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Love gives us a Fairytale- Nishka and Dhruv’s Wedding Film by WeddingNama

Popular designer Nishka Lulla tied the knot with South Mumbai businessman Dhruv Mehra this month. The celebrations commenced with a brunch at a Michelan star restaurant in Bandra and the traditional wedding ceremony was held on 3rd June at the ISKCON Temple, Juhu. A week later the just-weds, their families and close friends flew to Bangkok for an exotic celebration at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa.

Before we share more photos from the celebrations in Thailand, here is the link to the same day edited film shot by Ankita and Akash of WeddingNama. The duo state: “It was the most surreal wedding in the beautifully designed Vrindavan garden recreated by the bride’s mother Neeta Lulla. At all the functions, Nishka & Dhruv looked royal and elegant. Nishka’s entry on the boat from across the river with a 30 feet trail behind her was simply breathtaking! This is the same day edited film from their wedding that was screened at the evening reception.”

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Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach – Don’t you wish you were here right now?

Located in one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, the luxury spa resort Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket offers a heady mix of beautiful ocean views, tranquility, Thai architectural charm and the buzz that is Karon beach.

We will let the pictures do the talking. We sure wish we were here right now, don’t you?

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If you still need reasons to pick this lovely resort for your romantic interlude, here are 5 compelling ones.
Featured Romantic Getaway- Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket

If you are ready to book, contact Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket

Featured Wedding- Vidhi and Abhinav at Chunda Palace, Udaipur

Our new series, ‘Featured Weddings’ will bring you up close and personal with nuptial events held at the finest venues across cities. Our third feature showcases snapshots from Vidhi and Abhinav’s intimate celebrations in beautiful Udaipur.

Vidhi, a textile designer and Abhinav, who runs a home furnishing and textiles company, met as 12th grade students in the same tuition class. “We dated for a few months, but broke up before he went to the UK and I to Philadelphia to complete our undergraduate degrees,” Vidhi reminisces. The two didn’t have much contact until nearly a decade later when their stars crossed movie-style. “I visited Bangalore and Abhinav randomly saw me standing outside a shop on his way to work. He contacted me through Facebook, and we started hanging out together again, and they rest as they say is history.” Or romantic serendipity!

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Vidhi and Abhinav’s wedding festivities were held at Radisson Blu, Udaipur. The wedding ceremony took place at Chunda Palace. While they selected unique themes for each event, they preferred to keep the décor minimalist. Vidhi elaborates, “Both the venues in Udaipur were beautiful, with picturesque details. We didn’t want to overwhelm the architecture by adding too much.” So they went with simple features that would highlight the venue.

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“For the Sufi music event, we just hung up a lot of lanterns and decided to have hookahs for our guests to enjoy. We had a Rajasthani theme for the mehendi, so there were puppets, parrot card-readers and traditional Rajasthani folk music and dancing,” Vidhi says. For the sangeet, the stage and lighting was elegant in its simplicity, “since it was in front of the Radisson Blu façade, which is beautiful as is.”

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The couple chose a simple mandap and a mango and fuchsia theme for their wedding ceremony at Chunda Palace. “The view from the Chunda Palace terrace is breathtaking and we didn’t want to distract with lots of flowers or fabric.”

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“Our final event, the main highlight Abhinav and I were most excited about, was a 5 minute film of all the wedding events that was edited on the same day and screened at our reception. The Candid Tales team jumped at the idea and did a great job editing all the footage with very little time!”

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The Wedding Makers:

Venues- Chunda Palace and Radisson Blu, Udaipur – the team at both venues were very helpful.
Photography & Videography- Candid Tales (Delhi)- Rishabh and his entire team was amazing and very professional. They were also great at conceptualizing shots and they have captured some awesome memories!
Catering:
Chunda Palace offered amazing traditional Rajasthani cuisine. They did exceptionally well with Continental food as well. Radisson Blu also had a great menu with a lot of variety.
Divya Caterers- Indore (Rajendra Gupta- 9827071755)- They provided the best wedding food ever! Especially the incredible chaats, which were perfect for our late afternoon wedding.
Entertainment- Mame Khan, DJ Jasmeet
Mehendi Artist- Rekha, Udaipur
Wedding Invitations- SV Color graphics, Bangalore
Wedding Planner- Frozen Apple Events

Photos Courtesy- Candid Tales

Honeymoon In Oman: Our favorite places to stay – Al Bustan Palace

Blessed with spectacular mountain, desert and coastal scenery, Oman is a brilliant destination for romantic stays. Oman is all about luxury hotels, spa treatments and snorkeling along the coast, medieval forts, camping in the desert, and sailing the oceans. In this series of posts, we pick the finest hotels in Oman that deserve a visit on your honeymoon/ romantic getaway.

Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Tucked away between the rugged Al Hajar mountain range and the Sea of Oman, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel is a hidden jewel amongst Muscat hotels, a beachfront retreat that welcomes guests with customs steeped in ancient traditions and contemporary comfort. From each of the 250 guest rooms and suites’ private balconies, you can gaze upon magnificent mountain, sea or garden views. You can relax on the pristine stretch of private beach or dine on its sandy carpet under the stars, in one of the three distinctive restaurants. Perfect for honeymoons or romantic getaways, Al Bustan Palace provides all the ingredients that will stir memories for a lifetime.

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The new Six Senses Spa, opening towards the end of September 2015, is a 33,000 sq feet relaxation and well being sanctuary set over 3 floors. It will offer a full range of treatments, including Ayurveda, and also has 3 Hammams, a gym with yoga studio, sauna, steam room and wellness relaxation room, so is a great place to fully unwind with your sweetheart.

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Insider Tip: For direct access to one of the hotel’s beautiful lagoon pools from your private terrace we recommend an Al Bustan Lagoon Access Room.

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With WeddingSutra on Location – Nidhi Baldota

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra on Location, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at The Ritz-Carlton, the newest luxury hotel in Bangalore. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and then a Photo-Shoot, each bride was introduced to and interacted with some of the best names in Bridal and Wedding services.

Here, in the second of the four-part series, bride-to-be Nidhi Baldota shares her experience at WeddingSutra on Location, Bangalore.

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“Butterflies! I suppose slight nervousness and a tingle of excitement is what every bride goes through while getting ready for D-Day. That’s exactly how I felt when I received an email from WeddingSutra informing me that I’d been selected as one of the brides to be featured for WeddingSutra’s celebrated On Location shoot in Bangalore.

On the day of the shoot, when I reached The Ritz-Carlton, I was greeted so warmly by Team WeddingSutra. Once I’d settled in, they showed me some outfits by JADE by Monica and Karishma. There were so many beautiful, inspired bridal creations, but a pink lehenga with delicate work stood out. Once I tried it on, I loved it even more!

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I was then introduced to Make-up Artist, Ralph Daniels. He was very intuitive about my personal style and gave me a summery, pastel look and styled my hair into soft, natural curls. It went really well with my lehenga and was the best I could have asked for!

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We then looked through the jewellery from Nikhaar Jewels and Azva. I think Azva has some of the best gold jewellery collections! Team WeddingSutra selected a floral themed piece which beautifully complemented my look.

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Finally, it was time for the photo-shoot with ace wedding photographer Dev Purbiya. We shot across different locations on The Ritz-Carlton property. Dev put me at ease and I really enjoyed the shoot as he clicked away.

Looking back, I’m so glad I got the chance to rehearse my wedding day through such a wonderful experience! Thank you Team WeddingSutra!”

Nidhi’s Look
Ralph Daniels started with prepping Nidhi’s makeup with an oil control moisturizer to keep her skin hydrated and oiliness away. He used the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse in Beige Honey to create the base. The Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Concealer in Honey was dabbed with the ring finger under her eyes and on other blemishes around the face. This helped push the pigment into the skin and kept the product usage minimal so that it doesn’t crease later. After setting it with the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Compact in Beige Honey shade, the Coral Blush shade from the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duos was blended onto her cheeks. Then the shimmery Pink Pearl shade of the Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Pearl Shadow was applied all over the eye lid area. A darker and more intense Pink Wink shade of the  Lakmé Absolute Drama Stylist Shadow Duos was used to contour the eye area from the outer corners into the socket. The Lakmé Absolute Gel Addict Eye Liner in Black was then used to line the upper lash line ending in a small flick at the outer corners giving a winged eye look. After using the same liner to darken the waterline, Ralph used a small blending brush to blend the liner residue below the lower lash line concentrating on the corners. For the lips Ralph used the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict in Candy Pink and finished with the creamy Lakmé Absolute Plump & Shine Lip Gloss in Berry Shine. Nidhi naturally has long hair which was given a soft look with dreamy curls.

