Raaj & Shivali | Lost and found

PART I: RAAJ + SHIVALI


In the majestic baradari of 'The Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur' happened the wedding of two lovebirds who met-parted ways-then found their way back to each other again for life: Raaj & Shivali. The wedding that gave us our first ever award, The Weddingsutra award for the best cocktail for our theme: CLUB PANTHER. (PART II, RAAJ + SHIVALI)

While designing the weddings, we learn so many things. This was probably one of our most challenging weddings, but it was by far the closest to our hearts. (We actually end up saying that for the most of them, but truly!) This wedding has taught us so much!

From bringing local elements on the tables, using local artisans in every way, sourcing local fabrics from the smallest lanes of Jodhpur, working with NGOs to create props and accessories. We loved every bit of this one!

DAY 1

The Valentine's Dinner

An extremely intimate sit down dinner at the poolside of the palace. We laid a table for fifty of the close family and friends of the couple. We believe intimacy comes from details, where every small thing is taken care of. When a person sits on the table, they feel the warmth the family has to offer; of how close they are and their presence is valued.

Details like hand rolled napkins in the shape of roses, personalized name place cards, specially word-crafted menu cards, brooches and chocolates in glass boxes as giveaways, and a postcard for each of the guests to write their special message for the couple.

The fondest memory of this night? Our guests walking around with a glass of wine in their hand and our strawberry skewers on the other, which they picked off our table arrangements! And that was how it was meant to be!

What a beautiful feeling it is to witness such moments.


DAY 2

Mehendi

Rajasthan, The epitome of rich cultural heritage. Be it the sight of twirling kalbeliyas, embellished camels, colorful turbans, beautifully hand-dyed leheriyas or a gush of vibrant colors everywhere!

The Mehendi for Raaj and Shivali was an experience where each element was carefully designed, created and curated by bringing every element from streets of Jodhpur to the palace of dreams.

The entrance imagined as a flower mandi which led to a Rajasthani Mela at the front lawns of The Umaid Bhawan Palace. A magical ceiling made up of leheriya fabric and hundreds of crinkled balls made of leheriya fabric. With a wish to always do something small on our part , we used waste fabric to create the crinkled balls made by the ladies of an NGO.

We believe the look can only be nailed when you create it around an element and multiply it into hundreds to create impact.

For the love of pompoms that our couple had, we used a whole lot of pompoms everywhere. From a full blown backdrop to ceilings to dining tables, cushion covers and even our floral arrangements.

On a trip to the Jodhpur local markets, our hearts were stuck on something we saw most of the shopkeepers eat their meals out of: A BRASS TIFFIN BOX. And hence started the story of the dining tables with tiffin boxes as centerpieces.