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Real Brides pick their favourites at Lakmé Fashion Week

WeddingSutra and Lakmé announced a competition for WeddingSutra fans last month, 3 Brides-to-be could win an invite for the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass at the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW)! The 3 winners, Ushma, Tanzila and Khushboo earlier blogged about their experience at the Masterclass, in the second-part they blog about the bridal collections at Lakmé Fashion Week, and what they loved most!

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Ushma Bhojani
The highlight of the Lakmé Fashion Week experience for me was a personal guided tour with the WeddingSutra team after the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass. We had an opportunity to check out the gorgeous bridal creations at the designer stalls and interact with some of the designers. One creation that caught my attention was a long, flowing turquoise anarkali suit with gold embroidery by Harshita Chatterjee Deshpande. Another outfit I fell in love with was a coral pink sari gown with champagne pitta work by designer Sonaakshi Raaj. It had a beautiful sheer neckline, and a sheer back with a hint of delicate champagne pitta detailing. It was a beautiful fusion of east meets west.

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All in all, it was aninspiring experience. Thank you WeddingSutra and Lakmé for giving me a chance to be a part of this wonderful beauty and fashion show.

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Tanzila Potia:
I was left so inspired by the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass that I mentally began to make prep notes to myself, when the WeddingSutra team said that they would accompany me to the designer stalls to check out the bridalwear collection at Lakmé Fashion Week. As we carefully sifted through the various designs, I spotted an unusual piece in Shehla Khan’s collection. I loved the play of contrasts in the gourd and pale peachy-pink lehenga with sequins and cutdana work in champagne gold.

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Another designer whose collection I really liked at the LFW Gallery was of Delhi-based designer duo Armaan Aiman. While they design both Western and Indian wear, it is their traditional anarkalis and A-line kurtas that are most impressive. The use of bright happy colour and classy gold embroidery gives their collection a classic and timeless feel, making their clothes suitable for every occasion. One bridal outfit that caught my attention was from their winter/ festive collection 2014. It was a red anarkali suit with gold, applique handiwork. Though it was heavily embroidered it looked very elegant and wearable too. It seemed perfect for a pre-wedding function. The most appealing thing about their collection was the minute detailing and meticulousness in the craftsmanship of every single piece. They were extremely warm and willing to customize their design to suit a bride’s personality and preference.

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The whole experience of attending the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass has been absolutely great and very informative. I am now clear about the different looks that I want for each of my wedding functions. I feel confident and better prepared for my big day, having checked out the latest trends that were showcased at this makeup and fashion extravaganza.

Khushboo Gala:
After the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass the WeddingSutra team accompanied us to the LFW designer stalls to view the bridal collections showcased on the ramp. I tried on a gorgeously versatile shatter-sequinned outfit by Astha Narang which I felt was perfect for the cocktail function. It was stylish yet subtle, and could be accessorised to suit multiple occasions. Astha’s collection looked heavy at first glance with its intricate work and rich fabrics, but after I held it I realised it didn’t weigh much. The designer has kept in mind the flexibility that a bride would need to dance and enjoy her big day without feeling like she is carrying a big weight on her shoulder. I felt her collection was perfect for a sangeet or cocktail.

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Another designer whose creation I really liked was Arpita Mehta’s. I fell in love with her play of colour. She has used unusual hues and mirror work. I chose a lime green choli and palazzo pants with a net jacket in thread pearl and mirror embroidery– a perfect outfit for the haldi or mehendi.

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This entire experience at LFW has given me the much-needed clarity to help me with trousseau shopping. And I now have a clearer idea of who to visit and what to look for.

Photos Courtesy- Amit Barot Photography

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The Arabian Tale- Karishma and Satpreet

by Mili Ghosh

Wedding photographer extraordinaire Milli Ghosh shares the beautifully captured memories of the last wedding of the season she photographed in Dubai.

