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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’.

Red-Sharik Verma8BGroom in a Studio Aboutir outfit and bride in a Sabyasachi Lehenga. Photo courtesy- Sharik Verma for Bridélan

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 the ‘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.

perniaqureshi6 Pernia Qureshi walked the ramp for Meera & Muzzafar Ali of Kotwara designs at India Couture Week 2014

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 now has stores everywhere 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 specialize in finely handcrafted designer jewellery.     

0W9A9097 Zoya jewellery. Photo courtesy- Dev Purbiya

_MG_5630Zoya Jadau jewellery. Photo Courtesy- Vinit Bhatt for Bridélan

Tanishq wsol Tanishq jewellery worn by a bride-to-be at WeddingSutra on Location. Photo courtesy- Shreya Sen

tanishq jewellery Tanishq jewellery. Photo courtesy- Aditi Varma

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.

saree collageFusion sarees by Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta and Amit Aggarwal

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 realizes 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 realize 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.

Raw Mango1A family wearing Raw Mango at a wedding. Photo courtesy- Raw Mango

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

Ensemble to preview Bridal Fashion Fete in Mumbai

Ensemble presents ‘Bridal Fashion Fete 2014′ at their flagship store at Lion’s Gate on Monday, 25th August, 2014.

This season Ensemble brings you the latest from the country’s leading designers Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta, Varun Bahl, Rohit Bal, JJ Valaya, Amit Aggarwal, Gauri Nainika, Pankaj & Nidhi, Studio Petticoat, Anand Kabra, Amrita Thakur and also Ensemble Design Studio. Ensemble’s in-house label, ‘The Ensemble Design Studio’  is made up of a group of talented designers who understand and project the unique Ensemble aesthetic with their contemporary designs.

Tarun Tahiliani@Ensemble Bridal Fete Preview
Creation by Tarun Tahiliani

The highlights of the preview include

- Exploring traditional embroidery techniques with the ‘aari’ work sarees and ‘jhorokha’ lehengas.

- The jhorokha lehenga is inspired from Mughal era architecture. The lehenga has a special geometrical pattern created in organza, raw silk and net and the embroidery is embellished with sequins and zari.

- The aari saree collection is made by skilled aari workers using a traditional embroidery technique, highlighted with sequins and pearls. Created in the season’s trendiest colours, the fabrics include georgette and organza raw silk brocade.

- On display are long jackets with sharara pants and lehengas, outfits with floral motif embroideries, appliqués, gota patti and dori embroidery and concept sarees such as saree gowns and dhoti sarees.

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Creations by Varun Bahl

Widening their colour palette this season, Ensemble’s bridal pieces are available in rich blues, emerald and pastels, besides the traditional hues of reds, oranges and gold.

pankaj nidhiCreations by Pankaj & Nidhi

Ethereal dreamy fabrics, delicate embroideries, beautiful hues, and floral motif detailing, the handwork on this season’s wedding collection is truly inspiring. Drop by Ensemble and make your bridal shopping experience special!

Monday, 25th August 2014, 11.00 am onward
Ensemble, Lion’s Gate: 022-2287 2882-130/ 132, Great Western Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Mumbai -23

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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Creations by Tarun Tahiliani

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.

Valaya 1Creations by JJ Valaya

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

5 reasons you must be at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014

The Vogue Wedding Show is a three-day bridal extravaganza, curated by Vogue showcasing the best, latest and most exclusive services in the bridal world. Many WeddingSutra readers are looking forward to attending this show, and for many others who want to know what makes this show truly special, here’s more

- Personally meet and interact with the country’s leading bridal wear designers. All your favorites, from Sabyasachi Mukherjee to Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra and JJ Valaya, Monisha Jaising all under one roof.

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Tarun TahilianiBrides-to-be in creations by Tarun Tahiliani. Photo courtesy- Shreya Sen

Manish MalhotraA bride-to-be in a creation by Manish Malhotra. Photo courtesy- Dev Purbiya

- A private and exclusive viewing of India’s most exquisite jewellery. Look out for the coveted collections of Begani, Rose, Nirav Modi, Amrapali, Anmol, Raj Mahtani and many more.

Begani JewelsBegani Jewels. Photo courtesy- Shreya Sen

- Access to master classes with industry experts sharing insights and tips on décor, makeup, skincare and wellness. Meet and consult with leading names like Vandana Mohan, Malavika Kohli, Rod Anker, Namrata Soni, and many more.

