A bride wore a vintage, pastel-blue suit to her Indian wedding, and the non-traditional look was just what the world needed right now.
Sanjana Rishi and Dhruv Mahajan had a traditional Indian wedding with just 11 guests. The bride wore a vintage, pre-worn Gianfranco Ferré suit.
“What you wear is a form of self-expression, and you shouldn’t have to confine that into any box if you don’t want to,” Rishi told Insider of her look.”
The couple is based in New Delhi, India, where Rishi moved back to after living in the United States for 16 years. “We lived together for about nine months prior to the engagement, which is pretty out of the ordinary for Indian culture,” Rishi said. “By the time February came around, he was sick of hearing me complain about him not having proposed yet,” she joked.
“We were planning a big Indian wedding celebration spanning months, basically — until COVID hit,” Rishi said, adding that they had originally planned a civil ceremony in the US for September and a November ceremony in India.
“I continued wanting to hold off on getting married until we were able to get to the states, but one day we woke up and just wanted to be married to one another,” the bride told Insider. “We wanted to get married quickly and with as little fuss as possible.”
Only the couple’s immediate families attended the small event, which took place in the backyard of Mahajan’s parent’s home, where he grew up.
“I love suits on women,” Rishi said. “There’s something powerful about them.”
Rishi originally planned to wear a suit to her American ceremony and a more traditional wedding ensemble to her celebration in India. She chose a vintage, pre-owned Gianfranco Ferre suit in powder blue that she bought at an Italian boutique.
Rishi borrowed her bustier and earrings from friends.
“The veil was made for me by an Indian studio called Torani, and my jewelry was designed by the amazing jewelry designer Anu Merton, who basically made all my jewelry within four days,” she said. “Since our guest list was 11 people including the bride and groom, a heavy outfit just didn’t make sense,” she added.
The whole ensemble cost about $1,500.
“I have loved thrift shopping for many, many years, and buying secondhand is, in my opinion, one of the very best ways to shop ethically,” she said.
“It made sense to me to combine something vintage with something that celebrates local craft, like the veil or the jewelry,” she added.
“I felt like an angel sent from heaven to bless my husband with my good looks,” she jokingly told Insider.
“Many said it was bold, so I recognize that it is a privilege to be able to wear what you like,” she said. “I’m lucky I have a family that supports me.” Sanjana recognizes that clothes aren’t the most important aspect of the wedding day.
“If you make and are able to honor a lifelong commitment to your other half, who cares how traditional or out-of-the-box your outfit is?” she said.