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With WeddingSutra on Location- Sonam Kukreja

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 third of the four-part series, bride-to-be Sonam Kukreja blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Ensemble.


“Venues, decor, clothes, makeup, jewellery, photography- the to-do list for a bride-to-be never ends! As beautiful as your courtship is, putting together the pieces of your dream wedding is quite overwhelming. I was completely lost in this maze, but spending time reading the posts on WeddingSutra helped me untangle the confused knots.

One day ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ caught my attention so I wrote to WeddingSutra expressing my interest in wanting to be a part of it. A few weeks later I was invited for their upcoming shoot. I walked into Ensemble, the venue, where I was welcomed by team WeddingSutra. Anshu from WeddingSutra first briefed me about what the bride-to-be experience was going to be like. And then started my search for the outfit. I walked around the store twice maybe thrice, each lehenga in Ensemble looked more gorgeous than the other! I was clear I wanted an outfit with a modern-traditional feel, and then I found a splendid deep blue velvet lehenga. It was a creation by Manish Malhotra with embroidery in a combination of gold and silver and with a maroon colored dupatta. I tried it and thankfully it fit perfectly! To compliment the striking lehenga, I wore heavy earrings and a statement ring by Azva.



Next was hairstyling and makeup time. I’ve never been comfortable with makeup but this time I decided to let go of all doubts, and I sat in the dressing room in front of star make-up artist Ojas Rajani. She went about her work with her deft hands, while taking the effort to chat to make me comfortable. After Ojas finished my look, she smiled and said, ‘You look so gorgeous, tera doolha toh girne wala hai tujhe dekh ke !’ I laughed and then I looked at myself in the mirror- it took me more than a few seconds to feel the joy, and express the delight to see my transformation.



Next, Ashwin and Jhalak from Shades Photography took over, and they were as gentle as they were professional. A few poses were recommended, but basically I was asked to be myself.


I thought I would be tired after the hour long makeup and candid photography session but it was the other way round- I left Ensemble feeling all enthused and energized. Thank you team WeddingSutra for this amazing experience.”

Sonam’s Look
Ojas used a lot of hair extensions to add volume to Sonam’s hair and gave her a mermaid hair-do. She began with the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse to give Sonam’s flawless complexion a smooth velvet finish, and added a touch of Lakmé Absolute Cheek Baked Chromatic Blush for a peaches and cream look. She then applied the false eyelashes and curled them. Next, she brushed on Lakmé Absolute Drama Stylist Shadow Duos in Pink Wink, deftly blending it. She then delicately applied a very thin stroke of the Lakmé Absolute Forever Silk Eyeliner on the upper and lower eyelids, and gave her a winged look. She brushed on coats of the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Mascara and finished with Lakmé Absolute Crème Lipcolour in a fresh Royal Rouge to create a soft, feminine look.

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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).

Sonam@WeddingSutra on Location
Outfit– Manish Malhotra (available at Ensemble, Lions Gate)
Jewellery- Azva (available at Gehna Jewellers)
Hair & Makeup- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by- Shades Photography

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Designing Wedding Photobooks with Vinayak and Snigdha

Vinayak Das and Snigdha Sheel started Photo Tantra in 2009 and since then they have shot over 300 weddings in 7 different countries. Here, the husband-wife duo talk about their Photobooks and why Photobook design has always been their key focus.

Sentimental and solid value of Photobooks
Photography is about freezing pristine moments, so one can see them in future and go back in time. One of the best ways to present these beautiful memories is to feature them in a Wedding Photobook which can be cherished by the couple and their loved ones. In the age of Facebook, Instagram and Online albums, a Photobook is a tangible keepsake of your wedding moments. Flipping through the pages of a Wedding Photobook is one of the simple joys you can experience years after the wedding day. So a Photographer and a Photobook designer have a dual responsibility- to shoot beautiful timeless pictures and present them as a book that lasts for many years.