- Grooms can browse through the latest menswear collections from leading designers and indulge in special master classes on lifestyle trends, malts and more.

- From unique gifting ideas to luxury watch brands, the country’s best wedding makers to bespoke menswear, all this and more at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014

We asked ace Wedding Designer Vandana Mohan who is closely associated with the show to share a wedding planning tip she’d like to share with WeddingSutra readers. “Before I share a tip I typically ask 100 hundred questions”, quips Vandana. “The first question I am often asked by most brides-to-be is- ‘how can you make my wedding truly different’. And my answer is, its not me or any other wedding specialist who can make your wedding different. Its upon you, your fiancé and your families to make it different. It is natural for every bride to be confused– initially she may not know what she wants, or many choices may leave her bewildered. But my one tip to every bride-to-be is- you must have a dream for your wedding. Dream big and then figure out what you like and love, and then go ahead and enjoy the journey.”

The Vogue Wedding Show is being held for the second time at a destination that has been the perfect venue for glittering wedding celebrations since many many years- Taj Palace, New Delhi. So if you’re there make sure you meet the Taj Hotel teams who work with you to give unique experiences- unique menus designed for each ceremony, gorgeous choices for indoor and outdoor banquet rooms, beautiful accommodations and the expert catering team that thrives on making every detail of the event extravagant, elegant and lively.

With a week left to go, register now, to be invited for the country’s most exclusive bridal extravaganza.  Guests are requested to call on 9920274470 or visit www.vogueweddingshow.in for more information.

THE VOGUE WEDDING SHOW 2014
Date: August 1-3, 2014
Destination: Taj Palace, New Delhi

With WeddingSutra on Location- Anuja Somany

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Tarun Tahiliani’s couture studio in Colaba, 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 Anuja Somany, shares her experience with WeddingSutra on Location.

“I came across the concept of WeddingSutra on Location a year ago when my friend was a part of the shoot, and back then, I couldn’t understand much about the concept. But now, since I’m tying the knot I’ve been so stressed about how to go about dressing for my big day, and I couldn’t help but realize how a shoot like this would be so apt for me! So I emailed the WeddingSutra team expressing my interest, and when I actually received a reply inviting me for the next On location shoot at Tarun Tahiliani’s studio, I was beyond thrilled!

I’m not a typical ‘girly girl’ but when I stepped into the studio that day and saw the gorgeous Tarun Tahiliani outfits on display, I couldn’t wait to be dolled up. First up, I had to choose an outfit to wear, which was a quick process. After looking around and considering the team’s suggestions, I selected a pink lehenga with intricate gold and silver embroidery, and I loved it as soon as I tried it on! The team then suggested trying on a spectacular uncut jewellery set from Tanshiq, which had some pink work on it and which matched my ensemble perfectly.

Next, I got my makeup & hair done by Makeup Maestro Ojas Rajani. Talking to Ojas during my makeover taught me a lot about colors, what would suit me and the products I should use. She gave me some handy tips for daily make up too! Time passed by quickly and before I realized, I was beautified with striking smokey eyes and voluminous soft curls.

Now that I was fully ready it was time for my photo shoot with Photographer Shreya Sen. Her simplicity and grace put me at ease, and posing for pictures turned out to be an enjoyable session. In all, the WeddingSutra team gave me the opportunity for a lifetime- a chance to interact one-on-one with different wedding experts under one roof!’

If you’re getting married in 2014 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).

Anuja’s Look
Jewellery- Tanishq (Necklace and Bangle), Azva (Maang Tikka)
Outfit – Tarun Tahiliani
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs Courtesy- Shreya Sen

With WeddingSutra on Location- Disha Shah

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Tarun Tahiliani’s couture studio in Colaba, 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 second of the four-part series, bride-to-be Disha Shah, tells us about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location.

“I am getting married in a month from now, and my destination wedding is in Krabi, Thailand so when my Wedding Planner Neha Shroff recommended my name for WeddingSutra on Location, I was quite happy and excited. When I was informed it is at Tarun Tahiliani’s Studio I was happier– it is always a pleasure to visit his store and take a dekko at his rich creations.