Karishma and Satpreet’s wedding in Dubai was a blast before we wrapped up the last wedding season. The events were planned by my favorite wedding planner Rimjhim Bhagchandani and coordinated to perfection with every little detail thought of and executed. I started discussing the shoot plan with Karishma months before the wedding and we carved out time for a sunset shoot in the dunes- something that puts all the events and festivities in perspective.

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The festivities started with a very intimate yet vibrant Mehndi at Karishma’s villa where close friends and family mingled and danced into the wee hours. The second event was the masquerade theme Sangeet at the Majlis Al Mina in Mina A’Salam hotel. A huge masquerade backdrop with ethnic decor set the stage for performances by friends and family followed by a dance floor oozing energy and fun. Again, Rimjhim aunty perfected the ambiance.

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The Wedding started off with Satpreet’s baraat at Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah with Karishma arriving in an abra (traditional Arabic boat) from her room to the mandap. Perfect co-ordination of Karishma’s outfit with the decor, which had a mix of white and mustard. 1000 balloons were released as Karishma got off the abra. A beautiful twilight wedding ceremony followed Karishma’s arrival.

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The Reception was held the day after at the grand Johara ballroom and had a Gatsby theme. Vintage typewriter for guests to type in their wishes to the newly weds, a huge Gatsby backdrop for the photo-booth, and a stage elegantly displaying Karishma and Satpreet’s wedding logo. DJ Sash kept the guests dancing to some groovy numbers and remix songs.

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After four days of hectic fun, I am not sure how Karishma and Satpreet found the energy to meet us at the Bab Al Sham’s resort for a twilight photo-shoot in the dunes. The resort lent a very oasis-like feel and it was fun shooting in the narrow alleys and sunlit terraces. I could not wait to shoot Karishma’s reception outfit against the neutral colors of the sand dunes. The lighting was perfect, and we clicked away as the sun set in the distant horizon.

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Event Planning: Rimjhim Bhagchandni
Hair & Make up: Preeti Chotai
Bridal Couture: Rabani & Rakha

Photography & Cinematography- Mili Ghosh (Memories In Motion)

Ferns N Petals hosts the third Wedding Fraternity Meet in Delhi

When WeddingSutra launched in the year 2000, it look us a lot of effort to get in touch with the country’s foremost wedding and bridal fashion specialists. The reasons were three- there was no WeddingSutra then so how could we read about who is doing what, most of the top wedding professionals had a very limited or no online presence. And while weddings are much talked about in India, it is a well-known fact that this is the least documented industry too, with no official surveys or studies on the size or spends. While the industry continues to be fairly unorganized, the recent trend of destination weddings, and initiatives started by select companies including WeddingSutra have brought wedding professionals from different places together. One such initiative is by Delhi-based Ferns N Petals who organised the first Wedding Fraternity Meet (WFM) in 2012. The third meet was held in Delhi on Friday, 12th September and like the earlier meets it witnessed the presence of over 500 professionals from different wedding genres- wedding planners, designers, artists, caterers, photographers, floral experts, luxury car-rental services, hoteliers etc.

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In the gala evening, His Highness Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar unveiled Soulebrations- a coffee table book put together by Ferns N Petals on wedding designs in India. Vikaas Gutgutia, MD, Ferns N Petals who founded the company 20 years ago said: “Weddings are now a large and relevant part of the events and experiential industry. A platform like WFM allows collaboration amongst partners, who can together share their strengths to make the industry more organised.”

The evening also witnessed interactive sessions with Industry veterans like Designer JJ Valaya, Floral Designer Araik Galstyan, Entertainment Expert Nitin Arora, Set Designer Sumant Jayakrishnan and Michel Koopman, General Manager, The Leela.

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WFM also felicitated three industry stalwarts- Culinary Expert GS Kalra, Wedding Planner Mrs Harkirat Chaudhry and Florist Radhey Shyam for their incomparable contribution to the Indian wedding industry.

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About Ferns N Petals (FNP): Having pioneered the concept of social expression (Flowers and Bouquets) in the country, FNP today and has become a name synonymous with love, emotions and celebrations. Started with a single store in 1994 in Delhi, by Vikaas Gutgutia, the brand today boasts of 187 outlets in 72 cities nationwide and delivers across 155 countries worldwide.  Ferns N Petals Group encompasses FNP Retail & Franchising, FNP E-commerce, FNP Weddings & Events, Floral Touch, FNP Select, The Flagship Store, WDH (Wedding Design Hub), FNP Gardens, FNP Floral Design School and BAQAA FNP.

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Want Great Bridal Photos? Photographer Dev Purbiya shares some Simple Tips

Today, many Brides are as excited about photos of their Bridal Moments, as much as their Wedding Moments. ZEMA Fine- Jewellery, the bridal jewellery studio run by Reshma and Karan Morani recently organised a workshop for brides-to-be where they invited ace Wedding Photographer Dev Purbiya to speak on Candid Photography. Here, he blogs about his interaction with the brides, and shares his tips with WeddingSutra readers on how to get it right.

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Photobooks by Canvera and ZEMA Jewellery

“When I entered the the ZEMA studio in Khar (West) it was nice to have an audience of 10 brides-to-be. After a quick chat with them I realised most of them have been searching for lehengas and makeup artists since sometime and they are now beginning their search for a candid photographer. Some were looking for a photographer who offers the complete ‘wedding photography package’  (candid and traditional photography + films) while some were clear that they wanted a candid photographer only. Here are some tips I shared on how to work with their wedding photographer.

1. Give your Photographer time
After you have done your research on photographers (WeddingSutra makes it fairly easy) and you have chosen the one who fits your requirement, spend a little time with him/ her to discuss the function details. If you and the photographer are based in different cities, and you don’t have time to meet beforehand, make sure you have a skype call so you can discuss the shoot plan.

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2. Candid Moments
Do not presume some events may not be important for capturing moments. Sometimes smaller functions with 10 guests turn out to be more fun than events with 1000 people.

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3. Photography and Direction
On the wedding day, the bride should not try to manage the photography team. If she is very keen on wanting some photos, she should leave the check-list with her cousins or best friends.

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4. Makeup Artist
Simple rule of thumb- choose and work with a Makeup Artist you are comfortable with (and now WeddingSutra’s Bridal Makeup Gallery showcases the work of 100′s of Makeup Artists).

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5. Bridal Moments
a. Getting Ready – Getting ready is a fun event to shoot. If you are getting ready in a salon, check with them if they allow shoots, and if your photographer is a male, don’t forget to ask them if male photographers are permitted there.

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b. If you’d like jewellery/lehenga/shoes to be shot separately, call the photographer a little earlier

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c. Family and Friends – Family and friends are the main reason you get married. So make sure you have a fun picture with them. Try asking your photographer about the way they imagine it.

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d. Couple Shoot – Try your best to take time for an outdoor shoot with your to-be-groom.

e. Bridal Portraits- Give at least 15 minutes time to your photographer.

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6. Have fun
I have seen some brides who are so busy in planning the perfection of the wedding, that they tend to miss out having fun themselves. Keep planning till the day before the wedding, but on the big day, have as much fun as possible.

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Ask your photographer and wedding planner to add some fun elements in the wedding, so guests can enjoy more. A photo booth is a good example of such a fun element.

7. Wedding Photobook
After the excitement of the wedding is over, what stays with you always is your wedding album or book. In fact, a wedding photobook should be nurtured and treated like your most precious jewels. And just like you trust your jeweler, trust your photographer to create the most beautiful images and spend a little time with him to design your photobook. Most photographers enjoy the process of designing and presenting long lasting photobooks produced by companies like Canvera.

After I finished my interaction with the brides, me and Reshma Morani of ZEMA were chatting about her jewellery and what brides are wearing today. I decided to photograph diamond jewellery by ZEMA and some photobooks by Canvera- after all, both jewels and wedding albums have always been an intrinsic part of a wedding, and both stay with you, always!”