Pure Album 004 (Sides 5-6)

Pure Album 007 (Sides 11-12)

Advice for Couples
If possible, book a photographer after seeing his Photobooks!!  It is the single most important keepsake of your wedding. Do your research or ask your photographer about the different Photobooks. Indian companies like Canvera work with imported high quality paper and provide world class Photobooks. They also provide a replacement guarantee of 25 years. Photobook companies from Italy, US, UK offer this service too and many of the top Indian photographers have a tie-up with them. So start with giving a brief to your Photographer on the kind of Photobook you are looking for. The next if not the most important thing is how your photographer designs his Photobooks. Over designed pages with backgrounds, blurs and selective coloring are passe. Look for a clean design where the photographs are not drowned by design. And later on, be involved in the selection of the photographs so all the happiest moments from the wedding are in your keepsake.

Pure Album 010 (Sides 17-18)

Pure Album 009 (Sides 15-16)

Our final advice for to-be-weds is: ‘Please do get a Photobook made with the best quality papers. You might think that digital photos are enough but the feel of flipping through a well-designed and elegant Photobook is just something else’.


Photos Courtesy- Photo Tantra

All that the NRI Brides want to know about Shopping in India

By Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan

All your bags are packed, and you’re ready to go, leaving on a jet plane. Hmmm…humming the tune with excitement and butterflies in your stomach? For girls, shopping for our wedding, well, let’s admit, is as exciting as the wedding itself. Probably more! For many of my clients and friends who live abroad, shopping in India means wanting to take back a piece of their homeland, to wear India and to celebrate it on one of the most important days of their life! Here’s my list of recommendations for NRI brides on shopping in India.

The Wedding Lehenga
It’s not just a three-piece Indian garment.It’s a romantic dream and a childhood fantasy. Your wedding lehenga is the garment that will define your bridal moment. You’ve saved more than a 100 photos from Pinterest and know the Lakmé, Wills and Couture Fashion Week collections at the back of your head- but in reality, finding the perfect lehenga that suits your idea will be like looking for a needle in a haystack. You’ll find yourself romancing age-old antique zardosi in fine silk, resham thread work over layers of romantic tulle will catch your fancy, gota and mirror work colorful borders will instantly attract and let’s not forget how those vivid Indian colours can be ‘Oh-so-found-only-in-India’.

Red-Sharik Verma8BGroom in a Studio Aboutir outfit and bride in a Sabyasachi Lehenga. Photo courtesy- Sharik Verma for Bridélan

Hop by to the newest Bridal museum in the land of Bollywood– Mumbai at the new Sabyasachi flagship store. If you’re lucky you’ll get to meet the ‘hero’– Sabyasachi Mukherjee himself as he is hosting bridal trunk shows starting this August in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and few other cities. His heritage lehengas in reds and fuchsias are outstanding and will evoke that strong sense of emotion that a bride will experience– ‘OMG! I want to get married just for these clothes.’

Creations by Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani and Sabyasachi

You cannot come to Mumbai and not visit the Badshah of Hindi movies the gentle manly genius– Manish Malhotra. He’s got a pulse on the glamour and colour that is unique to Indian wedding wear, and especially popular for the sangeet or the mehndi. The other must-visit for your reception or any other glamorous formal event is master couturier– Tarun Tahiliani. There is no designer in this country whose outfits are so uniquely draped and pre-stitched to flatter a woman’s body.                  

The Festive Anarkali
Remember Rekha dancing to ‘In Aankhon ki masti’ in a voluminous ivory silk kurta in the classic Umrao Jaan? Splendid, wasn’t it? She wore an ivory anarkali. It is a garment that has gone down as the most desirable piece of clothing of India. Now back in action, in a big way. The Anarkali, revived and reinvented, is like the new LBD, in the Indian context. Now imagine yourself in something similar, alta-smered fingers, donning jewellery by the Nizams, you will actually look and feel like Anarkali, a popular courtesan from the Mughal courts.

