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Lakmé Absolute Bridal Beauty Trends – Defined Lashes

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Bid goodbye to heavy makeup under the scorching sun this wedding season. A bare minimum makeup base and defined lashes will go a long way during the summer wedding festivities. Sport this on-trend look with evenly coated lashes and rest of the face left bare with a hint of sheer blush on the cheeks.

Makeup artist Amrita Sanghavi demonstrated how to sport defined lashes with Lakmé Absolute products at the WeddingSutra On Location shoot at JW Marriott Sahar, Mumbai. While keeping the face flawless with the feather-light Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mouse in Ivory Fair, she brushed on a hint of Lakmé Absolute Cheek Chromatic Baked Blusher in Day Blushes shade on bride-to-be Naoumi’s cheeks for a fresh sun-kissed look. For the defined lashes, Amrita curled them up with a curler and applied two coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Volume Mascara. She also added a subtle flush of sheer pink under the eyes making features Naoumi’s look softer and younger.

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Love Actually- Shubhi and Abhinav Kapoor’s Platinum Day of Love

WeddingSutra in conversation with this vibrant, stylish young couple as they drive around the city in a Volkswagen Beetle

When Mumbai-based Shubhi, a communications professional bumped into actor Abhinav Kapoor at a friend’s birthday party a couple of years ago she had no clue he was The One. “We barely said hello,” she remembers. Shubhi and Abhinav connected on social media and after several chats over decided to meet for a ‘casual dinner’. That’s when they realized they had a connection! Still, “we took it slow” Shubhi says.

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The couple developed a deep friendship, discovered mutual wanderlust and vowed to be honest to each other. It’s what sustains their relationship and keeps it dynamic. Shubhi says those are the qualities she associates with love-bands which couples seal their commitment with. “It’s like two people who gradually, gently mould each other as they become a couple and take on each others’ aspects to make the other more familiar, more comfortable.”

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A year later, they decided to extend a trip to Goa for her friend’s wedding and drove down to Curlies. “We were by the beach, enjoying our beers, when he very casually popped the question. He didn’t go down on one knee or anything. I looked at him, surprised. Then, he pulled out a love-band. Of course, I said ‘yes’! I wanted it to happen too.” The unexpected proposal, says Shubhi, is what she considers as one of the most special day in their lives together.

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The families were brought into the picture and the couple was married in Shubhi’s hometown, Jabalpur followed by a honeymoon in Spain. The wanderlust still rules, “We’re always looking for new places to visit. We take off on long weekends with our friends to nearby getaways like Goa…” For their next long sojourn, Shubhi and Abhinav have their eye on Venice.

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WeddingSutra caught this vibrant, stylish young couple as they drove around the city in a Volkswagen Beetle and couldn’t help notice they were falling in love – but this time, with the car! “It was love at first sight! It felt like a personification of us!” Shubhi enthuses brightly. “It’s young, fun, vibrant, good looking,” she grins cheekily, “It’s fashion forward. We loved it! We just clicked” The couple loved the car, inside and out – “It was a beautiful experience, a smooth, comfortable ride.”

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And as wanderlust prevails, Shubhi imagines the Love Bug enabling their little romantic getaways, “I can totally imagine us driving this car on our weekend trips. I’ve already put the thought into Abhinav’s head! This should be our second car!”

WeddingSutra agrees! It would be the perfect gift for this stylish, livewire young bride.

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Platinum Love Bands and Jewellery- Gehna Jewellers
Makeup and Hair- Jean Claude Biguine India
Shubhi’s Outfit- Veda Raheja (available at AZA)
Location- Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai

Photography- Shades

An ode to Love

Special occasions deserve special dinners in an ultra-romantic setting. WeddingSutra scopes out five exclusive spaces across the country where you can create memories of togetherness.

You’ve finally met the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. It’s time for a proposal dinner and you’re planning an evening that she will cherish forever. Consider these five magnificent venues – rich in heritage, imbued with legendary love stories, and deserving of grand romantic gestures and unforgettable experiences.

GANGAUR BOAT – TAJ LAKE PALACE, UDAIPUR
Sail across Lake Pichola as you dine on the Gangaur Boat, an antique royal barge of the House of Mewar. This 150-year-old boat used by the Maharana to romance his queens now offers private dining in a fairytale setting, with personalized, handcrafted menus and impeccable service. The beautiful night sky and the stunning lake view, with mouthwatering delicacies and sparkling wine, and the company of the one you love. That’s as romantic a setting as it can get for your proposal dinner. Where else can you propose in the middle of a lake! The master chefs at Taj Lake Palace are known to have played Cupid and will gladly camouflage the diamond ring for you. So get down on your knee and ask the all-important question. There isn’t a woman who can resist being wooed like that!