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Photobooks by Canvera and ZEMA Jewellery

About Dev Purbiya
Dev Purbiya, a fast-rising star in the world of lensmen, is an IIT graduate-turned-full-time-photographer. His interpretation of what meets the eye has always wowed his viewers. Dev’s mastery lies in how his lens portrays people – be it at events, in portfolios or during his travels. His eye for the candid smile and the off-the-record moments is what sets his work apart from his contemporaries.

Society Weddings- Who’s Getting Hitched Where

You’re reading it on WeddingSutra first- the ‘who and where’ details on Society Weddings this year. While preparations are on in full swing in at the homes of the rich and famous, most families and couples are a little cagey about revealing anything more than what we’ve mentioned below. So we’ll share with our readers a few or more details when the weddings happen October 2015 onwards.

Mumbai- The city’s top bankers and corporate chief-tans are hosting their son or daughter’s wedding in the city itself. And a few like Deepak Parekh and his educationist wife Smita Parekh are hosting a destination wedding (their son is getting married in Jodhpur). The winter weddings in Mumbai are expected to be low-key affairs followed by a gala reception for Corporate India at venues like Taj Mahal Palace, Taj Land’s End, Grand Hyatt and JW Marriott.

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ICICI head-honcho Chanda Kochhar’s daughter Aarti is marrying Reliance executive Aditya Kaji and the celebration is expected to be the power wedding of the year. The joint MD of Kotak Mahindra Bank will be hosting twin celebrations, his son and daughter are both getting married in a span of two months. In December, Bollywood and A-league Fashionistas are looking forward to the big social event of the month, design czar Manish Malhotra’s niece’s wedding at the JW Marriott Hotel, Mumbai.

Delhi- Two beautiful women from Mumbai are tying the knot in Delhi and the venues for the elegant celebrations are the city’s famed farmhouses. Actress Dia Mirza weds her business partner Sahil Sangha on October 18, while Television personality Kim Jagtiani is marrying Delhi restauranteur Rohan Gupta in the last week of November.

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Goa and Hyderabad- Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan and rakhee sister Shilpa Rohera are both having a destination wedding. Shilpa, a writer weds actor Pulkit Samrat in Goa in November, while Arpita’s marriage to Aayush Sharma takes place early next year at the Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad.

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Taj Falaknuma Palace

Chantilly- Shaadi in France, the gold standard as far as destination weddings goes. Gokul Agarwal, scion of the RNA Builders is marrying Shloka Chhabria and the celebrations are at different venues including the verdant Chateau de Montvillargenne hotel just outside Paris.

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Chateau de Montvillargenne hotel

Turkey- According to Wedding Planners many business families have evinced a lot of interest in Turkey. Like the families of Yash Goenka and Natasha Narang who were formally engaged last month; Yash is the son of industrialist Pramod Goenka and ace Jewellery Designer Bina Goenka. Natasha is from the Ambassador Hotels family.

Abu Dhabi and Muscat- While Turkey, Bali and Thailand top the list of the most wanted international destinations, Wedding Planners tell us many clients are now excited about Abu Dhabi and Muscat. Says a Planner from Mumbai: “Wow venues like Shangri-La, Muscat and Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi and the easy accessibility have made Muscat and Abu Dhabi popular among the wealthy. Both Shangri-La, Muscat and Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi are hosting a mega Indian wedding later this year.”

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Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

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The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

Udaipur- It’s a Royal Rajasthan wedding for Sanjay Hinduja, the 48 year old billionaire from London. The Chairman of Gulf Oil is marrying his long-time girlfriend designer Anu Mahtani (she and her sister Nandita Mahtani run the store Ananya in Mumbai and London). The 3 day celebrations are in February 2015, at different venues like Leela Palace, Sheraton Palace Resort and Spa, and Jagmandir.