Rekha-in-Umrao-Jaan Rekha in a voluminous ivory silk kurta in Bollywood classic ‘Umrao Jaan’ 

If being so old-school isn’t your cup of tea, take cues from modern designs. Look for: Tarun Tahiliani’s collection. Chic and shortened to show cool dhoti pants and some are as short as a peplum top but has a cascading trail at the back. Or go back to history of Indian cinema’s favourite designers Meera & Muzzafar Ali of Kotwara designs. Muzaffar directed Umrao Jaan and also styled it. His muse and stylist Pernia Qureshi recently walked for the Kotwara show in a vintage kurta set at the recently held India Couture Week.

Explore price and design range in every category at India’s oldest but chicest multi-designer store– Ensemble Design Studio in Mumbai and Delhi.

perniaqureshi6 Pernia Qureshi walked the ramp for Meera & Muzzafar Ali of Kotwara designs at India Couture Week 2014

Jadau Jewellery
Traditional is the new ‘in-trend’. Although a must-have at weddings anywhere in the world, wearing your love for traditional on your sleeves is the new cool. When you have many elements of your bridal and trousseau taken care, the next big step is jewellery. You know how timeless and out-of-the-world Indian royalty look in pictures, posing in beautiful textiles and jaw dropping jewellery.  Almost all of Indian royalty wore fine jewels handcrafted in Jadau/ Polki diamonds in meenakari work. Jadau jewellery is a fine export from Bikaner and now has stores everywhere not just in Rajasthan but also all over India. Jadau jewellery layered looks glamorous and makes you look like royalty when paired with Indian ensembles. It’s not just the traditional necklaces and earrings that work, brides now want to go all out and wear a mathapatti, hathphool, kamarbandh, nath, bajubandh and many more. Jaipur and Delhi are the best places to shop for Jadau jewellery. Don’t miss heritage pieces from trusted brands like Tanishq,a jewellery brand by the Tatas who have over 138 stores across 80 cities in India. They are the wedding jewellery specialists and always stock exquisite Jadau designs, also offering you value for money.  Another premium brand by the Tatas is Zoya. They have stores in Mumbai and Delhi and specialize in finely handcrafted designer jewellery.     

0W9A9097 Zoya jewellery. Photo courtesy- Dev Purbiya

_MG_5630Zoya Jadau jewellery. Photo Courtesy- Vinit Bhatt for Bridélan

Tanishq wsol Tanishq jewellery worn by a bride-to-be at WeddingSutra on Location. Photo courtesy- Shreya Sen

tanishq jewellery Tanishq jewellery. Photo courtesy- Aditi Varma

Indian Fusion Sari
Every young bride aspires to wear a sari, but with a modern twist. It is in the DNA of every Indian woman to embrace the sari. In India these days, the sari is seen as power dressing. While some of us take time to adapt to the phenomenon of draping, others are pro from the word go (even if they’ve learnt it over You Tube). You love the sari but wonder how to drape it back in your home country? Don’t worry. Indian designers are exploring various ways for the sari to adapt to the modern woman’s lifestyle. Pre-stitched, pre-draped, some even come looking like sleek, modern gowns. In Delhi, shop at Amit Agarwal for avant-garde styles, or from designer Gaurav Gupta at the DLF Emporio Mall. Even Manish Malhotra at his recent fashion week showed the lehenga saris.

saree collageFusion sarees by Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta and Amit Aggarwal

Traditional Weaves
Every girl can claim to be influenced by a whole lot of top fashion designers but the truth is that during the time of her wedding, she looks up to her mother and grandmother as true style icons. Turning pages of a family album, going down memory lane and one realizes that the grace and sophistication that came so easily to them was a result of being ‘truly traditional’. They didn’t run after trends and fashion but celebrated being demure and traditional and thus looked elegant even years after it was time for their grandchildren to tie the knot. The basics, the fashion lessons always come from home. The one thing our mothers/grandmothers have always had in their wardrobe is an organically built collection of hand-woven traditional saris. Do not go back without buying ones to last you a lifetime, a collection of Banarasi, Chanderi, Uppadas, Kotas, Organzas & Kanjeevaram saris. You will realize the importance of it 20 years later after tying the knot.

