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StyleSpotting with Tanishq and Mumbai designer Mehvish Majithia

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Introducing STYLESPOTTING WITH TANISHQ, a new feature on WeddingSutra where our Editorial team goes in search of stylish bridal looks with Tanishq, and some of the most exciting new bridal designers in the city.

For the first StyleSpotting feature, we found inspiration in Mumbai based bridal designer Mehvish Majithia’s Mughal Indian couture where the designer’s contemporary silhouettes and embroidery were a beautiful match to Tanishq’s exquisite jewellery pieces.

Mehendi Inspiration
This beautifully handcrafted traditional bridal lehenga is perfect for the Mehendi. The colors bring out the much needed fun for the occasion.

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To add glamour to the look, get this beautiful Tanishq kundan polki neckwear set crafted in 22 kt gold with mehendi pattern, and make it the focal point of your ensemble.

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A pair of gold stilettos, a messy hair up, a little pop of color on the lips and a Potli hand bag would make for a flawless bridal look.

Reception Sophistication
This floor length anarkali is an ideal pick for a wedding reception or any other occasion that needs less bling and more style. The teal color works beautifully with most skin tones.

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Accessorize this look with a stunning choker from Tanishq crafted in 22 kt gold using white and tourmaline stones in kundan setting with dark blue chatai enamel.

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A subtle pair of nude stilettos, a small clutch and fresh make up is all you need to carry off this creation.

Photographs by- Monisha Ajgaonkar

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Ace makeup artist Amrita Sanghavi takes Bride-to-be Kshipra Beauty Shopping with Lakmé

Many brides-to-be want to know what regime they should follow so they glow naturally and look stunning in the days leading up to their wedding. Bride-to-be Kshipra Jain from Mumbai asked us the same question when we interacted with her on email. So WeddingSutra and Lakmé decided to take her shopping for beauty products with a little help from ace makeup artist Amrita Sanghavi.

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Kshipra’s top Skin Concerns
Kshipra was concerned about her oily T-zone, dry skin and very dry lips. Amrita advised her that moisturizing the skin is essential. Oily skin doesn’t imply hydrated skin. So she needs to moisturize with an oil-free moisturizer before she starts makeup.

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Amrita showed her how to prep her skin with the Lakmé Absolute Skin Gloss Gel Crème and then create a base with Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse foundation. “Dry lips are a sign that the body is not adequately hydrated. So drinking ample water and including juices and coconut water in your diet will really help,” advised Amrita. “In her choice of makeup, I felt she should avoid pro-long wear lipsticks as they can dry her lips further. Instead she should moisturize her lips and use the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist. The glossy finish will reflect light and hide the cracked lips.”

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Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist

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Amrita’s Top Makeup Picks for Kshipra
“Kshipra needs to add three essentials to her makeup kit – a lip and cheek tint, an eyebrow-filler and an eyelash curler, which will work wonders.

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Cheek and lip tints stain the skin and look natural, so they are ideal for hot and humid weather. They stain the skin and there is no fear of having them run down the face on rainy days. Eyebrows frame your face, so always ensure that they are shaped well, and use waterproof mascara and liners this monsoon.”

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Inside Amrita’s Beauty Bag
“I love the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict long-stay lip colours for the fresh, sheer gloss look, which instantly brightens up the face.

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Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict

I would also definitely recommend the Lakmé Absolute Forever Silk Eyeliner in blue, green, grey and black. The shades are intense and complement Indian skin tones. The liner is easy to use, glides on smoothly and doesn’t smudge easily.

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Lakmé Absolute Forever Silk Eyeliner

Of course, if you want to create a smokey look, smudge it upwards and outwards and blend well to get a nice shadow effect.”

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Kshipra’s Beauty Shopping Experience
“I was excited that WeddingSutra had invited me for this beauty shopping experience, especially since it was an opportunity to learn from makeup artist Amrita Sanghavi, who I had heard a lot about. I was informed by WeddingSutra that Amrita will help me pick products from the Lakmé Absolute range, a brand I love and regularly use. I walked into the Lakmé Absolute Salon in Bandra, I loved its ambience and their friendly staff showed me around the salon. Amrita and I then discussed makeup looks and tips to help with my makeup regime. We talked about eye makeup ideas, what lip colours would suit my skin tone, and how to go from day to night looks, among other things.

