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WeddingSutra’s Top 10 Designers Picks at Joya

WeddingSutra’s Top 10 Designers Picks at Joya

Aug 17, 2016Bridal & Wedding Shows, Bridal Fashion and Beauty

If you are a lover of all things luxe and seeking latest trends in bespoke luxury, then Joya by Cineyug is a dream come true for all shopping connoisseurs. The event on 17-18th August is at The Dome, NSCI Worli. Curated by Yasmin Morani and Priyanka Soorma Chaturvedi, JOYA showcases a mix of designers, lifestyle experiences and a gastronomic showcase of gourmet food. We spent a whole evening at Joya trying out beautiful bridal wear and jewelry so we could bring you a curated list of 10 designers that are absolutely unmissable at Joya.

1. Gaurav Gupta

If subtle luxury is your thing, then do stop by at designer Gaurav Gupta’s stall. The collection, replete with nude coloured lehangas, is an absolute must have if you love the understated look.

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2. Jewels by Queenie Singh

A subtle pop of color mixed with tradition is what makes jewellery designer, Queenie Singh’s collection unique. Beautiful statement necklaces and drop earrings with gems in red and green are sure to add that little bit of drama to your ensemble.

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3. Arpita Mehta

Arpita Mehta’s trousseau collection revolved around mirror work and subtle shimmer. Choose from a wide variety of lehengas that are priced between Rs 20,000- Rs 1,00,000

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4. Ohaila Khan

If you like to experiment with your trousseau choices, then Ohaila Khan’s collection will not disappoint. The upcoming designer’s stall is a beautiful mix of lehengas in rich colours of purple, red and even peach.

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5. Sangeeta Kilachand

Whoever said tradition is boring should perhaps take a cue from Sangeeta Kilachand’s designs. Comprising mostly of bandhini printed kurtis and crop waistcoats, it’s surely a stall you should stop by.

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6. Kunal Rawal

One of our favorite menswear designer’s, Kunal Rawal’s collection is an amalgamation of contemporary design and tradition. Pick from a wide array of delicately embroidered sherwanis in black, cobalt and white.

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7. Golecha’s Jewels

Everything about this stall spells luxury and opulence. If you are a lover of tradition, then you will certainly like their collection of handcrafted necklaces, jhumkis and maang tikka’s.

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8. Rohit Bal

The king of couture, Rohit Bal’s collection is an ultimate destination to luxury and sophistication. Comprising of womenswear and menswear designs, the collection showcases one-of-a kind lehengas, jackets and sherwanis that look resplendent in black and gold embroidery.

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9. Faraz Manan

Dubai-based designer Faraz Manan’s collection is all about minimalism. Everything from his kurta sets to lehengas feature delicate and intricate embroidery that spells Parisian glamour.

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10. Pinky Saraf

Last but not the least, Pinky Saraf’s collection is a unique mix of geometrically patterned handcrafted potli bags and clutches in metallic colours which provide an ethnic look with a modern touch.

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My Best Friend’s Wedding – Decoding the Looks

My Best Friend’s Wedding – Decoding the Looks

Aug 16, 2016Bridal Fashion and Beauty

When Amrita shared her delight at having her childhood friends as bridesmaids at her winter wedding in Kolkata this year, WeddingSutra decided to treat the dream team to a makeover, ensemble, to get them in the mood for the big day!

WeddingSutra Editors decodes the looks Amrita and each of her bridesmaids rocked.

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Bridesmaid Dipti’s Look

Dipti wore a flared lehenga in peach by KALKI Fashion. The net skirt features darker toned floral motifs as well as floral motifs in sequin embroidery. The waist is cinched with a playful, stylish sequined double-bow that matches the sequined choli that is also tied with a bow. Dipti accessorized this youthful, fresh look with a pair of intricately designed hoop earrings by Pookaari. She finished with effortless style in a pair of Tresmode gold wedges.

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Bridesmaid Maahi’s Look

Maahi looked divine in a draped georgette gown in subtle peach by KALKI Fashion. The butti design with an embellished bodice was accessorized with a pair of earrings studded with kundan stones, American diamonds and pearls in an antique finish. A statement structured, contrasting clutch with delicate embellishments from Be Chic was the cherry on top.