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GOL BUNGALOW – TAJ FALAKNUMA PALACE, HYDERABAD
The Nizams of Hyderabad were lovers of good food and luxurious living. The story goes that the Nizam was visiting his Prime Minister’s new home but was so taken in by its beauty when he was invited to stay over that he did not want to leave the premises. He bought it over instead. That’s how enchanting the beautiful Falaknuma is.

Literally translating to ‘mirror of the sky’ and embellished with celestial motifs, this magnificent slice of paradise offers a portal into Hyderbad’s royal heritage. A walk through the palace makes you believe that this has got to be the place where the universe graciously conspires to make dreams come true. The Nizams did have a keen eye!

Indulge in the seven course dinner under the stained glass dome of the Gol Bunglow, and celebrate your special occasion with a panoramic view of the bright city lights in the distance. A divine Sufi musical performance or a smooth live jazz act coupled with the delectable cuisine will bring you even closer to heaven, given that you’re dining 2000 feet above the 400-year-old city. The chefs and sommeliers at Falaknuma will pair the perfect wine to go with each course. Clink your wine glasses and dream away.

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PRIVATE DINNING – VIVANTA BY TAJ, FORT AGUADA, GOA
A perfect choice for romantic garden dinning, in a unique setting under an ornate canopy or a starlit night, heralding a truly fairytale experience. This fabulous private retreat offers a choice between breathtaking scenic view of the bay and an uninterrupted panoramic view of the medieval Fort Aguada across the sea. A warm smile, personalized and attentive service of the associates will make it a never to be forgotten occasion.

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PRIVATE DINING – VIVANTA BY TAJ, BEKAL, KERALA
If you’re looking for a quiet and languid nook in the coastal countryside to renew your vows, Bekal is the place to be. This venue is an absolute delight for sea food lovers, and you can even head out on a fishing trip. The next best option is to accompany a skilled chef at the hotel to the Uduma Fishing Village where he will pick the freshest catch and cook it to your liking. This super special meal can be enjoyed over a candle lit dinner in a cabana by the riverside or in the middle of the river, if you please, as you and your beloved float on a kettuvallam, which is a traditional Kerala houseboat. Foodie couples should definitely have this one to their list.

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PRIVATE DINING – TAJ RAMBAGH PALACE, JAIPUR
This exquisite palace hotel was the recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award as one of the top Hotels for Romance last year. You can experience the finest traditions of Rajput hospitality at the Rambagh Palace. This magnificent luxury hotel allows you to dine privately wherever you choose, with the majestic palace as a backdrop. The fairytale setting, handcrafted menus and impeccable service create culinary memories that you both will cherish forever. You could choose the Rambagh Lawns for a private dinner in a Peacock Thali with folk performances for entertainment. Or enjoy a private lunch at the scenic royal hunting lodge.

And when the woman of your dreams agrees to walk beside you for life, you can share the wonderful news of your engagement at an intimate family dinner in the Rajput Room. Or treat them to a royal Indian feast at the Suvarna Mahal, the former palace ballroom, with its huge crystal chandeliers and 18th Century French décor. Beautiful spaces truly deserve beautiful moments.

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The story of Megha Saraogi’s vintage heirloom lehenga

It was twelve years ago, but I still remember the day my grandmother, Maa, gave me her wedding lehenga – an exquisite peacock blue Benarasi Ghagra, embroidered in sachchi zari (real silver thread). I was the youngest granddaughter in a Marwari joint family and oh, she had to pass it on in great secrecy. She handed it to me, still carefully wrapped in green muslin that she had religiously unwrapped regularly over the past 55 years, flipping and refolding the garment so that the creases didn’t become permanent.

My mother does this for me now.

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I was fully aware of what a prized possession this was and knew I would wear it for my first wedding function. My grandmother passed away a few years ago and I wanted to make her presence felt during my wedding. This heirloom piece, so very her – vibrant and ‘sachcha’ (real) – would be the way.

