Akshara, daughter of Radhika and Prakash Kundalia, tied the knot with Anant, son of Sheel and Ewanth Parekh, at ITC Kohenur, Hyderabad recently. This cosmopolitan mélange of a Marwari Jain with Telugu traditions was indeed a grand one.
The ceremonies that went on from March 9-11 saw a Mehendi, Mangala Snanam, Holi lunch, sangeet, and wedding. Even though coronavirus had broken out and people were nervous about the outbreak, close friends and family members, from all over the world, were all present in attendance.
The celebrations were the last time everyone met before the lockdown, and those memories are what’s keeping them going now.
This fun ceremony was accompanied by a delectable breakfast with a South Indian menu crafted only with millets as the main ingredient. The Mehendi was hosted by the bride’s aunt, Renuka Choudhry at her residence and was a close-knit affair. That was followed by a Mangala Snanam, the bride’s making ritual, hosted by the Telugu side of the family. The function saw close family members coming together, early morning, to Bless Akshara with a splash to fill her life with love and joy.
A Holi wedding calls for a Holi party! This fun and colourful afternoon was all about the eclectic décor, yummy street food, Mehendi, drinks, a rocking DJ, dhol and guests on the dance floor. The fourth function was a sangeet at JRC Convention Hall. This musical night had family members singing and dancing the night through. Apart from the couple’s romantic dance, there was a mesmerising ballet performance by Ashrafi Ginwala, the bride’s childhood friend.
Finally came the D Day, where the beautiful bride was dressed in a traditional South Indian gold and pink Kanchivaram saree, with a mix of their family heirloom jewellery and modern interpretation of the traditional pieces. The wedding ceremony was a simple Jain-Vidhi that was solemnised in a beautiful setting with a floral mandap of lotus and roses. The ceremony was completed with the traditional blessings with haldi rice from all family elders.
Keeping in line with the theme, the ‘baraat bhojanam’ had celebratory cuisine from the Marwadi, Telugu, South Indian cultures along with the world-famous menu from the ITC kitchens. It was rounded off with delicious desserts – Walnut Halva, Rasmalai, Badamki Kheer, Khubanika Meetha, Fresh Sandesh, and Kulfi Falooda. The carefully tailored wedding was organised by One Wedding, who blended the family traditions and unique style with their timeless, sophisticated designs.
Prakash and Radhika
Sridhar and Renuka Chowdhury with brides family
Anant and Akshara with family
Anushka Shetty, Akshara, and Anant