There’s no better way to herald in the wedding season than with festive and bridal shopping at the season’s best shopping spots that are all dressed up to lure you in. WeddingSutra Editors travelled around Mumbai and Delhi to pick out the best window displays at retail outlets that showcase everything from festive wear to accessories. So make ‘stop here’; your mission with our top picks!
Gehna Jewellers (Bandra, Mumbai)
A glittering work of art featuring floral profusions with wooden accents, Gehna Jewellers have adorned their Bandra outlet with an unconventional display this year – going for white instead of traditional gold. Gehna Jewellers have long been a favorite of discerning brides due to its impressive range of designs that span traditional to contemporary creations. For example, this Diwali, they are introducing their latest ‘Utsaha’ Collection. The designs of this stylish collection are inspired by the modern Indian woman who holds traditional values close to her heart. If that sounds like you, check out the ‘Utsaha’ collection that includes elegant earrings, bracelets, rings and jewellery sets that are versatile and perfect to pair with festive ensembles.
Bhumika Grover (ShahpurJat, New Delhi)
Bhumika Grover – The Fashion Studio located in Delhi’s ShahpurJat welcomes you with a vibrant window display of marigolds and delicate latkans resting against fuchsia bandhani dupattas. The store offers an exquisite range of pastel festive and bridal wear like lehengas, anarkalis, and dupattas handcrafted with rich silks and georgettes. We love the paisley patterns on saris and the extensive collection which will ensure you find whatever you require for your special day.
JADE by Monica and Karishma (Pedder Road, Mumbai)
Exuding an aura of style and sophistication, the JADE store at Pedder Road impresses with its mannequins draped elegantly in the brand’s latest Videha’s Siya collection of diffusion bridal wear. Inspired by the heavenly romance of Ram and Sita, the collection features motifs such as charming lotuses, peacocks and moon crescents on beautiful heirloom textiles.
Ambār (ShahpurJat, New Delhi)
Décor and design play a starring role at every wedding, and Abhinav Bhagat does justice to these aspects by infusing wedding decor elements at his multi-designer store in ShahpurJat. With his signature yellow and orange tassels suspended from top, the accessories and trousseau racks are also lined with many more such floral elements. If you love creations that pay homage to intricate workmanship and details, check out this store this Diwali.
Forest Essentials (Juhu, Mumbai)
With a bright yet mellow ambience, the Forest Essentials store in Juhu studded with gold streamers and all things natural will welcome you with a fragrant vibe as soon as you enter. The ‘jaali’ work on the store facade and fresh marigold-lined racks will teleport you to what could be an ancient Maharani’s beauty chamber. This luxurious space with fragrant blends offers an array of ceremonial beauty rituals and products like ‘uptans’, serums, lotions, masks and elaborate festive gift packs. Walk in for an Ayurvedic consultation and demos this festive season, whilst taking a walk down the beauty hallmarks of ancient Vedic times.
Manubhai Jewellers (Borivali, Mumbai)
With their ongoing Bangle Festival, the stand-alone Manubhai Jewellers store in Borivali welcomes customers with a clean and minimalist window display highlighting their gold and semi-precious stone bangles. As you walk through the metal frame glass door, you enter the world of trending jewellery starting with the outstanding bridal gold collection extending to ‘jadau’, diamonds and precious stones pieces. Manubhai Jewellers caters to bridal jewellery including temple jewellery with a mod twist to elaborate diamond sets, and festive jewellery like contemporary gold earrings and ‘kadas’.
Gazal Gupta (ShahpurJat, New Delhi)
A glance at the Gazal Gupta’s boutique this festive season will transport you to all the fun and festivities of an Indian Mehendi ceremony. Clever traditional decor comprising paper marigold floral streamers along with elements of ‘gotapatti’, wooden parrots, pearls and bangles stand out in the artfully dim store. Bright ensembles prove to be a treat for the eyes and the resplendence of bright yellow ensembles like lehengas and sarees pair winningly with blue crop tops and charming accents.
