Kynah bride, Shilpa Thakar, shares a story that proves everything happens for a reason! She was able to secure her dream dress with Kynah just in time for the big day. She looked absolutely stunning in the Avani Lehenga for her wedding ceremony and we were so happy to be apart of the day. Congratulations and the happiest wishes to the happy couple!
What was your experience like working with KYNAH for your wedding?
The KYNAH team were the equivalent of fairy god-sisters. I had my eyes on
a few KYNAH lehengas for my wedding at the Fig House in Los Angeles
in July, but with COVID and uncertainty around our wedding, I ended up
cutting it too close to order one with the lead time. When it came down to
the wire, there was a huge mix up with the lehenga I had on deck to wear for
the wedding, and the KYNAH team accommodated me the MONDAY, yes, MONDAY, before my wedding to come try things on at their pop up in LA.
I am still emotional thinking about how genuine and kind Aisha and
Simran were, and the honest feedback they gave me on what did and didn't
work (you need this, as a bride!! They really helped me pick the best
options for me, my style, and body type). I will forever be grateful for
the KYNAH team for such care and consideration when I was in need, and it
is a dress I will cherish forever.
What attracted you to the Avani Lehenga?
Our venue, The Fig House, is a quintessential Los Angeles style building
with many art deco nods. The beading and pattern on the Avani Lehenga are
beautiful ways to honor and reflect this traditional Los Angeles style with
Indian flair. I could not love it more.
How did you and your husband meet?
My husband and I met a decade ago when I had first graduated from college
and I was working at my first job in LA. We were coworkers and had to keep
our relationship a secret, but, needless to say, it didn't stay secret for
long. We had some dear friends from those work days attend our wedding and
are forever grateful for those humble beginnings which really helped our
What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme/aesthetic?
Having met in LA and given our strong affinity for design, we wanted a
venue that felt like us, but elevated. The Fig House pairs vibrant colors
and art deco design alongside a lush LA vibe, so we played off these themes
for a colorful, California Indian wedding.
If you had to choose one moment from your wedding or engagement, what
would it be?
This wedding. Hands down. While we got married on our original wedding day
in October 2020 in my parent's backyard, we were unable to celebrate this
milestone with all of our family and close friends due to the pandemic.
While October 24th will be the day we tied the knot, this wedding on
July 3rd made everything feel so much more real with the blessing of our
family and friends present. We wrote our Saptapadi (Seven Steps taken to
solidify marriage in a Hindu wedding) for our ceremony in October in lieu
of vows, but the pandit forgot to use them lol! So, for this wedding,
we placed each of the seven steps we wrote on notecards and taped them
under random seats in the crowd. This way, we could have audience
participation to read each step out loud prior to re-taking them together
to celebrate our union in front of our closest friends and family. We also
had a quick handful of Sangeet style dances after our "ceremony" and those
two elements together made for a unique celebration in a special place that
felt very much like us.
Planner: Teresa Thao
Photographer: Cacá Santoro- Max and Friends
Florals: The Little Branch
Venue: The Fig House
Catering and Bar: Room Forty
Bride's Ring: Everett
Hair & MakeUp: Makeup Therapy