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With WeddingSutra On Location- Mubaishra Mirza

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra On Location, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Monisha Jaising’s store in Pali Hill, Bandra, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the third of the four-part series, bride-to-be Mubaishra Mirza writes about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Monisha Jaising.

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“The moment I entered Monisha Jaising’s store in Pali Hill I was taken in with the very chic and glamorous feel  of the place. A team member of WeddingSutra greeted me with the warmest smile and we started off by carefully sifting through the collection. Even before I entered the store I was clear about one thing– I wanted a modern and non-traditional bride look. A style that defined me and not what an Indian bride is supposed to look like. And Monisha Jaising’s collection well-matched my style ethos. With so many looks on display- from glamorous gowns to stylish lehengas it was hard to pick one outfit without being tempted by another. But finally, team WeddingSutra and Ojas, the amazing Makeup Artist helped me and we chose a gold beige lehenga, with red and pink floral motifs and teamed with a delicately constructed chantilly lace blouse.

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With my outfit selected, Ojas then worked her magic and gave me a bold, high fashion hair-do which she was convinced I could carry off.  Since I love pushing the envelope, I agreed! The outcome was gorgeous big hair, sultry smoky eyes and nude coral lips.

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It was then time to co-ordinate the jewelry. I have never worn heavy gold jewelry but the gold earrings and neck-pieces from Azva and Gehna looked interesting. After wearing the gold choker with a pearl drop and matching earrings, I felt it looked great and completed the look.

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Finally, the last and most fun part of this experience was the candid photo shoot with Photographer Aditi Varma. I am not camera shy so posing for her was fun and exciting all the way.

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Thank you WeddingSutra for this experience and helping me achieve a bridal look I loved.”

Mubaishra’s look
Mubaishra was wearing a ‘Mughal ethnic’ lehenga by Monisha Jaising, and Ojas wanted to give a modern twist to her makeup look. Ojas started by creating a base with the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse and enhanced her cheekbone by contouring it with Lakmé Absolute Sun- Kissed Bronzer, still maintaining the brightness of Mubaishra’s face. Ojas gave her bold smokey eyes by applying Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Pearl Shadow in Peach Pearl and Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate followed by coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eye Mascara. Ojas didn’t use a dark lip color in order to balance out the bold eyes but instead used Lakmé Absolute Lip Tint in Peach Please. She gave her a tousled and tonged wavy hair so she could carry the glamorous look with elan to compliment her personality.

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If you’re getting married in 2015 and would like to be a part of WeddingSutra On Location*, write to us at weddingsutra@gmail.com with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date. Selected lucky winners get a complete ‘Bridal Wardrobe Look’ consultation on how to pick the wedding outfit complimentary to your body type & personality, and experience the look you prefer with a trial makeup and photo shoot in the makeup look.

*Location and Date – to be decided, City – Mumbai

Mubaishra@WeddingSutra On Location
Outfit– Monisha Jaising
Jewellery– Azva (available at Gehna Jewellers, Bandra)
Makeup & Hair– Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management– Anshu Kalwani & Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by– Photosynthesis by Aditi

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Arpita-Aayush Wedding Reception at Taj Land’s End, Mumbai

After a fairy-tale extravaganza in Taj Falaknuma, Hyderabad, the Reception of Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan at Taj Land’s End in Bandra, Mumbai was an equally grand affair. The Khans chose to host it at the indoor Ballroom of Taj Land’s End instead of the terrace lawns, where there are restrictions on music post midnight. The menu was around the theme ‘Cuisines of India’. The decor theme was red and gold, and was executed by Rachana Lucknowala, one of Mumbai’s top wedding decorators who took care of the decor for the celebrations in Hyderabad too.

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Security at the hotel was obviously tight; while the restaurants and main lobby were open to public, access to all three passageways leading to the Ballroom were restricted to wedding guests and event teams only. The huge posse of camera and news persons were placed near the main gate for photo ops. Salman and Sohail Khan’s close friends Event Planner Aditya Motwane and Talent Manager Reshma Shetty stepped in to coordinate with the hotel and manage the event. Salman Khan’s personal bodyguard Shera (he also also runs the security firm ‘Tiger Security Services’) and his team guarded the main entrances.

