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Love Actually- Rinky Bajaj and Sohail Kathuria’s Platinum Day of Love

Our initiative ‘Love Actually’ is a photo series featuring engaged couples who actively seek ideas and inspiration from WeddingSutra. The series celebrates 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 couples to tell us how they met, show us their platinum love bands and talk about their day of love.

Sohail and Rinky are from Mumbai. Sohail works in his family business of textile manufacturing and import-export. Rinky is a Chartered Accountant and Lawyer who teaches Taxation, Law and Economics.

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They met 9 years ago through a common friend. Rinky smiles, “Like a Bollywood flick, our relationship began with Sohail trying to figure something out because one of his friends was interested in me. A couple of months of friendship later, Sohail confessed he wanted to be with me.” The feeling wasn’t mutual for Rinky but at 19, she was more scared of losing her new best friend. “Like any naïve 19 year old, I thought it made sense to give in. It didn’t take long for me to feel a lot more than he felt for me. He’s an awe-inspiring human being. There are no shades of grey with Sohail. He’s absolutely black or white.”

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“We got into a relationship with certain set rules and I believe that got us where we are so smoothly. We made sure we never used the word ‘break’ or ‘break up’ and if we did, we would gracefully end the relationship. It’s not always going to be a bed of roses. When the going gets tough, we always figure a way out, together. As naïve as we were, I think we made some wise decisions. And the cornerstone is Sohail’s attitude of not letting go.”

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The couple has had few differences in opinion and no daunting obstacles to overcome. Rinky says, “If there were minor differences, we embraced those and agreed to disagree, we didn’t fight them.” All of 22, they knew that they were forever-people. Seeing their clarity, their families followed suit. “We decided to get married in July 2015 and got engaged in December, 2014. We had a small function where Sohail went down on one knee and proposed. It was really cute and caught me by surprise.”

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Rinky and Sohail will tie the knot at a destination wedding on the 23rd of July, at Resort Rio, Goa. “It’s a small two-day affair with about 350 people. If I had to describe it, I’d say it’s a true Punjabi wedding. We’ve just concentrated on people coming in and having fun. There will be just a few, important rituals and lots of dancing and drinking. There’s a pool-party on day one, followed by the Sangeet and then dancing with our friends and family. The wedding ceremony is on Day two before which are the pujas, Sohail’s Thread Ceremony and my Chudda.”

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Planning the wedding wasn’t difficult for them. They figured looks, themes, styles and designers by spending adequate time online. Rinky’s trousseau was shopped for mostly from Delhi though her Sangeet outfit is from Mumbai. “By the time we had to finalize, we were sure of how it had to be. WeddingSutra on Instagram helped me tons because every time I liked something I would screenshot it and eventually that’s how I made almost every decision.”

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For their honeymoon, the timing and weather made Europe a no-brainer. But they also didn’t want to repeat any earlier visited destinations. “We’re going to Greece, the south of France and Monte Carlo. Santorini attracts all the honeymoon couples and we love partying so Mykonos does the trick. We’ve been dreaming about the South of France for eight years now and we’re really looking forward to going wine-tasting in St. Tropez!”

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The couple loved the photo-shoot with WeddingSutra. Rinky says, “It was our first time and I came back ecstatic! When we began I was very shy at the idea of someone clicking and four people watching us: too much attention to deal with. But team WeddingSutra and Photographer Parag Gopale made us laugh with all their jokes and we suddenly started enjoying it. I also imagined Sohail would not be comfortable with a pre-nuptial shoot but it turned out that he was the one suggesting poses! So I’d say the people around definitely played their role in helping us chill out. What a fun afternoon with platinum love bands! Selecting and wearing the most elegant yet stunning platinum necklace and earrings from Manubhai Jewellers made me feel most special too.”