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Bride-to-be Amrita’s Look

The bride, Amrita, was the centre of attention in a crimson raw silk bridal lehenga by KALKI Fashion. The lehenga is opulent with zari and pearl embroidery and set off with a matching net dupatta. Amrita accessorized with a 22K gold choker from Manubhai Jewellers, a stunning gold haath-phool and bangled studded with pink and green enamel work and set with diamonds. She picked a maangtikka from Manubhai that complemented the rest of her jewellery. Final touches included a rich, ceramic pearl box clutch by be Chic and a pair of Tresmode gold heels.

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Bridesmaid Trupti’s Look

Trupti twirled in a baby pink lehenga by KALKI Fashion. Adorned with pearl and kundan work, the attached cape brought a delicate fluidity to the look. The movement was accentuated by a beautiful pair of jhumkas curated by Pookaari crafted with black kundan stones, antique finished American diamonds and pearls set in gold plated metal. A milk-chocolate box clutch by Be Chic, sparkling with sequins and floral embellishments in gold foil made the outfit perfect.

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Bridesmaid Zuni’s Look

Zuni brought sparkle to an already shimmery lehenga in pink net by KALKI Fashion. The lehenga has a zari border at the waist and a lace trellis with floral details at the choli. Zuni chose a pair of kundan chaanbaalis with hints of pearl to bring gleam to the glamour.

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Location- JW Marriott Sahar, Mumbai

Outfits- KALKI Fashion

Bride’s Jewellery- Manubhai Jewels

Bridesmaids’ Jewellery- Pookaari

Makeup and Hairstyling- Cory Walia and team

Accessories Partner- Be Chic

Bridal Bouquets and Decor- Atisuto Events

Shoot Management- Tejal Karlekar and Dipti Satwani

Photography- Camera Crew

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Mumbai’s only Delivery Service for high-end Wedding Invite and Gift Deliveries

Mumbai’s only Delivery Service for high-end Wedding Invite and Gift Deliveries

Aug 12, 2016The Wedding Makers, Wedding Planning

Wedding invitations have moved from from being just a printed card stuffed inside an envelope which was sent by snail mail or through couriers. Today, changing trends in this dynamic sphere as well as in the corporate gifting space has made Just Deliveries address the needs of growing market where everything from floral bouquets, designer treats to perishable food hampers are now packaged with the invites, be it for weddings, corporate events or launches.

“We identified a huge gap in the delivery of delicate and perishable goods in Mumbai and developed a solution to solve this challenge. Today, Just Deliveries is the trusted delivery choice for a range of institutional and private customers for those special occasions that are close to their heart. So clients can get as creative as they wish with their packaging and gifts as Just Deliveries ensures they will reach in a pristine condition,” says Mansi Khambata, founder of Just Deliveries.

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Just Deliveries allows Mumbai-based customers to outsource their delivery requirements in a timely and professional manner. Currently, there is no courier service that enables the same day delivery of delicate gifts. As a result, Just Deliveries enables clients to avoid blocking their cars for deliveries or getting delayed by Mumbai’s crazy traffic jams.

The company has certainly made a name for itself with its high-profile clientele. Just Deliveries services are trusted by over 400 business partners including Mumbai’s leading hotels such as The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Colaba, The Oberoi Hotel and The Trident at BKC, luxury brands, bakers, wedding planners and event managers. Just Deliveries have also delivered wedding invites for noted leading business families such as the Ruias, and for the recent Jindal-Jassani wedding. They even delivered elaborate floral arrangements on marble platters for the Hiranandanis.

Well-known event management company such as Percept Limited and Magnanimous Events also hired Just Deliveries to deliver macaroons and balloon hampers for the launch invitations of a global brand’s retail store.

Contact details:

+91 9769 557799

DBS House, Prescott Street, Fort, Mumbai 400001

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Getting Ready Moments shot at Taj Lands End

Getting Ready Moments shot at Taj Lands End

Aug 11, 2016Taj Hotels Resorts Palaces, Wedding Photography & Films

There is not a bride or groom in the world who doesn’t want to look their best at their wedding, as they embark on a brand new journey, surrounded by family and friends, the center of attention and affection. At the heart of all the celebrations, they are the celebrities! Here, Candid Photographer Parag Gopale talks about maintaining the fine balance between the craziness of the wedding day preparations and the need to create an oasis of calm before you say your “I Do’s”. He tells us how bride Carolin managed to find a space and vibe that made for some incredible wedding photographs.

