Mohit & Divya's Wedding in Hyderabad, India
Getting married after 10 years at the same resort that they first met at was Mohit and Divya's dream come true! Their wedding in Hyderabad was all about personal touches and fun-filled moments!
How we met:
So, Mohit and I met at Alankrita Resorts itself for the first time. It was at a common friend’s engagement party. His best friend Nikhil Madapu is my Rakhi brother, who got us introduced, after which we started talking and partying together. Then, exactly after 6 months, at the same friend’s wedding, we travelled together and that’s when he proposed to me. December 8 2007 is when we started dating. After 10 years, we got married at the same place we first met :)
It was a year long planning process and since Mohit had moved to Australia, it was damn tough to plan things on the phone, what with the time difference. Since I was still in Hyderabad, I used to go for all the meetings with the photographers, the decor team, the DJ and I took care of every other minute detail. Mohit and I really wanted a personal touch to the entire wedding, hence we were involved in the most minute details of the planning – from the color combinations of the chairs to the positioning of the LED screens and the seating, the bar, the bar accessories, the DJ, the music, the welcome packs, the themes and the entries for every event. Thanks to technology, all this happened over video calls and everything was in sync. We had our Instagram page called ‘Mohivya’, where all our family and friends shared their excitement for us and where the countdown to our wedding officially began. Our friend Akhil Chimnani and my maid of honour Komal Sirwani helped us plan the entire thing so well. He was our event manager in every sense! So, we really owe him big time for making a lot of things easy for us. He lives in Dubai and flew down a couple of times to check the venue and other details 🙂
Feelings on the Big Day:
Honestly, I was just extremely happy and excited that the day is here finally. We literally planned this wedding for 365 days, day and night. A lot of our friends flew down from different countries for the wedding, so it was a huge reunion for everybody. The best part was that we had a blast at our own wedding too.
Wedding outfits can get tricky because every bride wants to look the best version of herself. I got all my outfits within a week from Mumbai. I picked up my outfits from Archana Kochhar, Neha Kamal, AZA Fashions and a lot of other local designers. I had a clear picture of what I wanted for each function and I got lucky by finding them. Luckily, my sister Komal lives in Mumbai, so she was of great help in every way; I don’t think I would be able to shop without her. Most importantly, I feel like it’s not always about the outfit, but the person who’s wearing it and the happiness and the magical glow on her face.
Schedule of events and outfits worn on each function:
We did not have any theme as such for the events, but in terms of the decor we did have.
Welcome lunch – A dhoti jumpsuit
Mehendi – A crop top and lehenga
Since it was an outdoor event, it was mostly a florals theme and my friends had organised a fashion show for me. While I was getting my henna done, my family and friends kept me entertained with a ramp walk followed by some dances. They also planned my entry with a small flash mob at the venue itself. It makes me smile even today every time I think of all the things my loved ones have done to make me feel special. It was indeed a fairytale wedding.
Sangeet – Indo-western gown
Since Sangeet is all about partying and drinking and dancing all night, we decided to keep a concert theme. So we had the stage, the lights and the bar done up accordingly, and the LED screens, the visuals and the confetti and everything made it look like a concert. There was a guy standing at the entrance with a stamp which said ‘Kal se daaru band – Mohivya’ (mohivya was our hashtag). We ended up playing a lot of Bollywood music that night.
Wedding – Traditional lehenga
We wanted it in a traditional way, so it was some gendha phool decor with colorful umbrellas – old school simple stuff.
Reception – Christian gown
We had a proper Christian wedding with the exchanging of vows and the bridesmaids and groomsmen standing with us on stage. This western theme was magical!
We just needed a cozy and spacious venue with good vibes. Unfortunately, Hyderabad does not have any great resorts with good accommodation. So we decided on Alankrita and, luckily, it was available and it all worked out well. Alankrita is one of the best resorts in Hyderabad and the venues were definitely awesome. Later, we realised that it was the same place we had first met, so we were all the more sure that this has to be the right place for us to get married 🙂
Performers and Performances:
Moh and I are really blessed to have some amazing friends who love us a lot. My side of the family was massive, so I had a lot of cousins and sisters performing for us. Our friends and family had a one hour long Sangeet ,with some emotional messages and videos in between and, since we have so many friends, there were just too many performances. It was a total surprise for Mohit and I; we had absolutely no clue what these guys were upto. They had practices at a friend’s place and we were called only when we had practice for our couple performance. We were in awe of how much effort our friends and family put in to come up with such an amazing show. The maid of honour and the best man shared their speech on the Sangeet night as well.
Advice for to-be-weds (one or two sentences):
Every wedding is different. There is always going to be something better somewhere. Do what makes YOU happy and be involved in your wedding, so that there is a personal touch added to it. The key is to have your loved ones around you on your Big Day and that’s all that matters.
Photographer/Videographer: Dinesh Tangulwar
Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist: Aparna Achuthan
Henna Artist: Poonam
DJ: DJ Daman
Venue: Aalankrita Resort & Spa, Hyderabad