Even though they knew each other for years, it was their families who took the initiative to unite Aneena Padiken and Manu Moncy. It was in 2014 October that the family decided to unite the two. But the future couple had to wait another two years to unite in holy matrimony as at that time Manu was doing his MBA in the UK and Aneena was a student at Rajagiri.
But they didn't let the limitations of an arranged marriage spoil their courtship period and Manu, who loves to surprise his darling, in a romantic way proposed to Aneena on a yacht at the Willingdon Island.
After the two-year courtship, the engagement was held on August 7. During the function, Aneena wooed everyone in a beautiful Manish Malhotra lehenga gown with intricate works. The North Indian wedding themed engagement party was held at Le Meridian and was planned and organised by wedding planners Ergo Consulting Services.
Even though the soon to be bride was the centre of attention in the party, Manu too turned heads in a sherwani he bought from Delhi.
Though their wedding ceremonies were closely based on their Christian roots, the couple also incorporated certain elements from the North Indian wedding culture. Thus the days leading up to the actual wedding were filled with fun and enthusiasm with haldi, sangeet and mylanchi ideel ceremonies.
Not only the bride, the family and the guests also showed their enthusiasm by attending the haldi ceremony in yellow outfits.
At the sangeet ceremony the bride and the groom surprised the guests with well-choreographed dance steps.
The mylanchi ideel ceremony was filled with merry-making and the beautiful Kancheepuram saree and the matching jewellery Aneena wore for the function stole many hearts.
As per the Knanaya traditions, the groom had a Chandam charthu function (the groom will be given a ceremonious shaving by the barber on the stage/pandal in the presence of the guests) held at Crowne Plaza on the eve of the wedding. The function was set in a gold and red theme.
The pretty coral, gold & champagne themed wedding held on August 15 at the Holy Kings Church, Piravom, and the reception later at the parish hall reminded everyone of traditional English weddings. The décor and the ambience created by AJD Weddings acted as a perfect canvas for the stylish wedding.
The bride walked down the aisle accompanied by 10 pretty bridesmaids in a beautiful floral gown designed by Mumbai-based designer Gavin Miguel and the groom looked dapper in a tux he bought from Delhi.
It was Kochi-based celebrity makeup artist Renju Renjimar who helped the pretty bride look like a million dollars on her wedding day.
Lumiere Wedding Company captured the beautiful moments of the engagement and the wedding.