Childhood travel memories to the Smoky Mountains, set the stage for Khushboo and Nikhil to enchant their guests with their destination Aspen wedding.
Guided by Aimee Monihan, and her team at Mountain Occasions, her expertise in the area and with South Asian weddings landed them on a palette of soft whites, rich blushes, and tons of greenery combined with rustic elements that still paid homage to Indian culture.
Never say never when it comes to bridal shopping. The bride reports she never wanted to wear red down the aisle. She always saw herself in either blush or ivory but once the outdoor fall foliage was factored in red became a winning option. And, we are so glad she did. Our stunning cover bride, Khushboo, always thought she would go to India to shop for her wedding trousseau. But in 2021, she did what every modern bride does...she found her lengha on Instagram. The second she saw it she knew it was “the one.” The Bollywood Closet in Atlanta helped her secure the outfit and work with the Sabyasachi team in Kolkata. Midnight fittings and constant WhatsApp messaging ensued. Finally, the lengha arrived a month before the wedding and it fit like a glove. Hats off to Studio Monrevi for capturing this timeless wedding.
“It's easier said than done but don't sweat the small stuff. There are a lot of things that will come up that are outside your control (delta variant, weather conditions, delays in outfit shipments to name a few for mine) but you have to remember why you are doing all this: to marry your person.”
Congratulations Khushboo & Nikhil!
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Nikhil and I had been dating for just over two years when he popped the question! He had originally planned a weekend where he would surprise me with all our friends and family in his hometown, DC, but due to COVID, he had to resort to plan B. For my birthday, Nikhil planned a weekend away at our favorite B&B in Charleston and we ended up having an intimate proposal, just the two of us! Nikhil carefully pieced all of my favorite things together for the special date: blush peonies, Veuve, vegan desserts and a video with clips from all our friends/family that were part of the original plans. In hindsight, it was the perfect day and weekend. We got to spend the whole weekend together and really soak in the start of an exciting new chapter for us.
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
I'm sure a lot of brides getting married right now can relate but planning during COVID isn't easy. I had always dreamed of going to India to pick out my clothes with my mom and family but we could no longer do that. Although it added an additional complication to the planning process, all the designers we worked with were great. We had midnight virtual fittings and were constantly communicating with them via WhatsApp. It may not have been ideal but we pulled it off and I am so excited for everyone to see the final looks!
With regards to the venue, I knew I wanted a small destination wedding outdoors and ideally with a beautiful backdrop. I have always loved the mountains and have memories of my parents taking me every fall to Smoky Mountains in NC so it only felt right to have that be an element of my wedding. During the planning, my fiance and I lived in the Pacific Northwest and fell in love with the natural beauty there. We hadn't been to Colorado yet so we thought this would be the perfect location to experience alongside our guests! Nikhil and I were lucky enough to have such an awesome wedding planner, Aimee Monihan of Mountain Occasions who not only knew the area well, but had experience with South Asian Weddings. She understood my decor theme immediately - whites/blushes/greenery with rustic elements that still paid homage to our culture.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
It's funny because if you asked me before I started wedding planning, the one thing I would always is I'm not wearing red. I always saw myself walking down in either blush or ivory but once I started looking around and factoring in the outdoor fall foliage I would be surrounded with, I started considering red as an option. And then one day, I came across an outfit on Instagram and immediately said to my mom: "That's the one." I don't have to try on anything or see it in person because I just knew. We worked with The Bollywood Closet in Atlanta who helped us secure the outfit and work with the Sabyasachi team in Kolkata. I saw a couple cloth samples of the work and color but that was it. I actually didn't even get to try on my outfit until only a month before my wedding when it came in the mail! And when it did arrive, it fit like a glove. I took it as a sign and I can't wait to walk down the aisle in it next week!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
It's easier said than done but don't sweat the small stuff. There are a lot of things that will come up that are outside your control (delta variant, weather conditions, delays in outfit shipments to name a few for mine) but you have to remember why you are doing all this: to marry your person. Everything will fall into place, you just have to trust the work you have done and enjoy the weekend!