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Grooms-to-be, win an invite to a consultation with Giorgio Armani Made to Measure

Giorgio Armani is a name associated throughout the world with luxury menswear. Indeed, the designer is credited with redefining the idea of modern tailoring and ushering in a new era of clothing for men. This month, Made to Measure service is making it’s way to Mumbai for an exclusive preview for the modern day Indian Groom.

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Giorgio Armani’s Made to Measure suits are literally a study in the fine art of tailoring, and combine the world famous spirit of Armani with the premium quality of made to measure craftsmanship. The customer who wears Giorgio Armani is accustomed to excellent service. When he comes in for a fitting for a Made to Measure suit he will discover the ultimate in the luxury shopping experience. He will be helped and guided by highly trained staff. He will be able to feel the fabrics, select those he likes, choose his own lining and style of button, and select a silhouette, specifying the details: the type of lapel, pocket positions, single or double-breasted fastening, pleated or non-pleated trouser.

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Giorgio Armani is offering three WeddingSutra fans (Grooms-to-be) an invite to their exclusive event (date and venue details below) in Mumbai. If you would like to discover Made to Measure and meet Stefano Messagi, their Specialist from Milan, email the following details to weddingsutra@gmail.com (Wedding Planners and Stylists can nominate their clients too)*

Name of Groom
Date of Wedding
Contact No and Email Address
Link to FB Profile

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Date- Thursday, September 4th
Time- To be decided (based on winners time preference)
Venue- JW Marriott, Juhu, Mumbai

*Appointments will be confirmed subject to availability.

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With WeddingSutra on Location- Shruti Parekh

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Ensemble in Bandra (West), 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 the four-part series, bride-to-be Shruti Parekh writes about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Ensemble.

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“Like all brides-to-be I too am more than ecstatic about getting married. I have been enjoying every minute of the planning and preparation process, and perusing through every bride’s bible- WeddingSutra. While the content on WeddingSutra is very interesting, what fascinated me most was their bridal event ‘WeddingSutra on Location’. So I sent an email to WeddingSutra and I was thrilled when I heard back from them inviting me to be a part of their next WeddingSutra on location.

The location was Ensemble, Bandra, a store known for its beautiful outfits from coveted designers from all over India. Team WeddingSutra introduced me to the experts and the other brides-to-be, and then we started with the search for the Lehenga. Keeping in mind my petite figure, Anshu from WeddingSutra helped me pick a beautiful ombre-dyed lehenga, which was from a deep peach to an orangey red with antique embroidery, created by Ensemble’s in-house team. It was paired with a red raw silk blouse with a sweetheart neckline, and a beautiful net red dupatta.

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Once I had my outfit on, it was time for the famous Ojas Rajani to work her make-up magic on me. She explained to me what she was doing step-by-step, and she kept asking me if I had any inputs or suggestions; So I was very comfortable with her and in less than an hour, Ojas and her team transformed me into a resplendent bride!

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With my hair and makeup done, the team showed me the beautiful gold jewellery they had sourced from Azva and Gehna Jewellers. To keep the look minimalistic, I selected a unique and dazzling pair of gold cuff earrings with jhumkis, along with an ornate maang tikka and a gold bracelet. Once I was ready, I slowly walked to the mirror, enjoying the moment of seeing myself as a stunning bride.

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It was finally time for the photo shoot with Ashwin and Jhalak from Shades photography. At first I was a little conscious but they guided me very well, so in a matter of minutes I was ready to face the camera as they captured photographs, both candid and posed.

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The entire On Location experience with team WeddingSutra was a lot of fun. And perfect for a bride-to-be like me who is always eager to witness bridal looks and learn every little detail about it. Thank you WeddingSutra!”

Shruti’s Look
Ojas began by creating a base with the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse on the face and eyes. She then glued on false eyelashes and curled them. To enhance the sparkle in Shruti’s eyes, she decided to give her a very soft, shimmery look with a hint of glitter. So she brushed on the Gold Pearl and Peach Pearl shades from the Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Eyeshadow collection and blended them well. She then applied a Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate, and built it on by adding a shade of brown eye shadow on the lower lid. She then smoked it in an outward, upward fashion to create a soft winged look. A coat of the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Mascara, burnt orange lip color and a maang tikka completed Shruti’s ‘demure bride’ makeover.

