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Wedding Inspiration of the Week: Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

Istanbul has become one of the most preferred international wedding destinations for billionaires. It’s a shopper’s paradise, a gourmet’s delight and a center of culture with ancient Ottoman palaces, treasury of miniature art and architectural marvels. The 186 luxurious guestrooms of the Shangri-la offer exquisite views of the city’s skyline and the Bosphorus Strait.

The hotel provides an exquisite setting for a charming wedding reception with its old-school world-travel opulence against the old world splendor of Istanbul. The hotel takes design cues from the glamorous Dolmabahce Palace with swathes of marble, glittering chandeliers and a mix of European, Asian and Turkish design. A grand staircase wends down the hotel’s three-story atrium, transporting guests from the lobby to the elegant ballrooms and other venues. The hotel’s two magnificent ballrooms have capacities that range from 100 to 550 persons.

Our Editors have put together a Mood Board for an elegant and exquisite wedding at Shangri-La Istanbul; featuring gorgeous views of the hotel and the ballroom, exquisite jewellery from Tanishq, and set-ups from real weddings at Shangri-la Bosphorus.

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Bridal Beginnings at Zoya- Nishka Lulla

‘Jewels of the Rajputana’ – Zoya’s most exquisite and grand collection of the year pays tribute to the magnificent legacy of the Rajputs. Camels, kotah painters, the golden desert, swirling skirts, mirror work, colorful turbans, intricate leather work and the culture’s noble and courageous history, are all elements that served as muses to design Zoya’s latest majestic collection, crafted with the finest polki in unique settings, exquisite handcrafted enameling and embellished with precious stones. Inspired by this unique collection, we hosted our latest Bridal Beginnings shoot at Zoya for which we invited three brides-to-be. Here, in the last of the three-part series, we feature talented designer and bride-to-be Nishka Lulla.

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The Jewels she wore
Nishka wore a necklace featuring rows of shinning polkis, locked upon delightful rubies at the ends. She complimented the classic neck-piece with earrings which drizzled with beads, from an umbrella of polkis knit with gold, and a skillfully created and contemporary designed bracelet.

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Bridal Look
Nishka chose a bridal ensemble designed by none other than her mother Neeta Lulla. She looked radiant in an elegant cream net lehenga with sequins work, which was paired with an intricate and sparkling hand embellished beautifully cut blouse.

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To compliment the stylish outfit, Makeup Artist Kumar Iyer first used a full coverage oil free Matte foundation by Bobbi Brown to even out her skin. He then swept her cheeks with a MAC Style blush. Next, he used a Laura Mercier lip plumper on her lips, topped it with a peach gold gloss by Lancome, and then filled her lips using a Bobbi Brown Petal lip pencil. For her eyes, Kumar used the MAC mineralise high shine eyeshadow for a soft smokey look. He then used the Lakme Absolute Kohl and Hypnose Drama Mascara by Lancome, after curling her lashes with a Shu Uemura lash curler. With her makeup done, Kumar then created waves with Nishka’s straight hair, pinning it away from the face for a soft bridal look.

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Outfit- Neeta Lulla
Makeup & Hairstyling- Kumar Iyer
Jewellery and Location- Zoya, Khar

Photographs by- Amit Barot Photography

Beauty Must Have: Lakmé Lip Love

The results of this seemingly never-ending cold, dry season? Our lips won’t stop peeling off. And chapped lips are definitely not a cute look. Thankfully there is Lakme Lip Love that luxuriously moisturises dried out lips, all while providing a punch of much-needed color. Whether it’s peach, strawberry, cherry or vanilla, these tints complete the deal of color and care. Lakmé Lip Love also offers 12 hours of lipsmacking goodness as it leaves your lips soft and supple for half your day.

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Soha Ali Khan wears a Raw Mango ensemble for her Wedding Reception

After their low-key marriage on the morning of January 25, Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu hosted a reception for their close friends from the industry. Soha wore a hot pink and gold lehenga designed by Sanjay Garg (Raw Mango) from his Winter Festives 2014 collection. Kunal Khemu accessorised his traditional ensemble with pink pocket square to match his beautiful bride.

Our best wishes to the newly weds! Here’s a glimpse of their star-studded evening.

