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Seven Couples. Seven Vows. Paromita and Dinesh

Every relationship is unique. Every marriage is special. And so are the promises that two people in love made to each other. In this series, WeddingSutra meets seven beautiful couples and discovers the promises they made to each other for the lifetime.

Paromita Kundu, a Communications Professional and Dinesh Navani, a Banker got married in December 2013 in Mumbai, here the couple talk about their union and ‘how we met’ story.

“If it’s meant to be, it will; Everything happens for a reason, and at the right time; Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans… Like every other teen, I grew up listening to these phrases, and thought they were just another set of fancy words added to the vast pool of English Literature; without realizing that one day all of this will make complete sense”…… Paromita

How we met
“I had joined a trekking group while on a sabbatical to satiate my urge to see new places and meet new people. It was during one such impromptu trip that I met my husband, Dinesh. The initial impressions were not too good for either of us, but eventually during the trip we got talking, exchanged numbers, discovered common friends, common interests and before we knew it, we were seeing each other; and eventually the romantic in him managed to bowl me over! ”

What we love and appreciate about each other
Paromita says, “I love the fact that nothing really has changed much since our marriage, we are still the ‘blissfully in love’ dating couple who now also stay together! In fact, it’s nearly four months now since we got married and it still seems like a never-ending vacation for me; so much so that I forget at times that I am actually married! It’s like the best of all worlds, I get to share my life with the one I love, without any undue pressures or obligations; it’s all the same with an added assurance and constant support. It’s this undying support and unconditional love which I appreciate the most! I’m a daddy’s girl who grew up idolizing my dad and believed that no one could love me, pamper me and support me as much as him. Though my dad will always be my first hero, my husband is almost at par! It takes a very secure man to let his woman be the way she is, without altering anything about her. The fact that he understands every small thing about me and does everything possible to make me feel special, always, is something which I love and appreciate the most! I sometimes feel he has had a sneak peek at the list of things I had in my mind for my soul-mate!”

Dinesh being a man of few words, adds few profound words for his partner. “I have always admired her honesty. She won’t shy from calling a spade a spade, which eventually is difficult for some people to digest initially, but it was something I loved from the very start. I always wanted my partner to be honest to me about everything, someone with whom I could share everything and expect an honest feedback and I’m glad to have found that in her. Also her caring nature is something that always leaves me amazed. No matter how tired or angry she may be, she will do her best to ensure the comfort of people around her. She will do small things to ensure the little joys of life, something which I love the most!”

Love, Life and Marriage
Paromita says, “Marriage to us was always about companionship. Our families got extended with our alliance and I got a lifelong companion; with whom I can chat forever, annoy every day, act silly with, speak about everything under the sun, travel with, laugh with, cry with and fall back on every time I goof up!”

Dinesh says: “Marriage is about love, trust, togetherness and happiness. We have simple expectations from each other and from our marriage. We are friends first and a spouse later; and both of us always ensure that come what may, we keep the bond of friendship alive. Marriage was just another step together to deepen our bond, to strengthen our friendship and seal it for a lifetime”

What we look forward to
We look forward to each new day and most of all we look forward to growing old in each other’s company. Life’s too short to be anything but happy and we want to cherish each moment of our lives together.

Photos Courtesy- Inderjeet Gill

Just Married? Would you like to be one of the couples to be featured on ‘Seven Couples Seven Vows’. Email us at weddingsutra@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Seven Couples Seven Vows’, your names, when (date) and where (city) you got married, how you met and two photos (a pre-wedding or engagement photo, and your wedding photo).

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With WeddingSutra on Location- Prachi Patil

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Tarun Tahiliani’s couture studio in Colaba, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, a Makeover and a Photo shoot, each of the participants got to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here in the last of the four-part series, bride-to-be Prachi Patil, blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location.

“I had visited the WeddingSutra Facebook page last year when one of my closest friends was getting married so I knew this would be my go-to guide too, I got engaged recently and since the last few weeks I have been visiting the page almost every day. I was talking about WeddingSutra on Location with Photographer Seema Choubey who photographed my Engagement. She motivated me to write to WeddingSutra and to my pleasant surprise I received an invitation to WeddingSutra on Location.

On the day of the shoot I walked in to the studio with mixed emotions- I was excited yet a little nervous. But as soon as I entered the studio, I saw happy and smiling faces, and my nervousness disappeared. I was first shown the bridal lehenga options, and with Team WeddingSutra’s help I chose a red color bridal lehenga. After which we paired it with a heavy jewellery set.