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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– Ensemble Design Studio
Jewellery- Azva (available at Gehna Jewellers)
Hair & Makeup- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by- Shades Photography

Ace makeup artist Shivani Sheth takes Bride-to-be Kritika Beauty Shopping with Lakme

Bride-to-be Kritika Jain had a fairly clear idea what works for her skin but she was really interested in knowing what makeup would work best for her. So WeddingSutra and Lakmé decided to get expert makeup artist Shivani Sheth to take her shopping and ease her into the world of beauty products.

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Kritika’s Top Skin Concerns
Kritika has flawless, unblemished skin, except for slight dark circles around her eyes, so Shivani suggests applying almond oil every night before she goes to sleep. Another way to improve it is to apply a raw potato pack on the face. This gives a natural glow and also addresses Kritika’s other concern– tanning. Shivani recommends that she keep her skin hydrated, and eats a lot of fruit to nourish her skin.

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Shivani’s Top Makeup Picks for Kritika
Shivani demonstrates two looks for Shivani for social occasions or for an evening out.

Shivani chooses a palette of burnt orange and corals to complement Kritika’s warm skin tone and dusky complexion for the makeover. She begins with the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Foundation to create a smooth base, and then applies the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Compact to set the foundation. She brushes on the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duos in Coral Blush to enhance her cheeks and a touch of Lakmé Absolute Sun-kissed Bronzer to highlight them. To add glitz to Kritika’s eyes, she uses the Lakmé Absolute Drama Stylist Shadow Crayon in ivory and follows up with the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate on the upper lash line and the lower water line of her eyes, and coats of the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Mascara. For her lips, Shivani chooses from the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist range – the Coral Lustre lip color and adds a touch of the Coral Sunset gloss to the center of her lips for a juicier pout.

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“Kritika has beautiful features and a good face for makeup. I just told her to fill in her eyebrows with a pencil,” says Shivani. “She just has to carry a lip color in coral or peach, a matching blush on, a nice ivory tone eye shadow and mascara in her makeup kit, and she’s set.”

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Inside Shivani’s Beauty Bag
Shivani loves the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate pencil as it glides beautifully across the eyelids, and the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets mascara, which is ideal to create a fuller look as it adds triple the volume to the eyelashes as compared to some of the other brands of mascara. The Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist lip glosses are really intense and smooth.

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Kritika’s Beauty Shopping Experience
“I felt very special at the Lakmé Absolute Salon- and it was a nice place to move out of my comfort zone and see the entire Lakmé Absolute range. Typically I’ve used kajal only, so I had very little idea on what kind of makeup would suit me, or even how to use it. But, Shivani patiently explained the basic steps to make-up and colors application.

I was wearing kajal when I went for the session. So Shivani first wiped it out with a makeup remover and it came off in seconds. I’m definitely buying it; the Lakmé Absolute Bi-Phased Makeup Remover.

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Shivani began with the basic three-step process of cleaning, toning and moisturizing before applying makeup. To clean, wash the face with warm water and a face wash. Splash ice cold water on the face for toning, and moisturise the face to close and pack all the pores.

She then talked about foundation, and taught me how to choose the right shade for my skin. She said I should check on what shade is best for me, by applying a little product below the jaw, and not on the face, as there is always a slight color difference between the face and the neck.

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She gave me a day look which I could intensify for the night, by adding on extra kajal and eyeliner and smoking it out, and brush on some more blush and lip color.”

What I Learnt about my Beauty Regimen
“I plan to purchase the foundation, eye makeup and lip colours that Shivani used on me, so I can recreate the looks she demonstrated. It’s been one week since our consultation session, and I have been following her suggestions of the almond oil application and the 20-minute mashed potato face pack, and the good results are already showing. I am very happy I took time out for this session with Shivani at the Lakmé Absolute Salon. Thanks to WeddingSutra for this opportunity. I now feel inspired to use makeup and I am confident that I can carry the looks which I learnt from Shivani.”