Monisha Jaising (Pali Hill, Mumbai)
Luxury resort wear pioneer and the inventor of the bonafide style connoisseur’s ‘kurti’, Monisha Jaising’s store at Pali Hill showcases a minimalist window display this festive season with fairy lights and a highlight jacket against a contemporary green wall. As you walk in be prepared to be welcomed with a color palette meant for the young, ambitious and sexy modern woman with sophisticated and sensual soul. The store is a must-visit for brides-to- be looking for fusion bridal or resort wear that is distinctive thanks to its feminine essence.
Ghanasingh Be True (Bandra)
This Diwali, Ghanasingh celebrates with their newest Utsav Collection which offers a wide range of statement neckpieces, two-toned jewellery and traditional pieces crafted in precious stones and pearls. The massive store in Bandra welcomes you under their starlit pearl paper lamps and floral decor this festive season. The Utsav Offer has also announced exciting discount deals and a chance to win an Ipad Mini, Taj Epicure Membership and Kindle.
Jet Gems (Bandra)
The store located in Bandra’s Turner Road is welcoming guests to explore their royal jewellery collection with a straight-out- of a fairytale window display with brightly lit floral and fairy light lamps. Walk into Jet Gems to check out their modern jewellery and traditional jewellery with a contemporary twist
Delight your guests with an unforgettable gift set from Forest Essentials this wedding and festive season.
As the year comes to a close, the bright lights shine on the beautiful people starting the countdown to the festive and wedding season. This year, why not plan to make the gifting rituals extra special with sophisticated, luxury gift sets that also make you look gorgeous? Forest Essentials offers exquisite gift sets, pre-packaged or made to order that will take your guests’ breath away. WeddingSutra picks their six favorite gift sets perfect for festive presents and wedding favors.
Festive Gifting Surprise
Forest Essentials sings an ode to a legendary beauty with their Noor Jahan collection inspired by the beauty rituals of the Queen herself. Personifying her strength, elegance and natural loveliness, this specialized collection is a tribute to timeless grace.
1. Noor Pure Indulgence
A hand-picked assortment of facial care products guaranteed to make the skin supple and glowing, the box comes equipped with Forest Essentials’ bestselling products – Mashobra Honey, Lemon and Rosewater facial cleanser, steam distilled Pure Rosewater tonic mist, Aloe Vera and Sandalwood sunscreen, a deeply nourishing organic fruit facial scrub, Sandalwood cream and a luscious Narangi lip balm to finish the ultimate face care ritual.
Priced at INR 1875
2. Afreen perfumed bath ritual
Crafted in tones of buttery yellow and blue-grey, adorned with stunning Mughal motifs, the Afreen Perfumed Bath Ritual box is beautiful on the outside and inside! Inspired by the heat and colors of summer, this collection of bath and body care is meant to leave you feeling refreshed and hydrated. It contains a Silkening Shower Wash, Body Mist, Bath and Shower Oil, Handmade Soap and their famous – Velvet Silk Body Cream to give modern day beauties an erstwhile Mughal – inspired beauty bath experience.
Priced at INR 4200
3. Kashmiri Nargis Bath Ritual
Here’s the perfectly created bath ritual that will leave your guests happily grateful. Open the Forest Essentials’ Bath Care Ritual Box and breathe in the seductive, heavenly aroma of the Kashmiri Nargis that will take you back to the Valley of Flowers. Guests will find the Ultra Rich Body Lotion, Body Mist, Luxury Sugar Soap and Shower Butter creating a scented aura fit for royalty.
Priced at INR 3575
4. Vaishnavi De Stress Therapy
Gift your friends the perfect souvenir that guarantees harmony and a more relaxed self. The Forest Essentials De Stress Therapy box comes equipped with a Tranquil Sleep and Stress Relief oils which is an incredible blend of the finest steam distilled pure essential oils that is useful in bringing an emotional balance between the body and mind.
