Who doesn’t want a unique lehenga for their wedding. We search so many stores and designers to lay our hands on our perfect lehenga. Designer Kresha Bajaj was no different when it came to her wedding.
She had driven herself and everyone around her crazy in trying to find the perfect lehenga. “What was I going to do with a lehenga that would just sit in my closet, never to be worn again?” admitting that she has never been a fan of heavy traditional attire.
Bajaj was inspired by the ‘Real Housewives’ television show star Adrienne Maloof who had framed her wedding dress as an art piece in her walk-in closet. I didn’t want to get sick of looking at my wedding outfit. The nicest thing we’d never get bored of looking at was our love story. And that’s what I decided to put into my lehenga.
For my wedding, I decided to design all my outfits under my brand @koecsh which I was very excited and comfortable doing as I wear super edgy stuff that isn’t usually what I am able to find. For the pheras, I felt a bit challenged because I don’t like not being able to use the same garment multiple times in multiple ways for multiple occasions. As I knew my Wedding lehenga would be something I would only wear once, I decided to make it a piece of artwork that I would later frame. In order to make it into a special piece of art I decided to embroider my entire lehenga with Vanraj & my story – our milestones, the proposal, and all our important moments up until the wedding. I used traditional embroidery techniques and materials, and all around the lehenga you will see hidden elements sewn into the garment. Our names are embroidered into the garments, pictures of our story framed with embroidery and finished with a hem of jumping dolphins, which was the beginning of our story as we worked together on a protest against cetacean captivity. Read all about my how I designed my dream wedding lehenga on @missmalini (link in bio) Photo by: @thehouseofpixels
Her beau, Vanraj Zaveri, chose white and gold as the theme for their wedding trousseau, and Bajaj would spend hours with the karigars who were embroidering special milestones from the couple’s life together on to the cloth.
The image of two people clinking their glasses is inspired by Vanraj’s first Instagram post after proposing to me in the Maldives,” reveals Bajaj. “We had just popped a bottle of champagne, and he clicked a picture of me with the glass of champagne and the ring.”
“This one of Leela Palace Udaipur, where we got married, is from the time when we were going to the hotel in a boat to finalise our weddings preparations,” she says.
The newlyweds’ names have also been embroidered in a repeated pattern in beautiful zari work on the lehenga.
Vanraj Zaveri wore a white and gold silk sherwani that borrowed a simple floral pattern from Bajaj’s blouse. “We wanted to keep it really simple. He also made beautiful jewelled buttons for his outfit, and designed my wedding jewellery,” says Bajaj, who claims to have hated jewellery all her life, but was happy with her husband’s timeless designs.