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A Promise of Paradise at #MyShangriLaMyBoracay

There are different stories about where the word Boracay comes from. Maybe from the word ‘borac’, a local word for white cotton, like the sugary sands of its beaches. Or maybe it’s a mix of the local word ‘bora’ meaning bubbles and ‘bocay’ meaning white. Whichever it is, if there is a paradise on, it must be the best kept secret in the heart of the Philippines – the tiny jewel of an island that is Boracay.

Only the world’s most intrepid travellers, seeking quiet exclusivity and luxury have known that Boracay has some of the world’s finest beaches – perfect for a destination wedding.

And, at the northern tip of the island lies Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, an idyllic paradise retreat nestled in a secluded cove, surrounded by pristine seas,skies ablaze in breathtaking hues and unspoilt havens of flora and fauna. It is the only international five-star resort on the entire island and is beautifully equipped for wedding ceremonies and celebrations. The property is festooned with verdant, natural venues, every modern convenience, function rooms and outdoor areas for any kind of ceremony you’ve planned.

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It’s the natural beauty of Shangri-La Boracay that first takes your breath away; spanning over twelve hectares, with modern Filipino architectural design and two private beaches. It is, without a doubt, a favourite romantic destination for local and international guests. It helps that it has a reputation for event staging capabilities that rivals the best on the planet.

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Stroll down the white sands of Shangri-La Boracay's private Banyugan Beach-horz

Whether it’s a party for two or two hundred, you will find your sweet spot at Shangri-La Boracay. Maybe you’d choose the beautiful Alon Garden for its spacious, landscaped grounds. It is but a few steps away from Banyugan beach and offers excellent views of Boracay’s famed sunsets. If you imagined a more au naturel atmosphere, then the sea is a resplendent backdrop to quiet Punta Bunga beach.

Beachside receptions at Punta Bunga Beach

Celebrate precious moments in a sunken lounge on the beach

If you’re planning a very intimate gathering, the Sea Pavilion is a special little place, perched on a cliff with glorious ocean vistas. There’s also the earthy and elegant Cielo Arena with its ethnic aesthetic, a cozy poolside venue with its own stage and private garden. For more elaborate indoor banquet requirements, the Sagana Ballroom is the resort’s more formal event space.

The Sea Pavilion is a romantic cliffside venue ideal for intimate ceremonies

The Shangri-La, Boracay loves weddings. They assign dedicated wedding planners, a bridal room and wedding buggy to the to-be-weds. On the big day, a wedding butler is on hand all day with the bridal party to ensure the wedding day is as pleasurable and as worry-free as possible.

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A wedding butler ensures your wedding day is as smooth and as  worry-free as possible-horz

Truly, there is no better place in the world to celebrate the most meaningful day of one’s life than in a place one can call home – that’s Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa- a little paradise within paradise.

Start forever in your very own Shangri-La in Boracay

Watch the Promise of Paradise come alive in this stunning video-

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20 Amazing Mandap Ideas

One of the most significant and much-photographed moments of a traditional Indian wedding is the pheras ritual that takes place around a holy fire, with the nearest and dearest ones sitting across or alongside the couple. Little wonder then that the mandap – the venue for this auspicious custom – has become such a focal point in weddings today. Get inspired by some of our favourite mandaps from real weddings that blend creativity with colour and class.

1. Pheras by the Edge
Located on a cliff-top perched above Jimbaran Bay, the Ayana Resort & Spa in Bali, Indonesia, offers a stunning oceanfront aisle – The SKY. Jutting out from a cliff at a height of 35 metres above the Indian Ocean on the quiet Kubu Beach, this multi-purpose deck offers a 180-degree view of the lush greenery, blue waters and endless horizon. This dramatic backdrop surrounded by gardens is a perfect setting for a memorable mandap such as this light and airy one draped in coral, with elegant chandeliers and floral accents.

Decor & Co-ordination- Butterfly Decor (Jakarta)
Wedding Planners- Eventures (Indonesia)
Photo Courtesy- Picture Perfect India

2. Canopy of Roses
This mandap exuded the essence of romance with its profusion of roses. Thousands of blooms brightened up the majestic canopy, were arranged around the silver mirrored pillars and festooned from the ceiling alongside dangling gold streamers, garlands and ‘latkans’ at a lavish Indian wedding in Florence, Italy.