When I walked into Tarun Tahiliani’s ‘drawing room’ style studio I felt quite relieved within a few minutes of being there– everyone there seemed very friendly and chatty, and that is the environment I am more comfortable in. My session started with an interaction with Stylist Neha Kundnani who suggested I try a dress which I liked at first sight- a voluminous net dress, fitted at the top with an asymmetric patterned outer jacket. We then looked at the different traditional gold jewellery options from Azva. Nisha recommended a layered statement neck piece set and some bangles to complement, so overall the look seemed nice.

With my outfit and jewellery sorted, it was time to get a makeover by Ojas Rajani. For someone as restless as me, I was nervous about spending a considerable time doing my hair and make-up, where I could do nothing but just sit still. It seemed like a tedious, herculean task to overcome. But to my great joy, everyone around engaged me in conversation. I asked a lot of questions, as did the other brides-to-be and time flew by. Before I knew it, Ojas gave me the perfect bridal makeover, transforming me into a glamorous bride-to-be!

Finally, it was show time with Photographer Shreya Sen whose work I have been seeing and admiring on WeddingSutra. The session was a complete blast, and I enjoyed posing while she clicked away. At the end of it all, I got a little tired because my outfit was heavy, and I had been wearing it for almost three hours! I’ve made a mental note of this and prepared myself for the wedding day– when the schedule will be much more hectic, and add to that the weather– Krabi will be warm in April. I am glad I got a feel of it all with this fun trial run to the big day!”

If you’re getting married in 2014 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).

Disha’s Look
Jewellery- Azva
Outfit – Tarun Tahiliani
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani
Styling- Nisha Kundnani (Bridélan)
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs Courtesy- Shreya Sen

With WeddingSutra on Location- Simran Sharda

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Tarun Tahiliani’s couture studio in Colaba, 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 first of the four-part series, bride-to-be Simran Sharda, blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location.

“I have been logging on to WeddingSutra regularly, when two of my classmates got married last year, they were part of WeddingSutra on Location. And the moment I saw their photos, I knew I would love this experience too, so I wrote in to WeddingSutra. When I received a call inviting me to their next on location at Tarun Tahiliani’s new studio, I was delighted and confirmed my presence immediately.

As I entered his studio on the day of the shoot, I was warmly greeted by the WeddingSutra team and introduced to the experts; Stylist Nisha Kundnani, Makeup Artist Ojas Rajani and Photographer Shreya Sen. Nisha then took me around the studio to show me the outfits on display, and suggested a few options that she felt would look good on me. To me personally, everything looked absolutely stunning, it was so hard to choose! From the shortlisted options, I decided to try a gold shimmer Cocktail Saree. When I went into the trial room, it looked quite complicated to wear, it had all these drapes around it, but it was one of the simpler outfits I have worn. All I had to do was wear the saree like a skirt and zip it. And once I did, the saree fit me perfectly, like it was almost made for me!

With my outfit chosen, it was then time to get my hair & makeup done by Ojas Rajani. Ojas is an absolute darling! At every step during my makeup, she made me feel comfortable. I was glad to enjoy this trial session with her, as she will be doing my makeup at my Sangeet as well, so it was a delight to work with her before that.

An hour later with my hair & makeup done, came the hard part – the photo shoot. I am usually quite conscious to pose in front of a camera, but Shreya did her best to make me feel comfortable, and told me exactly what to do which made the shoot even simpler.

All in all, the entire experience was fantastic! I felt pampered and special with so many people around me. Thank you Team WeddingSutra!”

If you’re getting married in 2014 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).

Simran’s Look
Jewellery- Zoya
Outfit – Tarun Tahiliani
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani
Styling- Nisha Kundnani (Bridélan)
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs Courtesy- Shreya Sen

Behind the Scenes- WeddingSutra on Location@ Tarun Tahiliani’s Couture Studio

We hosted our most recent ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ at the couture studio of India’s top fashion designer– Tarun Tahiliani. The newly opened Couture Studio, situation in a historic location near the Gateway of India, Colaba, is a reflection of the luxury design philosophy and signature style of the designer, and made for the perfect venue for WeddingSutra on Location.

Our four selected brides to-be who were more than delighted to be a part of this were Simran Sharda, Prachi Patil, Anuja Somany and Disha Shah. Each of them got the opportunity to dress in one of Tarun’s signature styles, which were an eclectic mix of monotone and sorbet shades, and an amalgamation of traditional aesthetics and modern silhouettes.

