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With Grand WeddingSutra on Location- Aditi Parikh

For the grand edition of our monthly event WeddingSutra on Location, we invited seven brides-to-be for a unique experience at the newest five star hotel in Mumbai, JW Marriott Sahar. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the fifth of the seven-part series, Dr Aditi Parikh blogs about her experience at the Grand WeddingSutra on Location.

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‘A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous’– Coco Chanel

The words ‘classy’ and ‘fabulous’ perfectly describe WeddingSutra on Location. I heard about it from my friend Mitali Sheth, who had participated in it and was all praise; I was convinced this is something ‘wow’ so you can imagine my delight when I received an email from WeddingSutra informing me that I had been selected for the Grand on Location shoot at JW Marriott, Sahar, Andheri.

As soon as I entered the bridal suite, the entire WeddingSutra team was very warm and introduced me to the team of experts they had invited. I then went on to see the collection from the best designer haunts in Mumbai- multi-designer store AZA and designers Shyamal & Bhumika and Neeta Lulla. All their creations were lovely, but I decided to try on a bright red ensemble thinking it would suit me best. I tried it on and knew this was just what I wanted. The lehenga, a creation by Riddhi Mehra (available at AZA) was teamed with a gold blouse and a vibrant red dupatta.

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Next was hair and make-up. I think the multi-faceted Ojas Rajani and her team did an amazing job with both hair and make-up. I have never been a big fan of make-up, but when Ojas completed the look, complimenting my face and outfit with bright red lipstick, I was blown away. The transformation was magical. The look was finished with a rich gold choker from Azva.

Following the make-over was the much awaited photo shoot by the poolside of JW Marriott. Ashwin and Jhalak from Shades Photography were brilliant at their work, suggesting poses for shots while capturing candid ones alongside.

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All in all, it was indeed a fabulous and classy affair. Kudos to team WeddingSutra for setting up such a special experience!”

Aditi’s Look
Ojas started with the feather-light Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse in Ivory Fair to make Aditi’s skin look flawless with a matte finish. She then set the base with the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Compact in Ivory Fair. Next, Ojas transformed her eyes with the coppery shade of Lakmé Absolute Eye Chromatic Baked Shadow in Day Shimmer and skipped the eyeliner. She then gave her eyes a soft smokey look with the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate. She applied a few coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Volume Mascara to open up her eyes. Ojas then brushed on a hint of the Lakmé Absolute Moonlit Highlighter on her cheeks to give a fresh look. To enhance Aditi’s lips, Ojas applied the newest Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict in Red Rush shade. Aditi has short hair, so Ojas added some extensions and blow dried them inwards towards the chin and the shoulder for a more contoured silhouette complimenting the softness of her face.

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

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

Aditi@Grand WeddingSutra on Location
Outfit- Ridhi Mehra (available at AZA)
Jewellery- Azva
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani, Tejal Karlekar, Kashmera Samant, Neelam Lakhani
Location- JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar
Photographs byShades Photography

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Recent Entries

New Beginnings and Blessings: in Conversation with Faarah and Zaryan

The first time we met

Our friendship goes all the way back to 2010 when we were both pursuing our post graduation. Our relationship was pretty quirky just like ‘Tom & Jerry’. We teased, annoyed and irritated each other but couldn’t live without each other… and that’s what matters most.

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The day we met each other’s parents
Faarah shares, “Since we were best friends, we had met each others’ parents at various social events. But my mother got to know him well at my best friend’s wedding, whilst I spent more time with his parents and family during his birthday celebrations last year.”

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A touching moment from the Engagement Ceremony
“The most touching moment was when both our grandmothers and his grandfather actively participated in all the engagement festivities and were present to bless us on our special day! Another special moment was Our Engagement Dance!”

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Blessings of Eternal Love (from Faarah’s mother Pervin Sarkari)
“Family is where ‘life’ begins and ‘love’ never ends. And the best gift we can receive is blessings from our parents.”

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Photo Courtesy- Camera Crew

Message for WeddingSutra readers (from Faarah’s mother Pervin Sarkari)
“No relationship is all sunshine, but two people can share one umbrella and survive the storm together.”

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

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Planning a memorable Bachelorette Party Getaway in Thailand

A bachelorette party is such a fun excuse to get together the brides-to-be together with some of her closest girlfriends to spend  quality time and take a break from relentless wedding planning. And what better place than Thailand. From a low-key spa weekend at a beach retreat to shopping and clubbing in the city – Thailand offers a host of options.