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It was an amazing one-on-one session and Amrita was very helpful in guiding me about the right kind of makeup for my skin.

What I Learnt about my Beauty Regimen
“Amrita gave me some easy-to-remember and easy-to-follow skin care tips. Regarding makeup, Amrita explained the difference between makeup that is ideal for a day look and that which is apt for a night look. For instance, intense and elaborate eye makeup is perfect for the night and would look overdone in the day. Also, if you focus on the eyes, then try not to wear a very bright lipstick. Ideally, only one part of the face should be highlighted.

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Many brides-to-be are unaware of the makeup that suits them and what look they can carry off. An experience like this has made me very clear about my approach to makeup. Amrita made me feel really confident about my skin and also showed me how I could actually look on my wedding day, which was really exciting for me.

I would like to thank WeddingSutra for this brilliant concept and giving me an opportunity to be a part of it.”

If you would like to go Beauty Shopping with Lakmé in Mumbai please write to us (weddingsutra@gmail.com) with the following details. Selected lucky winners will be notified via email:

Your name, contact number, link to your FB profile, wedding date and a one para write-up (4 to 10 lines) on why you are looking forward to this experience

Photos Courtesy- Aditi Varma

Manish Malhotra showcases ‘Portraits’ at India Couture Week 2014

Here is yet another stunning bridal collection from Manish Malhotra with exquisitely crafted lehengas featuring elaborate vintage motifs, delicate Kashmiri embroidery and old-world mirror-work. While the fabrics and silhouettes appeal to contemporary sartorial sensibilities, the detailed embroidery is reminiscent of Indian craftsmanship of yore. The collection is crafted in velvet and silks with the color palette ranging from soft shades of beige and gold, salmon pink to hues of rust orange and red. We can’t stop raving about the  beautiful red Lehenga that Alia Kapoor walked the runway in.

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Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapoor walked the runway in a beautiful red Lehenga and an elegant beige and gold sherwani jacket respectively.

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The collection also showcased ensembles for men, which in keeping with the inspiration included a confluence of old-world and modern elements.

Manish Malhotra’s ‘Portraits’ derives its inspiration from the innate desire to capture moments of beauty and make them timeless. Speaking about his inspiration Manish said, “Portraits’ as the name suggests is an endeavour to translate the magic of a bride’s most special moments and weave them into a tactile expression. The collection is reminiscent of past eras and hallowed traditions but is conveyed in the language of today. I was inspired by the Indian neo-bride whilst creating this collection. She is a woman of today – individualistic and inspired, yet elegant. And these are the very qualities that she seeks in her trousseau. In keeping with this, Portraits integrates vintage embroidery in gold dust with jewel-toned colours to recreate a play between then and now. I have always been fascinated by the ethereal touch of Kashmiri Zari work and this collection sees intricate embroidery by some of the region’s master craftsmen. Some of this detailing has taken over four months to develop…bringing to life different expressions of ‘Gold’, from antique vintage gold to old-world yellow gold and more. The Zari coupled with elaborate ivory thread-work are set against a back-drop of luscious beige and grape-wine silks to emerald and ruby red velvet and tulle. For indeed, what is a portrait without attention to detail!”

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With WeddingSutra on Location- Krittika Gangwani

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Ritu Kumar’s flagship store in Lower Parel, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here in the second of our four-part series, bride-to-be Krittika Gangwani writes about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Ritu Kumar.

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“I live in Dubai and I’m getting married next month. A few weeks before my trip to Mumbai for my wedding shopping, I was spending a lot of time on WeddingSutra’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/weddingsutra) to shortlist stores to visit, and Makeup Artists and Photographers to meet. WeddingSutra on Location sounded fascinating but I wasn’t sure if it was scheduled around the time when I was in Mumbai. Coincidentally, when I was in Mumbai a few weeks after, my cousin and I happened to talk about WeddingSutra on Location and she motivated me to try my luck. I wrote in to them, and I luckily received an invitation to their next On Location shoot which was scheduled a week before my return to Dubai!

When I entered Ritu Kumar’s store I was a little nervous albeit quite excited too. I had spent two weeks in Mumbai searching for lehengas, and now I had to go through this mind-boggling (yet fun) task again. However, here, it was all very quick, and in a matter of minutes one lehenga caught my attention- it was a lovely red lehenga fully embroidered with zardozi work. I spent a a little more time looking at the ensemble, and I loved it. And after I tried it on, I knew this is it. The team then helped me accessorize the outfit with jewellery by Azva- a gold set teamed with jhumki earrings.

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Next, it was time for the Lakmé Absolute makeover by Ojas Rajani. She first chatted with me and made me feel very comfortable and then I sat quietly while she dramatized my eyes and gave me a voluminous hairstyle with soft curls (more details below).

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After Ojas completed her magic, it was time to face the camera. I am not a camera-shy person, but with so much enthusiastic attention on me, I felt a little uncomfortable with facing the camera. But photographers Ashwin & Jhalak gently told me to feel less conscious and soon I was at ease while they clicked away.

All in all, everything was fun– searching for the perfect Ritu Kumar lehenga, getting dressed by Ojas Rajani, and the photo shoot with Ashwin & Jhalak. Soon, it was all over, and I kept smiling thinking about what a wonderful preclude it was to my big day! Thank you for this experience WeddingSutra.”

Krittika’s Look
Ojas softened Krittika’s face by focusing on the lip and eye makeup, and giving her hair extensions. She started with the dewy Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Foundation, also applying it on the eyelids. She dusted on the Lakmé Absolute Eye Chromatic Baked Shadow in Day Shimmer and contoured the eyes with Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate and the Lakmé Absolute Forever Silk Eyeliner, mixing shades of black and brown. Krittika wore dark brown lenses. Ojas added on false eyelashes to make her eyes look fuller, used an eyelash curler and then applied coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Mascara. She then brushed on a lot of Lakmé Absolute Moonlit Highlighter and Sun-Kissed Bronzer to contour her cheekbones and jawline, deftly blending in the Lakmé Absolute Cheek Baked Chromatic Blush to give the cheeks a flushed peaches-and-rose look. She outlined the lip in nude pink, filling in with shades of burnt orange and coral pink from the Lakmé Absolute Lip Sync: 6-in-1 day and night palette to match the color of Krittika’s lehenga. She finished it with a hint of transparent gloss in the center of the lips to further plump them up.

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If you’re getting married in 2014 or 2015 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write to us (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).

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Outfit– Ritu Kumar
Jewellery- Azva
Hair & Makeup- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by- Shades Photography

Love Actually- Honey Uttamchandani and Dhiraj Nagpal’s Platinum Day of Love

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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.

Honey Uttamchandani and Dhiraj Nagpal both live in Mumbai; She is born and brought up in Pune and now works in her family business in Mumbai, Dhiraj too works in his family business. They both met at her cousin’s birthday party at the club Escobar in Mumbai, “after which we met a couple of times with my cousin playing cupid,” says Honey.

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From the moment Honey met him, she felt a spark and knew she wanted to meet him again. She explains: “Right from the beginning, we had the kind of understanding that comes with time spent in a long relationship. He never really asked me out, but we both knew this was going to be something special. I guess it was just meant to be.” They dated for ten months before they were sure they wanted to be together. Recalling the proposal, Honey says, “Dhiraj took me out for dinner to Gadda Da Vida Lounge at Novotel, the same place where we went on our first date. I had no clue that he would go down on his knee and put a ring on my finger that night! He popped the question and I obviously said yes!”

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As soon as they told their parents, preparations started and their relationship was officially announced in twenty days. Says Dhiraj, “Our families got together and we had a formal roka ceremony at the JW Marriott, Pune, after which we got the blessings of our Guruji Dada Vaswani at his ashram.”

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The couple is tying the knot in December, and the venue for their grand and fun-filled destination wedding is Aamby Valley City, Lonavala. Says Honey, “Both of us love partying and are quite passionate about figuring out what makes a celebration ‘wow’, so we’re really enjoying the process of discussing ideas for each of the functions, and making our to-do lists. Albeit when you are passionate about events, it gets stressful at times, but we end up spending so much more time together and that is the best part. Our Wedding Planners, Yamini Shah and Rishi Rochlani of The Wedding Designers are now more like good friends, and we’re so glad we have them on board– like us they are always brimming with new ideas, and more than anything, they are great fun to be with.” Adds Dhiraj, “Initially we thought we’d demarcate responsibilities among each of us– with Honey being responsible for the decor and themes bit, and me taking charge of the entertainment. But we end up consulting each other on everything, so you can say both of us are pitching in for everything.”