Photographed by Shreya Sen, here’s a sneak preview to all the thrill and excitement where the young ladies were styled by Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan, and then transformed into gorgeous brides-to-be by ace Makeup Artist & Hairstylist Ojas Rajani.

Watch this space as we showcase more photos and share what each of the brides-to-be had to say about their exciting experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Tarun Tahiliani’s Couture Studio, Mumbai.

Location- Tarun Tahiliani Couture Studio, Colaba, Mumbai
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani
Styling- Nisha Kundnani (Bridélan)
Jewellery- Azva, Gehna Jewellers, Tanishq and Zoya
Photos Courtesy- Shreya Sen

An Elegant Affair

Stylist Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan conceptualised this bridal shoot and ace candid wedding photographer Sharik Verma captured the great Indian wedding picture, and when we saw their labor of love, we knew we had to share the beautiful story- the subtlety of Indian colors, the richness of its traditional textures, shimmering jewels and the warm glow of the tropical sun. Nisha writes about the inspiration for this shoot, and the styling that is steered towards the effortless rather than laboured.

“It’s a people shoot; featuring individuals straight out of a classic Indian family who value culture and modernity in equal measure. The pictures tell a sunshine story: on a pleasant afternoon, the bride poses for a nuptial photo shoot. These would soon become the most memorable memories of her life.

She is dressed traditionally and yet, has a nonchalant air about herself.

Simplicity, beauty and elegance are at the heart of this. Ditto for the photography style. This is a new age modern family but they understand the value of ‘family portraits’ as opposed to ‘selfies’. As Sharik Verma explains, ‘Wedding pictures go down generations. But it is only elegance that stands the test of time.’

CRAFT STORY:
There’s one valuable styling lesson that comes as hands-me-down from our mothers and grandmothers and that is ‘to look elegant’. This visual story spells the same core values:

Sabyasachi Mukherjee for the bride and groom:
For Bride: The lehenga is subtly traditional and the colours – peach with ivory and teal makes it look modern and glamorous

For Groom: Bengal’s most respected craft – Kanthawith khadi in a beige colour. A pink pocket square adds the little dash of colour.

Tarun Tahiliani and Kotwara by Meera & Muzzaffar Ali for the girlfriends:
The young 20-something best friends of the bride are wearing chikankari and lace by Tarun Tahiliani and artist designer duo – Meera and Muzzafar Ali.

Raw Mango & Ekaya for three generations:
Raw Mango’s graceful pastel colour chanderi sari worn by the cute pixie bride’s sister

Grandmother in a heirloom ivory Raw Mango sari

Bhabhi in traditional Banarsi beige sari by Ekaya Silks

Rajesh Pratap Singh & Varun Bahl for the men:
Grandfather in Rajesh Pratap Singh’s pin tucks light blue kurta with a silk quilted Nehru jacket

Well-tailored short bandhgala with Jodhpurs by Varun Bahl in linen worn by groom’s brother

Styling- Nisha Kundnani for Bridelan. Bridelan is a wedding wardrobe styling service for Indian brides and grooms getting married in India or overseas. For more visit www.bridelan.com
Wedding Planner- Roma Kundnani
Jewellery- Anmol Jewellers, Mahesh Notandas Fine Jewellery, Gehna Jewellers, Jaipur Gems, Aquamarine, Suhani Pittie.
Hair and Makeup- Ambereen Yusuf
Photography- Sharik Verma

Gold Dazzles at amfAR India Gala

Ace Indian designers Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla, Tarun Tahiliani and Rohit Bal showcased unique creations at ‘The Gold Fashion Show’ presented by amfAR India (the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research and HIV prevention) in collaboration with LoveGold- an initiative by World Gold Council.


Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla ensembles, Jewellery by Azva


Rohit Bal ensembles, Jewellery by Azva


Tarun Tahiliani ensembles, Jewellery by Azva

The spectacular fashion show celebrated exquisite gold jewellery in a modern Indian context as the designer trio presented five unique creations accessorized with beautiful gold jewellery. All the models wore beautiful statement gold jewellery from Azva. Indian and International Celebrities like Sharon Stone, Hillary Swank, Kesha, Neeta Ambani, Shobha De, and Nargis Fakhri were also seen wearing resplendent gold jewellery.


Neeta Ambani glows in gold


Shobha De and Sharon Stone adorned in gold jewellery


Kesha wears a gold creation by Azva

Photographs Courtesy- LoveGold

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