The Millennial Bride Who Had A Stunning, Socially Conscious Wedding!

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It’s not everyday you meet brides who want their wedding to create an impact beyond social media and the guests who are attending. Last year we covered Sonali and Jaynit’s beautiful engagement story, and this year we are so happy to feature their one-of-kind wedding that happened before the lockdown and the second wave of the pandemic. 

real wedding couple

So last year we covered your engagement story, tell us what changed since then?  

Yes, it’s been quite a ride honestly! Last year we had our engagement and we were supposed to get married in October 2020 which we had to postpone. I was in London, Jaynit was in Mumbai and it was just too complicated for us to work it out amidst the new guidelines and flying restrictions. 

wedding 2021

So how did you plan your wedding in 2021? And was it difficult?

We fixed a date in February, and we decided to not postpone it again even if the guest list cuts down to just family members (laughs). Thankfully, the stars were on our side, and when we were flying to Udaipur for our wedding, there was no lockdown during that time. Our guests were asked to get themselves tested and we took all the necessary precautions to make this wedding a perfect intimate affair.

What are a few highlights of your wedding?

Well, there are many. I was so overwhelmed when my family from Spain safely reached the hotel after going through some issues at the airport amidst the lockdown. The second highlight was seeing my favourite people in the world performing together on my sangeet, it was magical.  

real bridal entry

Another incident is when I decided on my bridal entry song 10 minutes before my bridal entry. My bridesmaids and the wedding planning team gave me a list of songs but I was looking for an energetic and happy vibe. So I ended up choosing “Suraj ki baho mein” and we turned it into a bridal entry party.

One wedding moment that really touched your heart? 

I wanted a feminist pandit, someone who could balance out the vows and make both genders equally responsible for creating a stable marriage. My mother-in-law made my sister do the final blessing which made me so emotional, I feel very grateful to have a family that truly supports my belief.

wedding intimate lockdown

Tell us about your wedding outfits.

sangeet outfits

All my outfits were custom-made, my sangeet outfit was from Falguni Shane Peacock, and I paired it with ruby jewellery from H Ajoomal.

Mehndi outfits

For my mehendi, I wore a turquoise blue Abu Sandeep lehenga paired with an emerald and diamond jewellery set.

Manish Malhotra bridal outfit

For my pheras, I wore a red Manish Malhotra lehenga with our names embroidered on it. I wore traditional jewellery by Satyani fine Jewels.

Neeta lulla outfit

I went for a gown from Neeta Lulla for my reception which had lights in it, it was one of the most unique outfits I wore. 

3 things a bride-to-be MUST consider if she’s planning her wedding during this time. 

  1. You must get yourself and your guests tested, register them, coordinate with the lab and make sure all the results come in, it’s non-negotiable. 
  2. Strictly make only refundable bookings.
  3. Get your family vaccinated, wear a double mask and just be super careful.

How did you make sure your wedding had a positive social impact and embraced sustainable environmental practices?

It was very important for me to have a sustainable wedding, it wasn’t 100% sustainable but I did my best. The decor elements were reusable or biodegradable, our vendors were NGOs – we got wedding favors from Helping Hands Foundation, and Shraddha NGO. This pandemic has taken so much from the world, it’s our duty to help the planet and people. I also have my own NGO “Altry – gifts that matter”, and we asked our guests to not give us anything but if they really wish then they can donate money to our Altry fund box. We raised around 8 lakhs and most of it went to the Akanksha Foundation, Asha Sadan Home for Girls, and Kitchen for Paws.

We love how wholesome this wedding was. It took into account the bride and groom’s beliefs, but was still a super fun special celebration! Let us know what elements you were inspired by in the comments below.

#JamsGotSoFab 

Photography: @reelsandframes 

Makeup: @ojasrajani 

Hair: @ritikahairstylist

Jewellery: @satyanifinejewels

Planner/Decor: @motwane.co @theweddingdesigncompany @we.hospitality 

NGO partners: @altry_giftsthatmatter

 

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