A Groom's Diary...Akshay narrates his Grand Wedding Story!
One thing which has always amazed me is the Big fat Indian wedding. The colorful vibrancy of the array of traditions has always awed me. So when my wedding was fixed the one thing I was sure about was that I wanted a big grand wedding. Since the wedding was happening in my hometown, Roorkee, I was all the more excited! The whole experience of the wedding was so overwhelming that it cannot be summed up in words! But here are some glimpses of it.
The first big question was deciding upon the venue as we were expecting some 3000 guests on the day of the wedding. Roorkee being a relatively small and quaint place, there were little options for the venue. We always had a long term plan of developing our own farm into a party venue and clubhouse but with the wedding quickly approaching and no apt venue, we decided to go ahead with it and took the humongous task of completing a six months project in less than three! We had contractors working endlessly day and night to complete the project with support from my family in giving timely and useful insights! That they did a fabulous job of completing the project well in time was what made the wedding a success!
In all, we had three events, the engagement (sagai), cocktail and the wedding. For the first event I wore a custom designed shervani while Akshara wore a beautiful Anamika Khanna peach lehenga. For the cocktail we wanted a semi formal look, so while I went for a Raghvendra Rathore suede jacket paired with jodhpurs, Akshara chose to wear a red and golden saree. For the wedding I wanted my attire to be Rajputana style, so I went to shop to the royal city of Jodhpur which is a Mecca of Rajputi fashion. I went for a Gold Shervani with antique buttons and paired it with some amazing vintage Rajputi accessories I found in Jodhpur. The shervani went well with Akshara’s unique orange and pink Sabyasachi lehenga.
With all the maddening days leading up to the wedding, we planned the cocktail night to include a lot of exciting things such that we all can take a breather and just have fun with all our friends and family. The event manager did an amazing job with putting up an amazing show. It had some amazing laser shows, an outstanding zorbing act to an exotic dance performance by a team of Ukrainian dancers. All in all it was a fun night and we all let our hair down as we prepared ourselves for the main event!
Photography by: Avantika Meattle
About the Photographer:
Avantika worked in Mumbai earlier and did publicity stills for feature films like 'Dostana', 'Salaam-e-Ishq', 'Umrao Jaan' etc. She shifted back to Delhi a while ago and now specializes in photographing candid wedding moments. Avantika loves to create beautiful, ever lasting memories which are fun, natural, real and emotional. Photography is her hobby, passion and profession.Website