Karan & Neha's Wedding in Agra, India
Getting married in the land of Mughul History and home to the iconic Taj Mahal, Agra, was truly a dream come true for Karan and Neha!
How we met:
We actually met through common family friends, even though our families had known each other for years. Both of us had studied in the same school and even lived in the same locality, yet had never seen each other before. Our parents fixed our first few meetings, and by the third meeting we had decided that we want to be with each other for the rest of our lives.
The wedding planning was STRESSFUL. I lost my father in about three weeks of us being engaged, which resulted in the entire situation becoming taxing for me. All we could think about was how to fulfill my dad’s last wish of having our wedding in Agra, which was his native place.
Feelings on the Big Day:
Excited and emotional are the two prominent feelings I went through. Excited because I had always dreamt of my Big Day and I couldn’t wait to see how I would look on the best day of my life; how would it feel when my family, friends and relatives grace us with their presence and give their blessings to me and Karan. I was elated to see all the dreams, planning and hard work that we put in from the past few months turning into a reality and was eagerly waiting to live those moments. Emotional because I didn’t want to leave my sisters, my mom, my dog and my family. Also, there was a part of me that didn’t want to be grown up.
Everyone came around to help us with our wedding shopping and selecting the best designers, decorative packaging, etc. and our friends and families turned out to be a great support for us. Shopping for Mehendi, Mata ki Chowki giveaways and the trousseau was done from three main places – Delhi, Dubai and Mumbai. In my mind, I knew how my Phera lehenga should look like and I got it done from my designer Sikandar Nawaz. He is Delhi-based and took care of my outfits for all the other functions as well, including Karan;s Pheras outfit. Karan got his suits made from Dubai and got his Sangeet outfit custom-made by a local Delhi-based designer.
Schedule of events and outfits worn on each function:
Our first wedding function was in Dubai – Mata Ki Chowki fifteen days prior to the wedding at Dhow Place Dubai
After that, all our close family members headed to Agra on 3rd November. It was the first day for all our guests to relax and shop and visit Taj Mahal, after which we held the Mehendi function.
Our Main wedding was on 4th & 5th November 2016.
First Function – Engagement Brunch. Conducted in a western wedding style, I was accompanied by my bridesmaids – childhood friends, college friends and my younger sister Nippur as my Maid of Honour – and Karan was accompanied by his nephew as his Best Man and all his brothers and friends as his groomsmen. The decor was white and purple themed and the function was exactly like a Christian Wedding.
Second Function: Royal Mughal Theme for the Sangeet Night, where both sets of families and friends performed on skits and videos and the decor was with thakat seating, just like how the Mughals had.
Third Function: After the traditional Sindhi Bukhi, we had our sunset Phera ceremony with white and pink as the theme for the mandap. Both of us had a special entry song and style to match the chariot baarat for the groom. I entered with a long trail ghungat with the dhol. Both of us took our vows followed by the Pheras with the background music of ‘Saato phere honge’ from the movie ‘Virasat’, which was my favorite part of the wedding.
Reception – Moulin Rouge. A first time appearance as Mr & Mrs. Karan Bhojwani with their first dance on the stage, which was followed by cake cutting and a night full of dancing & drinking.
Agra – this place was the soul of the wedding. My dad was born and bought up here and my grandparents spent their entire lives here. It was a dream that me and my dad had seen together – to host the most memorable and grand wedding ever. After he passed away, both the families ensured that his dream was fulfilled. Even after all the hurdles related to traveling to Agra from Dubai (8 hours+ travel time), we managed to make all the guests reach the venue in the least amount of time possible, all thanks to our families’ support and patience. The entire credit goes to each and every guest at the wedding who made it a memorable day for both of us.
Performers and Performances:
All the sisters, cousins and friends had performed a story skit, with a special performance by us (the couple) dedicated to each other.
Few words on the photographer, videographer, hair/make-up artist, bartenders and DJ:
All our vendors were supportive throughout the wedding. Our DJ made sure the party lasted till each and everyone broke their legs while dancing. The photographer conducted our photoshoot with great patience and managed to make us feel less awkward and amateurish. Rroul Joshi, my makeup artist, is that guy who worked with the most stressful bride and still managed to make her look the way she had dreamt all her life. Our bartenders, Flaming Trio, need no introduction – they were simply the best.
Photography/Videography: WeddingNama (Mumbai)
Wedding Planner: Sajda events and wedding planner (Delhi)
Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist: Rroul Joshi (Delhi)
DJ: DJ Amman Nagpal and DJ Tarang (Mumbai)
Photo Courtesy: WeddingNama (Mumbai)