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“Despite the fact that radiance comes from happiness and anticipation, the ‘getting ready for the wedding’ is one of the most important processes on the day. After months of preparation and planning, the hustle and bustle, the rushing around, the continuous buzzing of phones can raise the couple’s stress levels. So, as a photographer, though I love capturing these preparatory moments, it is a test of my skills; not only my photography skills, but my ‘people-management’ skills. It is so important to make sure the couple are calm, composed and comfortable. An error in judgement or a setback can ruin a beautiful moment.

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Photographing a bride like Carolin was a treat for me. While she was extremely particular about each and every element at the wedding, she never once lost her composure. When I walked into her bridal suite at the Taj Lands End, “Woww!!” was my involuntary reaction. Carolin had chosen the perfect room, overlooking the span of the magnificent Bandra-Worli Sea Link. I remember her saying, “The view from here calms me” – no mean feat for a bride two hours shy of walking the aisle. The suite was perfectly lit. Her bridal gown and shoes were laid out and I knew exactly how to document them.

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The overall vibe at a venue is really important and Carolin seemed to know that instinctively. We had the space necessary to get into ‘the zone’ and that helped create the opportunity for some simply wonderful moments for the couple. I couldn’t resist capturing the landscape from the windows and later, I managed some fantastic shots at the Bandra Fort, just outside Lands End.

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Finally, there is probably no sweeter sight for a photographer than watching a couple beaming and smiling as they look through their wedding photographs. And I managed to experience precisely that!”

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Our Editors Pick: Exquisite bridal pieces from Manubhai Jewellers

Our Editors Pick: Exquisite bridal pieces from Manubhai Jewellers

Aug 11, 2016Bridal Fashion and Beauty

Each masterpiece at Manubhai Jewellers is crafted to evoke a bride’s aspirations and dreams. With designs that are true to tradition yet contemporary in spirit, they bring the joy of colour, the deep gleam of enamel and a timeless glamour on your big day.

Here, WeddingSutra’s editors pick eye-catching pieces from Manubhai’s elegant bridal collection to match your celebrations.

Manubhai Jewellers22K gold maang tika with semi-precious greenstones in takkar kundan karigari.

Inspired by the glorious, mysterious moon, the traditional chandbali motifs will complement your wedding day jewellery. You can also choose to make a very stylish statement and wear it on its own at your cocktail or sangeet. You may start a trend.

Manubhai JewellersThe Mughal Regal carvings on gold

Like it came from a fairytale treasure chest – this antique finished 22K gold kada with a semi-precious ruby at its heart is a stunner. Wear it on its own and you’ll be creating a powerful, unique style mantra. It’s versatile enough to be worn with other jewellery at any of your wedding functions to complete your look.

Manubhai JewellersJadau at its regal best!

One more out of the treasure trove! This 22K gold neckpiece is rich with detail and elements! Beautifully crafted flowers, gold beads and gold leaves all seem to work ensemble to draw attention to the carved jade paisley in the hollow of the throat. Luscious little red gems bring more colour and the semi-circle ‘tikka’ add an ethnic grace to this piece. The delicately carved jades and South Sea pearls bring movement as tiny jhumkas.

Despite its grandeur, this neckpiece has been designed to feel light, making it perfect for the dancing at the mehendi!

Manubhai JewellersThere’s sunshine in that gold!

These 22K gold crafted baubles have been inspired by sunflowers and created with gold beads and semi-precious stones in takkar kundan work. The jhumkas bring movement and a hint of tradition and are bang on trend this season. Suspended on strings of keshi pearls, the delicate latkans have an element of fun and happiness and are great to wear at your mehendi.

Manubhai JewellersThree perfect circles

You’ll dance and sing and play at your sangeet and these 22K gold danglers will be your best friends. Each of the three circles is rich in floral motifs, studded to saturation with white parabs, red and green semi-precious stones and gold beads in kundan karigari. Young, glamourous and celebratory!

Be the first to catch Manubhai Jewellers’ latest and exclusive #bridaljewellery designs at an exclusive exhibit at Sahara Star Hotel, Santacruz from the 19th to the 21st of August 2016.

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WeddingSutra Engage at The St. Regis Mumbai

WeddingSutra Engage at The St. Regis Mumbai

Aug 10, 2016WeddingSutra Masterclass and WS Engage

Designer duo Shyamal & Bhumika and Jean-Claude Biguine Salon unveil new-age wedding looks

WeddingSutra Engage, our ideas & inspiration platform for luxury and wedding professionals across India, is the go-to event for talented wedding industry professionals, emerging entrepreneurs and highly-regarded designers to meet, showcase their work and learn from the best in the business.

