A Pre-wedding Shoot with a Difference

By Jaspreet Soni

As the trend goes, pre-wedding shoots are all about the couple. But when Priyanka and Amit Barot of Amit Barot Photography conceptualized the pre-wedding shoot with a bride-to-be and her family and that too in their wedding fineries, it touch a chord too many. Priyanka Barot elaborates, “Our concept was inspired by ‘Wedding Sutra on Location’ which helps Brides-to-be to prep up for the D-day. This shoot with Nupur Agarwal and her family was one of a kind and we photographed the entire family in a very relaxed and comfortable environment and they enjoyed the photo shoot thoroughly.”

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The shoot took place at Nupur’s home in Ahmedabad. As her home got refurnished before the wedding, the living room made for the ideal setting. Being a Sabyasachi fan, they decided to do up the living room in his signature style. Nupur says, “Me, my mother and my sister are ardent Sabyasachi fans so we knew what look we wanted. The drawing room walls were painted in burgundy, cream and burgundy based toile de jouy curtains were brought from USA and the furniture was sourced from Good Earth (Mumbai).”

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Nupur was motivated to do this shoot after seeing all the photos of WeddingSutra on Location and what she figured at weddings she had attended in the last few years.  She says: “At all the weddings I could see that the bride’s parents were busy running around for the preparation of the baarat and other stuff. In such a rushed situation, the bride hardly gets few minutes to get family portraits done with her parents and siblings, and later while viewing albums I always wondered how the girl couldn’t even get decent family pictures. This is when I and my mother decided that when the time of my wedding comes, we’ll get our family portraits clicked before so we don’t have to worry about pictures at the wedding.”

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Nupur says, “For the shoot I got ready exactly in the same manner that I had planned for the actual wedding. It served as a dress, make-up and hair rehearsal, just like what WeddingSutra on Location is. While getting ready I could realize all the stuff that I had to take care of for the actually wedding day- the fitting of the garment, my footwear and how comfortable I felt in it with my attire. The shoot was a long one and hence my footwear was put to test. Wearing all the fineries on the bridal outfit helped me realize a lot of things like at what length I should tie the emerald strings, how low or high my maatha pati should be, for how long would I be able to wear the really heavy earrings etc. Although I had references of the look that I wanted, the actual trial along with jewelry and make-up made it all very visual before the big day.”

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Nupur’s family too got a chance to have a dress rehearsal. Says Nupur: “My father was not sure about his outfits and he had kept few options open to decide on the main day, but the shoot helped him finalize his mind. My mother and my sister could not wear the clothes that they had bought for my wedding as those had not been delivered to us by the time of the shoot. So we decided that they would wear their respective bridal outfits. My elder sister who got married 6 years back too had picked her bridal outfit from Sabyasachi. On the shoot day there were two Sabyasachi brides at home- me and my sister. My mother had carefully preserved her 36 year old bridal outfit and with some repairs, it looked brand new. So there were three ‘brides’ in this setting.”

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For Nupur, this shoot turned out to be the integral part of her wedding. It happened two weeks before the wedding so everyone was relaxed and it was an enjoyable photo shoot and an intimate pre-wedding celebration.

Photos Courtesy- Amit Barot Photography

With Grand WeddingSutra on Location- Mubina Kapasi

For the grand edition of our monthly event WeddingSutra on Location, we invited seven brides-to-be for a unique experience at the newest five star hotel in Mumbai, JW Marriott Sahar. 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 fourth of the seven-part series, Entrepreneur and bride-to-be Mubina Kapasi writes about her experience at the Grand WeddingSutra on Location.

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“How do I even describe how I felt at the Grand WeddingSutra On Location shoot. Royal, special and excessively pampered. No, maybe much more.

It all started as I entered JW Marriott’s cosy suite, and was warmly greeted by team WeddingSutra. And then an array of beautiful lehengas from AZA was awaiting my selection, making it difficult to choose just one! But team WeddingSutra came to my rescue. They suggested an orange lehenga saree by Sabyasachi and nobody says no to a Sabya! It was embroidered with gold work all over and a contrasting green border. At the risk of stating the obvious, the outfit looked regal and it fit me perfectly!