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Amidst planning their wedding, the couple has been busy planning their honeymoon and redecorating their house. Says Honey, “It’s getting more hectic and I’m sure it will peak in December, but we can’t wait for the celebrations in Aamby Valley and the travels thereafter– we haven’t done our honeymoon bookings yet, but after spending weeks researching online, we are most excited about visiting South America. As far as shopping and wedding buys is concerned, we’ve visited a few designer stores in Bandra, Khar and Juhu and multi-designer stores like Aza to check their new collections. WeddingSutra of course serves as the best online reference guide. And since Yamini is quite clued-in to all things fashion, she keeps sharing useful links featuring Bridal Looks. We are hoping to start shopping after we visit the Vogue Wedding Show in Delhi where I’m looking forward to meeting Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani and Manish Malhotra.” Adds Dhiraj: “And I’m learning to enjoy a lot of new things, like being around when she is looking up stuff at different stores, and being a part of fun photo shoots like ‘Love Actually’. Initially, when Honey shared the idea, my immediate response was ‘No’ but after checking all the links I was like ‘Why Not’ and then it was ‘Of Course’. After all, this is a new phase in your life, when you are discovering new things about each other, so this photo shoot was one amazing experience- it started with me telling her ‘I’m doing this for you’ and finally it was ‘I really enjoyed experiencing this with you!”

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If you’re getting married in 2014 or 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.

Platinum Jewellery (Love Bands, Bangle and Earring) by Popley and Sons
Honey’s outfit- Ritika Bhasin (AZA, Altamount Road, Mumbai)
Makeup & Hair- Dessange Salon & Spa, Bandra
Location- ITC Grand Central, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Photographs by- Vivek Kumar

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Designing Wedding Photobooks with Navdeep Soni

Navdeep Soni is a destination wedding photographer based in Pune. An ex-software engineer, Navdeep likes to describe himself as a ‘very keen observer who has his own style of looking at things’. This fresh perspective, he says is what he likes to bring in his pictures. The most unique quality of his work is the art of capturing the real emotion of the moment. He notices the little details that tell the story and is happiest when he captures them ‘unadulterated’. Here, he talks about preserving those beautiful memories and designing a special keepsake photo book to be enjoyed for generations to come!

Sentimental and solid value of Photobooks
Wedding pictures are life long treasure. While my clients are always happy to see the first few pictures online, what leaves them joyous is when they see the pictures in print. And an elegant and stylish photobook makes you want to see those prints, again and again. Today the best quality books are available in India, and since the photos are printed on the best quality paper, the durability is high. Most of my clients are opting for multiple books with add-ons like square photobooks featuring the engagement function or pre-wedding shoots.

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Advice for Couples
Traditional wedding albums are passe, today you can choose from a range of contemporary wedding coffee table books and photobooks. Designing these books is an art, very much like wedding photography. It’s about selecting the right pictures which tell the wedding story. The idea should be to preserve the natural liveliness of the pictures rather than any photoshopping or jazzy designs. Elegant, simplistic and minimal are the keywords if you want your photobooks to stand the test of time.

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Digital Sharing of Photobooks
I have partnered with Canvera and Kodak for wedding books apart from providing Blurb and Italian books. Canvera has recently launched the concept of photobook website with their books. Couples can instantly share the online version of wedding books with their friends and family without making them wait for months until a personal visit happens. I think it is a very novel idea. These photobook websites are password protected so it takes care of privacy concerns.

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With WeddingSutra on Location- Amrita Mukherjee

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Ritu Kumar’s flagship store in Lower Parel, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here in the first of our four-part series, bride-to-be Amrita Mukherjee blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Ritu Kumar.

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“When I read about WeddingSutra on Location I was a little intrigued so I wrote in to WeddingSutra to learn more. We exchanged a few emails and some weeks later I was delighted when I received an invitation for their On Location at Ritu Kumar’s store.