Wedding Decor- The Wedding Design Company
Photo Courtesy- DotDusk

3. Elegant in White
This elegant frame is somewhat minimalist but no less memorable with its white drapes festooned with ivory carnations, ferns and salmon pink roses. White mandaps have become quite popular in recent years as they serve as a pristine canvas for creativity and highlight accents beautifully.

Photo Courtesy- Bhumi & Simran Photography

4. Lotus Pond Sunset Soiree
A mandap set against a gorgeous sunset provides a picture-perfect frame in any setting. This mandap set on a platform over the beach-facing Lotus Pond at JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand, is also backed by an ‘aisle’ of water with beautiful earthen décor and lamps along the sides.

Wedding Decor- Marry Me Weddings
Photo Courtesy- Julian Abram Wainwright

5. Contemporary Chic
This blush-pink and lime-green draped mandap with floral wreaths and a floral backdrop exudes freshness and femininity. This lighter colour scheme is ideal for outdoor ceremonies.

Photo Courtesy- Cupcake Productions

6. Chandelier Royalty
The glint of glass chandelier lamps and the timeless gorgeousness of flowers merge dramatically in this stunning arched mandap. Created against a backdrop of Oman’s coves at the Turtle Beach in the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, this creation is geared to light up the proceedings of a heavenly sunset wedding.

Wedding Planner- Shaadi Squad
Wedding Decor- Bunty Bajaj executed by Mosaic Events
Photo Courtesy- The Wedding Salad

7. Poolside Reflections
This lakeside mandap at the sprawling Radisson Blu in Alibaug, near Mumbai, is charming and colourful with pretty streamers in the background and flowers festooned in a stunning arrangement from the roof. The reflection of this eye-catching mandap over the pool adds to the stunning effect.

Photo Courtesy- Golden Rectangle Photography

8. Holy Waters
For couples who feel resort weddings are over the top, exchanging vows above the holy Ganges may be a good option. The Divine Resort in Rishikesh offers breathtaking views of the mountains, and a mandap decorated with festive pinks, yellows and reds adds an authentic touch. The gurgling Ganges below the mandap lends a natural music to the mantras session making this a most memorable venue

Photo Courtesy- Jackson James

9. Burst of Yellow
This sunny mandap by the beach at Westin Nusa Dua in Bali, Indonesia, impresses with its unusual yellow tent-like canopy that is festooned with floral arrangements. The orange of marigolds around its pillars add a further pop of colour that contrasts beautifully with the azure sea and skies.

Wedding Planner- M & M Concept
Photo Courtesy- Sharik Verma

10. Romantic Meets Dreamy
This dreamy mandap on the white sands of the Anantara Si Kao Resort in Krabi, Thailand, is inspired by all things pastel and pretty. The beautifully coordinated drapes of light pink, peach and white are paired perfectly with floral arrangements pinned around the square roof and white pillars.

Wedding Planner- I Do Etc.
Photo Courtesy- Uttam Videos

11. Majestic Contrasts
This majestic mandap spells extravagance and elegance. Created for a destination wedding at the JW Marriott Resort in Khao Lak in Thailand, it featured a trio of stunning teal canopies supported by floral pillars featuring thousands of exotic red, pink and peach flowers from Thailand. Crystal danglers swaying in the breeze added bright sparks to a sunset wedding ceremony.

Wedding Planner- I Do Etc.
Photo Courtesy- Picture Perfect India

12. Kaleerien and Florals
The gorgeous kaleerien (gold danglers) worn by the bride on her wrists were taken to a different level in this crisscross mandap which had an oversized kaleerey hung in the center. White flowers such as orchids, roses, chrysanthemums and carnations added an extra edge of elegance.

Wedding Planner- Pink Palki
Photo Courtesy- Pohotoiam Photography

13. Circular Beauty
This circular mandap at the luxurious Al Bustan Palace A Ritz Carlton Hotel in Oman, is resplendent with deep red roses strung all around the roof. Skillfully lit up at night, this mandap also featured golden accents and billowing white drapes that looked heavenly against darkening skies and the dramatic Al Hajar mountains.

