The bride’s best friend spills all the details on how they met and finally, wed!
Darshana: This is my best friend, Kinjal. She will tell you my wedding story.
Kinjal: Such a formal introduction!
*giggles from both girls*
Darshana: Arre how else should I introduce you? As my college friend, who is often mistaken for my sister because that’s how close we are? Happy?
Nayan: If you two are done with your shenanigans, can I tell them about how WE met? The thing they actually want to know about?
Darshana (sitting up straight): Hanji, pati dev.
*both girls break into a hysterical laughing fit*
That’s Darshana & Kinjal for you. Two best friends, who have been inseparable since the day Kinjal stepped into college as a first year student. Nayan & Darshana, though, is a story that begins at the other end of the spectrum.
Kinjal: They hated each other the first time they met.
Nayan: Yeah, HATED. Dislike would be too subtle a word!
Darshana: We met through family friends, so our interactions had an air of forced formality. By our second meeting, things took an “interesting” turn.
Nayan: She handed me a list of friends she wanted to set me up with!
Ummm, guys…how is this story going to end with you two getting married?!
Nayan: After our meeting, Darshana went back to this friend she thought was perfect for me and started singing praises about how amazing I was. Her friend ended up asking her, “If he is such a great guy, why don’t you keep him for yourself, huh!” That one line gave her food for thought. The rest is history :)
Kinjal: What followed was 6 months of wedding planning, with Darshana’s mom & I running behind her with color swatches and jewellery brochures every time she came back from her work trips. She wasn’t in any hurry but we just pinned her down by October and started taking her places to shop. We also visited a ton of wedding exhibitions in Mumbai’s St. Regis, JW Marriot and NSCI. Vivaah is one name I remember. We managed to get lovely pieces for her trousseau from designers across the country this way, but when it came to the outfits for her main functions, she was one fussy bride! She was unable to find “the one”.
After months of searching, her mom finally just designed her entire wedding outfit. She was so pleasantly surprised when the ghaghra was delivered that she exclaimed “This is exactly what I have been looking for and yet couldn’t find it!” Well, mom’s instincts are bang on, aren’t they!
Before we kicked off wedding festivities, we had a spa day with Darshana instead of a typical hens night out. It was a group of us who got together to treat the bride to a day with her girlfriends – it was our way of pampering her! :)
Next, Darshana & Nayan had planned an offbeat cocktail party with friends at a lovely farm house near Lonavla called Le Farm. The property was right on the lake and the weather was just perfect that day. It started off at 3 pm and by evening, we had played several games of beer pong, boys v/s girls cricket, etc. Once the sun went down, the after party began! Darshana’s black dress was from Chemistry.
Back in Mumbai, the main wedding events began. For the mehendi, she wanted an unconventional outfit that was not just ethnic and classy, but also comfortable. We got it from a designer named Khushboo of Pink Chiffon. A little something special we did was we gave handmade gota bangles from Pakistan as souvenirs to the guests.
Then there was a Sagai and Sangeet that happened on the same day, followed by the wedding itself.
Darshana was a bubbly-happy bride throughout, right from her bhangra entry to graceful bidaai. She had non-stop fun at her own wedding, and I expected nothing less from someone like her! But there was one quiet moment that stood out for me, leaving all the laughter-filled insane images in a blurry backdrop. The image of the glow on Darshana’s face when Nayan applied Sindoor and tied the Manalgsutra around her neck. It’s as if those few minutes are frozen in time for me. It was when I realised what the celebrations were truly about - just the simple love and warmth shared between my best friend and her new partner for life.
The Couple on Photographer, Jodi Clickers:
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Photography: Jodi Clickers | Wedding Jewellery: Golecha Jewels | Cocktail Outfit: Chemistry | Cocktail Venue: Le Farm, Lonavala | Mehendi Outfit: Pink Chiffon by Khushboo Shah | Sangeet Team: Nilesh Thakkar | Bride's Sangeet Outfit: Sochael by Sheetal, Vile Parle | Mehendi Artist: Asif and Team | Mandap Mahurat: Blouse from Raw Mango | Wedding and Sangeet Makeup Artist: MUA Prajakta | Wedding Venue: Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu