Saanchi Gilani and Shahaan Bachooali’s destination wedding is the most-talked about Indian wedding of the year so far. What went on behind the scenes?
BY PRAACHI RANIWALA
You probably recognise this wedding from the buzz it created on Instagram a few weeks ago. From the bride’s cinematic entry and the unconventional colour palette of her wardrobe to the heartwarming surprise dance performance by her best friends, every detail of Saanchi Gilani and Shahaan Bachooali’s wedding—where the guest list included the likes of actor Athiya Shetty, fashion entrepreneur Pernia Qureshi (also the bride’s sister-in-law), fashion influencer Masoom Minawala and Condé Nast Traveller’s Global Editorial Director Divia Thani—won the Internet. CNT got an exclusive insider look at the celebrations, and we have all the details for you.
Her beau, entrepreneur Bachooali, put a ring on it last year with a dreamy proposal at Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, and the wedding date was set for January 2022. The couple narrowed down on yet another Taj property—Taj Aravali Resort & Spa, Udaipur—for the nuptials. “We clearly have a soft spot for the hotel chain and their hospitality,” laughs Gilani.
Anamika Khanna was Gilani’s natural choice for the sangeet, and the bride’s only requirement was that the lehenga be incredibly light. She went with a hand-embroidered white and gold lehenga set that only weighed a kilo, and opted for a cape instead of a dupatta. Uncut jewellery from Satyani Fine Jewels (a classic design bought several years ago), and shoes from Rhea Kapoor’s collection for The Cai Store completed the look. The groom wore a navy blue bandhgala with cutdana work from Kunal Rawal. For the after-party, Gilani changed into a black tulle Alexander McQueen couture dress—a hand-me-down from Qureshi, while Bachooali threw on a Moncler hoodie.
“For the nikaah, I wanted to steer clear of gota work or bridal red. And I definitely did not want to wear a typical lehenga set,” admits the bride. She turned to Pakistani designer Khadijah Shah of Elan to bring her vision to life. The result was a mint green floor-length embroidered anarkali with a matching skirt and two dupattas—one of which she wore for the nikaah, and the other for the reception (she then slipped into a Nadine Merabi tassel mini for the after-party). The complementing jewellery was a diamond and emerald set from Veda Diamonds. “The original plan had been to fly to Dubai for the fittings, but the pandemic made that impossible. The entire outfit was coordinated over WhatsApp!” Bachooali wore an ivory sherwani by Raghavendra Rathore, with the kurta made to match the colour of his bride’s outfit for the nikaah; and a Zegna suit for the reception.