Before the moment slips away from me – I thought I would briefly share some inspiration from my once-in-a-lifetime trip to India this past November and our magical wedding in Bombay/Mumbai.
To spare those who have heard all the details many times over already I will briefly say that at the beginning of November 2012 over 120 friends and relatives from London, New York, Australia and India blessed us with their presence over what can be described as the most overwhelmingly magical week of our lives in the vibrant city of Mumbai. We had an East meets West wedding ceremony that included nights of rooftop dancing, balmy nights in sparkling saris which culminated in a magical outdoor wedding.
Here are some images from our time there, wedding prep and some from our Honeymoon following.
I guess it all started with my Bridesmaid cards. I had mentally shelved this Bridesmaid card DIY years ago from the founder of Rifle Paper Co. – its sweetness and simplicity had always stayed with me. I put my own spin on it by replacing the note-card insert with a ready made Will You Be My Bridesmaid? card by Rifle Paper Co.
I had seen wedding fans on blogs at a few weddings held in warm locations and loved the idea of combining a fan and our wedding programme. Luckily I found a printers in London who already had a circular die-cut [to get one specially made is expensive] and assembled 120 fans on lollipop sticks by hand.
It turned out it was worth it because the evening of the 23rd of November was hot, hot, hot!
These totes from Alphabet bags were fun, fun, fun! Fast forward to Mumbai…
A view of the thrumming city from our hotel pool and a languid stroll through the iconic Oval cricket ground.
Just another quiet afternoon on Marine Drive…
Cocktails and rooftop dancing with a view of the ocean…
Fabulous interiors store Bungalow 8
Gold Plated ‘x o’ earrings for my bridemaids – inspired by Bhldn and made by the talented Dalia Shamir.
Our wedding night…
Onwards to Calcutta for mouthwatering rooftop lunches accompanied by ubiquitous plastic chairs and the whirring familiarity of industrial fans.
A view of a leafy New Alipore from my Grandmother’s rooftop.
A peek into my Grandmother’s sister’s home in Calcutta, charmingly well-worn. Notice the subtle striped divide across the walls – unassuming brilliance!
Honeymoon in Goa…
The view from our hotel and fun stained glass drawings at Cafe Avanti. The serenader is hollering ‘Avanti! Avanti!’
Amazing layering of colours and patterns.
Pitstop at beautiful Goan pottery studio Monkey Business.
To end – a peek at some of my Holiday Haul!
White Earthenware bowls & Printed indigo bed-sheet, from Fabindia. Black clay Ganesh, from Colaba Market in Mumbai. ‘Goa’ landscape mugs, Candolim, Goa. Urchin ceramic bowl, Monkey Business Goa. Fish Lock, Bungalow 8, Mumbai.
Brass lamp bases and graphic blanket from Fabindia. Fish ornaments, Monkey Business Goa.
Grey Striped bedspread and printed curtains from Fabindia. Swimming fish ornament and Barnacles vase, Monkey Business Goa.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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