Glamorous Indian and Sri Lankan Wedding

Aanchal & Trishan

Snapshot

The Crimson Bride’s first ‘Real Weddings’ feature kicks off with Melbourne couple Aanchal and Trishan’s fairytale fusion wedding of two cultures, religions and locations. With the celebrations spanning over three months, the couple chose to have a separate Indian Hindu wedding and a Sri Lankan Catholic wedding. The Indian wedding kicked off in Melbourne with a reception-style Sangeet night followed by a destination wedding in Udaipur, one of the most romantic cities in the world. A month after their destination wedding highs, Aanchal and Trishan held a Sri Lankan Catholic ceremony followed by a glamorous Reception in the heart of Melbourne.

About The Couple

We met in Melbourne on the first day of university, became best friends and 7 years later, Trishan proposed on the beautiful beaches in his hometown of Galle, Sri Lanka. When someone makes you laugh all the time, you know they’re the one.

The Details

Wedding Planning

PLANNING: We split the wedding planning between Trishan and my family. The Indian wedding events were planned by my family and me while the Sri Lankan celebrations in Melbourne were mostly organized by Trishan’s family.

To help with the destination wedding planning, we hired Regal Weddings wedding planner to sort out the details for the day. It took the hassle out of wedding planning all the way from Australia. They focused on the nitty-gritty stuff which freed us up to make the executive decisions. It made the whole process a breeze. Wedding planners are an absolute must for anyone planning a destination wedding.

LOCATION: I always wanted to get married in Udaipur not just because it’s my cultural background. It’s such a romantic wedding location – set on the shimmering Lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction and palaces that fairytales are made of.

The toughest part was finding the perfect venue for our celebrations. After scouring the internet and working with our wedding planner, we finally landed on Udaipur’s Hotel Swaroop Vilas for pre-wedding celebrations and Hotel Fateh Garh for the wedding ceremony and reception events.

Our overall vision and style for the wedding as elegant, simple, unique, classy. We decided to celebrate both our cultures and split them over three months:

  1. Melbourne Sangeet (Oct) – Princess Court Reception Centre (now known as The Grand on Princess), Melbourne
  2. Indian Destination Wedding (Nov) – Hotel Swaroop Vilas and Hotel Fateh Garh, Udaipur
  3. Sri Lankan Wedding & Reception (Jan) – St. Mary Star of the Sea church and The Centre Ivanhoe, Melbourne

Wedding Shopping

l spent countless hours on the internet familiarising myself with the types of lehengas I would like and then bought them in Jaipur and Delhi. My outfits were mostly purchased from Frontier Raas in South Ex, a popular shopping district in Delhi that was recommended to me by various people. I was very lucky with my wedding lehenga – it was the last one they brought out as a ‘special piece’. Once I wore it I knew I wouldn’t like anything else.

My main advice for wedding shopping is that it always helps to go with a local, or ask someone who is from there to recommend some shops. It’s very easy to get lost amongst thousands of boutiques so it helps to have a starting point. Being flexible and patient when shopping in India is also key, otherwise, you will get frustrated and overwhelmed.

Melbourne Sangeet

The Indian wedding celebrations kicked off with a Sangeet event in October in Melbourne. The night was full of colour, Bollywood dancing fun and sit down Indian dinner for approximately 300 people. The event doubled as our Indian Reception-style event for all those family and friends who would not be able to attend the destination wedding in Udaipur. It was a great way to make sure everyone had a chance to celebrate with us.

We had a few dance performances from friends and some speeches. At the end of the night, each guest received a beautiful silver Ganesh in a frame we purchased from India with our initials and the event date engraved at the back as a wedding favor.

For the Sangeet look, I opted for a fuschia pink lehenga with a green blouse and red chunni from Frontier Raas. I wanted a Sangeet lehenga with vibrant colors, that as formal but also lightweight to make sure I could move around easily and dance the night away. I went for an elegant up-do and the natural make up by Caroline’s Final Touch to complete the look. Trishan wore an off-white sherwani with a matching fuschia pink dupatta.

