Akshaykumar & Shreya Mumbai : The Lockdown DIY Home Wedding
When two people in love decide to get married, it doesn’t matter if it’s in a 5-star hotel, at a beach or home. All that matters is they have the people they love and seek blessings from!
From wanting to have a big fat wedding to doing a humble ‘at home’ wedding, here is the story of two love birds who have known each other since high school!
How They Met
Shreya and Akshay both studied in NM college. They first saw each other ten years back. Since both aspired to become Chartered Accountants, their paths kept crossing. From being in the same class in college to going to the same tutorials, they always kept bumping into each other. They even had the same set of friends! Finally, they decided to tie the nuptial knot after dating for 8.5 years. Ideally, they wanted to have a quintessential ‘band baaja baaraat’ type wedding, but God had different plans for them.
In the wake of the lockdown due to Covid-19, they decided to have an ‘at home’ wedding. From inviting 800 guests for a wedding at The Lalit to marrying in front of 20 close family members at Shreya’s house, their wedding was one roller-coaster ride!
The Wedding Story
Once they decided to get married, they had seven days to plan a home-wedding, with no outfit, no decorator, no garland, etc. Reminiscing her planning days, Shreya said “We truly understood the meaning of “Necessity is the mother of invention”. Since they couldn’t buy anything from outside, they made everything on their own. Yes! DIY decoration, garland etc. For her outfit, she mixed and matched her blouse with her mother in laws outfit and teamed that up with her sisters wedding jewellery because where there is a will, there is a way!
The next seven days were spent in –
1. Making a DIY garland with artificial flowers and pearls which Akshay’s grandmother already had.
2. DIY decoration – including making a Mandap with 2 dupattas and a photo booth (best out of waste)
3. Making a DIY cardboard Black Jaguar for the groom’s entry because that was the only way he could have entered in one!
4. Making a DIY cardboard Doli for Shreya to enter in.
5. An 11-minute Virtual “Sangeet” which was a surprise for Shreya featuring dances from 25+ family members; ft. Modiji and SRK
The couple tied the knot amidst the blessing of near and dear ones along with few guests attending virtually. Thinking about how the marriage went, Shreya mentioned: “I learnt a valuable lesson that day – Sometimes we can find happiness even in the darkest of days!”
Now isn’t this a lovely story with a lesson for all of us. 🙂
The Dream Team
Bride’s MUA: Meraki – MakeUp&Hair By Ritika
Hair Stylist: shabana_shaikh_1
Event Planned by Mauke pe Taufa
Photographer: Snapped Studios