A blasting scene of energetic orange, reds and yellow welcome us and this traditional take by Knotty Affair gets La Bride deep in awe! Akanchsha and Guillaume’s wedding is a wondrous surprise and an unmistakably one of the best Indian weddings we have so far. Vibrant and lively, the pictures not only do the talking, we have a beautifully choreographed video to go along with it as well, allowing a better and clearer insight on this one hell of a wedding!
The traditional ceremony of applying Sindoor precedes everything. With Akanchsha in a vibrant pink and yellow saree and Guillaume in a white and orange dothi kurta, each had their foreheads marked with the red sindooram, significant for marriage. The tying of the sacred red band, Kalava followed, a Hindu symbolism tied by the priest at prayers, warding off significant evil. Guillaume had his band tied at his right while Akanchsha now married, had hers on her left.
The ancient tradition of Varmala is kept, where a beautiful garland of flowers symbolizes a proposal of marriage. Here, Akanchsha and Guillaume each loops a yellow garland over each other’s head, relinquishing half of their spiritual energy to their partner in a marriage.
The big day was all the more colourful. In a stunning red saree grey pumps , Akanchsha looks stunning with all her jewellery in her red veil. Guillaume was nonetheless handsome in a traditional Indian sherwani and a colourful and striking turban.
Their love story began when Guillaume went for a semester exchange in India. The first time he went after her with a bouquet of flowers, Akanchsha was so surprised by his act. What started as a friendship soon became a relationship and Akanchsha realised she really wanted to be with him when she caught a flight from Paris to Dubai then New Delhi, all the while crying non stop for 7 hours from Paris to Dubai!
Their wedding ceremony in Jai Mahal Place was spectacular. Built in 1745, it is a stunning piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, a great example of Indo-Saracenic architecture set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens. An it is within this palace gardens where their wedding ceremony took place. Beautiful orange and dark pink drapes adorned the canopies and garlands off little orange flowers are seen hanging everywhere. The groom wedding procession follows with Guillaume looking handsome on his horse.
Guillaume’s sister applied some sindooram on Guillaume and the ceremony continued where both were holding objects of blessings while prayer was read. Then they sprinkled rice into the wedding fire. It represents prosperity, fertility and bounty and is believed to ward off demons. Then, the saptapandi (seven steps)/ seven rounds around the Holy fire is performed. Representing a legal part of Hindu marriage, they go round the Holy Fire as a witness to their vows they made to each other.
Guillarme applies Sindooram to Akanchsha, and now they are officially married!
The reception was a fun and lively one with all guest getting together for some celebration. Here we have a picture of Akanchsha with Guillaume’s mum with a glass of champagne in their hands, looking joyous for this occasion. More dances ensued and every corner was filled with people cheerfully dancing to the beats. Lights go on and off blazingly as the dancefloor became a place of expression.
Thanks again to Akanchsha and Guillaume for this wonderful piece of their wedding and not to forget Knott Affair at their accurate and beautiful capture too!
Photography: Knotty Affair