Destination Wedding Events

The Hindu wedding celebrations were held in various locations around Udaipur over five days:

  1. Pre-Wedding Cocktail Evening – Hotel Swaroop Vilas (Rooftop Bar)
  2. Haldi & Mehendi – Hotel Swaroop Vilas (Poolside)
  3. Sangeet & Ring Ceremony – Hotel Swaroop Vilas (Rooftop Bar)
  4. Ceremony – Hotel Fateh Garh (Poolside)
  5. Reception – Hotel Fateh Garh (Lower Outdoor Area)

With a setting like Udaipur, we worked with a regal theme that would celebrate my Rajasthani culture.

Pre-Wedding Cocktail Evening

The destination wedding celebrations in Udaipur started off with a pre-wedding cocktail evening to allow the guests to mingle and get into wedding celebration mode. I wore a silver sequin dress for the ocassion to allow my bridal mehendi to be applied.

Haldi

One of the most memorable events at our wedding was the Haldi. The event was held at the poolside of Hotel Swaroop Vilas. The place was decorated with fresh flowers and vibrant yellow, green and pink fabrics draping around the area. I wore a simple plain yellow saree to keep with the theme.

Everyone got involved and we even had a ‘haldi fight’ (like a food fight only with haldi). A dhol player that made sure everyone was up and dancing. It was a super fun day!

Mehendi

On the evening of the Haldi, we held a Mehendi evening for the guests. I wore a sage green saree for the evening.

Sangeet & Ring Ceremony

We had an abbreviated Sangeet event together with an official ‘Ring Ceremony’ at the Rooftop Bar area at Hotel Swaroop Vilas.

I wore the same lehenga from Frontier Raas as Melbourne Sangeet but altered the look with my hair down. I added a rose in the hair for a romantic touch. Natalie Corteling came along with us from Melbourne and did all my hair and makeup for the destination wedding events.

Ceremony & Reception

The Wedding Ceremony and Reception were held at the stunning Hotel Fateh Garh poolside and outdoor area.

I wanted a quintessential Indian bridal look for the Ceremony. I wore a vibrant red and gold bridal lehenga I purchased from Frontier Raas. It’s minimalistic, yet still ‘bridal’. I used the jewellery to enhance my look rather than the work on the lehenga. It helped the individual jewellery pieces stand out more, especially the maharani necklace and the nose ring. Natalie Corteling kept the makeup natural with an emphasis on the bright red lips. I loved it.

Sri Lankan Wedding Overview

Back in Australia after a whirlwind of wedding celebrations in Udaipur, we finalized the details of our Sri Lankan Catholic wedding in Melbourne.

The wedding celebrations consisted of a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony in the morning at St. Mary Star of the Sea, a French Gothic Revival Catholic church. It is arguably one of the most beautiful churches in Melbourne with elegant architecture and ornate detailing.

In the evening, we had the reception at The Centre Ivanhoe, a hidden gem with art deco features reminiscent of 1930s Hollywood glamour that is all class. We wanted to find a reception venue that did not have the typical ballroom feel. The Centre Ivanhoe was perfect.

Sri Lankan Wedding Look

I wore an elegant white dress by Raffaele Ciuca. I felt like an absolute princess. I kept the jewellery minimal with Swarovski studs and a pendant necklace. I wore cream heels from Peeptoe Shoes.

Aunty Caroline of Caroline’s Final Touch did a classic bun for the strapless gown. I opted for a natural makeup style that emphasized my eyes and cheekbones and kept my lip color light. Natalie Corteling did an amazing job.

Trishan wore a tuxedo set we hired from Spurling.

Bridal Party Look

For the bridesmaids, I chose an electric blue, one-shoulder gown from House of Brides. Shoes were from Tony Bianco. They also went for natural makeup with a side-bun. We had lots of fun getting ready and wearing colorful robes as part of the ‘getting ready’ shoot.

The groomsmen wore hired tuxedos from Spurling.

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