Sagar & Neha's Wedding in Udaipur, India
Some people cross your path and change your whole direction. This is what happened with Neha and Sagar, whose wedding celebration was nothing short of a fairytale wedding in Udaipur!
How we met:
Sagar is a chemical engineer based in Dubai and I (Neha) am from the media and fashion industry and was settled in Mumbai. We had a lot of friends in common who were trying to introduce us since 2013, but failed due to bad timing, different locations and other insignificant reasons. However, Sagar visited India in September 2015, and we wined and dined on our first date, wherein we realized that our chemistry was undeniable, after which we never really stopped talking to each other.
Love happened instantly and hence I didn’t really have a traditional proposal. However, while we were in Thailand to attend a wedding, there was an adventurous beach party with jet skiing and other water sports. We rode the jet ski and Sagar stopped the ski in the middle of the sea and got down on one knee (or whatever was manageable on the ski bike) and asked me to marry him.
The wedding ceremonies started with a welcome dinner at the Oasis deck with barbeque and drinks. Rooh Band played some sufi rock and ensured that everyone relished their evening.
The second day was fusion themed Mehndi. With mountains in the background, this ceremony was a cultural mix of the Rajasthani and Sindhi theme. A traditional kachi godi (dance form) welcome was extended to all the guests at the time of check-in, with flower girls throwing flowers and the families welcoming them with beers and shots – that’s how the Sindhis do it! Canopies were beautifully decorated in pop bright drapes with bangles, puppets, elephants, kaliras and lattkans. A massive pink brocade Rajasthani bar was created with umbrellas and other traditional props. However, the highlight was the exquisite tent designed specially for me (the bride). Fun photo booth and traditional folk dance kept the guests entertained.
Sangeet was a premier night first day first show. It was themed around ‘How well do you know the bride and groom?’ F5 Weddings drafted a 5 point questionnaire; they pre-interviewed close families, hilariously edited the video and showcased the same. An entrance with LED gate was created and massive truss flying sound, light and latest state-of-the-art infrastructure was impeccably handled.
Day 3 was a Bohemian-style brunch layered with texture, prints and plenty of free spirited prettiness. A massive tent with green and white drapes was produced. There was an island bar where unlimited creative concoctions set the atmosphere for the occasion. Over 100 custom-made dream catchers, designed by F5 Weddings’ in house creative team, were hung all over the venue. The dance floor was an intricate inculcation of Bohemian art which was replicated in all the tiny details across the venue. Various activities were planned for a fun-filled brunch like beer pong, live-size Jenga, foot spa, limbo dance and hoola hoop. As the percussionist started to jam with DJ Swapnil and the sun started to set, the dance floor was not spared. With a 10 feet ‘LOVE’ photo booth, crazy boho props, hats and tiaras as giveaways, this truly was a free spirited evening.
Now for D-Day, imagine a sky full of stars and a backdrop of mountains with a stunning mandap of white pillars and orange drapes; adorned with flowers created in an amphitheater. I entered under a traditional flower chaddar, while the groom made a dramatic entry in an open Victorian carriage and his procession danced to madness on the beats of Gotiya band. Fireworks illuminated the sky towards the end of the pheras and commenced the celebration of love, laughter and happily ever after.
Our Champagne Reception was an elite affair, with royal couples. White and mauve was the theme of the night. We, the couple, entered with a cold pyros tunnel around us, created by our family and friends. We performed a romantic dance, which was followed by toasts and speeches and the party continued till the wee hours of the morning.
Schedule of events and outfits worn on each function:
Mehndi – Bride’s outfit: Papa don’t Preach by Shubhika; Groom’s outfit: Mandira Bansal Studio & Govinda Mehta
Sangeet – Bride’s outfit by Aza; Aditya Sachdeva groomed the groom
Brunch – Bride’s outfit by Natasha Dalal;
Cocktail – Bride’s outfit by Gavin Miguel
Wedding – Outfit of the bride was by Ensemble Design Studio; Groom opted for SS Homme
Reception – Bride’s outfit by Meeraya by Saanya; Groom’s was by a Dubai designer
Like many couples, we too wanted to solemnize our vows in the land of lakes and palaces. We finalized Ananta Resort in Udaipur for its amazing venue options and the perfect weather in February.
Performers & Performances:
During the Welcome Dinner, Rooh Band played some sufi rock and ensured that everyone relished their evening.
There was a traditional kachi godi (dance form) welcome for the guests on the day of the Mehndi.
Gotiya band ensured that everyone danced like crazy during the baraat.
Few words on the photographer, videographer, hair/make-up artist, bartenders and DJ:
Wedding Planner, F5 Weddings – It was an extremely fun and friendly affair with the team which made handling over the responsibility of the biggest event of our life such a cake walk! We would like to thank F5 Weddings for the amazing job and helping us create a lifetime of beautiful memories.
Hair & Makeup Artist, Amrit Kaur – She is every bride’s dream! Not only she did a fabulous job with the make up and hair for each function, specially making sure all looks vary from each other, she was constantly there for me during the planning and styling of the looks where I shared images of my clothes and jewelry with her and she kept giving me her feedback. That level of involvement makes every brides life so much easier!
Photographer: Photographs by Siddharth Sharma
Videographer: House on the Clouds
Wedding Planner: F5 Weddings
Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist: Amrit Kaur
DJ: DJ Swapnil
Venue: The Ananta, Udaipur
Outfits: Mehndi: Groom – Mandira Bansal Studio & Govinda Mehta, Bride – Papa don’t Preach by Shubhika | Sangeet: Groom – Aditya Sachdeva, Bride – Aza | Brunch: Bride – Natasha Dayal | Cocktail: Bride – Gavin Miguel | Phrase: Groom – SS Homme, Bride – Ensemble Design Studio | Reception: Bride – Meeraya by Saanya