Our Maharani Siddhi basks in her bridal glow while she is getting ready to marry the Raja of her dreams as the glamour experts at Beauty By NG Nida Gazi applies the perfect sherbet hue to her eyes complimenting her coral lip color! She made sure her bridal party were equally ravishing receiving a subtle make-up look by Dolled up by Lulu. Our couple is charming in their first look portraits beautifully captured by Matei Horvath Photography! They make quite a dashing pair as Siddhi is stylishly dressed in a dusty rose, burgundy and sherbet bridal lengha and Ashish dons an ivory with gold embroidered sherwani. The outdoor ceremony space was minimally decorated so the exquisitely decorated ivory mandap draped in all red with gold details by Ethnic Essence Couture Events can showcase the couple! After Siddhi and Ashish wed the two dash off for a quick wardrobe change for their wedding reception! Siddhi's custom red reception gown created by Sabyasachi Bespoke Bridal was center stage of the reception as SheerRomance perfected the design to show-off the gown and the love between the couple with sparkling lights, hints of red and mood lighting. As the couple is ready to enjoy the festivities of the evening they cut into their elegantly decorated five tiered gold wedding cake! In true fashion of the co-founder of Borrow It Bindaas, Siddhi makes a wardrobe change into a stunning cream colored gown with a embroidered bodice and she is all smiles as she truly married the Raja of her dreams! Check out the full gallery to see more images of the wedding ceremony and reception!
Our Maharani on planning the wedding:
"I truly enjoyed my meetings with Ethnic Essence and her team; my mother and I would spend hours with Smita Mohindra and her team, getting our creative juices flowing on how we can make each detail of each event something creative. I also really enjoyed seeing how involved my father got into all the details too; we all loved planning the entire week of events together over the past year and it was great how enthusiastic everyone was throughout each part of the process- from custom designing the invitations, to curating different return favors for our guests-Gotta Batwas from Jaipur, Ganpati Pearl Torans, to Gajra Bracelets; we really wanted to give our guests an unforgettable experience. What I really enjoyed most was working along side my mother; she is truly a fabulous woman who really thinks outside the box. Ethnic Essence, 3D Sounds, and Sheer Romance and all the vendors really pulled off incorporating our desired elements while also bringing in their creative energy together very effortlessly and beautifully. It was so great to work with vendors who were just as into the creative process as we were and were also very excited to push the envelope and try new things."
On her bridal lengha:
"Having been the Co-founder of Borrow It Bindaas; I've been thinking about my wedding week lehengas for a long time; especially the elements I wanted incorporated into each look. For my Bridal Look- I always knew I wanted to be a Sabyasachi Bride; since my family roots are from Kolkata; there was a personal connection to Sabyasachi for me. We went to their flagship store in Kolkata and worked one on one with two stylists there and curated my perfect bridal outfit; I just loved the elements of the blush/rose pinks, the maroon velvet with the gold zardosi work and the skirt filled with hand sewn moti pearls throughout. These elements and of course with the touch of Mr. Sabyasachi himself truly made it a royal bridal lehenga that I complemented with a Polki Set (gifted by my parents) with emerald stones to add a pop of color to complement the blush tones.
For all of the other outfits in my Bridal trousseau, I custom designed each one with the help of my talented Mother and Manshi Gandhi (one of the Co-Founders of Borrow It Bindaas). I was inspired by some of my favorite designers and the various elements they use in their work from Gotta touches, to certain colors, fabrics, and beading. Some of my favorite designers are Anita Dongre, Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi & Ellie Saab/Monique Lullier (for my red gown). For most of the Jewelry for my pre-wedding outfits; I wore several Heirloom pieces from my late grandmother and my mother which made it that much more special to wear and incorporate that into my bridal trousseau."
On a special moment:
"The entire week was truly a dream but there are two moments that really stood out to me as magical: my walk down the aisle and our reception entrance. We had a live flute player who walked down the aisle playing along to an acoustic cover of Mast Magan (from the film 2 states); the aisle was a shimmery gold; and the ivory mandap looked beautiful and the weather was perfect. As I walked down the aisle with my father by my side, my brothers and uncles held a gorgeous bridal canopy above me with hanging fresh red rose buds and gold kaliras; I teared up a bit as I neared the end of my walk down the aisle because it was all so surreal and beautiful. It was truly my dream wedding. My second most magical moment was when Ashish and I first entered the reception ballroom with our entrance and our first dance; Ethnic Essence truly transformed the ballroom to a classy, starry night, vintage hollywood themed room with star drop walls, an ice bar, a gold mirrored dance floor and elegant red rose florals; it was the definition of magical to us."
On their wedding song:
"When we were deciding on what to do for our first dance, I absolutely knew I wanted a live pianist playing it. Growing up learning how to play the piano I have always had an affinity to classical music. Our pianist Anjali Rangaswamy played a beautiful live rendition of Pehla Nasha and Ashish and I learned how to Waltz to the music from our amazing choreographer, Amna Mazin. With the piano, starry lights, and glass dance floor this waltz was truly memorable. Of course in true bollywood fashion we transitioned the waltz into one of our favorite songs- Jigar Ka Tukda (ladies vs. ricky bahl) and danced along to that! It was a great combination of songs displaying our personalities and of course our love for Bollywood!"
On her makeup look:
"I always knew I wanted to work with Nida Gazi from Beauty by NG. She understands the Indian skintone and loves to try new things while also continuing to keep your personal style. During the madness that goes on during a wedding week, she truly is a calming force and was with me from start to finish of getting ready to make sure I felt like a princess at each event. I was very particular about my looks for each event; for the Mata Ki Chowki since we have a background in Kolkata, I wanted to go with a Bengali look, for the Mehendi I wanted something shimmery and whimsical to go with my floral jewelry, for the Sangeet- I was in over 6 dances in the program so I knew I wanted something easy but glamourous to be able to dance in, for the wedding I really wanted to look like myself and not too done up so we went for a natural look while also of course matching my bridal lehenga. For the reception we just both LOVED my custom red gown so we wanted to do an all out glamourous and classic look for this. I met with Nida around 2-3 times personally and we went over each outfit, several photos and talked in detail about each look. She truly is the best at what she does and very professional as well; by the end of the week she felt like family!"
On the special details:
"Apart from my parents, my family was the backbone of this wedding. When we would have our family dance practices we would combine these with family meetings at the Khara residence with my sisters and cousins to work together and split up the tasks. We worked for months on end- filling welcome bags, assembling invitations, attending various vendor meetings, and much more! Everyone was so excited and eager to help it made it really fun! With a week of 7 events, over 75+ people from India and a full Baraat of over 250 people from out of the state; we wanted everything to be perfect for our guests and give them an unforgettable experience. To have such a strong support group of family and friends truly gave each of our events a very personal touch and got everyone involved!! There was so much love in the air and blessings from our family and friends; we are truly grateful!"
On working with her vendors:
"The below is a FULL list of the Dream team of vendors who worked cohesively and tirelessly to bring the wedding week together very seamlessly! Without them, this week would not have been possible."
I'll catch you back here for the next wonderful wedding!