A Bride with a tri-city wedding! Ludhiana-Delhi-Allahabad!!! Akanksha shopped from New Delhi for her arranged marriage and made a beautiful, vibrant bride ! Lets hear her story…
Whats your love story?
It was an arranged match but never felt like that even for a second. Our parents were super cool and allowed us to meet and talk for quite some time before they let us finalize things. We met for the first time at United Coffee House in CP. I remember he came down and sat in front of me( he was 5 minutes late btw!) and we started talking as if we were old friends. No formality. No awkwardness. It was meant to be. For both of us. Within two weeks we were crazy about each other. And then we were the ones forcing our parents to formalize things quickly! We couldn’t wait to tell the world :D His family has roots in Himachal so they are not Punjabis per se. But there was no major difference in the traditions or the culture regarding the wedding. They do cook some amazing food which is very different from the Punjabi cuisine.
Tell us about the outfits!
I decided to wear a salwaar suit for the Mata ki Chowki. I got it stitched from a boutique in Ludhiana called Kyra. It’s run by a young girl Genus and she does some amazing work. A lot of my trousseau suits, sarees and even western wear were done by her.
My engagement and wedding outfits were both bought from Roshans , Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi. My taste in clothes has always been very simple. I hate any kind of bling. But when you are the bride you have to wear “something different”. But I still wanted to remain true to my style. So we made the usual rounds of Frontier Raas, Meena Bazaar, CTC, etc. We even went to Hauz Khaz Village and The Crescent Mall at the Qutub and looked at all the designer stuff. Somehow everything I looked at was either too heavy or too bright(read chamki). It was at Roshans that my search ended. There was a Mr. Kohli there who immediately understood what I wanted. He showed me some lehengas and I zeroed in on the golden one. It had a simple green choli and a heavy red net dupatta. Even then I took one moreday to completely absorb it in my mind. I wanted to be sure about it. This was THE bridal lehenga.
For the engagement it was a fuchsia pink and aubergine gotta patti lehenga with a long choli. I really like gotta patti work. It gives the impression of being heavy without being in-your-face-kinda-thing.We had to customize this outfit and the staff at Roshans was extremely efficient and finally when I had my first fitting everything was as per our specifications.
My mehendi outfit and reception saree were done by our family friend in Ludhiana, Mrs.Renu Kumar. She runs a boutique there. With her, I didn’t have to worry about anything. She has known me since I was a child and so knows my taste well. She did both the outfits beautifully and with love . The Mehendi outfit was a turquoise and green leheria short lehenga .
Lots of fun functions huh? Which one did you enjoy the most as a bride?
Frankly speaking it’s very difficult to decide which function was the most fun. I enjoyed all of them :D Getting married at The Imperial, New Delhi was like a dream. It was amazing. The lawns, the food and the décor by Ferns and Petals .Everything was perfect. The Mehendi was special too. My three nieces gave me a surprise and gave a dance performance on a medley of mehendi songs. It was so touching. At the engagement me and my then fiancé danced at Raabta-the Night in Motel version. Nothing was choreographed. I have always loved this song. It had come out when we had met and has always been our song since then
Talking about functions, I have to mention THE PRE-WEDDING SHOOT. It was actually the best part. After countless discussions about the location we zeroed in on Neemrana Fort and Palace,Neemrana ,Rajasthan. Also we made it into a one night getaway with our parents and brothers. Throw in your fiancé’s birthday and you have a perfect pre-wedding shoot. It was such a fun outing and sort of a break from all the wedding prep. It’s just a three hour drive from Delhi. So it was not too hectic for anyone. At the fort, our family had their own fun and we roamed around the fort and got countless pictures clicked.
Your photos are stunning ! Who shot them?
Our photographer Prateek Kashyap and his assistant (cum girlfriend ;)) were superb to work with. My cousin had introduced me to him. I checked his FB page Dreamweavers and liked what he had done. He also did our videos. I think the couple shoot was his best work though, out of all the wedding pictures.
What about makeup & hair?
Chandni Singh did my make-up and hair for engagement and the wedding day. I found out about her from your blog Mehak !! I had shortlisted quite a few MUAs but decided on Chandni . The first thing she said when we met was that she does not do red and green eye shadows that make you look like Christmas tree and I knew there and then that I had found my MUA. I hate any kind of OTT and she made sure that I looked my natural self in both the functions. I was battling acne also (any girl’s nightmare) at that time and still she made me look pretty. The best make-up is when you look good both on and off camera and Chandni did exactly that. For the Ludhiana function I had chosen Shehnaz Hussain’s salon for the make-up and hair do. I was not satisfied with the make-up. It was cakey and in-order to hide my acne the MUA put in a lot of foundation which made me look too white. Chandni later told me that one should never even attempt to hide a bump. Anyways the hair do was nice especially the hair accessories that she put in. For the reception in Allahabad my mom-in-law chose Lakme Salon. After getting make-up done from Chandni I was really scared what she might make me look like. Also I hadn’t forgotten the Ludhiana fiasco. So I asked her to skip the concealing bit for my acne. And she listened (thank god for that).She did a great job and made me look all dewy and glowy. I loved my eye make up for this function.
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