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Next it was time with Team Ojas Rajani who did a great job using hair extensions to convert my short and practical hairstyle to something stylish to match the magnificence of my saree. Then it was time for makeup. I knew I was in safe hands because I have seen Ojas’ magic on WeddingSutra. Nevertheless, he put me at ease with our informal conversation, and joking about how he was going to make me look like Rakhi Sawant! After he was done working his magic on me, I barely recognized myself! The foundation and the eye make-up transformed me from plain Jane to a ramp model. I had a new face that I wished would stay on me forever!

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The grand finale was the photo shoot with Ashwin & Jhalak from Shades Photography, which took place at Romano’s restaurant and then at the beautiful outdoor lawns of JW Marriott. My job was simple, look at the camera! It was the photographers who did the magic. They knew where to make me stand, under what light, before what backdrop and how I should pose. I simply followed their instructions and they managed to get the best out of me!

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So we’re talking about a resplendent saree, makeup that complemented the outfit in a better than perfect way, a regal restaurant and fiercely dexterous photographers. And I have none other than WeddingSutra to thank for helping me tick this memorable experience off my bucket list!”

Mubina’s Look
Mubina was open to experimenting with her makeup and relied on makeup artist Ojas Rajani to give her a sultry red carpet glamorous look. After creating a base with the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Skin Cover Foundation in Beige Honey and setting it with the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Compact in Golden Medium, Ojas moved on to highlight her eyes. She used the Lakmé Absolute Eye Chromatic Baked Shadow in Day Sheer duo shade which gave a shimmery dewy look to her eyes. The corner of her eyes were then given a smokey effect with the Lakmé Absolute Ultimate Kohl. She then sculpted Mubina’s jawline and cheekbones with the Lakmé Absolute Sun-Kissed Bronzer which highlighted her sharp features. For her lips, Ojas used the bold Flaming Orange shade of Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict. Mubina originally has a short bob hairstyle and a strong jawline, so Ojas added hair extensions for her and styled it with soft waves using a hair wave maker. She then put them all onto one side to complete the glam 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- Sabyasachi (available at AZA)
Jewellery- Azva
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani, Tejal Karlekar, Kashmera Samant, Neelam Lakhani
Location- JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar
Photographs byShades Photography

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With WeddingSutra on Location- Monisha Mukhija

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra On Location, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at AZA’s new store in Bandra, 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, Monisha Mukhija who lives in the US, writes about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at AZA.

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“I first visited WeddingSutra when a friend of mine was featured on WeddingSutra on Location. A few months later, I got engaged and after that I started visiting the website, blog and FB page regularly. They have very useful information and great ideas through their sharing of many diverse stories. A week before I was to land in Mumbai I sent an email to WeddingSutra hoping to make it to ‘WeddingSutra on Location’. And I was lucky-  they had one scheduled during the dates when I was in Mumbai and I received an invite to WeddingSutra on Location at AZA.

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As soon as I walked into AZA, I met team WeddingSutra who introduced me to all the experts they had invited. We first went on to explore AZA’s bridal collection and I was very impressed by the sophisticated and stunning designs on display. WeddingSutra helped me shortlist some options from which I chose a lehenga saree by Sabyasachi in a dusty pink with olive borders and gold work. It was a style I was not very familiar with and I thought it would be great to try it with the complete look- hair, makeup, and jewelry.

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Upon the selection of my outfit, Makeup Artist Amrita Sanghavi suggested that my eyes be the focus of the makeup. I was very impressed with her makeup skills, she understood how I might like my makeup and worked around the same. Along with smokey eyes, she provided great coverage with the foundation, and a natural lip shade. With my makeup done, she and her team started styling my hair. They gave me with an elegantly braided side up-do for a soft look, I thought it looked different and graceful, and brought attention to the highlights in my hair.

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We then proceeded to jewelry, which was from TBZ and Azva. Team WeddingSutra selected a gorgeous necklace and earrings set to compliment the outfit and complete the bridal look.