Our most recent edition of WeddingSutra Engage was held in association with The St. Regis Mumbai hotel and the Ladies Wing of Indian Merchant’s Chamber (IMC). Founded in 1966, IMC today is a premier business and professional women’s organisation with over 2200 members, consisting of entrepreneurs, managers, professionals and women from leading business houses.

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Parthip Thyagarajan with Varsha Sheth and Radhika Nath from the Ladies Wing Indian Merchants Chamber, Bhumika and Shyamal Shodhan

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The event commenced with guests being garlanded as they made their way to the beautiful Imperial Room at The St. Regis Mumbai. Many guests whipped out their smartphones to take pictures of the bright, festive wedding décor – each corner had something unique – by Mumbai’s ace wedding stylist Larly Bahl and Ajay Decoraters.

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Flower power reigned supreme as the innovative décor included everything from beautifully shaped white floral bouquets in pots near a “Happily Ever After” signboard to an eye-catching ferns and lilies arrangement on the snack cart, orange marigold garlands over a green cart showcasing Canvera photobooks, pink roses atop a papercut cards base and even a ‘table cover’ made with tiny buds intricately stitched together with incredible finesse.

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Decor by Larly Bahl and Ajay Decorators

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On display were new offerings and ideas for weddings – be it bespoke gifts by Diageo and creative ‘coffee-table’ style wedding albums by Canvera. Newer wedding entrepreneurs also showcased their company’s offerings, such as wedding photographers WhatKnot, Just Deliveries and Convido– the events concierge company.

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Guests arriving after braving the grey clouds and Mumbai’s showers were served cups of coffee and refreshing masala chai from the snack cart as liveried waiters dished out other treats. Model and actress Rupali Suri was the Emcee for the event and kickstarted the proceedings, which were further livened up by stand-up comedian Kunal Rao who regaled the crowd with his punch lines and gentle ribbing. Sachin Myalavarapu, F & B Director of The St. Regis Mumbai added a further warm welcome and shared details about the ‘wedding-ready’ facilities at the luxurious hotel.

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Ace designers Shayamal & Bhumika shared what’s trending in bridal ensembles this season, which was followed by a stimulating panel discussion on ‘New Age Weddings’. Given that the industry is transforming so quickly every year, it was a good pulse check on what trends were expected in the wedding industry. It was relevant for wedding industry professionals as well as guests looking for expert advice on the same. Moderated by Parthip Thyagarajan, WeddingSutra.com co-founder and Director, the panel comprised Aditya Motwane, a leading wedding planner and founder of Motwane Entertainment & Weddings, Lubaina Sheerazi, Tourism Marketing Strategist and India Representative for Oman, Kamlesh Hemdev, Director of Ghanasingh Fine Jewels (Kamlesh Hemdev Group) and Dr Geeta Oberoi, noted dermatologist and managing director/founder of Skin & You Clinic.

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Kamlesh Hemdev, Aditya Motwane, Parthip Thyagarajan, Lubaina Sheerazi and Dr Geeta Oberoi

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The panel discussion threw light on a host of topics related to organising weddings, jewellery packing advice for destination weddings with important information on customs and related taxes, Oman’s appeal as a hot wedding destination, and more. Aditya Motwane showed a video of a grand Indian destination wedding of Dubai magnate Yogesh Mehta’s son Rohan to London-based Roshni Khemka in Florence to emphasise just how grand an Indian wedding has become these days. This wedding was the talking point in the industry last year, and certainly held the audience spellbound.

The evening concluded with a surprise act as three brides-to-be clad in beautiful ensembles by Shyamal & Bhumika showcased gorgeous bridal looks by Jean Claude Biguine and dazzling jewellery from Ghanasingh Fine Jewels- Kamlesh Hemdev group.