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Arpita who wore Abu-Sandeep ensembles for the celebrations in Hyderabad, wore a different designer creation for this function. An elegant pink & lemon lehenga by husband-wife duo Falguni & Shane Peacock. Aayush looked dapper in a tuxedo.

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Actor Farhan Akhtar, his sister, filmmaker Zoya, veteran actor Prem Chopra were among the first guests to arrive at the venue. Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi, Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh and Imran Khan and Avantika were also there. Maanyata Dutt, the wife of Salman’s friend Sanjay Dutt, came with her twins Shahraan and Iqra. The Kapoors were represented by Karisma, her father Randhir and aunt Reema Jain and her husband.

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The actors who came included Hrithik Roshan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sidharth Malhotra. Actresses Sonakshi Sinha, Dia Mirza, Ameesha Patel and Patralekhaa wore Manish Malhotra couture. Well-known socialites like Pinky Reddy, Natasha Poonawala and Kaykasshan Patel wore ensembles by Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla. Arpita’s bhabhi Malaika Arora Khan wore a white dhoti sari by Sonaakshi Raaj while her sister Amrita Arora wore a coral sari.

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Shah Rukh Khan who couldn’t attend the celebrations in Hyderabad arrived at 2.00 am and soon dragged the newly-weds to the dance floor and danced with them much to the excitement of the DJ who played tracks from Baazigar’s Kali Kali Ankhen, Chennai Express’ Lungi Dance and Happy New Year’s Indiawale. Later, Sohail and Arbaaz Khan and more family and friends headed to the dance floor and the party wound up at 6.00 am.

The Wedding Makers
Venue & Food- Taj Land’s End, Mumbai
Event Co-ordination- Aditya Motwane and Reshma Shetty
Decor & Styling- Rachana Lucknowala (Vivaah Wedding Decor/ Party Cruisers India)
DJ’s- DJ Willy & DJ Chetas
Security- Tiger Security Services

NRI Brides Diary – Jewelry Designer Payal Shah from Hong Kong talks about her Mumbai Wedding

By Jaspreet Soni

Payal Shah and Nihar Parikh met through common friends around ten years ago. “We are different personalities, but what brought us together are our common interests and our love for fashion and music”, the duo state. While Nihar is in the diamond business, Payal has transitioned from being a student of architecture to a well-known jewelry designer, known for her statement pieces.

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Wedding celebrations in Mumbai
The Hong Kong based bride and Antwerp based groom always wanted a destination wedding and they decided to get married in Mumbai.  As many of their family and friends are based in Mumbai, it was their first choice. It turned out to be the best choice too, she says.“Mumbai offers a great mix of Indian culture and modern lifestyle, and that is exactly what suited our sensibilities.”

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The families have appointed the company ‘Cineyug’ as the Event Managers but Payal says she is happy to be hands-on involved in every aspect of wedding planning.  She has worked hard towards ensuring that every event turns out to be the best for their Indian and international guests. From a ‘Moroccan Night’ at The Oberoi, Mehndi at Palladium Hotel where ‘Colors of Sun Rise’ is the theme, Sangeet at NSCI stadium highlighting the ‘flavors of India’ to creating an experience of ‘Europe meets Asia’ at the wedding, she has managed to create an effective amalgamation of tradition and modernity.

Payal is wearing couture designer friend Natthida’s creation for the youngster’s night, a Tarun Tahiliani lehenga for the Mehndi hosted by the boy’s side, an Anamika Khanna dhoti saree for her Mehndi, and Manish Malhotra ensembles for her Sangeet, Wedding and Reception. The jewelry for every occasion is a mix of her own creations and custom designed pieces with the quality of timelessness to them.

Jewelry Designer Payal Shah recommends for brides-to-be, five jewelry pieces to invest in that will take them beyond the wedding celebrations

“I believe in jewelry that resonates with today’s lifestyle. So here are my picks:

1. A long chain necklace always looks simple, elegant yet beautiful. It can be diamonds, pearls or any gemstones.

2. A nice pair of diamond studs, of one to three carat each. Even better if they are GIA certified as it guarantees purity. And you can wear them with almost anything.

