A Romantic Sri Lankan Wedding With Fresh Decor & Hearty Vibes

Shikha & Tanay

Snapshot

The thing about love is, you find it exactly when you’re meant to, not one moment earlier or later but, at the moment when it’s meant for you. And that’s exactly the case with this couple whose hearty wedding soiree we’re going to take you through.

Even though Shikha and Tanay have known each other for the longest time, often meeting at social gatherings, it was only years later and in a country 6100 miles away that love found them. How awwdorable, isn’t it?

Well, for how love-filled and dreamy their journey has been, their wedding was equally romantic and heart tugging enough to have you melting.

About The Couple

Their Tale

Shikha & Tanay’s families have known each other for two generations and hence, they’ve been family friends since they were kids. But, always only bumping into each other at social gatherings until Shikha visited her sister in Melbourne in June 2017 to help her out with her pregnancy. Tanay, already settled there and a regular visitor at her sister’s, showed her around and that’s when they got talking. After the trip, they started texting and facetiming everyday only to realize that this is meant to be.

The Proposal

A year into dating, they told their parents about each other and since then, all of them had only been talking about getting the two married. In one of the conversations, they came up with Sri Lanka as a wedding location and the couple ended up booking a quick getaway for a recce of the place. It was there that Tanay proposed to Shikha in a special dine by sea setup at Anantara Kalutara with champagne, candles, and tiki torches. Fast forward to July 2019, they ended up tying the knot at the same resort amidst their loved ones.

The Details

Wedding Planning & Vision

The couple was sure that they wanted a destination wedding and in Sri Lanka but because their parents had social commitments in Mumbai, they had to host a few functions there too. The entire wedding soiree was perfectly styled and planned by Purple Chariot wherein, their royal Mumbai pre-wedding reception was gracefully decked up by Vivaah Wedding Decor and their tropical, fun, and intimate Sri Lankan wedding was bedecked by Lassanna Flora. While the three teams brought the couple’s vision to life, Isrrani Photography captured all the magic and love of this wedding exceptionally.

Mata Ki Chowki

The couple’s Mumbai festivities started with a mata ki chowki hosted at The Thane Club. For the day, while Tanay wore an asymmetrical ultraviolet kurta by Sulakshana Monga, Shikha slipped into an edgy belted in deep red by Ridhi Mehra. Accessorizing her look with a velvet potli done in emeralds and pearls, Pakkhi gave her a fresh natural look with half-open wavy tresses.

Couple Shower (Pre-Wedding Reception)

Hosted at the Raymond Convention Centre, Thane, the function was one grand and royal affair centered around Mughal theme. Marked in red, ivory, and gold hues, the decor boasted of extravagant candelabras and chandeliers, drapes, carpets, and a bar inspired by Mughal prints, vintage vases, paintings and floral decorations.

The Couple Looks

For the event, the couple complemented each other in Rimple & Harpreet Narula outfits. Tanay donned a stunningly printed angrakha style kurta with a stole while Shikha wore a beautifully embellished lehenga in shades of ivory and blush. Namrata Soni did her hair in half-tied waves whilst keeping her makeup minimal. Shikha further glammed up her look with gorgeous diamond baubles and bracelets.

Pool Party

Hosted at the Anantara Kalutara, the soiree in Sri Lanka commenced with an emoji themed pool party designed in vibrant hues of yellow, orange and blue with cutesy emoji signages, hangings, and elemental decor were the highlight. The couple made quite a hep entry through the lagoon next to the pool on a speed boat accompanied with acrobatic jet skis.

The Couple Looks

For the fun time, Shikha wore a printed Sabyasachi kaftan dress with her Christian Dior flats. Mickey Contractor & Ritika Kadam both worked their magic and dolled her up for all of her ceremonies. For the pool party, Mickey gave her a no makeup-makeup look while Ritika did her hair in a ponytail braid which she accessorized with a pearl string setting a major trend.

Tanay, whereas, simply wore a blue Rohit Khanna Rahul Gandhi shirt with Armani Exchange chinos.

Sundowner Sangeet

The day pool party was later followed by a sundowner sangeet which was a tropical themed event with Srilankan influence. Truckloads of blooms, tropical flower and foliage decorations, canopies, lights, and candles made up for the decor. Bringing the party to life, the couple made their entry alongside kandyan dancers, fire dancers, and drummers. While local percussionists rocked the party with different acts, the families jazzy performances to bollywood numbers were a cherry on top.

The Couple Looks

For the night, Shikha went all glam with a Manish Malhotra black and silver skirt & top ensemble marked with a bold plunging neckline. A stunning diamond necklace with a drop shaped ruby, open beachy curls and simplistically elegant makeup completed her look flawlessly.

Tanay, on the other hand, wore an embroidered black jacket and white kurta set from Grooms by Cannes D’or perfectly coordinating with her lady love.

The Pheras

The Vrindavan themed pheras, hosted at the Avani Kalutara Pier, were a serene affair to be a part of. The mandap set against the lagoon backdrop was crafted with trees and further enhanced with cascading floral and foliage garlands and miniature bulb strings. Plethora of blooms with vessels and huge Radha Krishna painting cutouts decked up the mandap refreshingly with flute music adding the additional charm to the environs. Blue table settings, peacock cushions and cutouts festooning the roof looked equally mesmerizing.

Unique Details

While Tanay rocked his baraat in a vintage car, Shikha entered on a floating platform through the lagoon with traditional dancers welcoming her to live instrumental music.

Shikha’s Look

Shikha, for her pheras chose an ivory and pink Sabyasachi lehenga with intricate floral embroideries which she teamed up with exquisite oversized polki jewellery from Dhanraj Jewellers & Archana Gems. While a neat floral bun made up for her bridal hairstyle, light two-toned smokey eyes, flushed cheeks, a pretty pink lip elevated her look flamboyantly.

Tanay’s Look

Tanay perfectly coordinated with Shikha in a light pink Sabyasachi sherwani paired up with ivory churidaar and stole and maroon custom initial shoes by The Dapper Man.

The Reception

The couple’s “happily ever after” event was a fun party with Nakash Aziz & his band blazing up the night and the India vs Sri Lanka match televised along with.

The Couple Looks

While Tanay looked all crisp in a maroon SS Homme suit with Ferragamo oxford shoes, Shikha donned an eclectic Cea by Cannes D’or dress with Valentino heels. With hair up in a ponytail, minimal makeup, and no additional accessories apart from her chooda and mangalsutra, her chic look stole hearts.

Tips From The Bride

  • Start planning early especially with your outfits. 
  • Get help, be it for your outfits or wedding planning, be it family/friends or a professional.
  • Take good care of yourselves for at least six months before your wedding.

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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