What do you expect of a wedding where the bride herself is the wedding planner? Isn’t it a win-win situation? Jueta Hemdev is one lucky bride who had it all under her control without freaking out over every little detail (what a relief for a bride-to-be!). She got married in Dubai and everything about the 3-day wedding functions was taken care of by her team.
Think lavish setup, spectacular decor, fascinating performances and grand celebration, well, this wedding ticked all the boxes!
The lovely couple, Jueta and Puneet’s story began over a coffee which eventually turned into a number of coffees, dinners and conversations that lead them to realise that they were meant for each other. Puneet was a charmer and formally planned a stunning proposal at his bungalow in Amby valley with close family. While the families sipped on wine, Puneet whisked Jueta outside the beautifully decorated backyard and popped the question with rings that were etched with the infinity logo of JP. And thus began the journey of #PuNeedsJu
The larger than life celebration of the couple’s love had Arabic and Indian elements that made everything spectacular. The wedding venue was the stunning JA The Resort, Jebel Ali Beach, Dubai and the wedding was planned by the younger brother of the bride and her partner in Yolo Entertainment & Weddings, Pratik Hemdev. Jueta made a lovely bride in Sabyasachi lehenga and her wedding jewels were from Mehrise by Mehr Gurnani. Her makeup artist for Dubai functions was Shayli Naik and for Mumbai reception, she was dolled by Meghna Bhutani.
THE BEACHFRONT BRUNCH
The festivities began with a beachfront brunch on Day 1. The wedding guests grooved to the tunes of DJ Memfisa of Niki Beach fame and Puneet and Jueta hovered right over the guests and entered the beachfront Mediterranean Captain’s Restaurant & Bar in a seaplane by Seawings to the beats of the world famous water drummer, Walter Scalzone. A stunning island bar with exquisite cocktails by DrinQ by The Flaming Trio and a Sheesha bar by Hookah Royals were the makings of the perfect brunch party!
SYMPHONY OF SANDS!
The second event of the day was the grand Sangeet ceremony at the JA Al Sahra Desert Resort amphitheatre situated in the heart of the desert. A stretch hummer limousine entry, photo ops with horses, camels and a falcon, belly dancers, fire drummers, the #PuNeedsJu sangeet had it all and was an example of an Indo – Arabic fairy tale experience. Rooh Band from Dubai performed into the wee hours with his power-packed performance. Dj Sumit Sethi and his band of violinists, percussionists, saxophonists and Dholwalas set the dance floor ablaze with his popular chartbusters.
The bride and groom had a ball at their respective baraats. Yes! the bride had her own baraat and her own baraatis. The baraatis welcomed the bride onto the Divaz, floating seafood restaurant, with her gorgeous bridesmaids and set out for a leisurely cruise. On the other hand, the groom’s baraat started with a bang in a swanky Rolls Royce, his mobile Bar, followed by renowned DJ Sumit Sethi on his float. The pheras were on a beachfront mandap amidst the infinity pool overlooking the beach! The set up in pink, white and gold looked surreal and picturesque. Suryaveer Hooja, renowned artist and his band Ehsaas, from Delhi set the Sufi metre running into the wee hours of the morning. Dj Sumit Sethi and his band then took charge with guests dancing to his chartbusters at the JA Beach Club.
The happily-ever-after celebration began with a grand reception hosted in Mumbai at St. Regis Hotel. The highlight of this beautiful evening was the Angelic Ice Bar Sculpture, specially handcrafted by Imagine Ice for the evening. The bride looked stunning in an emerald green Falguni and Shane Peacock gown and the groom looked dapper in a Gavin Miguel ensemble.
BRIDEZILLA OR BRIDECHILLA
“Being on both sides of the coin, wedding Planner and now even a bride, gives even deeper insight into the process of planning, and in retrospect, it’s so important for a bride to keep their calm and get a trusted planner on board whose vision resonates with theirs. It is important to have immense fun all throughout the process of planning with the families involved and to enjoy every moment possible and trust me, EVERYTHING FALLS PERFECTLY INTO PLACE!!!
And I couldn’t have been luckier, as I had my very own brother who made all of us believe and relive the magic we create otherwise for all our Brides & Grooms. Dreams do come true. Have faith in your planner *wink*
*The Photographer & Filmer for the wedding was Ram Bherwani and the images were shared by the bride*