Tarisha and Devang were introduced by a family member in a “blind date type situation,” Given their professional backgrounds in the hospitality industry, they found common ground and hit it off instantly.
“Once our families decided to do the wedding in India, I had my heart set on Udaipur. My mother and I really wanted to do a royal palace style wedding,” said Tarisha.
Festivities commenced with a welcome party in Baroda at Sandesera Farm. Then, a welcome dinner in Udaipur on the rooftop of the Chunda Palace, mehendi at the Leela Palace, sangeet at Zanana Mahal, and the wedding at Jagmandir and ending with a grand reception in Baroda at Kabir Farm.
“The fun part was creating our wedding look. I wanted each of our looks to be special and coordinate with the event themes.”
The welcome party in Baroda was a Moroccan themed, deep blue and gold lanterned affair. Sanam Band performed and had the party rocking until the wee hours of the next morning.
The mehendi was a quirky colorful outdoor event on the beautiful lawns of Leela Palace. Colorful tassels, bikes and a bangle bazaar set a light and joyful mood for the event.
“The biggest challenge was planning an Udaipur wedding from California – working with vendors, getting an idea of what decor/flower arrangements would look like, and communicating quickly with my wedding planner given the time difference were difficult.”
The sangeet was a Gujarati garba themed event. Deep greens, blues and purples along with hundreds of candles outlined the already gorgeous backdrop of the Zanana Mahal.
The Wedding at Jagmandir carried a traditional theme, using red, gold and white, along with the traditional Indian “gota” flowers. “Jagmandir is such a gorgeous venue in itself, we wanted to maintain the traditional royal look with our décor.”
“The only reason I was able to do so much was because of the family we have living in Mumbai and Vadodara, who were a tremendous help in planning all of the details of the wedding.”
The reception was a grand event, combining pastels and floral fabrics with crystal chandeliers to craft a giant centerpiece-style chandelier made completely of flowers.
“It was a true sight! We wanted to create a very romantic evening so we added a lovely violinist and her band from Russia!”
The wedding shopping was done in Mumbai. The bride was suitably attired in Sabyasachi for the Welcome Party in Baroda, Anita Dongre for the mehendi, and a custom outfit from Arpita Mehta for Sangeet.
Tarun Tahiliani was Tarisha’s designer of choice for the wedding, and the showstopper from the Sabyasachi 2014 Ferozabad collection runway show was her immaculate selection for the reception.
The groom opted for Raghavendra Rathore for all events, along with a diamond headpiece given to him by his mom on the wedding day.
“The biggest surprise was how well the wedding was received by everyone – The feature in Conde Nast Traveller India and winning Silver for the wedding video of the year!”
“We worked very closely with our cousins Shivani and Arpit and uncles Sanjay and Subhash who were extremely instrumental in executing the planning of such a massive wedding…
We couldn’t thank everyone enough for helping us create this wonderful lifelong memory!”