How to Have a Royal Wedding, Taj Falaknuma Style!

MissMalini , 07 Dec 2012
Nowshad and MissMalini at Taj Falaknuma
Nowshad and MissMalini at Taj Falaknuma

Psst! This was my favorite room in the place, it’s called The Gossip Room :)

After Goa we went to another wedding in Hyderabad at the absolutely stunning Taj Falaknuma, those guys do not mess around! One foot in the place and you’re immediately transported into the world of the Nizam of Hyderabad (who’s house this used to be.) It’s hard to describe in words, so good thing I took a ton of pictures! I’m super happy for the lovely couple Stephanie Yeung and Amman Fenster and so glad we were there to witness the magic!

PS. Dear Taj Falaknuma, We’ll be back. xoxo

Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma

As you first arrive at the Falaknuma you are offered two travel options. The Taj buggy or a horse carriage…
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma

I mean, no brainer hello!
Taj Falaknuma, horse carriage
Taj Falaknuma, horse carriage

This transports you to the actual palace and the rest… is HISTORY!
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma

Falak-numa means “Like the Sky” or “Mirror of the Sky” in Urdu.
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma

An English architect designed this palace. He was the great grandson of Khuddus, a famous scientist who was BFFs with Sir Charles Darwin.
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma

It took 9 years to complete the construction and furnish the palace. It is made completely with Italian marble and covers an area of 93,971 square meters.
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma

I heard one of the hotel guides tell a visitor that Viqar ul Omra‘s monogram is all over the palace. Just about everything from the dining chairs to the stained glass bears his initials: “VO”.
Taj Falaknuma, VO
Taj Falaknuma, VO

The palace was built in the shape of a scorpion with two stings spread out as wings in the north.
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma

To look the part I wore my brand new hot pink Anarkali by Nishka Lulla :)
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma

The Falaknuma palace is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture. Its stained glass windows throw a spectrum of colour into the rooms.
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma

The length of the famed dining hall table is 108 feet, it can seat 101 guests.
Taj Falaknuma, 101 seater table
Taj Falaknuma, 101 seater table

The Falaknuma Palace has the largest collection of Venetian chandeliers. It is said that it took six months to clean a 138-arm Osler chandelier and the palace has 40 of them!
Taj Falaknuma, chandelier
Taj Falaknuma, chandelier

Every sunset they have a performance on the durbar balcony with whirling dervishes, when we were there they chose Khwaja Mere Khwaja. 

Now that’s serendipity.

Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma

Who wouldn’t want to get married here?!
Amman & Stephanie's Wedding at Taj Falaknuma
Amman & Stephanie's Wedding at Taj Falaknuma
Amman and Stephanie wedding (photo courtesy | Belle Yang)
Amman and Stephanie wedding (photo courtesy | Belle Yang)
Amman and Stephanie wedding
Amman and Stephanie wedding

The ghodis were super cute btw. One was called Katrina the other was called Rani!
Katrina
Katrina
Rani
Rani

Bestest flower eli ever!
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma
Aftab, Amman and Nowshad
Aftab, Amman and Nowshad
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma
MissMalini at Taj Falaknuma
MissMalini at Taj Falaknuma

The groom looked smashing in Troy Costa!
MissMalini, Amman, Stephanie and Nowshad
MissMalini, Amman, Stephanie and Nowshad
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma, 101 seater table
Taj Falaknuma, 101 seater table
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma, dessert display
Taj Falaknuma, dessert display
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma

How pretty is this?!
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma
Taj Falaknuma

Meanwhile, guess who was channeling Downtown Abbey? *lol*

*What is Downtown Abbey?

Nowshad at the Taj Falaknuma
Nowshad at the Taj Falaknuma

I also met a fellow blogger who lives in Japan! Luke Tunnicliffe, depending how good your Japanese is do check out his blog!

Log on here: eigowithluke.com.

Luke Tunnicliffe
Luke Tunnicliffe

Oh and here are a few more clicks from the mehendi and sangeet the night before at the Taj Krishna :)
Amman and Stephanie's wedding
Amman and Stephanie's wedding
Amman and MissMalini
Amman and MissMalini

FYI, my lehenga is by Junelia Aguiar and those sequinned ballet flats are from Forever 21! These are my magic slippers, I never have a bad night in them, it’s true :)
Forever 21 sequinned ballet flats
Forever 21 sequinned ballet flats
Smriti and Aftab Mathur
Smriti and Aftab Mathur
Nowshad and Rithvik Hegde
Nowshad and Rithvik Hegde

Amman and Steph thank you for a glorious time… until our next palatial meeting! xoxo
MissMalini
MissMalini

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