Next, came the most important thing- my makeup & hairdo. I have long and very straight hair and always thought that styling my hair is just impossible. I told Ojas’s team the same, and they took it up as a challenge to give me a completely different look. As I saw the final result, and Ojas’s finishing touch to my hair and makeup, it was like a miracle! The makeup was classy and subtle and my hair was styled with soft curls, which actually stayed much longer than I expected! Hats off to Ojas and her team!

Finally, it was time to get clicked by Photographer Shreya Sen. I am really moody when it comes to clicking pictures, but Shreya made me feel comfortable and special with her talk and comments which actually made it fun. She showed me some of the pictures, and seeing them motivated me to continue posing.

I am so glad WeddingSutra on Location happened to me! Everyone I met that day made me feel special, thank you team WeddingSutra!”

If you’re getting married in 2014 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).

Prachi’s Look
Jewellery- Gehna Jewellers
Outfit – Tarun Tahiliani
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs Courtesy- Shreya Sen

Wedding Venue Hot Spots: Swati Recommends Shutters (Santa Monica) and Tote on the Turf (Mumbai)

Swati and Adam live and work in Dubai. Swati grew up in Dubai, and Adam moved there four years ago from California. Swati is a Lawyer, and a mutual friend from work introduced both of them when Adam needed legal advice. A couple of months later they met again, and since then they’ve never looked back.

Swati writes about about their wedding festivities in California, Dubai and Mumbai:

Wedding Venue
We wanted to get married outside Dubai so we decided to host it in California, where Adam grew up. We chose a beautiful boutique hotel called Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. The place was perfect, as the hotel was right on the beach of the Santa Monica pier. We held a Reception dinner at Shutters immediately after.

After this, we had two post-wedding receptions, one was held in Dubai where my family resides, and the second and our finale event was in Mumbai, so I could celebrate with my cousins, relatives and friends who live in Mumbai and within India.

Post Wedding Celebration in Mumbai
In Mumbai, we hosted our Reception in Tote on the Turf. I had been to Tote on previous visits to Mumbai, and absolutely loved it, so I didn’t consider any other venue. Adam had never been to Mumbai, but he too loved the venue when he saw it a few days prior to the event.

My friend Hemal Solanki Bhagwat who runs Mumbai-based Weddings by Mercury helped by pointing me towards the right photographer and getting the initial venue information, and that bit of early planning helped a lot.

Wedding Planning
In the US, the hotel needed me to have an on-the-day planner. I picked Dianne Greenberg who used to work for Shutters and retired from there. She was invaluable. While I was picking and talking to vendors myself, I did it all from Dubai, and it was very useful to have someone on the ground to make a phone call or clarify something if required. Amy Sparks and Imelda, who both work together, did my make-up & hair. The cake was from Jamica’s Cakes, and the flowers from Ninfa’s Flowers. The DJ was Red Con from Scratch Weddings. I had two photographers- Salvatore Soria of Soria Weddings for the main event and Christina Lopez who covered the Wedding and Reception too.

Overall, I found it very easy to find and manage all the vendors in the US. Responses were usually quick, and all questions were answered. Planning a wedding from so far away and arriving in LA the week before was daunting but things were extremely smooth.

We didn’t hire a planner in Mumbai, because we were hosting one function only. However, coordinating with the venue in Mumbai wasn’t as smooth as it was in the US. Luckily, my friends helped by stepping in, but it was a lot of back and forth. I would recommend having a good planner for a wedding in India, even if it is a small celebration.

Advice for To-Be-Weds
- Don’t believe all the hype. Your wedding doesn’t have to be like everyone else’s. Be true to what you want and like, and that will go a long way in making it the happiest day of your life.
- Ask your friends and family who are in the same city, it makes things easier.
- Most importantly, have fun! And eat!

