Krishna and Sagar's Destination Wedding in Puerto Vallarta
- Author: Natali Grace Levine
- Wedding date: 05/07/2022
- City: Puerto Vallarta
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'Through all of the ups and downs we've endured over the years, we couldn't have asked for anyone better to go through life with.'
Krishna and Sagar met in college and have been together for almost 9 years. Sagar asked Krishna to marry him on October 31st, 2020 at Cop Cot in Central Park NYC. It was a real surprise for her.
Krishna and Sagar spent 12 months planning their 300-guest celebration. For the couple, the biggest inspiration was thinking about all of the little and big things people in their lives have done for them. They wanted to invoke a sense of gratitude throughout the whole weekend to the people that got them to where they are today.
Every event was a representation of a piece of their story, both together and individually.
Krishna designed the invitations herself and had them printed on recycled paper by Paper Culture. Traditionally, Indian wedding invitations are large with pages and pages of inserts. She did a digital illustration of the venue that was the crux of the whole design. They decided to place the invitation in a vellum wrap and sealed with a gold wax seal with a pressed bougainvillea petal.
Krishna’s engagement ring and both of their wedding rings were custom designed. They both wanted something classic that would stand the test of time, but also had a bit of personal flair to it.
For the wedding ceremony, Krishna wore both of her late grandmothers' gold bangles as well as her mom's ivory bangles that she wore to her own wedding.
They wrote a personalized handwritten note to each of their guests to place in their welcome bags.
Krishna had a total of 7 outfits for the weekend that she spent months curating from different designers in the US, UK and India.
Her Sangeet outfit was a yellow raw silk lehenga with intricate colorful embroidery, designed by Panache by Sharmeen.
And for their wedding, the bride opted for a custom ivory raw silk lehenga with colorful floral embroidery designed by Arpita Mehta. She completed a wedding look with a pair of strappy ivory heels from Valentino Garavani.
Duara made a matching Bandi set for Sagar to go with Krishna’s lehenga for their Mehndi. For the Sangeet, he chose a floral kurta set by Chatenya Mittal through Fabilicious Fashion that went perfectly with their colorful Sangeet vibe.
For Vidhi & Pithi Privah Official made a kurta set to go with Krishna’s saree. Rivesse Clothing made a custom sherwani to match perfectly with the bride’s wedding lehenga.
The first look took place at the pool at the Grand Velas Resort. They stood on the bridge that overlooks the beach on one side and the beautiful resort building on the other.
Sagar remembers he thought ‘Finally! Seeing her as my bride after so many years together was the best feeling - and it made me so excited for our future together.’
Krishna mentions that she was excited but a bit nervous about the day going smoothly, but as soon as he turned around she saw the smile on his face and all of her nerves turned into excitement and comfort that she get to spend the rest of her life with him.
Their favorite moment is walking into the Sangeet cocktail hour. It was the first time they were seeing all of their guests in one place and the feeling was indescribable. They remember how they couldn't walk more than two steps without a hug or a laugh, and Krishna couldn't stop smiling. This was an absolutely magical start to the weekend.
A tradition typical in Hindu weddings is to cover the groom's view with a drape when the bride makes her way down the aisle. Krishna wanted to make sure this moment was still special for Sagar. She had some of their close friends and family walk down the aisle before her. They were each holding a photo of the couple from each year of their relationship. On the back of the photo was a small note to Sagar, reminiscing on the memories they've made and all that is to come.
Krishna remembers that she had her eyes on the emerald green Seema Gujral velvet lehenga for over a year, and to her luck, Sharmeen had a sample piece in her studio the day she went to visit! It was even better in person, and Sharmeen worked with Seema Gujral's team to customize the blouse. It was such a luxurious outfit and even more stunning in person.
Rivesse Clothing made a custom green velvet tuxedo for Sagar.
Once they decided on a destination wedding in Mexico, they narrowed their choices down to 3 resorts. The moment they walked in the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Resort they knew this had to be the one. The level of service, breathtaking landscape and guest experience were unmatched. The resort really went above and beyond to accommodate their guests and worked with them every step of the way!
The wedding and reception palette was inspired by the lush greenery and beautiful hot pink bougainvilleas all over the resort.
After the reception program and dinner, Krishna changed into a breezy sharara pant set from Kalki Fashion so she could dance the night away!
The food and drink at this wedding was a collaboration between Chef Guarav Anand (CGA Catering) and Chef Guillaume Morance (Executive Chef at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit).
At the Sangeet night Chef Anand used Krishna’s recipe for mushroom shawarma that made her proud of.
The reception was a five-course plated dinner that Chef Anand and Chef Morance collaborated to execute. At the Sangeet night Chef Anand used Krishna’s recipe for mushroom shawarma that made her proud of. The back of the menu read "people who love to eat are always the best people", which was a hit with their guests.