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Wedding Inspiration of the Week: Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, Kota Kinabalu

Set amidst a nature reserve, on Pantai Dalit Beach the resort enchants endlessly with its natural magic, and is a picture perfect locale for those seeking a nature-inspired Destination Wedding. The 326 guestrooms of the Garden Wing encourage a sense of tranquility and the new Ocean Wing offers the choicest hospitality experience for discerning travelers who desire privacy and the finest in luxury living. Set amidst acres of tropical gardens, the new swimming pool and its surroundings are designed to evoke an exclusive retreat for guests to revel in.

Our editors have put together a Mood Board for a distinctively elegant wedding at the Shangri-La featuring gorgeous views of the hotel and the ballroom, Tarun Tahiliani ensemble, exquisite jewellery from Tanishq, and set-ups from real weddings at Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort.


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The House of Things- A new exciting store for your home shopping

The House of Things is a new ecommerce site that functions as a curated marketplace for those seeking design objects which are beautiful, rare and inspired. From fine furniture, resplendent paintings to exceptional curios, precious jewels, sculptures, antiquities, rugs, and accessories – each of their objects has remarkable workmanship and soul.

Founded by design and digital experts Astha Khetan and Sabina Chopra, The House of Things values the increasingly rare notion ofindividuality and was created to cultivate an appreciation for these things and facilitate their access. Their curatorial team of experts meticulously puts together a personal selection of poetic objects, sourced from travels across the globe and serendipitous findings.

Apart from a selection of in-house products, the site is collaborative and appoints well known design experts, each of whom acts as a curator, showcasing their own unique selections. With carefully considered content, the site shares stories and anecdotes of particular pieces, recognizing the importance of history and process. Visitors can also opt to engage a Concierge service to help them personalize their shopping experience.

Here’s a sneak peek into their exquisite collection:

Guilded Metal Candlestand

A medley of traditional design with gilded detailing and white metal; this wooden candlestick embodies vintage charm and whimsy, which are hallmarks of objects from Mayur Arts.

Gilded Metal Candlestand

Carved Wooden Angels

Handcrafted in wood and painted in polychrome, these angels are recollective of a presence that has existed since mystical lore. Acknowledged by almost all religions, their magical presence has been beautifully crafted into a visible and visually appealing, contemplative piece of art.

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Chevron Credenza

Implementing a geometric chevron pattern, this striking wooden credenza is made out of reclaimed teak, employing a natural wax finish. Handcrafted with hammered copper details, it cases three compartments, and bears tapering legs in a striped wooden pattern.

Chevron Credenza

Kings dining chair

This set of chairs is crafted in copper clad reclaimed teak and finished with a natural wax glaze; its slender lines are accented with delicate engravings on hammered copper and a brushing of gold paint. The luxurious upholstery is woven in heavy patterned silk.

Kings Dining Chair

Banaras dinnerware

The Banaras collection is dedicated to the master weavers of the holy city. The butti patterns are inspired by brocade motifs; 24k gold highlights enhance the vibrant turquoise and jade hues. The 26-piece set includes dinner and side plates, platters, bowls and matching napkin rings.

Banaras Dinnerware

Handpainted Spanish Vase

This vintage porcelain vase was originally crafted in Spain. In the traditional blue and white colour scheme are intricately handpainted scenes of battle, featuring horses and humans fighting valiantly, reminiscent of Spanish folklore.

Hand Painted Spanish Vase

Krishna Urn

The Krishna Urn is a a beautiful artwork that is done in the classic religious art style of the artist. The humble Indian “bharany” has been worked on by the artist using oils with 24 carat gold leaf detailing and transforming it to a masterpiece.

Krishna Urn

Kudu Lamp

This African Kudu lamp in stainless steel is inspired from the horns of the antelope and is cleverly mounted on a steel base. You can light up any space with this primitive and contemporary conversation starter.