Priced at INR 1650
5. Jasmine Cologne Intense
A scent is the perfect gift to give your friends during this festive season and what better than Forest Essentials Jasmine Cologne Intense. The fragrance is made out of the sweetest and the most exotic variety of jasmine which is called ‘Mograand’ and is grown in southern India. Its flowers are carefully harvested at dawn when its fragrance is supposed to be at its peak, leaving with the best jasmine fragrance that will linger all through the day.
Priced at INR 3200
6. Aarzoo Scented Facial Care Kit
Spoil your guests with a pre-set assortment of facial products enriched with natural skin beautifying ingredients such as Mashobra Honey, Lemon and Rosewater Facial Cleanser and steam distilled Pure Rosewater Toner that will ensure their skin remains healthy, flawless and glowing!
Price on Request
This lovely couple’s love for fantasy and adventure inspired their miniature-themed photo-shoot with Coolbluez Photography.
How we met
Priyanka and Arihant met in an MBA class they took together. Gradually, their casual chats and academic conversations evolved into something special. They realized quite early on that this was love, but there were familial pressures that they had to overcome. “Arihant belongs to a Jain family from Jaipur and I’m a Punjabi from Delhi. There were a lot of ups and down and disagreements but it ended on a happy note, just like a Bollywood movie,” Priyanka says with a smile.
And just to make sure, Arihant proposed to Priyanka twice! “He asked me to marry him on my birthday and I thought that was very special. But I certainly didn’t know that while I was away, he’d made special arrangements at home and invited all my close friends and family. When I entered y house, there was a dhol and a band waiting and then he proposed to me in typical ‘Bollywood style’ in front of my parents,” Priyanka says delightedly. Of course, she said ‘Yes!’
The Pre Wedding Shoot
“We wanted to do something different, not typically romantic,” Priyanka says, of their pre-wedding shoot. At one of their brainstorming sessions they came up with the idea for a miniature-themed shoot, “We thought, it would look great in pictures. We conceptualized our ideas with our photographer and were really happy with the results.”
The couple were in capable hands. CoolBluez Photography is renowned for their dreamy, unique photographs and came highly recommended by the couple’s friends. But they had no idea just how much fun they were going to have. “It was hilarious to pose with imaginary things for the shot to be executed. We had no idea how it would end up, but we just posed and had so much fun! The CoolBluez team handled it all very well. We were just mesmerized by their approach and it all felt like a fairytale,” Priyanka remembers.
The key was in the photographer-couple connection, Priyanka says, “Surpreet was great to work with. She truly understood what we wanted and honestly, the pictures were so stunning, even we were surprised at the final result!”
Priyanka and Arihant will tie the knot in October this year and are looking forward to putting their ups and downs behind them and finally being together forever. For this fun-loving couple, the idea of being stressed through formal wedding functions was also a no-no so, “We’re having a destination wedding in Goa,” Priyanka tells us, “We wanted our friends and family to just have fun and enjoy the wedding and Goa seemed like the perfect place to do it.”
Flipping through their miniature pre-wedding shoot, WeddingSutra sends this couple giant good wishes, love like a fairytale and a storybook happily ever after.
Harshada is an IT professional with Deloitte, and Amey is a supply chain professional with Reliance. Their pre-wedding photoshoot in Mumbai proved a welcome and fun break from their hectic lives, and they share their story and experience here.
How we met
Cupid strikes in the unlikeliest of places, and for Harshada, it was on a matrimonial site as she met Amey there. She shares, “It is rightly said when you are supposed to meet your special someone, the world conspires to make it happen. I had just returned from Bangalore and was trying to settle in Mumbai. It was during this time that my parents were convincing me to get married and they decided to create my profile on a matrimonial site called ‘Anuroop’. I was really shocked when I heard about it, but then I shyly checked the website to see Amey’s request on my profile. I don’t know, but something just clicked at that moment and after our initial chats, we decided to meet for lunch without telling our families. It was a casual meeting but we spoke a lot about our families, friends, hobbies, work and even our past relationships!.”
There wasn’t one particular day that they realized they had fallen in love with each other. For Harshada, the relationship with Amey deepened gradually. “Our love developed slowly. I guess it was around the time when I had to go to Orissa for work and couldn’t meet him for months. I still remember crying when I saw him at the airport. That was the moment I knew that I loved him.”
