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Len and Tom’s Post-Wedding Photoshoot in Stunning Seychelles

Len and Tom celebrated their love with a post-wedding photoshoot by photographer Parag Gopale in the breathtaking AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa

Len and Tom’s Post-Wedding Photoshoot in Stunning Seychelles

How We Met

“Tom is from Croatia and I’m from the Philippines, and currently we both work and live in Dubai. We met at work when he had come to my office to attend a meeting with my team. It is surprising and almost sounds clichéd, but he says he fell in love with me at first sight. Our relationship blossomed gradually… we started off as good friends, then turned into best friends and travelled a lot together before deciding to tie the knot.”

Len and Tom’s Post-Wedding Photoshoot in Stunning Seychelles

Len and Tom’s Post-Wedding Photoshoot in Stunning Seychelles

Len and Tom’s Post-Wedding Photoshoot in Stunning Seychelles

Post Wedding Photoshoot

“I think it’s great to have a post-wedding
photoshoot to capture the essence of marriage and the undying bond between a couple. We chose Seychelles for our post-wedding shoot because we got engaged there. We felt it was best to immortalize the place where we started our journey by reminiscing about our relationship through some dreamy pictures. AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa was one of the few hotels which had a view of mountains that were accessible for photography. Since we were keen to capture the scenic extravagance and vibe of a beachside romance, we wanted a photographer who could do justice to the breathtaking beauty of the location. After much thought, we zeroed down on Parag Gopale who suited our requirements completely. He not only guided us throughout the shoot but also captured some beautiful shots of us! Seychelles is a tropical country and the weather can be quite erratic, but Parag insisted we wait for the sunset so that we could capture the golden light. It even drizzled a little during the photo session, but we were so engrossed that it hardly mattered! We are very happy with the photos and cannot thank Parag enough for capturing our timeless memories of a lifetime!”

Len and Tom’s Post-Wedding Photoshoot in Stunning Seychelles

Len and Tom’s Post-Wedding Photoshoot in Stunning Seychelles

Len and Tom’s Post-Wedding Photoshoot in Stunning Seychelles

Len and Tom’s Post-Wedding Photoshoot in Stunning Seychelles

Len and Tom’s Post-Wedding Photoshoot in Stunning Seychelles

Len and Tom’s Post-Wedding Photoshoot in Stunning Seychelles

Location: AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa

Photos Courtesy: Parag Gopale

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Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay set to host first big Indian Wedding

The luxurious hotels in the Middle East continue to attract high-profile Indian destination weddings, especially places like Oman which offer stunning landscapes, palatial resorts and waterfront views depending on what takes a couple’s fancy. Now, Bahrain is set to lure the well-heeled wedding crowd thanks to its stunning properties such as the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay in the capital city of Manama.

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay will host the grand wedding of Diya Mehta, daughter of Russell Mehta, the CEO of Rosy Blue, to Ayush Jatia, son of Amit Jatia, MD of Hardcastle Restaurants (McDonald’s India Franchise) in the last week of April. The engagement in December last year was a low-key affair, but the wedding is expected to be a spectacular affair spread over three days, with over 750 guests from India, Belgium, UK, USA and several other countries expected to attend.

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A soaring architectural statement built on its own exclusive man-made island, Four Seasons Bahrain Bay rises 68 storeys on a 12-acre private man-made island that can be accessed by a causeway, boat or water taxi. This towering property offers unparalleled views of the Arabian Gulf at day, and the glittering city at night, especially from Skypod, its penthouse-level restaurant.

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

According to a close friend of the Jatias, most of the wedding celebrations will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay and a majority of the guests will also be put up there. Others will be booked into the luxurious Ritz Carlton Bahrain, a 245-room hotel located on 20 acres of private beachfront swept across a picturesque lagoon.

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Guests at the wedding will include business associates, relatives and close friends of the bride and groom and some of their former classmates (Ayush schooled at Cathedral and John Connon, and Diya at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School). After graduating from New York University, Ayush is working in his family business. Diya, an alumnus of the London College of Communication, runs a lifestyle blog named ‘Madhatter Di’ featuring her experiences in Wandering, Styling and Eating.