3. A tennis diamond bracelet is also a very good investment. You can wear it on any occasion

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4. Emerald jewelry is a must-have. It can be big statement earrings in emerald or a neckpiece. It is one stone that never goes out of fashion and goes with every color. It has a very royal quality to it, a stunner right from the time of Maharajas. I am wearing a beautiful emerald necklace at my Sangeet and I am very excited about it.

5. A classic polki set is also a great choice- they are timeless heirlooms which tell a story.“

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Photos courtesy- MORVI Images (Payal and Nihar), Zoya (Emerald Jewellery), Tanishq (Polki set)

With WeddingSutra On Location- Dhwani Shah

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra On Location, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Monisha Jaising’s store in Pali Hill, Bandra, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the second of the four-part series, bride-to-be Dhwani Shah blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Monisha Jaising.

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“When I read about WeddingSutra on Location, I thought it was a fantastic and cool concept so I wrote to WeddingSutra and some weeks later I was delighted to receive an invitation to the On Location at Monisha Jaising.

Monisha Jaising’s sprawling and stylish store in Pali Hill, Bandra has an amazing variety for brides wanting a non-traditional wedding look or an edgy look for a pre-wedding celebration. Team WeddingSutra helped me look through the lehengas and gowns, I tried on some outfits and finalized on a gorgeous intricately embroidered carbon grey lehenga, with a deep maroon and copper embellished blouse. I loved its unusual color combination, and the fully embellished maroon dupatta.

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Once I was through with the outfit selection, make up magician Ojas Rajani took over. She is not only a make-up expert, she is an amazing hair stylist and a brilliant fashion stylist who understands how to put together the overall look. With her make up strokes she changed my looks from simple to glam, and gave me voluminous curls to add to the glam. Elegant Azva pieces from Gehna Jewellers completed the look- I picked a gold choker neck piece, jhumkis earrings, a dazzling gold cuff and a maharani ring.

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Now it was Photo shoot time! Aditi, the warm and friendly wedding photographer took my photos, both candid and posed inside the store and outside.

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I have been regularly logging on to Weddingsutra since a long time and it was nice to personally meet and interact with the team who run this awesome e-magazine. And for me and I’m sure for all the other brides who were present at WeddingSutra on Location, this was indeed a fun and enriching experience.”

Dhwani’s look
Ojas Rajani decided to give Dhwani an ‘Earth Goddess’ look by concentrating on Dhwani’s eyes and hair to compliment the stunning carbon grey creation by Monisha Jaising. Ojas started by creating a base with the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse, and brushed on some Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duos. To achieve dramatic smokey eyes, Ojas used Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate and then brushed on coats of the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eye Mascara onto her curled lashes. Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist in Berry Cherry was used for Dhwani’s lips. Her hair was set in gentle yet voluminous curls as the final touch for the Earth Goddess look.

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If you’re getting married in 2015 and would like to be a part of WeddingSutra On Location*, write to us at weddingsutra@gmail.com with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date. Selected lucky winners get a complete ‘Bridal Wardrobe Look’ consultation on how to pick the wedding outfit complimentary to your body type & personality, and experience the look you prefer with a trial makeup and photo shoot in the makeup look.

*Location and Date – to be decided, City – Mumbai

Dhwani@WeddingSutra On Location
Outfit– Monisha Jaising
Jewellery– Azva (available at Gehna Jewellers, Bandra)
Makeup & Hair– Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management– Anshu Kalwani & Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by– Photosynthesis by Aditi

Inside Details! Arpita-Aayush Wedding in Hyderabad

Arpita Khan, the sister of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is tying the knot with Aayush Sharma at Taj Falaknuma Palace today. The celebrations commenced last evening with a Mehendi at Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills. As reported by WeddingSutra last week, half the guests have been put up at Taj Krishna and the others at one of the 60 Rooms of Taj Falaknuma Palace. The wedding ceremony and post-wedding sangeet cum reception on the lawns of Taj Falaknuma Palace will be a fairly intimate affair with just over 300 guests. But it’s the security that is huge at both venues. Salman’s personal bodyguard Shera has brought in a big team of bouncers from Mumbai, then there are the Taj security teams, and a huge contingent from Hyderabad Police, making it a posse of over 600 security and policemen, almost double the number of guests. The security at Taj Krishna is strict, though the hotel is not closed for outsiders. Taj Falaknuma Palace is out-of-bounds today and tomorrow, unless you are a wedding guest or part of one of the wedding organising teams.

