A storybook romance and picture-perfect proposal naturally meant that Aarushi and Sangram’s wedding would be no less magical. The college sweethearts hired WeddingSutra Favorite – Baarati Inc to plan the festivities flawlessly, while WeddingSutra Favorite – Gautam Khullar Photography captured their memories in evocative frames.
Shweta Acharya, the founder of Baraati Inc, shared the details that went into making this dream wedding into a reality. “The bride and her family had a well-defined idea of what they wanted in the wedding, and we executed everything to the smallest detail. One of the major requirements was to minimize outsourced production and large decor structures, so we made the most of the palace’s intrinsic grandeur. We took the support of local floral artists and fun props to uplift the decor and make it as unique as possible.”
“Another aspect important to bride Aarushi was to customize each guest’s touchpoint to reflect her and Sangram’s personalities, likes and memories. Also, the menus were crafted as per the dietary restrictions and requirements of each guest. The bride wanted the wedding experience of each guest to be special and personal, and something that would stay on in their memory forever. Over seven months of intensive communication, we planned every aspect of the wedding, from the RSVPs and guest communication to the stationary, design and decor, logistics, transport, hospitality, vendor management and overall execution.”
Upon arrival, guests were welcomed with the quintessentially royal flower shower, aarti-tikka and performances by local artists, before moving on to the princess’s (Aarushi’s) private courtyard to spend time with the bride over a delicious array of teas while they were checked in by the planning team. Individual Polaroid pictures were then taken, which were later signed by the couple and returned to the guests as wedding keepsakes.
Checking into their rooms, the guests were surprised with curated hampers that were conceptualized as a 90’s treasure box. It included all the couple’s favorite edibles from their childhood. From phata-phats to mango and coffee bites, Crax savories, Hully Gully snacks, sweet cigarettes and Frootie juice boxes, as well as handmade granola bars, trail mixes, and more.
Shweta shares, “We amped up the pre-gaming rituals with help from the brothers and converted one of the suites into a ‘Tasting Room’ where guests could sample different ‘flights,’ with each consisting of three exclusive handcrafted drinks symbolic of Aarushi and Sangram’s long-distance relationship.”
The private bridal henna tea party was thematically designed to celebrate the bride’s love for Parle G biscuits and tea. Handcrafted strings of orange and yellow marigolds and hand-painted kettles ruled the decor, while a truck-art inspired painted auto-rickshaw made for the bride’s seating area and also doubled up as a photo-opp spot. Suspended wedding monogrammed flags were reminiscent of ancient royal celebrations at the queen’s court.
For the Welcome Dinner at the Samode Bagh restaurant, the decor was kept elegant and minimal to enhance the beauty of the venue. Tall candelabras with cascading tuberoses and fairy lights decorated the walkway. Inside, a table was set with the #Batrane in LED marquee letters, along with ‘I am Bride’s _____’ and ‘I am Groom’s _____’ badges for guests to fill out and wear. The tables were decorated with ikat runners and delicate floral arrangements of roses and baby’s breath blooms. The night saw fun ice-breaker games which allowed everyone to mingle and get to know each other.
The mehndi was conceptualized as a quintessential Rajasthani ‘mela’ (fair), with activities at the personalized #Batrane Bazaar, such as henna artists, a live potter, camel rides, parrot priest, kite flying and lot’s more!
The vibrant color palette of mint, fuchsia and orange made a splash on the lush lawns. A fun game of antakshri between the elders, youngsters and the couple as the Deewane, Mastaane & #Batrane teams respectively saw teammates breaking into impromptu performances.
A stunning live act by a Sufi-folk singer opened up the dance floor. The dining setup was created under a canopy of lehariya drapes and the menu was carefully planned, with Le Chaat Factory putting up a lip smacking chaat spread followed by traditional Rajasthani treats by the Samode Bagh kitchen. The bar was decked with multi-colored kites and served custom cocktails to stir in some fun!
For the royal sangeet, the Palace was lit up with lanterns and the trees were covered in fairy lights. Flips-flops and stoles were set up in a ‘comfort corner’ as thoughtful wedding favors for the night. Long tables were decked with runners of pink bougainvillea and baby’s breath blooms. An impromptu flash mob, splendid fireworks and power-packed performances were the highlights of this evening.
“The haldi-chooda ceremony was conceptualized with the idea to create picture-perfect moments for our quirky princess-bride. Aarushi sat in a royal brass urli against a backdrop of pink ombre carnations, as her loved ones showered her with petals, which made for a magical sight,” shares Shweta.
The poolside nuptials saw a regal color palette of bottle-green, maroon and champagne gold. Decked with gold tissue drapes, the mandap was draped with cascades of roses and fairy-light curtains. The baraat, accompanied with royal soldiers, a magnificent elephant and local musicians was a sight to behold as the procession was welcomed by the bridal party led by the bride’s mother with an aarti-thaali.
The festivities culminated with a rocking reception, where the fusion-rock band, Swaraag got everyone dancing, alongside DJ Anil. Aarushi showed off spinning skills and looked hip in a ‘Shaadi-Shuda’ denim jacket. A lavish spread and unique cocktails had the party rocking into the wee hours of the morning.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Samode Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Wedding Planner: Baraati Inc
Wedding Design: Baraati Inc
Catering: Le Chaat Factory (Mehendi)
Groom’s Outfits: Herringbone & Sui (Welcome Dinner), Arjun Duggal (Mehndi), Enzo (Cocktail, Reception), SVA By Sonam & Paras Modi (Wedding), Shantanu & Nikhil (Reception)
Bride’s Outfits: Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika (Bridal Mehndi), Richa Khemka (Welcome Dinner), Aisha Rao (Mehndi), Shantanu & Nikhil (Cocktail), Anamika Khanna (Wedding)
Jewellery: Rachna and Chandini Mehra, Devanshi Seth (Kaleerein)
Floral Jewellery: Fooljhadi
Makeup: Jasmeet Kapany, Adai Artisty
Entertainment: Swaraag, DJ Anil, Urvashi Arora
Invitations: Simran Monga, Shop Hieco
Wedding Logo: Shop Hieco
Photography: Gautam Khullar Photography
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