Mona and Russell Mehta with their daughters Shloka and Diya, at their son Viraj's wedding to Nisha, (Right) Diya Mehta and Ayush Jatia(Left) Mona and Russell Mehta with their daughters Shloka and Diya, at their son Viraj’s wedding to Nisha, (Right) Diya Mehta and Ayush Jatia

A few years ago, Diya’s brother Viraj married Nisha Sheth, the daughter of a shipping tycoon and the grand Mumbai wedding was the talk of the town. Orchestrated by Mumbai’s 70 EMG, the guests included the who’s who of Mumbai. The glitterati gushed over the awe-inspiring designs, flawless hospitality and wow cuisines. This time Diya and Viraj’s parents Mona and Russell Mehta will be hosting a celebration far away from the diamond community wedding hub (Taj Mahal Palace, Trident Nariman Point, Turf Club and NSCI in Mumbai) in Bahrain’s business district. In recent years, uber luxury hotels and heritage sites around the world have replaced local hotspots as wedding venues for some of India’s most exclusive families, and Four Seasons Bahrain Bay is the latest example.

We predict that the glittering Mehta-Jatia wedding will put a sparkle in the image of Bahrain and Four Seasons Bahrain Bay as a prime island wedding destination, and we look forward to bringing our readers more details.

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Zenia and Binoy’s Platinum Day of Love

Our initiative Love Actually is a photo series that captures beautiful moments between couples in the most stunning locations across Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai. Here, Zenia and Binoy were treated to a romantic pre-wedding shoot with us at WeddingSutra. Read more about their romance and relationship which Zenia shares here…

Zenia and Binoy - Platinum Day of Love

Love does happen when you least expect it! That is what Zenia Irani experienced when she first met the guy of her dreams – Binoy Parikh – at a bar. “My friends had organized a ‘bar hop’ meet where we went to different bars in a group. It was there that I met Binoy,” recalls Zenia.

Zenia and Binoy - Platinum Day of Love

They got along like a house on fire from the moment they first met, and there were none of those awkward silences between them. They connected so well that Zenia thought they were long lost friends who had reunited after years. “We discovered that we had so much in common. We spoke about everything from travelto dogs… it was a great experience.”

Soon after they hung out often and became the best of friends. Zenia doesn’t remember a specific moment where she realized that Binoy could be the one, but she saw a glimpse of it when she introduced him to her parents. “Binoy was very affectionate and respectful towards them. I had introduced him to them as a friend of mine… When I saw how he behaved with them, I felt he could probably be ‘the one’ at that moment.”

Zenia and Binoy - Platinum Day of Love
Zenia and Binoy - Platinum Day of Love

Soon after, their casual dates graduated into love, and after seeking the blessings of both sets of parents, the duo got engaged. But even after three long years of courtship, Binoy popped the question only after one month of their engagement. “He formally proposedto me one month after our engagement which took me completely by surprise. He went down on one knee and got me ‘the one’ ring from the Lord of the Ring series which was truly special.”

Zenia and Binoy - Platinum Day of Love

Binoy and Zenia were clear that they did not want excessive traditional functions at their wedding. Instead, they preferred their nuptials to be an extended party where their guests could let their hair down and enjoy to the fullest.

Their happiness knew no bounds when they were chosen for our editorial shoot-‘Love Actually.’ Zenia had always coaxed Binoy for a pre-wedding photoshoot, and this, they felt, would be perfect.

Zenia and Binoy - Platinum Day of Love
Zenia and Binoy - Platinum Day of Love

“Everything was so wonderful! Thalassa was a perfect setting for this romantic pre-wedding photoshoot as it is surrounded by greenery and has a very beautiful, happy vibe to it. My makeup was flawless, and most importantly, I was happy to be clicked by Photographer Stuti from The Cheesecake Project as I have always admired her work. She made us feel less conscious and competently captured our most candid and cherished moments together.”

As the couple is yet to host a ring ceremony, the platinum bands were a gentle reminder of their much-awaited wedding. “Platinum signifies permanence and eternity and that is what our relationship is about. We feel happy to wear it just before our official ring ceremony,” shares the happy bride-to-be.