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If you’re getting married in 2015 or 2016 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, Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings) by Manubhai Jewellers
Makeup & Hair- Heema Dattani
Location- Sofitel Mumbai BKC

Photographs by Parag Gopale

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Jindal Scion gets hitched at glitzy celebration at Taj Mahal Palace

Mumbai is talking about the scintillating engagement ceremony held at the Crystal Room of The Taj Mahal Palace on 18th July. Parth Jindal, the youngest son of business magnate Sajjan Jindal and philanthropist Sangita Jindal got engaged to Anushree Jasani and the venues were transformed into a ‘Tropical Forest’. One guest quipped: “This was indeed one of the finest banquet celebrations I have ever attended in Mumbai”. On further probing we learnt Sangita Jindal met with the most sought-after wedding designers in Mumbai and Delhi and the task was finally assigned to Tanaz from Mumbai’s ‘Daver Decorators’ who worked along with top florist Havovi Readymoney to execute the project which was mammoth by Mumbai standards.

When we walked by the lobby of the Taj on Saturday evening, the place was buzzing with shaadi activity, as is always the case on auspicious dates. We spotted Makeup Artist Vipul Bhagat, Saree Drapist Dolly Jain, and the Talent Managers of Singers Pritam and Kanika Kapoor, both of who performed at the celebration on Saturday night.

And now for the all-important question. Where will the wedding be held? The grooms parents hosted one of the most talked about Destination Weddings in 2010 when their younger daughter Tanvi wed Krishna Shete at the Villa Le Rose in Florence. A year later Tanvi’s elder sister Tarini’s was a home town wedding when she married Vikram Handa from Delhi. The pre-wedding party was at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, after which  the mega wedding was held at the Jindal farmhouses in Delhi. So will Parth who is currently pursuing his MBA at the Harvard Business School get married in Mumbai or will it be a destination wedding in Europe or at the finest Taj properties in India like Umaid Bhawan or Rambagh Palace? According to close friends, the wedding will take place next year and in all likelihood the destination is Vienna, Austria. Wow! We’ll be watching and will keep you updated!

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Singers Kanika Kapoor and Pritam performed at the Engagement at Crystal Room

With WeddingSutra on Location – Divya James

As part of our initiative, WeddingSutra on Location, we invited four brides-to-be to a unique experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore’s newest luxury hotel. Each bride was introduced to and interacted with some of the best names in Bridal and Wedding services, which included being treated to a personal Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and finally a Photo-Shoot!

Here, in the finale of the four part series Dr. Divya James from Madurai blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore.

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“When my wedding planners Divya and Vithika suggested I take a shot at being part of the WeddingSutra on Location shoot to be held in Bangalore, I was excited! A chance to look and feel like a bride even when it’s not your ‘D’ day? Well! That was something. When WeddingSutra replied with the good news on my selection I was initially a little confused with my wedding being just a few days away. But I decided to take a break from the chaos and flew down from Madurai to Bangalore. And it was absolutely worth it!

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As soon as I arrived at the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, I met the professional, warm Team WeddingSutra who introduced me to the experts. The Lehenga wardrobe, by Monica and Karishma of JADE, Mumbai was incredible. Monica and team suggested a breathtaking lehenga with a unique halter neck blouse which they thought would suit me. It was fantastic!  The gold jewellery was from Nikhaar and complemented the look perfectly.

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Ralph Daniels, Bangalore’s ace make-up artist did my make-up to complement the lehenga and work with what would enhance my features. He decided on a smokey look (more details below). Carlos, the outstanding hair artist from Rossano Ferretti salon (at the Ritz-Carlton) decided on an up-do for my hair. It looked lovely and I was very happy!

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Finally, the photography session with Dev Purbiya was fun and stylish with a lot of candid poses. Overall, the team was so welcoming, the entire experience was professional, beautifully planned and with a very modern efficiency. It was absolutely worth it and just what a bride-to-be would need!

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Thank you WeddingSutra!”

Divya’s Look
Divya had no qualms or reservations about experimenting with her look. It was quite easy to make her already beautiful, dusky skin look gorgeous. Ralph started with a hydrating moisturizer which he let sit on the skin for a while before patting away excess oils with a thin tissue. He then dotted her face with the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Foundation in Beige Honey and blended it in using a buffing brush in a circular motion to make it look seamless. He then added a touch of the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Concealer in Honey shade. He then set the T-zone with the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Compact in Beige Honey, leaving the rest of the face untouched and luminous. Ralph decided to give Divya subtle smokey eyes. He blended the Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Pearl Shadow in Smokey Pearl on her eye lids. He lined her upper and lower eyes with the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate and then blended the lines into the Smokey Pearl eye shadow. The brows were groomed into shape and the brow bone was highlighted with the Lakmé Absolute Eye Chromatic Baked Shadow in Day Shimmer. Her lashes were curled and finished with two coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Volume Mascara. The cheeks were highlighted with the Lakmé Absolute Sun-Kissed Bronzer. Lips were moisturized and finished with a dash of Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist in Coral Sunset to make them look fresh and healthy.

