Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Rajasthan is a colourful state in India, deep in culture, rich in history, that really lives up to its name as  the land of kings. The architecture reflects a glorious past, with  magestic palaces on land and water, temples and lush gardens. Inspiring venues perfect for your celebration of love.

The Devi Garh
For the bride interested in historical romance, ancient palaces and pageantry, the Devi Garh Palace in the Aravalli Hills is ideal.  It's a grand, magestic 18th century palace that was beautifully renovated by architects Gautan Bhatia and Navina Gupta, in a modern, minimalist, luxurious style, without losing its old world essence.

In terms of where to hold your ceremony and reception, you are spoilt for choice here. There are  courtyards with bonfires lit in the winters, lush gardens, ornate dining areas and a roof top with panoramic views of the Aravalli hills.The rooms here vary in size and style so there’s something for everyone. You can have an intimate reception for 2 in one the cosy meditation rooms or lavish cocktail party for 250 in the lush gardens.

This beautiful stone pavillion over-looking the Aravalli mountains, lends itself as an intimate, romantic spot to exchange vows.

This is the Ram rooom, which used to be a mediation room. The calligraphy dates back to the ancestral family that lived here 200 years ago.

The Janana courtyard. Very romantic for a candlelit reception

This is Sheesh Mahal. A cosy but magestic room ideal for a small ceremony 

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This boutique hotel is for the more sophisticated bride, that's into design and aesthetics. The hotel itsef, while rustic and charming, loses none of its elegance. And you are not limited to amazing design in the hotel only, the walled city itself offers a beautiful inspiring backdrop for an 'after-the wedding' photo session. The perfect "something blue".

The Mughal-style terraced garden beautifully lit in the evenings, perfect for an evening reception.

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The Serai, Jaisalmer
 For the Sensualist, it has to be the Serai. You can recline in the tents of the Mughal camp while taking in the desert sunsets, ending your evening bathing in the walled pool. It's bewitching, It's alluring and perfect for an intimate summer wedding. 

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For the princess bride, you can't find any venue more opulent and lavish than the Jag Mandir Palace.How many brides can say they had their own parade of elephants (albeit in stone) usher them into their garden reception. It's famously known as the architectural-inspiration behind the Taj Mahal.

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   The pictures below show a charming wedding that took place here. Despite the opulence and grandeur of the setting, the couple were able to bring in a lot of fun and colour. The pictures were taken by Karen Wise, a photographer who is based in New York but travels the world capturing couples special moments.

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