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Abhilasha Singh, Style Director works her magic at the Jean Claude Biguine Salon & Spa at St. Regis Mumbai

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The exquisite bridal jewellery by Ghanasingh Fine Jewels- Kamlesh Hemdev group

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The Event Makers

Venue: The St. Regis Mumbai

Décor: Larly Bahl and Ajay Decorators

Hospitality & Event Management: Convido and Momente

Emcee: Rupali Suri

Photography: WhatKnot

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Rosrin & Anand’s Pre-wedding Shoot in Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Rosrin & Anand’s Pre-wedding Shoot in Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Aug 9, 2016Wedding Photography & Films, Wedding Planning

Rosrin Kalra and Anand Thakral are of Indian origin, but born and bred in Bangkok, Thailand. Rosrin tells us about her pre-wedding shoot and how she planned her wedding.

How we met

“We were part of a big group of friends and used to hang out,” Rosrin begins, “But slowly we became closer and closer and hung out on our own, going out to dinner together.” She says the couple eventually had to ask themselves, “What is this? Where is this going?” Anand took the lead, “One day during dinner, he just asked me straight and from then on, we officially started dating,” she remembers. “Our parents (being parents) already had a hunch where this was heading. So after dating for a year and a half, we decided to get engaged in July 2014.”

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The couple decided to spend 2015 doing the delightful job of planning for their wedding. “The entire year was dedicated to our wedding! We did two trips to India to shop for clothes, props and took a trip to The Rambagh Palace for our wedding shoot,” says Rosrin. The bride acknowledges that it was a lot of work but on the day of the wedding, when it all came together beautifully, she realised it was worth all the personal effort, “We always felt it would be more personal to us and we really wanted to be part of the process.”

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The pre-wedding shoot venue was chosen for its heritage and what it signified, “Rambagh Palace is so grand and beautiful and has stood the test of time because of the loving care that preserved it. We felt it resonated with what a marriage should be like – something meant to last forever, no matter what happens, must be treated with love and care.”

Rosrin was treated to a big surprise when on their last night there, Anand organized for them to drive up the lawn of the palace in an antique car, walk on a path strewn with petals to a tent with a view of the entire palace where a private dinner was set up. She was caught offguard, when as they were walking back, Anand got down on one knee and formally proposed to his future bride.

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“Our wedding took place at the Marriott Rayong, Thailand in January 2016,” Rosrin says, “From the moment we saw the location and its setting, both Anand and I knew this was it!”

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Love Actually- Gurveer and Chandralika’s Day of Love

Love Actually- Gurveer and Chandralika’s Day of Love

Aug 8, 2016Love Actually

Our initiative ‘Love Actually’ is a photo series featuring couples who actively seek ideas and inspiration from WeddingSutra. The series celebrates beautiful people in love as they start their lives together: because real love can only begin, never end.

Gurveer Handa and Chandralika Handa, nee Kakar are both young, working professionals based in Delhi. Gurveer handles his family’s business of leather garment exports; while Chani, as she is called, is an architect, heading the design team at her uncle’s firm but currently on a short hiatus.

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The couple’s parents were friends and they knew each other for years but Chani says, “it was only three years ago that we realized we had feelings for each other that went beyond friendship.” There was no sudden revelation though, rather a gradual realization that they belonged together. Chani reveals, “Gurveer was the first one to reveal how he felt about me. But, there was never any falling in love or romantic gestures.” The couple were discreet at first, “Our parents were family friends and we didn’t want anything to go wrong.”

They had little to worry about. Their parents needed no convincing outside of reassurance that this was for keeps. “Because Gurveer is four years older than me, they were not sure if we were in it for the long term; and what if one of us backed out,” Chani remembers, “But when we told them that we were serious, they went ahead and fixed our engagement.”

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Once the families got involved with the organizing, Gurveer and Chani didn’t need a ‘special moment’ or an elaborately staged proposal. They had a joyous engagement on the 29th of July last year and were married on the 27th of March this year.

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The Delhi wedding, a first in the family on both sides, was a grand celebration! And really well attended! Chani smiles at the memory, “Both of us have large families, spread across the globe and we were so happy that each and every one of them showed up! Not a single member of our families missed the wedding. We had about a 1000 guests and to accommodate everyone’s wishes, we ended up having eight functions in all.”

And the lovely bride says WeddingSutra played a part in the planning, “Both families organized the events and WeddingSutra was of great help in finding the best venues, photographers, choreographers and providing great wedding ideas.”

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Gurveer and Chani take an interest in each other’s work and have made a promise to each other to love effortlessly, laugh together and stick by each other through all that life gives them! WeddingSutra wishes them all the love in the big, wide world.

