Here's a peek at the fun wedding soirée of singer Akriti Kakar and her beau Chirag Arora in the capital city earlier this year
Listening to Akriti Kakar talk about her significant other feels like they’ve been together forever. “Chirag and I were acquaintances for almost five to six years, but we only started dating two years ago.” They met through a common friend, then ran into each other while shopping and soon realised there was something special. “In fact, I was travelling so much for work, we barely met or were in the same city for a long time, but it worked, it didn’t feel like there was any kind of distance between us,” she adds.
They decided to host the wedding in Delhi even though they are both based in Mumbai. “His family and my extended family live there; it made sense for us,” she recalls. As she runs through the initial planning stages, she adds, “Our family and friends in Mumbai travelled to Delhi for the wedding.” The wedding décor was executed to perfection by Atulya Ralhan and his team at Tramod Events.
Their four-day extravaganza was held from March 3 to 6, 2016. The functions comprised the sagan and sangeet, mehendi (for both, bride and groom), wedding and reception. The sagan and bridal mehendi were held at the Atrio Resort, while Arora’s mehendi was held at National Sports Club of India, New Delhi, the same night. The wedding was held at Amaanta Farms, New Delhi, while the reception was organised at the Delhi Gymkhana Club. “On the first night, his family and our friends surprised us with a performance narrating our story through song and dance. The décor comprised white and pink colours, while the added attraction was a photo booth set up with various celebrities that the guests could take a picture with,” she elaborates. The following morning, the bridal mehendi was held at the same venue, but by the pool side with lehariya dupattas and canopies to provide some respite from the sun. Kakar’s love of folk music saw her invite professional bhangra and giddha dancers to perform at her mehendi, “I enjoyed it so much that I almost spoiled my mehendi trying to dance. The highlight was the amazing macaroons with henna icing created by Sonal Goel Chopra of Piece of Paris, as giveaways for the guests,” she reminisces.
The wedding and reception
A truly Punjabi do, fun and laughter were the order of the evening. What’s more, it was a wedding with an open mike! “I’m a singer, my friends are singers, my sisters sing and Chirag loves music—it was only natural that we sing. Our pheras were held in a glass dome structure located away from the main lawn area.” They chose to have the pheras at the very beginning, after which, they moved to another area comprising a stage, where they performed and sang the night away. All their close friends performed, as she says, “There couldn’t have been a better wedding gift than the gift of music, and receiving it from your loved ones is an indescribable joy.” Their reception was a solemn affair held at the Delhi Gymkhana Club. The catering for all the functions was handled by Amit Dua, Founder, FNB India Catering, while the photography and videography was done by Wedding Twinkles.
Garb and finery
For the sagan and engagement, Kakar wore a lime green and fuchsia ensemble with badla work designed by Mayyur Girotra, with jewellery by Manubhai Jewellers, whereas Arora wore an outfit by Sakshi Katheria. For her mehendi, she was adorned in heirloom pieces, a lehenga by Bharti Brahmbhatt, while Arora sported an outfit by Renu Ahluwalia. For the wedding, she wore a Mayyur Girotra lehenga with jewellery from Shilpi Jewellers. Arora’s wedding sherwani was also by Girotra accompanied by a hand-tied safa. Her makeup was done by Sakshi Malik and hair by Shobha Kewal.
Photos in time
Kakar reminisces, “Usually weddings are such subdued events, but ours was a riot. If you could see an aerial video of the wedding, you would see groups of people dancing including us!” Upon much coaxing, she finally shares two of her most favourite memories, “The first one was at the sagan and sangeet when Chirag and his cousin hosted a performance based on a medley of my favourite songs, and the second one was the open mike performance at the wedding. After the pheras, we had an open mike performance where guests were invited to sing. I coaxed Chirag to sing with me, and we sang some of our favourite songs; that simple act was the most memorable moment of my life so far,” she concludes.
Photos: The Wedding Twinkles