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According to Wedding Designer & Stylist Rachana Lucknowala the décor at last night’s Mehendi was traditional Indian floral, while for the evening nuptials it is pink and English inspired. “The wedding will be a typical Punjabi wedding, but for the décor, Arpita wanted the Palace arches to be the highlight—so the décor is modern & understated with natural hues and silver elements. After the pheras, the guests will proceed to the lawns for the sangeet cum reception where the décor theme is black, red and gold.”

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While Arpita and Aayush’s family members will be putting up performances at the Sangeet, singing sensation Mika will also be performing there.. The menu for the brunches, lunches and dinner include a wide range of Indian and world cuisine. But for the main dinner tonight it is going to be Hyderabadi cuisine like Biryani and Pathar Ka Gosht.

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The Wedding Makers

- Venue Management- Girish Sehgal (General Manager Taj Falaknuma Palace) and team
- Wedding Styling and Décor- Rachana Lucknowala (Vivaah/ Party Cruisers, Mumbai)
– Wedding Day Logistics & Co-ordination- Aditya Motwane (Motwane Entertainment and Weddings, Mumbai)
– Wedding Invitations- Entertainment Design Company (EDC)
– Bride & Groom’s Wedding Wear- Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla

Photos Courtesy- Manogna Reddy

Love Actually- Tanvi Sharma and Manish Dhingra’s Platinum Day of Love

Our initiative ‘Love Actually’ is a photo series featuring engaged couples who actively seek ideas and inspiration from WeddingSutra. The series celebrates the beautiful people in love as they start their lives together. Because real love can only begin, never end. Over coffee, a makeover and a photo shoot we get to-be-weds to tell us how they met, show us their platinum love bands and talk about their day of love.

Tanvi and Manish were both part of a popular dance class in Delhi NCR and they met through a common friend at one of the socials held at Hotel Ashok. Little did they know that the informal introduction would turn into something so beautiful and romantic. Post their first meeting Tanvi and Manish decided to keep in touch and exchanged numbers but they didn’t meet in person for four years. Says Tanvi: “I moved to Mumbai to pursue my career ambitions in Sales and Marketing with an MNC. Manish continued to follow his entrepreneurial pursuits in Delhi. We didn’t talk on phone frequently but we never missed greeting each other on our birthday and other special days like New Year’s and Diwali. And Manish would often quip that Delhi is lackluster without me!”

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Four years later, Tanvi returned to Delhi to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams, and she started a marketing communications company along with her best friend. This time she and Manish met in person at a work-related workshop and as Tanvi explains it was indeed a special meeting for it helped rekindle ties. Gradually, interactions between Tanvi and Manish increased and she introduced him to her close friends. But as Tanvi explains there was a bit of uncertainty into what was developing. “Manish expressed his interest, but I was a little unsure then and I needed time. He understood this and was patient, but in many ways this admission of intent was the first seeds sown for building a life long connect through matrimony.”

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Manish had this firm belief that every girl deserves a proposal and he states “A formal proposal with a ring, which shows effort and desire makes the girl feel like she is the most special person on this planet.” And he formally proposed his love to Tanvi in Kashmir, at a scenic setting in the middle of the Shikara on the Nagin Lake in Srinagar.

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Tanvi and Manish are getting married in February 2015, in Delhi. About their preparations, Tanvi says, “The first step was to book the venue as February is a very busy month for weddings. With that completed, we have been busy planning the other details to ensure our big day is the way we want it to be!” Adds Manish: “All the wedding planning is being done by both of us, and her event management skills have really come handy.” Amid planning their wedding, the couple are also busy planning their honeymoon and are working out to look their best! Says Tanvi, “Manish has always been into sports. He plays squash almost everyday. Manish motivated me to join Fitness First Platinum and I have been training with a Personal Trainer for 3 months! Post the wedding, we are equally excited about the honeymoon as both of us are travel buffs. We are thinking of New Zealand or Fiji- New Zealand offers beautiful landscapes, lakes and adventure sports whereas Fiji offers pristine beaches, romance and adventure. We have been researching on websites like A Travel Duet to learn more about both destinations and we hope to take a decision soon!”

