Traditional in every sense, bride and groom – Shweta and Namit, held their Indian wedding at The Umrao in New Delhi, India incorporating age-old rituals and traditions into the ceremony. Beautifully set-up and lit, the bride and groom chose to have their wedding in the outdoors with a beautiful floral mandap complimented with purple and pink lighting.
Shweta and Namit’s engagement party took place in ballroom of the Imperial Hotel. Shweta wore a beautiful peach and gold gown, while Namit wore a grey-blue nehru collar suit. The decor for the engagement featured candles, high centerpieces and deep blue linens.
In the Bride’s Words: How They Met
Dreams do come true. Our love story spans over 7 years. We met at a gym after I returned from London post completing my masters degree. While returning home from the gym almost everyday, Namit offered to drop me back, and I would happily agree to go since we could spend some time together (*blush blush*). However, invariably we ended up in the nearby Café Coffee Day, and a lot can happen over coffee you see.
The wedding was held at The Umrao which looked like a dream decorated in beautiful florals and lighting decor. The wedding mandap took center stage with pink and red florals, and hints of vintage decor throughout the venue. Shweta wore a beautiful traditional red Sabyasachi lehenga with heavy gold jewellery. Namit wore a handsome white Sabyasachi sherwani with a red turban and gold necklaces.
In the Bride’s Words: The Wedding Ceremony
We had the traditional Indian wedding ceremony with 7 pheras around a gorgeous vedi. There were eleven pandits who chanted the marriage mantras which sounded so beautiful. Also, we had always been keen for early pheras such that everyone could bless us with their presence. It was a wedding that I always dreamed of and I enjoyed every minute of it!
We both always visualized our wedding to be a traditional ritual rich wedding affair. During the jai mala we had eleven small boys dressed in dhotis who blew the shankh, and the effect was so blissful along with the bells. Our wedding cards were done keeping our wedding heritage in mind with the saptapadi printed in Sanskrit along with the English translation inside the card. The trousseau went in old traditional trunks with the wedding card painted all over them by artist Jai Prakash.
Our wedding was an amalgamation of two communities, and it was beautiful to see how the customs and ceremonies were adapted by both sides. This was one of best parts of our wedding- apart from the many more memories.
Choice of Location
The whole thing about weddings is just so exciting, I always wanted to dress up in a traditional red lehenga with mehendhi up my arms when getting married. Namit always wanted an open space for the marriage and The Umrao worked very well. It had ample space and a beautiful stage set up, not to forget that we were lucky that it did not rain since we had been blessed with rain showers on all of our other functions (laughs Shweta).
Thanks to Prasheila and Abhimanyu [from Going Bananas Photography], they are just simply mind blowing. We can’t thank them enough for the great shots they have captured during our wedding… They are the most amazing team you would ever come cross- so full of life, love their work to the hilt and they never get tired of capturing you. By the end of the wedding functions, our families, friends got so comfortable and friendly with them, which was the best since they bonded so well with all.
Words of Advice
To all pretty brides-to-be, I would suggest to please make all of your bookings- photographers, make-up artists, venue, etc.. well in time; such that you can sit back and relax during the last few months before your marriage. Best wishes to all of you for this new journey…it’s beautiful!