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The Leela Palace Udaipur

Behind the Scenes at Society Weddings- some of the Top Wedding Makers

Wedding Planning
a) Percept Weddings
b) Divinity Weddings
c) Horizons W.I.E.
d) Tamarind Weddings
e) Kamal Khera
f)  Aditya Motwane
g) Seven Steps

Wedding Styling & Decor
a) Gurleen M Puri
b) The SET Design Services (70 EMG)
c) Geeta Samuel (Q Events)
d) Vandana Mohan
e) Sumant Jayakrishnan
f) Surabhi Bhowmick
g) Ipsita Biswas Ali

Bridal and Groom Ensembles
a) Manish Malhotra
b) TarunTahiliani
c) Abu-Sandeep
d) Sabyasachi
e) Anamika Khanna

Wedding Catering & Food Consultants
a) Chef Hemant Oberoi and team
b) Sanjay Vazirani (Foodlink)
c) Marut Sikka
d) Ritu Dalmia
e) Munna Maharaj

Invitations
a) Ravish Kapoor
b) EDC
c) Puneet Gupta

Real Brides at the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass

WeddingSutra and Lakmé announced a competition for WeddingSutra fans last month, 3 Brides-to-be could win an invite for the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass at the Lakmé Fashion Week! The 3 winners, Ushma, Tanzila and Khushboo blog about the Masterclass- where Cory Walia and Manish Malhotra decoded this season’s trends in bridal makeup and couture

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I was thrilled to win the invite from WeddingSutra for the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass by the Lakmé Dream Team, Cory Walia and Manish Malhotra at Lakmé Fashion Week.

The session started with the fashion show which was mesmerising. The ramp models walked on the Jabong stage in designer Manish Malhotra’s bridal couture with mirror work, and the gloss look by makeup whiz Cory Walia. The most alluring look was showstopper Sarah Jane Dias in a pastel pink wedding lehenga. It was nice to see in person the fresh bridal colours presented by Manish Malhotra– pink for the pheras instead of the traditional vintage red, and blue for the reception.

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It was a pleasure to watch makeup maestro Cory Walia decoding the internationally acclaimed Gloss trend as he began by prepping the models with the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Serum and added on corals and plums from the Gloss Addict lip colour range. He then created rich, glossy winged eyes using the Absolute Gel Addict eyeliner.

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Cory spoke about how shine and gloss is the bridal makeup trend this season, he also advised not to overdo it as it might take away from who we are. “A bride’s makeup and trousseau should reflect her personality, the one aspect that should definitely stand out on her wedding day.”

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The Lakmé Absolute Master Class with the Dream Team of Cory Walia and Manish Malhotra with Lakmé’s digital face, Sarah Jane Dias was a very well-executed event where models were dressed and styled for different wedding functions from the mehendi and sangeet to the phera ceremony and reception.

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The most important lesson from the Masterclass, I think, was that brides should not over-do their jewellery, especially when their clothes and make-up are making a statement. Manish talked about how brides who want to look stylish yet very ‘Indian’ can combine the aesthetics of traditional Indian crafts like zardozi, Kashmiri embroidery and mirror work with contemporary cuts and styles that reflect their personality. The colours for this bridal season, he said, were pink and royal blue palettes and deep reds and oranges.

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Cory used some amazing products from the Lakmé Absolute range on the models;what really got my attention was the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict lipstick which had a creamy texture and a luxurious look. Gloss is definitely the biggest global trend this season and this range from Lakmé Absolute will give the Indian bride a very young and dewy fresh feel on her special day. Cory advised brides to steer clear of straight, ironed hair. “Textured hair worn down or loose is the much preferred style”.

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I was ecstatic at the prospect of meeting the WeddingSutra team at Lakmé Fashion Week and interacting with renowned talents like designer Manish Malhotra and makeup maestro Cory Walia. This was also my first time at Mumbai’s Lakmé Fashion Week.

The collection showcased by Manish Malhotra highlighted how relevant it is to mix age-old traditional elements with modern colour palettes and he used a lot of mirror work in his designs.

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As Cory Walia demonstrated the glossy makeup trend, he focused on emphasis on the eyes. He used products from the Lakmé Absolute range to show us techniques to create a dramatic eye and complement it with just lip gloss for a perfect look. I really liked this simple yet elegant look.