Wedding Details
Makeup & Hair- Amy Sparks and Imelda (California), Ojas Rajani (Mumbai)
Cake- Jamica’s Cakes
Flowers- Ninfa’s Flowers
DJ- Red Con (Scratch Weddings)
Photos Courtesy- Goldfish Photography, Salvatore Soria and Christina Lopez (California) and Shreya Sen (Mumbai)

Our blog post series ‘Wedding Venue Hot Spots’ features Real Couples and their search for the perfect venue. If you got married recently and would like to be featured here please email us a few wedding photos along with the details below. Our Editors will review the same and get in touch with you for a more detailed interview:

- Your Names and where you live
- The Wedding Functions, Date(s) and Venue & City–

Natasha and Tom’s Long Distance Wedding- held in Bangalore

Natasha, an Indian American and Tom from England first met at a bus stop when they were travelling from London to Oxford. Natasha was a graduate student at Oxford University and Tom was working as a Technical Director for a Digital Security Company. They started chatting at the bus stop and got to know each other well during their hour long journey from home to Oxford. They kept in touch thereafter and one year after they first met, Tom proposed to Natasha.

Natasha shares her journey in planning her multi-cultural wedding in Bangalore.

Why Bangalore
Our wedding was celebrated over a period of three days, from January 3 through January 5, 2014. We decided to host the wedding in India because most of our family lives in India and it was difficult for them to travel to the West. We chose Bangalore for various reasons- it is a cosmopolitan city with a lot of history, architecture and culture, it is also the greenest city with a very pleasant climate and easy to get to by air, train and road. We had guests coming from all parts of world- Hawaii, North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East as well as within India from New Delhi to Chennai and in between.

The Wedding Planner
Me and Tom traveled to Bangalore three times during the course of our wedding planning- we had to coordinate the wedding between three continents so a wedding planner was a must. We made a decision on the planner a five months before the wedding date, but unfortunately our experience with the planner was not okay, and when we realized things were not working out we decided to terminate the contract and look for another planner. In December i.e. one month before our big day, we hired Bangalore-based wedding planners Divya and Vithika. It was incredible how quickly they understood our needs and put all the logistics together including classical music for the ceremony, band baaja and ghodi, safawalas, henna artists, make-up artists, videographer, welcome bags etc. Though we were having a traditional Indian wedding, there were many Western elements like an assigned seated dinner that Divya and Vithika helped us plan. They did an amazing job in making the planning process as easy and painless as possible.

Wedding Festivities
The wedding celebrations kicked off with a very English style Hi-Tea reception by the pool side of ITC Windsor. This was a great opportunity for us to introduce the guests to our families. This was followed by Sangeet in the evening – at the Regency Hall of the same hotel. The theme for the Sangeet was Rajputana. The decor was in bright colors of Rajasthan. The girls wore bandhini lehengas and the men had pink and bandhini safas.

The next day, the Mehendi ceremony took place on the Prince of Wales lawn at the Taj West End. The lawns were decorated with Moroccan lamps, carpets and poufs. While me and some of our other guests were getting our henna done in the morning, Tom and his friends, and my family played a bride’s side versus groom’s side cricket match on the Bangalore University grounds. The same evening we had a Rehearsal Dinner at the Bangalore Club.

Next was the Wedding day. All our guests gathered at the Taj West End on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for the baraat, which came from the back entrance of the Taj to the Prince of Wales Lawn. The focal point of the ceremony was the mandap adorned with abundant fresh flowers, crystals and pearls. The aisle created for our entrance to the mandap was draped with champagne color fabric accentuated with abundant orchids, hydrangeas and crystals to match my ivory and purple lehenga. Background music with live sitar, tabla and flute complimented the ambiance.

The Nikkah ceremony on the Prince of Wales Lawn was followed by a seated dinner in the Queen Victoria Ballroom, which was completely transformed from the original purple color to traditional red and gold. The entrance to the ballroom was lined with rose petals and traditional Urlis. Upon arrival, the guests received metal handicraft Bidri boxes filled with nuts and sweets, a reminder of their time in India and the memorable celebration which they were a part of.

Advice for couples getting married in India
- If you’ve always lived in the West, and are getting married in India, getting things done might seem difficult or different. We realized it when we started talking to vendors– we felt they were giving an answer they’d like us to hear rather than the truth. So try to make atleast two trips, talk to the vendors freely so you are able to get some clear responses.
- Organize detailed itineraries for the events so everyone knows what is happening when.
- Delegate tasks to others. You do not want to be stressed with superfluous stuff on your wedding day!

For our new blog post series, ‘Long Distance Wedding’ we’re featuring couples living abroad who planned a wedding in their hometown in India. We want to hear your story, how you shortlisted venues and your experience with the wedding planner (if you hired one) and other vendors. Write to us at editor@weddingsutra.com with your wedding photo and required details (below), and we’ll get in touch if you’re selected to be featured.