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If you’re getting married in 2015 or 2016 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 will receive a complete ‘Bridal Wardrobe Look’ consultation on how to pick the wedding outfit that perfectly complements your body type & personality, and discover the look you prefer with a trial makeup and photo-shoot.

*Location and Date – to be decided, Cities– Mumbai/ Delhi/ Bangalore

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Outfit- JADE by Monica & Karishma
Jewellery- Azva (available at Nikhaar Jewels, Bangalore)
Makeup & Hair- Ralph Daniels for Lakmé Absolute
Location- The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore
Event Partners- Divya Vithika Wedding Planners (Bangalore)
Shoot Management- Tejal Karlekar

Photobook Partners- Canvera
Photographs by- Dev Purbiya

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New Beginnings and Blessings: in Conversation with Luv and Hemali

The first time we met
Luv met Hemali at his sister’s friend’s wedding. Hemali was the bride’s friend, and Luv had seen her around over the years, but never spent time with her. They danced together at the wedding after party. Luv confesses that he has two left feet; he barely even gets on a dance floor. But that night, she had him dancing with her until the early morning hours. “She actually made me dance!” he exclaims in astonishment. Luv really liked Hemali and tried to get to know her. Within a month, he was certain that he wanted to dance with her for the rest of his life. Hemali, however, took five months to make up her mind.

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The first time we met each other’s parents
Luv and Hemali’s personalities and preferences are a stark contrast, and so are their family backgrounds. He comes from a gregarious Sindhi family while she hails from a conservative Jain background. They began with a clandestine dating period replete with fun incidents like ducking down in their parked car seats at Bandra Bandstand when their friends drove past, and making lame excuses to family and friends while they spent time with each other.

Within a month after Hemali agreed to commit, Luv broke the news to his parents. His father wanted a Sindhi bride for him, so he was apprehensive. But his father turned out to be more open-minded than he’d realized. He told the son to invite his girlfriend over for an informal dinner. Hemali was already having cold feet about meeting the ‘strict’ father-in-law-to-be. She had known Luv’s sister, Megha, and had met his mother before. And then, it didn’t turn out to be quite as casual as she’d expected. She ended up having a one-on-one interview with Luv’s father. “It went on for close to an hour. I was completely unprepared for the kind of questions that he asked because I’d never even thought about marriage before,” she laughs. “My sentences were half complete.” But, as Hemali quips the father had their best interests in mind, and he was helping them understand each other’s expectations.

“He asked why I thought we were perfect together,” she says, “and I said… because we haven’t fought even once in these eight months. When I am angry, he calms me down and when he loses his cool, I calm him down. We have great understanding, great chemistry.” But marriage changes everything, said the father, and he shared some insights and examples. Hemali was numb throughout, she confesses. “I didn’t want to say too much and sound foolish,” she laughs. But, all was well. Luv’s father suggested that they meet up with Hemali’s parents at the earliest.

It turned out that Luv’s parents had even bought her a precious gift, as shagun. And they had already accepted her as their daughter-in-law-to-be before they ‘officially’ met her.

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But Hemali had her reservations. She told Luv that if her mother did not approve of the alliance, she would not marry him. “I kept postponing the meeting,” she confesses. Over the next four months, she introduced him to her three sisters, one of whom finally told their father that the youngest sibling was in love.

Then one evening in November 2013, Luv insisted on bringing over homemade dinner to Hemali’s house and finally met Hemali’s parents, sisters and her brother-in-law, who had assured his support. “Her father was very ‘chilled out’. He said that if we were both sure about it, he was fine with the alliance,” recalls Luv, so he suggested the families meet the following evening. “I got one chance to meet them, and I took it to Gor Dhana (formalizing the promise to get married) within the hour,” he laughs.

A touching moment from the Engagement Ceremony
At their Kachchi Misri (informal engagement ceremony) in mid-December last year, a team of photographers were shooting the auspicious event. The family obviously wanted pictures with all the friends and relatives. So they had set up a room in the house where the couple posed with about fifty guests. At some point during the photo session, they just looked at each other and gasped. Luv recalls, “In that moment, we both felt as if we were standing on a marriage podium and it felt as if we were actually getting married… and it felt great!”

For Hemali, it also happened earlier during the ceremony when the couple was sitting at the havan and relatives from both sides were feeding them Gor Dhana, putting tilak on them and giving her gifts. “It was the first time that I actually felt like a bride-to-be. I realized that I was now going to be a member of this new family. It was a nice feeling and reality set it!” she states.

