Inside Ananya Bhandare and Jahan Tahiliani’s intimate wedding

Having a bridal wardrobe teeming with custom looks by Tarun Tahiliani is a dream for any missus to-be. Not only was Ananya Bhandare able to check this box, but an added twist made her wardrobe doubly precious for her — she said ‘I do’ in TT to exchange vows with the designer’s son, Jahan Tahiliani. “It really was the dream bridal experience, made extra special as I got to plan it with my father-in-law, who was super excited about the process too,” reveals the bride. “The best part was that he did not have any expectations for what I should wear. He encouraged me — as he does all his brides — to be myself, rather than fit into a mould.” The designer reiterates this mindset. “I wanted both Jahan and Ananya to wear exactly what they were comfortable in. The wardrobe had to be an expression of their individuality. They had fun in what they wore — that was the idea,” he tells Vogue India.

But before the wedding, comes the meet-cute. How did this couple meet? They first crossed paths at their childhood friends’ wedding, and went out on their first date two months later. “We have been together since that one night in June 2019,” says the groom, who is the founder of Tahiliani Homes, co-founder of online retail management tool Fabtrack, and a promoter at IT company Helios Next. He proposed to Bhandare — a health coach and founder of healthy snack company Jungly Delights — in October last year. The couple said yes to an intimate wedding in the bride’s home this February, followed by celebrations with their extended circles the following month. “We let our parents and siblings do all the planning. We were really just in-charge of enjoying our celebrations, which is all we wanted in the first place,” smiles the bride. “Both our fathers take great pride in planning their parties, and love to host. They were most excited to plan the wedding. Our mothers are more practical, and made sure all important bases were covered,” adds Jahan.

For the daytime spring wedding in Bhandare’s backyard, the theme was the ancient art form of Pichwai, enhanced with pastel and personalised touches. “I wanted the whole experience
to be really sensory. So we had an abundance of fragrant white flowers,” explains the bride. The music was carefully curated too — Indian classical for the ceremony and retro hits for the celebrations after. “I walked in to All You Need Is Love by The Beatles,” she adds. The food, helmed by the bride’s aunt Sonali Asgaokar, was a melting pot of the various cultures that make up the lineage of the two families. Think delicacies from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Sindh.

Source – https://www.vogue.in/

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