Raw Mango, a label by Sanjay Garg has a wide range of modern-traditional saris in Chanderi and Banarasi silks perfect for all occasions and are available at Good Earth and Ensemble. Gaurang Shah is another designer to watch out for wedding wear weaves;he has stores in Hyderabad, Bangalore and now Mumbai. A treasure trove of the most beautifully curated weaves and handlooms, rare exquisite saris can be found at the Taj Khazana– a design and crafts boutique by the Taj Group of Hotels.

Raw Mango1A family wearing Raw Mango at a wedding. Photo courtesy- Raw Mango

Bridélan is a premium styling and personal shopping services for Brides & Grooms. To get in touch with them, visit www.bridelan.com

Grooms-to-be, win an invite to a consultation with Giorgio Armani Made to Measure

Giorgio Armani is a name associated throughout the world with luxury menswear. Indeed, the designer is credited with redefining the idea of modern tailoring and ushering in a new era of clothing for men. This month, Made to Measure service is making it’s way to Mumbai for an exclusive preview for the modern day Indian Groom.


Giorgio Armani’s Made to Measure suits are literally a study in the fine art of tailoring, and combine the world famous spirit of Armani with the premium quality of made to measure craftsmanship. The customer who wears Giorgio Armani is accustomed to excellent service. When he comes in for a fitting for a Made to Measure suit he will discover the ultimate in the luxury shopping experience. He will be helped and guided by highly trained staff. He will be able to feel the fabrics, select those he likes, choose his own lining and style of button, and select a silhouette, specifying the details: the type of lapel, pocket positions, single or double-breasted fastening, pleated or non-pleated trouser.



Giorgio Armani is offering three WeddingSutra fans (Grooms-to-be) an invite to their exclusive event (date and venue details below) in Mumbai. If you would like to discover Made to Measure and meet Stefano Messagi, their Specialist from Milan, email the following details to weddingsutra@gmail.com (Wedding Planners and Stylists can nominate their clients too)*

Name of Groom
Date of Wedding
Contact No and Email Address
Link to FB Profile


Date- Thursday, September 4th
Time- To be decided (based on winners time preference)
Venue- JW Marriott, Juhu, Mumbai

*Appointments will be confirmed subject to availability.

With WeddingSutra on Location- Shruti Parekh

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 second of the four-part series, bride-to-be Shruti Parekh writes about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Ensemble.

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“Like all brides-to-be I too am more than ecstatic about getting married. I have been enjoying every minute of the planning and preparation process, and perusing through every bride’s bible- WeddingSutra. While the content on WeddingSutra is very interesting, what fascinated me most was their bridal event ‘WeddingSutra on Location’. So I sent an email to WeddingSutra and I was thrilled when I heard back from them inviting me to be a part of their next WeddingSutra on location.

The location was Ensemble, Bandra, a store known for its beautiful outfits from coveted designers from all over India. Team WeddingSutra introduced me to the experts and the other brides-to-be, and then we started with the search for the Lehenga. Keeping in mind my petite figure, Anshu from WeddingSutra helped me pick a beautiful ombre-dyed lehenga, which was from a deep peach to an orangey red with antique embroidery, created by Ensemble’s in-house team. It was paired with a red raw silk blouse with a sweetheart neckline, and a beautiful net red dupatta.


Once I had my outfit on, it was time for the famous Ojas Rajani to work her make-up magic on me. She explained to me what she was doing step-by-step, and she kept asking me if I had any inputs or suggestions; So I was very comfortable with her and in less than an hour, Ojas and her team transformed me into a resplendent bride!