According to Marwari tradition, the bride’s engagement lehenga is a gift from the groom’s side but I challenged these old norms and made a big effort to convince my new family about my desire to wear Maa’s lehenga to my first wedding function. They gladly agreed and I was the happiest bride!

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Extremely possessive about this lehenga, it has remained untouched and unaltered but I also wanted to present parts of my own personality in the outfit – bringing some bright, cheerful, sophisticated elegance. I began exploring my options and doing research to find a way to do justice to this timeless piece. I considered using three primary colours. The lehenga was blue so I decided to add red and yellow to my bright, sunny, Sunday afternoon engagement on the 6th of December 2015.

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When I tried on the Benarasi lehenga, I realized it was a little short for me (I was taller than my grandma) and having been left folded for more than half a century, it was falling flat. So I got hold of an old, reputed boutique in Delhi and used them as an accomplice in making this heirloom piece my own. We had a longer raw-silk underskirt with a can-can to wear under the lehenga giving it more length and volume. (Extra brownie points for managing not to have to leave my precious lehenga in unknown hands.) We matched this with a green pure Benarasi dupatta/chunni, with dainty embroidery through its entire length and had the same embroidery done on the blouse, underskirt and chunni.

I wanted to retain a traditional Marwari look so I wore a double dupatta with one bright yellow benarasi-net chunni (very light weight) as a veil. I wore a ruby red mid-waist choli scattered with dainty embroidery to complete the look. Our color palette was fixed-red, yellow, blue (and silver obviously) with hints of green.

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The engagement ceremony at Orchha, Madhya Pradesh was on the 6th of December 2015. After I accessorized with my mother’s wedding maatha-patti and a real silver clutch, I caught a whisper of how my grandmother must have felt on her special day… and I felt her by my side the entire time on that beautiful day.

Like my lehenga, which was tradition and inheritance infused with my own personality, our celebrations also included personalized, DIY specialities. To begin with, our e-vites to the engagement was a hark back to our boarding school background when the only way to communicate with one another was through letters. I had the chocolate wrappers customized online and had them printed along with our self-designed, special DJ Request Cards (with #dj wale babu mera gaana baja do).

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At my mehendi, one of my favorite ceremonies, once again, that individual element came through – the talented Rashi Aggarwal of Alankritaa, who travelled all the way from Ludhiana, captured the engagement scene and my lehenga in the mehendi design. She also brought beautiful glass votive candles with mehendi as engagement favours for my friends.

Because the resort in on the banks of the beautiful Betwa river, we let it shine by keeping our décor colourful but minimal with printed table linens, colorful drapes and simple floral arrangements.

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Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s a groom parasailing into his wedding!

Marriages are made in heaven and so Kumar descended from the skies for his.

About Eliya and Kumar
Kumar is a UK businessman who met Mumbai’s Eliya while she pursued a Masters at Anglia Ruskin University. They fell in love in London and then Kumar flew to India one New Year’s Eve to ask for her hand in marriage. And so their destination wedding had to be in Goa…

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The wedding on the 9th of February 2016 was conceptualized by Kumar and Eliya and executed by Dias Events, Goa. It featured classic beachy decorations, colourful guest tents, a gorgeous mandap, coconut water refreshments and barrels of beer!

Kumar wanted to make an entry befitting his nature – a guy who lives life to the fullest – and so he decided to parasail straight into the venue as family and friends danced to the beats of the dhol.

The bidaai was equally dramatic. This videsi dilwala whisked away his desi dulhaniya in a speed boat. Truly God”Speed”!

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Photos Courtesy- Varsha & Vivek of Pixelgaze Photography

From Paris to Punjab- Sohan and Sacha’s Engagement Shoot in Jaipur

Fate took generations of immigration across continents to create Sacha and Sohan’s love story. Raised in the St. Jean Baptiste French community, Sacha’s great grand parents had made their way from France to Manitoba. Sohan’s father was born in Malaysia, his mother in Punjab, India and they raised him in Winnipeg.

Sacha worked for the event planner Emma Singh from Events by Emma. Sohan owns Elite Lighting. They met when they worked on several events and weddings together. Now, the couple from Winnipeg, will get married in September 2016.

The couple travelled to India for an engagement shoot as nod to Sohan’s ethnicity and Sacha’s love for vintage glamour. Inspired by their own wonderful histories, they celebrated their #ParisToPunjab journey and their cultures coming together by creating four distinct themes around the city of Jaipur.