Kudu Lamp

To view more unique pieces from their collection, visit:

W: www.thehouseofthings.com
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Celebrities Choose Platinum for their Engagement Rings

From modest bling to enormous rocks, celebrities typically select a platinum setting for their engagement rings. “A platinum setting enhances the sparkle of any stone and holds it more securely,” says jewelry expert Michael O’Connor. Platinum, a naturally white metal, will never fade or change color. Platinum prongs offer better protection which is why your exquisite diamonds or colored gemstones need to be set in Platinum.

Here’s a look at some celebrity engagement rings set in Platinum and similar styles available to fit a variety of budgets.

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To view the Platinum rings of other celebrity brides, click on the links below.

Lady Gaga’s  10-carat heart shaped diamond solitaire set on a delicate micro-pave Platinum.

Kelly Clarkson’s radiant-cut yellow diamond surrounded by white diamonds and set in Platinum.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s Platinum wedding bands.

Drew Barrymore’s 4-carat radiant-cut diamond set on a Platinum band studded with smaller diamonds.

Sanya and Ashfaq’s Serendipitous Story- a Wedding Film by Romesh Dhamija

The Universe conspired to bring Sanya Farook from Goa into the life of London-based Ashfaq Shaikh when it brought together his brother and her cousin on a Hajj pilgrimage. The men casually shared notes about their siblings-of-marriageable-age, and soon enough the families had been alerted, and the rest is… well, destiny.

Sanya and Ashfaq’s serendipitous story is simply told through the voices of her family and the couple themselves in their wedding film. Sanya recalls the unexpected beep of Ashfaq’s first text message on her cellphone, which grew into endless chats that unfailingly brought a smile to Ashfaq’s face each time. These chats led them to meet and decide that they want to spend the rest of their lives together.

Director Romesh Dhamija captures the couple’s chemistry beautifully in simple visuals on pristine Goan sands and brings alive the romance and sacredness of their Nikah ceremony using soulful sufi strains and the priest’s Quran recitation. Summing up the film is a montage of the revelry that followed — a colourful Goa-style sundown party, the Sangeet ceremony and Reception — which ends with the couple setting out on their new adventure together. Watch the film here.

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Video courtesy- Romesh Dhamija Productions {Photo & Films}

Platinum Jewelry rules the Red Carpet at the 87th Annual Academy Awards

Hollywood’s biggest movie stars walked the red carpet wearing platinum jewelry at the 87th Annual Academy Awards and related parties that evening. From the statement necklace as seen on Zoe Saldana, to Jennifer Lopez’s drop earrings, A-list celebrities chose to showcase their jewels in naturally white platinum settings that truly enhance the brilliance of diamonds and colored gemstones.

Jennifer Lopez in Platinum by Neil Lane

-Platinum and diamond drop earrings (20 carats)
-Platinum and diamond rings
*Total value $2.5 million dollars

Emma Stone in Platinum by Tiffany & Co.

-Platinum and emerald cut diamond stud earrings (retail: $112,000)
-Platinum and round diamond ring (retail: $110,000)

Reese Witherspoon in Platinum by Tiffany & Co.

-Platinum cluster earrings with pear shape and marquee diamonds
-Platinum bracelet with pear shape, baguette, and round diamonds
-Platinum ring with fancy intense blue diamond and white diamonds
*Total over $3 million dollars

Cate Blanchett in Platinum by Tiffany & Co.

Cate Blanchett
-Platinum necklace with turquoise, aquamarine, and diamonds

Nicole Kidman in Platinum by Harry Winston

Nicole Kidman
-Platinum and emerald cut diamond ear studs (7.11 carats)
-Platinum and diamond bracelet (82.14 carats)
-Platinum and emerald cut diamond solitaire ring (16.5 carats)
-Platinum and bezel set diamond ring (5.36 carats)

Zoe Saldana in Platinum by Neil Lane

-Platinum and diamond necklace (100 carats valued at $1 million dollars)
-Platinum and diamond stud earrings
-Platinum and diamond rings