The Pre-Wedding shoot
Harshada and Amey’s pre-wedding shoot took place at various locations in Mumbai such as Dadar Flower Market, the Gateway of India, Asiatic Library, Sagar Upvan and Kala Ghoda. This collection of landmarks was a nice mix of arty and iconic sites in the city that never sleeps.
Harshada says the pre-wedding shoot was a welcome surprise and helped Amey and her take some time off from their busy schedules and spend quality time together. She recounts, “It was an outstanding experience wherein we captured special moments thanks to a professional – Stuti Sakhalkar of The Cheesecake Project, and we can’t thank WeddingSutra enough for this experience. We loved Stuti’s work at our friend’s wedding and really wanted to do our photoshoot with her. She was enthusiastic and a very good observer, so the whole shoot felt very natural.”
Stuti discussed her ideas, color combinations, props, plans and themes for the shoot in detail with the couple. “Stuti took note of our considerations and gave our ideas a fresh spin with her experience and creativity which made this pre-wedding shoot a really fun experience,” adds Harshada.
The photos have raw authentic backdrops that exude the essence of Mumbai – be it the imposing structure of the Gateway of India, the vibrant marigold blooms of the Dadar flower market or the mesmerizing steps of historical building that encapsulate their own stories over the decades.
The couple is getting married next month and cannot wait to spend the rest of their lives together. As the happy bride-to-be says, “Amey is a very organized person while I am a little more fun-loving and emotional. We complement each other beautifully. I guess, such differences are needed to enjoy a truly happy and healthy married life”, she smiles.
We agree with it and wish them all the love and luck in the future.
Want inspiration for your ‘mandap’? Check out these creative setups that were highlighted at lavish Indian weddings held in the beautiful Sultanate of Oman.
The glitzy wedding of Sasha Rawal, sister of Bollywood’s leading fashion designer Kunal Rawal with Samarth Bajaj, a scion of a prominent business family from Hyderabad, was a grand affair at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Muscat, Oman.
The glint of glass chandelier lamps and the timeless beauty of fresh blooms emerged dramatically in this stunning arched ‘mandap’. Created against a backdrop of Oman’s coves at the resort’s Turtle Beach, this elegant setup exuded an airy and breezy feel even as the glow of the lamps cast a magical spell in the evening.
Aditi and Jash wanted a ‘wedding with a difference’ and that’s exactly they got at the popular Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat, Oman. The resort’s three different hotels were grand enough to accommodate all the people, parties and performances that make up a modern Indian wedding today.
Their ‘mandap’ was a minimalist yet elegant one with aqua drapes on the corner pillars of a white wooden frame fringed with dainty yellow daisies and green foliage. This setup was brightened with splashes of yellow fabric and bows fixed behind every chair facing the ‘mandap’, and looked stunning against the crystal-clear blue waters of the Sea of Oman, rocky formations rising out of the sea and a crimson sky at sunset.
Photos Courtesy- PK Suri
Charming Circle Nazuk and Vaibhav got married at the Al Bustan Palace – a Ritz-Carlton resort, which overlooks the blue waters of the Gulf of Oman. This palatial venue includes the largest ballroom in Oman, making it perfect for large-scale weddings. The beautifully manicured gardens framed by the stark, imposing Hajar mountains make for a dramatic setting. The ‘sehra bandi’ ceremony of this lavish setting was held in the majestic 38-metre-high domed atrium lobby of the hotel, and the ‘baraat’ left grooving to a mix of Punjabi, EDM & Bollywood tracks as they made their way to the ‘pheras’ venue against the backdrop of the mountains.
The circular ‘mandap’ was open from the top and fringed with red rose garlands strung all around the frame. The pillars were draped in lustrous white fabric giving the effect of curtains. A glowing chandelier was suspended from the centre of the ‘mandap’ and the whole setup looked beautiful in the deepening twilight, especially when reflected in the waters of the pool.