Zenia and Binoy - Platinum Day of Love

Zenia and Binoy - Platinum Day of Love

Zenia and Binoy - Platinum Day of Love

We wish the lovely couple a lot of luck for their happy beginnings together.

Venue: Thalassa, Bandra, Mumbai

Platinum Love Bands: Kama Platinum

Accessories Partner: Mochi

Makeup & Hairstyling: Jean Claude Biguine

Photographer: The Cheesecake Project

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10 Magnificent Palaces for a Royal Indian Wedding

WeddingSutra invites you to step into palatial palaces and regal resorts around the world that have hosted Indian weddings for illustrious families whose tastes are no less than those of royalty with their penchant for glitz, opulence and class. Check out our list of royal venues that guarantee a lavish fairytale setting and make a couple truly feel like a prince and princess.

1. Al Bustan Palace – A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Sultanate of Oman

A 20-minute drive from Muscat brings one to the sprawling Al Bustan Palace in the Sultanate of Oman. It was originally constructed in 1985, and today is a landmark destination for exclusive weddings. Its design is inspired by Arab and art deco influences, and its majestic 38-metre-high domed atrium lobby is truly impressive. This five-star resort’s distinctive wedding venues include the largest ballroom in Oman and manicured gardens for outdoor ceremonies with a backdrop of the Al Hajar mountains and brilliant blue Sea of Oman. The Qantab Room can cater for up to 500 guests for a banquet, and the Manjan Ballroom can accommodate up to 2,000 guests for a reception, and 750 for banquet. The hotel boasts 198 rooms and 25 luxury suites.

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Al Bustan Palace – A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Sultanate of Oman

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Al Bustan Palace – A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Sultanate of OmanPhotos Courtesy – Shades

2. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

One of the most expensive hotels every built, the seven-star Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi is striking with its traditional Arabian design elements that include a grand dome and 114 smaller domes in colors reflecting different shades of sand found in the Arabian Desert. With sumptuous furnishings, palatial interiors and a stunning view of the Indian Ocean, the hotel is spread over a million meters, and has 302 deluxe luxury rooms, 92 suites, landscaped gardens, 1002 chandeliers made with Swarovski’s premier Strauss crystals and the region’s largest ballroom with a capacity for 2,500 guests. In February this year, Bollywood stars Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Arjun and Sonam Kapoor attended the wedding of their cousin Akshay Marwah to Aashita Relan here. The three-day wedding was attended by around 300 guests and the city’s finest florists were roped in to add that additional wow factor to the stunning venue.

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

3. San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, Italy

Located on the private 17-acre island of San Clemente and boasting of its own 12th-century church, the San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice dates back to 1131. Its Renaissance-style buildings, restored gardens and historic monastery makes this hotel a wedding destination with a difference. Wedding guests are assured exclusivity given that it is a private island, yet there are lots of activities to indulge in – from golf to tennis, jogging to relaxing in heated pools. With its sprawling gardens, the hotel is ideal for couples who want a large-scale seaside wedding with amazing views. That’s exactly what UK-based Indian billionaire Pramod Agarwal got when he booked this property for his daughter Vineeta’s wedding to Muqit Teja in 2011. The three-day wedding saw over 800 guests attending, and a Michelin star chef Federico Salza laying out a vegetarian Italian spread. The historic ramparts of the hotel were decorated like an extravagant Indian wedding venue where Shakira performed and delighted the gathering of global guests.

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, Italy

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, Italy

4. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

‘Falaknuma’ means ‘Like the sky’ or ‘Mirror of the sky’ – and it is little wonder that the stately Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad continues to be a magnet for illustrious families who choose it as a wedding venue. Situated 2,000 feet above the historic city of Hyderabad, the hotel exudes the class and refinement of the erstwhile Nizams with its blend of Italian and Tudor architecture. Its 60 beautifully restored rooms, stunning Reception Room and 22 spacious halls ensure there is ample venues for myriad wedding events. One of the highlights of this regal property is its immense collection of Venetian chandeliers which is said to be the largest in the world.