With my hair and makeup done, the team showed me the beautiful gold jewellery they had sourced from Azva and Gehna Jewellers. To keep the look minimalistic, I selected a unique and dazzling pair of gold cuff earrings with jhumkis, along with an ornate maang tikka and a gold bracelet. Once I was ready, I slowly walked to the mirror, enjoying the moment of seeing myself as a stunning bride.


It was finally time for the photo shoot with Ashwin and Jhalak from Shades photography. At first I was a little conscious but they guided me very well, so in a matter of minutes I was ready to face the camera as they captured photographs, both candid and posed.


The entire On Location experience with team WeddingSutra was a lot of fun. And perfect for a bride-to-be like me who is always eager to witness bridal looks and learn every little detail about it. Thank you WeddingSutra!”

Shruti’s Look
Ojas began by creating a base with the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse on the face and eyes. She then glued on false eyelashes and curled them. To enhance the sparkle in Shruti’s eyes, she decided to give her a very soft, shimmery look with a hint of glitter. So she brushed on the Gold Pearl and Peach Pearl shades from the Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Eyeshadow collection and blended them well. She then applied a Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate, and built it on by adding a shade of brown eye shadow on the lower lid. She then smoked it in an outward, upward fashion to create a soft winged look. A coat of the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Mascara, burnt orange lip color and a maang tikka completed Shruti’s ‘demure bride’ makeover.


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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).

Shruti@WeddingSutra on Location
Outfit– Ensemble Design Studio
Jewellery- Azva (available at Gehna Jewellers)
Hair & Makeup- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by- Shades Photography

Ace makeup artist Shivani Sheth takes Bride-to-be Kritika Beauty Shopping with Lakme

Bride-to-be Kritika Jain had a fairly clear idea what works for her skin but she was really interested in knowing what makeup would work best for her. So WeddingSutra and Lakmé decided to get expert makeup artist Shivani Sheth to take her shopping and ease her into the world of beauty products.


Kritika’s Top Skin Concerns
Kritika has flawless, unblemished skin, except for slight dark circles around her eyes, so Shivani suggests applying almond oil every night before she goes to sleep. Another way to improve it is to apply a raw potato pack on the face. This gives a natural glow and also addresses Kritika’s other concern– tanning. Shivani recommends that she keep her skin hydrated, and eats a lot of fruit to nourish her skin.


Shivani’s Top Makeup Picks for Kritika
Shivani demonstrates two looks for Shivani for social occasions or for an evening out.

Shivani chooses a palette of burnt orange and corals to complement Kritika’s warm skin tone and dusky complexion for the makeover. She begins with the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Foundation to create a smooth base, and then applies the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Compact to set the foundation. She brushes on the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duos in Coral Blush to enhance her cheeks and a touch of Lakmé Absolute Sun-kissed Bronzer to highlight them. To add glitz to Kritika’s eyes, she uses the Lakmé Absolute Drama Stylist Shadow Crayon in ivory and follows up with the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate on the upper lash line and the lower water line of her eyes, and coats of the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Mascara. For her lips, Shivani chooses from the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist range – the Coral Lustre lip color and adds a touch of the Coral Sunset gloss to the center of her lips for a juicier pout.




“Kritika has beautiful features and a good face for makeup. I just told her to fill in her eyebrows with a pencil,” says Shivani. “She just has to carry a lip color in coral or peach, a matching blush on, a nice ivory tone eye shadow and mascara in her makeup kit, and she’s set.”


Inside Shivani’s Beauty Bag
Shivani loves the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate pencil as it glides beautifully across the eyelids, and the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets mascara, which is ideal to create a fuller look as it adds triple the volume to the eyelashes as compared to some of the other brands of mascara. The Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist lip glosses are really intense and smooth.



