A closer look at Arpita Mehta and Kunal Rawal’s wedding wardrobes

Skipping the bright hues typically worn for the mehendi, Mehta wore a mint green lehenga with traditional aari embroidery in light turquoise and cream thread work, accented with mirrors. She paired this with a multi-layered Russian emerald and polki necklace by Krsala with a maang tikka and statement earrings from Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas — “the most stunning earrings I’ve ever worn,” she says of them.

Mehta designed her own mangalsutra with black beads and a heart-shaped diamonds — a classic design high on repeat value. Her mother-in-law asked her to design her wedding ring too. The designer chose to use the princess-cut solitaire horizontally, and flanked it with baguettes for a unique look.

The modern Indian groom

Rawal, who has changed the way Indian grooms dress with his inimitable take on men’s occasion wear, had a singular vision for his own wedding wardrobe. He wanted to step out of his comfort zone and have some fun. “So often, grooms get bogged down by what’s expected of them sartorially. I did not want to place any such pressure on myself,” he says. Case in point: his sangeet outfit. Instead of simply picking something from his recently- concluded couture showcase, he designed a new look from scratch. He went with a deconstructed sherwani that is his label’s signature sangeet look. It featured a kurta, waistcoat and deconstructed jacket with geometric and floral embroidery, worn with slim breech pants. The scene-stealer? Pussy bow detailing on the kurta and cuffs for an unexpected touch. “I wore this with my favourite shoes — Pradas I bought back in 2015,” adds the groom, who was styled by Anaita Shroff Adajania for the functions.