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Finally, it was time for the photo shoot with Ashwin and Jhalak of Shades Photography. They made me feel comfortable and guided me well to capture some natural, candid shots. I was very happy we got a chance to shoot outdoors too as I love photographing and getting photographed in natural light.

Overall, the experience and the hours devoted were all worth it and I am so glad I got the chance to be a part of it, thank you WeddingSutra!”

Monisha’s Look
Since Monisha was wearing a chic dusty pink lehenga saree, makeup artist Amrita Sanghavi decided to stay away from heavy bridal makeup. After creating a makeup base with Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse in Ivory Fair, Amrita highlighted Monisha’s cheekbones with Lakmé Absolute Moon-Lit Highlighter. Since the outfit was dusty pink with a hint of olive, Amrita picked out the olive from the outfit and enhanced Monisha’s eyes with a smudged base of Lakme’s Drama Stylist Crayon in Olive on the eyelids and Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate and Lakme Absolute Gel Addict Eyeliner for smouldering smokey eyes. She kept her lips in a mid-tone with one coat of Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist in Coral Sunset. Monisha’s hair was styled in a chic textured side up-do for a very Indo-Western 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

Monisha@WeddingSutra On Location
Outfit– Sabyasachi (available at AZA, Bandra)
Jewellery– Azva (available at Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri the Original)
Makeup & Hair– Amrita Sanghavi for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management– Anshu Kalwani & Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by- Shades Photography

All that the NRI Brides want to know about Shopping in India

By Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan

All your bags are packed, and you’re ready to go, leaving on a jet plane. Hmmm…humming the tune with excitement and butterflies in your stomach? For girls, shopping for our wedding, well, let’s admit, is as exciting as the wedding itself. Probably more! For many of my clients and friends who live abroad, shopping in India means wanting to take back a piece of their homeland, to wear India and to celebrate it on one of the most important days of their life! Here’s my list of recommendations for NRI brides on shopping in India.

The Wedding Lehenga
It’s not just a three-piece Indian garment. It’s a romantic dream and a childhood fantasy. Your wedding lehenga is the garment that will define your bridal moment. You’ve saved more than a 100 photos from Pinterest and know the Lakmé, Wills and Couture Fashion Week collections at the back of your head- but in reality, finding the perfect lehenga that suits your idea will be like looking for a needle in a haystack. You’ll find yourself romancing age-old antique zardosi in fine silk, resham thread work over layers of romantic tulle will catch your fancy, gota and mirror work colorful borders will instantly attract and let’s not forget how those vivid Indian colours can be ‘Oh-so-found-only-in-India’.

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Hop by to the newest Bridal museum in the land of Bollywood– Mumbai at the new Sabyasachi flagship store. If you’re lucky you’ll get to meet your ‘hero’– Sabyasachi Mukherjee himself as he is hosting bridal trunk shows starting this August in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and few other cities. His heritage lehengas in reds and fuchsias are outstanding and will evoke that strong sense of emotion that a bride will experience– ‘OMG! I want to get married just for these clothes.’

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Creations by Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani and Sabyasachi

You cannot come to Mumbai and not visit the Badshah of Hindi movies the gentle manly genius– Manish Malhotra. He’s got a pulse on the glamour and colour that is unique to Indian wedding wear, and especially popular for the sangeet or the mehndi. The other must-visit for your reception or any other glamorous formal event is master couturier– Tarun Tahiliani. There is no designer in this country whose outfits are so uniquely draped and pre-stitched to flatter a woman’s body.                  

The Festive Anarkali
Remember Rekha dancing to ‘In Aankhon ki masti’ in a voluminous ivory silk kurta in the classic Umrao Jaan? Splendid, wasn’t it? She wore an ivory anarkali. It is a garment that has gone down as the most desirable piece of clothing of India. Now back in action, in a big way. The Anarkali, revived and reinvented, is like the new LBD, in the Indian context. Now imagine yourself in something similar, alta-smered fingers, donning jewellery by the Nizams, you will actually look and feel like Anarkali, a popular courtesan from the Mughal courts.