Kritika’s Beauty Shopping Experience
“I felt very special at the Lakmé Absolute Salon- and it was a nice place to move out of my comfort zone and see the entire Lakmé Absolute range. Typically I’ve used kajal only, so I had very little idea on what kind of makeup would suit me, or even how to use it. But, Shivani patiently explained the basic steps to make-up and colors application.

I was wearing kajal when I went for the session. So Shivani first wiped it out with a makeup remover and it came off in seconds. I’m definitely buying it; the Lakmé Absolute Bi-Phased Makeup Remover.


Shivani began with the basic three-step process of cleaning, toning and moisturizing before applying makeup. To clean, wash the face with warm water and a face wash. Splash ice cold water on the face for toning, and moisturise the face to close and pack all the pores.

She then talked about foundation, and taught me how to choose the right shade for my skin. She said I should check on what shade is best for me, by applying a little product below the jaw, and not on the face, as there is always a slight color difference between the face and the neck.


She gave me a day look which I could intensify for the night, by adding on extra kajal and eyeliner and smoking it out, and brush on some more blush and lip color.”

What I Learnt about my Beauty Regimen
“I plan to purchase the foundation, eye makeup and lip colours that Shivani used on me, so I can recreate the looks she demonstrated. It’s been one week since our consultation session, and I have been following her suggestions of the almond oil application and the 20-minute mashed potato face pack, and the good results are already showing. I am very happy I took time out for this session with Shivani at the Lakmé Absolute Salon. Thanks to WeddingSutra for this opportunity. I now feel inspired to use makeup and I am confident that I can carry the looks which I learnt from Shivani.”


If you would like to go Beauty Shopping with Lakmé in Mumbai please write to us (weddingsutra@gmail.com) with the following details. Selected lucky winners will be notified via email:Your name, contact number, link to your FB profile, wedding date and a one para write-up (4 to 10 lines) on why you are looking forward to this experience

Photographs Courtesy- The Lightsmiths

‘Gloss’: Indian Cocktail collection by Manish Malhotra at Grand Finale of Lakmé Fashion Week

Clearly Manish Malhotra thinks grey is the color of the season. As soon as we entered the Ballroom of Palladium Hotel, the venue of the grand finale, event stylist Gurleen M Puri who our team accompanied fell in love with the way grey was used on the walls for show. There were tones of grey throughout the collection but at the end of show, there was a standing ovation as Kareena Kapoor Khan walked the ramp for Manish Malhotra in a grey ensemble with tie-n-dye in shades of red wine and mirror work.

Kareena Kapoor Khan in Manish Malhotra

The collection was curated for occasions where brides can experiment and have fun with their outfits, be it at the engagement, cocktail, sangeet or even to take along as part of their wedding trousseau. High on gloss, shimmer and mirror work, this season Manish Malhotra celebrates weddings and winter festivities in India with inspiration from the fashionable young woman who loves the glamour in the play of light and fabric.


In line with the international trend of gloss, gleam and shine, the contemporary mirror work and textured shimmer in the collection doesn’t just dazzle, it reflects the euphoria and radiance of a woman on the brink of a dream come true. From the color palette to the embroidery, fabric and silhouette, the contemporary expression of style can be found in every detail. Colors of wine, burgundy, grey and silver in specially treated textured silks and velvet, or in flowy chiffon and soft nets, allow for transluscence and shimmer to flow into the effortless silhouettes adding that ultra-feminine touch.


After the show Manish Malhotra, spoke about his collection for Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2014, “It was great working with Gloss as a muse. As always, Lakmé is back with a beauty trend that is sure to become a game changer in beauty and I am glad to be a part of this global phenomenon, especially as a part of the very first Lakmé Bridal Dream Team. My new collection marries the concept of high-gloss with contemporary mirror-work, bringing alive GLOSS in a form which every neo-bride is wanting to explore.”