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Getting married in 2015 or 2016? Would you like to be a part of WeddingSutra On Location*?

Write to us at weddingsutra@gmail.com with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date.  Selected lucky winners will receive a complete ‘Bridal Wardrobe’ consultation on how to pick the wedding outfit that perfectly complements your body type & personality. You can also explore the looks you prefer with a trial makeup session and professional photo-shoot.

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

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

Photobook Partners- Canvera
Photographs by- Dev Purbiya

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5 Reasons to get married at the Taj Hotels in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is fast emerging as a popular wedding destination for the ability to combine old world charm with a luxury beach escape. And the Taj has some exclusive properties for the perfect wedding. Taj Samudra is a luxury property built on an expansive land facing the ocean while being situated in the heart of the city resonating elegance, class and a touch of royalty. The luxurious Vivanta by Taj – Bentota resort enjoys an enviable address on one of the finest beaches on the south west coast of Sri Lanka. With its recent renovation and with the Indian Ocean as consort, one of the most charming beach and spa resorts has upped its mojo quotient.

Not convinced yet? Here are our top five reasons to get married at Taj Hotels in Sri Lanka – Taj Samudra and Vivanta by Taj – Bentota

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1. Offering 11 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel faces the historic Galle Face Green giving a peerless view of the Indian Ocean and an enchanting setting for a destination wedding.

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2. The hotel offers you a choice of 300 rooms with spacious and stylish suites with a variety of experiences and the view of the sea as far as the eye can see or a panoramic view of Colombo City.

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3. Taj Samudra offers an eclectic array of venues, which include newly refurbished Samudra Ballroom, Crystal Ballroom, Gregory Room, Longdon Room, Regency Room, the North and South Lawns and On Golden Pond. Samudra Ballroom is an exclusive rooftop venue with over 5000 sqft of banqueting with peerless views of the Indian ocean, ideal for unforgettable weddings of up to 400 persons.

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4. The North, South and On Golden Pond Lawns and the Pool Terrace offer scenic surroundings and unique outdoor banqueting opportunities ideal for theme nights with capacities up to 2000 persons.

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5. Taj Samudra Colombo offers culinary delights for every kind of palate, that hosts elaborate buffets of traditional Sri Lankan, Hindu, International and Muslim cuisines. No matter what you choose, the Grand Master Chef’s will give your wedding feast a culinary twist.

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1. Vivanta by Taj – Bentota, Sri Lanka, is delightfully located along one of the finest beaches on the South West coast which is just a 62km drive from Colombo making it the perfect venue for a wedding by the beach.

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2. The hotel nestles in lush gardens with an infinity pool overlooking the shimmering blue waters of the picture perfect Indian Ocean, which is a beautiful setting for your wedding celebrations.

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3. The hotel has 160 modern rooms with private sit-outs overlook lush gardens and the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. It has various categories of rooms to choose from each with different views of the sea or the garden.

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4. Vivianta by Taj – Bentota has venue / banquets perfect for any type of occasion. They have indoor venues which have capacities of up to 350 guests, alternately they have outdoor venues for a smaller more initiate celebration.

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5. They have multiple themes of culinary delights for you to choose from, be it local Sri Lankan theme, Arabian theme or a Fisherman theme with the world’s best seafood.

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Neha designs preppy invitations for her Bachelorette Party in Thailand

About the Bride-to-be and Groom-to-be: Neha Ahuja and Munish Wadhawan

“Everyone knows us as high school sweethearts. We have been together for almost a decade now. He was my first boyfriend and little did I know he would be my last! Haha!

We are best friends and people often get surprised at that because we are complete opposites. He loves sports, I love Bollywood. I was always top of my class and he was literally always out of the class. He loves his friends and I love the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Having said that, we enjoy these differences and that’s what makes our relationship full of life.