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Naharghar Fort – Modern Day India

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1920′s British-inspired (the Jeep was an original from the war)

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Night time in the village

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Fairmont Hotel, Jaipur

The photographers Banga Studios tell us more: “We have discovered what is most precious and rare while looking through our lenses. Our team of young artists, engineers, business majors and teachers are all dedicated to capturing timeless moments and telling stories through our craft. We constantly challenge one another and are inspired by our clients’ unique stories to better ourselves every day. Each of us bring something exceptional and unique to the table and when we come together as a team, we promise, you will be mesmerized by the memories we leave you with no matter how many years go by.

Photography- Banga Studios

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Starry Venues

The Taj Group venues are still most favoured by celebrities to say ‘I do’

Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan chose the sea-facing Taj Mahal Palace Hotel to exchange their vows. Arpita Khan and Ayush Sharma took their fairytale wedding to Hyderabad’s magnificent Taj Falaknuma Palace. Their elegant reception in Mumbai was also hosted at a Taj property, the luxurious Lands End in Bandra, where Aamir Khan held an opulent reception celebrating his nephew Imraan Khan’s wedding to Avantika Malik.

But these recent Bollywood shaadis are just part of a long lineage of India’s celebrities who for generations have chosen to entrust their most important celebrations to the Taj Group of Hotels with its wealth of elegant spaces, excellent banquet facilities and that legendary hospitality and gracious service.

Here are the top five venues on their list…

TAJ MAHAL PALACE, MUMBAI
A historical tourist attraction in itself, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is the ultimate in luxury if you’re looking for an exclusive venue amongst colonial structures in the picturesque part of the city. This iconic hotel, overlooking the majestic Gateway of India, dates back over a 100 years to 1903. Each of the 550 rooms and suites are a blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. The 11 newly refurbished halls and venues are ideal for elaborate weddings or intimate gatherings. The Ballroom, spacious enough for 450 guests, is perfect for grand private events. For a larger banquet, there’s the massive, pillar-less Crystal Room which takes over 800 guests in a floating crowd. A delightful option for a private celebration with about 100 guests is the Rendezvous on the rooftop, with its 360-degree panoramic view of the city.

This hotel boasts of the city’s most acclaimed fine dining restaurants and bars. From authentic Indian cuisine at Masala Kraft; world-famous Japanese dishes at Wasabi by Morimoto; exquisite Eastern Mediterranean at Souk and Chinese at Golden Dragon. Head to Shamiana, all day diner, or unwind with a refreshing meal at Aquarius, the poolside restaurant, or visit the stylish Harbour Bar. The exotic range of sumptuous desserts at La Patisserie will satiate your sweet tooth. If you’re choosing to tie the knot at one of their exquisite venues, you can be certain that your guests will take back memories of their culinary experience too.

TAJ LANDS END, MUMBAI
Perched atop the Bandstand, Taj Lands End offers a view of the city’s stunning skyline, the historical Bandra Fort and the calming Arabian Sea. This palm-lined haven on the harbor is located in Mumbai’s hippest suburb, Bandra – conveniently close to the domestic and international airports, and only a quick ride across the Sea Link to South Mumbai’s tourist spots and historical attractions.There are 493 luxurious rooms, including 33 suites, each with a spectacular sea view, and a one-of-a-kind grand presidential suite. Guests can head to the Tropics Bar and lounge by the pool while they’re warming up for your big celebration.

Savour traditional Indian cuisine at Masala Bay, home-style Italian at Maritime by San Lorenzo, and scrumptious Chinese cuisine at Ming Yang. Such culinary fare teamed with their impeccable service will make your wedding buffet a memorable experience. The beautifully landscaped seaside and poolside lawns are ideal for a wedding ceremony or reception. There’s also a large selection of grand banquet halls if you prefer the indoors.

TAJ FALAKNUMA, HYDERABAD
Make your Big Fat Indian wedding even more magnificent with a touch of royal opulence. Taj Falaknuma Palace, the former palace of the Nizam of Hyderabad, once the richest man in the world, was built in 1894 and is perched 2,000 feet above the city. Overlooking the twinkling City of Pearls, this enchanting palace exudes romance and grandeur that takes you back in time, and is ideal for couples who want to imbue their intimate wedding celebrations with a piece of royal heritage, suitably away from the general populace.