Models in Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra stores
Mumbai: Shivraj Heights, Corner of 14th Road & Linking Road, Next To Raj Kumar Jewellers, Khar West, Mumbai – 400052
New Delhi: H 5/1 Kalkadas Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi

Ensemble to preview Bridal Fashion Fete in Mumbai

Ensemble presents ‘Bridal Fashion Fete 2014′ at their flagship store at Lion’s Gate on Monday, 25th August, 2014.

This season Ensemble brings you the latest from the country’s leading designers Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta, Varun Bahl, Rohit Bal, JJ Valaya, Amit Aggarwal, Gauri Nainika, Pankaj & Nidhi, Studio Petticoat, Anand Kabra, Amrita Thakur and also Ensemble Design Studio. Ensemble’s in-house label, ‘The Ensemble Design Studio’  is made up of a group of talented designers who understand and project the unique Ensemble aesthetic with their contemporary designs.

Tarun Tahiliani@Ensemble Bridal Fete Preview
Creation by Tarun Tahiliani

The highlights of the preview include

- Exploring traditional embroidery techniques with the ‘aari’ work sarees and ‘jhorokha’ lehengas.

- The jhorokha lehenga is inspired from Mughal era architecture. The lehenga has a special geometrical pattern created in organza, raw silk and net and the embroidery is embellished with sequins and zari.

- The aari saree collection is made by skilled aari workers using a traditional embroidery technique, highlighted with sequins and pearls. Created in the season’s trendiest colours, the fabrics include georgette and organza raw silk brocade.

- On display are long jackets with sharara pants and lehengas, outfits with floral motif embroideries, appliqués, gota patti and dori embroidery and concept sarees such as saree gowns and dhoti sarees.

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Creations by Varun Bahl

Widening their colour palette this season, Ensemble’s bridal pieces are available in rich blues, emerald and pastels, besides the traditional hues of reds, oranges and gold.

pankaj nidhiCreations by Pankaj & Nidhi

Ethereal dreamy fabrics, delicate embroideries, beautiful hues, and floral motif detailing, the handwork on this season’s wedding collection is truly inspiring. Drop by Ensemble and make your bridal shopping experience special!

Monday, 25th August 2014, 11.00 am onward
Ensemble, Lion’s Gate: 022-2287 2882-130/ 132, Great Western Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Mumbai -23

Gurleen Puri designs ‘Dressing Room’ for Manish Malhotra Show, Lakmé Fashion Week Grand Finale

By Jaspreet Soni

Gurleen M Puri, one of India’s top events and wedding stylists, is all set to recreate the magical world of brides –a room of beauty, dreams and romance – on the ramp for Manish Malhotra’s bridal collection at the Lakmé Fashion Week Grand Finale. ‘The Dressing Room’ set is a perfect confluence of Manish’s style sensibilities and Gurleen’s creativity. Manish’s designs are known for the opulence and old world charm, with a twist of modernity and that is exactly what Gurleen has accentuated in the décor by bringing in European elements. Gurleen says, “It is all about the making of a bride. You feel the moment and not just see it. We have tried to capture the essence. We have used Victorian chandeliers, antique furniture. And we have flown in lots of European flowers right from hydrangeas to tulips and liliums. The timing is just perfect as the flowers are in full bloom in this season. There are blushing pinks and pristine whites. The delicateness, the beauty of the moment has to come out.”


While the reflection in the idea is Manish, the softness, the volume, the larger-than- life implementation is Gurleen. A perfect combination, we say. Manish knew Gurleen was the only one who could take this to another level and Gurleen had an exact understanding of what Manish wanted.  But when two highly creative people come together, is the confluence easier?  She says, “It is like creating a perfect dream world for the bride. And it is possible only if you understand the bride and bring her reflection in the décor for everyone to see. Manish understands our style and we know what his expectations are from us and it is this understanding that bridges all the creative gaps. We have tried to make the idea lively and translate it into a reality. Hopefully, we have achieved it.”