We are looking forward to this wonderful journey ahead and since I am a wedding planner and insanely passionate about weddings, I am hoping to make this a very unique Sindhi-Punjabi wedding filled with quirky stuff and all things fun.

We live in Mumbai and while we haven’t made any plans yet, we both want a destination wedding so we are exploring some properties around the city.

The date is set for 3rd May 2016.

Inspiration for the Invite:

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Every wedding I’ve planned, I’ve noticed the bride’s friends, the bridesmaids, helping out, taking responsibility for little things and making the wedding super fun. But you forget to thank them or make them feel special. I knew I wanted my friends to feel as important as my family. So, I created a special invitation for them to initiate the wedding prep!

We’ve been planning a bachelorette in Thailand so I wanted the invitation to be young, beachy and colourful. Every Pinterest board is filled with pinks and whites so I went for something fresh, a bright yellow for the box with a subtle hint of pink.

I was sure that I wanted it to be personalized to every friend. The invitation had to show the thought and effort put into it, because believe me I did put a lot of thought and effort! Haha! The relationship you share with each friend is unique, so how can your message be generic?

Them came the rhymes! People say I have a knack for writing them, so I decided to write it myself inviting them to a fun 6 day trip to Thailand. My favourite line has to be :  ‘Aaja mere yaara, kyunki shaadi na hogi dubara’ (Love Bollywood – guilty as charged!)

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I wanted to give them thank-you presents post the trip and so I included a small form that included their sizes, drink of choice and other preferences.

Finally, the favours. These were inspired by Pinterest. Nail varnish from the Elle 18 Bridesmaid collection saying ‘to getting nailed for life!’ and nude lip-gloss saying ‘kissing my single life goodbye!’”

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Concept and Copy: Neha Ahuja
Design: Aarushi Sethi, M: +91 9820355663
Packaging: All Things Giftie (Rhea +91 9967433778)

A Day with WeddingSutra Favorites: Pooja Jotwani

‘A Day with WeddingSutra Favourites’ is when WeddingSutra brings their wedding planning enthusiasm and expertise to excited to-be-weds. We customize a program for a selected WeddingSutra reader which includes visits to handpicked wedding specialists, including salons and stores.

In our fourth post, meet Dr. Pooja Jotwani and her mother, Mrs. Ritu Jotwani.

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The familes of Pooja and her fiancé, Dr Anish Patel have known each other for over 20 years. Originally from the same area in Mumbai, Anish moved to the US ten years ago to pursue a career in medicine. Early this year, their dads played Cupid. “We met a few times and struck a rapport,” Pooja says. “Intuitively and instinctively we were drawn to each other. Sharing a common profession helped us appreciate each other’s aspirations.” Pooja and Anish are tying the knot in January 2016 in Mumbai.

Here Pooja writes about her day with WeddingSutra.

Stop 1: M & K Couture Studio (JADE) 
M & K Couture Studio (JADE) located at the Peninsula Business Park, Lower Parel houses an electrifying collection of bridal wear which includes beautiful sarees, evening gowns and lehengas in vibrant colors and unique styles. Most of the collection is intricately hand-embroidered which makes them beautiful to look at and quite unique. I tried a couple of outfits on and fell in love instantly! We’ll be back there soon. It is a must-visit for brides-to-be.

Pricing: Rs.75,000 onward*

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Stop 2: Evara Platinum Blessings at P.N. Gadgil Jewelers
P.N Gadgil Jewelers at Vile Parle showcases a huge collection of gold, diamond and platinum jewelry. Their staff showed us some very fine designs from the Evara Platinum collection. What we liked the most was that their designs were very contemporary and versatile as accessories for any outfit, whether traditional or western.

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

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Stop 3: Makeup Consultation by Amrita Sanghavi
Getting Amrita Sanghavi to do the make-up for my wedding reception has been on my wish-list from the first time I saw her work. Thank you WeddingSutra for arranging a session with her! She is a thorough professional and gave me some useful tips for my skin and hair care. The icing on the cake was when she confirmed that she is available to do my make-up on the D-Day!

