Roopa + Chris- A Royal Affair

By September 2, 2018Blog

Palaces, deserts, and royalty, Rajasthan is a beautiful place to host weddings. Wedding celebrations in the palaces of Rajasthan, complete with horses, elephants, camels, colorful turbans, saris and cuisine from the royal kitchen.

That’s why Jodhpur’s, Umaid Bhawan was the only place where Roopa and Chris wanted to get married. Roopa wanted to commence her new life attached to her Indian roots. She wanted both Chris and her cultures to blend at a luxury palace destination.

Perched at a height above the desert city of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace, the golden-hued desert sandstone monument is one of the great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world.

Set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens, the Palace is a blend of eastern and western architectural influences. The lavish interiors with gilt furniture and elegant artwork follow the deco art style, complemented by exotic murals. Umaid Bhawan Palace offers magnificent venues for holding your dream royal wedding. The venue and cuisine created, showcasing the culture and culinary traditions of the region.

The Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur is a part palace, part hotel, and part museum.

The Chittar Sandstone monument has two major wings. One wing is entirely the Royal Residence of the Rathore Dynasty of Jodhpur. They live their imperial lifestyle away from prying eyes. Maharaja Gaj Singh, grandson of Maharaja Umaid Singh till date resides here with family.

Roopa and Chris were special from the very start, a couple who were so tuned in to what they wanted and were willing to give a free hand to achieve it. Their family & guests traveled from different parts of the country to attend this royal wedding in India, and we wanted to make this wedding special for them by immersing the guests and the family in the royalty of Rajasthan and giving them the experience of Indian heritage, cultures, and traditions.

We often write about couples and forget to mention their families, but this wedding was the coming together of some of the most beautiful people I have ever met. From the first day, Roopa’s parents and brother felt like family.

Riri, the founder of tanaRi events met Roopa’s brother for the first time in the business class lounge of Emirates, where they connected over their widespread experience and love for travel and luxury. The route from India to New York was exciting while these two bonded and discussed their hectic travel life and various destinations around the world for weddings.

The wedding began with a welcome dinner and cocktail at Umaid Bhawan’s banquet space that holds up to 750 guests. This enchanting venue can make any wedding occasion glittering and grand with its traditional, colorful, and quintessentially Rajasthani welcome of dancers and elephants. Modern-day royalty can mingle freely in their Marwar Hall which is 4500 square feet, it is perfect for a grand wedding ceremony that hosts an elaborate banquet buffet of Marwari, Rajasthani, Indian and Continental cuisines.

Here, the formal Wedding events can extend to the marble Baradari, where the guests are welcomed with a formal sit down dinner in Marwar Hall where the Umaid Bhawan Staff offered an impeccably executed traditional brigade service; all guests receiving each course promptly at the same time.

Day two was the Mehendi, a fun, vibrant and colorful afternoon bash by the pool, that consisted of a local Rajasthani market, puppet show and local Rajasthani live music with lots of fun creative food stalls customized by tanaRi events. This event was located by the pool lawns completed with Marble Pavilion with a stunning backdrop of the most beautiful palace in India that adds to its royal feel.

When planning a destination wedding, balance is key. Your guests should not feel rushed with one hectic event after another, neither should it be so slow that they get bored. The most important thing is that everyone needs time to relax, chat and take in the experience. Roopa and Chris’s wedding was all that and more!

This was an energy-filled beginning to a beautiful love story.

Roopa’s brief to tanaRi team was that she wanted her wedding to be a glamorous bash. As for her outfits, she wore elegant pastels for her sangeet and reception, and bright sunrise colors for her Mehendi and pheras, she wanted gold and shimmer to compliment her look. That’s how two things we love the most came together to make this wedding special: lots of gold lights + artifacts.

Umaid Bhawan is not only a favorite destination for travelers but one of the hottest spots for a palace wedding among celebrities and the Indians living abroad.

We are always on the lookout for couples who want to collaborate with us to know more about the destinations for their very special day! Write to us if you are one of them!

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