The Story Of Kresha Bajaj’s Dreamy Udaipur Wedding: With Details & Exclusive Pictures You DO NOT Want To Miss!
Kresha Bajaj, the young designer behind the label Koëcsh, married Vanraj Zaveri earlier this year at Udaipur’s Leela Palace. While this might leave you wondering if this is yet another generic celebrity wedding with an overdose of bling and no taste, think again. Kresha Bajaj does not do traditional. In fact, she is the quintessential modern bride with contemporary tastes in Indian wear and a serious dislike of jewellery. What sort of bride was she going to be?
“Vanraj, who is quite the traditionalist said he wanted the works; Mehendi, Sangeet, Wedding and Reception,” said Kresha in a recent article. But the bride surprised herself with how happy she was to get onboard with the idea, once she realised how much it meant to him.
With the itinerary decided, they started looking for venues that would cater to both their tastes. The Leela Palace in Udaipur ticked all the boxes—the hotel is made like a palace and therefore catered to Vanraj’s need for a traditional wedding, while the edginess in its architecture drew Kresha to it. They’d keep the Udaipur events intimate, and wrap up celebrations with a grand Reception party in Mumbai.
Since the bride and groom are self-proclaimed control freaks and were clear about what they wanted, they chose Aditya Motwane’s team of wedding planners (MEW) to implement their vision. Kresha had seen these pastel origami birds, and was inspired to include birds in a pastel-themed Mehendi while Vanraj was clear about wanting a traditional white wedding.
Origami birds and cushions in soft pastel shades used in the Mehendi decor
Mehendi flower arrangements with lemon & oranges added
Rajnigandha flowers used for white traditional décor
Hints of pink added to the white flowers in Mandap & Jaimaal
While the planners started to work on the décor, Kresha began building her wedding trousseau. Her Mehendi and Sangeet outfits were easy to design, so were the outfits for the groom and bridal party. But her wedding lehenga had her stumped. Vanraj wanted them to be in white and gold outfits, but who was going to create this traditional lehenga for Kresha that she actually loved? She combed through the best stores in Mumbai city but nothing worked for her. “I needed an outfit that would have exquisite work but not over power my petite frame. Finally, against the advice of many people, I took the call to make my own lehenga—it would have my signature designs while still being traditional,” said Kresha. Having decided she was making this on her own, she suddenly had the freedom to make it exactly her way and the craziest of ideas were possible to implement!
She knew she wouldn’t wear her wedding lehenga again but wanted to use it in some form or another. Inspiration struck when she remembered how a newlywed in an episode of The Real Housewives had gotten her wedding dress framed and put up in her house like artwork! But what should she have on her lehenga that not just looked like art, but was meaningful enough to be framed? Her love story with Vanraj? Of course!
It took months to make the lehenga. The bride and groom’s names were embroidered onto it to form a chevron pattern, as were important moments of their life together—from dating milestones to the proposal, and a hem of jumping dolphins that signified the place where everything began for them.
Their names embroidered onto the lehenga
Proposal scene on the lehenga
The Venue, Leela Palace, was one of the scenes on the outfit
Meanwhile, Vanraj was at work creating jewellery designs for Kresha to wear at all her events. Surprisingly, what he showed her were the first pieces of jewellery Kresha ever fell in love with
Slowly but surely, all the pieces of the puzzle were fitting in together. The invites were sent out.
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And before they knew it, the day was here—they were on their way to Udaipur to kick start wedding festivities with the Mehendi ceremony.
As guests made their way to the Leela Palace, they were informed of the wedding hashtag - #VanGoneKre (a play on the bride and groom's names) through a flag on the boats on which they were being ferried across Pichola Lake.
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In pastel outfits embroidered with birds, Kresha & Vanraj stepped into the sun-bathed Mehendi venue. Hanging origami birds, hints of pastel hues, a painted wedding sign—all the little details had come together to create a beautiful sight.
Kresha in a lime green lehenga with a prominent bird motif on her off-shoulder blouse
Vanraj in a powder blue kurta and Nehru Jacket with embroidered birds on branches
Kresha’s sister, Karyna, in a lavender lehenga with bugs embroidered on it, standing with her brother, Krysh, in a beige kurta
Kresha’s mother in a lime green sari
Pretty painted sign for directions
Image Courtesy: Samyukta Nair
Simple mehendi design on the bride's feet
They had decided on a royal Indian theme for the Sangeet. Accordingly, Kresha had designed a completely embellished contemporary lehenga for herself in royal blue that glittered softly in the evening light, while Vanraj’s kurta was in a textured blue fabric with a black Chinese collar.
They had an intimate Sangeet party, where family and friends put up a great show with choreographed dances, including a super cute couple's dance by Kresha & Vanraj and a girls' dance on the song Gulabo from the movie Shaandaar (video below).
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The bride was dressed head to toe in pieces that had been created out of love that day. Her wedding lehenga, where every motif and every kali had her love story woven into it, and her jewellery, which had been designed by her groom especially for her - this was the most special day of all.
She wore fierce Giuseppe gold heels with her traditional lehenga!
Makeup Artist Namrata Soni & Arti Nayar | Venue The Leela Palace, Udaipur | Wedding Planners Motwane Entertainment & Weddings | Jewellery by Vanraj Zaveri | Outfits of Bride, Groom & Bridal Party by Kresha Bajaj | Photographers The House Of Pixels