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Taj Falaknuma Palace, HyderabadPhotos Courtesy – Picture Art Company – Arjun Khurana

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Taj Falaknuma Palace, HyderabadPhoto Courtesy – Abhishek Sarkar

5. Çıragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey

The grandeur of the former Ottoman Empire is evident at the impressive Ciragan Palace in the Turkish capital of Istanbul. Dating back to 1867, this luxury hotel is located on the European shore of the Bosphorus and was beautifully restored in 2007. In 2012, Vartika, niece of UK-based billionaire of Indian origin Lakshmi Mittal, wed Utsav Goenka here. With 313 rooms, including 20 suites in the main hotel section and 11 suites in the imperial palace section, the hotel is ranked as one of the most expensive in the world. Some of its highlights includes the spacious wedding terrace and Ciragan Ballroom overlooking the blue waters of the Bosphorus.

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Çıragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Çıragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey

6. Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria

This historic building complex comprises two Baroque palaces, decorative fountains, imposing wrought iron gates and sprawling gardens. Built in the early 18th century, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It houses some of the most notable collections of Austrian art. Business scions Sangita and Sajjan Jindal’s son Parth Jindal married Anushree Jasani at this beautiful venue. The historic ramparts of the Belvedere Palace came alive with this three-day Bollywood-style extravaganza which had a ‘Celestial Rhapsody’ theme. The white walls of the palace were vibrant with backdrops of floral arrangements installed on and around the walkway in colors of deep pink, red and gold.

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria

7. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Home to Jodhpur’s royal family and situated at the city’s highest vantage point Chittar Hill, Umaid Bhawan Palace impresses all at first sight with its majestic structure and marvellous surroundings. This luxury heritage hotel is one of the world’s largest private residences and guests feel no less than royalty here. The palace was designed by renowned Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, with a blend of eastern and western architectural influences. An immutable tribute to art deco, the hotel’s posh suites come with private sit-out areas that offer stunning views of the city, panoramic lawns and courtyards. Many celebrity weddings have been held here, and the gardens of this gorgeous property have hosted guests numbering thousands. Perfect for large-scale weddings, Umaid Bhawan Palace epitomises the best in luxury and heritage at the same time.

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Umaid Bhawan Palace, JodhpurPhotos Courtesy – OneLight Studio (left), Inderjeet Gill (right)

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Umaid Bhawan Palace, JodhpurPhotos Courtesy – Manie Bhatia

8. The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

A historical tourist attraction in itself, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is the ultimate in luxury if you’re looking for an exclusive venue amongst colonial structures in the picturesque part of bustling Mumbai. This iconic hotel, overlooking the majestic Gateway of India, dates back over a 100 years, to 1903. Each of the 550 rooms and suites are a blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. The 11 newly refurbished halls and venues are ideal for elaborate weddings as well as intimate gatherings. The Ballroom, spacious enough for 450 guests, is perfect for grand private events. For a larger banquet, there’s the massive, pillar-less Crystal Room which can host over 800 guests. A delightful option for a private celebration with about 100 guests is the Rendezvous on the Rooftop venue with its 360-degree panoramic view of Mumbai. If you’re choosing to tie the knot at one of their exquisite venues, you can be certain that your guests will take back memories of exquisite culinary experiences that this hotel is famous for.

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - The Taj Mahal Palace, MumbaiPhotos Courtesy – Monica Moghe Photography

9. Il Borro, Tuscany, Italy

The 700-acre estate of Il Borro in Italy’s picturesque Tuscany region offers a unique and spectacular space for luxurious Indian weddings. Il Borro is an estate that is owned by the Ferragamo family and boasts of its own medieval village, 19th-century villa and rustic farms. Surrounded by the beautiful Chianti hills and Apennine mountains, the paradise in Tuscany offers myriad options for rooms including luxury suites, villas and farmhouses. A member of the luxury Relais et Chateaux chain, it sets a new standard for luxury resorts, especially when it comes to peace, privacy and picture-perfect locales.