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Kareena looked ravishing in glittering white and pink lehenga choli designed by Manish Malhotra

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The bride’s mother Sharmila Tagore with Saif and Kareena

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The bride’s elder sister Saba Ali Khan

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Karisma Kapoor in a gorgeous white and gold embroidered lehenga and long jacket set by Manish Malhotra

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Sophie Choudry in a red and gold lehenga by Anushka Khanna and Sandhya Mridul in a beige and orange saree by Nikasha Tawadey

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Neha Dhupia in a black Payal Singhal lehenga

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Malaika wore a cream and gold Preeti S Kapoor floor-length anarkali while her sister Amrita Arora wore a Shantanu Nikhil lehenga in hot pink

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Kareena and Karishma pose with their mother Babita and Saif Ali Khan

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Karan Johar in a classic black and gold combination Sherwani

Kussh Sinha ties the knot with Taruna Agarwal at a lavish wedding in Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Actor and politician Shatrugan Sinha’s son Kussh tied the knot with Taruna Agarwal, daughter of a UK based businessman on January 18th at Taj Lands End. The Agarwals and Sinhas booked over 150 rooms at the hotel, where the extended families and guests checked-in for 2 or 3 days. The Wedding Planners Dreamz Kraft and bride’s sister Shruti coordinated the events working closely with the hotel which is one of the most popular wedding venues for B-town.

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The celebrations commenced with the Mehendi at Garden View. The same evening a Cocktail Party was held by the pool-side and lawns. The Pheras took place the next day at the Ballroom. One of the highlights of the two day celebrations was the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who attended the wedding ceremony. Obviously, security across the hotel and the vicinity was extremely tight, the families hired TOPS security personnel while the hotel’s security officers worked over-time co-ordinating with the SPG and Mumbai police on all the arrangements. The Sangeet celebrations took place after the Pheras where Mika was the star entertainer among the galaxy of stars.

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The Reception was hosted by the Sinhas the next day at another five-star hotel in Santacruz and was graced by top Bollywood stars and politicians. Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Rishi Kapoor, Sunny Deol, Rekha, Jaya Prada, Kajol, Poonam Dhillon, Padmini Kolhapure, Mohammad Azharuddin, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Praful Patel, David Dhawan and Subhash Ghai among others were present.

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Wedding Makers
Venue & Catering- Taj Lands End, Mumbai
Wedding Planning & Co-ordination- Dreamz Kraft
Decor- Priti Sidhwani (Dreamz Kraft)
Bride and Grooms Wear- Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi
Entertainers- Mika Singh, Sharmili, Hiral Kamani Garg
Photography & Film- The Wedding Story

Lakmé collaborates with Anamika Khanna to set the biggest trends this Summer

Anamika Khanna - Grand Finale Designer - LFW SR 2015 - low resLakmé has picked Anamika Khanna to be the season’s Grand Finale designer at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2015.  A talented designer and one of our favorites, Anamika will be working on the fashion interpretation of Lakmé’s statement. The extravaganza will witness a fresh palette of colours, stunning silhouettes and creative new beauty looks, all inspired by Lakmé’s trend forecast. A self-taught designer, Anamika is known to seamlessly weave together traditional Indian and modern methods to make a unique and diverse style statement through her outfits. With Anamika, the finale stage is sure to see a stunning fusion of traditional Indian aesthetics with modern, edgy cuts and silhouettes.

If her last bridal collection as the Grand Finale designer at Lakme Fashion Week in 2009 is anything to go by, we are ready for an ethereal range with  sensual colours, modern silhouttes and flawless embroidery.

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organized by Lakmé and IMG Reliance. LFW is organized twice every year. LFW Summer/Resort 2015 will be held from March 18 to March 22, 2015 at Palladium Hotel, Mumbai.

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Where to get married like a Royal- Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

By Divya and Vithika (Divya Vithika Wedding Planners, Bangalore)

On WeddingSutra.com, we often read about dream wedding venues and celebrity wedding hot-spots so naturally we have been keen to visit the resorts and castles from Europe to North America, which international celebrities found romantic enough to say ‘I do’. Now in India, it is not uncommon for conversations among the uber-rich to revolve around the most luxurious venues for weddings. In fact, our first meeting with a potential clientsometimes have the ‘dreamy’ element to it—talkson where on Earth we should go to make it extra special. And our pick for the classiest place to pledge lifelong commitment would be Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur where we spent time with Mr. Vincent Ramos, the Hotel’s General Manager to find out what makes it one of the most royally refined venues in the world.

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The magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace managed by the Taj Group of Hotels is one of the world’s largest private residences and it also has a private museum and opulent marbled squash courts. The pool, housed deep beneath the palace itself has zodiac signs marked on the pathway around the pool in black and white tiles,and it is probably the most flamboyant pool you will ever see.Close to Umaid Bhawan Palace is Mehrangarh Fort which is known to be one of the best preserved forts in India and a venue for royal dinners and luxury soirees.