Name of Bride and Groom
Where you’re based or where you were based when planning the Wedding
Where (venue + city) you got married and when (date)

Photos Courtesy- www.kathaimages.com

Veyobox- Capture Memories, Together. Create the most Comprehensive Wedding Album.

Veyobox, a new iOS app/website that has just been launched last month, is an easy and user-friendly platform that allows you to collaboratively capture, find, re-live, and share special moments and wedding memories with your family and friends. With adding your selected people as collaborators, they can access the shared data from their iPhone or their computer using the Veyobox website. They can also upload their own pictures, videos and more, helping you to create the most comprehensive wedding album.

The Veyobox collection can also be a live stream where someone who couldn’t make it to the wedding can look at it as the wedding is going on. Instead of having islands of moments scattered in various places, Veyobox lets you manage them in one single product.

K.Anand, a groom-to-be who’s tying the knot soon, is all set to use Veyobox for his wedding. He says, “As you think about the special moments in life, the first thing that comes to mind are the pictures of those occasions. However, as we search our computers or online sources, we realize that finding the picture we are looking for and sharing it with relevant people requires rummaging through hundreds of files. I loved Veyobox because it addresses this specific need- allowing photos to be tagged on different parameters and making them easy to sort, identify, share, collaborate and access on multiple devices.”

To try the Veyobox app on an iPhone (also installs on iPads):
1. Download the FREE app from iTunes
2. Login: ‘demowedding@veyobox.com’. Password: demo123. Or you can create your own account

The web version of the app offers all the same functionalities. To use the web version:
1. Go to www.veyobox.com
2. Login: ‘demowedding@veyobox.com’. Password: demo123. Or you can create an account

Knot just Weddings

We launched WeddingSutra in 2000, and in the first few years since our launch we got an opportunity to interact with a few Wedding Photographers only. Fast forward to 2014- we talk to several photographers every day. The big change in the last few years is the number of highly talented and creative young men and women who are opting for a career in Wedding Photography & Cinematography.

One of the Photographers we interact regularly with is Anand Rathi who alongwith his partner Abhinav Sah runs ‘Knot in Focus’. The story of how Anand and Abhinav, both engineers met is interesting. Says Anand Rathi: “I had just returned from the US to take up a job in Pune and I was getting married in Jaipur, I spent a lot of time on the web checking the work of different photographers and I approached Abhinav Sah whose work I really liked and he photographed my wedding. Me and Abhinav interacted quite a bit during the pre-wedding shoot and the three day festivities, and we became good friends.” Anand, who spent the early years of his career hedging cash flows, was always interested in photography. “I picked up my first camera as an MBA student and by the end of my MBA I knew I wanted to be a photographer.” Anand and Abhinav would meet over weekends, where the two dreamers would discuss the camera and documenting weddings. Soon, the duo decided to give up their stable corporate jobs to pursue wedding photography as a full-time career. Explains Abhinav: “I am often asked what motivated me to become a wedding photographer. Having more than 12 years of experience in Film Visual effects in both Bollywood and Hollywood, creating aesthetic visuals has always been a part of my life. Over the years, my love for photography has slowly turned from just a hobby to something I breathe and live.”

Anand and Abhinav have organised an exhibition to showcase their captures, stories from destination and home town weddings shot over the last few years. “We invite you to see what happens when corporate careers are given up for the pursuit of passion. We invite you to experience how beautiful fleeting moments can be. 7th to 12th April, 2014 we at Knotinfocus invite you to see the ART side of Indian weddings.”

Details
Location: Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Bajaj Bhawan, Nariman Point, Opp. Inox Cinema, Mumbai
Timing: 11th April to 12th April 2014, between 11 a.m to 7 p.m

For more information contact:
Anand Rathi/ Abhinav Sah
info@knotinfocus.in

Love Actually- Ankita Asthana and Akash Agarwal’s Platinum Day of Love

Our new initiative- ‘Love Actually’ is a photo series featuring engaged couples who actively seek ideas and inspiration from WeddingSutra. The series celebrates the beautiful people in love as they start their lives together. Because real love can only begin, never end. Over coffee, a makeover and a photo shoot we get to-be-weds to tell us how they met, show us their platinum love bands and talk about their day of love.