Photo Courtesy- Ramit Batra

14. Floral Fantasy
This mandap studded with exotic red anthurium blooms and swirls of heliconia over every table turned a ballroom at a five-star hotel in Mumbai into a floral fairytale setting. Indoor mandaps of this kind can totally transform generic ballrooms and wedding halls beautifully.

Wedding Decor- Gurleen M Puri
Photo courtesy- Dev Purbiya Photography

15. Peach Power
With a walkway over the pool leading to the peach chuppah (canopy) set up on the beach at Rayong Resort & Spa in Thailand, this mandap is a chic showstopper in more ways than one. Simple but striking, it features floral arrangements that pair well with the coral drapes.

Photo Courtesy- The Lightsmiths

16. Purple Reign
This picturesque beach-facing mandap at a destination wedding at The Cove Rotana in Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE features purple drapes festooned with contrasting white floral arrangements. These are paired with contemporary votives and large white candles in hurricane glass holders.

Photo Courtesy- Ramit Batra

17. Minimalist Magic
When you have a gorgeous natural setting, you can do with a minimalist mandap such as the one here in the backwaters on Kerala. It features a netted roof festooned with a few garlands. The pillars, however, add a pop of floral colour to the proceedings at a wedding at the WelcomHotel Raviz Kollam Resort & Spa.

Wedding Planner- The Wedding Factory
Photo Courtesy- Morvi Images

18. Surreal Garden
Swirling twigs prop up a magnificent profusion of white and pink lilies, hydrangeas, orchids, roses and rajnigandha blooms. This garden-themed mandap pairs perfectly with the coral drapes and pink accents.

Wedding Decor- Gautam and Divya Vedi
Photo Courtesy- Arjun Khurana (Picture Art Company)

19. Thai Splendor
One of the best things about getting married in the Land of Smiles – Thailand – is that one can integrate exotic Thai elements in mandaps like these pink and orange Thai parasols set behind pretty white chairs festooned with red bows. The impressive floral arch heralds a grand welcome to guests at beach venue.

Wedidng Planner- Foreign Wedding Planners

20. Lotus Mandap
Inverted white paper lotuses as chandeliers at this mandap are bound to attract attention at this lotus-themed mandap. Its arches skillfully incorporate green moss, white carnations and red roses against a palatial backdrop.

Wedding Planner- Red Events
Photo Courtesy- PK Suri

Had an interesting mandap set-up at your wedding? Share it with us at weddingsutra@gmail.com

Lakmé launches ‘Eyeconic’ Kajal with an all new avatar

Kajal has always been that one product that Indian women can’t live without, and what better news than knowing that one of Lakmé’s bestselling kajals- ‘Eyeconic’ just got a makeover. The new Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal is waterproof, smudge proof and now promises to last up to 22 hours.

The new Eyeconic Kajal smoothly glides onto the waterline which will give brides the perfect set of eyes on their special day. With a smudge proof formula, this stunning kajal is sure to impress. It  lasts long than any other kajal out there and still available only for Rs.210!

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Young & Inspiring – Dipansh Bhasin of Ozel Design

Our series ‘Young and Inspiring’ showcases fresh, exciting new talent powerhouses from the design, fashion and event domains who specialise in creating dream weddings for couples with stars in their eyes. Meet Dipansh Bhasin, Founder of Ozel Design, a creative design house creating beautiful custom invitations for high-profile clients and patrons throughout the country.

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Tell us a bit about your journey? What inspired you to get into the wedding invitations business?
I come from a family that has been in the paper business for 25 years. So I thought, why not venture into something related to it? I realized that there was a gap in the wedding invitation market. It was either the high-end Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 per invite kind of places or the Chawri Bazaar wholesale market that people would have to choose from. There are regular middle-class families in New Delhi and India that desire good quality products but don’t want to pay a bomb for it. That has been my target group for the past five years since I began this company. Just because it’s nice, doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. One can put creative ideas to good use and create something classy.

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What kind of invitations do young couples look for?
Couples these days choose invitations with a multipurpose utility, instead of the usual mithai box and invitation card. A lot of couples want to personalise their invitations and gifts. One of our clients wanted to send out a special message to each guest with every invitation, so we had a calligrapher pen down those personal notes. Another couple was having a destination wedding, so we made them a hangover kit to go with the wedding card. It’s a beautiful way to create excitement and anticipation of what was to come. You know that you’re going to party hard and you’ll probably have a hangover, so the couple had already provided the remedy quite thoughtfully. Also, it made for a wonderful keepsake.

