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With WeddingSutra on Location- Prekshaa Sharma

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra on Location, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at designer Ritu Kumar’s flagship store in Lower Parel, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the third of the four-part series, bride-to-be Prekshaa Sharma writes about her On Location experience at Ritu Kumar.

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“Waking up to an email response from the WeddingSutra team inviting me to be part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ was a wonderful early morning surprise. I have been following their website and blog for over two years and was elated to be one of the few lucky brides to be part of this one of a kind experience.

I reached Ritu Kumar’s store next to Phoenix Mills in Lower Parel, where I met the WeddingSutra team who put together the ‘On Location’ event every month. They introduced me to the experts who were invited to give the brides-to-be the dress rehearsal. Post a quick chat with all the experts I went on to see the bridal collection by Ritu Kumar. I liked quite a few of her traditional creations, and we shortlisted three options. After trying them all, I decided on a chic lehenga in a dark blue shade, with heavy embroidery and a light blue dupatta. I would have never picked this color myself, so I am glad the team persuaded me into trying this outfit, which I felt looked lovely on me- a seamless reception outfit in a contemporary color and with traditional embroidery.

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After the outfit selection, it was time for hair and make-up. Amrita Sanghavi is well-known for her amazing bridal makeovers, so I let her take a call on what she felt would look best on me. She decided to give me smokey eyes with soft pink lips. For my hairstyle, Amrita and her team retained my fringe and left the remaining hair down, adding soft curls at the ends. I was thrilled to see the transformation. The narcissist in me could not take her eyes off the mirror after Amrita was done!

The team then helped me complete my look with a stunning gold choker set and earrings by Azva.

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It was finally time for the photo shoot with ace wedding and fashion photographer Dev Purbiya. Though I have never been shy in front of the camera, I sometimes feel I smile a little too much. It was a pleasure shooting with Dev and he shared some easy-to-follow tips on posing.

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I got engaged some months ago but it was only when I looked at myself in the mirror that day, did I finally feel like a bride-to-be! This is an experience I will treasure for life, thank you team WeddingSutra!”

Prekshaa’s Look
Since Prekshaa was wearing a dark blue lehenga, Makeup artist Amrita Sanghavi chose to go neutral with her makeup. Amrita started with using the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse in Beige Honey to create a base. She later applied the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Compact in Beige Honey to set the base. Amrita decided to smoke up Prekshaa’s eyes with a hint of sparkle giving her an evening look while keeping the rest of the makeup muted. She used Lakmé Absolute Gel Addict Eyeliner in Metallic Bronze to create a shimmering effect. She then smoked up her eyes with the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate and finished with a few coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Volume Mascara to open up her eyes. Since eyes were the highlight, Amrita applied a soft and fresh Pink Wink shade from the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict lipstick range and dabbed on a single coat of Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist in Pink Pout shade for a fuller lip illusion. She kept the blush muted by applying barely-there Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duos in Rose Blush shade. Amrita then styled Prekshaa’s hair in soft side-swept curls.

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If you’re getting married in 2015 and would like to be a part of WeddingSutra On Location*, write to us at 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

Prekshaa@WeddingSutra on Location
Outfit- Ritu Kumar
Jewellery- Azva
Makeup & Hair – Amrita Sanghavi for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management–Tejal Karlekar, Kashmera Samant, Neelam Lakhani
Photographs by
Dev Purbiya

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Romancing Summers- Top 5 Summer Honeymoon Destinations

If you are planning on getting married this summer and wishing for a romantic getaway right after, A Travel Duet (ATD), the honeymoon specialists have handpicked five unique honeymoon options for you. Cool off at one of these romantic escapades with serene beauty of nature and warmth of your love which will leave you with memories to cherish lifelong.

France

There is no escaping of romance in France. Be it Paris, Loire Valley, Provence… This graceful country has always inspired love. It permeates through this country, where loved up couples laze at beautiful chateaux, get intimate in candlelit wine bars and stroll arm-in-arm at scenic spots. The opportunities for romance are endless but here is our top-pick.

ATD Recommends: Cycle through lavender fields and set up an intimate picnic in Provence.