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Il Borro, Tuscany, Italy

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Il Borro, Tuscany, Italy

10. Palace of Versailles, France

Listed as a World Heritage Site for 30 years, the Palace of Versailles is a royal château in Versailles, in the Île-de-France region of France. Built by Louis XIII in 1623 as a basic hunting lodge at first, it was expanded into a royal palace by Louis XIV. With landscaped gardens, elaborate interiors and an unmatchable collection of art and statues, Palace of Versailles continues to be a top draw for tourists. However, when it comes to hosting private wedding events, that is still rare as the venue allowed an engagement party for the first time when UK billionaire Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter got betrothed to banker Amit Bhatia. It is alleged that it took the tycoon a year to arrange for requisite permissions, making it a truly exclusive venue. The engagement party was held at the Battle Gallery inside the Palace of Versailles, while the wedding took place at the Vaux le Vimconte, another spectacular and palatial chateau also in France.

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Palace of Versailles, France

Royal Destination Wedding Venue - Palace of Versailles, France

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‘The Perfect Location’ has a new Set to Wow couples with its Terrific Tuscany Vibe

Situated hours away from the bustling lanes of New Delhi, ‘The Perfect Location’ is a popular photography studio for pre-wedding photo shoots in in Faridabad that offers indoor and outdoor studio spaces with contemporary, quirky, traditional and artsy backdrops.

With its growing popularity, the pre-wedding photography hotspot, ‘The Perfect Location’ recently launched a new set – The Tuscany Street – which features floral décor, bar, a Pizzeria corner and cobbled streets, all beautifully done in rustic brick and textured walls to bring alive the authentic feel of Tuscany in India. Three lucky couples were invited to the gorgeous location where they were captured by ace photography duo Aastha and Gaurav from Hitched & Clicked. Here, they share their story and experiences…

Maheema and Varun

“I met the love of my Varun life when I least expected it! I have become a much more peaceful person after being with him. When we heard we were selected for the shoot, we couldn’t be happier as we always wanted to capture moments of our love through beautiful pictures. The Tuscany Street set at ‘The Perfect Location’ was fabulous, and to add to that, we shot just months before our wedding which made the whole pre-wedding photo shoot experience extra special. I can confidently say that we will reminisce these memories forever!”

Maheema and Varun for a Pre-wedding Photo Shoot at 'The Perfect Location', Faridabad

Maheema and Varun for a Pre-wedding Photo Shoot at 'The Perfect Location', Faridabad

Maheema and Varun for a Pre-wedding Photo Shoot at 'The Perfect Location', Faridabad

Maheema and Varun for a Pre-wedding Photo Shoot at 'The Perfect Location', Faridabad

Pranjali and Mrinal

“We were neighbors and had played with each other since we were kids. But destiny had other plans, and our families decided to move to a different locality only to meet years later as neighbors again. I remember we met again at 19 and started talking, soon realizing that we were madly in love. The pre-wedding photo shoot was just a positive reminder of our special bond as friends and lovers.”

Pranjali and Mrinal for a Pre-wedding Photo Shoot at 'The Perfect Location', Faridabad

Pranjali and Mrinal for a Pre-wedding Photo Shoot at 'The Perfect Location', Faridabad

Pranjali and Mrinal for a Pre-wedding Photo Shoot at 'The Perfect Location', Faridabad

Pranjali and Mrinal for a Pre-wedding Photo Shoot at 'The Perfect Location', Faridabad

Heena and Dipanshu

“I meet Heena at a friend’s luncheon and was instantly attracted to her. In a matter of hours, we realized that we had much more in common than expected. We spoke often and soon realized that we were made for each other. Even distance couldn’t lead us apart and after mere days, I proposed to her to which she readily agreed to marry me. The pre-wedding photoshoot at the charming The Tuscany Street was a beautiful prelude to our impending wedding.”