What are the trends in wedding invitations and wedding gifting this season?
We create something different every season, but wedding invitations or gifting options are always in reference to a theme and personalised as per a client’s tastes. An invitation represents a couple and elements from their wedding or love story. Some couples want all the colours of their wedding to be featured in the invitation. That’s absolutely unnecessary. Last year we experimented with utility boxes and they were a big hit. This year we’re making travel utility boxes that denote an adventurous spirit and are great for destination weddings. For example, we created a travel utility box with a map, a handmade compass and some sand for a beach wedding this year.

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What is the range of wedding gifts you cater to? Do you make care packages as well?
We create everything from save-the-date cards, wedding stationary, placards at the airport and wedding, pocket itineraries for guests and ‘Thank You’ letters to little gifts and games that can be played during the wedding period. We’ve customised Jenga and Snakes & Ladders recently. So when guests are relaxing in their rooms during the wedding, they can enjoy some group activities instead of just watching television. We don’t do any off-the-shelf sales. We do show couples what we’ve done before, but we always customise gifts and create mock-ups for them. We understand the colour palette they want as well as their personalities, and aim to create something unique to their wedding.

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What is the most unusual request that you have ever had?
A well-known and respected entrepreneurial family from Punjab, the Libra family, had asked us to create an invitation that reflected their family transportation business. So we created miniature wooden trucks to scale, with wheels that could roll, in which we placed the invitation cards. Another unusual one that I recall from a destination wedding in Mauritius was called ‘Be Still’. It was a small wooden box with white sand and a wooden pen-shaped dangler. It was meant to illustrate how we run around all the time without so much as having a 15-minute window where we do nothing. We sent out a note with it on how to use it to relax the mind. We sourced kinetic sand for this piece so it would not leave any residue when you played with it.

Do you have a favourite among the invites that you’ve created… Anything you hold close to your heart and why?
A very close family friend was getting married and wanted an unusual invite that wasn’t made of cardboard and paper. He emphasised that it should have utility value. We brainstormed to come up with a veneer invite. Each and every detail was engraved on the veneer and personalised for each guest. He loved it and that’s how our veneer series happened. This was a game changer, a first in India, and will always remain special to us. Had he not demanded that we create something unconventional, we would never have considered wood veneer as a material to use in an invitation. It has now become our USP.

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What’s your advice to couples who want to send out e-vites? Any other tips for them?
A milestone event requires a physical invite. Once you set a wedding date, you usually have about six months on hand to meet relatives and invite them. Don’t underestimate the charm of inviting your loved ones. The joy that this gesture brings is worth much more than all the time you will save by hitting ‘send’ on a digital invite. I would also like to advise couples to stop trying to make everything perfect. Don’t try to incorporate all your trousseau colours in the invite and décor, or get worked up about making things picture-perfect for your social media profile. It’s not worth it. People tend to get stuck in making the ‘best’ choices, and in the process lose out on the beauty of that momentous occasion. You’ve found the right partner and are setting out on a journey together for life. That is the most important. Revel in that. You’ve already done your best. Everything else is secondary, and possibly as perfect as it will ever be.

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Benzer Bridal LookBook for Him and Her

Benzer has curated a set of themes to inspire the trousseaus of brides and grooms. Made for each other, accentuating each other’s style and beauty, these outfits are gorgeously distinctive and perfectly complementary.

A Sangeet Fit for a King (And Queen)
The modern Indian bride is fashion forward and willing to be adventurous with the colours in her trousseau. Deep, saturated colours present an incredible canvas to show off intricate embroidery and elegant accessorizing as well really accentuating the look and feel of fabrics like velvet and raw silk. In fact, as raw silk rustles down the runways, to-be-weds find its rich, effortless luxury irresistible for their wedding ensembles.

We bring you a stunning sangeet look for the bride and groom from Benzer’s exquisite 2016 bridal collection.