This is Manish Malhotra’s fourth finale at LFW. This season, the celebrated designer will be showcasing Lakmé Absolute’s bridal trousseau and a look inspired by Lakmé Absolute.

She concludes: “It is the interpretation of the bride of today- soft, beautiful, romantic, sensual, old world charm mixed with new world ideologies.” While we have been witness to all the Lakmé Grand Finale’s since its inception in 2000, this is one finale we’re truly excited about.

WeddingSutra hosts ‘Bridal Beginnings’ at Zoya’s new store in Mumbai

For over 14 years, WeddingSutra has been hosting wedding and bridal related events. Today, WeddingSutra on Location is the most talked about bridal event, and our Wedding Planners Networking Sessions are the go-to event for the industry’s biggest names. In keeping with our philosophy of putting together inspiring experiences for brides-to-be, WeddingSutra and Luxury Consultant Nisha JamVwal hosted ‘Bridal Beginnings’ in association with Zoya. The venue was Zoya’s new store in Linking Road, Khar and the evening saw brides-to-be view Zoya’s exquisite collection- international designs, traditional and fusion polki & kundan jewellery.



WeddingSutra understands that when brides-to-be spend time with us, they are not just window shopping for things; they are looking for inspiring ideas and real world advice that they can actually use. And we work tirelessly to make each one of our events, an inspiring and fun affair. So for the evening at Zoya, WeddingSutra and Nisha JamVwal invited four professionals who are the best in the bridal and wedding business- Makeup Maestro Cory Walia, Events Stylist and Bridal Consultant Gurleen M Puri, Ace Fashion Designer Neeta Lulla and Khushi Singh of Percept Weddings.


Nisha JamVwal, Gurleen M Puri and Neeta LullaNisha JamVwal, Gurleen M Puri and Neeta Lulla

Parthip Thyagarajan (WeddingSutra.com), Cory Walia and Neeta Lulla
Parthip Thyagarajan (WeddingSutra.com), Cory Walia and Neeta Lulla

Nisha JamVwal and Khushi Singh
Nisha JamVwal and Khushi Singh

At our events, our intention is never to cram hundreds of vendors into one venue but invite a small group of brides-to-be to meet and interact one-on-one with a select group of wedding specialists. And while Jewelry was the centerpiece of this event, brides-to-be also got to spend time with and ask lots of questions to the four special invitees- Cory Walia, Gurleen, Neeta Lulla and Khushi Singh. They were equally delighted to interact with team WeddingSutra and Nisha JamVwal who spoke about the USP of Zoya- it is India’s finest jewelry brand and probably the only one that unveils a new Diamond Jewelry collection every season, where each piece is exquisitely crafted with the best diamonds and stones.



'Jewels' inspired High Tea                                                                                  ‘Jewels’ inspired High Tea


One bride-to-be quipped: “This evening was just like my online experience with Weddingsutra- elegant and informative.” While informally chatting with all the brides-to-be, Neeta Lulla spoke about how the jewelry-ensemble combination is where her interaction typically starts with. Cory Walia shared lots of interesting anecdotes on getting brides ready- the fun and the last minute tensions.


Gurleen whose company Gurleen M Puri has styled some of the most high profile weddings and social events, spoke about how weddings have always been occasions for women to wear and see the nicest jewelry and clothes. And how the new buzzword is not ‘wedding planning’ but styling one’s own event with the help of professionals like her who design weddings.


The elegantly designed, keepsake-quality wedding photobooks by Canvera were a hit with everyone present. Candid Photographer Dev Purbiya commented how wedding photobooks are like Zoya jewelry- heirlooms. Nisha JamVwal quipped how the images and the evening have revived her wedding day memories, and how she is looking forward to redesign her own wedding album again.



Zoya, 369 Linking Road, Khar (West), Mumbai

Photos Courtesy-  Dev Purbiya

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