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If you’re getting married in 2016 or 2017 and would like to be a part of ‘Love Actually’ write to us (weddingsutra@gmail.com) with the link to your FB profiles, wedding date and ‘How you met’ story. Selected couples will be invited for the shoots in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.

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Pre Wedding Rituals by Forest Essentials

Pre Wedding Rituals by Forest Essentials

Aug 8, 2016Bridal Fashion and Beauty

Forest Essentials brings you products that help you follow 9 ancient Ayurvedic beauty rituals followed by Indian brides through the ages until today…

A bride anywhere in the world is the epitome of beauty – her wedding day marking her transition into womanhood. In India, for thousands of years, sixteen ‘shringars’ or ceremonial rituals of beauty and adornment have been performed on her wedding day. The practices have endured even till today – oiling and washing the hair, polishing and exfoliating the skin, applying nourishing masques and creating elaborate bathing rituals.

Vedic scriptures list the details of a beauty regimen for brides in the three weeks that precede her big day and Forest Essentials suggests its traditionally formulated oils, pastes and other products for best results.

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The bride is massaged with floral perfumed oils. Forest Essentials’ has a wide range of fragrant body massage oils that are cold pressed. The oils have a cold pressed, unrefined, nutriet rich, pure sesame oil base. This is blended with pure essential oils, each with their own unique properties. The massage tones, relaxes and nourishes skin and muscle tissue and helps flush toxins from the body. Massaging with the oils brings lustre to the skin, increases body heat and enhances circulation.

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In the cold of winter, the bride was bathed with Sweet Almond and other rich oils while in the summer, a mix of rose petals and khus and lighter oils bring freshness. Today, you can choose a bath and shower oil in a fragrance of your choice. The base is water-soluble which scents your skin and bathwater, leaving your skin moist, non-greasy and with an enchanting fragrance that lasts all day.

Available fragrances: Mashobra Honey & Vanilla, Madurai Jasmine and Mogra, Kashmiri Nargis, Indian Rose Absolute, Bengal Tuberose.

Keshpash Sugandhi Karanam

In The traditional process herbs like Amla, Shikakai, Bhringraj, Neem or Japapatti are infused in a base oil of pure Sesame, Coconut or Almond Oil which is massaged into the hair. Then it is time to apply a paste of Shikakai, Nagarmoth and Kachura on the well-oiled hair. This is washed off with Reetha that cleanses and conditions the hair. Finally, the hair is dried with scented incense over a burning coal brazier to perfume it.

The tradition of oiling your hair is a pan-Indian reality even today. But while a head massage a relaxing, pleasurable experience, many herbal oils used in hair care in India though beneficial can have an unpleasant aroma. Forest Essentials adds naturally distilled, pure essential oils like sandalwood and vetiver to not only improve the aroma but also enhance the healing qualities of the oils. Their 100% natural, organic, cold-pressed virgin coconut and sesame oils are infused with a variety of the finest-quality herbs to arrest hair loss, promote the growth of healthy new hair, thicken the hair and improve its overall texture. Bhringraj, Sugandha and Japapatti are amongst the most effective Ayurvedic hair oils.

The Forest Essentials Shampoos have been derived from Ayurvedic formulae and are free from harsh sulphate cleansers. Their gentle cleansing is powered by Amla Juice, Ritha, Soya Protein, Coconut Oil and herbal infusions that bring natural shine, movement and fragrance to your hair. Ritha provides natural colour and a silkiness to hair while it deals with excess oil and promotes hair growth. Shikakai, popularly knows as ‘fruit for the hair’ has a naturally mild pH that cleans without stripping the hair of its natural oils. It also strengthens the roots. Henna is a natural conditioner and root strengthener. A conditioning rinse after shampooing will leave the bride’s hair glossy and smooth.

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Angraag Wilepana

This ritual entails covering the face, neck and bare shoulders with a thin layer of sandalwood paste which firms, tones and adds glow to the skin. To complete this ritual use the Forest Essentials Sandalwood and Nagkesar masque, a nourishing Facial Pack where the main ingredients are mixed with nourishing herbs, flowers and fruit.

Sandalwood has purifying, cooling and soothing properties and helps retain moisture. Nagkesar is an anti-ageing ingredient that helps re-texture the skin, tones and firms because it contains several anti-oxidant compounds that instantly revitalize dry, dehydrated and mature skin. Turmeric is also a b anti-oxidant, healing and prevents ageing, evens skin tone and gives the skin a healthy glow.

