Every time we believe that there can’t be anything more massive and awe-inspiring than this wedding, another wedding even more intriguing pops up and we’re only left gasping for air. And this recently happened to us after we got our hands on Malvika & Pranay’s wedding who celebrated their union at Goa’s best-kept secret, Aashyana Lakhanpal with enough grandeur and style.
Whether it was their vibrant poolside mehendi or whimsical sangeet, the multi-cultural vows or the high-spirited reception, there was everytime this ever smiling and a cheery couple who stood together like partners in crime do.
Kudos to the WhatKnot crew who yet again managed to cast their spell with these beautiful pictures.
The couple kick started their wedding celebrations with a poolside mehendi which was beautifully set up with colourful drapes, exquisite hanging bird cage decorations and marigold arrangements. To stay true to the vibes of the ceremony, guests were served with lip smacking chaat and chilled beers. A traditional folk singer was also invited on board to set the mood right by singing mehendi songs that literally got everyone grooving.
The mehndi was followed by a Sangeet ceremony the same evening which witnessed some exciting dance performances by the couple’s closest friends (and even their grandmothers).
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For the sangeet, Malvika wore a stunning powder blue Payal Singhal lehenga with a tasseled blouse. She perfectly teamed it with modern waves, fancy bangles and chandelier earrings. Pranay, on the other hand, wore a navy draped kurta & dhoti along with a yellow bandi.
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Malvika and Pranay’s Kalyanam ceremony was the simplest of all the wedding ceremonies, yet it had oodles of inspiration to give. Right from the minimal decorations done with banana leaves, marigolds and coconuts to the color-coordinated attendees dressed in white, everything about their Malayali wedding ceremony was pure elegance.
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Spilling the beans about their outfits for the ceremony, the bride shared, “We all wore traditional Malayali clothes. My mother in law arranged them all from Kasavukada. My saree had deer at the border, which was an ode to our home in Richmond, near a park with lots of deer. My jewellery was all heirloom. A necklace from my great-grandmother, bangles from my grandmother and earrings from my mother. My hair was simply straightened and pinned half up, with just a little eyeliner on my upper lids.”
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Post the Kalyanam ceremony, Malvika slipped into a basic white ethnic wear for her haldi & choora ceremony (that took place just before the Punjabi wedding).
After the traditional Malayali wedding, the couple further solemnized their love with a typical Punjabi wedding. Pranay made a dashing entry on an auto to the beachside jaimala location; Malvika arrived in style with her friends under a unique phoolon ki chaadar with pink lotuses hanging off.
The color scheme for the ceremony was red, white and gold. The mandap was decorated in tuberose curtains and kaleeras, with a backdrop of walls adorned with diyas and tuberoses.
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Malvika looked breathtakingly beautiful in her Dolly J Chikankari lehenga with a floral blouse and peach dupatta which she paired with signature Anita Dongre jewellery. Pranay, on the other hand, looked classy in his ivory sherwani from Dhruvesh, which he accessorized with a stole, emerald & kundan mala and printed safa.
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An outdoor reception set up outside a beach hut was the perfect way to wind up the celebrations. Keeping it all casual yet stylish, Malvika wore a bright yellow crochet top and skirt from Arpita Mehta, with dainty statement earrings, while Pranay wore a simple white shirt from Shantanu and Nikhil, with a pair of printed trousers.
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White drapes, pretty table centerpieces containing fishing bowls and pictures of the couple were some of the décor highlights. However, the most fun part of the ceremony was a game where the guests voted for “who is most likely to”, using paddle boards with Pranay and Malvika’s faces.
From the bride: Pranay and I technically met before we were even born. Our moms used to take the local together to work in Bombay, while pregnant. We have both lived in Bombay, Singapore and London, thanks to our moms jobs. We spent the first 19y of our lives pretending to hate each other, but I must admit, we always knew something was up. It took a bit of alcohol but we started dating part way through university. It’s been a fun 6 years, and pranay proposed to me just as we were gearing up to buy a home together. We went back to our first date restaurant, he made me believe it was the proposal, waited for me to be disappointed, and of course angry, and popped the question in our living room. Romance and pointless fighting are our sweet spot.
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Wedding Photographers: What Knot Wedding Photographers | Wedding Planner: Florance Flora Celebration | Location: Aashyana Lakhanpal | Bride’s Punjabi Lavan Phere Outfit: Doly J Studio| Bride’s Punjabi Lavan Phere Jewellery: Anita Dongre | Groom’s Punjabi Lavan Phere Outfit: Dhruvesh, Ghatkopar | Bride & Groom’s Kalyanam Outfits: Kasavukada | Bride’s Mehendi & Sangeet Outfit: Payal Singhal | Groom’s Mehendi & Sangeet Outfit: Ensemble | Bride’s Mehendi & Sangeet Jewellery: Sabyasachi (Bangles), Minerali (Earrings) | Bride’s Reception Outfit: Arpita Mehta | Groom’s Reception Outfit: Shantanu & Nikhil | Bride’s Reception Jewellery: Anthropologie