With undying love for all things sparkly, newlywed Neeraja Gopinath recounts how she adores the south indian gold jewellery, and knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding functions.
Based in Mumbai, the young dentist fondly recalls how it instantly clicked during the arranged meeting between her and her husband, Sachin Nair, a lawyer by profession. From there it was a happy phase where she enjoyed selecting and planning her different looks which she had pre-conceived in her mind. The beauty of South Indian jewellery with her traditional outfits was witnessed during the celebrations and looked stylishly fetching.
Held in Kerala, the wedding boasted typical jewels which were gorgeous in detailing to render an ethnic touch.
The engagement was a modish traditional affair with a hint of modern vibes. Adorned in temple jewellery with an antique effect, the bride-to be looked radiant in her one-of-a-kind set saree, which is standard to South-Indian rituals.
Beaded borders to the row of coins and temple motif in the centre made the necklace a catchy choice. Teamed with matching jhumkis, the glittering jewels were complemented with bangles and a statement ring.
Haldi and Mehendi
A joyous and comfortable theme followed the haldi and mehendi functions. Balancing her floral pastel outfit with real flowers and pearl strings at the haldi ceremony, the mehendi look boasted a mirror theme and the bride opted for statement mirrored jewels to highlight her, look and yet be extremely comfortable through the day.
Just rightly balanced and perfectly coordinated, the wedding jewels showcased why the earlier jewels were light and comfortable. Wearing seven layered necklaces arranged in gradation, the dazzling gold jewels were a mix of family-owned and ones purchased from Malabar Jewellers in Kerala.
A striking arrangement, the first necklace was a diamond studded piece heightened with rubies on the sides. Continuing with assorted pieces which complemented each other, the second necklace was a Bengali inspired piece gifted by her mother. A coin necklace, the kaashu mala, was also a part of the adornments, typical and important to the cultural weddings of Kerala. The traditional palakka mala consisting of leaf motif mango-shaped emeralds added a beautiful splash of colours to the necklaces.
Followed by the longest necklace which boasted eye-catching detailing, it offered a beautiful border to the whole arrangement. Huge jhumkis and a chunky stack of coins and detailed gold bangles in both hands completed the jewels for the wedding.
A stunning contrast to the wedding, the reception saw the bride dressed in modern ensemble which she accessorised with a polki and kundan necklace. Designed to her liking by designer friend Krishna Soni, the bride got it made to blend in well with her dress. Balancing the wedding and reception looks, Neeraja grabbed the chance to don polki for the last of her wedding festivities.
Exquisite designs ranging from light to heavy, playing with assortment of tones and detailing made her wedding a choicest example for comfort and extravagance.