Oct 31, 2010 Wedding Photographers
Salonee Pareek and Ramit Batra are Delhi-based Wedding Photographers. Ramit’s preferred form of expression is photographs and Salonee captures the excitement of the bride & groom around the wedding days in her words. Together, they create an unforgettable experience in the form of coffee-table books. For Ramit, weddings are all about finding those moments of fun, laughter and togetherness in the middle of the solemnity of the traditional ceremonies– be it with the parents, the bride and the groom and their friends. Salonee finds her stories during the girl-talk sessions!
Ramit is a mechanical engineer with experience in Management and film production. Salonee Pareek holds a Master’s degree in Communication and is a community media enthusiast.
We’re making Faces because we’re very Happy together
The last Facial before the Big Day
Hush! Don’t tell anyone
Holding Tears. Smiling Goodbye
Salonee + Ramit on a typical day at work
Oct 31, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
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Oct 28, 2010 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
The stylish, stunning actress and the debonair tennis champion are marrying in the land of fun, sun and sands. Lara and Mahesh celebrate their union in Goa in February next year and a source informs us that over two hundred family members and friends are invited for what is expected to be a grand three day affair. Though the wedding program is not finalised, in all probability they will have a Church wedding (both Lara and Mahesh are Christians) with pre and post wedding celebrations at a beach-side luxury resort. The stylish couple are in talks with some of the most talented wedding planners to decide who can best execute their dream themes and ideas.
For long both Lara, 33 and Mahesh, 36 denied they were in a relationship and would state they are “just friends”. Their affair made news when newspapers reported Lara was supervising the renovation at Mahesh’s newly-rented apartment at Nibbana, the apartment complex in Pali Hill, Mumbai. The tennis star proposed to Lara a month ago, when they were both in New York. Mahesh popped the question over a candle lit dinner and he then slipped a ring that that he designed himself. They then formally announced their engagement on September 19th via twitter.
It’s the first wedding for Lara and a second wedding for Mahesh. Lara was living in with Bhutanese model Kalden (Kelly) Dorji for many years and Mahesh was earlier married to well-known model Shvetha Jaishankar who now lives with her parents in Chennai.
Oct 28, 2010 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Vivek Oberoi weds Priyanka, daughter of late Janta Dal leader Jeevraj Alva on October 29 at the Alva residence in Bangalore. The bride and groom’s wedding outfits have been designed by Tarun Tahiliani. Vivek is wearing a deep maroon heavy brocade jacket beneath which is an A-line kurta of a light material—so he can move around easily. In an interview to Bombay Times, Tarun Tahiliani has talked about Priyanka’s outfit: “Since she is marrying a Punjabi, I have designed for her a lehenga—with 14 different colors on the panels, almost like a Persian carpet. She teams it with an antique jewellery set of rubies set in gold.”
The invitation cards have been put done by the NGO run by the bride’s mother Nandini Alva– Ganjifa boxes, non-expensive commercial art that’s mass-produced. The guests have received the invitation in the jewellery-style box (described by many guests as elegant and royal) alongwith chocolates, a car pass, invites to the various functions, directions to the wedding venue and a hospitality card with contact numbers of the key wedding organisers. After the wedding celebrations in Bangalore, the Oberois are hosting a grand reception at the ITC Grand Maratha Hotel in Mumbai.
In Bangalore, the Bollywood actor and the baraatis are staying at the Chancery Pavilion where 40 rooms have been booked. All the pre-wedding and the wedding functions are at the Alva residence in Mariannanpalya. The street leading to the farm house has been lit up since the last few days and placards indicating the direction to the venue have been placed. The family has arranged for a lot of security around the area and all guests have been requested to carry along with them their entry pass. Of course, there’s big speculation on who is invited and who is not. According to newspaper reports, Vivek has invited all his Bollywood co-actors, some of whom he does not share a very comfortable relationship with; they include Abhishek Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt. Obviously, one is not sure who will actually attend! But one thing is certain; even if Salman Khan receives an invitation, he’s certainly not attending!
Oct 26, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
For brides who are not into velvet and like their clothes festive yet sober, Anju Modi brought out a feast. It was rustic, very Rajasthani yet so charming and elegant. The silhouettes were airy with usual suspects like anarkali kurtas, heavy ghagras, angrakhas, embroidered waistcoats, and straight cut tunic kurtas abound.
Loved the hand done Bagh block prints and the use of mushy cotton silks and muslins.
Adding to the rustic charm were gorgeous accessories – gold maang tikkas, kamar bandhs, and ghungroo chokers.
Oct 26, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Valaya’s Alika was as expected – pretty, polished and full of character. We loved the halter tunics, velvet jackets, sheer sleeves with gold brocade cuffs, and the vintage silver neckpieces and kamarbands. But those velvet jackets were a feast for our eyes! What did you like?
Oct 25, 2010 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Katy Perry and Brand Russell may have hosted a small wedding for around 50 guests only—but the Desi Style Hollywood Wedding had all the ingredients of a Big Fat Indian Wedding. The Times of India headline read “India emerges as Celeb Wedding Destination” while DNA quoted Raghuvendra Rathore who felt this wedding would change the dynamics of Ranthambore for the next few years: “A high net worth wedding is the best way to advertise travel and culture”, he said. HT talked about how the couple’s guests antagonised the media while many papers quoted environmentalists/ activists expressing their concern on the late night celebrations with crackers causing disturbance to the wildlife.
Here is more about the Katy-Russell nuptial knot and the much-in-the-news Aman-I-Khas.
- Katy and Brand stayed in a luxury tent at the Aman-I-Khas resort. The guests stayed at the nearby Vanyavilas run by The Oberoi group and Sher Bagh resorts a Relais and Chateaux-affiliated property owned by the Sujan Luxury Hotels. Every available room in Sawai Madhopur’s hotels and guesthouses were taken over by the international media.
