Sep 27, 2012 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
This wedding is making big news not because it is an extravagant Indian wedding, but because Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are expected to be there. Rishika, the daughter of noted Film Producer & Distributor Kishore Lulla (of Eros International fame) is getting married and the celebrations are in Jodhpur. The families have booked over 200 rooms at Umaid Bhawan, Hari Mahal and other hotels in Jodhpur. The main wedding function is at Baradari Lawns, Umaid Bhawan Palace on 29th September. Over 350 guests, including several A-list celebrities will land in 12 chartered flights at Jodhpur airport, from where they will be ferried to their place of stay and the shaadi venues.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Sep 26, 2012 Wedding Photographers
Love didn’t come easy for these two. From battling the hardships of a long distance relationship, to disagreeing parents, they faced obstacles and hurdles at every corner. But true love always finds a way. On a breezy summer day in Goa, Meghna and Darshan finally culminated their love into a promise to spend the rest of their lives together, with the blessings of both their families. The Wedding Filmer brings to you this story of two lovers who believed that without changing themselves or their love, they would change the way their world thinks. “I could hardly hold my excitement! The first time Meghna met me and saw a trailer of mine, she cried and told me her story and I knew instantly that this would be magical!” says the man behind the scenes, Vishal Punjabi who has given a very apt title to their wedding highlight film- Be-You-Tiful.
Sep 24, 2012 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Nusrat Madraswala and Roberto Danino, Nusrat is from Mumbai, and she met her Prince charming Roberto in bustling New York. Roberto from Peru hails from a very distinguished background- his father is the country’s former Prime Minister. The very beautiful & intelligent Nusrat and the very charming & creative Roberto liked each other for their similarities and differences, and once they fell in love, there was no looking back!
Rob & Nusrat
The wedding was as unique as was the union. Friends and family, members of the Peruvian glitterati, a Nobel laureate and Hollywood personalities, flew down from five continents and twenty countries to grace the occasion in Mumbai.
The Wedding Planner Hemal Bhagwat (Mercury Integrated) tells us more: “Roberto and Nusrat wanted a wedding that integrated all the time-honored Indian festivities with a contemporary and cosmopolitan character. All the wedding planning was done on skype. Balancing two cultures was a herculean task but then Rob & Nus had told me, that all they wanted from this wedding was to take back happy memories to last a lifetime, and I am glad they did.”
The wedding festivities commenced with a lavish Mehndi ceremony at the Ballroom of the Taj Mahal Palace in South Mumbai. Completing the Royal Rajasthan theme was the opulent décor and authentic artists who came from the remote interiors of Rajasthan. Guests came dressed in colorful Indian attire, complete with turbans and intricate lehngas and they relished the taste of some fiery Bombay Street food and indulged in fun Rajasthani folk dancing.
Royal Rajasthan theme Mehendi at Taj Mahal Palace
The next function, the Sangeet was at The Dome, at the Hotel InterContinental. The pristine white decor, with a cool sea breeze and the golden sunset over the Arabian Sea mirrored an exotic foreign locale. Cocktails and World cuisine made the foreigners feel more at home while the brilliant Queens necklace formed the perfect backdrop to numerous dance performances. The bride and her friend’s performance to desi beats and the fantastic Bollywood-Latino fusion feat by the groom’s family ensured the dance floor remained occupied till the wee hours of morning.
Sangeet at InterContinental, Marine Drive
Walima, the wedding reception, was held as per traditional Muslim customs. The Baraat, was a little unfamiliar custom to the foreigners who were attending an Indian wedding for the first time, but the procession from Hotel Trident to NCPA did not fail to grab a lot of appreciative eyeballs, as over 200 guests danced to Indian Bollywood music. The elegantly decorated venue saw the bride and groom make a grand entrance on a silver chariot. Soft pink roses and white gulchadi’s created a wonderful mix of rustic and chic. Enthusiastic guests took to the Indian sari for this evening and Mercury arranged for Sari Drapists to help them get that very elegant look
Walima (Wedding Reception) at NCPA, Nariman Point
Each guest was welcomed with an intricately embroidered traditional Jhola bag that they could flaunt and use during their stay; apart from the usual gifts the bag contained a DVD to give them a taste of reel Bollywood! Mercury also arranged shopping and sightseeing tours for the guests to experience Mumbai.
Sep 21, 2012 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Farrah Mehta, grand-daughter of distinguished journalist late Russi Karanjia (of Blitz fame) is marrying Dubai businessman Sagar Shewakramani. And the destination wedding takes place this weekend in the sunny island of Mykonos in Greece. Farrah was born and brought up in Mumbai- her parents were well-known in Mumbai’s media and social circles, mother Rita Mehta was the Editor of Cine Blitz, and father late Karl Mehta was the Managing Director of the Blitz Group of Publications. The very charming and pleasant Farrah was a regular face in Mumbai’s exclusive party circuit till a few years ago, when she and her mother relocated to Dubai, where she continues to pursue a career in journalism and writing.