We have put together a list of things to do on your Thailand Bachelorette trip. Mix + match these ideas to create an itinerary that the bride-to-be would enjoy.

Full day Spa
One of the perfect ways​ to unwind after a crazy night out is to spend the entire day in a Spa. This would allow you to spend quality time with the bride and your closets friends. Spa treatments will also help the bride relax and ease her pre-wedding jitters and tensions. You can always pop open a bottle of bubbly to add to the celebrations and make it a day to remember for the bride. One of the main attractions in Thailand is quality spas, so it will be quite easy for you to find one!

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Cocktail Lessons
These lessons are usually only for an hour or two so you can easily fi​t in with any other activity on your list. They usually teach you how to make your favourite cocktails using local ingredients as well as some bar basics. You get to stir, shake and have loads of fun. And the best part… you get to drink all the cocktails that you have made! That’s not all; some places even give you a certificate at the end!

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Island Hopping
Island hopping is one of the best ways to explore Thailand which is known for its many small islands. Spend a relaxed afternoon under the with nothing but the sound of the waves. Snorkel and explore life beneath in this tropical paradise. You will always find time between activities​​ to play fun and silly bachelorette games!

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Shop till you drop
Shopping is a given on any trip with your girls and ​w​hat’s more fun than spending a day shopping with the bride / your besties! From Bangkok’s swanky malls to the local Thai night markets, shopping in Thailand is an experience as well as a bargain. You will find anything and everything here, be it luxury labels, high street fashion or local souvenirs.

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Culinary Tour
This is a perfect activity for a bachelorette trip especially if you and your girlfriends are a bunch of foodies. These tours usually include some sightseeing as well as learning about the local cuisine and ingredients and of course tasting the food. Along the way, you’ll also learn about the local history, culture, and tradition.

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Ladyboy Show
​One of the must dos when visiting Thailand especially for a bachelorette. We are sure you and you’re your girlfriends have always been curious to know what its all about.  These performers are the best at what they do and are sure to amaze you.

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Go karting
A nice, fun and off beat activity for your girlfriends. ​​Let your hair down and indulge in a friendly go karting race​​​. ​If you’re not the adventurous kind, you can still enjoy sitting in the shade and cheering on your friends.

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Club Hopping
Thailand​,​ known for its nightlife is one of the best places to go club hopping. With its variety of nightclubs you will find the perfect clubs to flutter from dusk to dawn. ​These rocking clubs will ensure the bride-to-be has the time of her life.

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Boating/ Rent a Yacht
Another perfect way to spend quality time with your girls is to rent a yacht for the day and sail the beautiful seas of Thailand. Usually on board they have chefs who prepare delicious local dishes. You can open some wine and indulge in long conversations with your closets friends. Dive into the warm clear waters and explore the beautiful nature underwater. All in all this will be a day to remember for the bride to be.

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With Grand WeddingSutra on Location- Mubina Kapasi

For the grand edition of our monthly event WeddingSutra on Location, we invited seven brides-to-be for a unique experience at the newest five star hotel in Mumbai, JW Marriott Sahar. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the fourth of the seven-part series, Entrepreneur and bride-to-be Mubina Kapasi writes about her experience at the Grand WeddingSutra on Location.

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“How do I even describe how I felt at the Grand WeddingSutra On Location shoot. Royal, special and excessively pampered. No, maybe much more.

It all started as I entered JW Marriott’s cosy suite, and was warmly greeted by team WeddingSutra. And then an array of beautiful lehengas from AZA was awaiting my selection, making it difficult to choose just one! But team WeddingSutra came to my rescue. They suggested an orange lehenga saree by Sabyasachi and nobody says no to a Sabya! It was embroidered with gold work all over and a contrasting green border. At the risk of stating the obvious, the outfit looked regal and it fit me perfectly!

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Next it was time with Team Ojas Rajani who did a great job using hair extensions to convert my short and practical hairstyle to something stylish to match the magnificence of my saree. Then it was time for makeup. I knew I was in safe hands because I have seen Ojas’ magic on WeddingSutra. Nevertheless, he put me at ease with our informal conversation, and joking about how he was going to make me look like Rakhi Sawant! After he was done working his magic on me, I barely recognized myself! The foundation and the eye make-up transformed me from plain Jane to a ramp model. I had a new face that I wished would stay on me forever!