The bride wears a pure raw silk lehenga in royal blue offset by a fuchsia Benarasi woven-silk dupatta, embellished with dori, zari and sequins. She accessorizes with a traditional gold plated vilandi set with ruby stones and ruby drops. An antique gold clutch is the perfect touch to complete the look of a maharani.

The groom is the perfect complement as he walks hand-in-hand with his radiant bride, in a blue sherwani heavy with resham work, teamed with raw silk mojaris with gold piping.

Royal Sangeet

Shop the look here
Royal blue raw silk lehenga
Gold plated vilandi set
Antique clutch
Blue sherwani
Raw silk blue mojaris 

The Modern Mughal
Traditional Mughal bridal wear are usually weighed down with detailed embroidery but Benzer sends a cool spring breeze and a modern twist to the style to create this net lehenga in mint with a peplum blouse and a sheer dupatta embellished with zari and sequins. The bride accessorizes this fresh ensemble with a designer Vilandi passa embellished with baguette and pearls.

A perfect match is made when the groom shows up in a rust sherwani, rich with zardosi work and silk mojaris with a gold border.

Contemporary Mughal

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Peplum blouse & net lehenga
Vilandi passa
Rust sherwani
Silk mojaris

A Classic Cocktail
Chic, elegant with just the right amount of panache – this gown with its skirt in sheer layers of blush organza and its bodice of lace and stone evokes an old-world glamour.  Amp up the drama with a metal frame clutch with pearl and diamonds and catch the light with cubic zircon earrings and bracelet in a two-tone plating, both from Benzer.

The groom is chivalry epitomized in this beautifully tailored tuxedo in micro satin of midnight blue.

Chic Cocktail

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Blush organza gown
Cubic zircon earrings
Two-tone plated bracelet
Metal frame clutch
Micro satin Tuxedo

Say Mehendi with Flowers
Playful, young, perfectly in bloom – this palette of soft deep spring is joyous and uplifting. Pick this pure raw silk lehenga covered in a garden of floral motifs and choli with net dupatta embellished with zari and appliqué work. Accessorize with something lightweight like this traditional gold plated vilandi set embellished with American diamond, ruby and pearl drops.

The groom makes a very modern-man statement here in this vibrant, trendsetting floral Indo-Western sherwani with dhoti pants.

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Pastel Green raw silk Lehenga
Vilandi gold plated earrings
Floral Indo-Western Sherwani

The grandeur of tradition at the pheras
Nothing says taste and class like these Benarasi weaves. The finest silks, woven with real gold and silver brocade zari, the luxe embroidery, it’s irresistible to the bride looking for a connection to the glorious traditions of her country. This pure silk Benarasi woven panel lehenga features a contrasting green blouse embellished in zardosi with pure chanderi and a dupatta in saffron. The Vilandi damini maangtikka is perfectly resplendent with its strands of pearls, American diamonds and meenakari work.

Benzer suggests the groom complement his beautiful bride perfectly in this heavily embroidered sherwani embellished with pearl, zardosi and stone work.

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Shop the look here
Benarasi woven panel lehenga
Vilandi damini maangtikka
Embroidered sherwani

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Lakmé launches Enrich Matte in 20 showstopper shades!

There’s just something about a lipstick with a matte finish that makes a woman look flawlessly fabulous for hours. With striking colours and superb stay-on power, matte lipsticks are perfect for  modern, confident Indian women on the go.  The Lakmé Enrich range of lipsticks which has been one of India’s most iconic ranges is back to steal the show with its latest launch, the Lakmé Enrich Matte range.

The new Lakmé Enrich Matte range will be available in 20 vibrant shades from pinks to browns, and will also include light and dark shades specially formulated to suit different Indian skin tones. With a creamy texture, these matte marvels do not dry out lips or cause feathering and are extremely smooth to apply. Grab your favourite shades now for just Rs. 295 each!

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Wedding Inspiration of the Week- Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

What’s more romantic than getting married in the city of love? With its stunning architecture, old-world charm, history and elegant style, Paris is a dream destination for many couples. Shangri-La Hotel Paris on Avenue d’Iéna in the Trocadéro district is a magical setting in which to hold your wedding, gracefully blending Oriental design influences and classic French decor.

