I would love so much to be a henna artist, wouldn’t you? To design temporary but stunningly beautiful mehandi on skin, to create intricately detailed decoration for a bride on her best day… to have even the tiniest little bit of these guys’ talent… So forgive me for focusing rather a lot on the images of Gaayatri’s beautiful henna art on the morning of her wedding to David.
There’s more of course: the vibrant florals, stunning Indian dress and fabulous celebrations which go on all day long in today’s Hindu-Punjabi fusion wedding. Gaayatri is so beautiful, in a dress designed by Surily G in Mumbai. The soft pink tones and sparkling details are just out of this world! I hope you all enjoy the pictures which tell the story of David and Gaayatri’s vibrant, fun, joyful Delhi wedding from our friends at Linus Moran Photography.
Being a hair and makeup artist I couldn’t bring myself to trust anyone else but me to do my makeup! I opted for soft smoky eyes with nude pink lips, keeping the complexion natural and dewy. I knew exactly who was going to design my dress, we spent a fantastic afternoon in Mumbai together where we decided the style, fabrics and colours. When I finally saw the dress it was perfect. Surily Goel was the designer based in Mumbai – her boutique is Surily G. I couldn’t recommend her highly personable and attentive approach enough. My jewellery was a wonderful gift from my Mum, very traditional, predominantly gold with uncut diamonds and tourmaline stones. My shoes were a 1970’s inspired espadrille, metal studded platform sandal by Christian Louboutin, they’re gorgeous!
David wore an ivory brocade sherwani and turban of traditionally vibrant wedding colours from Ameeran in Delhi, Ashish & Shewta assisted throughout the fitting process so everything was perfectly tailored. The stole was made by the dress designer Surily to complement the bride.
Wedding photographer’s website:
I’ve known our photographer Linus’ wife since school days and had seen his work on Facebook. It really was one of those moments where the stars aligned! We couldn’t afford to fly people out to India but it transpired they were planning their honeymoon in Kerala which coincided with our plans to marry in Delhi! We were thrilled that they accepted our invitation to join our wedding celebrations. We loved Linus’ documentary style of photography and we were delighted that Linus was happy to work to capture our day despite this being a very special trip for him and his wife too!
Linus is a true magician when it comes to his work. He was totally unobtrusive, we rarely knew he was there but the amazing images he captured really told the story of, not only the wedding day itself but the ceremonies before and after. Linus catches moments that most I’m sure would miss, he’s such a creative spirit we simply put our faith in him to do what he does best. The pictures speak for themselves with not a single awkward “smile for the camera” moment. The style of his photography has allowed us to see our wedding from so many different perspectives building on our own wonderful memories.
Seeing our wedding photos for the first time was exceptionally emotional, we had a few sneak previews which really built up the anticipation but when we saw the final images it took us right back to the day. So much happiness and colour all naturally captured. We couldn’t have wished for a better series of unforgettable images to cherish. I have the app Linus set up now on my mobile phone and there is rarely a day when I don’t look back at this most special of times.
Contact & bookings: Linus Moran Photography, Dorset
We were really lucky that we had the offer to use the spectacular home of a family friend in the sought after Golf Links estate, New Delhi.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A beautifully amazing fairytale full of colour, emotion and happiness.
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We had a fairy God sister! Gaayatri’s Sister, Namita planned EVERYTHING for us with the help of friends and family. She knows us so well it was perfect!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Have a wonderful family who simply want the best for you!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
To this day I really have no idea what the costs involved were. All I can say is a massive thank you, it really was the perfect day.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
The invitations were designed by Gaayatri in consultation with an in house designer at a small independent printers in Delhi.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
I’ve never seen so many flowers! While there is no bouquet flowers were everywhere, there must of been thousands of marigolds adorning all areas. The mandap was also beautiful with floral strings and rose garlands exchanged as part of the ceremony.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The setting was already beautiful, including a marvellous art collection. The flowers added to the sense of ceremony extending to the garden and outdoor catering.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We were really spoilt and everything was bought in with the exception of the cake!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Our host made the most delicious baked Alaska a personal favourite!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a DJ playing an eclectic mix of Indian and European music across generations so there was something for everyone. We had our personally appointed mixologist who kept the cocktails going throughout the reception which was a real treat! The food was exceptional too, a buffet service ran throughout the day with an incredible array of Indian, Asian and Italian dishes.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Be in the moment, if your day is what you want it to be it will be the very best day of your life – don’t let it pass you by without regularly taking time to reflect on everything that surrounds you, the sights, sounds, smells, emotions….everything!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that we have made a lifelong commitment to be with our respective soulmates, that we will forever have the love, support and trust in each other to manage whatever life has to offer.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
www.surilyg.com – dress designer
instagram @ameerandesign – Indian couture
instagram @beautybyg_thelook – Makeup artists and hair stylist
Linus Moran Photography
www.rajumehendiwala.com – henna artist
www.anandcaterers.com – caterers