The Masterclass experience gave me a lot of insight on wedding ensembles and bridal makeup. As someone once quipped, ‘Beautiful Outfit + Great Makeup = A Gorgeous Bride’

Photos courtesy- Amit Barot Photography

With WeddingSutra on Location – Ashika Shah

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 last of the four-part series, bride-to-be Ashika Shah shares her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Ensemble.

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“I have been following WeddingSutra since many years. Even when I was not planning my wedding, I always found the content interesting. Now that I am a bride-to-be I am super-impressed at how they have put together such relevant and informative content, and how they keep innovating. The most amazing feature is of course ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ where brides-to-be get a chance to interact with experts who give them a complete makeover. So it was only natural that when I got engaged, the first thing on my to-do list was to get myself the WeddingSutra on Location experience. I sent in a request to the WeddingSutra team, and a few email exchanges later, I was selected as one of the four brides invited to Ensemble, Mumbai, for the fashion and beauty makeover.

I walked into the Ensemble store in Bandra and met Anshu from WeddingSutra, who introduced me to the team and the experts. After a brief chat, we started to sift through the bridal collection. With the team’s help, we selected some lehengas and a few trials later, I decided to wear a creation from Sabyasachi Mukherji’s latest collection. The lehenga was a refreshing blend of deep coral and pink, and I thought it was the most outstanding piece in the store. It had a printed lining with a net on top which was embroidered in a matte gold sequence, and teamed with a deep necked, short sleeved, velvet blouse with the same embroidery work, in a deep coral shade. They called it the Bipasha Lehenga after Bollywood diva, Bipasha Basu, for whom this style of blouse was first designed.

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It was now time for Ojas to work her magic on me. She explained how certain colours would complement me, considering my face and skin tone. She worked on my hair, adding on soft curls to create more volume. I totally loved how she enhanced my eyes to give me a dramatic yet soft look. She complemented the cheek and the lip colours with the fresh coral shade of the outfit. She is truly skilled and works on the face like it were a canvas. She made me feel like a diva.

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After the makeup and hairstyling was complete, the WeddingSutra team showed me some exquisite pieces by Azva jewellery, from which I chose a ruby-encrusted gold choker, matching jhumka-style earrings and a bracelet.

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Finally it was time to face the camera for Photographers Ashwin and Jhalak who were patiently waiting while I readied myself to pose for them. Ashwin has a skill to make a person feel at ease and be herself as she faces the camera, while his wife Jhalak silently captures beautiful candid moments. It really enjoyed the experience of interacting with this duo, and while I am typically unsure how my photos will look after they are clicked, this time I was sure they would be amazing!

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The entire On Location experience was very special. I truly enjoyed being a ‘Sabya bride’ and I am grateful to the WeddingSutra team for making me feel so good and look so fabulous. This is a memorable strike off my bridal to-do list. Thank you, people!

Ashika’s Look
Ojas decided on a fresh coral-peach look to complement Ashika’s warm skin tone and the lehenga. She began with the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse foundation, and brushed on the Lakmé Absolute Cheek Baked Chromatic Blush in Night Sheen, which is an earthy peach shade with a hint of pink. She then glued on the false eyelashes, one lash at a time, using more as she reached the outer edge of the eye for a cat-eyed look. She used the Lakmé Absolute Baked Chromatic Eyeshadow in Day Shimmer for a shiny, metallic copper brown to complement her eye colour. She then smoked out the Lakmé Absolute Forever Silk Eyeliner on the upper and lower lids, and brushed on coats of the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets to give Ashika a fuller dramatic look. For her lips, Ojas chose the Coral Lustre from the Lakmé Absolute Gloss.

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

Platinum Jewelry rules the Red Carpet at The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Hollywood’s biggest television stars walked the red carpet wearing platinum jewelry at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and related parties that evening.

Style expert Nina Garcia was “captivated by the timeless jewels including stud earrings and diamond cuff bracelets. Platinum jewelry epitomizes classic glamour, and is the perfect complement to any red carpet look.”

Following are the stars who celebrated the Emmy Night with Platinum.