Spanning a lush green 32 acres, the five-star luxury hotel allows you a journey into the gilded ages, where opulence and excess is savored and celebrated in equal measure. Celebrate your union at our 9000 square feet Rajasthani Gardens, created and conceived by the Nizam himself. Or take the plunge in front of teary-eyed friends and family in the gold-hued Durbar Hall, one of the most spectacular rooms in the Palace which has been inspired by the mythological Indra Bhavan. The 60 rooms and suites are beautifully refurbished and lovingly restored by Her Highness Princess Esra, the Nizam’s Turkish wife; each with a marvellous view of the palace courtyard and the 400-year-old city of Hyderabad. The Grand presidential Suite is the most apt venue for a Royal Honeymoon. With private pool and gardens, the duplex suite with an elevator has everything that the couple needs; giving them the option to spend time in privacy without bothering move out.

Their fine-dining Hyderabadi speciality restaurant, Adaa, is a sumptuous, gastronomic delightfor Indian food lovers. Others can savour multi-cuisine specialities at the all-day diner, Celeste. To experience the Nizam’s afternoon tea spot, head to Jade Terrace. While their in-room dining services take care of your midnight hunger pangs. The stunning Durbar Hall, Jade Room and massive 101-seater dining hall bedecked with Belgian chandeliers, and assorted gardens and terraces lend royal decadence to your special occasions.

THE TAJ WEST END, BANGALORE
A tranquil tropical 20-acre paradise in the heart of the Garden City, the Taj West End is defined by its illustrious heritage and colonial charm. This legendary luxury hotel boasts of 117 magnificent rooms and suites that dot the sprawling landscape. Home to the second-oldest tree in the city and a Victorian-era postbox still in use, this ambient hotel is a beautiful blend of the charms of a bygone era and modern comfort.

The Prince of Wales Lawns is the city’s most sought-after wedding venue with its capacity of 750 guests. Or you could choose the Grand Ballroom, which seats 500 guests and has a large pre-function area and outdoor area. For a smaller function, such as a haldi ceremony, consider Tamarind with its stunning private lawn or the Blue Ginger Lawns. There are eight majestic banqueting venues and numerous open lawns, ideal for a variety of social events.

Couples could sneak away for a romantic moonlit dinner at the Tulip Gazebo. Relish authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Blue Ginger or sip on cocktails at the Blue Bar. For traditional Indian fare with a refreshing twist, there’s Masala Klub. And if you’re in a mood for a lavish Sunday brunch buffet, there’s Mynt.

JAI MAHAL PALACE, JAIPUR
Every bride dreams of tying the knot in a magnificent palace and live the life of a princess. For the modern young Indian bride, the Jai Mahal Palace is probably the closest she can come to the unparalleled opulence and tantalising comforts of the royal lifestyle. This 270-year-old Indo-Saracenic architectural masterpiece, set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens, has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur. Experience a maharaja’s welcome with a traditional aarti, folk music and a ceremonial salute with decorated camels, horses and elephants.

Reminiscent of yesteryear pomp and splendor, the Jai Mahal Palace houses 94 rooms and six suites with a view of the city and the luxurious palace gardens. The Palace Lawns are ideal to host fairy tale wedding celebrations for up to 2,500 guests. You could also entertain guests at the Hendley’s banquet hall.

Nestled within the luxurious ambience of the palace are several signature experiences to pamper guests. You could enjoy the Bajot Private Dining, a truly regal and romantic dinner. Or explore two of the best fine-dining specialty restaurants in the city. Cinnamon serves the most authentic Royal Indian cuisines from the four princely states, while Giardino is Jaipur’s finest and only contemporary al fresco Italian restaurant. Your experiences at this charming luxury heritage hotel in the Pink City will leave you with many stories and pictures for your wedding album.

Austria and Spain set to host the grandest shaadis this year

Destination Vienna
Parth Jindal, son of industrialists Sangita and Sajjan Jindal is marrying Anushree Jasani, daughter of Mumbai builders Uday and Nunu Jasani, in Vienna next month. Over 800 guests are expected at the 3-day celebrations to be held at different venues including Belvedere Palace, one of the palaces of the former royal family of Austria. International sensation Enrique Iglesias will be there to enthrall guests though whether he’ll be performing at the Sangeet or the post wedding reception is a secret for now. Top shaadi singer Mika will be flying in to Vienna too. A host of big names from the world of weddings and their teams (over 180 in number) are travelling to Austria for the Jindal-Jasani wedding. Mumbai’s Aditya Motwane (Motwane Entertainment & Weddings) is orchestrating the wedding along with local hospitality and event specialists. Delhi’s Vandana Mohan is conceptualising the design and décor. Ritu Dalmia is curating the menus in coordination with high-profile chefs from Europe while the family has roped in haute couturiers like Rohit Bal and Abu-Sandeep for the ensembles.