Hemali and Luv are tying the knot on August 1, 2015 in Mumbai.

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His Mother’s Blessings
“I always had one daughter, but it is a beautiful feeling to welcome a second daughter. I have been waiting for this day and it is finally here. Hemali and Luv are just meant to be. They complement each other so well. Can’t wait to have her home… more fun, more women power! I’m really excited.”

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Platinum Evara- The Ties that Bind
Hemali and Luv in Platinum Evara, a blessing of everlasting love. The new range of bridal jewellery crafted to suit the tastes of the modern Bride and Groom.

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Photos Courtesy- Israni Photography

Ensemble Sale is Back

It’s the End of Season Sale  at Ensemble. Stock up your wardrobe with the best fashion of the season at great prices!  Featuring the country’s most sought after designers including Anamika Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, Rahul Khanna & Rohit Gandhi, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Pankaj & Nidhi, Gauri & Nainika, Varun Bahl and many more. It also includes a selection of Indian wear from their in-house label- The Ensemble Design Studio. Here are few interesting pieces that are going on sale.

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Creations by Ensemble Design Studio.

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Creations by Rohit Bal and Gaurav Gupta.

Mumbai: 24th – 29th June 2015
Delhi: 25th June – 8th July 2015

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Lion’s Gate |Time: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Kemps Corner |Time: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Bandra |Time: 10:30 am -7:30 pm

Delhi
Emporio Mall |Time: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Santushti Shopping Arcade |Time: 10:00 am – 6:0pm

www.ensembleindia.com

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – the perfect secluded honeymoon getaway

If you are looking for an extremely private and unique safari experience, the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in South Africa is perfect for you. What makes Tswalu unique is the combination of the Kalahari sand dunes and savannahs with the Korannaberg Mountains and the starriest skies you will ever see.

Tswalu Game Reserve. Southern Kalahari. Northern Cape. South Africa.

Tswalu Kalahari covers over 100,000 hectares of pristine wilderness in the heart of the scenic Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Catering to only 30 guests in two luxury lodges, the emphasis is on privacy, flexibility and exclusivity, and also tailor-made experiences to suit you.

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Tswalu Game Reserve. Southern Kalahari. Northern Cape. South Africa.

What better way to start off your honeymoon than with a charter jet just for the two of you to this reserve .

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There are a number of activities which you can indulge in with your loved one in this pristine secluded lodge. You can design your own itinerary with game drives, bush walks, horseback safaris and animal encounters. You can spend a night on the Malori sleep-out deck, with nothing between you and the brilliant stars of the Kalahari night sky or you can treat yourself to an indulgent spa treatment in the award winning safari spa.

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One can dine in the bush, the boma, or in the privacy of your suite. Its only here that you can enjoy sundowners in the dunes and order a gourmet picnic breakfast for an early morning game drive.

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To book your tailor-made luxury getaway write to Luxury Three Sixty at vik@luxurythreesixty.com or call on +91 84110 34400

A Pre-wedding Shoot with a Difference

By Jaspreet Soni

As the trend goes, pre-wedding shoots are all about the couple. But when Priyanka and Amit Barot of Amit Barot Photography conceptualized the pre-wedding shoot with a bride-to-be and her family and that too in their wedding fineries, it touch a chord too many. Priyanka Barot elaborates, “Our concept was inspired by ‘Wedding Sutra on Location’ which helps Brides-to-be to prep up for the D-day. This shoot with Nupur Agarwal and her family was one of a kind and we photographed the entire family in a very relaxed and comfortable environment and they enjoyed the photo shoot thoroughly.”

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The shoot took place at Nupur’s home in Ahmedabad. As her home got refurnished before the wedding, the living room made for the ideal setting. Being a Sabyasachi fan, they decided to do up the living room in his signature style. Nupur says, “Me, my mother and my sister are ardent Sabyasachi fans so we knew what look we wanted. The drawing room walls were painted in burgundy, cream and burgundy based toile de jouy curtains were brought from USA and the furniture was sourced from Good Earth (Mumbai).”