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Just as I walked towards Ritu Kumar’s store I remembered how much my mother loves the two Ritu Kumar creations in her wardrobe– they are her favorites, and she treasures them more than her heirloom precious jewellery too! I walked in to the store with great expectations, and was completely floored. I met Anshu and Tejal from WeddingSutra who introduced me to the rest of the team and the experts they had invited- renowned Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Ojas Rajani and Candid Photographers Ashwin & Jhalak of Shades Photography. After chatting with them briefly, I got started on choosing an outfit. With the team’s help and a few trials, I decided to wear a festive royal blue lehenga, with gold zardozi embroidery all over it, and teamed with a lovely pink dupatta.

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With the outfit decided, it was time for hair & makeup. Ojas Rajani banished my apprehensions and nervousness with her friendly banter explaining why she was doing what at every step of the way. I was very happy with the way she gave me smoky eyes and how she enhanced my lips with the Lakmé Absolute range. After that she styled my hair in an elegant yet simple hairdo. All in all, I loved the transformation, now I know why so many brides refer to Ojas as a ‘magician’.

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My look was then completed with stunning gold jewellery from Azva. The team helped me select a classic rani haar, which we matched with a pair of heavy gold earrings and a statement ring.

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Finally, it was time for the photo shoot! I have never been camera shy so posing was fun and exciting from the start! Ashwin and Jhalak took some wonderful shots of me and all the brides-to-be. We chatted, laughed and giggled away while they captured our smiles by putting us at ease.

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Undeniably, the experience has been one fabulous Ritu Kumar moment for my memory bank and I loved the styling and my transformation there! Thank you so much for this opportunity WeddingSutra.”

Amrita’s Look
Ojas chose a western cocktail look for Amrita’s makeover. She felt that ‘less is more’ was the ideal approach as she has delicate features. To bring out her natural beauty, Ojas used the Lakmé Absolute Skin Gloss Reflection Serum with the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylish Foundation for her. She then used peaches and plum shades of cream blush to give her fuller cheeks and contoured them with the Lakmé Absolute Moonlit highlighter. She gave her eyes a double-winged liner look with the Lakmé Absolute Forever Silk Eyeliner in jade green, which she smudged into the Lakmé Absolute Colour Illusion Pearl Shadow in jade pearl to give her smokey eyes. She then applied coats of the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eye Mascara onto her curled lashes. A pop of pink on her lips completed the Barbie Doll look. Ojas contoured and filled up with the Lakmé Absolute Lip Tint in Pink Sorbet and added on the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist in Pink Pout for a fuller pout.

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If you’re getting married in 2014 or 2015 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write to us (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).

Amrita@WeddingSutra on Location
Outfit– Ritu Kumar
Jewellery- Azva
Hair & Makeup- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management- Tejal Karlekar and Anshu Kalwani
Photographs by- Shades Photography

A Regal India- Inside Sabyasachi’s new store

Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan writes about the new Sabyasachi store in Mumbai.

Leading designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s new store is like a museum. Or like a palace? But we do know that it is his sanctum sanctorum, his favourite place to hold durbar for eager brides. Located in a majestic colonial building at Mumbai’s art capital, Kala Ghoda, the newly opened Sabyasachi flagship store is royal, magical and overwhelmingly Indian. It feels like you’re walking into a grand palace, a green room or a walk-in-closet that could have easily belonged to a Rajput-era maharani. That’s what Sabaysachi perhaps wanted to achieve with his new haven for bridal shopping.

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For Indians as well as his growing clientele among NRIs, it would be easy to begin by saying that Sabyasachi is the rare Indian designer who truly stands for– and understasnds– everything that is Indian. His creations are known for their fine craftsmanship and attention to detail.

For most Indians living abroad, the idea of India is exotic. And at the same time, it’s where their ‘roots’ are, which is why thousands return to pay ode to their homeland by shopping for their wedding or weddings in their family. When a bride walks into Sabyasachi’s, she walks into his world and is truly transported. In a matter of minutes, the shopper is convinced of the idea of India.

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God lies in details. At his store, whether it is his clothes or his spaces, every nook and corner is a visual story that speaks of discreet Indian luxury. It’s a remarkable tale of our history, culture and heritage. The emphasis is on the past– times we once lived in and the things we need to cherish.

The dramatic Sabaysachi sari borders, the antique zardosi embroidery, the usage of vivid desi colours and his handpicked textiles reflect his Indian sensibility. His store is one of the rare spaces where you’ll see the bling-bling jetsetters and Hermes Kelly trotters show respect for substance.