Sofia Vergara in Platinum by Neil Lane

-Platinum and diamond bracelet
-Platinum and pear shaped diamond chandelier earrings
-Platinum and diamond ring
*Total $1.5 million dollars worth of platinum and diamond jewelry to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Gina Rodriguez in Platinum by Neil Lane

-Art Deco platinum and diamond drop earrings
-Platinum and diamond straight-line bracelet
-Platinum bracelet with diamonds and black onyx
-Platinum rings with diamonds and black onyx

Lehenga Spotting at Lakmé Fashion Week – Part 1

From luxurious indulgence to quirky and dramatic, we spotted a range of lehengas at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 that will interest brides-to-be’s. In the part 1 of the series, we bring you the best from the first few days of the Show.

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Creations by Manish Malhotra

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Creations by SVA – Sonam & Paras Modi



Creations by Anushree Reddy

SVerma 1

SVerma 2
Creations by Suneet Verma

Creations by Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 – Raghuvendra Rathore’s elegant collection

Jodhpur born designer, Raghavendra Rathore returned to Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 by unveiling his lastest collection presented in 3 capsules, a first of its kind where a high-end bespoke line was presented on the same platform as a ready to wear line. Setting the tone for the presentation was the launch of a new Ready-to-Wear line – ‘The Imperial India Company’ (IIC), followed by an introduction to the Raghavendra Rathore Foundation to celebrate the textile day and lastly – a bespoke collection by the parent brand ‘Raghavendra Rathore’ was showcased.

The “Imperial India Company” is the ready-to-wear designer diffusion label, by Raghavendra, which was inspired by the Raj and featured Indo-Western styling.


“Raghavendra Rathore Foundation” which is a celebration of hope was not only a line for a humanitarian initiative aimed to give the disadvantaged support, but also provide a stable livelihood and promote rural handicraft.

Finally the ‘Raghavendra Rathore’ bespoke custom clothing menswear collection takes inspiration from the royal lineage of the brand and offers inspiring options for grooms-to-be. Jodhpuri bandgalas and breeches along with black printed kurta, brocade Sherwani and shimmering Jodhpur coat made a striking appearance on the catwalk. Wide dhoti salwars, black and gold angarkha, and off-white kurta with black dhoti, revealed the bespoke/customer clothing menswear label that Raghavendra is known for.




Ritesh Deshmukh was the showstopper in a brocade Nehru jacket, black kurta and white churidars.


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Lakmé Absolute Bridal Beauty Trends – Luxe Lashes


Luxe lashes are always in style. The key to get bold lashes is to prep your lashes with a curler to add volume before working the magic with your mascara wand.

Makeup Artist Amrita Sanghavi demonstrated how to add drama to eye lashes on Bride-to-be Kinnari Shah at WeddingSutra on Location. Amrita used strong luxe eye lash extensions and curled them to perfection. She then defined Kinnari’s lower lash line with Lakmé Absolute Gel Addict Eyeliner in Metallic Bronze. Finally she applied multiple coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes Mascara for an open-eyed look. The long-term curl formula of the Flutter Secrets mascara has a quick Lash Multiplying and Volumising effect.




Photo courtesy- Shades Photography


Runit and Arpit’s Long Distance Wedding- held in Mumbai


Runit and Arpit are both from Mumbai and they have been living in the United States since around ten years. The New York based couple met through a common friend. Says Runit: “We met over a casual dinner, kept in touch and quickly became friends. Nothing really happened until a few months later when we both ended up living in the same apartment complex and that is where our relationship slowly grew as we got to spend more time with each other.” Read more on Love Actually.

Here, Runit writes about how they planned their Mumbai wedding while leading their hectic work and study lives (Arpit is a business consultant and Runit is pursuing her MBA) in the US.