The hotel has 65 rooms and 36 suites with commanding view of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. Three superb signature suites are perfect for intimate receptions: the 150 m² Suite Chaillot including a 40 m² terrace with a view of the Eiffel Tower, the 220 m² Suite Panoramique including a 100 m² terrace with a sweeping view from Montmartre to Trocadéro and the 275 m² Suite Impériale, once the private apartment of Roland Bonaparte. The hotel also has 4 reception rooms that can be fully privatized to host up to 500 people for a cocktail reception, 280 people for a sit-down dinner and 150 people for a dance party. Three of these reception rooms are listed as Historical Monuments, and accessible through a beautiful majestic marble stairwell. Its first-floor terrace with a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower – possibly one of the finest in Paris – can also be made available for private functions.

Our Editors have put together a Mood Board for a classic and romantic wedding at Shangri-La Hotel Paris featuring stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, a chic gold shimmer saree by Tarun Tahiliani and decor elements, set-ups from real weddings at Shangri-La.

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Five Cool Bollywood inspired Bridesmaids Looks this wedding season

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By Preeti Chotai

I’m sure I’m not the only one who meticulously plans every detail of my look ahead of a big occasion or event. Which is why I love weddings! You get months to plan, shop and execute. And it gets even better if you’ve been chosen as a bridesmaid: the inner circle is privy to dates, themes and locations long before even the invitations have been designed.

The bride usually chooses a style or colour so there’s a common theme with her bridesmaid squad. But some of the finer details are left to enable your own individuality. Here are 5 looks inspired by Bollywood’s finest that will provide that je ne sais quoi to help you stand out without taking away any of the bride’s limelight.

Classic Bridesmaid Look
Draw the classic flicked eyeliner with black liquid eyeliner; stop halfway between the outer corner of the eye and the end of the eyebrow to get the perfect length for just the right amount of drama. Jacqueline has picked the perfect red but any bold colour will finish the look. (Read: how to pick the perfect lip colour for your skin tone.) Line the lips, pushing past the lipline only where necessary and fill in with lipliner before following with lipstick for colour that lasts. Matte foundation complements this classic best. Draw a matching bindi using a lip brush and the lipstick you’ve used.

Tong the hair section by section with a curling tong with a barrel size between 1/2”-1”. Sweep it all to one side and cross pin at the nape of the neck to hold it in place. Tong the section closest to your face away from the face, brush out once cooled and let it fall slightly onto the face before hair spraying it into place. This will create the illusion of a fringe similar to Jacqueline’s.

Jacquilene Fernandez

Fresh floral Bridesmaid Look
Begin by patting in a soft gold eyeshadow onto the eyelid up to the crease. Use a brown or gold a few shades darker on a fluffy brush to blend into the crease and create a natural contour. Add a slick of black eyeliner and coats of mascara for plenty of flutter factor. Keep the skin as dewy as possible with a radiant foundation and heaps of highlighter. Use a pretty pink gloss to complete the flirty look.

Curl the hair section by section into medium curls with a curling wand. Set apart the fringe and divide the remaining hair into 4 sections. Then twist each section onto itself until it curls into a small bun like shape before securing with grips. Arrange each small bun next to each other to create a larger bun shape made up of twists. Twist the fringe section loosely toward the face letting it sweep over one ear and grip into the bun to blend. Mist with hairspray to set.

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Girl on the go
Start nude with the most natural foundation, blush and lip colours. We need all focus on the pop of colour on the eye. Sweep blush over the entire eyelid and finish with a line of black kohl pencil along the lash line. Use an angle brush to create a slight flick with the kohl pencil on the outer corner to lift the eye. Pick an eye pencil that matches one of the brightest colours in your outfit and line your bottom lash line with it for the ultimate trendy finale.

Divide the hair into 2 sections on either side and twist a hair straightener through sections to create a very lose and un-uniform wave. Pay extra attention to the sections closest to the face, giving them a extra twist and so a fuller wave. Section the front of the hair by running a pin tail from the top of one ear to another and let the hair fall into the most natural side part. Brush the side with the least hair back and add some hairspray to tame flyways. Grip into place behind the ear. Hold the fuller section from where the parting is, twist away from the face and continue down the hairline. Tuck the remaining hair into the waves and grip into place behind the ear.