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Alakta Niveshen

Years ago, women moistened their lips with Beeswax and Kokum Butter mixed with the petals of the Kusumba flower. Forest Essentials moisturizing Lip Balms are made with that same Kokum Butter, rich in healing ingredients, vitamins, minerals, proteins and a unique fatty acid profile. Honey replenishes moisture in the skin leaving it soft and supple. Organic Beeswax deeply nourishes, restoring elasticity to the skin. Sweet Almond Oil is also nutritious – sealing in moisture, soothing chapped lips and leaving them smooth and glossy.

Pushpa Dharanam

The bride’s hair and body are adorned with sweet flower garlands or gajjraas.

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Darpan Vilokan

After all the preparation, the bride is finally allowed to look at herself in the mirror to regard her perfection and ward off evil spirits with a small mark of Kohl.

FOREST ESSENTIALS RECOMMENDS – Ayurvedic treatments for a bride-to-be

Follow these simple, quick routines for a bridal glow.

For Facial Skin:

Everyday:

1. Cleansing – Mix Soundarya Ubtan with fresh cream, milk or pure rose Water and apply the paste to your face. The powder is a hand-pounded combination of 52 potent Ayurvedic sun-dried herbs including saffron and turmeric which helps reduce tanning and gently cleanses your skin.

2. Toning: Spritz your face with the Pure Rosewater Facial Tonic Mist to stay refreshed and rehydrated with steam distilled floral waters of the Desi Gulab.

3. Pre-Moisturize: Dab the lightest veil of Sanjeevani Beauty Elixir, a potion that resembles natural sebum to attract moisture to the skin.

4. Moisturizing: Soundarya Radiance cream is infused with 24K Gold and with its SPF 25 is ideal to wear in the morning. At night, add a few drops of Soundarya Advanced Serum with 24k Gold along with the Eternal Youth Formula Date and Litchi Cream and moisturise after cleansing and toning your skin. There’s something magical about using Pure 24k Gold Bhasma and the purest freshest ‘Rasas of Dates and Litchis’ to herald the new dawn in your life.

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Every Week:

Take time out every other day to gently exfoliate your skin with the Almond, Pistachio and Honey Facial Cleaning Paste. Finish the ritual with the deeply nourishing Madhulika Honey Lep with the goodness of Raw Organic Honey.

And don’t forget to regularly use the Hydrating Hydra Eye gel with Steam Distilled Pure Rose water and Cucumber Extract to soothe tired eyes and keep you refreshed for your big day.

Chill in the fridge for optimal results.

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For Body Care/Hair Care/Wellness

Massages tone and firm and air circulation. Use products like the Extra Rich Sandalwood and Vetiver Body Massage Oil that contains all the goodness of Organic Sweet Almond Oil. The Sandalwood and Turmeric (Haldi Chandan) Body Polisher is decadent and luxurious, a gently exfoliating body polish with raw cane sugar that leaves the skin incredibly smooth and buffed. Sandalwood retains moisture levels, tones, purifies and cools the skin. Turmeric is a super food, a powerful anti-oxidant that prevents the ageing of the skin.

Don’t forget to massage your scalp regularly with Bhringraj Head Massage Oil for smooth, silky hair.

On your wedding day spritz with your favorite body mist to stay fresh and fragrant all day long.

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The Forest Essentials Skin Regimen For Brides-to-Be

Ayurveda treats skin as ‘alive’! Indian traditions incorporate several practices and rituals that are both pleasurable and authentic – the luxury Ayurveda treatment.

What to use: At her wedding, the bride is looked upon at the epitome of the iconic Indian beauty. Forest Essentials highly recommends the Tejasvi Lightening and Brightening Massage treatment with a Hand Pounded Organic Fruit Scrub for an immediate glow. Fortified with Aged Cow’s Milk Ghee and fermented dates, peaches and apricots, this indulgent ritual will leave you feeling like a princess – with radiant skin instantly!

How to use: First cleanse the skin. Take a small amount of the emulsion and massage it into the skin with firm upward strokes for at least fifteen to twenty minutes or for as long is convenient and comfortable. Damp skin absorbs better or dip your fingertips into water while massaging. Dip a towel in warm water, wring it out and wipe the remnants of the emulsion off.