Ankita and Akash left the comfort of their homes after their 12th year of schooling, and headed to the same college for graduation in Nagpur. He came from Dehradun and she from Chennai. But they got to know each other only after their second year in college. Says Ankita, “I was in the Architecture department and he was in Engineering, so we didn’t interact much during our first year. We briefly met during the freshers event in college when a senior had sent him to ask my name. But I didn’t divulge the information and we went our separate ways. After my second year, my dad got transferred to Dehradun, where I had spent my childhood. I had to go home during my college break and a common friend suggested I get my tickets booked along with Akash. And with that train ride to Dehradun, our journey together began. It has been 7 years since then and we have travelled a long way together.”

After graduation, Akash moved to XLRI, Jamshedpur to pursue his MBA and Ankita pursued her Masters in Photography from NID with a brief exchange program in UK. She started working in Delhi and Akash was placed in the Treasury Department of a Private Bank in Mumbai. Says Ankita: “I moved to Mumbai in 2011. At the same time, I established my own photography company with Akash’s help. We began spending time together discussing the financial aspects of photography or the creative process of shooting, editing and processing. And a little later we started shooting together and taking up big assignments with an experienced and talented team of photographers and cinematographers.”

There wasn’t any formal proposal, and as Ankita quips they didn’t feel the need for one, “because right from the beginning we knew, it was just a matter of deciding the right time for it,” she says. They both happened to casually start discussing it on their flight back to Mumbai, after they were returning from Akash’s elder sister’s wedding in Dehradun, after which they decided to introduce both their parents formally.

After their engagement, the couple handed over the responsibility of wedding planning to their parents. Says Akash: “Parents love planning their kid’s wedding, it is what they dream of all their lives and we did not want to deprive them of this joy. The wedding had to be in Dehradun because both set of parents were there.” Adds Ankita: “And I was very happy about it because I always wanted to get married in a forest and my dad works at the Forest Research Institute (FRI). Me and Akash conveyed two things to our parents- the wedding should be in April and on a weekend. The weather in Dehradun is very pleasant at that time, and as April is the next financial year most of our friends would be able to take leave from work and be a part of the celebrations. Even though we’re having the wedding in our hometown, we want to have a destination wedding kind of a set-up, so we will be putting up our relatives and friends close-by so both sides can interact more and enjoy all the functions together.”

Ankita and Akash are tying the knot in two weeks, and are excited as they near their big day. Says Ankita, “Had I not met Akash, I would not be the person I am today. I believe that in a certain way, we both have moulded each other and grown together.” Adds Akash: “We both share a common passion for living life in a grand way, and we’re looking forward to making the most of it by travelling, exploring and enjoying every moment of it together.”

If you’re getting married in 2014 and would like to be a part of ‘Love Actually’ write to us (weddingsutra@gmail.com) with the link to your FB profiles, wedding date and ‘how you met’ story. Selected couples will be invited for the shoots in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.

Platinum Jewellery (Love Bands, Bangle, Earring and Necklace) by ORRA
Makeup- Maya Mehta
Location- Vivanta by Taj- President, Mumbai
Photographs by- Jhalak Singhal and Ashwin Mishra (Shades Photography)

Wedding Venue Hot Spots: Samridhi and Christopher Recommend Vivanta by Taj, Lucknow

In our new series we get Real Couples to tell us about their search for the perfect venue and share tips for to-be-weds getting married in the same city.

Theirs was an ‘East meets West’ wedding. Lucknow girl Samridhi Shukla and Christopher Lehnert from Germany tied the knot in a grand wedding ceremony at the Vivanta by Taj, Lucknow. Samridhi wanted the old-school, charming ‘Maharaja-Maharani’ type Indian wedding – grand and colorful, which could compensate for her missing on the everyday essence of India in the West. Fortunately, Christopher was also in favour of the bright Indian wedding and wanted to give his German guests a slice of India. While scouting for venue options, the couple were pleased by the imperial style of Vivanta by Taj, Lucknow. The erstwhile magic they were looking for, was found in the shining marble floors, the carefully designed entrance dome and the palm gardens in the middle of two baroque hotel wings. In addition to the grand outer appearance, says Samridhi, “for an inter-caste wedding like ours, the hotel staff was very attentive and had an eye for all the details, which made it an excellent option for us.”

Within Vivanta, there were three choices for the wedding location – the pool area, the gardens, and the Crystal Hall. While the gardens would have given an exotic fresh taste with a mystical closeness to the full moon, and the colorful lighted pool area would have added a touch of modernity, the grandeur of timelessness was only achievable in the crystal hall – a room that reeks of magnificence with the cozy, red carpet feel and huge chandeliers, and can host up to three hundred people.