Runit 1
Photos courtesy- Ryan Martis

Wedding Planning
We both were clear we didn’t want a very big or elaborate wedding and most importantly it had to happen in Mumbai itself. Given our light-hearted personalities, we wanted the events to reflect a certain playfulness and not be bogged down by too many rituals. Since we had a large number friends and family visiting us from America, we wanted to keep things short and smooth and fix the date and schedule in advance so guests could make travel arrangements accordingly. We eventually decided on a 2 day wedding with four functions – Mehendi, Sangeet, Wedding, and Reception. As soon as the engagement was finalized, we set our wonderful parents up to the task of finalising venues and dates. Based on a rough estimation of number of guests and event type and based on our research on the web, we settled on JK Banquets for the Mehendi and Sangeet and ITC Grand Central for the Wedding and Reception.

Runit 2

The Wedding Makers
This was definitely one of the hardest things we had to figure out- living far away made the process hard as we couldn’t meet and speak with vendors in person. As a start, we left the decor and catering to the venues since they were experts in handling wedding parties.

We spent maximum time trying to find the right wedding planner (or event executor) to help us with logistics, photographer/ videographer as well as mehndi and makeup artists. I strongly relied weddingsutra.com to look up the portfolios of different vendors and dress designers and the Canvera Photographers Directory  for candid photographers. I also took a lot of feedback/ advice from friends on vendors and their price points. After that I kept in touch with several vendors over phone/ whatsapp to know more about their offering and services. The time difference made it hard, but finally instead of getting all confused on who to work with, I decided to work with those who had at least one good testimonial from a close friend or family member.

Canvera Directory

Eventually we settled on and were very happy with:
Bhushan More & Reema Darira (ASE Events) for wedding planning services
Fiona Varela (Makeup Artist)
Meera Mehta (Makeup Artist)
Komal Patel (Mehndi Artist)

Long Distance Coordination
It is certainly no easy task to coordinate a wedding from afar. I had to send messages and make phone calls to the venues and vendors every two months to ensure our bookings and requests were being handled etc. We relied heavily on our parents to check the progress of logistics up until the last week! Because of our tight work and school schedules, Arpit and I could reach Mumbai just one week before our wedding so we had to make sure everything was ready even before we landed in India. For most part everyone was quite responsive, especially over chat and messaging so it was not bad keeping tabs on the progress. Once we landed, we did a mock run-through of the wedding with our wedding planner, decorator, and panditji in the venue itself so that we knew what to expect- I would highly recommend this!

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Advice for couples getting married in India
Start early!!! As soon as your engagement is final, work on securing good venues – a good venue comes with a high quality of service, catering, decor etc. Request your family in India to make these initial calls and reservations. As far as wedding makers (event planners, photographer/ videographer, makeup/ mehendi artist) go, look for a personality fit over a fancy name. At the end of the day, these people need to be on the same page as you while helping with creative ideas so if they are too independent or if they don’t give you enough time it could leave you stressed.

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For our new blog post series, ‘Long Distance Wedding’ we’re featuring couples living abroad who planned a wedding in their hometown in India. We want to hear your story, how you shortlisted venues and your experience with the wedding planner (if you hired one) and other vendors. Write to us at editor@weddingsutra.com with your wedding photo and required details (below), and we’ll get in touch if you’re selected to be featured.

Name of Bride and Groom
Where you’re based or where you were based when planning the Wedding
Where (venue + city) you got married and when (date)


Rooms with a View: Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives

Set on one of the biggest islands in the Maldives, Shangri-La  Villingili Resort & Spa is a resort on a grand scale with 132 villas and a wealth of facilities from spa to tennis and kayaking. Set amidst sensational sandy beaches, surrounded by coral reef and lush tropical foliage, the resort offers a range of accommodations from private ocean villas built on stilts above the marine filled turquoise colored  sea to tropical tree houses nestled amidst the banyan trees furnished with an Indian infused Middle Eastern décor.

For a romantic escape, we would highly recommend the Villa Muthee, the only one of its kind at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa. Muthee, which means ‘pearl’ in the local Dhivehi language, is a villa for those craving sanctuary from the fast-paced world in an ambiance that offers stunning vistas and absolutely everything necessary for a perfect getaway. From the choicest of décor to the stunning seascapes that surround it, Villa Muthee promises a truly sensational experience.



Shangri La


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