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Tanvi concludes: “WeddingSutra has been our companion all this while. Their tips and features on wedding planning, invitations, décor ideas and honeymoons are super helpful.” Adds Manish: “And thanks to WeddingSutra Tanvi came across this fun pre-wedding shoot ‘Love Actually’ and convinced me to be a part of it. Our shoot took place at the very scenic Gateway Resort, run by the Taj Group. It was a welcome change from the usual work and wedding planning routine and turned out to be a most memorable and enjoyable experience!”

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If you’re getting married in 2015 and would like to be a part of ‘Love Actually’ write to us (weddingsutra@gmail.com) with the link to your FB profiles, wedding date and ‘how you met’ story. Selected couples will be invited for the shoots in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.

Location- The Gateway Resort (Damdama Lake), Gurgaon
Makeup & Hair– Shruti Sharma
Photographs by- Atul Pratap Chauhan

Destination One, a New Wedding Venue in Calangute, Goa

Last fortnight we were in Goa to attend the grand launch of Destination One, an integrated hospitality establishment in Calangute, North Goa. Rajesh and Soniya Srivastava and the other co-promoters of Destination One have conceptualised and designed it to be the perfect, enthralling venue for those seeking a very special place for a very special celebration or event. And when we talk about special celebrations, we are referring to weddings of course! Destination One are hoping to host many weddings and wedding-related functions, and so we spoke to Soniya Srivastava, the dynamic businesswomen from Noida who tells us more about the new demands in destination weddings, and how Destination One aims to be different.

Beach Wedding Venue
“I got married at a grand palace in Jaipur some years ago; at that time many brides-to-be like me, dreamt of a royal Rajasthan wedding in a magnificent Palace. Weddings in Rajasthan will continue to be popular with Jodhpur and Udaipur being the hot spots, but now I’ve noticed many to-be-brides are equally enthusiastic about Beach Weddings. Our beach-facing sea-lawns are the perfect setting for brides and grooms looking to tie the knot in a breath-taking venue with the most tranquil settings.

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One Venue- Many Locations
Destination Weddings are all about very different celebrations. Intimate lunches, fun parties, traditional festivities and grand receptions; at Destination One we have The Lounge and Deck overlooking the vast Arabian Sea, The Beachfront & Lawns- a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue at the edge of the sea, Private Cabanas for those wanting privacy but not indoors, Party Rooms with a delightful ambience and a Lounge Bar with a unique lighting design, eclectic cuisine and stellar bar menu.

Central Location
Goa has a host of hotels providing the finest and varied type of accommodation. So if a couple have chosen to wed in Goa, their guests can choose to stay at different hotels while the different celebrations can take place at Destination One, centrally located at the bustling and beautiful Calangute Beach.

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Luxurious Beachfront Hospitality
Destination One is currently not offering accommodation. The focus is on positioning it as an extraordinary fully integrated Food & Beverage complex featuring an unprecedented range of options in luxurious beachfront hospitality. We all know that in the end what most guests remember is the food, so our endeavor here is to offer a range of delectable food catering to every taste and style.The culinary team at Destination One is a powerhouse mix of a talented team of  Masterchefs. Chef Mohd Kaleem Qureshi, specializes in Indian Curries and finger licking Tandoor specialties, Masterchef Chef Son Boon Sriphirom specializes in Oriental cuisine, Chef Sabyasachi Gorai takes care of the European cuisine, along with Sommeliers Magandeep Singh and Gurjit Singh Barry.

Unforgettable Celebration
Some to-be-weds may want a wow wedding celebration while some may want a stylish yet intimate celebration. Destination One understands that each wedding is different, and each couple have a different requirement. So while some may want to book almost the entire complex for a day or more, some may want one or more spaces for one function only.