Red and golden were the two colors that dominated the wedding site and were used heavily on the stage, in the choice of table-covers as well as the Mandap. The Mandap was richly covered with flowers and surrounded by pillows and sofas at the edge of the hallway. Instead of going for the conventional theater seating Samridhi and Christopher decided to opt for round table seating to facilitate more interaction between the guests.

Vivanta by Taj, Lucknow only allows instrumental music to be played during the weddings, and this was perfect for Samridhi and Christopher, as the only enchanting rhythms in the air that they wanted to feel during the entire duration of their wedding was the classic Shehnai. As food is probably the most distinctive element of culture, the buffet served by Vivanta had a varied combination of Indian and European dishes, cooked with utmost care and presented in an inviting way. Live cooking counters gave guests the choice to make the food they were craving for, such as different kinds of pasta that could be combined with a plethora of vegetables, salads and a dessert bar.

All in all, the couple was overjoyed with their choice of wedding venue since the flavors of a rich, resplendent Hindu traditional wedding is what they wanted to re-create. Needless to say, the chandeliers added the extra royal touch that they were looking for. Christopher concludes, “We were extremely satisfied with the services of the hotel, the quality of staff support and cleanliness, all those elements that we wanted from a five star hotel for the five star event of our life!”

Our blog post series ‘Wedding Venue Hot Spots’ features Real Couples and their search for the perfect venue. If you got married recently and would like to be featured here please email us a few wedding photos along with the details below. Our Editors will review the same and get in touch with you for a more detailed interview:

- Your Names and where you live
- The Wedding Functions, Date(s) and Venue & City–

Wedding Details:
Venue- Vivanta by Taj, Lucknow
Photographs Courtesy- Paras Gangh

Making of WeddingSutra on Location – The Raymond Shop

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four grooms-to-be for a unique experience at The Raymond Shop in Breach Candy, Mumbai. Here in this previous blogpost, Prathamesh Bandekar, Photo Editor with Bombay Times, Abhijeet Wankhade, an Entrepreneur, Jinesh Bhayani, a Businessman and Ishant Devadiga, a Media Consultant are seen getting a stylish makeover.

We thought we’d share with you a fabulous behind the scenes video of their stylish transformation at The Raymond Shop.

 

Location- The Raymond Shop, Breach Candy
Hairstyling by Laksh Singh
Shot by Darshan Bhanushali for EKA Films

With WeddingSutra on Location- Anuja Somany

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Tarun Tahiliani’s couture studio in Colaba, 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 Anuja Somany, shares her experience with WeddingSutra on Location.

“I came across the concept of WeddingSutra on Location a year ago when my friend was a part of the shoot, and back then, I couldn’t understand much about the concept. But now, since I’m tying the knot I’ve been so stressed about how to go about dressing for my big day, and I couldn’t help but realize how a shoot like this would be so apt for me! So I emailed the WeddingSutra team expressing my interest, and when I actually received a reply inviting me for the next On location shoot at Tarun Tahiliani’s studio, I was beyond thrilled!

I’m not a typical ‘girly girl’ but when I stepped into the studio that day and saw the gorgeous Tarun Tahiliani outfits on display, I couldn’t wait to be dolled up. First up, I had to choose an outfit to wear, which was a quick process. After looking around and considering the team’s suggestions, I selected a pink lehenga with intricate gold and silver embroidery, and I loved it as soon as I tried it on! The team then suggested trying on a spectacular uncut jewellery set from Tanshiq, which had some pink work on it and which matched my ensemble perfectly.

Next, I got my makeup & hair done by Makeup Maestro Ojas Rajani. Talking to Ojas during my makeover taught me a lot about colors, what would suit me and the products I should use. She gave me some handy tips for daily make up too! Time passed by quickly and before I realized, I was beautified with striking smokey eyes and voluminous soft curls.

Now that I was fully ready it was time for my photo shoot with Photographer Shreya Sen. Her simplicity and grace put me at ease, and posing for pictures turned out to be an enjoyable session. In all, the WeddingSutra team gave me the opportunity for a lifetime- a chance to interact one-on-one with different wedding experts under one roof!’

If you’re getting married in 2014 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).

Anuja’s Look
Jewellery- Tanishq (Necklace and Bangle), Azva (Maang Tikka)
Outfit – Tarun Tahiliani
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs Courtesy- Shreya Sen

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