instagram, Wikipedia, Taj Group Website

Saying I Do in Cancun – Nikita and Shashi’s Wedding

Is there ever a more picturesque location to get married than a beach? And if that beach happens to be in Cancun, you need not ask the question.

I have featured some weddings shot by Jonathan Cossu in the past because they looked absolutely gorgeous, and this one is no exception. I love the fact that the beautiful details around the bride and groom, and the ceremonies are captured so nicely. The pictures are of course stunning to boot.

This wedding saw the coming together of Nikita and Shashi at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun. The wedding took place over 3 days and looks likes an absolute blast! I love some of the quirkier elements from the wedding like the friends putting cut-outs of the bride and groom over their faces at the sangeet. This is a cool idea and I’d love to see a wedding where masks were made from the faces and everyone wore them. Slightly creepy if everyone wore them, but also quite quirky.

For those of us who have attended numerous ethnic weddings, it is often easy to overlook the beauty of the ceremonies with so many representative elements like the fire, the prayer offerings, etc. But when you see pictures of these elements, you are reminded of the significance and of course the inherent beauty of the elements. Take the thread that is tied to both the bride and groom, such a beautiful statement of togetherness. Anyone know the significance of the thread?

The head-band worn by the bride also looks so nice! The un-cut diamonds and the three chains bring together the look beautifully. It complements the style of the lehenga very nicely. I have worn such styles at music festivals – but that’s more a boho vibe – but I haven’t seen too many girls wearing these for other ceremonies (other than the bride). I think it’s a beautiful feminine piece of jewellery that is often under-utilised.

 

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