Hayden Panettiere in Platinum by Fred Leighton
-Old Mine platinum and diamond drop earrings (4 carats each)

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Jessica Pare in Platinum by Fred Leighton
-Platinum and diamond pendant necklace from the 1950’s
-Platinum and diamond stud earrings (2 carats each)
-Art Deco Old European platinum ring with diamonds and onyx

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Julianne Hough in Platinum by Chopard
-Platinum earrings with emerald (8.76 carats)
-Platinum and diamond line necklace (40.88 carats)

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Lizzy Caplan in Platinum by Neil Lane
-Platinum earrings with diamonds and pearls
-Platinum and diamond, ruby, and pearl bracelets
-Platinum ring with diamonds and pearl

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Debra Messing in Platinum by Chopard
-Platinum and diamond earrings (10.40 carats)

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Kate Walsh in Platinum by Chopard
-Platinum and diamond necklace (95.05 carats)
-Platinum ring with white, yellow and pink diamonds (6.36 carats)

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Laverne Cox in Platinum by Fred Leighton
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-Art Deco platinum and diamond brooches
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Jodie Foster in Platinum by Neil Lane
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-Platinum and diamond bracelet
-Platinum and diamond ring

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Edie Falco in Platinum by Fred Leighton
-Art Deco platinum earrings with diamonds and sapphire
-Art Deco platinum bracelet with diamonds and sapphire
-Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet
-Platinum and diamond bracelet

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Christine Baranski in Platinum by Fred Leighton
-Platinum earrings with diamonds and sapphire
-Platinum line bracelet with diamonds and sapphire from the 1930’s
-Platinum ring with diamonds and sapphire from the 1930’s

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Minnie Driver in Platinum by Fred Leighton
-Platinum and diamond earrings from the 1950’s
-Platinum bracelet with diamonds and onyx from the 1920’s
-Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet
-Art Deco platinum and diamond ring

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Ellen Burstyn in Platinum by Neil Lane
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StyleSpotting with Tanishq and Mumbai brand SVA by Sonam & Paras Modi

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As part of our series ‘STYLESPOTTING WITH TANISHQ’, our editorial team goes in search of stylish bridal looks with Tanishq to some of the most exciting new bridal designers in the city.

For our latest StyleSpotting feature, we found inspiration in label SVA by duo Sonam & Paras Modi. Sonam’s expertise as a creative designer, Paras Modi’s previous background in International Business, and most importantly their willingness to start something together gave birth to SVA. Their brand is synonymous with head-turning traditional fashion and bridal looks, and their passion for Indian heritage and aesthetic is reflected in each & every of their designs. Here is how we styled two of their creations with some exquisite jewellery pieces from Tanishq.

Mehendi Fun
This luscious bright pink lehenga with dual zari aari work is a fun and comfortable outfit, perfect for a Mehendi or chooda ceremony. This bright shade is flattering on all skin tones.

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Accessorise this look with an exclusive 22-karat Yellow gold Open polki Necklace set, which truly reveals the sheen of Diamond chakris cased in gold to give a raw yet rich look. A floral mesh created at the neckline shimmers to enchant the onlooker.

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To balance this fun look, subtle eye, blush pink cheeks, and a pinkish nude lip colour is all you need. A messy side braid, Kolhapuri wedges in gold, and you are good to go.

Reception Elegance
This bewitching blue lehenga is a perfect outfit to be worn for an elegant reception. The deep blue shade paired with a mint green dupatta makes the look extremely striking yet subtle, enhancing the playful bride. The gold choli makes the perfect backdrop for this 22-karat Tanishq yellow gold kundan polki neckpiece set with a centre white highlight and festoon (jhalar) inspired strings. The stylish and delicate pair of chandelier matching earrings add to the glamour.

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Deep smokey eyes, nude lips and diamonte studded gold wedges for long lasting comfort are all you need to finish this look.