The wedding, according to one of the invitees is expected to be a big, though not hugely extravagant affair. Rita Mehta and the Shewakramanis have appointed a leading wedding management company from Mumbai to manage the three day celebrations. We guess pleasing the families and guests should be easy for the Wedding Planners here– after all the island’s cycladic charm and romantic settings are guaranteed to create the perfect backdrop for a celebration, and capture everyone’s hearts forever.
Photo courtesy- Masala magazine
Sep 21, 2012 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Most business magnates would want their children to marry children of other business magnates. In India, that has been the story, and will be the story. While some business scions opt for an arranged marriage, many are finding their own life partners– like Shamit and Nayantara who have known each other since some years. Shamit is the son of Shobhana Bhartia (Chairperson of the Hindustan Times Group) and Nayantara’s parents are Chennai industrialists Bhadrashyam and Nina Kothari. Her uncles are Mukesh and Anil Ambani (Nina Kothari’s brothers). With two of India Inc’s most eligible singles tying the knot, political and business big-wigs are looking forward to attend the wedding in Chennai in January 2013. And India’s top wedding planners & event managers are pitching to win the most prestigious account, with several of them from Mumbai, Chennai & Delhi presenting their credentials to the decision-maker Nina Kothari. The traditional wedding ceremony we hear is at the Kothari mansion at Nungambakkam High Road which will be followed by a grand reception. Shobana Bhartia according to friends, may host a post-wedding celebration in Delhi or Rajasthan.
Nina Kothari (left) and Nayantara. Photo courtesy- The Economic Times.
Shamit Bhartia studied at Dartmouth College, USA, worked in the Corporate Finance and M&A Group, Lazard Frere, New York and is now a Director in Hindustan Times Group where he takes care of the media and lifestyle vertical. Nayantara is born and brought up in Chennai and later studied at Stanford University.
Sep 17, 2012 Wedding Photographers
Former model & Blogger Jovita Thomas writes about her Wedding in Kerala.
Ruben and I are Instrumentation engineers, and we met in college. We fell in love after being freed of the hectic college life and decided to tie the knot 3 years later. We live in Kuwait, I keep myself busy with my fashion & lifestyle (taintedfingers.blogspot.com) and beauty blog (www.youtube.com/mrjovitageorge). Ruben works at a timber trading company.
We are both Malayalis so we wanted to get married in Kerala and we chose Cochin because of its accessibility from different cities in Kerala where our extended families live. The wedding was a very traditional Christian wedding. We started planning about 9 months before the wedding. The venue, the theme, the food, the photographer (the great Joshua Komanapalli), the gown and the wedding planner were all confirmed and booked a few months before the wedding. We tried to mix the traditions that our parents wanted to include and the dash of craziness that we wanted to have at our wedding. What I’ve learned is that following your timeline is THE most important thing in keeping a wedding stress free and successful.
Pre and Post Wedding Shoots
After the engagement function, we went with Joshua’s assistant to Bolgatty Palace, Cochin for the Pre-Wedding shoot. It was a very relaxed, fun shoot. The photographer, very much part of the fun, just kept clicking away to glory. The results- GLORIOUS!
After the wedding, both of us and our family set out to Alleppey (the backwaters of Kerala, and my native place) at the break of dawn. We ordered some scrumptious Kerala delicacies and toddy (the specialty of the backwaters) and left our family to enjoy the breeze, water, food and the view while we changed into our wedding clothes for the photo shoot on another boat. A few random clicks, and we were out of the ‘costumes’ and back to enjoying the boat ride. Being a former model, I am used to posing and posing endlessly for hours. I was taken aback by Joshua’s refreshing style of photography. There was no ‘Let’s see if this will look good shot.’ We were just so comfortable, and were having so much fun, there was no need for a check or a review. We called the delicious day a wrap, and the results are for you to see
Sep 14, 2012 Destination Weddings
Vritika from Mumbai wed businessman Siddharth Bansal at Grand Hyatt, Goa. Says Vritika: “Ours is an arranged marriage but it never felt like it was. We met on December 13th 2011 and by December 15th we knew the inevitable. The Roka ceremony was held on 25th December at Taj Palace in New Delhi”.
Vritika and Siddharth
The four day wedding affair was managed by Vritika’s parents. She says: “Wedding Planning was stress-free since my parents gladly took care of all co-ordination. In the months leading to the wedding, I had the luxury of spending a lot of time for ideas and inspiration on what to wear, and give inputs on decor—so I spent hours and more hours browsing through WeddingSutra.com.” Vritika’s main responsibility was to select and order the wedding cards.
“We chose Ravish Kapoor, I instantly fell in love with his Saat Phera concept wedding box. It was a one-of-a-kind concept, and Siddharth and I wrote our own wedding vows on the card.” “The welcome dinner was held by the beach. The next day i.e. 8th March being Holi, the festival of colors, we played Phoolon Ki Holi (holi with flower petals) and prayed to Lord Krishna & Radha. The cocktail party took place the same night. The Carnival theme Mehendi ceremony was held the next day by the lawns of Grand Hyatt. The Engagement & Sangeet was an entertainment packed evening with dances by family & friends. The traditional wedding was held at sunset with the Arabian Sea as a beautiful backdrop.”