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The grand finale was the photo shoot with Ashwin & Jhalak from Shades Photography, which took place at Romano’s restaurant and then at the beautiful outdoor lawns of JW Marriott. My job was simple, look at the camera! It was the photographers who did the magic. They knew where to make me stand, under what light, before what backdrop and how I should pose. I simply followed their instructions and they managed to get the best out of me!

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So we’re talking about a resplendent saree, makeup that complemented the outfit in a better than perfect way, a regal restaurant and fiercely dexterous photographers. And I have none other than WeddingSutra to thank for helping me tick this memorable experience off my bucket list!”

Mubina’s Look
Mubina was open to experimenting with her makeup and relied on makeup artist Ojas Rajani to give her a sultry red carpet glamorous look. After creating a base with the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Skin Cover Foundation in Beige Honey and setting it with the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Compact in Golden Medium, Ojas moved on to highlight her eyes. She used the Lakmé Absolute Eye Chromatic Baked Shadow in Day Sheer duo shade which gave a shimmery dewy look to her eyes. The corner of her eyes were then given a smokey effect with the Lakmé Absolute Ultimate Kohl. She then sculpted Mubina’s jawline and cheekbones with the Lakmé Absolute Sun-Kissed Bronzer which highlighted her sharp features. For her lips, Ojas used the bold Flaming Orange shade of Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict. Mubina originally has a short bob hairstyle and a strong jawline, so Ojas added hair extensions for her and styled it with soft waves using a hair wave maker. She then put them all onto one side to complete the glam look.

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

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

Mubina@Grand WeddingSutra on Location
Outfit- Sabyasachi (available at AZA)
Jewellery- Azva
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani, Tejal Karlekar, Kashmera Samant, Neelam Lakhani
Location- JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar
Photographs byShades Photography

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Lakmé Absolute Bridal Beauty Trends – Coral Lips

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Orange might not be the new black, but it is definitely the brightest, boldest lip color to sport this summer season.

No matter what your skin tone is, there is a shade of coral out there for you to wear either in a flirty gloss or bold matte finish. The coral hue is so vibrant, it instantly brightens up the face and gives a fresh look.

Ace makeup artist Ojas Rajani demonstrated how to sport the coral pout on Bride-to-be Anjali Kirpalani at the Grand WeddingSutra on Location. Ojas used the newest Lakmé Absolute Sculpt Studio Hi-Definition Matte Lipstick in Coral Flare shade to define her lips. The long wear formula of this lipstick glides smoothly on to the lips giving an edgy finish. Ojas suggests to keep the rest of the makeup simple and natural while using a coral lip color and do not forget to moisturise the lips to make the lipstick stay longer.

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Photos courtesy- Shades Photography

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Floral Hairstyles from the South of India

There’s something so romantic about a bride with flowers in her hair. And in South of India, it is a tradition to decorate the bride’s long plait with beautifully patterned flowers, pearl strings, beads, golden billas, gold jada or anything which adds to her stunning looks on her big day.

From traditional to glam, understated to over-the-top, there is a floral accessory and hairstyle combo to suit different brides. Be prepared to be inspired as we discover floral hairstyles popular in various states down south.

Andhra Pradesh: Pelli Poolajada
Almost all Telugu brides braid their hair with three golden balls hanging at the end of braided hair called . Usually the flower pattern is called Poolajada (poola-Flower, Jada-Choti) and comes in long pre-stitched ready-made form which is attached to the bride’s long plait.

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Contemporary brides prefer individual pieces of flower billas to be attached to braided hair one after the other to complete wedding jada.

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Some jada patterns require to wrap around the braided hair, and some to attach a single piece directly to the hair. Top head portion of head is covered with semi circle shaped flower garlands called ‘venis’.

The elegant Telugu bride prefers rose petals jadas, as different color choices are available in roses to match the saree. These rose petals jadas have replaced completely lily jadas and jasmine jadas of the 90’s.

Tamil Nadu: Poo Jadai
Tamil brides shifted their focus from poo jadai to jada billalu in recent years. The jada billalu, which is the jewellery for the hair, is either one long piece or multiple smaller pieces of gold adornments, which are placed along the length of the hair braid as well as on the crown sometimes.