Q. Umaid Bhawan has played host to some of the most high-profile weddings, tell us more about weddings which take place here.
Vincent Ramos (VR)- The unique combination of a top hotel chain (Taj) with the pride and individuality of a royal home (the royal family lives in a part of a palace) offer a unique and enjoyable combination that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. When we invite guests it is an invitation to ‘Live life like a Maharaja’which we pursue with a passion and our bespoke services make the experience a fairy-tale extravaganza.Typically, a two or three day wedding celebration at our venue begins with a Cocktail Dinner by the Poolside, a Mehendi at Meherangarh Fort, Sangeet at the ornate Marwar Hall, and the Wedding cum Reception at the famous Baradari Lawns. Almost every function is infused with the rich, vibrant local culture to make it a memorable event. Having said that, today, many brides and grooms want the Rajasthan experience and also want to party at a very trendy venue—so we are witnessing many such celebrations in Umaid Bhawan and Jodhpur which is now a glamourous destination and one of the trendiest places in India.

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Q. Tell us more about your clientele.
VR- Our wedding clientele are usually the very well-heeled Indians whose budget (both families combined) would be in the range of a few crores or more- this would include what they’d spend on accommodation, venues & food, entertainment & decor. They include business families from Mumbai, Delhi and other cities and Chairman/ MD’s of trans-national companies, NRIs from USA, Europe, South East Asia and other parts of the world.

While weddings keep us busy during the peak season (November to February), the rest of the year we are busy with other social events and leisure travellers- families from all over India and NRI’s and foreigners from all over the world, who include the world’s mega-rich and super famous.

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Q. Apart from weddings what other events do you host?
VR- Since Umaid Bhawan Palace is a heritage property it is primarily an exotic wedding destination. The wedding functions are spread over various ceremonies and different venues including the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort which is located close-by. The other events hosted here include the Polo Season, Brand Launches, Conferences, Music Festivals, Outbounds, Birthdays, Anniversaries etc. Recently a top corporate organised an event/ conference where the theme was ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’. The three-day conference kicked off with a mela theme evening at the Mehrangarh Fort, guests were greeted with champagne and ‘Safas’ (turbans) were tied, the entrance was lined with lancers on horses and camels, a royal procession comprising torch bearers lead the way up to the fort ramparts. Day two started with the unique Champagne Museum Walk where the ladies admired the fine collection of Victorian and Edwardian antiques at the palace followed by spa treatments at Jiva Spa while their spouses held court at the Marwar Hall. The evening was a completely different experience compared to the previous day with a Bollywood theme party at the outdoor pool-side. Day 3 saw women and children enjoying a kite flying experience at the lawns and a shopping trip into town while the men continued their conference at the Marwar Hall. In the evening the glowing palace face provided a splendid backdrop to the grand finale of the conference. Guests walked down a pathway lit with glistening flames of candles surrounded by the lush palace gardens and the whiff of desert breeze. The experience was further enhanced with rich Rajasthani cuisine, traditional costumes and the ambience of a splendid Rajasthan royal wedding.

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4.  Tell us more about Mehrangarh Fort?
Umaid Bhawan Palace has the sole rights of hosting events at the Fort. The Mehrangarh Fort encloses many palaces, which are known for their intricate carvings, beautiful stained glass windows and sprawling courtyards, making it a perfect royal backdrop. The fort has been witness to world-class events like magnificent receptions with world renowned entertainers, Diwali, New Year celebrations and the British Polo season.

5. We have talked a lot about the property now we would like to know a little about you.
I joined as the General Manager of Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur in May, 2013. I have an experience of 22 years in the Art of Hoteliering. Previous to this I have had a stint with Four Seasons Group and the Leela Group of Hotels.I have completed my Graduation in Hotel Management from the Institute of Hotel Management, Goa and I pursued my Masters in Business Administration from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.

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Decor by www.themeweavers.in
Photos Courtesy- Manie Bhatia
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Young and Inspiring- Sajil Shah

In our new series ‘Young and Inspiring’ we interact with young talent from the fashion and events domain whose job involves helping couples plan their celebrations of love. Here, young jewelry designer Sajil Shah of ‘Sajjante’, whose vision is to create hand-crafted timeless pieces of jewelry invites us to reveal his treasures at his newly-opened studio in Kemps Corner, South Mumbai.

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Q) Tell us more about your journey and your collection
My family has been in the diamond manufacturing business since long and I went to Florence, Italy to study at the different specialist jewelry schools there. The city with its heritage, history and culture has always been an inspiration for me as an artisan and I imbibed these influences while training with some of the best goldsmiths in the world. Sajjante’s jewelry is a culmination of European hand making techniques and Indian mogul inspired design. We have revived traditional European processes, currently practiced in very few workshops around the world, to create unique pieces of jewelry with the perfect blend of timeless and contemporary.