Rekha-in-Umrao-Jaan Rekha in a voluminous ivory silk kurta in Bollywood classic ‘Umrao Jaan’ 

If being so old-school isn’t your cup of tea, take cues from modern designs. Look for: Tarun Tahiliani’s collection. Chic and shortened to show cool dhoti pants and some are as short as a peplum top but has a cascading trail at the back. Or go back to history of Indian cinema’s favourite designers Meera & Muzzafar Ali of Kotwara designs. Muzaffar directed Umrao Jaan and also styled it. His muse and stylist Pernia Qureshi recently walked for the Kotwara show in a vintage kurta set at the recently held India Couture Week.

Explore price and design range in every category at India’s oldest but chicest multi-designer store– Ensemble Design Studio in Mumbai and Delhi.

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Jadau Jewellery
Traditional is the new ‘in-trend’. Although a must-have at weddings anywhere in the world, wearing your love for traditional on your sleeves is the new cool. When you have many elements of your bridal and trousseau taken care, the next big step is jewellery. You know how timeless and out-of-the-world Indian royalty look in pictures, posing in beautiful textiles and jaw dropping jewellery.  Almost all of Indian royalty wore fine jewels handcrafted in Jadau/ Polki diamonds in meenakari work. Jadau jewellery is a fine export from Bikaner and is now available not just in Rajasthan but also all over India. Jadau jewellery layered looks glamorous and makes you look like royalty when paired with Indian ensembles. It’s not just the traditional necklaces and earrings that work, brides now want to go all out and wear a mathapatti, hathphool, kamarbandh, nath, bajubandh and many more. Jaipur and Delhi are the best places to shop for Jadau jewellery. Don’t miss heritage pieces from trusted brands like Tanishq, a jewellery brand by the Tatas who have over 138 stores across 80 cities in India. They are the wedding jewellery specialists and always stock exquisite Jadau designs, also offering you value for money.  Another premium brand by the Tatas is Zoya. They have stores in Mumbai and Delhi and specialise in finely handcrafted designer jewellery.     

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Indian Fusion Sari
Every young bride aspires to wear a sari, but with a modern twist. It is in the DNA of every Indian woman to embrace the sari. In India these days, the sari is seen as power dressing. While some of us take time to adapt to the phenomenon of draping, others are pro from the word go (even if they’ve learnt it over You Tube). You love the sari but wonder how to drape it back in your home country? Don’t worry. Indian designers are exploring various ways for the sari to adapt to the modern woman’s lifestyle. Pre-stitched, pre-draped, some even come looking like sleek, modern gowns. In Delhi, shop at Amit Agarwal for avant-garde styles, or from designer Gaurav Gupta at the DLF Emporio Mall. Even Manish Malhotra at his recent fashion week showed the lehenga saris.

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Traditional Weaves
Every girl can claim to be influenced by a whole lot of top fashion designers but the truth is that during the time of her wedding, she looks up to her mother and grandmother as true style icons. Turning pages of a family album, going down memory lane and one realises that the grace and sophistication that came so easily to them was a result of being ‘truly traditional’. They didn’t run after trends and fashion but celebrated being demure and traditional and thus looked elegant even years after it was time for their grandchildren to tie the knot. The basics, the fashion lessons always come from home. The one thing our mothers/grandmothers have always had in their wardrobe is an organically built collection of hand-woven traditional saris. Do not go back without buying ones to last you a lifetime, a collection of Banarasi, Chanderi, Uppadas, Kotas, Organzas & Kanjeevaram saris. You will realise the importance of it 20 years later after tying the knot.

Raw Mango, a label by Sanjay Garg has a wide range of modern-traditional saris in Chanderi and Banarasi silks perfect for all occasions and are available at Good Earth and Ensemble. Gaurang Shah is another designer to watch out for wedding wear weaves;he has stores in Hyderabad, Bangalore and now Mumbai. A treasure trove of the most beautifully curated weaves and handlooms, rare exquisite saris can be found at the Taj Khazana– a design and crafts boutique by the Taj Group of Hotels.