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Nupur was motivated to do this shoot after seeing all the photos of WeddingSutra on Location and what she figured at weddings she had attended in the last few years.  She says: “At all the weddings I could see that the bride’s parents were busy running around for the preparation of the baarat and other stuff. In such a rushed situation, the bride hardly gets few minutes to get family portraits done with her parents and siblings, and later while viewing albums I always wondered how the girl couldn’t even get decent family pictures. This is when I and my mother decided that when the time of my wedding comes, we’ll get our family portraits clicked before so we don’t have to worry about pictures at the wedding.”

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Nupur says, “For the shoot I got ready exactly in the same manner that I had planned for the actual wedding. It served as a dress, make-up and hair rehearsal, just like what WeddingSutra on Location is. While getting ready I could realize all the stuff that I had to take care of for the actually wedding day- the fitting of the garment, my footwear and how comfortable I felt in it with my attire. The shoot was a long one and hence my footwear was put to test. Wearing all the fineries on the bridal outfit helped me realize a lot of things like at what length I should tie the emerald strings, how low or high my maatha pati should be, for how long would I be able to wear the really heavy earrings etc. Although I had references of the look that I wanted, the actual trial along with jewelry and make-up made it all very visual before the big day.”

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Nupur’s family too got a chance to have a dress rehearsal. Says Nupur: “My father was not sure about his outfits and he had kept few options open to decide on the main day, but the shoot helped him finalize his mind. My mother and my sister could not wear the clothes that they had bought for my wedding as those had not been delivered to us by the time of the shoot. So we decided that they would wear their respective bridal outfits. My elder sister who got married 6 years back too had picked her bridal outfit from Sabyasachi. On the shoot day there were two Sabyasachi brides at home- me and my sister. My mother had carefully preserved her 36 year old bridal outfit and with some repairs, it looked brand new. So there were three ‘brides’ in this setting.”

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For Nupur, this shoot turned out to be the integral part of her wedding. It happened two weeks before the wedding so everyone was relaxed and it was an enjoyable photo shoot and an intimate pre-wedding celebration.

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A Day with WeddingSutra Favorites: Natasha and Mark

WeddingSutra has launched ‘A Day with WeddingSutra Favorites’; a brand new initiative designed to help to-be-weds plan their wedding to perfection. We begin by curating a bespoke program for a selected WeddingSutra reader that includes escorted visits and introductions to our favorite wedding specialists, salons and stores.

In the third post in this series, we feature Natasha Amin and her fiancé DJ Mark Vaz.

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Natasha and Mark lived in the same neighborhood but she quips, “Strangely, our paths never crossed, even at the supermarket or our common dentist!” It was only when they both joined the same South Mumbai college that they met, on a rainy afternoon in 2005. It was love at first sight for Mark. Natasha however, “had no intention of getting into a relationship then.” They began as friends. “We started talking. He’d give me a ride home almost everyday and that gradually extended to movies, dinners. When I’d see him smile or laugh, I knew he was going to be important to me. I’ve never felt more at ease with any other person besides my family.” Mark became Natasha’s best friend. She laughs, “We’re getting married on 20 December, 2015. It’s one of the craziest decisions we’ve ever made, but one of the best!”

Here, the lovely couple share their experience of meeting some of WeddingSutra’s Favourites, as part of their journey in the run up to the wedding.

Stop 1: Anita Dongre’s Flagship Bridal Store, Khar
Natasha and Mark’s review: We were quite overwhelmed to know that the all-new store had offered WeddingSutra an exclusive invitation to their readers. To be one of the first visitors made the start of our day extremely exciting. As we stepped into the stunning, beautifully designed space, we received such a warm welcome from team WeddingSutra and Anita Dongre’s staff. They walked us through the bridal collection, which included incarnations of classic attire for both, the bride and groom. The Indian wedding gowns for the modern bride were particularly eye-catching and we tried on outfits to experience the structure and feel of the designs. In addition to the gorgeous bridal and groom couture, you can also choose bespoke bridal jewellery (Anita Dongre Pinkcity crafted by Jet Gems) and wedding accessories.

Bridal outfits- Rs 1,00,000 onward*
Groom outfits- Rs 60,000 onward*

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Stop 2: Waman Hari Pethe Jewellers
Natasha’s review: We visited the sprawling jewellery store in Vile Parle where we admired the new range of Evara Platinum Jewellery showcased there. You can tell that the exquisite range of Evara Platinum Jewellery has been designed keeping the modern bride and groom in mind. It is minimalist but versatile enough to be worn for different occasions. The staff outdid themselves as they presented their finest collection of platinum and diamond jewellery that included necklaces, bracelets, earrings and wedding bands.