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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

Photographs Courtesy- The Lightsmiths

‘Gloss’: Indian Cocktail collection by Manish Malhotra at Grand Finale of Lakmé Fashion Week

Clearly Manish Malhotra thinks grey is the color of the season. As soon as we entered the Ballroom of Palladium Hotel, the venue of the grand finale, event stylist Gurleen M Puri who our team accompanied fell in love with the way grey was used on the walls for show. There were tones of grey throughout the collection but at the end of show, there was a standing ovation as Kareena Kapoor Khan walked the ramp for Manish Malhotra in a grey ensemble with tie-n-dye in shades of red wine and mirror work.

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The collection was curated for occasions where brides can experiment and have fun with their outfits, be it at the engagement, cocktail, sangeet or even to take along as part of their wedding trousseau. High on gloss, shimmer and mirror work, this season Manish Malhotra celebrates weddings and winter festivities in India with inspiration from the fashionable young woman who loves the glamour in the play of light and fabric.

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In line with the international trend of gloss, gleam and shine, the contemporary mirror work and textured shimmer in the collection doesn’t just dazzle, it reflects the euphoria and radiance of a woman on the brink of a dream come true. From the color palette to the embroidery, fabric and silhouette, the contemporary expression of style can be found in every detail. Colors of wine, burgundy, grey and silver in specially treated textured silks and velvet, or in flowy chiffon and soft nets, allow for transluscence and shimmer to flow into the effortless silhouettes adding that ultra-feminine touch.

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After the show Manish Malhotra, spoke about his collection for Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2014, “It was great working with Gloss as a muse. As always, Lakmé is back with a beauty trend that is sure to become a game changer in beauty and I am glad to be a part of this global phenomenon, especially as a part of the very first Lakmé Bridal Dream Team. My new collection marries the concept of high-gloss with contemporary mirror-work, bringing alive GLOSS in a form which every neo-bride is wanting to explore.”

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Manish Malhotra stores
Mumbai: Shivraj Heights, Corner of 14th Road & Linking Road, Next To Raj Kumar Jewellers, Khar West, Mumbai – 400052
New Delhi: H 5/1 Kalkadas Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi

Ensemble to preview Bridal Fashion Fete in Mumbai

Ensemble presents ‘Bridal Fashion Fete 2014′ at their flagship store at Lion’s Gate on Monday, 25th August, 2014.

This season Ensemble brings you the latest from the country’s leading designers Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta, Varun Bahl, Rohit Bal, JJ Valaya, Amit Aggarwal, Gauri Nainika, Pankaj & Nidhi, Studio Petticoat, Anand Kabra, Amrita Thakur and also Ensemble Design Studio. Ensemble’s in-house label, ‘The Ensemble Design Studio’  is made up of a group of talented designers who understand and project the unique Ensemble aesthetic with their contemporary designs.

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The highlights of the preview include

- Exploring traditional embroidery techniques with the ‘aari’ work sarees and ‘jhorokha’ lehengas.

- The jhorokha lehenga is inspired from Mughal era architecture. The lehenga has a special geometrical pattern created in organza, raw silk and net and the embroidery is embellished with sequins and zari.

- The aari saree collection is made by skilled aari workers using a traditional embroidery technique, highlighted with sequins and pearls. Created in the season’s trendiest colours, the fabrics include georgette and organza raw silk brocade.

- On display are long jackets with sharara pants and lehengas, outfits with floral motif embroideries, appliqués, gota patti and dori embroidery and concept sarees such as saree gowns and dhoti sarees.

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Widening their colour palette this season, Ensemble’s bridal pieces are available in rich blues, emerald and pastels, besides the traditional hues of reds, oranges and gold.

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Ethereal dreamy fabrics, delicate embroideries, beautiful hues, and floral motif detailing, the handwork on this season’s wedding collection is truly inspiring. Drop by Ensemble and make your bridal shopping experience special!

