Classic Wedding

How a makeup artist gets ready for her own Indian wedding: Rhinestones, edgy braids and bold colors included

To the world, Rowi Singh is a makeup maven beyond compare, whipping up kaleidoscopic looks influenced by her South Asian heritage. But to financial analyst Rahul Sharma, she is the girl he crossed paths with at a high school dance. In a tale that would have a room of rom-com writers queuing up for Kleenex, they found each other on Facebook and forged a connection. Late-night chats paved the way for a beautiful friendship that soon blossomed into love. Over a decade later, the world calls them high school sweethearts while they call each other husband and wife. Ahead, the Sydney-based content creator takes us into her botanical Indian wedding — maximalist looks guaranteed.

Inside Rowi Singh and Rahul Sharma’s nature-inspired wedding

That the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney served as the backdrop for their postcard-perfect Indian wedding comes as little surprise for those who know the couple. “Flowers have been our love language for over a decade,” declares Singh, and adds, “It is a place that we would frequent for many of our dates and being surrounded by nature and florals felt like the perfect way to honor our relationship. ” The wilds of Australia also played a starring role in the spontaneous proposal that Sharma surprised her with, “We were driving to a secluded lodge in Freycinet National Park and stopped at a remote beach along the way. It was just the two of us, walking hand-in-hand when he stopped and got down on one knee. It was private, intimate and felt perfect for us,” she reminisces.

The sangeet night

After a tradition paath or prayer ceremony at her grandparents’ house, the pre-wedding festivities kicked off with a rousing sangeet night, “The dance floor was never empty,” she laughs. With a good-food-good-music-good-vibes vision for the event, the night was designed as an intimate picnic-style setup with a saffron mandap set up on the lawn of her family home. Rugs were laid about for guests to get cozy in, while the backdrop was offered by whimsical trees festooned with fairy lights and delicate splashes of color.

For the night, the bride wore a custom lehenga by Papa Don’t Preach on which she collaborated closely with designer Shubhika Agarwal. Featuring an edgy blouse with heart-shaped decals and beaded panels, the olive green lehenga ballooned to the floor with pink, green and neon-hued beading. With an eye on convenience, the bride opted for braided pigtails with a zig-zag parting that allowed her to go hands-free. However, the makeup artist in her couldn’t resist the urge to match the detailing of her lehenga with her eye makeup — an eccentric riot of colors that she anchored together with lash glue and gold decals that she copied from her makeup artist. Her fiancé, meanwhile, took her arm in a minimalist white pleated kurta from Antar Agni, rounded out with a bold blue stole that coordinated with the beading on her lehenga.

The mehendi ceremony

Once the hangover from the sangeet night had whittled down, the happy couple’s loved ones got together for an intimate round of mehendi and dholki. For the evening, Singh imagined an intimate event with song, dance and merriment all around dholki as the guests enjoyed traditional delicacies such as Dosa and shut the door. The decor was eclectic and colorful with a touch of art decor, set in the core wedding palette of orange, green and magenta, tempered with soft pinks and blues.