Media baron Subash Chandra at the Holi Party
Tanya and Bobby Deol at the Sangeet
Bride & Grooms Wear
Holi: Bride’s outfit from Falguni & Shane Peacock, Groom’s kurta from AZA Men
Cocktail: Bride’s outfit from Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor, Groom’s tuxedo from Avinash Punjabi & Dunhill
Mehendi: Bride’s lehenga from Pallavi Jaikishan, Groom’s kurta from AZA Men
Engagement & Sangeet: Bride’s lehenga by Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor, Jewellery from Kothari Fine Jewels. Groom’s outfit from H2O
Wedding: Bride’s lehenga by Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor, Polki jewellery from Dedhia Jewellers, Bombay. Groom’s outfit by Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor
Bride’s Make-up & Hair: Pallavi Symons & Sangeeta Hegde
Sep 14, 2012 Wedding Photographers
Photography is a lot about making everyone feel at ease regardless of what you or the person in front of the camera wears, says Dubai-based Wedding Photographer Zainab.
Being a Muslim woman (who covers) never stopped me from getting photography assignments, though it did take a few people by surprise when I stood on a chair, squat on the floor or ran around without shoes. And I love surprising people! I will admit that I may have lost a few assignments because of what I wear. There have been cases where an assignment was confirmed and then cancelled because the client happened to see my profile image on my website! There are times when I meet a couple for an introduction session and they ask me if I would be comfortable photographing intimate couple shots. People do have notions that a Muslim woman especially someone who covers herself may feel a little uncomfortable in some situations. But photography, especially wedding photography is not for someone who feels uncomfortable in situations, on the contrary it’s about making everyone else feel at ease so you get the best possible natural looking images.
Mother and daughter in the dressing room- I enjoy shooting the ‘getting ready’ pictures most and This image proves how much fun the couple had at their wedding
Moments are happening all around you, I was lucky to capture this tender one between these two kids
Dubai having such a huge expatriate population, most of my clients are from the Indian sub-continent. My style and approach is simple, straight forward, raw, fun & spontaneous. I love capturing the real YOU. I will wait patiently for the moments to occur. Weddings are about fun and raw emotions and I want my images to show that. I believe beautiful photography doesn’t have to look pretentious and I would rather create meaningful images than ‘cool’ ones. Weddings excite me, give me a high and make me emotional. I love the traditions, the chaos, the color, the feelings, the craziness and the sheer magnitude of it all. I am not shy to climb on a chair, lie on the floor, jump in the air or get my clothes dirty to get the moment I want. Academically, I have a Bachelors degree in Mass Media with a majors in Advertising and a Post graduate diploma in event management. I have always wanted to do something creative in life but could never really point my finger on the exact thing. Books, movies, design, photography, colour and events fascinate me. I’ve been born and brought up in Dubai and have spent 10 crucial years of my life in Mumbai. I have always been intrigued by people and they have made up my life stories, it’s through meeting the right people at the right time that I have come to learn about my passions and purpose in life.
You can pose the couple all you want, but it’s raw emotions like this that I am always waiting for
All I did here was signal to the groom to do something interesting, and he crept from behind and picked her up and created this awesome memory
When I showed this image to the bride she couldn’t believe that this was her!
Sep 13, 2012 Wedding Photographers
Priyanka Lulla met Rohit Yadav at film school in Mumbai – their friendship soon into turned into love, and they started dating in college. They got engaged at a fun function at Blue Sea in Mumbai and their destination wedding is at a beach locale later this year.
Priyanka wrote to us to tell us how much she loved her Engagement Film by Harpreet Bachher of The Wedding Story. “I’ve watched it over 25 times in less than a week– and every time I watch it I go woo hoo. I guess all of us love Bollywood jhatkas, and the best part of the film is that its not just me, but all my friends, are having so much fun dancing.” And which numbers did they dance to? “So many” quips Priyanka, “Chikni Kamar from Rowdy Rathord, Chokra Jawan Hua Re from Ishaqzaade, Jhalla from Ishqzaade, Madhubala from Mere Brother ki Dulhan, Jigar Ka Tukda from Ladies Vs. Ricky Behl and Ek do teen from Tezaab”
The Wedding Story
Last year, a London based billionaire hosted his second daughter’s magnificent wedding in Venice. With celebrations at the most exotic locales, awe-inspiring decor by Sumant Jayakrishnan and acts by international sensations like Shakira, the three day celebration with over 800 guests was referred to as one of the grandest Indian weddings. After we featured a post talking about the ‘to be held’ wedding we received many calls from Indian and international media wanting to know how they could get photographs of the wedding. The very private family did not share any photos of the wedding, but here is the wedding film by Delhi-based Raja and Badal Jain who photographed and filmed the entire affair. They state: ” “We’ve been to the grandest destination weddings around the world, but this wedding in Venice was really special”.