Monday, 25th August 2014, 11.00 am onward
Ensemble, Lion’s Gate: 022-2287 2882-130/ 132, Great Western Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Mumbai -23

Gurleen Puri designs ‘Dressing Room’ for Manish Malhotra Show, Lakmé Fashion Week Grand Finale

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Gurleen M Puri, one of India’s top events and wedding stylists, is all set to recreate the magical world of brides –a room of beauty, dreams and romance – on the ramp for Manish Malhotra’s bridal collection at the Lakmé Fashion Week Grand Finale. ‘The Dressing Room’ set is a perfect confluence of Manish’s style sensibilities and Gurleen’s creativity. Manish’s designs are known for the opulence and old world charm, with a twist of modernity and that is exactly what Gurleen has accentuated in the décor by bringing in European elements. Gurleen says, “It is all about the making of a bride. You feel the moment and not just see it. We have tried to capture the essence. We have used Victorian chandeliers, antique furniture. And we have flown in lots of European flowers right from hydrangeas to tulips and liliums. The timing is just perfect as the flowers are in full bloom in this season. There are blushing pinks and pristine whites. The delicateness, the beauty of the moment has to come out.”

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While the reflection in the idea is Manish, the softness, the volume, the larger-than- life implementation is Gurleen. A perfect combination, we say. Manish knew Gurleen was the only one who could take this to another level and Gurleen had an exact understanding of what Manish wanted.  But when two highly creative people come together, is the confluence easier?  She says, “It is like creating a perfect dream world for the bride. And it is possible only if you understand the bride and bring her reflection in the décor for everyone to see. Manish understands our style and we know what his expectations are from us and it is this understanding that bridges all the creative gaps. We have tried to make the idea lively and translate it into a reality. Hopefully, we have achieved it.”

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This is Manish Malhotra’s fourth finale at LFW. This season, the celebrated designer will be showcasing Lakmé Absolute’s bridal trousseau and a look inspired by Lakmé Absolute.

She concludes: “It is the interpretation of the bride of today- soft, beautiful, romantic, sensual, old world charm mixed with new world ideologies.” While we have been witness to all the Lakmé Grand Finale’s since its inception in 2000, this is one finale we’re truly excited about.

WeddingSutra hosts ‘Bridal Beginnings’ at Zoya’s new store in Mumbai

For over 14 years, WeddingSutra has been hosting wedding and bridal related events. Today, WeddingSutra on Location is the most talked about bridal event, and our Wedding Planners Networking Sessions are the go-to event for the industry’s biggest names. In keeping with our philosophy of putting together inspiring experiences for brides-to-be, WeddingSutra and Luxury Consultant Nisha JamVwal hosted ‘Bridal Beginnings’ in association with Zoya. The venue was Zoya’s new store in Linking Road, Khar and the evening saw brides-to-be view Zoya’s exquisite collection- international designs, traditional and fusion polki & kundan jewellery.

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WeddingSutra understands that when brides-to-be spend time with us, they are not just window shopping for things; they are looking for inspiring ideas and real world advice that they can actually use. And we work tirelessly to make each one of our events, an inspiring and fun affair. So for the evening at Zoya, WeddingSutra and Nisha JamVwal invited four professionals who are the best in the bridal and wedding business- Makeup Maestro Cory Walia, Events Stylist and Bridal Consultant Gurleen M Puri, Ace Fashion Designer Neeta Lulla and Khushi Singh of Percept Weddings.

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At our events, our intention is never to cram hundreds of vendors into one venue but invite a small group of brides-to-be to meet and interact one-on-one with a select group of wedding specialists. And while Jewelry was the centerpiece of this event, brides-to-be also got to spend time with and ask lots of questions to the four special invitees- Cory Walia, Gurleen, Neeta Lulla and Khushi Singh. They were equally delighted to interact with team WeddingSutra and Nisha JamVwal who spoke about the USP of Zoya- it is India’s finest jewelry brand and probably the only one that unveils a new Diamond Jewelry collection every season, where each piece is exquisitely crafted with the best diamonds and stones.

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One bride-to-be quipped: “This evening was just like my online experience with Weddingsutra- elegant and informative.” While informally chatting with all the brides-to-be, Neeta Lulla spoke about how the jewelry-ensemble combination is where her interaction typically starts with. Cory Walia shared lots of interesting anecdotes on getting brides ready- the fun and the last minute tensions.