A lifetime dream can come absolutely true in the south of France when you romance in this amazing scenery and atmosphere. Fragrant lavender fields bloom from June to August at Provence in France. Cycle through the blue-gold fields or get cozy over an intimate picnic.  Booking a romantic photo shoot will not only be an icing on the cake but also help you capture and freeze those magical moments forever!

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Kenya

While some would steer clear of wildlife for their honeymoon, Kenya certainly needs to be reconsidered. The contrast of luxury living and the rustic wildlife is not only awe-inspiring, it will be a fantastic way to start your life together. A private viewing deck, gorgeous camps and personalized safaris can only add to the intimacy.

ATD Recommends:  Share your breakfast with Giraffes at Manor House, Nairobi.

Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings: characterful, picturesque, and enveloped in history like the foliage creeping over its brickwork. The most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is not its beautiful façade or elegant interiors: it’s the herd of resident Rothschild giraffe. These beautiful creatures often visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.

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Oman

Sun-soaked shores lapped by turquoise oceans; souks heady with scents of exotic herbs and spices; dramatic peaks and canyons ripe for exploring; and dunes rippling off into the distance like a magical fairytale… Everyone wants somewhere special to explore on honeymoon, and the Sultanate of Oman offers a unique blend of culture, adventure and romance.

ATD Recommends:  Land in style at Six Senses, Zighy Bay.

Where else in the world can you choose to arrive by speedboat, 4×4 or paraglider? Six Senses Zighy Bay beach resort in Oman is not just remote, it’s like nowhere you’ve seen before: cradled by craggy mountains, dipping its toes into the opal blue waters of the Musandam’s fjords. Nestle in your private beach villa with plunge pool and make a perfect use of a DND sign.

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Spain

Enjoy fruits of all the hard work done before your wedding while you honeymoon in Spain.  Each region in Spain produces wine which means that there are many excellent wineries to be found nearly everywhere. No matter where you are in Spain, there is a winery that you can visit and wine that you can taste! Annual grape stomping, also known as pigeage is in the months of September and October. The perfect way to explore the sheer cultural diversity of Spain is while sampling some of the finest wines on offer, such as those produced in La Rioja Alavesa, in the southern part of Álava.

ATD Recommends: Wine Barrel Bath for two at Hotel Marques de Riscal, La Rioja, Spain.

Specialist in vino therapy trained in the Bordeaux wine region employ wet and dry treatments; based on the essence of the grape to cleanse, soothe and invigorate the skin. A unique Barrel Bath allows couples to soak in a bubbly mix as they gaze out over peaceful rows of vines disappearing into the distance. Other treatments include the popular Merlot, honey and wine body wraps and crushed Cabernet scrubs, both of which are designed to gently exfoliate and nourish the skin.

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Bali

This exotic destination has filled people the world over with dreams of that perfect honeymoon that brings together sun, sand, sea and world class luxury. Then there are the volcanic mountains, lush green forests and unexplored getaways that leave you speechless. Bali is Indonesia at its pure and natural best. With its laid-back atmosphere, dreamy landscapes and resorts draped in an air of romance, Bali is the perfect destination for Honeymoon.

ATD Recommends: Aphrodisiac picnic in bed at Hotel Tugu Bali.

As the sun sets and melts into the Indian Ocean, enter another world of Hotel Tugu Bali, a dream-like atmosphere filled with candlelight and magical sounds. In your 18th century antique bed, solo on a private beach, illuminated by oil lanterns and a red dusky Canggu sky, you will be tucked in for a private gourmet picnic with aphrodisiac menu, under the moonlight – culminating with two blindfolds to accompany your to-die-for desserts. This place shouts romance, quite literally!

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To know more about such exotic experiences and book an intimate honeymoon, give us a shout on: bliss@atravelduet.com

5 Delhi Designers to look out for Bridal Asia, Mumbai

Bridal Asia, brainchild of entrepreneur Divya Gurwara,  is hosting its first ever show in Mumbai from 10th to 12th April 2015 at the NSCI Stadium, Worli. This time around, the emphasis is on the summer bride with decidedly fuss-free lehengas and bridal wear. Also new to the high-end bridal expo are various designers from around the country (young, established and from across the border too).

