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Evara Bridal Inspiration – Think Pink this Spring

WeddingSutra Editors have put together a bridal inspiration board for your spring wedding events. This look in bubblegum pink Manish Malhotra lehenga with a silver blouse is chosen to highlight the avant-garde Platinum Evara neck-piece that is a bride’s dream come true. Crafted in eternal platinum to last a lifetime, the stunning necklace is embedded with diamonds. Not only will all eyes be on you, this stylish and versatile piece can be worn again at special occasions. You can team it up with almost anything in your wardrobe – be it Indian or western.

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Seen here: 1. Manish Malhotra lehenga choli in bubblegum pink with mirrors and sequins 2. Platinum Evara necklace set 3. Christian Louboutin Alta Rita Silver sandals 4. Bottega Veneta clutch 5. Elegant Evara Platinum Bangles.

From Antilia to Sri Lanka- Mapping the stars of Shaadi Season

Like the scarlet and gold poinsettia every winter, shaadi season also brings up some well beloved familiar people and places every year. Wedding ensembles by Manish Malhotra, appearances by Shahrukh Khan, the gorgeous Turf Club, the magnificent designs at the largest farmhouses in Delhi, regal celebrations at Jagmandir or Umaid Bhavan Palace and the most stylish post-wedding parties at destination wedding hot-spots.

The last two shaadi seasons though, have brought whispers of a new, fantastic venue that features on every wish-list– the Ambani residence, Antilia which has played host to some of the grandest pre-wedding and post-wedding soirées.

Friends of and those privileged to receive invitations from the country’s wealthiest family are still breathless from the extravagant fashion show conceptualized by Manish Malhotra for the pre-wedding celebration of an Ambani clan member. Yes, you heard it right. Manish Malhotra was roped in to design a collection dedicated only to the very exclusive fashion show that set the mood for three days of a lavish wedding.

The theme was OTT. The models wore ornate bridal creations. The living room and prayer areas of Antilia were decorated in an opulent floral theme by wedding-designer extraordinaire, Gurleen Raheja. All the ingredients to make it one of the grandest indoor celebrations witnessed.

Tonight, Antilia plays host to a post-wedding party for none other that Harbhajan Singh and his new bride, Geeta Basra. Manish Malhotra and Gurleen Raheja have been asked to play an encore and design thematic décor. It will be a wonderland!

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While they may not all have their celebrations at Antilia, other big fat Indian weddings are no less incredible. When businessman Atulya Mafatlal walked down the aisle the second time with society diva Sheetal Mafatlal in 2000, their wedding was the talk of the town. 16 years later, Atulya’s daughter Marushka wed Pune businessman Rohan Seolekar and the series of events took place across the Turf Club and a large golf course outside Pune.

And there are the exotic destination weddings too. This year’s palette of incredible skies, beaches, starry nights and crazy dancing include venues like the luxurious Shangri-La, Muscat, Jetwing Blue Negombo in Sri Lanka and Udai Vilas, Udaipur. Ace designer Kunal Rawal’s sister Sasha Rawal tied the knot at the Shangri- La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Oman. The wedding was attended by Sonam and Rhea Kapoor, amongst other Bollywood celebrities. This week fashionista Aparna Badlani of eclectic multi-designer Atosa said her ‘I Do’s’ in Serendib, at the Jetwing Blue Negombo in Sri Lanka.

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While Thailand, Sri Lanka and Oman are deservedly popular international destinations, a post on high profile Indian weddings will never be complete without mentioning Udaipur, Jodhpur or Jaipur. Builder and billiards champion Rishabh Thakkar wed writer and actress Sukhmani Sadana at the Samode Palace, Jaipur this week. While Udai Vilas, one of the finest hotels in the world played host to another high profile (and very private) wedding.

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We’ll be back with more news once the Wedding Planners & Designers, who include Cineyug, MEW (Motwane Entertainment & Weddings), Svaha Events, Shaadi Squad, The Wedding Peeps and Gurleen Raheja come back with all the sights and sounds of Shaadi Season!

Sania Mirza’s sister Anam Mirza gets engaged

Ace tennis player Sania Mirza’s sister Anam got engaged to her Hyderabad-based advertising professional beau Akbar Rasheed at a lavish private ceremony in Hyderabad with close family members’ presence. The guests enjoyed the tantalizing Nawabi Hyderabadi daawat.

