A kerala native who is living in Dubai and planned a wedding in Delhi!! With a friends crew from Canada, Scotland, France, England, Taiwan, Kerala and Dubai this was one big party all around!
Hi Anju! Tell us about how you met?
We had a love marriage. We met in Glasgow, United Kingdom during our Post Graduation. Namit and I became good friends within weeks of meeting each other. He was really easy to talk to and super fun to be with. We would talk for hours in a day. At a time when I most needed a friend, he was there by my side. And then somewhere down the lane, we realized there was something more to the friendship. One of our friends acted as a cupid and finally he asked me out on March 5, 2011; we had our roka in a year and got married after 2 years !
So Namit is a Punjabi and You are from Kerala. Those are too completely different cultures!! How did you deal?
It was a lot of different cultures to deal with ;) Ever since I was a kid I wanted a North Indian wedding, with loads and loads of dancing (I blame Karan Johar and Yash Chopra movies for that ;) ). My parents were super chilled out and said that I could have a Punjabi wedding if that’s what I really want. So we had a Punjabi wedding and a Kerala style reception.
Varun & NIdhika Anarkali from AZA
Rimple & Harpreet Lehenga from AZA
Tell us about all your event outfits!
For my Sagan & Ring Ceremony I wore a red and golden Dolly J lehenga. Namit’s mom and sister picked it up for me, from AZA for roughly under 2 Lakhs (though we got a 50% discount on it). For my Mehendi & Sangeet, I picked up a pinkish-peach Varun & Nidhika floor length anarkali, from AZA for around 40-50K . For the wedding, I wore a Rimple & Harpreet Narula lehenga, also from AZA.
I wore a magenta kancheepuram saree for my reception in Kerala, which I got from Jayalakshmi Silks, Kochi.
I had come down from Dubai for a week to do my shopping in Delhi. It was day 2 of lehenga hunting and I was already frustrated since I had so less time on hand. After visiting a lot of shops, we ended up in AZA The minute I saw this lehenga I knew I had found my wedding lehenga.. Red in color, with loads of gheras, antique work… It was exactly what I had in mind :D
Since we had to hunt for a wedding venue and book the decorator and florist, I had no time to shop for my Sangeet outfit. I had to come down from Dubai again for shopping (had no complaints…coz it meant I get to spend time with Namit :D long-distance relationship was way too taxing!) This time we went straight to AZA …I knew I would find my outfit there…so did not wanna check out other stores…and we had the outfit picked out in less than an hour..
For my reception saree, I had to come down from Dubai again! Most of the kancheepuram sarees I tried on were too heavy with too much golden work, and I wanted a simple saree with antique style borders. When I saw this magenta saree, I knew I had found what I was looking for (it took about a week to find the saree). This costed between 20-30 grand.
So Which function did you enjoy the most?
The most fun function was the sangeet. I loved seeing all my friends and family perform. The best performance was that of my mom and dad’s, along with my uncles and aunts. They performed on a fusion of old songs with the grand finale of ‘Oppa Gangnam style’ :D I performed a duet with my sister… and a musical with my cousins….the musical was based on our love story. Namit and I did a couple dance on ‘Pehla Nasha’, complete with loads and loads of lifts J
WHo did your makeup and who shot these beautiful pictures?
My makeup for Sagan & Sangeet was done in Vidya Tikari Studios at Lajpat Nagar..The makeup artists were fantastic.. I did not want very heavy make up for any of the functions. And they did a fantastic job in keeping the makeup light and natural.
My wedding makeup was done by Shalini Singh. She did an amazing job and she was super easy to work with. I did not want to be caked up with heavy makeup…and Shalini really got what I wanted and did a fantastic job..
The photographer we hired was from Dipak Studios. They did an amazing job in capturing all the candid moments.
The reception in Kerala was covered by SL Anand. He was really fun to work with; always coming up with innovative and fun shots. The makeup in Kerala was done by La Femme Salon, Thrissur. I wanted my look to be completely traditional, with jasmine flowers on my head and long braided hair. The makeup artists were really good and efficient and my makeup was done in an hour’s time J
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