Here, WeddingSutra picks five Delhi-based designers you need to look out for at Bridal Asia, Mumbai:

Pooja Shroff
Pooja Shroff is one of the most promising upcoming fashion designers in the fashion fraternity. Her brand was launched in 2010, and her designs are sensitive to creativity and linked to high level of artistic talent. The label represents Indian bridal wear, ethnic wear and an exclusive range of custom made gowns and accessories.

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Collection by Pooja Shroff

Rose Room Couture by Isha & Namrata Rajpal
The label, Rose Room Couture, is a new luxury brand that is authentic and unconventional. Their elegant creations showcase a unique amalgamation of modern classicism built on superior sartorial content and creativity. The brand’s strong identity lies in its super feminine and fantastical style, breaking free from seriousness and old school traditions.

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Collection by RoseRoom Couture by Isha & Namrata Rajpal

Swati Ubroi
Swati Ubroi’s designs are for the well-travelled woman who looks at Indian traditional craft for her festive and bridal requirements.The designer’s collection for this season carries with it peshwas, farshi kalidars, saris and lehengas teamed with glamorous versions of Nehru jackets and kediyu. Her creations are embellished with gota patti, gota appliqué, tara kaam and chord work to revive the oldest local crafts and techniques, with the right colours and cuts.

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Collection by Swati Ubroi

Azara by Alpana Neeraj
Azara by Alpana Neeraj is a cutting edge label that is synonymous with creativity and glamour. This season, the collection combines elements of Indian heritage with fashion forward detailing and embellishments. There are saris, anarkalis and gowns created in breathtaking colors and innovative silhouettes. Heritage chanderi brocades are embellished with chains and edgy metallic components, anarkalis get a new shape with jacket like delicate tops and flouncy flares, and saris with colorful embellished pallas are teamed with interesting pleat fabrics to create a unique ensemble.

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Collection by Azara by Alpana Neeraj

Sonali Gupta
The eponymous label ‘Sonali Gupta’ was launched by the designer in 2012 after the success of her private exhibition of exquisitely designed creations. With myriad exposure to style & fashion, coupled with varied experiences associated with running a successful garment export business, the Sonali Gupta label intends to provide an expression to the globalised yet rooted India design sensibility. The signature features of her latest collection is Indian hand embroidery, intricate patterns of weaves expressed in subtle palates. Moving from eternal ivory, black & gold to exuberant expressions of colors, the collections showcases the contemporized Indian design thought.

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Collection by Sonali Gupta

For more details, visit http://bridalasia.com/

Evara Bridal Inspiration- Dreamy Lilac and Platinum

With spring now underway, it’s time to start thinking of dreamy pastel colors for your wedding color palette. WeddingSutra Editors have put together a bridal inspiration board for your engagement ceremony.

This look in lilac is chosen to highlight the avant-garde Platinum Evara neck-piece that is a bride’s dream comes true. Crafted in eternal platinum to last a lifetime, the multiple strands necklace is embedded with diamonds. Not only will all eyes be on you, everyone in the room will be blessing you with everlasting love.

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Seen here: 1. Zanaya Couture lehenga choli with sequins work and a net embroidered dupatta; 2. Platinum Evara earrings; 3. An avant-garde Platinum Evara neck-piece; 4. Alexander McQueen clutch; 5. Jimmy Choo strappy sandals

To view the range of exquisite, new designs for today’s bridal couple from Platinum’s Evara, click here

Canvera launches Mobile App for Wedding Photobooks

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Canvera has earned itself a reputation as a company that’s constantly bringing innovations to Wedding Photography business in India. Last month, Canvera added a mobile app to its portfolio of wedding photobooks offerings. Available on iOS and Android, the app provides both photographers and consumers unprecedented levels of secure access to their Canvera Photobooks, turning the smartphone or tablet into a convenient, portable showcase for their special memories. The app comes with a wide variety of sharing options that allow users to spread the joy far and wide, giving the photobooks much more visibility with family and friends.

