Real Weddings: Destined To Be Together

Fate had it all planned out for them, of course along with their pugs and families. Sujata Vijay Mahtaney and Kartik Kapoor take us on their journey. 

It was meant to be.

Kartik and my father have been friends and have worked together for years. But we only met each other at a dinner in Kartik’s house in Bengaluru when my family and I were visiting the city. We barely spoke to each other that night. I added him on Facebook a few weeks later, after which we had endless conversations and we grew close to each other. That led to Kartik calling me at 5 A.M., drunk, to tell me that he loved me. And the rest is history.

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-4_121019054542.jpgSujata and Kartik during their wedding ceremony in their mandap

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-1_121019054645.jpgThe quirky table setting

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-2_121019054727.jpgThe décor of their sangeet ceremony

We have too many similarities.

We both are the youngest in our families, are Aries, have/had pugs, and love flat-faced dogs. We are also in the garment industry and are North Indians from the south of the country—I’m a Sindhi from Chennai while Kartik is a Punjabi from Bengaluru. We both have traditional South Indian names and proper Sindhi/Punjabi surnames, and we both love to cook.

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-10_121019055407.jpgThe couple plays traditional games after the wedding

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-18_121019055456.jpgThe couple dance away at their sangeet

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-12_121019060840.jpgSujata with her pug

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-8_121019055528.jpgPerformers at the sangeet

My childhood dream became a reality.

We looked at multiple destinations in Europe and the Middle East for our wedding but nothing felt like home. We then decided to get married at our family-owned hotel, the Park Hyatt, Chennai. I had envisioned having my wedding there ever since the place was built. Everyone working on the wedding treated it like their family wedding.

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-16_121019055734.jpgSujata and Kartik take the stage for a performance

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-15_121019055803.jpgSujata enters with her brothers under her floral chaadar

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-17_121019055828.jpgSujata's mehendi

The most memorable moments of our wedding to me are:

My entry led by all my bridesmaids and followed by my brothers and I. The beautiful mandap, the Ganesha at the property, and my little pug sitting with us in the mandap, becoming the star of the night, and getting his solo photographs taken.

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-6_121019055943.jpgThe bride's jewellery for her wedding day

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-14_121019060008.jpgKartik gets ready for his wedding

My advice:

Enjoy the madness, it never comes back, and you’ll feel a void when it's done.

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-7_121019060126.jpgSujata gets ready for her wedding

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-11_121019060643.jpgBowl decorated with rose petals


The Bride and Groom’s engagement outfit: Both wore Sabyasachi.

The Bride’s wedding outfit: Jayanti Reddy and Raj Mahtani Couture Jewels.

The Groom’s wedding outfit: Rohit Gandi +Rahul Khanna and kalgi, jewellery, and sehra by Mrinalini Chandra.

Wedding Photographer: Monisha Ajgaonkar

Wedding Designer and Planner: The Wedding Design Company.

Catering: Park Hyatt, Chennai.

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-3_121019060439.jpgThe couple right before their sangeet

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-9_121019060522.jpgTable setting at the reception

118-119-the-planner-sujatha-wedding-13_121019060555.jpgPlate ready for the haldi ceremony


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