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From top left (clockwise)- Belvedere Palace Vienna, Anushree and Parth Jindal, Sangita and Sajjan Jindal, Enrique Iglesias.

Whispers of Weddings in Monaco and Spain
Curious to know where the grandest Indian weddings are taking place in 2016? As always, you’re reading about it here first. This winter will witness some mega weddings in Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan, power weddings in Delhi and Mumbai of course; but finally it’s the few uber-glam yet elegant weddings in Europe which make big news. This time the locations are Monte Carlo in Monaco and Barcelona in Spain. An NRI family will host the Monte Carlo wedding in July. Spain is expected to witness two spectacular destination weddings – one celebrated by a London based NRI family and the other by a Gujarat/ Mumbai based business tycoon. The planners have requested us to keep the details under wraps now, so we can’t reveal more!

New Horizons for Middle Eastern Magic
While Thailand, Turkey and Bali will always be the international hotspots for Indian Weddings, it’s the surge in weddings in the Middle East since 2014 that is an interesting development. A little birdie tells us Isheta Salgaoncar (Mukesh and Anil Ambani’s niece) and Neeshal Modi (Jewellery czar Nirav Modi’s brother) who were formally engaged at The Trident, Mumbai last week are now checking out some wow venues in the Middle East. While Shangri-la Muscat and the Ritz Carlton properties in Abu Dhabi and Muscat have hosted some high profile Indian weddings, the newest Middle East destination that is keen to get a slice of big Indian wedding pie is Jordan and the Delhi office of Jordan Tourism is working hard to get the wealthiest Indians to celebrate their special events there.

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Gurleen’s Round the World Roundup
With so many options around the world, where does this leave good, ol’ big fat Indian weddings held at the country’s iconic hotels and sprawling grounds? “They’re thriving,” smiles ace Wedding Designer Gurleen Puri. “Destination Weddings at the newest locales may be more fashionable, but for many families a home town affair continues to be very practical”, says Gurleen. “But there’s no denying that destination weddings are shaping trends and aspirations for well-heeled brides and grooms”, observes Gurleen who enjoys the local flavour of home town weddings as much as the fun-spirit of destination weddings. “In 2015 wedding work took me to Gujarat and Rajasthan several times and each of the assignments were challenging yet emotionally satisfying; on the travels and leisure front I enjoyed a wedding recce to Oman, after which I attended a wedding at the newly-opened Anantara property in Abu Dhabi. As a guest, each of these experiences were unique and that is what hosts look for – to give guests a unique setting through decor, food, entertainment or an all-new venue of course.”

The #RoRoWedding in Wonderland!

Alice in Wonderland meets Art Nouveau and Haute Couture at the #RoRoWedding Sangeet in Florence, orchestrated by Vandana Mohan of The Wedding Design Company (WDC).

Like a Toulouse-Lautrec canvas come to life, the venue for Roshni and Rohan Mehta’s sangeet, the historical Stazione Leopolda in Florence came alive on a surreal night. Featuring décor and character piques reminiscent of late 19th century Parisian nightlife, references to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and with live entertainment, the #RoRoWedding Sangeet was visually, aurally and conceptually enchanting.

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When guests walked in, the first thing they saw were the arches festooned with mirrors, creating fanciful illusions and light play, bringing the story alive and inspiring guests to imagine their own ‘six impossible things’…  Because, as night fell, there appeared the characters out of Carroll’s gorgeous tale – the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the March Hare, the Duchess and the Snap Dragonfly on stilts, the Playing Cards, the Talking Flowers, entertainers on stilts – one perched on a dodo, another atop a flamingo. A delightful Mad Tea Party buffet spread with cookies in the shape of playing cards and pretty ‘potion’-filled vials with ‘Drink Me’ tags. The décor incorporated telltale elements from the novel, strategically placed around the venue – alarm clocks, life-like stuffed-toy rabbits, colourful keys, mushrooms, red and white roses and four-suit-motifed cappuccino cups used as flower holders.