Users can download the Canvera app from the iOS App Store at goo.gl/gWRfqD or Google Play Store at goo.gl/I65vG1. Upon launch, they will be prompted for the unique ‘app album code’ printed on the last page of their Canvera photobook. After keying in the correct code, the photobook will be downloaded on device.

The benefits to both consumers and photographers are manifold.

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The one who will enjoy the benefits of this added visibility the most is the photographer. The downloadable version of photobook now contains a prominent link to the photographer’s Canvera profile at photographers.canvera.com. The more a photobook is shared, the more people get to see the photographer’s name and work, generating leads, opening up new business opportunities and even newer markets, than ever before.

Try the Canvera Mobile App and carry your special memories in your pocket now!

 To see a sample book enter album app code: 00sh48mc

**Your app album code is printed on the last page of your photobook. In case you do not know the app code for your photobook, please write to care@canvera.com

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Rooms with a View – Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa Cebu

Tucked in lush tropical landscape and with a crystalline coastline, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu, is the ideal setting for a romantic stay. Honeymooners would love the refurbished Ocean Wing that contains exceptionally luxurious and spacious guestrooms featuring a décor which blends contemporary Filipino furnishings with indigenous elements such as abaca, capiz, banana leaf and rattan, and offers private balconies with spectacular views of Mactan Sea and the surrounding Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary and islets.

Our favorite here is the Panorama suite. With uninterrupted views of the shimmering blue Mactan Channel and nearby islands, Panorama Suite offers expansive luxury and an inviting, Asian-inspired décor. This luxury one-bedroom suite comes with a private balcony, separate parlour and dining area.

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W: http://www.shangri-la.com/cebu/mactanresort/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/ShangrilaMactan

With WeddingSutra on Location- Iksha Chhabra

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra on Location, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at designer Ritu Kumar’s flagship store in Lower Parel, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the second of the four-part series, bride-to-be Iksha Chhabra blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Ritu Kumar.

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“Likes all brides-to-be who are hooked on to WeddingSutra, I too have been checking out the website and its FB page whenever I’ve needed information on wedding specialists or preps. And while talking about the looks for the different functions, it was my wedding planner Yamini Shah (The Wedding Designers) who encouraged me to get the ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ experience. “Its the best rehearsal for the D-day”, Yamini emphasized, so I wrote in to WeddingSutra and was excited when they wrote back informing me about WeddingSutra on Location at Ritu Kumar.

Once I reached Ritu Kumar’s beautiful store in Lower Parel, team WeddingSutra introduced me to the experts they had invited, all of them were very warm and friendly so it was an awesome beginning. We then began sifting through the gorgeous bridal lehengas on display, as I scanned through the options, a bright pink lehenga is what caught my attention. It was embroidered with intricate gold work, paired with a green blouse and a matching pink dupatta. After I tried it on, I loved it even more- the fit was perfect and we all agreed the color looked great on me!

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After selecting the lehenga, getting dressed by Makeup Artist Amrita Sanghavi was next on agenda. Amrita decided to highlight my eyes using a smokey green eye-shadow to compliment the outfit, along with subtle pink lips. While doing my makeup, she shared some really cool tips and tricks on how to use makeup products effectively and achieve different looks for day and night functions.

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Almost ready, Team WeddingSutra then helped me accessorize my outfit with Azva jewellery. A stunning choker, string of gold beads, a statement ring and a matching bangle completed my look, making me feel like a radiant and contemporary bride!

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The finale was the photo shoot with ace Photographer Dev Purbiya. He sure made me feel like a celebrity as he clicked away to get a nice mix of candid and posed shots.

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From hair to make up to which outfits look good on my body type, this super fun shoot certainly took the edge off by showing me how a perfect look for the wedding can be made so easy! Thank you WeddingSutra!”

Iksha’s Look
Makeup artist Amrita Sanghavi decided to give the intense jewel toned smokey eye look for Iksha. She started with Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse in Ivory Fair to even out her skin tone and set the base with the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Compact in Ivory Fair. She chose the green color from Iksha’s vibrant lehenga for her eyes. The jewel tone on eyes is currently in vogue and serves as a perfect substitute to black smokey eyes. Iksha could carry off sultry smokey eyes with a twist, so Amrita used the Lakmé Absolute Eye Chromatic Baked Shadow in Day Queen shade on the upper eye lids. She then smoked it up with the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate on the upper and lower lash line. Amrita also lined her upper lids with the Lakmé Absolute Gel Addict Eyeliner in Black and finished with few coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes Mascara. For Iksha’s lips, Amrita applied just one coat of Candy Pink shade from Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict range. She kept her hairstyle simple by adding volume around the face and soft curls at the ends.

