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This Maharashtrian couple curated their wedding vows to reflect equality in their marriage – VOGUE India

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For the sangeet, the bride chose a custom lehenga by JADE by Monica & Karishma. “I always knew I wanted to be a JADE bride. I just love their story and mission statement, having launched the Chanakya School of Craft which is dedicated to uplifting women,” she reveals, adding that it was a heavy, hand-embroidered lilac lehenga with a one-shoulder blouse and a flowing trail. For that extra sparkle, she added crystals to her hair and wore a ruby and pearl choker with matching earrings.

As the wedding day arrived, the couple chose to have their first look atop the resort’s cliff surrounded by the morning haze of the ocean. They exchanged their vows in private. Phansalkar gifted her beau a customised book of each year that they’ve been together and custom cufflinks with her own handwriting, for him to wear at the reception. “I decided to gift Karishma a white clic H bracelet from Hermès to pay homage to the first gift I ever got her, which was a lilac rockstud bracelet from Valentino,” Joshi adds.

While the couple chose to honour several rituals and traditions as per their Maharashtrian background, they also decided to personalise some aspects of the wedding ceremony. “For instance, our pandit explained to the audience that saptapadi (or seven pheras) used to be about the bride being a homemaker, however, times have now changed and roles for both should be equal.” Phansalkar adds that when it came to both their entrances, Vinay chose to be escorted by his own parents, and while she did follow the traditions of being escorted by her mama (mother’s brother) she also chose to have her mami join as well.

The bride donned an ornate lehenga from Aashni Design Co’s Morbaug collection. She customised this in shades of soft purple, pink and peach, paired with an intricate-embroidered blouse studded with crystals. A polki necklace, earrings, maang tikka and a sleek floral bun completed the look, along with soft glam for her makeup. The bridal party walked to the mandap with parasols, making for a captivating view set against the ocean. Joshi wore an ivory embroidered sherwani by Amaaré and custom shoes, arriving at his baraat in a silver 1968 Mercedes 280SL Pagoda.

The festivities concluded with the reception where the couple upped the glamour quotient. Here, Phansalkar opted for a structured, deep red Gaurav Gupta gown with a ruffled dupatta for added effect. She slipped into a pair of champagne-hued Jimmy Choo heels with their wedding date inscribed, while Joshi wore a custom black tuxedo from SuitSupply. She paired her ensemble with an heirloom diamond necklace, a statement headpiece and dangling diamond earrings. Big Hollywood waves and glamorous makeup completed her look for the night.

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