In a lavish ceremony last month, the founders of AHA, Shauna Mei and Sachin Devand, celebrated their nuptials with friends and family in Jaipur, India. In the beautiful surroundings of the Samode Palace, those attending were able to experience a five-day Hindu wedding extravaganza with six different ceremonies taking place, creating a “burning man like wedding”.
Notable names in attendance included Russian singer, Katya Lee; make-up artist and TV personality, Carmindy Bowyer; celebrity fashion and style expert, Jason Campbell; American food writer, Suzanne Pirret and the host of CBS’s #StyleScouting podcast, Alia Ahmed-Yahia.
Guests were also treated to a fashion spectacle with seven outfit changes from the bride. The looks ranged from a Matthew Williamson pool party dress, custom made dresses for Mehandi, Haldi, and Holi ceremonies and for the reception a Vivienne Tam dress was worn, followed by a Manish piece.
Hosted by the Devand family, the grand affair followed a packed schedule. Memorable moments included the Baarat Procession, which saw Sachin arriving by elephant to pick up his bride whilst being accompanied by an entourage of dancers, horses, camels and royal soldiers, and the Holi ceremony which is a two-day festival in itself and was the pinnacle of the event.
Holi was celebrated on March 24 this year, but Shauna and Sachin invited their guests to celebrate a belated Holi with a “Holika bonfire” and a free-for-all carnival of colors where participants played, chased and colored each other with dry powder and colored water. Celebrations concluded with a private tour of the majestic Taj Mahal.
Six years ago Shauna and Sachin founded AHA with the aim of creating a community which values creativity and empowers independent designers & artisans to thrive online. Today, the digital platform is a destination for discovering more than 4,000 designers in over 45 countries around the globe and provides consumers with a curated collection of luxury fashion and lifestyle brands.