Pricing: Rs 30,000 onward (for Bridal Makeup & Hairstyling)*

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Stop 4: Wedding Invites & Stationery by Krimson
The wedding invitation you send out is one of the most essential elements of planning a wedding. It sets the tone of the festivities to come. It should include the right balance of warmth while providing precise details about the functions. Niketu Mehta of ‘Krimson’ showed us a wide range of wedding cards with different themes and motifs: contemporary, fusion, traditional and many more. Each invitation was personalized according to the couples’ taste. What really caught our attention was that the designs were unique and really stood apart from the usual red and gold ones.

Pricing: Between Rs 200 and Rs 400 per invite*

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Stop 5: Canvera Photographers Directory and Photo App
Wedding photographs are all that remains when everything has been packed and put away. Canvera has two useful online features for to-be-weds and already-weds. The Photographers Directory to help you find your wedding photographer and the Canvera Photo App allows you to share your wedding memories, anytime, anywhere with just a simple pin. I have still not finalized on my Wedding Photographer so will spend some time on the Directory before taking the decision.

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Stop 6: Gifting and Favors by Soap Opera
Soap Opera specializes in artisan, hand-poured designer glycerin soaps. We were shown a range that included adorable shapes, vibrant colours and make for a nice wedding favor or giveaway. They can customize colours, fragrances and create bespoke designs with bridal monograms!

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Stop 7: SVA by Sonam & Paras Modi for Menswear
We checked out the menswear at SVA (by Sonam & Paras Modi), opposite Palladium, since we had not paid much attention to that aspect earlier. SVA who stock both mens and womens wear, have an interesting, on trend range of bandis and Moroccan pants. In addition to dressing the groom, they also have great options for the other men in the family.

Pricing: Rs 35,000 onward for Sherwanis and Groomswear. Shirts etc are priced at Rs 3,000 onward*

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Stop 8: Trousseau Packing, Décor and Gifting Ideas by Floral Art
Our final stop was Floral Art, Juhu run by mother-daughter duo Kavita and Srishti Kapur. You can choose from a large variety of wedding gifts: trays, bags, hampers, potlis etc. They also specialize in floral and gota work jewelry for pre-wedding functions like the mehendi and bridal shower.

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Ritu Jotwani’s (Pooja’s Mother) Review: Thank you team WeddingSutra for curating an amazing day out for us! My daughter and I had a wonderful time. The entire experience was really educational and helpful. A great start to our wedding preparations!!

*The prices are as per notes taken by Pooja and her mother and readers are requested to recheck the same.

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

Email Subject line- A Day with WeddingSutra

Your names, link to your Facebook profiles, date of your wedding, city you live in and the city where you will be getting married.

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Announcing the WeddingSutra Masterclass

Tested by time, trusted by brides all over the world, and a ‘definitive resource’ for the best in the wedding business, WeddingSutra has designed a Masterclass that is your secret weapon for the wedding.

At the masterclass, Team WeddingSutra and our carefully selected panel of experts will offer guidance and inspirations for all your wedding needs– from the finer details to those day-changing major decisions.

Mumbai brides, consider yourselves very lucky! Expect invaluable expertise, advice and demos on:
- shopping for your wedding outfits
- top beauty tips and tricks
- selecting the best make-up artist
- picking the right photographer and know how to pose for the best photos
- be aware of the best options when planning your honeymoon

Our panel includes
- The amazing Shyamal Shodhan of Shyamal and Bhumika Couture.
- Cory Walia, one of the industry’s most famous make up artists
- Ankita and Akash of WeddingNama, the photographers who can capture the wedding kaleidoscope.
- Nagsri Prasad, Vice President Mercury Travels with the globe at her fingertips.

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Date: Saturday, 25th July.
Venue: Tilt All Day, Lower Parel.
Timings: 9.30 am to 2.30 pm.
Registration fee: Rs 2,500 (inclusive of coffee/ tea and lunch).

To enroll- Email your name, wedding date and contact number to weddingsutra@gmail.com. Or call Neelam on +91 9820076986 to reserve your seat. HURRY, limited seats available now.

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New Beginnings and Blessings: in Conversation with Natasha and Mark

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It was when Mark and Natasha met at a tuition class in South Mumbai, ten years ago that they also realised that they lived in the same neighbourhood. For Mark, it was love at first sight but when he asked Natasha out, she politely declined. He wasn’t one to give up. He became her friend, her somebody-to-lean-on, her shoulder-to-cry-on.