Sonam Kapoor

Boho Bridesmaid Look
This look is all about earthy monotones so the aim is to keep the colours as warm and natural as possible. Use a brown cream eyeshadow all over the eyelid and add lashings of mascara for extra definition. Use a warm bronzer in the hollow and blend into the apple of the cheek for a natural contour. Finish with a matte lipstick that is just a shade or two darker than your natural lip colour for the perfect pout.

Set the hair into a middle parting and split the hair on either side. Use a curling wand to curl the hair one section at a time. Alternate the direction of the curl for each section; one should be curled in the direction of the face and the next away from the face. Let the curls cool before brushing them out for super natural, boho chic waves. Using your thumbs, divide a section on each side that runs from the temple to the crown. Hold both sections together in the middle of the back of the head and grip in place.

Deepika Padukone

Sultry Bridesmaid Look
Use a black kohl pencil all over your eyelid, across the bottom lash line and in the waterline. Blend the edges of the kohl pencil into the crease and along the bottom lash line with a fluffy brush. Pat a matt black eyeshadow over the kohl pencil for added intensity and oomph! Multiple coats of mascara are needed to match the intensity of the eyeshadow and add further sultriness. Flawless skin is a must with an ultra soft contour in the hollows of the cheek using a sculpting powder. It’s all about the eyes here so nothing but a nude lip will do.

Use a pin tail to get the perfect middle parting and slick down the roots to mid lengths using a wet look gel. Tie the hair into a low ponytail and twist the pony until it turns onto itself into a bun. Use your fingers to spread the bun out a little into medium sized bun appropriate for the look and grip into place.

Neha Dhupia

Good luck with the looks and all the bridesmaids duties!

LOVE ALL – A wedding film by Nishith Dayal

The film greets us with a snappy montage of images and clips from Anuraag and Devanshi’s destination wedding. A humorous introduction of the couple by their close friends is follow by clips that illustrate the couple’s playful chemistry. Filmmaker Nishith Dayal has chosen the simple and effective ‘piece to camera’ format, as wedding videos have traditionally done, where the couple’s friend circle talking about them. “Devanshi found Anuraag,” says the groom’s friend. “One sec… Anuraag found Devanshi,” the bride’s friend corrects him. That the duo is a perfect match is the unanimous opinion though.

“…the most attractive thing about Anuraag is his sense of humour,” the bride confesses – a statement that explains the mood of the video. We see this in action when Devanshi talks about her husband. But the sweetest comment that sums it up is this – “This is awesome! Devanshi’s found the perfect guy in Anuraag and Anuraag has found the perfect little weirdo in Devanshi.”

An exclusive opportunity to shop Designer Payal Singhal’s collection in New York

Calling all Brides-to-be and bridesmaids in New York. This is your opportunity to shop the new Payal Singhal  summer resort 2016 collection as shown at Lakme Fashion Week earlier this year.

The Payal Singhal Summer Resort Bride 2016 Collection is inspired by the enigmatic elegance of iconic Indian Royal women. From their heirloom jewels to traditional saris passed down the family tree, vintage was as important to regalia as it is to Parisian couture. For the fast fashion world of today, the collection has a selection of versatile separates mixed in with some classics keeping in mind the inherent style of the modern day Maharani.

With her fresh take on the modern bride, the designer has create an eclectic range of saris with boxy crop tops, lehengas with bandeau cholis, drop waist kurtas and Payal’s signature churidar-skirts. Created with luxurious brocades, chanderi cottons, silks, chiffons, muls and vibrant prints comprising hand painted techniques and neoclassical chintz, the collection is rich in texture and shine. And the color palette is oh so summery featuring shades like pomegranate, slate grey, teal, rose quartz and iced azure.

Payal Singhal Trunk Show 2

Payal Singhal Trunk Show 1

Trunk shows are a great way to see more of a designer’s dresses than are normally carried in a store. You’ll have more to choose from, so don’t miss out!

When: Friday, 17th June, 2016. 11 am to 7 pm.  Saturday, 18th June 2016. 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: The Fashion Edit. 38 West 32nd Street. Floor 12A, #13-02. New York City 10001

For a private appointment with Payal and to RSVP to the event, email trunkshows@payalsinghal.com or call Sadia at +1.917.517.7067

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