Now, take a little Hand Pounded Scrub and massage onto the skin. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and then cold water. If you have a very dry skin you can skip this step.

With regular use, this process guarantees a radiant bridal glow.

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When to use: In ancient times, these treatments used to start weeks in advance, with unguents, oils and Ubtans. However, with modern day busy schedules, Forest Essentials recommends starting pre-nuptial beauty rituals at least a month prior to the wedding to give the pure, potent Ayurvedic herbs and oils enough time to bring their magic to your visage.

Remember, there is no ‘quick-fix’ road to beauty.

Diet and Lifestyle Tips:

1. Figure out what your Dosha is and then eat small meals at regular intervals keeping your physical make-up in mind.

2. Hydrate your skin internally drinking 6 to 8 glasses of warm water, all day. Add tulsi and a slice of lemon whenever possible.

3. Start cooking some of your meals with a little ghee to give your skin extra nourishment and build up upon your ‘Ojas’.

4. Try and get most of your protein from vegetable sources. If you eat meat, opt for lighter, white meat and avoid shellfish and egg yolks. Don’t eat between meals and let your body digest one meal before you have the next one. Eat smaller meals more often.

5. Seasonal fruit, fresh salads and sprouts should be included regularly in your meals. Try trading white sugar with gur to sweeten your food.

6. Choose naturally cooling drinks like pomegranate juice or buttermilk in the summer. In winter, ginger tulsi tea will bring a warm glow to your skin.

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Shimmer, Shine and Sparkle with Lakmé Absolute Illuminate

Shimmer, Shine and Sparkle with Lakmé Absolute Illuminate

Aug 8, 2016Bridal Fashion and Beauty

WeddingSutra in tandem with Make-up Maestro Cory Walia and his team of beauty professionals conjured up stunning ‘illuminated’ looks for bride-to-be Amrita and her bridesmaids. Their secret weapon? The brand new Lakmé Absolute range! Inspired by the shimmer and sparkle of precious crystals, these make-up essentials include shimmer lipsticks, brand new eye shadow palettes, coloured eyeliner and more.

Following the ‘less is more’ trend in bridal make-up, Cory and his team created flawless visages for bridesmaids Maahi, Trupti, Zuni and Tripti and then brought highlights of shimmer to each look.

Dipti’s Look

Cory decided to bring out Dipti’s features with clever contouring. The team first prepped with Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Serum and then created a base with foundation and some contouring near the cheekbones. A smudge of gold from the Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Eye Shadow Palette was used as the base on the eyelids and then the team created a bold, winged eye with the Lakmé Absolute Precision Eye Artist Liner in Blue Sapphire. The finishing flourish was a touch of the Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Lip Shimmer in Bronze Flake. Dipti’s hair was styled in soft waves with a side parting.

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dipti collage 1

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bronze flake

Maahi’s Look

For Maahi, her face was prepped with the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Lotion, which served as a base for a mousse and then a hint of blush on the apples of her cheeks. Over her entire eyelid, Cory’s team blended Lakmé Absolute Precision Eye Artist Liner in Burnished Brown, using the colour as an eye shadow. Mascara was added for drama. Her sun-kissed look was complete with Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Lip Shimmer in Rose Gold Dust. Maahi’s hair was styled with soft curls and pinned onto one side with a few bangs on her forehead.

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maahi collage

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Trupti’s Look

Trupti’s enhancement began with the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Serum followed by a liquid foundation base finished with compact powder. The Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Eye Shadow Palette in Gold was brushed onto the upper lid while the lower eyelid was highlighted with a hint of the Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Lip Shimmer in Pink Flash. With fuller lips, Trupti rocked the Burgundy Beam of Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Lip Shimmer. Trupti’s hair was styled with tight curls and a bouffant in front.

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trupti collage

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burgundy beam

Zuni’s Look

After prepping Zuni’s skin with the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Lotion, Cory’s team created a base with liquid foundation and a hint of blush on her cheeks. To highlight her eyes, they used the bronze and copper tones from the Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Eye Shadow Palette. She was given the sultry winged eyeliner to define her smokey eyes. Her look was complete with Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Lip Shimmer in Copper Spark.Zuni’s hair was styled in a boho-braid hair-band pinned on to one side and rest of the hair left to fall in soft waves.

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zuni collage

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copper spark

Makeup and Hairstyling- Cory Walia and team with Lekha Gupta

Photos Courtesy-Camera Crew

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