A Charming Maharashtrian Wedding With An All DIY Mehndi Ceremony

Sameeha & Pranav

Snapshot

A soiree so simple yet ornamented with traditional aesthetics, modern zest, and timelessness, Sameeha & Pranav’s wedding is an unparalleled charmer.

Right from the decor to reusing her mum’s old sarees, the bride’s intimate home mehndi ceremony was an all DIY one! And while it will have your minds blown, the sartorial wedding day choices, on the other hand, would tug at your hearts!

What also outshone was how Sameeha made for a gorgeous new-age bride while keeping those Maharashtrian vibes alive and how! So without prolonging it further, let’s take you right into the brilliant wedding deets!

About The Couple

Their Tale

Sameeha & Pranav met each other through an arranged setup and have evidently come a long way since then. As the bride, herself says, “meet us and you will never guess it’s arranged (blinks)! “

The duo is pretty private and low-key and has their own little ways of expressing their love. They both are foodies and love exploring that together. She also loves baking for him which obviously means adorable dinner dates at home!

The Details

Wedding Planning & Details

The duo’s Intimate Mumbai wedding was traditionally minimal yet palatial which the bride decided to plan all by herself as she’d always wanted to be a DIY bride. She had been creating her mood boards even before she had a groom, saving ideas and images from Instagram, Pinterest, and wedding portals like The Crimson Bride.

Blending in those ideas with her & Pranav’s personalities, she curated a vision that Blossoming Harmony brought to life remarkably, whilst decking up the wedding.

Sachin Shingade and Amit Bhurke shot their mehndi and wedding ceremonies respectively, and the photos are beautiful.

The Mehndi-Haldi

A DIY home affair, the mehndi ceremony was an extremely intimate one with just about forty people. Right from the concept to the execution, the entire decor was DIY-ed brilliantly. Sameeha used an old PVC framework (that they use during Ganpati) as a mehndi seating canopy. She decked it up with fabric, faux marigold strings, and fairy lights, and used spray painted old brass pots as elemental pieces along with flowers.

Sameeha's Look

As a designer & founder of a bespoke & pret women’s wear label SSAMIEHA in Mumbai, Sameeha simply had to design her outfits. For her mehndi she entirely revamped her mum’s old silk saree and designed a pleated skirt with an attached drape, teaming it up with a floral embroidered blouse.

Being a freelance makeup artist going by the name Sameeha Kulkarni Dongre, she did her own makeup keeping it all subdued and only accessorized her look with a floral head wreath made up of faux Gypsies.

Styled by Naomi Chowdary, her look was effortlessly easy-breezy and super comfortable to frolic about in!

The Wedding Day

The wedding was held at MCA The Lounge, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai and it was a simple and an elegantly contemporary ceremony. A blend of coordinating florals and lights, the decor consisted of an open stage setup done in red, white, and pink flowers, foliage, drapes, and cascading lamps.

Sameeha's Wedding Looks

For her wedding day, Sameeha pulled off three different outfits with a classic makeup and jewellery that complemented all of them equally gorgeously.

Glammed up in a natural and subtle manner by Namrata Parulekar Jham, Sameeha’s makeup was a perfect blend of soft mauve shimmery eyelids, dewy skin, and pale pink lips. Priyanka Ghadge, on the other hand, gave her a simple curl twist bun accessorized with pink carnations instead of the classic gajras.

To accentuate her looks, she wore the traditional Maharashtrian green chooda, jewellery from S. Kumar Jewellers that was a mix of pearls and a Turkish Haar, a Maharashtrian nath, and a custom made pearl & sequin Mundavlya given to her by her mother-in-law.

For all of her wedding rituals (except varmala), Sameeha donned a beauteous pink saree from Lagnadeep. She ditched the traditional Shela (a mandatory dupatta taken over the shoulder from behind) and herself made one that was done in a mint brocade fabric with custom scalloped border.

Varmala Look

Since wearing yellow is mandatory for this ritual and the outfit is given to the bride by her mama, she changed into a self on self South silk yellow saree from Bharatkshetra. She teamed it up with the same mint dupatta and an elaborate Mundavlya.

Pranav's Look

Kept as a surprise for Sameeha, Pranav suited himself with a custom made Ivory sherwani from Manyavar which he paired up with an embroidered shawl and a maroon safa. A beautiful four stringed pearl necklace further added umpteens to his classic groom look!

Couple's Post Wedding Look

For their final look post their ceremony, the couple decided to go all classic in a timeless combination of a saree and a suit.

While Pranav wore a crisp black suit custom made by Suraj Mehta, Sameeha slipped into a dual-toned saree from Vadilal, gifted to her by her in-laws.

Tips From The Bride

  • Do not go over the top in everything. Don’t mix 10 things you see on the Internet so, pick what you like but also compare it to your personality.Try to be realistic and be yourself. Whether its makeup or outfit, don’t be bogged down by trends, don’t do something you would regret seeing in photographs a couple of months later. Be yourself and look yourself most importantly!
  • Stay calm. It seems impossible but it isn’t. If a person like me who’s always hyper could do it, so can you. Have your closest ones around as the date approaches. Don’t overthink about the events, allot duties and let it flow. For the bridal glow to show up, you need to stay calm.
  • Don’t try to please everyone and you won’t be able to. It’s your day so choose what you like (theme, outfit, makeup, shoes etc.,) choose what makes you comfortable. It’s your day, let it remain yours. Let the contentment glow from within.

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About The Author

Divya Arora

An old school at heart with subtle but intense hints of modern glam, she's always happily making the best of both worlds. With reading, Zentangling, and spilling her thoughts on paper, she keeps her creative streak always on point. Hogging food and dozing off often, comes naturally to her! Follow her on Instagram @divya.arora14