Actor Yami Gautam and filmmaker Aditya Dhar crossed paths first on the sets of Uri as an actor and director. And lo and behold! The couple got hitched on June 4 this year in Mandi, Himachal. While other celebrities and bloggers make headlines with their high-profile designer style and exotic wedding locations, Yami begged to differ! She spoke out on her Himachali wedding and how she wanted it to be low-key on extravagance – pandemic or no pandemic. Even her radiant yet simple bridal outfit was a heritage-enriching gift from her grandmother to her mother. When asked about how her bridal style defied the conventional Bollywood actress' bridal look, she provided clarity in an interview with a leading daily.
The actress said, "To each his own. I don’t believe in comparing weddings. Every bride is beautiful. Everyone thought it was right for me to go ahead with what I believed in and I was happy to do that. I was never fond of this whole DJ music playing at weddings. I liked my traditional folk songs. My mother-in-law played some beautiful Kashmiri songs. The maroon wedding sari I wore belongs to my mother. My nani had bought it for her. When I showed it to my stylist Allia Al Rufai, she said that it was beautiful and we don’t have these fabrics and patterns anymore."
Yami further added, "Personally, I wanted to wear something that is close to my heart and carries my tradition. You don’t need big money or expensive clothes to look beautiful on your wedding day. Girls can dig into their mother’s wardrobe and find gorgeous vintage saris. That’s your heritage. You don’t need to burn a hole in your pocket to be happy. The first mandap picture that we posted was clicked by my brother. I did my own make-up. My sister did my hair and coordinated everything. We had one person to click pictures, and he too has known us for years."
One look at Yami's wedding pictures and it will transfer you right back to the good old days! The time before Instagram, where people just kept it simple through their life's milestones. No big names, lavish themes, or premier brands. Just a brief celebration of happiness!
(Source: Bombay Times)