For as long as I can remember, I have dreamt of designing my own wedding clothes. Those who know me, know that I’m not very conventional in my ways and so, a traditional Indian wedding wasn’t something I had ever imagined. However, when Vanraj who is quite the traditionalist said he wanted the works – mehendi, sangeet, wedding and reception, I surprisingly didn’t fight it. I guess I was ecstatic to start my life with him and celebrate it in as many ways as possible.

After a long hunt to find the perfect outfit, I decided to make my own lehenga and knew I wanted it to be white and gold with my signature designs whilst still being traditional. I wanted this garment to be extremely special and wanted to create it like a piece of art, something that would be with me forever, that I could frame. For me to do this, I knew I had to design something that I would never tire looking at. That’s when the idea of actually embroidering my whole love story came to me.

I went on a journey of creating a beautiful and intricate kali one at a time. Our names were hand sewn in beautiful zari, which was hidden into the embroidery of the fabric, forming a delicate optical illusion. Each of the kalis had intricate frames, in which I had all the important moments of our life showcased – our dating milestones, the proposal and finally our love story. The bottom of my lehenga and dupatta was finished with a hem of jumping dolphins, which was how our story began. I completed my look with some beautiful jadau jewelry that Vanraj designed for me, and it felt so perfect to be wearing both of our designs on our special day. Wearing my Krésha Bajaj lehenga was the most exhilarating feeling. It looked beautiful, elegant and traditional. With that cherished memory, I started my journey with my husband and also understood what I wanted to do with my brand, share the same joy I felt with beautiful brides all over the world.