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Bridélan is a premium styling and personal shopping service for Brides & Grooms. To get in touch with them, visit www.bridelan.com

5 Bespoke Offerings for Grooms-to-be

With a wedding in question, Vogue experts understand that the groom- to-be is as much the focus as a bride-to-be is. Towards this effect, the Vogue Wedding Show 2014, offers a mix of elements for the menfolk; traditional Indian wear, luxury watches, bespoke suits and much more. The participating designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi and JJ Valaya are showcasing their collection for grooms and there is also a mini luxury watch pavilion with brands like Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger Lecoultre- clearly a category that men love. Apart from this there will be a showcase of made-to-measure men’s suits, styling tips for the groom from Vogue experts and a very exclusive Malts appreciation session with an International Mixologist.

From the biggest fashion trends to follow to exclusive styling tips; there is much that awaits you, in the STYLING TIPS FOR THE GROOM master-class session with Vogue Expert- Anaita Adajania Shroff. According to Anaita, one can see a return to old -world-charm sensibility, especially when it comes to men’s fashion for wedding wear; use of a lot of rich fabric, jewelled tones, and uncut stones for embellishments to give that look of regal splendour.  Because, the wedding functions are so spread out, today, you have the choice to experiment with various styles and fabrics; well-tailored suits for cocktails, linens for mehendi etc. The safas are no longer the simple orange or red, but use beautiful brocade work. The mojaris are also increasingly becoming a popular choice of accessory with a lot of them getting customized.   There are three strong trends: the use of gold, but in the sense of a more old world and therefore dull gold.  Ivory, is always in trend and Velvet, but used in highlights. Using tone on tone and self-motifs in the design is also in style, currently. Embroidered Jodhpurs, jewelled tone ajkan with white jodhpurs are some of the popular looks.

1. Grooms  wear by Tarun Tahiliani
According to couturier, Tarun Tahiliani, grooms should wear whatever they are comfortable in and also select pieces that reflect their personal style and not follow trends blindly. What has been a great hit is that because of structured draping in menswear, it has enabled men to wear silhouettes like never before. “The last time I wore a dhoti was about 15-18 years back which came off and now I am wearing it again because thanks to the draping expertise, one can wear pre-draped pants and dhotis and keep the elegance of another time but again in a contemporary way”.

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Details about his collection for Grooms at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014
The Menswear collection uses a plentiful of gold, unconventional pistachio, deep oranges and an even wilder punk palette for luxurious linings, Mughal motifs depicted detailed procession in print being one of the more indulgent ones. The collection includes sherwanis with cummerbunds, bundis and jodhpuris.

2. Grooms wear by JJ Valaya
According to couturier, JJ Valaya, Indian men are becoming open to experimentation far more than they were a few years ago. Owing to the wonderful heritage of royalty and craft, they are no longer afraid to embrace both with equal zest! What’s trendy for grooms this season is luxurious fabrics, unusual colours and exquisite detailing, along with attention to detail in terms of accessories such as the safa, shoes, jewels etc.

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Details about his collection for Grooms at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014
The new collection, The Nautch of Fez will be previewed first at the Vogue Wedding Show, and then showcased in the Finale of the BMW India Bridal Week. Several pieces including newer cuts and treatments for grooms are on the cards. Lots of layering and subdued texturing overlaid with exquisite embroideries and surface embellishments.

3. Luxury Watches
When it comes to accessories, the watch remains the prime statement of fashion. At display are LUXURY WATCHES:
- Jaeger-Lecoultre – Crafted with passion, these luxury watchmakers present rare timepieces, each with legacy of 180 years of expertise and design.
- Vacheron Constantin – Treasured timepieces made with luxurious Swiss precision and art.

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4. The Art of Malt Mixology
Designed for the discerning gentleman who appreciates rare and exclusive malts– Zippy Zapert, Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassador and Master Mixologist will unravel the mystique, heritage and trends behind the spirit.

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5. Exclusively for men
The latest collection in men’s fashion wear by TAILORMADE

Register now to get invited to the year’s most exclusive bridal extravaganza- The Vogue Wedding Show 2014

A Regal India- Inside Sabyasachi’s new store

Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan writes about the new Sabyasachi store in Mumbai.