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Anam Mirza looked stunning in a gorgeous baby pink ghagra choli by Manish Malhotra and diamond jewellery. We are swooning over her chunky diamond engagement ring.

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Sania Mirza too dazzled in a Manish Malhotra creation and hair and make up by Bianca Louzado.

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Photos courtesy- Kamal Kiran Photography

A Couture Soirée By Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra unveiled his couture line, ‘THE EMPRESS’ STORY’ at the Amazon India Couture Week yesterday.  The collection very elegantly spotlights Indian detailing on classic Western silhouettes – think textured fabrics, voluminous gown-like silhouettes that could be worn as lehengas, trails of exquisite silk – lending the woman an air of majesty. The colour palette ranges from metallic silver and antique gold to rich burgundy, old rose pink, pearl grey and coffee brown.

The finale show also shared a glimpse into the Manish Malhotra Men’s Collection – replete with structured jackets, trench coats and waistcoats, in hues of blue and black with a touch of intricate embroidery. The evening also featured handcrafted shoes for the gentlemen – marking the brand’s first-ever foray into accessories. The Men’s Collection will be available at the brand’s much-awaited standalone men’s boutique in Delhi this winter.

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Lehenga Spotting at Lakmé Fashion Week – Part 1

From luxurious indulgence to quirky and dramatic, we spotted a range of lehengas at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 that will interest brides-to-be’s. In the part 1 of the series, we bring you the best from the first few days of the Show.

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Creations by SVA – Sonam & Paras Modi

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Creations by Sabyasachi Mukherjee

With WeddingSutra on Location- Esha Shah

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra on Location, we invited three brides-to-be for a unique experience at Manish Malhotra’s couture store in Khar, 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 last of the three-part series, bride-to-be Esha Shah writes about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Manish Malhotra.

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“I visit WeddingStura.com regularly, looking for new ideas and references for my wedding. It’s a great resource to know about all the latest bridal trends and WeddingSutra on Location is one of their features that I always enjoy reading. Needless to say I was absolutely thrilled when WeddingSutra invited me for a shoot at Manish Malhotra’s flagship store in Khar.

Once I reached the store I was welcomed by the WeddingSutra team. They were very warm and friendly and showed me some of the shortlisted bridal outfits. The moment I mentioned to them that I love the look of the color pink on me, they suggested a stunning raw silk lehenga in pink with very intricate jaal work and a gold sequin embroidered border. The raw silk material gave it a very royal look and feel, and it was teamed with a raw silk embroidered blouse and pink net dupatta with buttis. After I slipped into the lehenga, the team at Manish Malhotra store helped me with a few fittings that were required, and then it looked absolutely perfect.

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Once we were done with the outfit selection, I was introduced to make-up and hair expert duo- Kumar Iyer and Laksh Singh. They were so sweet and patient, and really took time in understanding my skin and preferences. Since I like to leave my hair down, we decided to do a half up-do with a dramatic maangtikka from Azva. As for the make-up, Kumar did a wonderful job in keeping it very natural with just some drama around the eyes and pink lips.

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To bring the look all together, team WeddingSutra selected gorgeous long earrings from Azva, which complimented the headpiece and lehenga. All ready, I looked at myself in the mirror, and I was ecstatic to see my complete bridal look!

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Finally it was time for the shutterbugs. I was introduced to photographer Shreya Sen who was such a pleasure to work with and made the session fun and enjoyable.

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The entire experience with WeddingSutra on Location was amazing to say the least. I’m taking back so many useful insights for my big day. Thank you team WeddingSutra!”