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Gurleen whose company Gurleen M Puri has styled some of the most high profile weddings and social events, spoke about how weddings have always been occasions for women to wear and see the nicest jewelry and clothes. And how the new buzzword is not ‘wedding planning’ but styling one’s own event with the help of professionals like her who design weddings.

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The elegantly designed, keepsake-quality wedding photobooks by Canvera were a hit with everyone present. Candid Photographer Dev Purbiya commented how wedding photobooks are like Zoya jewelry- heirlooms. Nisha JamVwal quipped how the images and the evening have revived her wedding day memories, and how she is looking forward to redesign her own wedding album again.

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Zoya, 369 Linking Road, Khar (West), Mumbai

Photos Courtesy-  Dev Purbiya

This week in Mumbai- WE COUTURE Exhibition 2014

Dates: 21st and 22nd August, 2014
Where: World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai.
Timing: 11.00 am to 8.00 pm

Over the last 26 years the Ladies Wing of Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) has been putting up an annual exhibition- featuring apparel, fashion accessories, jewellery, stationery, silverware, home accessories, gift items and lifestyle products made by individual designers. And while many wedding and festive exhibitions are now taking place in Mumbai, this is one shopping extravaganza that is much awaited by the city’s swish set.

Aarti Sanghi, the President of the Ladies Wing of IMC tells us that what is special about the exhibition is their focus on promoting individual designers who do not retail at stores. “There is no point in inviting shoppers to an exhibition where you will see creations which are available at multi-designer stores or in luxury malls. The USP of our exhibition is that we promote individual designers who typically operate from home or a studio.” Sanghi tells us the exhibition is an excellent platform for creative entrepreneurs who are in the early stages of their venture, orwho are operating on a smaller scale. “Many of them have gone on to become big names in the fashion industry- so when shoppers come here, they look forward to meeting and buying creations by emerging talent.”

In addition to the budding entrepreneurs, this year IMC Ladies ‘Wing has a special corner for weavers from across India with exquisite arts and crafts stalls to promote creative artisans and weavers.

A post on women entrepreneurship on our blog will be incomplete without a mention on how women entrepreneurship and weddings go hand in hand. While we were talking with Aarti Sanghi and Malini Agarwalla, a member of the organizing committee of this exhibition, we discussed how the wedding industry provides so much opportunity to women entrepreneurs whose expertise lies in apparel or accessories design, packaging& gifting, sweet& chocolate making, and now even candid photography. “We would guess in every second residential building in South Mumbai, there a woman who is running a wedding-related business- like apparel, jewellery, gifting or packaging. The wedding industry works on the principle of personalized service and customizationand hence there are many opportunities for creative talent- who want to work from home, and customize their products & services based on their clients unique requirements.”

Some of the Participants this year

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Art Apparel & Accessories by Camelia Dalal & Shelina Kukkar 

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Love Actually- Apurva Nemlekar and Rohan Deshpande’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.

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They say opposites attract. One look at the chemistry Apurva Nemlekar and Rohan Deshpande share and it is clear that the old adage stands true. Apurva is an actress and has acted in two popular Marathi daily soaps- Abhaas ha on Zee Marathi and Aradhana on Star Pravah as a lead protagonist. She has also acted in a few Hindi and Marathi feature films. Rohan is a builder and both of them happened to meet way back in 2006, through a common friend. Apurva was 18 years old then and Rohan was 21. “We completed seven years of togetherness in 2013 so we thought it was time to get engaged” says Apurva.

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It was love at first sight, says Apurva as she shares details on how they got together. “I had to hand over a phone to a friend and Rohan, my friend’s friend was there. As luck would have it, I left my wallet in Rohan’s car, so I had to meet him again the same evening to collect it.” From then on started their friendship. “After every chat we realized we like each other and understand each other and our bond strengthened over the years”, says Rohan. “He still jokes that I left my wallet behind on purpose but that’s not true,” laughs Apurva.