Photos Courtesy- Ramit Batra
Deluxe Domes Smit Virani tied the knot with Chandni Amin at Oman’s Shangri-La Barr Al-Jissah Resort and Spa. So lavish was this wedding that Shangri-La even renamed this luxe property to ‘The Virani Castle’ for the duration of the event which saw over 1,000 guests attend from all over the world. The entire ambience and theme of the wedding included traditional Indian wedding hues of red and gold.
The ‘mandap’ comprised a palatial dome with two mini domes flanking it atop a dais. Featuring beautiful carvings, it overlooked the resort’s Turtle Beach and featured elephant carvings, beautiful friezes and garlands of flowers on the pillars.
Say “I do” in Oman – home to some of the finest wedding venues and five star resorts.
Beautiful locations, stunning outfits and a rocking melody are highlights of Partheepan and Nivetha’s wedding video
We’ve all enjoyed filmy song sequences that are so much a part of Indian cinema – from the splendid locations, costumes changes, rhythmic beats to a gorgeous starring couple… that was the same vibe in ‘Heart’s Desire’ – the slick pre-wedding video of charismatic couple Partheepan and Nivetha.
From the opening shots of a leather clad bride-to-be greeting her biker fiance in a verdant countryside to sashaying through fields of lavender hand in hand to the beat of a lovely song, this video by UK-based Photon Image takes pre-wedding video creativity – and dramatic drone shots – up another notch.
Shot in Italy, UK and Norway, the video features the couple in multiple looks similar to those of music videos and film song sequences. From black leather gear to a white gown and dreamy ethnic saree, Nivetha looks every inch a star in every getup, as does the handsome groom-to-be in his macho biker ensemble, lavender tuxedo and traditional attire.
The video is a blend of static shots interspersed with dynamic footage, and its true strength lies in the skillful editing which juxtaposes every mood and beat beautifully.
Romance, laughter, chemistry, hope and tears – these wedding films are some of the best examples of the best way to capture the many facets of a wedding. Come celebrate with us and get inspired.
The big fat Indian wedding requires more than the usual skills required to capture just about everything that goes on. Technology, skill, intuition and pure energy come together to capture the best moments from across the wedding and in High Definition! Whether you’re choosing romantic background scores or hard rock ballads, whether you want slow motion or strobe lighting, flowers or stars, candid moments or poised portraits, these films will fill your head with inspiration and ideas for your own wedding’s potential to be a cinematic extravaganza.
1. A marriage of moments and melodies: Hitched & clicked
The sarangi plays, Rajasthan unfolds in its gilded beauty and a couple talk about how much they love each other – it’s a modern Indian fairytale and this film features all the magic you’d expect, romantic, pacy and celebratory! You’ll want to watch it over and over.
To book Hitched & clicked for your wedding videography, click here
2. Sufi Love: Mili Ghosh
Mili Ghosh captures an otherworldly facet to this union of a gorgeous couple and their families. It begins with a father speaking fondly of a beloved daughter and zooms out to include families, dancing, laughing and celebrating together. Gorgeously shot, opulently presented, the film makes movie stars out of everyone on screen.
3. Jill and Niraj Wedding Video: CinemArt.tv
Opulent, larger than life, Jill and Niraj’s wedding film features the streets of Barcelona, words, music and emotions in a non-linear narrative with slow motion captures and breathtaking close up shots.
4. A glamorous Indian wedding in Turks and Caicos : Pacific Pictures
It helps when a couple are just as goodlooking as Melanie and Neeraj but Pacific Pictures outdo themselves in this beautiful montage that included pre-wedding prep, advert-worthy yacht parties, underwater shots, dance sequences, memories and that quirky best-man’s speech. A true celebration of the good times, in the most beautiful way possible.
5. Naamah and Karan – Two hearts one soul: Rahul Tilokani
It’s like a mini-Bollywood blockbuster with all the splendor and glamour and a couple of real life movie stars thrown in for good measure! Karan’s mother wanted her little prince to get married in a palace and a palace in Jodhpur was chosen for his wedding to his sweetheart Namaah. