They say “love finds you when you least expect it”, and it came true for this unique bride who found the love of her life on social media when she was not ready for it. They met, fell in love in a Bollywood style, and guess what? They decided to tie the knot. In an interesting turn of events, their wedding had to face the wrath of the pandemic but where there’s love, there’s a way! This Bengali bride not only planned her entire wedding but executed 9 stunning looks! Don’t believe us? Scroll down to read our candid conversation with Sriparna.
Our love story wasn’t a typical college romance, it started with a friend request on social media. I was impressed by his profile, we had a lot of common interests – from being Bengalis, to our love for literature and songs, it was a match made by Cupid himself. We both had our IT jobs in Bangalore far from our homeland, so after chatting for just a month we decided to meet on one of the weekends. I’ll be honest I was blown away by his charm, he was both chivalrous and flirty – perfection!
After around a year, we had “the talk” and we were quite sure that we wanted to spend the rest of lives together – it was effortlessly the right decision to take. In May, we planned to exchange rings but due to the pandemic, we had to postpone it. We faced a lot of COVID-related obstacles but kept finding ways to overcome them, which further proved to us how badly we wanted to tie the knot.
We were skeptical about our wedding date because our engagement got cancelled in 2020. After a lot of thought, we came to a conclusion that February ’21 showed clear skies with fewer restrictions, and so we went ahead with it. From decor to event planning, everything was booked online and over zoom meetings.
My mom helped me with shopping in Kolkata, while I was in Bangalore. She made sure that I got everything that I wanted to execute my perfect wedding looks. A bit of my jewellery shopping was done over a video call which was an interesting experience. And when it came to makeup and hair, I had good camaraderie with my MUA Rii Rudra and Hairstylist Gini Halder, who helped me create such amazing looks.
I was immensely excited to create 9 looks for my wedding – so that’s truly one major highlight. Each outfit was inspired by different parts of the country, the decor themes of the events as well as the food menus were also inspired by different states and cultures. I’m so happy that I could pull that off!
Each function was meticulously planned by me, so they are all super close to my heart and I wouldn’t be able to pick just one. It’s a sweet bundle of memories, just like my favorite box of Bengali sweets *laughs*.
All my wedding outfits were designed by me, starting from Aiburobhat : I chose a South Indian theme, so my obvious choice was to wear a pure Kanjeevaram saree with a traditional gold waist belt.
For my mehendi, I tried to match my outfit with the floral decor of my mehendi setup. I took inspiration from the bright flowers, and chose a mustard and pink lehenga!
For the sangeet, I wanted to choose unconventional colors with modern shades. So, I chose a metallic grey lehenga that beautifully dazzled during my performance.
For the cocktail party, I chose a shimmery saree with a sleeveless blouse for that millennial bridal look.
For my haldi, I wore real floral jewellery paired with a yellow saree which was a mix of Banarasi and Kanjivaram. I wore the saree in an Assamese style to bring more character to my haldi look.
For the wedding, I bought a traditional Banarasi red saree from a popular shop in Gariahat, Kolkata. My dupatta was also designed by me and executed by my Bangalore designer. I paired my bridal outfit with traditional sabekiana jewellery pieces, with an heirloom bajubandho which is really close to my heart.
For my bidaai, I had a traditional Bengali bridal look inspired by the portrayal of a bride in Rabindranath Tagore’s classic literature.
For my reception, I wore a sombre Banarasi saree, it was a classic design with contemporary touches.
For my hometown Raiganj reception, I wore a beautiful maroon lehenga and paired it with a lightweight dupatta to complement the look. It gave me a chance to style myself as a typical Punjabi bride.
I tried to draw inspiration from brides all over the country – from Assam, to Bengal, to South India, to Punjab, I successfully brought diverse styles to my wedding looks with the help of my designers.
We hope you’re as inspired by Sriparna as we are! We would love to know your thoughts on her beautiful outfits, let us know in the comments below.
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