Heena and Dipanshu for a Pre-wedding Photo Shoot at 'The Perfect Location', Faridabad

Heena and Dipanshu for a Pre-wedding Photo Shoot at 'The Perfect Location', Faridabad

Heena and Dipanshu for a Pre-wedding Photo Shoot at 'The Perfect Location', Faridabad

Website: www.theperfectlocation.in

Location: The Perfect Location, Faridabad

Makeup Artist: Manleen Puri

Hairstylist: Kalyug Arjun

Styling: Styledarzi by Nidhi Sharma

Purple Gown: Applique by Astha Khanna

Photo Courtesy: Hitched and Clicked

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Jill and Kunal’s Platinum Day of Love

Love Actually, Precious Platinum– Feb 28, 2017

Our initiative Love Actually is a pre-wedding photo shoot series that captures the beautiful moments between couples in the most stunning locations across Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. The feature showcases couples who actively seek ideas and inspiration from WeddingSutra as they celebrate their eternal journey together.

Jill was introduced to Kunal by her parents and the couple first met at a gorgeous restaurant in Mumbai. Jill says, “It was a typical arranged marriage set up. We exchanged thoughts and knew something was brewing when we continued to chat even after the meeting was over.”

Jill and Kunal's Pre-wedding Shoot at InterContinental, Marine Drive

Kunal, a banker, was transferred to Bangalore shortly after their first meeting but he kept flying into Mumbai to meet his girl. “Nothing was decided,” Jill remembers, “We’d speak on the phone and meet when he was in Mumbai. We were just getting to know each other and were more like friends than anything else.”

But Cupid struck. And there’s no love like that brought on by laughter. “It was my birthday,” Jill smiles, “Instead of taking me out on a ‘romantic’ date and showering me with gifts, Kunal took me to a comedy show. It was really a special thought and it helped us break the ice and as we got talking, we weren’t awkward with each other anymore.” Kunal however already knew he’d met the girl of his dreams and told his family he wanted to marry her.

The couple will be married soon and have made sure they’re equally involved in the wedding process, even divvying up the responsibilities between both families to save time, effort and enjoy the wedding.

A pre-wedding shoot was just what this couple’s busy schedule demanded. Set in the dreamy environs of the Intercontinental, Marine Drive, a day away from the wedding chaos meant this couple could retreat into a romantic world of their own.

A little pampering was also much appreciated! “I am so happy that the team chose us for the shoot. Makeup Artist Johann Arora made me feel like a complete princess. And the photographer Vrutika Doshi was so much fun to shoot with. The venue was by far the biggest treat. We shot at Dome at the InterContinental which offered some breathtaking views of the Queen’s necklace. The venue beautifully captured the subtle romance between us and also gave the pre-wedding photo shoot a very dreamy setting.”

Ahead of their formal engagement ceremony, the platinum love bands were the perfect symbols to celebrate their pre-wedding shoot with WeddingSutra. “The platinum bands are special. They remind us of the undying friendship and eternal bond we share. And the shoot was very special too- this would not have been possible without the brilliant WeddingSutra team and I cannot thank them enough for letting us experience this beautiful moment together,” Jill smiles.

If you’re getting married in 2017 and would like to be a part of ‘Love Actually’ write to weddingsutra@gmail.com with the link to your Facebook profiles, wedding date and ‘How you met’ story. Selected couples will be invited for the shoots in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai.

Location: InterContinental, Marine Drive

Platinum Love Bands: Kama Platinum

Makeup and Hair: Johann Arora

Photography: Vrutika Doshi

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Nisha and Snehal’s styled photo shoot in Chennai

In celebration of Snehal’s first visit to Chennaiand their first wedding anniversary, Nisha and Snehal decided to have a beautiful styled photo shoot.

Nisha lived in Chennai for four years, “They were the best years of my life. The city nurtured me. And it was Snehal’s first visit so the memory needed to be framed in a special way.” The couple decided to document the moment with a styled photo-shoot by The Memory Writers. The idea was to explore the streets of Chennai together and there was another facet to the plan, “The shoot coincided with our first anniversary making it a special celebration.”

Nisha and Snehal
Nisha and Snehal

There were also a few other reasons. Nisha grins, “Snehal was visiting the motherland after nine years, so it was a big deal. Also, we wanted to hold true to the promise our lifestyle blog ‘Yin Yang On Fleek’ makes, to celebrate and document life with all its happy moments. And last but by no means least, we had to also celebrate Snehal growing his long iconic ‘Ranveer Singh’ inspired moustache.”