- Due to the top secrecy factor the staff at Aman-I-Khas were instructed not to move out till the celebrations were over. The 5-day celebrations started with a Bollywood-style feast featuring snake charmers, fire jugglers, dancers to the accompaniment of Vedic chants and classical Indian music. .
- The wedding was conducted by a Hindu priest. The groom arrived in a buggy pulled by a white horse and he was escorted by Rajasthani dancers and elephant and camel riders.
- The mandap was erected in Aman-I-Khas’ central large pavilion tent, which was strung with orange, red and yello ribbons. The trees lining the path into the venue were lit up with white and gol lights and the venue was decorated with marigold garlands.
- Rihanna was Katy’s maid of honour. Indian supermodel Jesse Randhawa and her husband Sandip Soparrkar danced at one of the functions and the couple’s close friend P Diddy also performed.
- The guests were served local delicacies, for which the ingredients were sourced from Bajaria, a market town near Sawai Madhopur.
- The Aman Group, owned by Adrian Zecha, run three properties in India- The Aman at Lodhi Road, Delhi, Aman-I-Khas and the Aman Bagh in Alwar. Aman-I-Khas and Aman Bagh are a favourite among select super-rich and international celebrities who swear by the resort; they proudly call themselves ‘Aman Junkies’.
- Brand is planning two honeymoons—in Mauritius and Maldives
Oct 25, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Its the wedding/ festive season and every women’s magazine has a fashion spread with celebrities donning festive wear. Good Housekeeping’s latest issue has Chitrangada talking how she loves dressing up for the season of festivals. “I love sarees that drape well; chiffons, crepes and tissues. I prefer short, sleeveless blouses. For your favourite saree, get two blouses,” says Chitrangada Singh.
Photo Credits: Good Housekeeping Magazine
Oct 22, 2010 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
It’s a Hollwood meets Bollywood theme wedding for American pop star Katy Perry and British comedian Russell Brand. The couple landed in India for their very private wedding which reportedly takes place on Saturday. The wedding venue Aman-I-Khas (combining aman, or “peace”, in Sanskrit, and khás, or “special”, in Urdu and Hindi) is an exclusive wilderness camp, located adjacent to the famous Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve near Jaipur. Aman-I-Khas is run by the famous Aman Group and has around ten luxury tents each echoing a rich Mughal style with rooms separated by cotton drapes. The best Travel sites recommend the luxury tents as an astonishing place like no other, in settings enjoyed by erstwhile Emperors who travelled with their entourages during the hunting season.
The four days of celebrations begin tonight and we hear all the arrangements are being managed by Celebrity Wedding Planner Mindy Weiss. Russell’s close pals including Jonathan Ross, Noel Gallagher, David Williams and Singer Morrisey and Katy’s pop star friends Rihanna and Taylor Swift are expected to attend. According to media reports, Katy’s wedding dress is being designed by Lebanese designer Reem Reem Acra; she has picked creations by Indian designers too—like Bridal wear designers Falguni and Shane Peacock and Delhi-based jewellery designer Hanut Singh.
Russell proposed to Perry when they were staying at The Presidential Suite at the Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur. He asked the hotel to set up a candlelit dinner for which the couple arrived in a horse carriage. They ate under the stars and at midnight enjoyed a fireworks show while sitting on an elephant. Russell presented Katy some flowers in which he hid the engagement ring.
Oct 19, 2010 Taj Hotels Resorts Palaces
Four beautiful jungle lodges in Madhya Pradesh. Four distinct honeymoon options. Think intimate residences, scenic grounds, cool pools, spa treatments, jungle drives, dining under the stars and more.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Neighbouring Bandhavgarh National Park, India’s most scenic national park, this intimate lodge features twelve enchanting guest suites, constructed in the charming local Madhya Pradesh style.
WOW Factor – Breakfast on a bullock cart to a picnic lunch or a terrace dinner under the stars overlooking the jungles with live spit-roasting and generations-old khud cooking make for an unforgettable experience.
Pench National Park
This charming lodge is located on the edge of Pench National Park, which is dominated by hills, forests and valleys. The lodge comprises twelve charming stand alone suites with beautiful rooftop terraces. Set deep in the wilderness grounds and perfect for sleep outs under starry Indian skies, Baghvan will enchant and enthrall.
WOW Factor – Charming stand alone suites have a contemporary bungalow feel with a cheeky 50’s ambience, with contrasting hues of copper and pale turquoise. Suites come with a machan (a covered rooftop platform) which is perfect for romantic sleepouts, complete with mosquito net, overhead fan and hookah pipes.
Kanha National Park
Nine dramatic tented suites, designed with masculine canvas and aged timber to embody classic jungle atmosphere will spread out along the Banjaar River’s edge bordering the rich riverine forests of Kanha National Park, one of the first nine tiger reserves established.
WOW Factor – The gorgeous suites scattered along the gentle curves of the Banjaar River boast panaromic view of the wilderness beyond through wide glass doors. The freestanding deep soak tub and a large open shower area are just splendid.
Panna National Park
Scenically situated along the Ken River with vast stretches of unspoiled forest and within easy reach of Panna National Park, guests will stay in stilted tree houses suspended high above the forest floor, affording dramatic views over the river, and perfect for romantic eat outs.
WOW Factor – Don’t miss the the unique positions to savour the culinary fest on offer here. Palanquin dining experience (bush dinner on an ox cart), pool dinners, dining on a veranda under the Mahua tree, dining on a deck amidst lanterns and sigris or best of all revel in a cosy private dining experience in your private sala suspended high above the forest floor having an uninterrupted view of the Ken River.
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