The recent past has led to a renaissance in the format of the big fat Indian wedding. Intimate and mindful are the new operative words now, with modern couples valuing sustainability over extravagance and splendour. Case in point: Mumbai-based sustainability manager Mitika Bajpai and entrepreneur Ridhesh Sejpal’s pandemic wedding this February. Everything from their thoughtful approach and eco-friendly venue to the unconventional itinerary made the celebrations stand out. “Having a sustainable wedding was the obvious choice for us even though it was harder to execute. We did not want to begin our life together by damaging our natural or social environment,” says the bride.
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