Nisha and Snehal

Nisha says, “We did most of our shoot in Mylapore, one of the oldest cultural hubs in Chennai. We’ve always been in awe of the remarkable architecture in India – whether it was monuments or places of worship. Temples in Chennai have a distinctive character that reflects the beautiful heritage of South India. We visited the Kapaleeshwar temple in Mylapore. Each sculpture on its roof was so unique. We walked through the bustling temple streets packed with vendors, worshipers and by-standers. The shopkeeper at one of the flower shops near the temple was so excited to be in one of our frames, he thought he was going to be on TV!”

Nisha and Snehal

The couple then made their way to other Chennai landmarks, “The San Thome Basilica is a majestic Roman Catholic church built by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century and is a must visit. Chennai prides itself on its amazing beaches and Marina definitely tops the charts amongst locals!”

The couple wore Indian outfits and Nisha admits she had her favorites chalked out, ” I have had a serious obsession with brocade lehengas and that had to make its way into our shoot.”

Nisha and Snehal

It wasn’t all that easy though. Nisha and Snehal had a super tight schedule. With only three days in the city (with a wedding to attend), they had only half a day free to shoot. But Nisha says their time constraints posed little challenge for their enthusiastic photographers, “Our photographers jumped right on board and were open to the idea of a sun rise shoot. Exhausted from the wedding festivities, with stuffy cold noses, we ventured out at 6 am for our shoot. We could barely keep our eyes open, but tried to look pretty in our clicks!” What the couple got was an intense four hour guided tour of the city, “with the added advantage of getting beautiful images after!”

Nisha and Snehal

Nisha and Snehal

Nisha left with not just the gorgeous pictures as memories, “All in all, our experience was nothing short of wonderful! We were happy we squeezed in the time to do the photo-shoot despite a crazy itinerary during our travels. We now have beautiful memories of a lifetime from Chennai! The images also made a great addition to our lifestyle blog. A win-win on all fronts!”

Nisha and Snehal

Photos Courtesy- The Memory Writers

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Navina Bole and Karran Jeet’s Platinum Day of Love

Love Actually, Precious Platinum– Feb 23, 2017

Our initiative Love Actually is a photo series that captures the most beautiful moments between couples in picturesque locations across Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. It features couples who actively seek ideas and inspiration from WeddingSutra as they celebrate their eternal journey together.

Navina and Jeet
Navina and Jeet

Here’s inspiration to hit the gym. Popular television actress Navina Bole better known as ‘Tia Kapoor’ on Star Plus daily Ishqbaaaz noticed fellow actor Karran Jeet staring at her in the gym, “but we never really spoke,” she says. However, it was just a matter of time before they cheekily said hello to each other and started talking. It took Navina a little while to realize that Karran had a massive crush on her, “He even loved following my daily soap,” she grins.

Navina and Jeet
Navina and Jeet

But Karran was being wary. He’d just come out of a bad relationship and wasn’t ready to jump into a new one. “Our relationship grew gradually,” Navina explains, “We eventually became the best of friends. When he confessed that he was not open to the idea of a relationship because of his bad experience, I didn’t want to pressurize him.”

Navina and Jeet
Navina and Jeet

Leaving it to destiny did the trick. After three months of knowing each other, they both realized this was more than a friendship. Karran was shy and so Navina decided to gently suggest a step forward, “It was not a formal proposal but I thought that we could give this a try.” There was no looking back! “He is the best thing that happened to me!” she smiles.

Navina and Jeet
Navina and Jeet
Navina and Jeet

Navina’s all about the thoughtful gestures and cherishes Karran’s reaction to a very special birthday present, “I had a box customized for him with messages from his near and dear ones. The cover of the box was inscribed with the name ‘Gooey’, his pet and the apple of his eye. I remember, he was so overwhelmed and happy when he got it. It was truly a magical moment for me.”

Navina and Jeet

With the wedding just a month away, the lovely couple is busy putting finishing touches to their wedding decor and dividing responsibilities equally between both families.