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If you’re getting married in 2015 and would like to be a part of WeddingSutra On Location*, write to us at 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

Iksha@WeddingSutra on Location
Outfit- Ritu Kumar
Jewellery- Azva
Makeup & Hair – Amrita Sanghavi for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management–Tejal Karlekar, Kashmera Samant, Neelam Lakhani
Photographs by
Dev Purbiya

With WeddingSutra on Location- Faarah Sarkari

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra on Location, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at designer Ritu Kumar’s flagship store in Lower Parel, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the first of the four-part series, bride-to-be Faarah Sarkari writes about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Ritu Kumar.

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“Like any other bride-to-be, I was researching for references for my upcoming wedding in December this year when I came across WeddingSutra on Instagram and Facebook and I was hooked.  And I would look forward to reading about their monthly bridal event- WeddingSutra on Location. It sounded amazing- after all, which bride-to-be would not want a bridal wardrobe consultation, a trial make up & hair session and a professional photo shoot before the D-Day? That moment itself I knew that writing to them would be my first step into making my dream wedding come true! And I was ecstatic when I got to know that I was one of the shortlisted brides for the On Location shoot at Ritu Kumar’s Store.

My experience at Ritu Kumar began with a warm introduction with the WeddingSutra team, the experts that they had invited and the other three brides-to-be. Soon I was looking through the shortlisted outfits with constant help and attention from Team WeddingSutra who ensured we were having a good time always! After multiple trials, I decided on a vibrant lehenga choli in a lovely combination of pink and orange with beautiful gold work on it. It was complimented with a yellow dupatta which added color and grace to the look.

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Next up was my makeover with the very talented Makeup Artist Amrita Sanghavi & her team. She briefed me about the look she would like to create and went on to give me a bold look for my eyes with a shade of coral for my lips. And then with my hair, she pinned them onto one side with luscious curls flowing down one shoulder.  A beautiful raani haar and matching earrings by Azva completed my look.

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And finally, was the much awaited photo shoot with Dev Purbiya. With his friendly and easygoing nature, he made the shoot such an enjoyable one. I sincerely thank the entire team of WeddingSutra for giving me this wonderful opportunity!”

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Faarah’s Look
Since Faraah was wearing a vibrant lehenga, Makeup artist Amrita Sanghavi chose to go neutral with her makeup. Faraah has deep set eyes, so Amrita started with Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Concealer in Fair around her eyes and then used Lakmé Absolute Mattreal White Intense Skin Cover Foundation in Ivory Fair to create a base. She later applied the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Compact in Ivory Fair to set the base. Amrita decided to go bold with her eyes while keeping the rest of the makeup nude. She used Lakmé Absolute Gel Addict Eyeline in Metallic Bronze to create a shimmering effect. She added a smokey effect with the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate on the upper and lower lash line and finished with a coat of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes Mascara to open up her eyes and intensify the look. Since the eyes were highlighted, Amrita applied a soft Rose Bloom shade from the latest Lakmé Absolute Sculpt Studio Hi-Definition Matte Lipstick range. Finally for the hair style, Amrita gave some texture to Faarah’s crown area and gave soft side swept bangs which completed her trendy look.

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If you’re getting married in 2015 and would like to be a part of WeddingSutra On Location*, write to us at 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

Faarah@WeddingSutra on Location
Outfit- Ritu Kumar
Jewellery- Azva
Makeup & Hair – Amrita Sanghavi for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management–Tejal Karlekar, Kashmera Samant, Neelam Lakhani
Photographs byDev Purbiya

Behind the Scenes- WeddingSutra on Location@ Ritu Kumar

Ever since we launched ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we’ve taken joy in prepping brides-to-be as they near their big day, and today it is truly gratifying to hear that it is recognized as one of the most popular bridal events in India. Holding this happy thought, we organized our latest On Location shoot at designer Ritu Kumar’s flagship store in Lower Parel, Mumbai.