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Q) What stirred the interest to set-up a stand-alone store in Mumbai?
Sajjante was founded in September 2011 and we have got a very encouraging response since. When we decided to set up the stand-alone store the goal was to create a space where customers can walk in and view some of the creations displayed like works of art. They are then guided to a room inside to view the rest of the collection.

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Q) What is your favorite piece you’ve created till date– and what makes it so special?
The ‘Strawberry Earrings’ in my collection is till date my favorite. They are a pair of delicate diamond earrings in which rose cut diamonds are faceted and re-cut to layer into a formation to resemble a life-like strawberry.

Q) What kind of person do you see wearing your jewellery?
Sajjante was born to satisfy the niche demand of those with a taste for art and a passion for jewelry. When a customer walks in, I want them to look at it as pieces of art, more than an investment. And while some of them may be clear about what they want e.g. a necklace I want them to look at everything and be intrigued by it.

Q) What pieces from your collection would you recommend for a Cocktail or a Wedding brunch, where the bride is wearing a contemporary or fusion ensemble?
Ear clips and handcuffs are jewels that would complement a bride in a contemporary/fusion outfit and are the latest in terms of trends too.

Q) As a designer, where do you draw your inspiration? 
It may sound cliché, but I cannot be more genuine when I say I am inspired by every single thing I see, do, hear and experience.

Q) How would you define your design aesthetic? What excites you about designs/innovations in jewelry right now?
It is funny but innovations actually involve going back and drawing inspiration from traditional design and techniques that have almost become extinct due to the mass nature of the industry. Reviving these techniques into current forms is what I find most exciting. So clean organic forms, with a blend of the old world charm and contemporary style, is what enthuses me most.

Sanjay Garg Launches the Raw Mango ‘Stitched Line’ at Bungalow 8, Mumbai

Designer Sanjay Garg is all set to celebrate the retail debut of his Signature Line at Bungalow 8 in Colaba, Mumbai, on 20th January. With this launch, he intends to explore the traditional clothing techniques of India, giving it a contemporary interpretation, synonymous with his work thus far.

Sanjay has revisited, and in some cases revived the long forgotten technique of making garment patterns on the handloom, to create unique and original pieces that you can pass down generations. The garments in this collection are a reflection of his attempts to go back to the inherent beauty of a hand woven garment’s craftsmanship and raw material, without relying on heavy surface embellishments or ornamentation. Here are some creations from his latest collection.

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‘Stiched Line’ by Raw Mango
20 – 23 January 2015
Bungalow 8,
Grants Building, 17 Arthur Bunder Road,
Colaba, Mumbai

Amazing Thailand Amazing Romance 2015

New premium lanes to fast track immigration exclusively for Honeymooners and Couples at Bangkok and Phuket International Airports in February 2015.

As part of a campaign by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with Suvarnbhumi Airport, Phuket International Airport, and the Immigration Division 2, to enable couples or honeymooners travelling together to expedite their arrival in Thailand, a Premium Lane located at both the East and West Concords of the Suvarnbhumi Airport’s International Arrivals Building, as well as, Phuket International Airport’s International Arrival Hall, are provided for a fast track through immigration. Travellers have the privilege to use it throughout the month of February 2015 from 05.00 – 24.00 Hours; in which they will enjoy Thailand as a Destination of diversified tourism resources, provision of International facilities, and warm hospitality.

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Participant’s Criteria
1. Lovers or Honeymooners
2. Couples

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Suvarnbhumi Airport
1. There are two registration counters. One is located at the East Concord (which receives passengers from Gates A,B,C and D) just at the end of the travelator. The other counter is located at the West Concord (which receives passengers from Gates E,F and G) just at the end of the travelator.

2. Once registered, travellers will be given souvenirs that entitle the holders to use the Premium Lane for a fast track through the immigration process. They will also be eligible for the lucky draw to win a host of prizes- photo sessions, exclusive accommodation, pampering spa treatments and wow dining experiences.

Phuket International Airport
1. The registration counter is located at the passenger hall (connected to the aerobridge). Travellers arriving from the bus gate will also be able to view it.

2. Once registered, travellers will be given souvenirs that entitle the holders to use the Premium Lane for a fast track through the immigration process. They will also be eligible for the lucky draw to win a host of prizes- photo sessions, exclusive accommodation, pampering spa treatments and wow dining experiences.

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