With the lovely actress’s rigorous shoot schedules, the pre-wedding shoot at Jade Garden in Worli was the perfect mini-getaway for the lovebirds who got to spend some quality time together. “It was a wonderful shoot and very well- coordinated. What made it extra special was that it was on Valentine’s Day! And let’s not forget that hanging out on the expansive lawns and lush greenery at the venue made everything seem calm and relaxed.”

Navina and Jeet

And the couple adored photographer Dev Purbiya. “He was so much fun to shoot with,” Navina enthuses, “He got the best candid moments between us. Special shout out to make up artist Kajol Paswwan too who did a fabulous job and made us both look simply beautiful!”

As they looked into each other’s eyes, fingers entwined, each touching the other’s platinum love bands, Navina said, “Our relationship is eternal and platinum love bands are beautiful proof of this. We really thank WeddingSutra for such a lovely experience.”

Navina and Jeet
Navina and Jeet

WeddingSutra wishes Navina and her beau Karran all the love and happiness forever.

If you’re getting married in 2017 and would like to be a part of ‘Love Actually’ write to weddingsutra@gmail.com with the link to your Facebook profiles, wedding date and ‘How you met’ story. Selected couples will be invited for the shoots in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai.

Location – Jade Garden, Worli

Platinum Love Bands – Kama Platinum

Jewelry – Gehna Jewellers

Makeup and Hair – Kajol Paswwan

Photography – Dev Purbiya

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Lakmé Bridal Stylist showcases Majestic Flair – a beautiful bridal look

Bridal Fashion and Beauty– Feb 23, 2017

Lakmé Salon has been transforming brides into visions of perfection for a really long time. This season, along with ‪#‎LakmeBridalStylists‬ and Payal Khandwala, they have dreamt up stunning bridal looks under the themes Imperial Ruby, Supreme Ruler, Regal Charm, and Crowning Glories. Showcased here is one of the bridal looks that caught our eye.

Majestic Flair

Hair

A neat upstyle bun forms the crown of this look. Gentle weaves of blonde highlights and swirls of hair extensions are elegantly pinned at the top, which can also be embellished with hair accessories as a finishing touch.

Make-up

Bringing to life the flair of powerful women, this look blends magnetic shades of gold and black with subtle hues of pink. For eyes that command attention, a smooth gradient of copper-gold adds a smoky effect, while softly smudged kohl and bold lashes are styled to captivate. Complementary shades of orange and pink form a perfectly strobed base for dewy skin and lips, subtly enhancing this look

Nails

A pop of pink on the nails adds a stunning touch to this look. Silver diamante are embellished to form attractive bows, topped with glitter and metallic art, complementing the colour palette.

Lakmé Bridal Stylist showcases Majestic Flair

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Pout Pretty in Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Lip Colors

Bridal Fashion and Beauty– Feb 21, 2017

Flaunt luscious lips this wedding season with Lakmé Absolute’s newly launched Argan Oil Lip Colors.

The new range of nourishing lipsticks brings together the best of both worlds- color and nourishment. As the name suggests, the hero ingredient in the new lipsticks is ‘Argan Oil’, known as ‘Liquid Gold’ in the beauty world. It is an ingredient that has shown its wondrous effects when it comes to skincare and haircare, and now Lakmé has added the miracle ingredient for the first time to cosmetics.

WeddingSutra has put together inspiration hacks for you to add rich tints to your nourished pouts this wedding season with Lakme Absolute Argan Oil and look like these Bollywood divas.

Wear the ‘Buttery Caramel’ shade like PriyankaChopra

Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Lip Color - 'Buttery Caramel' shade

Wear the ‘Soaked Berries’ shade like Deepika Padukone

Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Lip Color - 'Soaked Berries' shade

Wear the ‘Soft Nude’ shade like Kareena Kapoor

Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Lip Color - 'Soft Nude' shade

Wear the ‘Juicy Plum’ shade like Alia Bhatt

Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Lip Color - 'Juicy Plum' shade

Grab these shades with a gorgeous gold packaging at a store near you at INR 750/-