Mahima Gujral’s Trousseau Tales Part 2: The Kirtan Kurta

A year after her engagement, Mahima Gujral’s wedding festivities entailed a busy schedule of events. The young brand head of Sue Mue was all set to tie the knot with Aman Wadhwa, the Singapore-based founder of music startup OverHear.

Before the wedding functions began, the family hosted a prayer ceremony or kirtan, to invoke the blessings of the divine for the couple’s union. A glorious winter sun rose on the Gujral family home that morning. Opting to host the event in the expansive home garden – the same venue where Mahima’s own parents had got married a generation earlier – the bride-to-be was optimistic and at peace as she got ready for the sacred event.

She chose to wear an outfit from Sue Mue that she had had her eyes on ever since she had seen it in the brand’s new collection, Ariella, conceptualized by her mother, Mohita Gujral.

It was a short-anarkali and salwar ensemble in mustard and maroon. “The idea was to stay comfortable yet look elegant,” says Mahima. The outfit was embroidered but not too heavy, with a deep colour combination that was in keeping with the auspicious nature of the event. The original look was sleeveless – which the designers at Sue Mue altered to suit Mahima’s body type – and included a lightweight mustard dupatta.

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As the two families came together under the open skies, the garden decoration added to the sense of joy and gratitude they felt. The colour scheme – a combination of white and yellow with hints of green – created the perfect ambience for the kirtan, both soothing and refreshing.

The team from Possibilities had used a mix of yellow flowers hanging above the entrance, props such as birds, and beautiful glass centre-pieces on each table to add a chic, dewy touch. Glowing in her attractive, hassle-free ensemble, Mahima enjoyed the event as much as her family and guests, who were relaxed and felt completely at home.

The shagun ceremony was held at the same time, along with the ardas for Aman and Mahima. Her to-be mother-in-law presented Mahima with a lovely hand-embroidered maroon dupatta in the course of the shagun, and Mahima wore both her dupattas with appreciation and grace.

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“We had amazing vegetarian Punjabi food along with my favourite khada prasad,” she smiles. “It was a peaceful, wonderful way to begin our journey of togetherness.”

Watch this space for Part 3 of Mahima Gujral’s Trousseau Tales.