Leading designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s new store is like a museum. Or like a palace? But we do know that it is his sanctum sanctorum, his favourite place to hold durbar for eager brides. Located in a majestic colonial building at Mumbai’s art capital, Kala Ghoda, the newly opened Sabyasachi flagship store is royal, magical and overwhelmingly Indian. It feels like you’re walking into a grand palace, a green room or a walk-in-closet that could have easily belonged to a Rajput-era maharani. That’s what Sabaysachi perhaps wanted to achieve with his new haven for bridal shopping.

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For Indians as well as his growing clientele among NRIs, it would be easy to begin by saying that Sabyasachi is the rare Indian designer who truly stands for– and understasnds– everything that is Indian. His creations are known for their fine craftsmanship and attention to detail.

For most Indians living abroad, the idea of India is exotic. And at the same time, it’s where their ‘roots’ are, which is why thousands return to pay ode to their homeland by shopping for their wedding or weddings in their family. When a bride walks into Sabyasachi’s, she walks into his world and is truly transported. In a matter of minutes, the shopper is convinced of the idea of India.

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God lies in details. At his store, whether it is his clothes or his spaces, every nook and corner is a visual story that speaks of discreet Indian luxury. It’s a remarkable tale of our history, culture and heritage. The emphasis is on the past– times we once lived in and the things we need to cherish.

The dramatic Sabaysachi sari borders, the antique zardosi embroidery, the usage of vivid desi colours and his handpicked textiles reflect his Indian sensibility. His store is one of the rare spaces where you’ll see the bling-bling jetsetters and Hermes Kelly trotters show respect for substance.

The new store has it all: a million memories of the past packaged at this 8,500 square feet, two-storey structure that spells grandeur, but at the same time has a vintage angle to it. His sense of interiors is fast becoming his new oeuvre. Designing spaces is his calling as much as designing handcrafted zardosi lehengas. The twenty-two vintage, hand-painted chandeliers add an element of surrealistic charm; a dozen hand-me-down Iranian carpets (some even framed on the walls with vintage clocks and plates), colonial furniture and block-printed floral curtains lend this place an air of a bygone era. The changing room is as glamorous as a period movie set and intends to make a bride feel like a movie star.

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Where else would you find a gleaming biography of Waheeda Rehman stacked in a glass box close to a necklace worth lakhs? If Sabyasachi had his way, he’d freeze time and store it. “Nostalgia reminds us of our childhood,” Ekta Rajani, fashion director, Grazia India, tells me in a casual conversation, “It reminds us of innocence and everything that was pure and simple.” Sabyasachi himself often says that nostalgia is his “chicken soup for the soul.” His clothes are a clue to our past. No Indian designer has been as canny at selling ‘Nostalgia re-packaged’ for the modern world as Sabyasachi has with his saris and lehengas.

At the launch, Sabyasachi announced that apart from hosting salons and personalised appointments for brides, he’d like to start Fashion Week-style couture shows at his store by next year. We can recall here that the Sabyasachi 2013 couture show was a landmark, in which he famously collaborated with Kishan Das & Co of Hyderabad, heritage jewellers since 1870. Every look that he sent out on the runway was styled with jewellery that became a benchmark for every bride and can be seen as a style lesson of sorts.

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The same brand is now housing a specially curated line of jewellery designed by Sabyasachi, which is available for brides at a shop-in-shop at the store. Thrilled at this collaboration, Pratiksha Prashant of Kishan Das & Co, says, “Now brides who come shopping at Sabaysachi for their wedding can also get guidance from the designer and our team on jewellery that will complement their wedding outfit.”

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Why only brides? One of the special suites at the store has a special division for grooms. It stocks, among other attires, sherwanis and badhgalas. Bespoke services and made-to-measure is made available for men too.

