Malavika and Varun’s traditional Mangalorean wedding was elegance exemplified.
Akash and Oriane
This wedding was a coming together of two culturally different people with Oriane being French and Akash being a Mangalorean!! But it was very clear from the start that the essence of the wedding had to be Indian. Infact the wedding lunch menu was created with Akash recollecting most of his childhood favourite dishes. Oriane’s love for everything mangalorean and their traditions was apparent when she insisted that her entry was to be to the sounds of traditional Naadaswaram.Akash and Oriane being based out of the UK needed to plan and manage their wedding in its entirety in Bangalore. Their need for someone at ground zero led them to call us. We managed every single aspect of their wedding from pre-wedding shoot, theme conceptualisation, vendor partner management right through to implementation of the events. The result was a beautiful, fun filled 3 day wedding!!!
Mehendi and Sangeet was at the Royal Orchid lawns, where we re-created an Indian Bazaar environment with a contemporary twist. It was a super charged fun evening with the clouds threatening to burst with rain but creating a perfect setting by hiding the sun to create a beautiful orange sky.The wedding was a traditional Mangalorean ceremony at the Tamarind Tree. The serene, vintage environment of the place was enhanced with traditional flower decor, the sound of the naadaswaram and a sumptuous banana leaf meal. The beautiful trees that adorn the venue had strings of suganadaraja flowers with marigold and rudrakash edges and brass deepams hung with floral kuchus.
Taj Westend lawns where decked up with hues of Red and a beautiful play of lights for the reception along with a hint of french elements to the decor. Oriane looked gorgeous in her blue lehanga and Akash very dapper in the blue Sherwani he wore complimenting his bride. A grand couple entry followed by informal greetings of the guests and dancing was a grand finale to the 3 day celebrations.
This was the first wedding we planned completely remote, meeting Akash and Oriane just 2 weeks before the wedding. There was such perfect understanding and harmony between the two of them that creating a wedding which had India at its heart was truly a joyous journey for us.
Both Niveditha and Nishanth were the official wedding planners associated with the venue i.e. The Tamarind Tree and were recommended by them and that's how we came to know about them. We are glad they were our wedding planners. They handled everything from coordinating with the guests, recommending designers, car rentals, house lighting, even organising pre-wedding shoot. From the very first Skype call, we just adored them and felt we were in good hands. Living in the UK and organising a wedding in India is quite complicated. We just wanted ourselves and our parents to relax and enjoy the event. Initially Niveditha and Nishanth agreed to set up few calls for introduction. It was a two way process as it was important even for us to know and be comfortable with our wedding planners. Slowly they got the feel of our expectations and quite frankly I don't think even we realised how much hard work went into all the events. During our Skype calls, It was evident that Niveditha was a highly organised person and we can assure you that it only comes with experience and a zeal to keep clients happy. We felt that due to her soft spoken nature people naturally listen to her and in her line of business it is an important asset. Both were very flexible and we often had calls that were quite late for them due to time difference. The Crimson and Cherry team set up few deadlines from the beginning and it was very easy to follow. We were in constant contact with questions, ideas, and expectations for our big day. Quickly, the team set out a presentation for our 3 days activity. We then decided on colour, themes, venues and budgets. It was very easy to work with Niveditha and Namratha as they always listened to our choices and added suggestions to our big day and that felt special as well. They even set up a WhatsApp group with our family members, like that everyone had a voice and I think this was an important way of communication. Due to time difference this way of communication was the best way to reach out to everyone. Once we arrived in India, we met with the team and went through the final details, they were available for us 24/7. They were always the first and last ones to arrive and leave the venue to make sure the decor, flowers and everything were matching as per our expectations. They organised all the vendors which was very relaxing for us, we just had to agree on a time and the team would handle everything else from the decor to the vendors (Mehendi artist, activities, makeup artist) and caterers. During the events all our family and relatives were just mesmerised with the way the Venus were decorated. Each event set a high standard for the other one to follow. It started with the Mehendi at Royal Orchid, the decor was absolutely stunning straight out of a movie set. Many relatives said usually after the Mehendi everything just slows down but in our case it didn’t and the next event, wedding was even more breathtaking. The venue Tamarind Tree gave a very traditional feel of a South Indian wedding and every detail in terms of flower decor, seating arrangement, program card just felt like the team practised it over and over again to get it right. But in reality they did it right the very first time. That shows their vast experience and networking skills to get things correctly.The reception that followed the next day at Taj West end was like a dream. The flower decor was stunning and we felt humbled with the way the team handled everything. The party went on till early hours of the day and Nishanth was there till the end to make sure all the bills were sorted with the hotel. While most of our family members left, Nishanth was there till 3am trying to ensure all our family members have reached home safely and coordinating with the transport. Niveditha and the team are always up for a challenge, we had specific ideas for having a , South Indian caterer and priest. They made sure they did their best to find what exactly we were looking for. Having looked back at the way things went we are so happy that we chose them to be our wedding planners. We feel like friends now and have asked them to visit us in UK during their travels. We would also like to thank Namratha who just fades away in the background and quietly gets on with her job. We gave her a last minute request of wanting to hire a videographer as the one we had hired was just a cinematographer and we had not realised that until the end. Without making any fuss she managed to get a videographer at the very last minute. We learnt an important lesson. If you are hiring a wedding planner make sure you run everything through them mainly for pricing comparison and most importantly the legal aspect and last but not least they are your wedding planner and they have the right to know if you are getting a good deal by external vendors or not. A month before our Indian wedding, we had a small wedding organised in UK for our close friends and family who could not travel to India. We were running around organising things and we told to both Niveditha and Nishanth that we wish they organised our UK wedding as well, so we could have a peace of mind. Working with Niveditha, Nishanth and Namratha was an absolute pleasure. They’ve been always available and giving very good advice in terms of getting the best out of our wedding. We felt confident that they added that wow factor to our special day and made everyone enjoy themselves for a wedding to remember. The Crimson and Cherry team are one of the best in their game in Bangalore with good contacts. If anyone needs personal reference and want to reach out to enquire about them please feel to reach out in person via email . We feel we owe it to the entire Crimson and Cherry team and this is the least thing we can do as a mark of respect. Hope to see you guys in UK someday. Lots of love and hugs Akash & Oriane