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Then came the jugglers, dwarves, fire-eating acrobats electrifying the dreamy, dramatic narrative… In and out they weaved, through lounge spaces like the one with a mural, suspended chairs and bicycles or another with pinwheels and graphic prints as backdrop. The high ceilings were hung with chandeliers fashioned out of lampshades and red glass jugs. When the authorities refused to permit a real elephant, the couple chose a statue of one, covered in fuchsia mosaic tiles.

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The palette of references moved to Eric Chauvin’s dramatic flower-bedecked walls for the 2012 Dior runway. The dining space was covered in English roses, hydrangeas, heleniums, chocolate cosmos and dendrobium orchids. These were brought alive by a constellation of candles set in crystal glasses and candelabras that complemented the handpicked crystal ware set at each table.

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A bar was set up at one end of the venue. At the other, a stage with a giant LCD screen backdrop saw dance performances by the family, friends and the bride and groom. Roshni and her friends performed to Saiyaan and Superstar, while Rohan and his friends danced to Palat Tera Hero Idhar Hai. The bride wore a Manish Malhotra lehenga with a regal trail, complementing it with an uncut diamond set. The groom wore a Manish Malhotra sherwani.

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Music kept them moving and the performers in attendance included American clarinetist and music composer, Shankar Tucker and vocalist Vidya Vox, the Italian-Canadian classical-crossover singer, Natalie Di Luccio, Bollywood music director, Shamir Tandon and team and the Prince of Bhangra, Sukhbir. DJ Sameer and DJ Zubair then took over, spinning the tunes that kept the energy high all evening.

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The #RoRoWedding Sangeet raised the bar on crazy, cool, culturally inspiring nights to remember! Thank you DotDusk Studios, Wedding Design Company and Motwane Entertainment and Weddings (MEW) for sharing these amazing images with us.

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Bowled over! Wedding Style from the stars of Indian cricket

In their uniforms, on the field, representing their country, Indian cricketers show their style with their sportsmanship and skills, their ‘staches and their shades. But off the field, our Men in Blue make fashion statements that are individualistic and interesting while their wives up the grace and glamour quotient.

On the occasion of Ravindra Jadeja’s wedding this weekend, we look at what these stylish couples wore to their own nuptials.

Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh

Rohit Sharma fell for his sports manager of 6 years, the beautiful Ritika Sajdeh. He popped the question at the Borivali Sports Club, special to him because he began his career there. Engaged on the 3rd of June 2015 and married on the 13th of December that same year, the wedding and grand reception took place at the poolside of Taj Land’s End, Mumbai.

Rohit wore a white and gold Raghavendra Rathore sherwani with a bright pink bandhani paghdi to the pheras which perfectly offset bride Ritika’s mint and blue lehenga. He switched to a dapper tailored black suit by Troy Costa for the reception.

The guest list included Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar, Mukesh and Neeta Ambani, Bobby Deol, Sonakshi Sinha and cricketers, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja to name a few.

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Suresh Raina and Priyanka Chaudhary
Star batsman of the Indian cricket team, Suresh Raina married his childhood friend and long time sweetheart Priyanka Chaudhary, on the 3rd of April 2015. The pre-wedding ceremonies began on the 1st of April 2015. The engagement ceremony was a low-key affair hosted at Suresh’s Ghaziabad residence. He looked dapper in a white kurta under a red jacket.

Suresh’s friend and famous restaurateur, Priyank Sukhija, hosted a bachelor party for him at his own venture, Lutyens Cocktail House, New Delhi, on the 2nd of April 2015 where they partied with celebrity guests including Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal and model Zulfi Syed.

A lavish, very private wedding arranged by Suresh’s mother was held at The Leela Palace, Delhi to which the groom donned a golden sherwani and Priyanka looked absolutely stunning in a traditional red lehenga.

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Dinesh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal

Cricketer Dinesh Karthik and squash star Dipika Pallikal tied the knot in a Telugu-Naidu Hindu ceremony in Chennai on the 18th of August 2013. A private affair, attended by close friends and family, the bride wore a traditional yellow Kanjivaram saree and the groom donned a beige-gold dhoti and kurta.

Then the couple exchanged vows at a church ceremony on the 18th of August to which Deepika donned a gorgeous Reem Acra white bridal gown with a lace bodice and baby-pink veil. The groom looked dapper in a three-piece suit.

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Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra

After much will-they-won’t-they, the Indian cricket team spinner Harbhajan Singh married actress Geeta Basra on the 29th of October, 2015. A lavish wedding in the groom’s hometown of Jalandhar was followed by an equally grand wedding reception on the 1st of November 2015.