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To-be-brides can personally catch up with the designer at the upcoming Vogue Wedding Show from August 1-3, 2014 in New Delhi at the Taj Palace Hotel. He will be showcasing his new couture week collection and also conduct personalised appointments for brides. Says Sabyasachi: “The team at Vogue has worked hard to curate and present a hand-picked selection under one roof. The launch edition last year well displayed their efforts and I look forward to an even better showcase this year.” On display will be his bridal lehengas, outfits for the main wedding, sangeet, mehendi and reception. His special collection for grooms too will be seen at this one of-its-kind exhibition. To register, log on to www.vogueweddingshow.in/register-now/

The new Sabyasachi store in Mumbai is located at:
Ador House,
6 K Dubash Marg,
Kala Ghoda, Fort,
Mumbai – 400001
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With WeddingSutra on Location- Arzoo Jajodia

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at AZA, the multi-designer store in Juhu, 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 Arzoo Jajodia blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at AZA.

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“As soon as my wedding date was set, I had two big worries; picking the right venue and figuring out what I should wear. Luckily, I found solutions to both very quickly. For my venue, I visited the website VenueVista.com. They took down my requirements, found me the perfect match and helped me negotiate with the venue owners. For my wedding details and shopping, I was delighted on the day I discovered WeddingSutra.com. Their facebook page, blog and website featured just about everything I’d like to learn more about- engagement rings, lehenga styles, cocktail gowns, makeup artists, photographers. While I was on the blog one day I came across ‘WeddingSutra on Location.’ The concept really interested me and I happened to show it to my cousin Viral, who told me to write to WeddingSutra right away. Before I knew it, to my boundless excitement, I was selected for their next shoot at AZA, Juhu!

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I was the first bride-to-be to reach the venue, a little before 10 am, I was greeted by the lovely Anshu of WeddingSutra.com who introduced me to Stylist Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan and Makeup Artist Recinda Martis. I began chatting with Nisha and I think she soon understood what I’d like, and she quickly recommended an outfit- a Sabyasachi sharara in maroon and beige with gold sequins, for a very retro and timeless style look. I wasn’t sure if I’d wear it for one of my wedding functions, but it was an outfit I loved and the opportunity to get dressed and photographed in it excited me. I tried on the outfit post which Nisha helped me accessorize the look with an intricately designed gold choker set by Azva.

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Next, it was time to get my hair and makeup done by Recinda. She was amazing! She gave me a vintage look with a 40s side-swept hairdo, stunning bold red lips and beautiful eye makeup, I felt it was neither over-the-top nor muted, it was just perfect with the outfit and the way I’d like it to be.

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With my outfit, makeup & hair in place, it was now time for me to pose. I’m usually very conscious and uncomfortable in front of the camera, but Candid Photographers Ashwin and Jhalak of Shades Photography put me at ease, and I was in no hurry to leave.

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The whole experience taught me a lot, and moreover it was fun. I now have a clearer idea- on makeup and hair styling and how to pose and my wedding-related stress has reduced considerably. Thank you WeddingSutra!”

If you’re getting married in 2014 or 2015 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).

Arzoo’s Look
Jewellery- Azva
Outfit – Sabyasachi (available in AZA, Juhu)
Makeup & Hair- Recinda Martis
Styling- Nisha Kundnani (Bridélan)
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs Courtesy- Shades Photography

‘Sabyasachi captured my spirit in the lehenga in his trademark style’ Band Baaja Bride Taruna shares her story

By Jaspreet Soni

When Taruna and Ravish’s Valentine’s Day wedding got fixed, they had no inkling that it would not only be their dream come true but also be the grandest moment of their life with fashion guru Sabyasachi dressing them up and NDTV Goodtimes show Band Baaja Bride making them feel like a real prince and princess.

Taruna and Ravish met each other through a matrimonial website. Ravish’s charming looks and chivalrous ways took Taruna’s heart away. One fine day by the beach, Ravish said to Taruna, “Happiness seems to begin with you and I want to stay happy forever.” She blushed and asked, “How do you plan to do that?” He replied, “I will get some Feviquick and glue you to myself!! So, Will you marry me?”. Prompt came her reply, “Yes I will.”