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Tamil brides sometimes hire Temple jewellery for the wedding teaming it with their own jewelery, and jada billas/jada is sourced with the Temple jewellery. Brides these days take a matching semi-circular veni along with 2 jasmine venis, followed by billas on braided hair.

Tamil brides preferring poojadai wear a small hair bun at the top of jada, which gives support to venis and also gives a neat look to jada.

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Karnataka: Uvva Jada
Karnataka brides wear flowers matching to saree, or in contrast to saree colors so flowers are seen prominently. Apart from flowers, a precious plait-ornament made of gold/ artificial gold or pearls is also used for wedding hairstyle usually known as jadanagam.

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Kerala: Rolling Flowers
A Kerala bride often wears a whole lot of Jasmine strands where the flowers are strung together like a garland as it gives a fuller look. Flowers are rolled on the braided hair which gives a heavy look, and few floral strings also hang loose over both shoulders. Of late brides have been adding jada billas on top of rolled jasmine.

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Inputs and Photos Courtesy- Pelli poola Jada
www.pellipoolajada.com

Featured Wedding- Roma and Ruchit’s Wedding at Lalit, Goa

‘The day you meet someone who is your kind of crazy, you know you’ve found a soulmate’. For Ruchit Shroff, it turned out to be Roma Gaba. Their first date was an expedition into each other’s world over a four-hour conversation, and both knew that they wanted to live out their dreams together.

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Ajay Modgil of F5 Weddings was brought in to make their dream wedding a reality. This union brought together two Mumbai-based entrepreneurial families – Roma is from a family of restaurateurs and Ruchit’s family is in the garment export business. Their chosen venue was The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, Goa. Ajay’s only brief was to ensure that everyone makes everlasting memories.

Goa being synonymous with fun, romance and masti, Ajay and his colleague Nandita Advani suggested a crazy-cool weekend celebration with a multi-cuisine spread, vibrant decor, bollywood music and endless pool parties. Everyone loved the idea. The F5 team charted out the logistics and created this super-cute animated WhatsApp video invite to set the mood for the monsoon wedding. (Watch the video here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6fpuPgHpSc)

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Guests were flown in and welcomed with a Hakuna Matata dinner party where they could unwind and get acquainted with each other as they danced to the tunes of a local Goan band. Some guests took a shot at beating the drum and one of them even danced on top of it!

The dress code for the Mehendi ceremony next day was chic resort wear so that guests could just steer towards the adjacent poolside for lunch and the pool party that followed. The pool side was done up with pop art installations, neon flags, drapes, canopies, a snow cone (gola) cart and most importantly, a floral-decorated truck with free-flowing booze – the bar in disguise. The couple made their grand entry on a quad bike, and before long everyone dived into the pool and rain-danced the afternoon away. Even the gods added to the mirth with a downpour.

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The Sangeet that evening was a bollywood-ishtyle dance fest with a performance by Jimmy Felix, band member of Aasma, a popular Indi-pop band from the last decade.

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On the wedding day, the groom arrived in a vintage jeep with his turban-sporting baaratis in a disco van. Roma looked incredibly beautiful in her Archana Kochchar lehenga for the traditional phera ceremony.

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A few hours later, it was time for the post-wedding revelry. The grand red carpet entrance to the wedding reception featured Bollywood style posters on either side with the couple’s posing as actors, lending the mood to what followed– a mock awards night! The couple’s friends and family performed in true Bollywood ishtyle, courtesy choreographer Nisha Lulla. Ruchit and Roma then gave away the R&R Awards to their guests, with some quirky titles, such as Drama Queen, Sati Savitri and Joru Ka Ghulam. The party went on till the wee hours of morning.

True to the brief, Roma and Ruchit’s mid-June wedding was a memorable affair. A thrilled Ruchit says, “F5 Weddings is truly the best bet if you want a uniquely personalized wedding. They take care of all the little details from the word go. You just have to land up and enjoy your special day. They’re awesome!”

Watch the wedding film here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8byRkZpScY

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Choreographer: Nisha Lulla
Bride’s Trousseau: Archana Kochhar
Groom Wear: Just Men
Photography: Megha R. Israni
Graphic Designer: Ting
Wedding Planner: F5 Weddings -  Ajay Modgil (+91 9967857722)

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With Grand WeddingSutra on Location- Rishika Jani

For the grand edition of our monthly event WeddingSutra on Location, we invited seven brides-to-be for a unique experience at the newest five star hotel in Mumbai, JW Marriott Sahar. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the third of the seven-part series, Rishika Jani (Event Consultant) blogs about her experience at the Grand WeddingSutra on Location.

