Ashwin and Nupur,both believe that our environment comes first, before any celebrations .They are highly inspired by our Mentor, Afroz Shah. They met over a beach clean drive, and that's where our love story began! They had always thought if they ever plan to get married, they'll be having an eco-friendly wedding. On an average, every Indian wedding generates 30-40kgs of waste and most of it comprises plastic waste and that's something Ashwin and Nupur could not let happen. Thus, they looked out for eco-friendly options for catering, decoration, clothing and travel. A lot of people ask them, how they were so motivated, but the fact is that the more people they see come with them the more inspired they are to make the change. They believed that if they can't do it, who else can? Someone needs to start"
They'd like to tell people that they've had enough of a life of convenience, now given the situation they've to look towards a life of survival! They'd like everyone to start working towards a sustainable life, even small changes in your lifestyle can make a difference be it use of glass bottles instead of plastic ones, reducing use of earbuds or straws and protect the marine life wherever possible.We don't want to preach anything but request everyone to give it a try, it's not impossible!
Ashwin Malwade and Nupur Agarwal , they met through common friends and bonded at a beach clean-up. The couple’s mutual passion about the environment brought them closer and they soon made it a weekend ritual. So naturally, when they decided to tie the knot they were committed to having a minimal waste wedding.
Ashwin Malwade, a chief officer in the Merchant Navy and Nupur Agarwal, a marketing professional, made sure that there was no harm caused to the environment by their celebrations. They have been cleaning the beaches for more than three years now and have their mentor Afroz Shah to thank. He is the one who sparked the environment consciousness within them.
Upcycled Wedding Decor - Couples spend months planning their wedding decor. Exotic flowers, colourful drapes and the works. For Ashwin and Nupur, it was about keeping it basic and using upcycled material. Of course, they used flowers but made sure that they got into composting the very next day.
Organic Clothing for Dulha-Dulhan - The outfits of the bride and the groom were completely handmade from organic cotton. Nupur’s lehenga was from Falguni Designs had hashtags #BeatPlasticPollution and #SaveThePlanet embroidered on it, while Ashwin’s sherwani from TISA Studios had #ClimateCrisis on it.
Go Green With The Baraat! - Ditching the concept of a regular baraat which involves a beautifully adorned ghodi, Ashwin chose to enter driving an electric car instead.
4 Plants For 1 Guest! - To make up for the carbon emissions, the couple decided to plant four trees for every guest that showed up at their wedding. They had already planted a couple of saplings before their D-day.
Food Waste Segregation! - Segregation of food waste is extremely important for easy recycling. The couple made sure that the entire waste was segregated into dry and wet waste and even encouraged their caterers