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Akshata Weds Guru

By Mandakini Dev Sharma

Weddings in the South Indian state of Karnataka are very auspicious events interwoven in deep traditions spanning many centuries of unaltered customs. It is usually arranged for the bride and groom like it was for Akshata and Guru who had an elaborate and fun filled wedding not forgetting the traditions of their ancestors.

Akshata Weds Guru

Bride, Groom & the Wedding Planner
Akshata recently completed her MBA in finance with distinction and is an international level tennis player. Guru holds a master’s degree in Agriculture Business Management, is also a gold medallist and a sports person from college. Both the families decided to merge traditional wedding management and etiquette with an innovative approach by La’kiru – the Wedding Lounge. The marriage was planned and executed with utmost style and elegance. From designing the bridal trousseau and wedding dècor to management services, including traditional ceremonies, this design house did it all.
Lakshmi Keerthi, the founder director of La’kiru, created bespoke garments for the bride, groom and their families fired by her passion for styling. Her entourage of wedding planners, fashion designers, tailors and decorators brought everything under one roof making it easy for the couple to make fast and positive decisions.
The fusion dress created by La’kiru for the bride had the same theme where colours used were symbolic to the colours of the beetle leafs, beetle nuts, turmeric powder and sindoor used to formalise the alliance. The lehenga-choli was created out of kanjeevaram silk that is the most sought after fabric for an occasion of this nature. The ceremony took place at the Sheraton Hotel and had a purple dècor theme. The ‘tree of life’ concept was used all over the venue where orchids and lamps gave an ambience of soft warmth and comfort.
The lush green lawn, beside the pool of the Imperial Jayamahal Palace was the venue for the mehendi ceremony. Bells made of brass adorned the structures erected around the venue. Bright yellow and orange was the theme for this afternoon function. Marigold flowers and drapes formed decorative patterns in an ethnic style. The bride dressed in a short lehenga-choli and jewellery suited for an Arabian queen looked stunning. Colourful goody bags with dry fruits and bangles were given as takeaway presents.
Varapuja is the honouring of the bridegroom whose feet is washed by the father of the bride and is welcomed into the family. During this event, the La’kiru team organised a special entry at the splendid Bangalore Palace, for the bride and the groom. The theme for the event was taken from the festivities of the Royal House of Mysore. The groom was dressed like a Maharaja in an off-white and maroon bandhgala with a peacock motif created especially for the wedding. The bride looked stunning as well in a deep blue silk saree completely hand-embroidered and adorned with timeless jewellery.
The Musical Notes
During the mehendi function there was a twist with Punjabi dhol beats playing alongside the DJ. The groom was welcomed by a troop of musicians and trumpeters from Mangalore and brought in to the venue by little girls doing a Bharathnatyam recital. After that the sound of the Vedas reverberated on-stage. The bride was brought on a palanquin or doli covered in white jasmine to the chants of Mahalakshmi Astakam. The aura created by these universal sounds left the guests mesmerised.
The Reception
A ‘fairytale princess’ theme was chosen for the reception held at the Bangalore Palace. The groom wore a suit in precious wool and velvet. The bride took on a totally exquisite avatar, adorned in rose pink and diamonds. Some receptions in India are held before the wedding and this was one such event.
Muhurtam/Wedding Day
The tying of the thali (sacred chain) is what makes the bride and groom, man and wife. The bride looked resplendent in a gold and silver saree embellished with stones, pearls and rubies to match the diamonds, rubies and gold worn on her neck, hair, arms and feet. The groom dressed in rich silk wearing the Mysore peta or turban looked no different from a maharaja. This event was also hosted at the Bangalore Palace which was decorated to suit royalty.
Personalised invitation and wedding stationary
La’kiru designed a wedding logo matching the couple’s tastes which was used in all their wedding stationary like invitation cards, trousseau and gift packing, goody bags, RSVP cards, shagun envelops to even the placards used in the wedding transport. They had even embroidered the logo in a very subtle way onto the wedding garments and mehendi that is drawn on Akshata’s hand.
The photo shoot and video creation
Akshata played the role of a model during a pre-wedding photo shoot wearing 6 new dress-creations conceptualised by La’kiru in six different looks. The excitement of the bride and all those special moments were also filmed by La’kiru’s creative videographer, to be watched in posterity.

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babita [ 05 Oct 2012 ]
i dont have enough words to praise...but yes its a dream wedding ..or i can only say 777 stars*******to the team.and my beautiful akshata was looking most beautiful bride of this universe.she is real Indian diva.may good god be with her always.i can say stylish,moderate,and well traditional wedding.