Published by - The Wed Post | 15 minute read
When Deepika, being a passionate wedding decor designer herself, decided to tie the knot, the wedding was sure to be one gorgeous affair! A spectacular treat to the eyes, Deepika's wedding to her childhood sweetheart Dheeraj was a stunning amalgam of Manglorean and Bunt traditions - also an eco-friendly, sustainable one - something we believe a lot of modern couples are opting for now. Read on to know how they planned it all…
The story begins with Deepika falling in love with Dheeraj, whom she happened to be friends with since the very beginning. Having a love-hate relationship with her favourite childhood companion, confidant and what millennials called their ‘BFF’, the couple always knew that they were meant to be together forever, and hence decided to seal the deal!
The couple, wanting a traditional Kannadiga wedding, also decided to incorporate a ton of eco-friendly, sustainable elements into their big day. To up the sustainable game further, Deepika also ensured that the outfit she wore for her engagement was an 'upcycled' one apart from having a very special part in her heart. She refurbished her mother's 35 year old bridal Benarasi saree into a gorgeous lehenga for the ceremony.
Talking about the journey of planning it, Deepika says, “Being an architect and lover of history, art, and culture, I initially wanted to get married at an old stone temple, but after a lot of hindrances we decided to proceed with our Plan B of getting married at a venue which was beautiful and surrounded by trees. We both absolutely love nature and try to practice execution of eco-friendly designs at every wedding that we are a part of."
"Angana’ was one of the two venues I always wanted. With a natural outdoor amphitheater, a gorgeous pool that looks like a temple kalyani, a courtyard house. It had to be the best spot for our small intimate wedding.”
Emphasising further on incorporating sustainable elements in the wedding, Deepika adds, “We wanted our wedding to be an extended portrait of our likes and character and to be unique in every way. Since I lean more towards minimal eco-conscious designing and decor, we made sure that our wedding was a minimal waste affair with absolutely no plastic being used! Since I love Raja Ravi Verma paintings, we also used my collection of painted frames as a photo booth during the wedding."
"From birds crafted of stuffed cloth, local flowers, to coconut fronds, every part of the decor too was designed keeping in mind the concept of sustainability. We sourced reusable fabric to make cloth napkins to avoid the use of paper and laid out baskets for them to be dropped, washed and reused sometime in the future. Water and food were served in crystal and ceramic ware and we strictly prohibited the use of plastic bottles and single-use disposables throughout the wedding.”
Deepika also wanted to pass on this idea to her guests and decided to do so through her well-thought wedding favours, which she picked after a lot of planning. She says, “Our return gifts during the Mehendi were Intricate zardozi clutches for the women. Wedding day favours were tiny basil plants, and organic coffee sourced from Coorg. During the reception, we had portable cutlery and hand made bags filled with stainless steel cutlery given out to all guests to remind them of our eco-friendly wedding.”
The entertainment bit of their ceremony was conventionally South Indian in nature! Talking about it, the bride adds, “Artists like Chenda Melam players, Pili Yesa also called as tiger dancers, Yakshagana dancers and Garudi Gombe or super tall Street puppet dancers performed at our wedding to entertain the guests and give them an insights of our traditional culture also to relive our childhood memories.”