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“My wedding was just a few weeks away and there was utter chaos in my life thanks to wedding preps stress. One morning my friend cum wedding planner Sneh Bijlani of Svaha Weddings gave me a patient hearing  and then advised: “why don’t you take a break from all this with ‘WeddingSutra on Location’.” I wasn’t sure if the timing was right but since I loved the concept, I decided to give it a shot and write in. In hindsight I think it is best decision I made; this was one fabulous experience which gave me a nice break from daily to-do’s and an up-close and real experience on getting ready for the big day.

Team WeddingSutra were very friendly and after their warm welcome it was time to search for what every bride calls ‘the perfect lehenga’. They helped me select an elegant creation by Ahmedabad-based Designer duo Shyamal & Bhumika- initially I felt it was a little dull for my vibrant taste (I’ve stayed away from pastels for occasion wear) but they explained why it made for the best choice. After I wore it and got ready to face the camera, I realised why this was indeed the perfect lehenga- it was a pastel blue lehenga choli with a beautiful pink dupatta. We teamed it with a contemporary Azva choker and the final look, I felt was stunning.

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Some of my friends refer to Ojas as the ‘magician’. I didn’t quite understand what they meant, until I got a makeover from this super-talented Makeup Artist. More than anything the interaction was fun, she was comforting, friendly and we chatted away in our mother tongue Gujarati.

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Then there was the rockstar photographer duo- Ashwin and Jhalak who put me at ease and then got me all ecstatic. They experimented with different locations and angles and guided me with what works best while posing. Full credit to them for making me feel not just like a beautiful bride, but a super model too!

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Kudos to WeddingSutra for putting together this unique execise and a big thank you to all the experts for giving seven brides-to-be this awesome experience at JW Marriott, Andheri.”

Rishika’s Look
Rishika is a young and peppy bride-to-be, so makeup artist Ojas Rajani decided to give her a trendy spring-summer look. Ojas started with feather-light Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse in Beige Honey to give her a flawless looking skin. She then set the base with the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Compact in Golden Medium. To compliment Rishika’s pastel outfit, Ojas used the Blue Pearl shade of Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Pearl Shadow and lined her eyes with Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate to give a subtle smokey look. She then applied a few coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Volume Mascara. Ojas then brushed on a hint of the Lakmé Absolute Cheek Chromatic Baked Blush in Day Sheer shade on the apples of her cheeks for a flush of color. For Rishika’s lips, Ojas matched the pink of her dupatta with her lips and applied the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict in Very Berry shade. She gave her hair extensions and finished with a soft blow dry and dreamy curls at the ends to maintain the soft and young summery look.

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

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

Rishika@Grand WeddingSutra on Location
Outfit- Shyamal & Bhumika
Jewellery- Azva
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani, Tejal Karlekar, Kashmera Samant, Neelam Lakhani
Location- JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar
Photographs byShades Photography

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A Day with WeddingSutra Favorites: Faarah and Zaryan

WeddingSutra launches a brand new initiative to help to-be-weds with their wedding planning:  ‘A day with WeddingSutra Favorites’. As part of this initiative, we curate a customized program for a selected WeddingSutra reader where we arrange for visits to some of our favourite wedding specialists or new salons/ stores. In the first post of this series we feature Faarah and Zaryan. Our team members, who put together their program, were full of praise for this lovely couple: “They are very enthusiastic about wedding preps and it was a lot of fun being out with them”. Here’s their story and find out how they spent their day with us!

Faarah: “In 2009, Zaryan and I graduated from H.R. College; there we only knew each other by our first names. However in 2010 we met again while pursuing our Post Graduation at K.C. Management College and then there was no looking back! From being acquaintances to friends, we soon became best friends! We were teased for the longest time by all our friends but god had his own plans and ‘Love Actually’ happened in January last year and 10 months later we got engaged (November 2014). We are getting married on 3rd December in Mumbai; marrying your best friend is a feeling I can’t really express in words, I’d just like to say that fairy-tales do come true, all you need is faith, trust and some pixie dust!!”