The new store has it all: a million memories of the past packaged at this 8,500 square feet, two-storey structure that spells grandeur, but at the same time has a vintage angle to it. His sense of interiors is fast becoming his new oeuvre. Designing spaces is his calling as much as designing handcrafted zardosi lehengas. The twenty-two vintage, hand-painted chandeliers add an element of surrealistic charm; a dozen hand-me-down Iranian carpets (some even framed on the walls with vintage clocks and plates), colonial furniture and block-printed floral curtains lend this place an air of a bygone era. The changing room is as glamorous as a period movie set and intends to make a bride feel like a movie star.

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Where else would you find a gleaming biography of Waheeda Rehman stacked in a glass box close to a necklace worth lakhs? If Sabyasachi had his way, he’d freeze time and store it. “Nostalgia reminds us of our childhood,” Ekta Rajani, fashion director, Grazia India, tells me in a casual conversation, “It reminds us of innocence and everything that was pure and simple.” Sabyasachi himself often says that nostalgia is his “chicken soup for the soul.” His clothes are a clue to our past. No Indian designer has been as canny at selling ‘Nostalgia re-packaged’ for the modern world as Sabyasachi has with his saris and lehengas.

At the launch, Sabyasachi announced that apart from hosting salons and personalised appointments for brides, he’d like to start Fashion Week-style couture shows at his store by next year. We can recall here that the Sabyasachi 2013 couture show was a landmark, in which he famously collaborated with Kishan Das & Co of Hyderabad, heritage jewellers since 1870. Every look that he sent out on the runway was styled with jewellery that became a benchmark for every bride and can be seen as a style lesson of sorts.

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The same brand is now housing a specially curated line of jewellery designed by Sabyasachi, which is available for brides at a shop-in-shop at the store. Thrilled at this collaboration, Pratiksha Prashant of Kishan Das & Co, says, “Now brides who come shopping at Sabaysachi for their wedding can also get guidance from the designer and our team on jewellery that will complement their wedding outfit.”

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Why only brides? One of the special suites at the store has a special division for grooms. It stocks, among other attires, sherwanis and badhgalas. Bespoke services and made-to-measure is made available for men too.

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To-be-brides can personally catch up with the designer at the upcoming Vogue Wedding Show from August 1-3, 2014 in New Delhi at the Taj Palace Hotel. He will be showcasing his new couture week collection and also conduct personalised appointments for brides. Says Sabyasachi: “The team at Vogue has worked hard to curate and present a hand-picked selection under one roof. The launch edition last year well displayed their efforts and I look forward to an even better showcase this year.” On display will be his bridal lehengas, outfits for the main wedding, sangeet, mehendi and reception. His special collection for grooms too will be seen at this one of-its-kind exhibition. To register, log on to www.vogueweddingshow.in/register-now/

The new Sabyasachi store in Mumbai is located at:
Ador House,
6 K Dubash Marg,
Kala Ghoda, Fort,
Mumbai – 400001
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It’s more fun in Cebu. Why this was an amazing Destination Wedding

We wish we can attend all the destination weddings we get invited to by Wedding Planners, Celebrities and our readers, but sadly we can’t. But when Rani of Revel Events, Hong Kong informed us about this upcoming wedding in Cebu, Philippines we knew we had to take a break from work and travel all the way from Mumbai via Singapore to Philippines.

Benita Mahtani and Rahul Chandiramani from London got married in Cebu last week, and while we will be featuring the wedding on Real Destination Weddings after we receive more photos from the official photographers (Picture Perfect India) we couldn’t wait to tell you more about Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu and the celebrations there.

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Just Married Benita and Rahul

1. So many ‘Party Zones’ at one resort
The General Manager of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Sparightly referred to their many indoor and outdoor venues as their many ‘party zones’. From the welcome party at the sea-side Cowrie Cove, to the pool party and post-parties at the Ballrooms and the Marquee, each of the traditional and fun celebrations were held at different venues. So while we stayed in the resort for three days, we felt as if we had visited so many places, all just a few minutes away.

