Chandni and Ankit’s Wedding at Aamby Valley
Hi MWP brides! I have got a fabulous treat for you today! When it comes to wedding venues in India, Aamby Valley pretty much tops the list. It’s iconic, luxurious and yet very romantic, and this wedding is proof. At MWP, we have covered more than 60 real weddings and as wedding bloggers we have come across plenty others, but I’m yet to see a wedding this gorgeous! Here’s Ankit and Chandni’s spectacular wedding at Aamby Valley captured artfully by Aanchal Dhara Photography. Their wedding themes are bright and beautiful! The decor is eye-popping! The wedding venues are striking! And the bride and groom are utterly gorgeous! This is definitely a must-see opulent meets classy chic Indian wedding that you can’t afford to miss! To say we’re obsessed is kind of an understatement!!!
Everything about this wedding is beautiful. But a few things that stood out for me were:
1) For a bride whose wedding wardrobe has it all- from Pallavi Jaikishen to Manish Malhotra to Sabyasachi to her stunning wedding lehenga designed by Anjalee Arjun Kapoor- We loved Chandni’s philosophy on her gorgeous wedding dresses. She wanted to wear the dress, not let it wear her! Way to go girl!
2) A wedding this grand- and yet, the couple planned it all themselves instead of relying on a wedding planner! That takes a lot of guts (and efforts)! Plus, we absolutely loved the creative wedding themes and jaw-dropping decor.
3) The invitation card was amazing as it had a video invite on a tablet given to all the guests. Wow!
4) I know I’m ga-ga about Chandni’s wedding attire. But I have to add by saying I adore her taste in bridal jewelry as well! Look at those stunning maang tikka’s she adorned for her pre wedding functions – one with pearls for her mehendi, another with emeralds, a diamante one for her sangeet and a matha patti for her wedding. She’s such an inspiration for brides-to-be!
Meet the couple- Chandani and Ankit
Cute couple alert! These two met at a common friend’s birthday and started dating in college. Ankit proposed to Chandni at summer school in California Berkley. They dated for 4 years before they got engaged in April 2012. Ankit proposed for marriage by making a special movie and screened it in a private theater with all their close people in attendance. Heard of anything like this before? This is what dreams are made of!!! (Straight out of a movie I must say, haha!)
Ankit and Chandni’s wedding was all about royal charm and modern elegance. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Aamby Valley, this wedding is exactly the fun themed, flower-filled celebration you’d imagine.
White wedding before the wedding day
Proceeding to the spacious grassy ceremony area decorated in white and overflowing with floral arrangements, Ankit and Chandni celebrated in style with an English styled wedding before their traditional wedding the next day. Guests were dressed in white outfits. The beautiful bride, accompanied by her father, was adorned in an exquisite white and gold gown. Guests watched the bride and groom recite their vows while their dog was the ring bearer!
Royal Red and Gold Traditional Wedding
Chandni and Ankit truly accomplished their wish: to have their friends and family feel comfortable and have lots and lots of fun at their wedding. No doubt, everyone had an amazing time, a day that they will never forget It’s a fairy-tale wedding and the very talented wedding photographer Aanchal Dhara brought every stunning design detail to life. Our team at MWP is honoured to be part of such a beautiful wedding. We sincerely thank the wonderful couple for sharing their wedding with us.
From the bride
Chandni your wedding was spell-binding! Tell us more about it…
Our wedding was opulent and traditional. We had colour schemes for each event. Cocktails being blue pink and purple, Sangeet was Red black white, wedding was completely traditional and royal with heavy reds and golds. For the white wedding we had a beach carnival. With blues and yellows.
I enjoyed planning the clothes, décor, flowers, drapes, entertainment, even the designing of the card was amazing as we had a video invite on a tablet given to all the guests.
We loved your wedding outfits. You looked stunning!
I researched a lot about my wedding attire. But since I was a child I always wanted to wear red on my wedding day as I felt that was the colour a bride has a right to wear on her wedding. Like its meant for her only. I also had a white wedding on the day before my wedding. Where I wore a beautiful white and gold gown again rightful colour for an english bride.
How about hair and makeup? Did you already have a style in mind or did you work with an artist to find your perfect look?
I wanted to be very simple with hair and make up. Because I believe that after 30 years of seeing my pics at the wedding I want to still look the same. And not hideous and completely bizarre. So mickey being obviosly the best in the industry gave me that look. He is known for his simplicity and class.
Looking back, was there a moment that you remember from your wedding that stands out as the most wonderful and cherished moment of the day?
I remember the white wedding, where we exchanged our extremely funny vows and my dog was the ring bearer. I also remember by sangeet where me and ankit danced. And lastly the moment of truth when ankit filled my head with sindhoor and made me wear the mangalsutra making me his forever.
How did you choose your photographer? Did he/she deliver to your expectations?
I saw Aanchal Dhara’s work online and really liked her a lot. Though at that time she had just started out , but I had confidence in her abilities.
Any other experience you would like to share with us? Is there anything you would have done differently? What is your advice to our brides-to-be?
I was a very detail oriented bride. In my white wedding I could have focused on more details. I also suggest to new brides that now there is a huge influx of these upcoming designers so don’t be in the race to just buy big designers lehengas which I did. Go for very trandy styles, cuts and colours. They make you stand out on your special day. Jewelry is very important according to me. You should have a right balance of matching and contrast. Don’t overdo with wearing all your heirloom jewels. Mix and match and see what fits best.
Thanks Chandni! You are an inspiration for MWP brides!!! 🙂
Venue: Aamby Valley, Lonavala
Photographer: Aanchal Dhara Photography
Cinematographer: Harpreet Bacher –The wedding story
DJ, EMCEE, Entertainment: Mika Singh, Harshdeep Kaur, Minisha Lamba
Hair and makeup: Mickey Contractor, Hemali Shah
Lehenga designer: Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi, Anjalee Arjun Kapoor, Pallavi Jaikishan
Mehendi: Najma, falguni bhen