Stop 1: Deliciae Wedding Cakes
Faarah & Zaryan’s Review: Everyone knows that a cake should not only look good, it should taste good too. Deliciae Wedding Cakes scores high on this. Suchit Mahajan who along with his mother Bunty Mahajan runs Deliciae Patisserie showed us many options- we particularly liked the Fondant with stencil/ floral designs as well as the buttercream ones. We were excited that we could get customized toppers to match our wear. We tasted the Belgian Chocolate, Red Velvet and the Caramel Crunch which were all very good.  They also specialise in custom-wrapped chocolates/ macroons and brownies for gifting. Overall it was a fruitful and warm experience interacting with Suchit, and the visit has given us clarity on the design, flavour and basic look of what our Wedding Cake would ideally be.

Prices: Rs.1800 per kg onwards*

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From left to right- Zaryan Patel, Faarah Sarkari and her mother Pervin Sarkari.

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Stop 2: Rozina Trousseau
Faarah’s Review: Rozina’s studio at Hill Road, Bandra has a nice variety of bridal gowns, lehengas, sarees and churidar kurtas which are not too heavy, and which brides might want for a pre-wedding celebration or a reception. Rozina and her daughter Faarah showed us different saree options and designs which could be customized to my liking and requirement. I felt most of their designs are unique and eye-catching.

Prices: Rs.45,000 onward*

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Stop 3: Lakme Absolute Salon
Faarah & Zaryan’s Review: This was our first visit to the beautifully designed Lakme Absolute Salon in Bandra and it was one of the most interesting and informational experiences in the day. Pallavi Jain gave us a detailed skin consultation and guided us on products to use for glowing and healthy skin. The products recommended by her ranged from high-end to mid-range. She also gave us detailed information on the pre-wedding packages for brides and grooms (Lakme Absolute Salon is uni-sex) and wedding day services for brides.

Prices: Bridal Make-up is Rs. 15,000* (includes Saree Draping & Hairstyling) at the salon itself. If the Makeup Artist has to visit the home/ venue the pricing is higher.

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Stop 4: RUOSH
Zaryan’s Review: I always felt shoe shops are more focussed on women-shoppers, but not anymore thanks to stores like RUOSH. A visit to this store is an educational experience in the age-old craft of shoemaking and we were taken on a journey on the evolution of the shoe and how RUOSH produces each shoe with utmost care. There were shoes for all occasions and activities, and a corner dedicated to grooms. I was most impressed with their hand-finished range and the level of comfort of each pair I tried on. All in all, it is a must-visit store for every groom-to-be and a one-stop-shop for every shoe connoisseur.

Prices: Rs 6,000 to Rs.15,000*

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Stop 5: Crimzon Accessories
Faarah’s Review: Crimzon specializes in wedges and custom-made footwear. A visit to their store changed my perception that brides only wear stilettos on their wedding day. Here, instead of stilettos you find wedges and block heels which are most comfortable for tired feet; they have limited options on display, this is a bespoke service and Sonali Dalwani designs the shoes as per the bride’s need and vision.

Prices: Rs. 3,500 onward*

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Stop 6: Floral Art
Faarah & Zaryan’s Review: Floral Art run by mother-daughter duo Kavita and Srishti Kapur stocks and designs attractive boxes, bags and trays for gifting and packaging. They make unique stuff like floral jewellery and do décor for pre-wedding functions too.

Prices: We personally felt most of their creations are expensive, but their quality and finish appear to be very good and hence the premium price.

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Stop 7: A Travel Duet
Faarah & Zaryan’s Review: Both of us have been stuck on the idea of a ‘beach holiday’ and the personal interaction with Pritish Shah of ‘A Travel Duet’ was very useful. He suggested we try a beach + city holiday combination, and thanks to his experience with planning so many honeymoons, he had some good pointers on the weather in December, newest places to stay, how to plan/ allocate our budget and how ‘A Travel Duet’ crafts the itinerary keeping into account all these factors.

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Stop 8: Waman Hari Pethe
Faarah & Zaryan’s Review: The Waman Hari Pethe staff is very courteous and warm and it was nice to visit a traditional jewellery store stocking a range of wedding jewellery. We started by checking out their diamond jewellery and then they showed us the newly launched platinum ‘Evara’ wedding collection for men and women. All the designs were sleek and contemporary which go well with different colours and outfits, we would have liked to see more range in this collection though.