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A few months later, Mark tried asking Natasha out again. They talked about taking it slow, spending time in the company of friends and really getting to know each other. He was always there for her. She agreed.

His family regarded her as damily immediately. Five years ago, Natasha finally summoned up the courage to announce the relationship to her conservative Hindu parents. “My parents thought this alliance would be a cultural disaster!” exclaims Natasha. “But I told them, he is the one… and if not him, there will be no one else.” And is she glad!

Last year, on holiday in Bali, Mark formally proposed to Natasha exactly how she’d always imagined it –  a red carpet strewn with rose petals that led to a secluded spot where he got down on one knee beneath the starlit sky.

“We’ve grown together over the last decade and there have been ups and downs, but we’ve survived the storm and just grown stronger,” she says. That’s a good dress rehearsal for what’s to come!

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The day we met each other’s parents
Mark celebrated his official entry into adulthood by taking Natasha to meet his parents on his 21st birthday, seven years ago. The family adored her instantly and Mark’s dad asked her, “You guys have been together for so long. Are you ready to get into a commitment?” She knew she was.

When it was time to propose, Mark did it with time-honoured chivalry and first asked her parents’ for their permission before he popped the question. They eventually agreed.

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A touching moment from the Engagement  Ceremony
Flush with love post their Bali holiday, the couple hosted their closest relatives to announce their engagement. Natasha had been spending time trying to get a hang of family and household customs. At the dinner, Mark’s father reassured her that the only thing expected of her was to take care of her relationship with Mark. The rest would fall in place. And he assured her father that she woudl be pampered as much in her new family. “Just be yourself, he told me!” recalls Natasha. “There is just so much ease and comfort to be around them. It feels like I have always been part of this family.”

Mark and Natasha are tying the knot on December 20th, 2015.

Blessings of Eternal Love (from Mark’s grandmother, Susie Vaz)
“May God shower his blessings on Natasha and Mark and guide them along the path of love with happiness in each other’s company for as long as they live.”

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Message for WeddingSutra readers (from Susie Vaz)
“What God has brought together let no man put as under.”

This quote (from the Bible) is my sincere wish for every couple who enters into matrimony. May their life together be full of love, laughter and happiness; and may they sail through the rough paths with understanding and considerateness for each other.”

Photos Courtesy- Nimitham Wedding Photography

Check out Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput’s Wedding Invite

While the whispers all hinted at Greece, it has been confirmed that one of Bollywood’s most eligible bachelors, Shahid Kapoor, will get married at The Oberoi in Gurgaon.

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The wedding invitation card is simple and elegant, accompanied graciously by a box of Anandini Himalaya Tea. Quite our cup of tea indeed!

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Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput will tie the knot at The Oberoi in Gurgaon’s Udyog Vihar on July 7. The invitations have been sent out by Mira’s parents– Bela and Vikramaditya Rajput, and Shahid’s parents Neelima Azim and Pankaj Kapur and step mother Supriya Pathak. They’ve also asked that no gifts be given, ‘only blessings’.

The media grapevine buzz is that the newly weds will host a post-wedding reception in Mumbai on July 12. But if it is true, the venue is a mystery. Perhaps the couple will choose Bollywood’s favorite wedding reception venue Taj Land’s End or the JW Marriott, Juhu. We made discreet enquiries at several city five-stars but they’re being tight-lipped for now.

What is also still a mystery is why Greece was ever suggested or rumoured to be the wedding destination. Perhaps the to-be-weds were planning a pre-wedding bash or toying with the idea of a vacation there?

It’s no secret that for the last two years, Greek Tourism officials and event planners have been working at getting a slice of the Indian-destination-wedding pie. While the beautiful Mediterranean country is a hotspot for ‘proposals’, pre-wedding shoots and honeymoons, it’s still a virgin territory for big fat Indian weddings.

Our stylista spies tell us Shahid has chosen his close friend Kunal Rawal to get him groom-ed and Mira’s trousseau will be designed by Anamika Khanna.

We’ll keep you posted.

With WeddingSutra on Location – Ragini Chandran

As part of our initiative, WeddingSutra on Location, we invited four brides-to-be to a unique experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore’s newest luxury hotel. Each bride was introduced to and interacted with some of the best names in Bridal and Wedding services, which included being treated to a personal Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and finally a Photo-Shoot!