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Destination One Fact File
Venues
Escapade (Al Fresco Dining), Café Hangout (Young, Vibrant Café), The Lounge Bar, Sea Lawns (Outdoor Seaside Venue)

Sea Lawn Capacity
Standing Buffet- 1500 pax
Sit Down Buffet- 500pax
Events- 2000 pax

Sea Lawn Facilities - Private Cabanas, Dance Floor, Private Dining Room (1500 sqft), Open Lawn Bar

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With WeddingSutra On Location- Mitali Sheth

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra On Location, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Monisha Jaising’s store in Pali Hill, Bandra, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the first of the four-part series, bride-to-be Mitali Sheth writes about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Monisha Jaising.

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“After I got dressed by Makeup maestro Ojas Rajani and it was time to face the camera, Anshu from WeddingSutra asked me to collect my thoughts together- so I could blog about the entire experience. She requested me to share my write-up in two days. And then I thought to myself– why not write something NOW? So here is what I wrote while at Monisha Jaising’s store itself, with WeddingSutra on Location.”

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I entered nervous and scared,
A thousand thoughts running through my head,
Will they be friendly? Will they make me look nice?
Let me tell you, to my day they
Added a lot of spice.

Ojas was my fairy god mother in disguise.
She transformed me from a rag doll to a princess,
I know from her you can expect nothing but the best.
My locks she made look thick and made my skin glow,
How to make a girl feel like Cinderella she really does know!

Monisha Jaising’s gown fit like a dream ,
Her girls knew their work, she has a great team!
The gown was very pretty, it didn’t have the usual lace,
It wasn’t heavy! That is a bride’s saving grace!

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Azva and Gehna Jewellers were there to help me glow with gold.
Their pieces sure looked divine and well-completed my look on the whole.

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Photosynthesis took some fun shots,
one should definitely consider them for capturing special moments while tying the knot!

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WeddingSutra filled my day with fun and laughter,
I’m one step closer to my happily ever after!”

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Mitali’s look
Ojas decided to give Mitali Sheth a glamorous yet minimalist reception look to go with her soft and fresh face and compliment her indo-western gown.

For Mitali’s eyes, Ojas created a base with the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse, and used false eyelashes to give her a sparkly doe eyed look. Next she applied the Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Pearl Shadow in Peach Pearl onto the lids. Instead of eyeliner, Ojas used Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate for less editorial and more elegant smudged eyes. She then brushed a single coat of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eye Mascara onto her curled lashes. She used Lakmé Absolute Cheek Chromatic Baked Blush in Night Sheer to highlight and contour the cheek bone.

Its Mitali’s lips and hair where there was more drama to compliment the glamour of her gown. Ojas gave her bold lips with Lakmé Absolute Lip Tint in Wine Punch that looks so beautiful on her skin tone and also a big trend this season. To complete the look, she gave Mitali clipped out curls for the hair, all brought to one side to make her red carpet ready.

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If you’re getting married in 2015 and would like to be a part of WeddingSutra On Location*, write to us at weddingsutra@gmail.com with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date. Selected lucky winners get a complete ‘Bridal Wardrobe Look’ consultation on how to pick the wedding outfit complimentary to your body type & personality, and experience the look you prefer with a trial makeup and photo shoot in the makeup look.

*Location and Date – to be decided, City – Mumbai

Mitali@WeddingSutra On Location
Outfit– Monisha Jaising
Jewellery– Azva (available at Gehna Jewellers, Bandra)
Makeup & Hair– Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management– Anshu Kalwani & Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by– Photosynthesis by Aditi

Designing Wedding Photobooks with Avnish Dhoundiyal

Avnish Dhoundiyal is a contemporary and candid wedding photography based in Delhi. He started his professional career as an interior visualizer, as he has always been fascinated with lighting and colors. His love for travelling is what led him to pursue photography.

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Sentimental and Solid Value of Photobooks
Ever since I began my photography venture, I knew that albums have an important role to play in the overall experience I offer clients. A wedding album is much more than just a collection of images; it’s a lasting reminder of your wedding day, it’s a photobook for the generations who haven’t been born yet, and is something for them to experience and admire.

