The Big Day
The celebrations took place during the week with their civil ceremony first; it was no ordinary Monday! Guests were transported to the beach where they were greeted by the sounds of a Bollywood string quartet. The beach setting allowed the couple to get stunning portrait shots, making the most of golden hour and sunset. This was followed by a magical moment where guests created a twinkling archway of sparklers that the couple walked through to cut the cake.
It was an early start the next day for the pithi and mandvo ceremonies. This included the chundri ceremony where the groom’s mother and siblings place a dupatta on the head of the bride and give her gifts, and the pithi ceremony where guests place haldi on the couple, followed by a flower shower where they tossed petals on the bride and groom.
That evening the venue was transformed for the sangeet and mehndi party. Guests enjoyed mocktails and canapés and danced to classic Bollywood songs. Keeping with the filmi spirit Karishma’s sister Roshni and the bridesmaids performed a Bollywood dance routine straight from the pages of a Karan Johar hit. Games, a disco and traditional Gujarati garba dancing was a fun end to the evening.
On the final day the Baarat started with Ravi entering on a golf buggy to the sounds of dholis and a saxophone as smoke bombs released a rainbow of colours. Karishma entered to the sounds of a live flute.
The celebrations culminated in a grand cocktail reception with food, speeches and the couple’s First Dance as husband and wife. Karishma sums up: “Looking back at the photos, the whole wedding feels like a dream. Three days went by in a flash but these were some of the happiest moments of our life. Seeing our family and friends smiling and enjoying themselves in the photo means the whole world to us.”