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Karan &Bidhatri Wed A la filmy style
Text: Ankita Jain
Photo: Photo Concern
Weddings have not changed. Celebrations are grander and the parties louder, but they are still founded on age-old rituals and customs. What has changed is how people choose to mark the beginning of their lives together. Bringing alive Karan Chaudhary and Bidhatri Pokhrel’s talk of the town wedding, WOW digs into the details.
From the beginning, Karan and Bidhatri knew they wanted to keep their wedding traditional. The sangeet and mehendi, the parties and the selfies between all the ceremonies were just a few embellishments to the celebration. And not-to-miss it was a ‘head to toe’ five star affair with all the ceremonies held at a hotel. Hold your breath as the grand wedding unfolds.
It was not love at first sight. When asked how they met, Karan passes the question to Bidhatri and she pushes it back to him, Karan finally answers with a hint of smile, “We met through a common friend.” Bidhatri adds, “Our first meeting happened in Barista.” So it all started over coffee.
Bidhatri’s curly- hair and Karan’s bespectacled personality stubborn and raw in the expression of his love for her lingered over several meetings, much like an old romantic song played in loop. Love was definitely in the air. Karan proposed to Bidhatri in the most unusual way. “She was returning back from a movie when I asked her out for a drive, eventually expressing my feelings towards her,” says Karan. “She didn’t answer right then. She made me wait for more than 17-18 hours,” chuckles Karan. Bidhatri explains, “He had given me some time to think, but being impatient, he called me the very next morning at 5am. He wanted his answer. This led to a quick meet the same day at Café Soma in Baluwatar. Karan asked again and I simply said yes.”
The tradition of ring exchange during wedding ceremonies dates back 6,000 years. Exchanging rings with promises, Karan remembers, “We had dated for three and a half years. Eventually I met her parents, she met mine and both our families came together.”
February 22 was the day Karan probably listened to Beyonce and put a ring on it. At the engagement, the camera followed them around as they got acquainted over food, guests, photo sessions, everyday occurrences, conversations and interactions. Karan says, “Though it was extremely personal, the camera and crew made the uncomfortable moments easier. And there were many.”
The wedding was customised by the couple giving the celebrations new colour. “We made sure that guests had good memories to take back,” says Bidhatri.
Post engagement there was a six-month gap to the wedding. And it gave ample time for them to decide on the wedding theme, guest list, attires among others. “I travelled to a lot of places for my wedding shopping. I had hand-picked attires for other ceremonies other than the wedding from the places I visited like Delhi and Kolkata,” briefs Bidhatri.
About the guest list, the couple says, “We tried our best to involve almost everyone in our known list to come and be a part of our three day celebrations and rituals.”
Mehendi and Sangeet
Both bride and groom agree that a traditional blend of elements was the highlight of the functions. To capture the candid moments Karan invited Riva Bubber from India. “She is a well-known Bollywood actress and a full-time photographer. Besides, there were four different photography teams to handle the crowds. Capturing the people was a huge aspect for us and we didn’t want to miss any one,” explains Karan.
“Since the Mehendi was an afternoon affair on a bright sunny day on July 9, it was vibrant. Every aspect of the ceremony had a colour theme and distinct cuisine,” Bidhatri remembers. From décor to delicacies, extravagance was the key. “Food, artist, and themes were different for all three days,” exclaims Karan.
The same evening Sangeet was organised in the Rajput theme. The couple danced to a romantic Bollywood number. This pre-wedding ceremony also brought the two families closer.
The Big Day
Lights, camera, action! The girl and boy waltz in slow motion. The teary-eyed mother hugs her daughter as the flower-bedecked sedan makes its way out of the venue. Cut to Karan-Bidhatri wedding on July 10 where shimmering lights go on, champagne bottles pop and glasses clink. And the groom enters the extravagant set holding his girl on his arms.
Bidhatri walked in Manish Rai’s red bridal couture, keeping it traditional. Karan wore an Ashish N Soni customised attire. “My Delhi-based designer handled everything very well. For the wedding, it was a white jacquard fully embroidered pearl sherwani with a red kurta underneath and churidar,” shares Karan. “I chose Manish because I have always loved his designs and I wanted to be a Nepali bride on my big day,” Bidhatri exclaims. “For me getting married to Bidhatri was the main objective. I wouldn’t have minded getting hitched in the most casual attire,” laughs Karan.
No stone was left unturned to make the ‘holy matrimony’ a swanky event. Minor details were taken into consideration. “I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. The only reason it turned out huge was that I knew a lot of people in Nepal and I couldn’t help it. Despite checking and rechecking the guest list, I still missed a few,” says Karan.
For the wedding venue, the groom says, “We didn’t require scouting far and wide for the perfect wedding destination as all we wanted was a location suitable for all and Soaltee was the best.” Also, the fact that Soaltee Crowne Plaza hosted his dad’s wedding which turns out to be the first ever wedding hosted by the hotel.
For the reception on July 11, Karan wore an onion pink Banarasi silk achkan with antique silver swarovski work and a kurta and bottom to match. “It was again an Ashish N. Soni design,” highlights Karan, adding “I gave the designer complete freedom to create whatever he felt would look good on me. He blended the traditional- contemporary theme which best suites my personality”.
Their big fat wedding ended with a quick getaway over three days for the Chaudhary family. “My brother had come all the way from Dubai and I thought it would be a great way to see him off,” says Karan.
Ask them about their honeymoon and Karan already has a plan. “We are still planning and giving Rara Lake or Shey Phoksundo National park a thought. We might go in February when the weather is in our favour.”
What’s follows a great wedding? Well, it is the hashtag which combines the name of both bride and groom. With the Karan-Bidhatri wedding, the social media was flooded with pictures with the hashtag #trikaran. Altogether there are more than 192 pictures posted on Instagram.