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Inside celebrity planner Devika Narain and ace photographer Joseph Radhik’s intimate wedding

“What constitutes the perfect wedding?” inquires Joseph Radhik, one of India’s most sought-after wedding photographers and the founder of Stories by Joseph Radhik, who was behind the lens to capture the high-profile nuptials of Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput Kapoor as well as Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. “The ideal celebration,” he says, “is akin to a house party, where you can do whatever makes you happy because you’re surrounded by people who love and accept you the way you are. I had this epiphany after Devika and I worked on Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s wedding in Tuscany,” he adds. It’s hardly a surprise then that when he wed celebrity wedding planner Devika Narain, the guest list included just about 150 close friends and family members, an especially intimate crowd considering the duo has lent their expertise to weddings with up to 1,40,000 guests in the past.

Professional pursuits led to the couple’s first encounter. “It was the quintessential meet-cute. We met in Bali around 2013 when working together on a wedding. Literally, the only memory I have is that I put my camera near her eyes and blinded her with the flash. Fast forward two years later, we were doing a multi-city wedding that kicked off in Jaipur. She was the lead designer onsite, and the preparations went on for almost three weeks. We landed up spending an inordinate amount of time together. By the end of the project, I stole her away to Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh. The trip lasted only for a few hours as we both had flights after. I remember our drive to the airport at 4am, and we witnessed a ridiculous amount of stars in the sky,” remembers Radhik. “Although in any other situation, I would have not been so spontaneous, I just followed my heart with Joseph,” adds Narain. “It has been a long journey, and a lot of travel and coordination. I lived in New Delhi and Joseph was based in Mumbai. We had to find several excuses to meet, whether it was in a new country or in our hometowns,” she reveals. “By the end of 2016, we decided to get married,” reveals Radhik.

Post an intimate engagement ceremony in December 2016, the couple earmarked March 2017 to host the wedding celebrations. “But we then chose to prepone it by a month. We must be among the handful of wedding specialists to make such a decision,” laughs Narain. “February holds a special place in our dating life. Plus, Joseph’s parents got married in the month, as did my grandparents.” “One of the biggest contributing factors was our choice of wedding photographers. We desired Canada-based Erika and Lanny Mann, who are also our friends, to capture the special moments. Since it would be freezing cold in their home-country around that time, it would also mean that they would have relatively fewer work commitments,” says Radhik.

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“My condition was that we shouldn’t have to splurge on the wedding venue, which would be in use only for a few hours. Devika is really gifted and found several creative locations.” The bride’s family farm in her hometown Lucknow was finally zeroed down as the backdrop for their ceremony. “My uncle typically harvested wheat on the land. But I requested if we could grow mustard instead. In two months, the farm was transformed into a sea of beautiful yellow flowers to host our wedding,” says Narain. From the get-go, the couple was sure they didn’t want the wedding planning process to feel like work. “To our pleasant surprise, all of our loved ones got involved, which made it extremely special. I got to spend priceless time with them,” remembers Narain. As with most Indian weddings, one big part of the process was dedicated to food, which led by the bride’s father. “The result was that not a single dish repeated across the wedding itinerary!” she says.

The celebrations kicked off with a pre-wedding haldi-cum-mehandi party at the bride’s home in Lucknow. Narain had a clear vision for the decor. “I wanted a clean silhouette. But I propped the space with colourful kites,” she says. The bride wore a yellow block-printed lehenga for the occasion that she paired with a gota patti dupatta, by Taropa by Archana Bhushan. The groom chose an ivory kurta set layered with a pink Nehru jacket by Anushree Reddy.

Given their different faiths, the pair bridged the cultural chasm with a religion-agnostic wedding ceremony, while also honouring Joseph’s Catholic and Devika’s Hindu faith with several components. The nuptials, on February 17, 2017, began with a prayer recited by the groom’s grandmother. “Our common friend, Dinesh Karthik [Indian cricketer] officiated the ceremony, and we then read our vows to each other,” remembers Narain. The visual design was elegantly pared-down to create a space that allowed the emotional energy to shine through. “We created an understated archway with bougainvillea and dotted the tables with planters from a local nursery.”

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Devika Narain’s bridal look is one she had no problem committing to. “I chose my mother’s wedding lehenga over contemporary options, and topped it off with heirloom jewellery that had been part of my family over five generations along with a statement maang tikka by Raavel Statement Silver Jewellery.” The nuptials paved the way for an al fresco sit-down lunch that saw several speeches from friends and family. Radhik opted for a classic navy blue tuxedo for the ‘I Dos’.

To ensure they could let loose post the big ceremony, the couple hosted a sangeet-slash-reception the next evening. Narain’s team took over the decor reins for the evening, and pulled out all stops. “Everything that was trending in 2017, whether cabana-style set-ups or foliage decor, was tastefully brought to life,” she remembers. The vibrant evening saw her dressed in a red Raw Mango lehenga, while Radhik twinned with his bride in another ivory kurta with a red jacket by Anushree Reddy.

“I didn’t give a brief to my wedding photographers,” says Radhik. “My biggest advice being on the other side is that even when you hire the best vendors, whether designer or decorator, you need to tell them what would be the most meaningful end result for you from your wedding. Every family, every couple is unique, and so are their expectations. Set up a meeting to discuss all aspects in detail.” Narain says, “I spend enough time with brides, and have realised that it can be very easy to get hassled. Be sure to delegate all aspects of your wedding to your crew 48 hours before the big day so you can enjoy the biggest occasion of your life.”

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