Prices: Rs 1,25,000 onward (chains, bracelets and bangles) and Rs 4,00,000 onward (necklace/ earrings set)

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Pervin Sarkari’s (Faarah’s Mother) Review: When Faarah and Zaryan told me they’ll be out with WeddingSutra, and asked me to accompany them I was obviously thrilled. It was nice to have someone put together a plan to visit different places- exclusive studios, large stores in crowded streets and wedding service providers who operate from homes. ‘A Day with WeddingSutra’ is indeed very different from visiting a wedding exhibition, or just meeting a planner- here, one spends quality time and gets depth information from different specialists.

*The prices are as per notes taken by Faarah and Zaryan and readers are requested to recheck the same with the store/ specialists.

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Top Wedding Photographers and their favourite Locations for Pre-Wedding Photography

Pre-wedding photography has gained major momentum of late and what started out as simple traditional portraits has grown into planned & styled shoots in interesting locations that really showcase the couple’s style and history.

We speak to India’s top photography talent on the most inspiring places for couples to show off their love for the camera.

  Prakash Tilokani

Prakash Tilokani‘Pre-wedding’ is associated with fun, anticipation and cosy moments before the wedding and what could be a better way of capturing it than merging memories in the pictures. So I give more importance to a place to which the couple are emotionally attached instead of recommending an exotic or picturesque location. It is indeed a heartening experience to photograph love birds at places where they have spent quality time getting to know each other. Sometimes couples don’t have a story to tell but are excited about a pre-wedding shoot, and that is when we explore new or amazing destinations.

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  Mili Ghosh

Mili 1Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, The Oberoi, Udaivilas is lush, enchanting, opulent and timeless. The palatial hotel is reminiscent of an old world charm where heritage, traditions and rituals of the kingdom of Mewar have been preserved. I could spend an entire day there and yet feel like I have not seen it all. Boasting grand architecture featuring sprawling courtyards, lakeside grand steps, Mewar artistry, domes and reflecting pools, every corner of this 30 acre property is picturesque – making it my favourite location to shoot fine art and editorials.

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  Sephi Bergerson

431142_10150728393263939_312151844_nI would have to say that the place I wish to shoot at is the Dead Sea in Israel. I have unfortunately not shot a couple there (yet) but the place is simply magical. The sun sets behind the Judea desert, the sea is lit by the reflecting light from the red mountains on the Jordan side of the water. The feel is magical, the colours of the desert and the sky, the quality of light and the peaceful quiet of the desert. I always let my emotions connect to the place where I shoot and I guess the desert brings back childhood memories. Those are of course a part of what formed me as a person and influenced the way I look at the world.

I can’t really say that I have something like a ‘favourite’ place to shoot. Some places like Goa or those with historic monuments do indeed make a wonderful backdrop for stunning pictures but I may not go there twice for a pre-wedding shoot. If I did, I would do if I felt I could produce different work than I did before. I believe good images are everywhere and they all depend on the eye of the photographer.

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  Badal and Raja Jain

Badal RajaWhen we think of Pre-wedding shoots, the first city that comes to our mind is Udaipur. The city where we have photographed the grandest weddings and a place that is all about timeless elegance and style. Every parent, planner or photographer wants the couple to feel like a Prince and Princess on the day of their wedding. And Udaipur with its charming locations, lakes and luxury resorts, exudes royalty and truly makes him and her feel like a Prince and Princess. Much before South East Asia, Europe, New Zealand and Australia became the honeymoon hot-spots, this place was the top choice for couples looking for a unique, romantic destination and stay at one of the best hotels in the world- Lake Palace, Udaipur.

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  Snigdha Sheel and Vinayak Das (PhotoTantra)

00-Vinayak-SnigdhaEvery pre-wedding shoot has been a most memorable experience, after all every couple is special. But four places where our experience has been special include Oberoi Udaivilas, Kumortuli Kolkata, Bodhnath Kathmandu and Angsana Laguna Phuket.  We often talk about our experience in Kumortuli as most couples even in Kolkata would be unaware of this rare location for a pre-wedding shoot. We went there in 2009 and photographed a couple with Durga Puja idols as backdrop. The mud idols as well as old houses make for an interesting backdrop. The locals are very helpful and co-operative and a camera ticket here comes at a very nominal fee. It feels great to go and shoot there, interact with locals and contribute in whatever small way one can.

