Whimsical Wedding With A Surreal Decor & An Adorable Couple
Riccha & Andrew
Overflowing with unbound happiness, hearty laughter and pure love, Andrew and Riccha’s beautiful wedding is nothing short of a fairytale; a fairytale that we women as little girls always dreamt of. What began as friendship, journeyed over the years towards a happy together forever, leading up to a wedding celebration that’s romantic and dreamy in innumerable ways. For how even the tiniest of elements were planned to perfection in a way that’s personal to the couple’s story, this #drewgothisrich wedding will have you swooning over.
About The Couple
How they met
Riccha & Andrew’s is a cute and funny story. Riccha recalls the first time she met Andrew in their city while she was hosting a pub quiz. Being the sole participant in a crowd of many many groups competing, he counters questioned everything of hers which lead to a friendly banter between the two. When later Riccha went up to him to apologize and offer a consolation prize he asked her to have dinner with him instead. And hence began their two-year-long friendship which developed into a serious relationship with its own share of ups and downs finally leading to a forever and always.
How are they as a couple
Andrew is your perfectly dressed, belt that matches his shoes, never wears black to the office, 50 shades of (almost) the same grey suit, graduated from a ‘kind of a big deal’ university’ Wall Street guy. Whereas Riccha is star-struck, an engineer turned dancer/ singer/ baker/ writer; always trying her hand at different things to save up to ultimately make her current dream come true kind of girl. But together, they are like no other.
The bride spills the beans saying, “We are happily weird and normal and not normal and silly and kind and happy and hangry and definitely in love. We watch TV shows like a religion. We love to explore new places and cultures, we play music like it’s part of our routine (like breathing) and we care about food. A lot.”
The Proposal Story
As a Christmas present, Andrew decided to take Riccha and her sisters to a skiing vacation in Taos, New Mexico where they were joined by his 2 best friends from college. On the last day of their trip, they took the ski lift to the top of the mountain and at golden hour (also the same time the mountain closes so they were the only people on the mountain, and some ski patrol officers of course) in the snow and the sunlight, he got down on his knee and asked her to marry him.
As envisioned by the couple, their wedding was an intimate affair with most of the functions having less than 100 guests. The theme for the entire soiree was elegant and romantic and included fresh flowers, greens, and classical musicians to curate a warm and cozy kind of atmosphere. It was neither over the top nor minimal but, a perfect blend of the two with both the western designs and Indian accents complementing each other. While the wedding decor and style was exceptionally curated and executed by The Mogra Collective, the lens of the photographers Anup J Kat and Sharan Ranjit and the ace cinematographer The Wedding Filmer made sure to capture the essence of the wedding in their frames beautifully.
The Welcome High Tea & Drinks
Andrew & Riccha’s wedding celebrations began with a casual, relaxed and outdoor welcome high tea which was later followed by welcome drinks with a modern vibe and a touch of glamor at the Sly Granny, Bangalore.
The Couple's Looks
While Andrew wore a Studio Bas custom made suit with a Ferragamo belt & shoes, and Riccha wore an AMPM outfit and paired it up with Louboutins. She opted for an effortless look with minimal makeup and classic blow dry hair. For the drinks later in the evening, she slipped into a stunning blue Marchesa dress teaming it up with Ferragamo shoes, Mauve unit earrings, and a watch.
Themed around a tropical garden brunch with a blue and green dress code for the guests, the poolside mehendi was a super fun affair with tropical elemental decor, lots of floral and foliage arrangements and games and activities. T-shirts with the hashtag #drewgotrich, agate necklaces for the girls, props for the Survivor games, cornhole for the guests to play, a beer canoe, etc., quirked up the ceremony by multi-folds.
The Sangeet Night
The theme for the glamorous night was enchanted forest and incorporated a vast use of ferns and foliage. With elements like white flowers, candles, wood bases, chandeliers, and a LIT ceiling with cascading bulbs, the venue was a perfect blend of classic elegance and contemporary. With lots of performances and Riccha’s performance with her band, the night was one great party.
The Sangeet Looks
For the glam sangeet night Riccha & Andrew color coordinated in the hues of midnight blue and looked absolutely outstanding. While Andrew looked dapper and crisp in a Studio Bas suit, Riccha looked all princessy in a Zara Umrigar gown with sequined embroideries. Leaving her hair open in loose curls and opting for glam makeup with nude lips, she surely slew the evening.
The Haldi Ceremony
The haldi ceremony was one traditional affair brimming with fun and laughter. The decor was done using lotuses, mogras, gendas and greens and classical musicians undoubtedly lent a surreal vibe to the function.
For the ceremony, the couple donned breezy chikankari outfits in yellow hues according to the dress code and looked so radiant.
The wedding decor couldn’t have gotten more whimsical and dreamy tbh. To set a super intimate and romantic tone, the decor was done in hues of ivory and light pastels. Pretty fresh flowers and a bulb-lit open ceiling marked the entire venue - The Leela Palace Bengaluru making it a sight to behold. Done in floral arrangements, white drapes and a ceiling with cascading floral garlands, the mandap no doubt was the highlight of the venue.
Riccha walked down the aisle with her parents on the song ‘Time after time by Margaret Whiting’ radiating in her ethereal beauty. She chose for herself a classic Indian bridal look but with a modern twist. While she donned a red Sabyasachi lehenga she had her hair down in soft curls stunningly crowned by a three-stringed matha patti. Gorgeous jewelry from M Rajsons Hiranyam & heirloom troves, minimal chooda, glam makeup with red lips completed her look flawlessly.
Bridal Party Look
The Bridal Party roles were filled only on the day of the wedding. Riccha’s sisters were bridesmaids who wore gorgeous Prathyusha Garimella outfits. Whereas, her four best friends were her bridesmen donning matching printed Bandhis from Bottama Menswear run by Bangalore stylist Sucheta Mittra.
The ivory & lit-up reception venue was subtly amped up with shades of maroon using flowers lifting up the ambiance.
The US Event
Held at the Barr Mansion in Austin, Texas, the theme of the wedding was Farmhouse Glam, i.e., a perfect blend of farmhouse rustic but, with a dash of glam. Light hued flowers, lush greens, and lights marked the entire decor.
The venue had a theatre style seating as after the couple’s entry, their wedding movie trailer was screened which they enjoyed with flavored popcorn. It was then followed by the sangeet style performances, speeches and loads of dancing. For wedding favors, A DIY personalized Jute Bag was curated with goodies like coffee from the Salawara estates of Coorg, Karnataka and chocolate buckeyes from the state of Ohio.
Tips From The Bride
The Bride connotes, “Spend some time to research the kind of wedding you want to have. There is nothing more stressful than not knowing what you want. Things will go wrong. There is no getting out of it. Accept that they will and try and enjoy yourself. You might get into quarrels with your family members over stupid things over the course of wedding planning. Choose your battles and also know that they really only want the best for you. Lastly, in the whirlwind of it all, try and find little pockets of time where it’s just you and the groom. It’s these little moments that breathe life into you when you’re tired, sleep deprived and sick of sitting and getting your hair and makeup done.”
Story Written & Published By: Divya Arora
Edited By: Neha Garg Ahuja
Riccha & Andrew's magical wedding video choreographed by The Wedding Filmer