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When I photograph a wedding, I’m always thinking about how the images will work or look in an album. With wedding albums, we tell YOUR story.  Each image is carefully selected, edited, and arranged in a manner that presents the sequence of events while telling the beautiful story of the start of your family. My clients first see the digital album on their computer and then afterwards when they flip through a gorgeous custom-designed album their expressions says it all. Obviously seeing the album in print is much more exciting.

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Advice for Couples
There’s always the temptation to save money by ordering digital photographs and getting them printed by someone at a lower cost. This might be a short-term way to save cost but when you are deciding on your albums just remember why you hired and invested in a professional photographer in the first place. They are the experts and if you trusted them for your wedding photos, trust them with designing an album and recommending the best print solution too. We have partnered with Canvera who help us print stunning coffee table books, with excellent paper quality and durability.

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Digital Sharing of Photobooks
As we have partnered with Canvera, they help us in showcasing the albums online through their website. We share the link with our clients and they forward it to their close family members (or friends and relatives too) before the printed version is delivered.The best thing about this is that it simplifies the album proofing process. When we design the album and share the online link with our clients, they leave comments on the album if they want to get any changes- e.g. color toning, swapping photographs, etc. This enables brides and grooms to be a part of the album design process and helps them share feedback easily without going through the bother of composing emails or explaining it on phone.

Know more about Avnish Dhoundiyal at Avnish Dhoundiyal Photography

Taj Falaknuma Palace set to host Arpita Khan’s wedding

Hyderabad is looking forward to Arpita Khan’s wedding. Salman Khan’s sister is tying the knot with businessman Aayush Sharma  and the two day celebrations commence on 18th November. According to a close friend of Arpita the celebrations at the former residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad will be conducted as per Hindu Punjabi traditions and the functions include the Mehendi, Sangeet, Pheras, Reception and finale Post Reception Party.

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- Aditya Motwane, the former CEO of Percept Weddings might step in as a consultant to handle coordination for the wedding day only, but most of the wedding planning and execution is being done by Arpita herself, as she was keen to be personally involved in everything. “Its going to be a luxurious yet intimate celebration at one of the most enchanting wedding venues in India, just the way and where Arpita wants it to be”, says the friend.

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- Almost all the vendors and specialists lending their services for the wedding are from Mumbai, from the Makeup and Mehendi Artist to the Floral and Decor Designers. The catering will of course be taken care of by the Taj Chefs.

- It is not known what Arpita and her beau will be wearing but in all likelihood the bride will be wearing traditional ensembles by Abu-Sandeep and Sabyasachi and elegant gowns by Falguni & Shane Peacock and Monisha Jaising.

- The wedding invitation is a gold-plated invitation card with beautiful rose print, presented in a box with leaflets for each of the functions. Accompanying the invites are some delightful cupcakes.

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To know more about what’s happening in Hyderabad, we spoke to a senior media personality from the city and here’s what we learnt.

- Hyderabad’s media are hoping to photograph B-town guests but this might be difficult as the Palace is perched atop a hill and surrounded by 56 acres of forested land. The only location where the photographers can place themselves is at the main gate, miles away from where the party will be happening. So in a sense, Taj Falaknuma Palace is the perfect venue for celebrities wanting a fortress-like location for a private celebration. At this point, it is not clear if Arpita and Aayush will step out to a spot closer to the main gate for a Photo Op with select media.

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- Some of the guests will be staying at the 60 beautifully refurbished rooms of Taj Falaknuma Palace while others will be put up at Taj Krishna. All the functions will be at the outdoor venues of the Palace.

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- The hotel administration and police authorities are working closely to ensure there is strict security outside the venue and movement of VIP cars is not obstructed thanks to over-enthusiastic crowds. While initially there was news that Prime Minister Modi will be a guest at the Reception, it is now confirmed that he will not be coming since he will be in Australia then.

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- Since Salma and Salim Khan’s (Arpita’s parents) golden wedding anniversary is on the same day, it will be a double celebration for the Khan khandaan. After the two day celebrations are over in Hyderabad, the guests will depart on 20th and the Khan family will spend one more day at the Palace and return to Mumbai for the Reception on 21st.

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