Esha’s Look
Makeup artist Kumar Iyer found Esha’s face an absolute delight to work on. He started with Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Concealer in Honey around her eyes and then used Lakmé Absolute Mattreal White Intense Skin Cover Foundation in Beige Honey to create a base and even out her skin tone. He later applied the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Wet and Dry Compact to set the base. Kumar created little drama with her eyes using Lakmé Absolute Drama Stylist Shadow Duos in Pink Wink and gave her strong winged eyes with Lakmé Absolute Gel Addict Eyeliner in Black. He then curled her lashes and applied three coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes Mascara to open up her eyes. Esha mentioned to Kumar that lipsticks don’t stay on her, so he used the Lakmé Absolute Lip Tint in Pink Sorbet to stain her lips and one coat of Lakmé Absolute Plump & Shine Lip Gloss in Cherry Shine. Kumar felt that her face needed no contouring, so he just brushed few stokes of the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Blush onto her cheeks. Finally, Esha’s hair was blow dried with some extensions to give volume and then tonged and curled to give a soft fresh 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

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Outfit- Manish Malhotra
Jewellery- Azva
Makeup – Kumar Iyer for Lakmé Absolute
Hairstyling- Laksh Singh
Shoot Management–Tejal Karlekar, Kashmera Samant, Neelam Lakhani
Photographs byShreya Sen

With WeddingSutra on Location- Khushboo Gala

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra on Location, we invited three brides-to-be for a unique experience at Manish Malhotra’s couture store in Khar, 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 three-part series, bride-to-be Khushboo Gala blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Manish Malhotra.

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“WeddingSutra on Location is an experience like no other and so many brides-to-want to be on Location and I too was hoping I would get the opportunity. When I got a call from WeddingSutra informing me that I was selected for the next one, I was thrilled. But I was on cloud nine when I found out that it is happening at Manish Malhotra’s Store! And I couldn’t wait to see myself as a Manish Malhotra bride!

The day arrived, and after the initial round of introductions with team WeddingSutra and the experts, I was shown the ace couturier’s latest bridal collection. There were so many beautiful outfits, all of which I loved, in fact I was quite confused. But thankfully there was an able team to help me! I decided to try a gorgeous sangeet outfit, a lime green georgette lehenga with Kashmiri tilla highlighted work. It had a nice mix of gold and silver work, and the full sequin blouse and heavily embroidered lime green dupatta brought out its charm. And once I tried it on, I was sure this was the one!

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Next up was the make-up session with renowned makeup artist Kumar Iyer. When you are in such experienced hands, all your apprehensions disappear! I left everything up to him, and he gave me an out-and-out glamorous look with glittery eyes and dark lips. He then left my hair on one side, adding so much more grace to my overall look! Jewellery by AZVA completed the look and now I ‘felt’ like a bride I always wanted to be.

Next was photo shoot time with candid photographer Shreya Sen. Being someone who is a little camera shy, I had my doubts on how well I could pose. But Shreya put me at ease, I enjoyed the session and it was a perfect end to a memorable day. Thank you WeddingSutra for the wonderful experience and making me feel like a celebrity bride for the day!”

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Khushboo’s Look
Khushboo has light and translucent skin and full lips. Kumar used the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Foundation in Golden Medium for the base which blended beautifully into her skin. He then emphasized her eyes with a touch of Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Eye Shadow in Blue Pearl and finished with Lakmé Absolute Gel Addict Eyeliner in Black and Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate to give a smudged look. To complete the eye makeup, Kumar applied multiple coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes Mascara on Khushboo’s long lashes. He also brushed on a hint of Lakmé Absolute Cheek Chromatic Baked Blusher in Day Blush on her cheeks. Kumar adds, “Her lips were the pièce de résistance”. He started with a coat of Lakmé Absolute Lip Tint in Wine Punch shade and topped them with Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict in Plum Perfect shade for a fabulous and full pout. Hair Stylist Laksh Singh blow dried her hair and after adding few extensions, he styled her hair in waves clipped to one side to add glamour.

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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

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Outfit- Manish Malhotra
Jewellery- Azva
Makeup – Kumar Iyer for Lakmé Absolute
Hairstyling- Laksh Singh
Shoot Management–Tejal Karlekar, Kashmera Samant, Neelam Lakhani
Photographs by- Shreya Sen

Behind the Scenes- WeddingSutra on Location@Manish Malhotra

We hosted our last WeddingSutra on Location at the studio of top couturier and Bollywood’s favorite designer- Manish Malhotra. The three brides-to-be who were ecstatic to experience a dress rehearsal in his signature ensembles were Purva Kewlani, Esha Shah and Khushboo Gala.

Photographed by Shreya Sen, here are some of the behind the scene moments– team WeddingSutra managing it all, makeovers by Makeup Artist Kumar Iyer with the Lakmé Absolute range, hairstyling by Laksh Singh and jewellery by Azva.