Pricing:
Necklace & Earring Set: Rs 300,000– 500,000
Bangles/ Bracelets: Rs 125,000– 150,000
Men’s Chains & Bracelets: Rs 1,25,000– 180,000

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Stop 3: Deliciae Wedding Cakes
Natasha and Mark’s review: Bunty Mahajan of Deliciae is as hospitable as she is talented. Her confections are all crafted to perfection, she helped us select flavors and designs, with a nod to our personal preferences. Our tasting session at her studio included sampling Belgian chocolate, red velvet and caramel crunch pastries, which looked as scrumptious as they tasted. Her advice on how to structure the content and quantity of desserts, keeping in mind the flow of the evening and guest list, was invaluable.

Pricing: Rs 2000 (per kilogram) onward*

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Stop 4: Jean Claude Biguine Salon & Spa
Natasha and Mark’s review: Abhilasha Singh, Head of Makeup services at the Khar Salon informed us about the different packages including a comprehensive skincare consultation and a pre-wedding regime. In addition to the regular pre-bridal and bridal treatments, JCB also create personalized hair and make-up for wedding functions. There are packages for the groom too. Mark’s grandma, (Susie Vaz) was extremely happy with the express manicure and pedicure, which they offered as part of the consultation.

Pricing:
Package for brides- Rs 40,000 onward*
Package for bridegrooms- Rs 10,000 onward*

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Stop 5: Canvera PhotoBook App
Natasha and Mark’s review: We simply loved this photo application by Canvera! Beautifully designed photo books you can flip through, with the best memories of your life, captured and ready to view or share from any mobile or tablet, anytime, anywhere. We are definitely going to download it to relive our picture perfect moments.

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To download the Canvera photobook app on App Store or Play store visit canvera.com/app

Stop 6: ECO Rent a Car
Natasha and Mark’s review: We were driven around in a BMW by ECO Rent a Car who provide executive chauffeured car services across multiple vehicle categories, from sedans and SUVs to luxury coaches. If your wedding day is the start of a journey, we couldn’t think of a better way to arrive in style there!

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Stop 7: The Wedding Bartenders
Natasha and Mark’s review: Our favorite stop of the day! We met Ruturaj of The Wedding Bartenders. Craft cocktail caretaker, happy-hour drink-shrink, moonshiner, sommelier all rolled into one mixing, fixing, stirring, whirring, inebriating liquor alchemist and mixologist! He amazed us with his knowledge of cocktails and fine spirits. He was responsive to all our queries on our pre-wedding functions and had great suggestions on how to set up a great bartending service for our events. It was a fantastic experience and we really look forward to working with him!

Pricing: Rs 5000* onward for male and female bartenders

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Stop 8: SS HOMME
Mark’s review: It’s the one stop shop for all your suiting needs. SS Homme provided me with excellent consultation about fabric and design for my wedding suit. This is a luxury retail platform that offers superb designing and tailoring. I was made to feel really comfortable as I tried the look and feel of their tuxedos. They even custom-make suits for a special occasions and provide suiting accessories and bespoke, handmade shoes. SS Homme left me very impressed.

Pricing: Rs 45,000 onwards*

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Stop 9: Honeymoon Consultation with Mercury Travels
We spent time with Nagsri Prasad, Vice President, Mercury Travels, specialists in luxury and offbeat honeymoon travel packages. After our wedding we don’t want to travel too far from home or go somewhere too touristy. We were considering the Far or Middle East. Nagsri immediately suggested Oman, a luxurious destination, descriptions of which left us spellbound. The spectacular attractions sound perfect for a short romantic getaway. Her recommendations came out of personal experience, drawing a picture that immediately made it easy to crystallize a plan that fit our hearts and budget. We are looking forward to customizing our itinerary with Mercury Travels.

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*Prices are as per notes taken by Natasha and Mark. Readers are requested to reconfirm the same.

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If you’re engaged and would like to spend ‘A Day with WeddingSutra Favorites’ please send in your nomination as per the format below. Selected readers will be invited for this unique experience (now in Mumbai and to be extended to other cities soon).

Email Subject line- A Day with WeddingSutra
Your names, link to your Facebook profiles, date of your wedding, city you live in and the city where you will be getting married.

Travel Partner- ECO Rent a Car (09654999666)
Photos Courtesy- Nimitham Wedding Photography

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