And then my soul saw you and went, “Oh, there you are! I’ve been looking for you.”

The universe conspires to make soulmates meet no matter what. Vinay from India and Tanja from Bosnia, falling in love in Australia is definitely proof of this. From realizing that they share a birthday on their first date, to a storybook proposal while hiking at Mornington Peninsula, everything in this couple’s story seems ‘meant to be.’ Their story of initially meeting through a dating app to actually getting married, is nothing short of a modern fairy tale! 

Coming from totally different cultural backgrounds, the couple decided to have two weddings, one in each of their homelands, celebrating that particular culture. For the Indian wedding in Bangalore, Vinay decided to contact Katha Weddings, on a recommendation from a friend to help them plan all the festivities in the city. 

The couple had a budget in mind considering two big weddings in two countries. “Despite our strict budget, Katha Weddings did not let us compromise on the glamour and gave us lots of feasible options. They were really patient and we could plan the entire wedding from Australia through constant messaging on a Whatsapp group that the three of us had. Team Katha also paid the advances for a lot of vendors from their pocket as we weren’t in the country and fund transfer was a bit tricky,” admits Vinay, gratefully. 

The first event was the Mehendi which took place by the poolside on the rooftop of the Grand Magrath Hotel. Dark pink and green were the colours primarily used for this event. Canopy décor and various colourful little elements like cloth umbrellas, made the rooftop look absolutely festive! 

This was followed by the Sangeet where the Bosnian bride shocked everybody by dancing to around six Bollywood numbers with various groups. The colourful printed backdrop of the dance floor, along with the sunset in the background blended together beautifully and set the mood right for the evening! 

The muhurtham took place in the grand ballroom of The Chancery Pavilion, the next morning. Keeping things extremely traditional, the décor for this event mostly included elements like strings of marigolds, floral rangolis, coconut leaf arrangements, antique brass lamps and bells. The part that surprised everyone was the possibility of having a pathway created inside the hotel with just the décor. Team Katha also managed to set up a little mandir inside the hotel for a pooja

The bride looked resplendent in a saree and walked in under a Phoolon ki Chadar. The groom had his own special moments including one during the Kashi yatra where the umbrella opened and there was a shower of flower petals on him! 

The bride and groom had also made sure that everybody understands the meaning of the wedding rituals by giving each guest an English guide which explained the significance of every little thing. 

This was followed by the reception in the same ballroom. The theme of the evening was “Peacock” and shades of blue and green were incorporated everywhere, including the bride herself, who looked majestic in a royal blue lehenga. The couple had a royal entry, complete with drummers that Team Katha managed to arrange just an hour before the event. The room screamed of glamour with twinkling lights and tasteful shimmer, amidst which the guests danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Jasmeet, the groom’s friend. “The dance floor, music, people, everything was so great and everyone enjoyed dancing away till 4 am” admits Tanja, with a head nod. 

This enthusiastic couple loved planning their Indian wedding and most definitely had a blast at all the events. "We are so thankful to  Katha Weddings, without whom none of this would have been possible. They made the whole ordeal a lot easier for us. In the end, all the guests had a lot of fun and my mother, in particular, was extremely impressed with the little things that made a huge difference, like the choice of flowers and the Nadaswaram platform which was also decked up!" exclaims the groom, Vinay. 

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