In the third of our four-part series, bride-to-be Ragini Chandran shares her experience at WeddingSutra on Location, Bangalore.

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“It was just another regular day. I had just finished taking my zumba class and saw a missed call from Vithika Agarwal, one of Bangalore’s most successful wedding planners. Earlier we had browsed through WeddingSutra.com and talked about WeddingSutra on Location in Mumbai. Vithika wanted to tell me that they were coming to Bangalore! I emailed them immediately!

With my busy schedule, including the dance classes I take, I hadn’t been able to give my impending wedding as much thought as might be necessary. I didn’t know where to begin. When a short while later, WeddingSutra emailed me to say that I’d been selected as one of the lucky brides for their shoot in Bangalore I was ecstatic! This was like the first step!!

As I entered the gorgeous Ritz Carlton, Vithika was there, smiling at me warmly. She introduced me to the team of experts, Designer Monica Shah of JADE, Makeup Artist Ralph Daniels and Photographer Dev Pubiya. I was so pleased to meet the Co-founder of WeddingSutra, Parthip Thyagarajan who over lunch told me all about how WeddingSutra started and their journey since then.

Post lunch, I went up to the Bridal Suite of Ritz Carlton where team WeddingSutra took me through a beautiful wardrobe, suggesting options that she would suit me. Personally, everything looked absolutely stunning! It was so hard to choose. I tried them all! But I finally fell in love with a chic, pale pink lehenga with heavy embroidery. I loved the style of the choli. It was something I’d never have chosen myself and that’s the power of amazing style consultants.

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Outfit chosen, it was time for hair and make-up. As a model, I’ve worked with Ralph Daniels earlier and know that he is brilliant at his work. He’s always experimenting, being creative. I loved my eye make-up, my hair in soft curls. The transformation was thrilling. The WeddingSutra team then helped me complete my look with a stunning gold choker set and jhumkas by Nikhaar Jewels.

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After this came the most awaited part, the photo-shoot! With my experience as a model, I’m not at all self-conscious and love being in front of the camera but this photo-shoot was unlike anything I’ve ever done before. The drama queen in me came alive! The swirls, the expressions, the poses, I just didn’t want it to end. Dev Purbiya is an ace photographer and an absolute darling. He allowed me to let myself loose!

To sum things up, I’d never have thought I’d be part of such an amazing experience. I felt pampered and special with so many people around me. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity Team WeddingSutra!!

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Ragini’s Look
Ragini has beautiful skin, a classic Indian almond shaped face and features. Ralph decided on a summery lavender and pastel look for her, keeping the hairstyle and makeup fresh and effortless to complement her pastel hued outfit. After moisturizing her face and letting it sink in, Ralph used the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Foundation in Golden Medium shade and buffed it into the skin. “Minimal foundation and careful use of concealer is the key to this look”, adds Ralph. The Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Concealer in Medium masked any blemishes and blended well. He then set the makeup with the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Wet and Dry Compact  in Golden Medium on the T-zone and kept the rest of the face untouched. Two shades from the Lakmé Absolute Drama Stylist Shadow Duos in Pink Wink were used all over the eyelids, creating a soft dual color base, extending right up to the brow bone. Ralph then drew a rough line on the upper lash line with the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate and then smudged it to soften it. With the same brush he smudged the rest of the Kohl on the lower lash line. After curling the lashes, two coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Volume Mascara was used, making sure to separate the lashes between applications with a brush. A fresh Day Sheer shade of the Lakmé Absolute Cheek Chromatic Baked Blusher was brushed on the apples of her cheeks and blended towards the temples. For the lips Ralph used the Lakmé  Absolute Gloss Stylist in Pink Pout. Finally, Ragini’s hair was given a side swept wavy look.

Ragini's Makeup collage

If you’re getting married in 2015 or 2016 and would like to be a part of WeddingSutra On Location*, write to us at weddingsutra@gmail.com with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date. Selected lucky winners will receive a complete ‘Bridal Wardrobe Look’ consultation on how to pick the wedding outfit that perfectly complements your body type & personality, and discover the look you prefer with a trial makeup and photo-shoot.

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

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

Photobook Partners- Canvera
Photographs by- Dev Purbiya

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