Known for her ethnic Indian style, Ritu Kumar gives a unique meaning to traditional craftsmanship with her contemporary designs. Four brides-to-be who got an opportunity to get dressed in her exquisite bridal creations were Iksha Chhabra, Prekshaa Sharma, Vinita Naik and Faarah Sarkari.

Here are some photos of their getting ready moments at Ritu Kumar’s store with Team WeddingSutra, Makeup Maestro Amrita Sanghavi and Fashion and Wedding Photographer Dev Purbiya.

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Keep watching this space to see the final look of each of these pretty ladies in Ritu Kumar lehengas, and to read about their individual experience with WeddingSutra on Location.

Location- Ritu Kumar, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Makeup & Hair – Amrita Sanghavi for Lakmé Absolute
Jewellery- Azva
Photographs by- Dev Purbiya

10 offbeat experiences for couples in New Zealand

Thinking of an exciting, off beat vacation for two? New Zealand is the place for you.  Here are our top 10 engrossing alternative experiences that go beyond bungy jumping and other obvious adventure activities.

1) What you will love: Take a walk with your loved one under a star lit sky! – New Zealand’s dark night skies will have you star struck.
Top Tip: Aoraki / Mount Cook is far from city lights and therefore has some of the darkest skies in New Zealand – perfect for viewing the night sky.

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2) What you will love: Spend a day together sailing and discovering the country’s sparkling coastlines, islands and marine life.
Top Tip: One of the perfect ways to enjoy the vibe in the Bay of Islands is to sail the day away.

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3) What you will love: What better way to celebrate your love up in the air with some bubbly
Top Tip: Take a hot air balloon flight at dawn to discover amazing New Zealand landscapes from the fertile Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.

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4) What you will love: Let New Zealand’s alpine and coastal landscapes take your breath away as you soar high above them
Top Tip: One of the most spectacular ways to see and get to Milford sound is by taking a scenic flight over the Southern Alps, feast your eyes on snow-capped peaks which extend north and south to the horizon. You begin to realise the enormity of this magnificent landscape.

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5) What you will love: Spend a weekend in a luxury boutique lodge where Kiwi style and service will set the tone for a unique experience.
Top Tip: Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet is a private, luxury retreat that offers a combination of sophistication and informality, innovative cuisine and superb service. It is a dream base for couples who love to explore the wide open spaces.

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6)  What you will love: Relax you mind body and soul with a natural spa treatment for two. Choose between a natural Mud Bath or a luxury pampering session.
Top Tip: Rotorua is one of the best places to relax in steaming mineral pool while enjoying spectacular views across the Lake Rotorua.

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7) What you will love: Set-off on a horse ride at dusk on one of New Zealand’s deserted beaches, where you can enjoy the feeling of wind in your hair!
Top Tip: The long stretches of white sandy beaches of Northland are perfect for horse riding.

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8) What you will love: Fly by helicopter to one of New Zealand’s breath-taking private picnic spots in the mountains with a gourmet picnic basket and some of New Zealand’s finest wines.
Top Tip: Alpine heli-picnics are readily available from most of the South Island alpine resort towns. Discover the exhilaration of effortlessly flying along braided river valleys and soaring over snow-capped Mountain views before landing gently in your own piece of paradise.

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9) What you will love: Cycle across one of New Zealand’s vineyard trails and taste a selection of local wines.
Top Tip: One of the best ways to explore the wineries of Hawkes Bay is on a Mountain bike – the terrain is as flat as a billiard table and the scenery is magnificent. Exploring wineries by bike is a perfect especially if you both enjoy a glass or two.

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10) What you will love: Spend a romantic evening with your loved one against one of New Zealand’s stunning landscapes
Top Tip: Stratosfare, Queenstown – This recently reopened high-altitude restaurant and bar assures fantastic views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range on South Island.

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For more information visit www.newzealand.com. To book your tailor-made holidays write to holidays@quantumtravels.net or call on +91 84110 34400 or visit www.quantumtravels.com

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