Real Weddings: A Tale Of Two States

Dr. Karan Sokhi and Rhea Chandok crossed the border for the sake of their love. They give us a sneak peak into their happily ever after and what went down when they tied the knot. 

Ours is a global love story.

Karan’s family is from Nairobi. He was living in the UK and I was living in Mumbai when we met at a wedding in Bali, Indonesia in 2017. We got to know each other after several trips between London and Mumbai.

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-6_120319054758.jpgThe couple signing to Mr & Mrs. Rhea and Karan pose for a photograph

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-10_120319054903.jpgMiniature truck as a part of the décor

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-11_120319060532.jpgRhea's henna with a stethoscope to denote Karan's profession

Karan had planned a day full of surprises.

He took me boating, followed by ice skating and then to a lovely dinner at one of the best Chinese restaurants in London. He asked me to come up to his room, saying he had forgotten something he needed to give me. When we got there, it was beautifully decorated with flowers and candles, and Karan asked me to marry him.

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-1_120319055023.jpgFloral decoration for their haldi ceremony

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-15_120319055108.jpgLabelled straws

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-8_120319060620.jpgRhea's bouquet for her church wedding

I had a dream team for my wedding.

My makeup artist Biance Louzado made me feel like a princess and the Camera Crew captured all our special moments beautifully. We got married at the Gurudwara in Khar, Mumbai and the other functions were held at the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. Every wish of mine was fulfilled and each thought was put into action.

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-2_120319055227.jpgFlavoured jello shots

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-16_120319055316.jpgGotapati décor elements for the haldi ceremony

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-9_120319060708.jpgRhea entering the church with her father for her church wedding

The most beautiful moment for me was when I walked into the gurudwara.

It was decorated with flowers in pastel peach, pink, and cream. And Karan was sitting there, waiting for me. He smiled as I approached him, and that immediately made me feel calm.

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-18_120319055622.jpgThe Gurudwara

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-17_120319055711.jpgThe couple at the Gurudwara

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-19_120319060800.jpgThe table set-up for the couples signing

I love lehengas.

I wore one for all my functions; the designs and cuts of the blouses were different, of course.

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-5_121719015714.jpgRhea and Karan's pre-wedding shoot

Rhea getting ready

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-3_120319055939.jpgThe couple pose with the haldi decoration as their backdrop

My advice:

Tell your parents honestly about what you like and what you don’t. No matter how much you plan, if something goes wrong on that day, you are still going to enjoy every minute. If you don’t agree on something, make a deal on who gets the last say on which part of the decision making. It’s always a fun and easy way to get through disagreements.

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-4_120319060123.jpgThe couple cuts the tower of cupcakes

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-14_120319060217.jpgKaran dancing during his baraat



The Bride and Groom’s outfit: Manish Malhotra, Jade by Monica & Karishma, and Disha Patil.

The Bride’s jewellery: Gehna Jewels.

The Photographer: Camera Crew.

Wedding Planner: The Wedding Company.

Wedding Designers and Flowers: Vivah.

Catering: Taj Mahal Palace and Foodbiz.

Entertainment: Aman Nagpal.

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-13_120319060325.jpgKaran's family gets him ready to get married

116-117-the-planner-karan_1-2_r-12_120319060423.jpgThe couple pose for a romantic picture


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