The fashion watchers were not disappointed!

Geeta’s choice of a lime-yellow lehenga paired with a pink crop top, embellished with antique silver work and sheer sleeves by Archana Kochhar complete with an unconventional mathapatti delighted those wondering about her mehendi look.

For the Chuda ceremony she wore a fishtail lehenga in tangerine coutured in special ahimsa silk by Archana Kochhar. At the sangeet, the actress dazzled in an emerald green lehenga with hints of gold designed by Babita Malkani while Harbhajan complemented her in a light pink kurta and deep pink bandhgala by Raghavendra Rathore.

At the gurudwara wedding, Geeta donned an embellished red lehenga by Archana Kochchar with silver and gold applique work and Bhajji wore a subtle beige sherwani by Raghavendra Rathore. The grand reception saw Geeta in a stunning midnight blue lehenga by Archana Kochhar studded with mirror work and Swarovski crystals. Harbhajan wore violet – a velvet Bikaner style achkan by Raghavendra Rathore.

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Mohit Sharma and Shweta Jaiswal

Indian cricketer Mohit Sharma married his longtime girlfriend Shweta at the Leela Palace in Delhi on the 10th of March 2016. From Kolkata originally, Shweta is pursuing a Hotel Management degree there. Sharma dressed in a traditional beige and red sherwani while Shweta looked stunning in a beige and green lehenga accessorized with traditional jewelry. Cricketers Unmukt Chand, Virender Sehwag, Parwinder Awarna and Joginder Sharma attended the ceremony.

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Ajinkya Rahane and Radhika Dhupavkar

India batsman Ajinkya Rahane married his childhood friend Radhika Dhupavkar at a glittering Maharastrian wedding in Mulund attended by the couple’s close friends and family. Radhika wore a gorgeous yellow and green paithani with the traditional nath while Ajinkya chose to dazzle in a gold sherwani with green churidar and stole.

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Shikhar Dhawan and Ayesha Mukherjee

Man candy, Shikhar Dhawan met Bengali-Australian beauty Ayesha Mukherjee on Facebook where long conversations soon led to a budding friendship. The couple celebrated with a traditional Sikh wedding, attended by many cricketers including eligible bachelor Virat Kohli who let it all hang out and showed off his dance moves at Shikhar’s baraat. Dhavan wore a cream sherwani and Ayesha was resplendent in an embroidered gold and fuchsia lehenga.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sakshi Rawat

Captain of the Indian cricket team, the impressive MS Dhoni met his future bride as a childhood friend before they went their separate ways. Fate reunited them and they were engaged on the 3rd of July 2010 at Hotel Competant in Dehradun. It was all fireworks at their 4th of July wedding in 2010 hosted at Vishranti Resort in Bidhauli near Dehradun. Sakshi chose a Sabyasachi lehenga in red and green. Dhoni wore a blue sherwani. The couple’s friends, including luminaries from the fields of sports, politics and film, celebrated the marriage.

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Ashish Nehra and Rushma
Indian cricket strike bowler Ashish Nehra married Rushmi on the 9th of April 2009 in Delhi. Keeping it intimate and close knit, the bride wore a pretty pink and gold lehenga to the wedding while Ashish decided on a glitzy blue sherwani with a red saafa.

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Robin Uthappa and Sheetal Gautam

Cricketer Robin Uthappa married tennis player Sheetal Gautam on the 3rd of March 2015 after a long courtship. The couple had a Christian wedding ceremony to which Sheetal wore an embellished bridal gown while Robin sported a navy blue tuxedo. For the reception, Sheetal picked a lovely pink Sabyasachi lehenga. Robin complemented her in a green velvet bandhgala.

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Gautam Gambhir and Natasha Jain

Kolkata Knightriders’ Captain Gautam Gambhir tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart Natasha Jain in October, 2011 in a private ceremony at Westend Farm on the Delhi-Gurgaon road.

Tarun Tahiliani was the couturier of choice for both bride and groom to the wedding. The genius of ace designers Shantanu and Nikhil and Sabyasachi were also enlisted to create wedding wardrobes for the family. The wedding was attended by the who’s who of cricket including Virendra Sehwag and his wife Arti, Juhi Chawla and her husband Jai Mehta, Yuvraj Singh, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel and Ashish Nehra.

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