Taruna wrote to ‘Band Baaja Bride’ about her story and the struggle both sides went through to find a life partner and the next thing they knew they were on TV. Ravish had the initial paranoia of sharing the personal moments on television but as Taruna said, “We looked at the bigger picture. There are a lot of men and women who are going through the whole drill of matrimonial websites, meeting, concerns about genuineness. Even if one person sees hope through our story, the purpose is solved. ”

The highest point of the show for Taruna was the interaction with Sabyasachi. She says, “He is such a down to earth and humble person with no airs about his phenomenal stature. It was so easy talking to him and sharing the ideas. Things actually took off for me from there. He opened up his entire store for me, I wanted something in deep red with a punch of royalty. He brought to me an array of red lehengas with work from every corner of this country. The final outfit that I got was just so ‘me’. Sabyasachi captured my spirit in the lehenga in his trademark style.” She adds: “He also shared some very valuable insights. He pointed out that velvet is a fabric that not only makes the outfit look rich but can also handle the weight of the embroidery without weighing down on the waist. According to him, Indian skin looks best in deep red.”

Her jewelry for the wedding was by TBZ. She says, “Sabyasachi designed my jewelry working closely with the TBZ team. He suggested uncut diamonds- combination of pearls and emeralds would be the best. So we went for a semi-choker with gold pearls and emeralds and a maang tikka. To perfect the traditional wedding look, he also gave me a simple yet elegant nose ring.” For the post wedding shoot, Taruna wore gold jewelry from Popley Jewelers.

While the bride got all the attention, the groom also had his moments. Ravish says, ““Marriage is a far bigger occasion for a woman than a man in all practicality so I wanted this day to get as wonderful as it can for her. I am a finance guy so I had no clue how fashion and styling worked. It was interesting to see how colors came out in lighting and how shimmer was not the only thing and what a persona Sabyasachi is. He went to the extent of planning a surprise for me and gifted me a sherwani and a matching safa well-coordinated with Taruna’s lehenga.”

Delhi’s cold Valentine’s Day got all fuzzy and warm when this beautiful couple committed to each other for life.

Photographs Courtesy: Rajesh Tandon (New Delhi), Sayandeep Patro (Mumbai)

Bridal Asia hosts a glittering Fashion Show

Bridal Asia hosted their fashion show on 26th September in New Delhi. The designers participating in Bridal Asia 2011 include Sabyasachi, Siddharth Tytler, Shantanu & Nikhil, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Pallavi Jaikishan and Raghuvendra Rathore. Here are the pictures of the fashion show.

The Jewellery paired with all the creations is by Punjab Jewellers- Rajeev Verma.

The Bridal Asia exhibition is from 30th September to 2nd October 2011 at Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi.


Shane Peacock (left), Siddartha Tytler (right)


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Raghuvendra Rathore


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Sabyasachi’s colour fantasy@ Lakme Fashion Week

Sabyasachi’s collection would bring much happiness to the Punjabi girl thanks to his nostalgic collection taking inspiration from what girls of North-West Frontier Province wear. We can imagine the teary-eyed mothers of brides-to-be wanting a piece of history in their daughter’s trousseau. Using khadi, organza, net, silk and velvet and the beautiful thread work from Kashmir with Zardozi in shimmering silver with floral designs but restrained bling the maestro of style and design gave us an utterly satisfying experience of ethnic fashion. The famed Kashmir embroidery appeared on boleros, waistcoats and edges of swirling kurtas, bundis, tunics, cholis, cropped tops, sherwanis and dupattas. The wide Patiala salwars, the elephant pants, the flowing palazzos and the cowled pants matched perfectly with the smocks, tunics, kurtas, and jackets. The saris with ornate borders at times split into velvet and net with shimmering edges were teamed with long sleeved embroidered cholis. The gleaming velvet smocks with embellished bodices and Patiala salwars, the cute scaled down versions of the same for the young boys and girls, ensured that the collection will be sold out in no time.

How delish are those embroided head bands. The full sleeved cholis in black- to die for. But the best and most heartening moment of the show was when we saw those little boys on the ramp– in those cutest turbans and caps.

Photos courtesy:
www.SubhenduSen.com