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Keep logging on to www.weddingsutra.com/blog, as we will soon feature more photos of the final look of each bride-to-be and what they personally had to say about their wow experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Manish Malhotra.

Location- Manish Malhotra Couture Store, Khar
Makeup – Kumar Iyer for Lakmé Absolute
Hairstyling- Laksh Singh
Jewellery- Azva
Photographs by- Shreya Sen

B-town descends for Hinduja Wedding in Udaipur, J Lo to perform

Last week WeddingSutra first broke the news that J Lo is coming to India– for Anu Mahtani and Sanjay Hinduja’s grand nuptials in Udaipur (click here to read the post). A few representatives from national and electronic media got in touch with us soon after to know more, but we could only share what we published. And while the elite guests and globe-trotters are enjoying the celebrations and looking forward to J Lo’s performance, here’s more.

The celebration started with a pre-wedding bash at the Hinduja residence in Juhu after which the girls side (the Mahtanis who live in Mount Pleasant Road, Malabar Hill) hosted a party at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai. The action commenced in Udaipur yesterday afternoon with the arrival of many high profile guests at the Airport. Event Planners Cox & Kings and representatives of the several hotels where the guests are staying- Lake Palace, Udai Vilas, Leela, Radisson and The Lalit were there to welcome the guests who included top industrialists Kumaramangalam Birla and Anil Ambani, actors Shilpa Shetty, Preity Zinta, Chunky Pandey, Dino Morea and master couturier Manish Malhotra.

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Clockwise from top left- Preity Zinta and Manish Malhotra, Chunky Pandey, Dino Morea, Queenie Singh & Rishi Sethia and Shilpa Shetty.

At the welcome party last night, Terence Lewis and his troupe gave a scintillating dance performance after which American Artist Nicole Scherzinger, the ex lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls was the star performer. As we write this post the Mehendi celebrations are on and tonight is the Sangeet where family members and close friends will be dancing; this will be followed by a performance by Vishal-Shekhar, and appearances by B-town stars (in all probability Malaika Arora Khan and Akshay Kumar). As for J Lo, the entertainment managers (Wedniksha- a division of Wizcraft) and the hosts have not revealed if she will be performing tonight or post the wedding ceremony tomorrow. One of the guests quipped “they want to keep it as a surprise or for security reasons its a secret. In fact other guests are even wondering if its J Lo or some other top international artiste for the finale act at the sangeet or post wedding party.”

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While Udaipur is talking about the international artists, some of the biggest names from the world of weddings and Indian entertainment are involved with the three day celebrations. The main event planners are Cox & Kings, while Aditya Motwane is the wedding planner from the bride’s side. Wedniksha (a division of Wizcraft) are taking care of the entertainment while Dhun Cordo from Mumbai is orchestrating the decor and design. Top photographers Badal & Raja Jain, makeup maestro Mickey Contractor, ace choreographer Rajendra Masterji and many other wedding specialists are among those in Udaipur today.

Watch this space for more!

Soha Ali Khan wears a Raw Mango ensemble for her Wedding Reception

After their low-key marriage on the morning of January 25, Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu hosted a reception for their close friends from the industry. Soha wore a hot pink and gold lehenga designed by Sanjay Garg (Raw Mango) from his Winter Festives 2014 collection. Kunal Khemu accessorised his traditional ensemble with pink pocket square to match his beautiful bride.

Our best wishes to the newly weds! Here’s a glimpse of their star-studded evening.

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Kareena looked ravishing in glittering white and pink lehenga choli designed by Manish Malhotra

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The bride’s mother Sharmila Tagore with Saif and Kareena

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The bride’s elder sister Saba Ali Khan

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Karisma Kapoor in a gorgeous white and gold embroidered lehenga and long jacket set by Manish Malhotra

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Sophie Choudry in a red and gold lehenga by Anushka Khanna and Sandhya Mridul in a beige and orange saree by Nikasha Tawadey

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Neha Dhupia in a black Payal Singhal lehenga

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Malaika wore a cream and gold Preeti S Kapoor floor-length anarkali while her sister Amrita Arora wore a Shantanu Nikhil lehenga in hot pink

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Karan Johar in a classic black and gold combination Sherwani