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Canvera Profile- http://photographers.canvera.com/south/karnataka/bangalore/photo-tantra

 

  Anup J Kat

Anup K Jat 4I never let a location curb my creativity- this has helped me shoot anywhere. The location could be a simple wall or nice floor, a home or backyard, barren land, a lane or anywhere actually. A lot of inspiration comes from the couple themselves – what they do, who they are and what they like. It is the couple and the happiness that surrounds their union that makes the moment special and that makes capturing it worthwhile.

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Canvera Profile- http://photographers.canvera.com/south/karnataka/bangalore/1st-december-films

 

  Ramit Batra

RamitBatra-PhotographyMy favourite place for a pre-wedding shoot has always been Goa. Breath-taking sunsets, beautiful resorts, Churches, Portuguese architecture, old monuments, beaches, greens, mountains, unpredictable skies, rain and the freedom to be away from the crowds- all at one place! It helps me create a variety of pictures- from fun pictures at the beach, to postcards around the monuments and resorts and some really romantic pictures at sunset. Personally, it has always been a creatively satisfying experience to create compelling pictures in Goa while getting to know the couple right before their wedding.

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  Devendra (Dev) Purbiya

Dev Purbiya 3Taj Safari Lodges make for such an extraordinary backdrop for pre-wedding shoots. Two years ago I got an opportunity to shoot at Taj Baghvan near Pench National Park. It’s the kind of place that gets you to forget all deadlines or pressures and enjoy home-style comfort in the wilderness. Baghvan Lodge is located by a lovely stream, surrounded by forest – offering a window into the wilderness. The luxury bungalows with sun filtering through the Jharokha offer interesting backdrops for a photo shoot. When we were at Baghvan, there was no television or mobile connectivity in the cottages and that made it a real vacation, though it was a work trip for me.

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Canvera Profile- http://photographers.canvera.com/west/maharashtra/mumbai/devendra-purbiya-production

 

  Abhinav Sah and Anand Rathi (KnotinFocus)

Knot in focusNew York City! The sheer vibrancy of this city makes for an exhilarating experience. Though most photographers prefer a quaint environment to shoot in, New York somehow manages to knit both ends of the spectrum seamlessly- from the serene trails of central park to the hustling crossroads of lower Manhattan. A big plus is that unlike most urban cities in India or abroad, NYC is very tolerant to shooting outdoors. Maybe it is because of the many tourists, but we don’t complain.

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  Monisha Ajgaonkar (The Photo Diary)

MonishaSahara Aamby Valley—a place I feel that has been made for love birds who love the great outdoors! There is fabulous weather almost the whole year round, with monsoon just upping the feel of romance in the air. Rich flora and fauna lend a magical touch to the pictures and the best part is it is not too far away from Mumbai!

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Canvera Profile- http://photographers.canvera.com/west/maharashtra/mumbai/the-photo-diary

 

  Ankita and Akash (Wedding Nama)

WeddingnamaOf the many places we have shot, Jadhavgarh Fort in Pune is one of the most picturesque. It is one of the few locations where you don’t have to pre-plan your frames. Everywhere you turn, there is a beautiful backdrop – majestic arches, stone walls, preserved architecture, stunning poolside, textured backgrounds, lush green gardens, banyan trees and to top it all a serene temple. The Maharaja and Maharani suites look very royal and are perfect locations for shoots. Even though the Fort is converted into a hotel, the rustic charm of the 300 year old place remains.

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Canvera Profile- http://photographers.canvera.com/west/maharashtra/mumbai/weddingnama

 

  Jhalak Singhal and Ashwin Mishra (Shades)

ShadesThough we are based in Mumbai, in the last year or so, we have done shoots at many outdoor and heritage locations in Delhi. One of our favourite locations in the capital is the National Rail Museum in Chanakyapuri. It is the only open museum we have ever seen and we’d say it is a must-visit not just for children but for adults too. With over 100 exhibits of Indian Railways, signalling equipment and rail-related literature, the Museum is also known for royal & princely locomotives and saloons such as the Saloon of Prince of Wales, Saloon of Maharaja of Mysore and others. And while it is an exciting journey there, the beautiful background of the rusty locomotives and princely saloons give pre-wedding photographs a touch of royalty and timeless style.

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