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Talking about their pre-wedding photo shoot with WeddingSutra at ITC Grand Central, Mumbai Apurva says that it took a lot of effort to convince Rohan. “He’s extremely camera shy while I’m the opposite. Usually he’s the one clicking my pictures and I keep joking that he’s my photographer for a lifetime!” Adds Rohan: “On the morning of the shoot I think she was a little apprehensive that I will change my mind. And while I had my reservations initially, I’m glad she convinced me for this– it was a fun experience. And Photographer Parag Gopale who clicked our moments, really made us feel special, and in the end both of us enjoyed ourselves equally.”

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The couple got engaged in December 2013 and they are excited about their wedding celebrations in December 2014. Says Apurva: “I like to believe December is the month of love, so we have planned our wedding that month”, she says. Talking about the significance of engagement rings and wedding bands, Apurva says a noble and precious metal like platinum is a great choice for couples to express their love and make their promise. “And wedding rings exude a rare beauty. Even if you wear less jewellery and just wear Platinum Love Bands they make you glow,” she says.

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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
Makeup & Hair- Dessange Salon & Spa, Bandra
Location- ITC Grand Central, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Photographs by- Parag Gopale

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With WeddingSutra on Location- Kirti Nandwani

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Ensemble in Bandra (West), 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 the four-part series, bride-to-be Kirti Nandwani blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Ensemble.

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“Modern Indian Wedding Inspiration is just one click away. WeddingSutra is ultimately the most resourceful Indian wedding website. I’ve browsed through all the sections which have been equally helpful but the one that caught my attention the most was ‘WeddingSutra on Location.’ The concept behind it is amazing- to gives brides-to-be an experience of what it is like being dolled up with belle attire, makeup and jewellery. Since I live in Hong Kong, I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss being part of the experience while I was in Mumbai for my shopping. So I was in touch with Anshu of WeddingSutra.com since April and when I got an invite I was thrilled that it all worked out.

Ensemble was the venue, very well located in Bandra. The store is spacious and carries a variety of bridal outfits of popular designers as well as their very own Ensemble line. Keeping in mind my petite figure, the team suggested a lehenga that wouldn’t drown me. It was a creation by Ensemble Design Studio, embroidered with floral motifs. Picking this red lehenga was the perfect choice, it fell onto me just right. The thread work was intricate, yet modern and lightweight.

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To enhance the outfit, Ojas, ‘the queen of makeup’ did wonders. Magic is an understatement. Every stroke of the makeup brush was like painting a beautiful portrait. She passed along some friendly beauty tips and casual chats to make me feel comfortable. Her hairstyling was amazing too, making me feel like a bridal diva.

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The final touch – Jewellery. We kept it delicate to complete the modern look. I skipped the necklace and only wore a medium size maang tikka and earrings by Azva. The look accentuated on the principle of ‘Less is more.’

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I am no model but Ashwin and Jhalak of Shades Photography encouraged me to feel relaxed and be myself, and in a few minutes I was oblivious of my surrounding and was having a good time.

Every step of the way was a fun learning experience, from picking my outfit to being beautified to getting clicked. At some point of the makeover, looking at the mirror, I blushed and smiled. Am I dreaming? At the end, I couldn’t help but feel like a ‘showstopper’ and a bride at the same time. All in all, it was the best exposure to prepare myself for my very own wedding day. Thank you WeddingSutra!”

Kirti’s Look
Kirti is a simple, easy-going person, and Ojas wanted to bring out the very feminine, Bollywood Diva in her. She began with the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse to create a dewy base on the face and eyelids. She then added on false eyelashes and curled the lashes. Ojas chose very soft tones of brown for Kirti’s eyes. She used the Lakmé Absolute Eye Cromatic Baked Shadows in Day Shimmer on the upper and lower eyelids, then added on a lot of glitter and deftly blended it in an outward, upward manner to create a winged look. She then applied coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Mascara Dramatic Eyes. For the lips, Kirti wore the Lakmé Absolute Crème lip colour in Red Carpet to complement her lehenga. Ojas used a lot of hair extensions to give volume and bounce to Kirti’s hair and finished the look with a beautiful jhumka-style maang tikka by Azva.

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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).

Kirti@WeddingSutra on Location
Outfit– Ensemble Design Studio
Jewellery- Azva (available at Gehna Jewellers)
Hair & Makeup- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by- Shades Photography

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