Real Weddings: A Magnificent Wedding in Mumbai By DKreate Photography

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Modern Indian weddings are a combination of love and grandeur. Our ‘Real weddings’ section this week, features a  grand and elaborate wedding ceremony that certainly involved a great deal of planning, excitement and last-minute detailing. The bride, Saira Banu Khan, had always dreamed of a magnificent wedding and was sure about one thing; she wanted no corners cut during this three day elaborate affair. So she took it upon herself to plan the entire event from start to finish; she even designed her own dresses and those of her groom’s (Mushir’s).  DKreate photography team documented this magnificent and lavish ceremony.

Here are the details from the gorgeous bride Saira:

bride groom

Bride& groom: Saira Banu Khan& Mushir Khan (or Mushaira as their friends call them!)

Date of the wedding-10th Nov 2012. The wedding was actually planned for the evening of the 9th but the Kazi came late and we ended up saying our vows at 1 am on the 10th.

Length of engagement– Officially engaged for 10 months but we have known each other since a decade

We met: We were working together for a telecom firm

bride-groom 2

My First impression him– He was perfect, just very sweet and determined and always seemed to get what he wanted. I call him my ‘superman’.

His first impression of me: He found me cute and smart.

Chosen wedding theme/colors– For the Mehendi ceremony,  we chose marigolds and a sunshine yellow color palette. We felt this color is energetic and suits the entire concept of Mehendi.


Dress– I designed and made all my wedding dresses. I have my own Boutique (aptly named Mushaira) and wanted my lehengas and shararas to have real Zardosi and Kundan work.

The lehenga

Wedding Venue– The wedding/Nikaah venue we chose was Nandanvan, Mumbai. It has an in-built glass house and Shamiana. It is not generally given on rent for weddings but we persuaded the gentleman who owns the place and after much persuasion we got this decorated the way Mushir and I wanted it.

the groom

Reception– We had an elaborate reception or Daawat-e-walima with a royal (Maharaja) Theme . I designed my lehenga for this event too. It had real Kundan and Zari work and weighed 18kgs in all!


Number of guests– For the reception ceremony we had over 3000 guests from India and abroad!

Music for the ceremonies– The Nikaah ceremony was quiet and conservative with classical Hindustani/instrumental music. For the Mehendi and Sangeet we chose energetic foot-tapping Punjabi songs exclusively selected by my sister.


Makeup– My makeup/hair artist was James T who is Hrithik Roshan’s personal stylist..

The makeup

Shoes– My stilettos, shoes etc were all from Charles and Keith.

Photography- Dhaval& Medhavi  of  DKreate Photography covered all major events. We also had a local photographer covering the guests since we had such a large number of attendees.

Most memorable part of the event– My arrival in a ‘Doli’. Since childhood, I was fascinated with the concept of the Doli and had this speically designed and rented from a studio that supplies such things to the movie industry.

Advice to brides– Plan the event well but do leave some time for yourself. The time will go by quickly; so ensure enjoying every moment of it.

All images: Courtesy DKreate Photography

If you wish to have your wedding featured in our Real weddings section contact Dipa at [email protected]



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