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This stunning South-Indian bride and her wedding designer Nilma Dileepan pulled off the ultimate intimate backyard wedding. A look at the Bengaluru wedding that got all the details right.

Are backyard weddings the new normal? Amid the pandemic, there are a few interesting ceremonies that have been getting our attention, and backyard weddings with minimal fuss seem to be amassing a big fan following. The new trend has cut down more than just budgets – there is less furore, more attention given to eco-friendly ideas and ways to capture intimacy and love. Recently, we came across a stunning Bengaluru wedding that was planned by the expert wedding designer Nilma Dileepan of With Love Nilma. The decor was simple, peppered with contemporary ideas and gave a new meaning to the term, minimalist wedding. So, we asked the planner on how she pulled it off, and she gave us insight into the process with a whole lot of pictures.

“We started planning the wedding sometime mid-April, and we just had a month to see the space and design the décor. We had two visits to the clients’ house- one to see the space and take measurements, and the second visit was to show the family, the décor plan. The bride’s mom also offered us her home-made immunity-boosting drink she made for us to drink during our visits. That just set the tone,” explains Dileepan.

The bride & groom

The bride Ritu Alva tied the knot to her middle school sweetheart Avinash Alva in an intimate wedding in the backyard of a 65-year-old ancestral home.

The Haldi & Mehendi

The Wedding

Bengaluru wedding

Bengaluru wedding

Bengaluru wedding

Bengaluru wedding

Bengaluru wedding

Bengaluru wedding

Nilma says: How the wedding unfolded

On the wedding day, when we arrived at the venue, we made sure every vendor, florist, and artist had their temperature checked at the gate. Everyone’s hands and all the products going into the house were sanitised. We put on new body gowns, latex gloves, face shields, and shoe covers before entering the premises to set it all up. We did not even drink or eat anything there. We all carried our water bottles from home, and some of us carried food to be extra cautious. After the entire setup, we sprayed and wiped clean all the furniture and props with a disinfectant. Once again, while wrapping up the decor, the entire process was repeated.

The challenge was creating a small 8ft x 8ft mandap in the backyard of the house. Since the home had Heliconia (a kind of flowering plant) growing around, we decided to use similar foliage and flowers in the same colour palette to create consistency in decor. It was to look like the mandap was organically placed there and is a part of the house. Another challenge we faced was the rains. Since the wedding was in June and there wasn’t much space to put a large tent in the backyard, we brought an eco-friendly reusable canvas covering, which we harnessed from the terrace to the compound wall under which the mandap was safely nestled. It stayed overnight, so the space was fine by morning. Thankfully, it stopped raining, and we could remove the canvas cover before guests walked in and were in awe of the décor.

Bengaluru wedding


Bride & Groom: Ritu Alva and Avinash Alva 

Hair and makeup: Makeup by Anurita Chandrappa 

Decor and Planning: With Love Nilma

Bride’s outfits: Sari by Angadi Heritage; Lehenga by Anushree Reddy

Masks: Aditi Lal Couture

Bride’s jewellery: NS Jewells

Groom’s outfit: Ethnx The Kurta Store

Photography: Roma Ganesh Photography

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.