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Cowrie Cove, the venue for the Welcome Party

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Benita and Rahul at Cowrie Cove

2. The Ocean Wing
The Mahtanis and Chandiramanis booked the entire Ocean Wing of the resort. The lobby of the wing where the wedding desk was located has a different feel altogether, unlike the busy lobby of a sprawling resort or hotel. As a unique wing, the Ocean Wing with a separate entrance and quick check-in services offers elegant comfort for discerning travellers who seek the finest in luxury living. Many of Shangri-la’s Resort properties have an Ocean Wing and are now much sought-after for destination weddings.

3. The Special Gesture of Thanks
We witnessed this for the first time at a wedding- at the finale dinner, the hosts called on stage all the members of the core team who worked behind the scenes to thank them for their hard work and dedication- The General Manager and Events team of Shangri-La, Wedding Planner Stanz and her team, Wedding Coordinator Rani Moriani from Hong Kong, Artiste Manager Rahul Idnani from Hong Kong, Entertainment Manager Ankur Sagar and team, Choreographers Swapniel Desai & Dhanraj Panchal and the dance troupe and bundle of ‘energy’ Kubra Sait who was the MC for all the functions.

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The families thank the teams at the Grand Reception at The Marquee

4. An ever-smiling Wedding Planner
In the last few years Stanz Catalan from Cebu has organized a few Indian weddings in her city. She tells us that she always looks forward to organizing an Indian wedding despite the huge responsibility that comes with it. And while she is now confident of taking on more shaadis she admits she will call herself a ‘Shaadi Specialist’ after she makes a trip to India. What was special about Stanz was how she radiated warmth and stayed patient and courteous always, even with the last-minute tensions that are inevitable when managing a big Indian wedding.

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Mandap by the beach. Stanz Catalan’s team at work

5. Far, yet not far
For guests who were travelling from Singapore and Hong Kong, Cebu is not too far but for guests travelling from India, the journey initially seemed far. At the airport we met some guests travelling back to India- they talked about how they wondered ‘why Cebu’, but now they are so glad they got to stay at the mesmerising resort and attend a super-fun and truly well organised celebration.

Our blog post on Cebu will be incomplete without a mention of the live wedding webcast which Kishore Samtani (the Grooms’ uncle) organized for his mother (i.e. the Groom’s grandmother) to watch the celebrations live in Mumbai. At the finale function the grandmother’s message was live webcast in Cebu. She could not attend the celebration due to her frail health, but the moment the cameras turned to her, seeing the audience she jumped up with joy and exclaimed how she was delighted to see her grandson get married- this was indeed one of the most emotional moments at the magnificent sit-down dinner with lots of teary speeches, dances and live entertainment.

Travel to Cebu- SilkAir operates 12 weekly flights to Cebu from Singapore. As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines; SilkAir is a premium, short-to-medium haul carrier and has a unique appeal amongst leisure and business travelers in Asia Pacific. Singapore Airlines and SilkAir’s combined schedule feature 85 weekly flights from 11 cities (Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram) in India to Singapore. Whilst offering carefully selected meals, a full bar service and elements of in-flight entertainment, SilkAir places great emphasis on providing attentive, friendly and relaxing service. For more details log on to www.silkair.com.

Photos Courtesy- Picture Perfect India

Behind the Scenes- WeddingSutra on Location@ Ritu Kumar

Every week, we receive an increasing number of emails from brides-to-be wanting to be a part of WeddingSutra on Location, and once the location/ date gets decided we have a tough time short-listing the lucky four who get to experience the makeover. We hosted our latest WeddingSutra on Location at ace designer Ritu Kumar’s flagship store in Lower Parel, Mumbai and this time the chosen 4 were- Krittika Gangwani (a Project Coordinator working in Dubai), Teena Rajpurohit (a Fragrance Evaluator), Amrita Mukherjee (a Marketing Communications Professional) and Anushree Chemburkar (an Information Analyst). Each of them was dressed in bridal ensembles by Ritu Kumar which were a unique blend of traditional and contemporary. They were transformed by Makeup Maestro Ojas Rajani with the Lakme Absolute range and decked in gold jewellery by Azva.

Here are some behind the scenes and getting ready moments captured by Candid Photographers Ashwin & Jhalak of Shades Photography.

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Keep watching this space to see the Look of each of these pretty ladies in Ritu Kumar lehengas and read about their individual experience with WeddingSutra on Location.

Location- Ritu Kumar, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Makeup- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Jewellery- Azva
Photographs by- Shades Photography
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