Photographs by- Aditi Varma

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In conversation with Designers Shyamal & Bhumika

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Shyamal & Bhumika - CopyShyamal & Bhumika, the highly successful and much sought-after couturiers from Ahmedabad recently unveiled ‘Eternal’ their new bridal collection. The regal bridal collection in rich shades of red and champagne gold, with timeless silhouettes and rare hand embroideries looks every bit grand and is a treat to the senses. Adding another feather to their cap, Shyamal & Bhumika have just launched their first flagship store in Kemps Corner, Mumbai. WeddingSutra.com spoke to them on the occasion of the launch.

How would you define a signature ‘Shyamal & Bhumika’ creation?
Ensembles by Shyamal & Bhumika (S & B) are built using our traditional techniques of craft by hand and are designed to appeal to modern men and women. Our collections are opulent yet minimal and feature an unusual mix of colours. When we work on a garment we endeavour to create a timeless yet luxurious outfit that you are tempted to acquire and pass on for generations.

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With a flagship store in Ahmedabad and a strong presence online, what made you decide to open a store in Mumbai? And why did you choose Kemps Corner?
We have a solid online presence and we were receiving many emails enquiring if we have a store in Mumbai or Delhi, as they are the most frequently visited cities by our regular clients and those who follow us on social media. Mumbai is a place we associate with easily; we have a large client base here and a second home too. Kemps Corner is the fashion boulevard of South Mumbai and our clients staying from anywhere in the city,find it easy to travel here. We found a lovely heritage building with sixteen foot ceilings having a history of its own and situated between high-end cafes and bookstores. The moment we were informed about the space available we saw it, and were sure this is where we want to be.

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When did you start building your online presence and what has been the key learning from your online experience?
An online presence is very liberating, creatively speaking. It enables you to talk to and design for clients you have never met in person at your shows, in your store or elsewhere. When we started interacting with second generation South Asians, we enjoyed the experience. They have had a very cross-cultural upbringing, they have attended a lot of Western weddings, and they are looking to buy something that is very ‘Indian’. While as a couturier Bhumika focuses on building a unique collection, Shyamal spends time on the creative direction of the brand and further strengthening the online presence. So in essence, our online presence enables us to create whatever we dream of, irrespective of seasonal, locations and cultural boundaries.

What kind of styles can brides expect to see at your Mumbai store?
You will see collections with a younger feel and more in tune with what Mumbai is all about. Our wedding collections and the global line will be on display. And the store will have all signature S&B collections including menswear with frequent launches of new lines each season. As for the price points Team S&B is tuned to doing bespoke clothing. Some of our customers indicate a specific budget so the level of customization we give clients is quite unique.

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What are the unique challenges when it comes to working with and designing for NRI brides?
Most of our NRI Brides live in the US or UK. We have a small team of enthusiastic assistants who provide online services as well as an in-store design team who have mastered the art of custom design. When you are designing for someone across continents who cannot visit you, there are minor challenges like fittings for which we use video conferencing to help visualize the final outfit. Our sales team and design assistants use our in-house modes of communication like emails, WhatsApp & texts, Facetime & Skype and such other depending on the client’s preference. Preparing mock-ups, sending fabric swatches, taking measurements online all this makes it simple for the person far away to place their order.

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How have Destination Weddings changed your offerings for brides and guests?
Destination weddings are extremely popular and in-trend. The flavour of the destination and smaller number of guests makes it easier for us to apply creative ideas to create a brides dream outfit. Our global line is a great fit for beach weddings as well as European and American destinations.

What are you designing for Grooms?
Grooms these days are very fashion conscious. They don’t want to just match the bride but to have a look that stands out as well as something that compliments the brides look and the setting as a whole. Depending on a grooms personality we offer them muted tones to unique colours to create a dream personalized look and unusual styling which is minimal yet princely. Sherwanis & achkans, angarkhas, bandhgalas with breeches, ceremonial kurtaas, accessories like pockets squares, scarves, turbans and a whole lot of creative brainstorming goes into creating a smashing look for a groom to-be.

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Mohammedbhoy Mansion
N S Patkar Marg
Kemps Corner Flyover
Mumbai -400036
M: +91 9833520520
www.shyamalbhuimika.com
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