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8 Tips for Emerging Wedding Photographers

Today, an increasing number of young men and women are opting for Wedding Photography, as a full-time career. WeddingSutra has seen the rise in popularity of wedding photography, and a huge change in perception of photography as a career, and the value accorded to it by wedding clients. Here we share some tips and advice for those wanting to make a long-term career in wedding photography.

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Tip 1- Relationships, Relationships, Relationships
While your talent and passion for photography and interest in photographing people (and earn money of course) motivate you to seek more assignments, remember to build trust and maintain cordiality- not just with your clients and their families, but also with select guests, and other photographers or wedding professionals at work.

Tip 2- Skill Building
If you have started out as a hobbyist, you will need to hone your craft very quickly before clients figure out your shortcomings. Weddings in India are not easy to shoot since most are held indoors at night in the worst lighting conditions. Add to that the pressure of getting good photos of special moment while staying out of the way. It can be really nerve-wracking. It makes it all the more essential that your techniques are top-notch.

Many local established photographers offer one-on-one mentoring as well as group workshops. Take advantage of that to advance your learning. And if you are trained in photography, know your creative style and can afford it, attend a wedding photography workshop with one of the top names like Jose Villa, Jerry Ghionis and Ben Chrisman.

Tip 3- Engage with the Leaders
If there is a Photographer whose work you admire, try to establish contact and stay in touch with him. Don’t make the mistake of asking too many questions, or putting forth questions like ‘how can I get more clients’ or ‘what should I do to charge more’. Senior Photographers are usually happy to appreciate or critique your work and not go into the hows of getting more business. If you don’t get a reply soon, don’t be disheartened, send in a gentle reminder a week or two later.

Tip 4- Fish where the Fish are
Getting your photos published in general lifestyle blogs and or getting yourself listed on platforms which just list businesses might not be as effective as getting your best work published in select few platforms that are viewed by top wedding professionals, and discerning brides and grooms-to-be. One of them is WeddingSutra of course (click here find out how you can contribute regularly to us). And Photography resources that are popular with to-be-weds like the Canvera Wedding Photographers Directory.

Tip 5- How to Submit your Work
Whether you are sharing your work with bridal websites or with a client, remember to write a short introduction with information on where you are based, where the photos were shot (name of venue + city) and mention why you are sharing it with the recipient. Avoid heavy attachments but don’t send poor resolution photos either. And if you are sharing as a link, make sure it is viewable by all and not password protected.

Tip 6- Social Media Effectiveness
Social media will be your most potent marketing tool besides word of mouth of course. It serves as an inexpensive (and effective!) way for businesses to promote brand awareness and engage with existing as well as potential clients. Remember to thank your clients in case they share your work which could be their happy announcements or beautiful wedding memories. In case someone has shared your photo without photo credits you can always privately message requesting them to tag your page. 99% chances, they will, as soon as they can.

Tip 7- Photographer and Wedding Fraternity
Even if your work is infinitely better than another, don’t trash your competitors. If someone asks you what the difference is between your work and theirs, focus on telling them what you do exceptionally well, instead of focusing on what the other professional does poorly. At WeddingSutra, we believe competition is a good thing, and your competitors are a reason to offer the best service you possibly can. Don’t pick a fight with other photographers on social media. Ditto with other wedding industry professionals. Don’t talk about how some other wedding professional (makeup artist, decorator or the wedding planner) behaved at work while you were shooting a wedding.

Tip 8- Understanding Clients
Most potential clients are getting married for the first time– so chances are most will have no or little idea on what wedding photographers or other wedding specialists charge. There are genuine customers who may like and appreciate your work, and there are those who might shop around. Some might place a premium on the value and importance of well-designed albums with priceless memories, while some may take decisions based on price. There is little you can do, to change everyone’s perception on value and price. What you can do, is communicate effectively, follow-up gently or politely decline, in case you feel the assignment or their budget doesn’t work for you. It’s always better to say ‘No’ earlier and earn in the long-run, than take on something where there is a big disconnect between client expectations and delivery.

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Thailand Hotspots: Kalki Koechlin celebrates her birthday at honeymoon paradise Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood

Kalki Koechlin was seen shooting for a travel magazine at Soneva Kiri, a very exclusive and luxurious resort in eastern Thailand, offering just twenty-four large resort villas and eleven private residences – all built of sustainable local materials, with stunning infinity pools, impossibly chic furnishings, personal electric buggies and impeccable service.

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While at the resort, Kalki undertook several of Sonva Kiri’s signature barefoot luxe, romantic experiences such as living in a beach-front pool villa suite, lounging about the infinity- edged swimming pool attached to her suite, tripod dining high above the rainforest and dancing waves (the waiter brings in the order via zipline), watching romantic movies at the open-air theatre ‘Cinema Paradiso’ and stargazing at The Observatory with its state-of-the-art.

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She also dug into authentic Thai gourmet cuisine at farm-to-table eatery The Benz. The resort has star quotient of its own: It was started and is owned by by Sonu Shivdasani and his wife Eva Malmstrom Shivdasani. Their goal was to bring to life a dreamy eco-paradise that focused on all things organic, inspiring and fun.

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And the resort made sure Kalki had a truly special birthday. Creating one-in-a-million memories is daily business for the staff that bring Soneva Kiri’s dreamy thrills to life apparently, and executive chef, Kevin Fawkes, made it his personal duty to ensure she had a memorable birthday. He and his team whipped up a scrumptious culinary extravaganza fit for a princess (but organic nonetheless!) and paired it with delectable selection of wines.

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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

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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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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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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

The Wedding Makers
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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Rishika Lakme collage

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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