I am Nileena Sankarankutty, an architect by profession and my husband Richie Mathews is an engineer. We met and fell in love while we were students (to be precise 11th standard). It was love at first sight for him (that is what he told me) and after being in a relationship for the past 10-years we decided to take the plunge this year.
As the wedding date approached the search for the perfect saree actually took me to the land of silks - Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu.
My visit to the temple city was really fruitful as my golden bridal saree and the pink and mustard hued saree I wore for the wedding reception found many admirers among the wedding guests.
Next was the hunt for the matching jewellery for both the sarees. I found an uncut diamond set from Joy Alukkas, Kottayam, which accessorised my bridal saree perfectly.
But that won't go with the pink and mustard hued saree I wore for the reception, so for that, I selected an antique set from Bhima Jewellers, Bangalore.
I also tried my hands at designing and prepared my pre-wedding outfit - a skirt and top.
Well, the wedding also gave me a chance to sharpen my artistic skills and thus I also assumed the role of the wedding planner. The theme, decor and even the gold and peach sarees for the 9 bridesmaids were also designed by me.
The wedding theme was based on the colours of spring with shades of peach, coral and mustard.
Everything was based on this theme and attention was given to each and every detail.
Finally, came the day of the wedding. We tied the knot at Mar Elia Cathedral, Kottayam, on August 28, 2016, and a reception dinner was held at Windsor Castle Convention Centre later.
For the church ceremony, Richie wore a traditional kurta and dhoti and later for the reception he changed into a black suit from Van Heusen.
The bridal makeup was done by Maya's Beauty Clinic Kottayam, and the cutomised cake topper was from the Bangalore-based All Things Clay.
There were two teams of photographers -my close friends Sarath and Yamuna and the Chandra Studio, Thiruvalla.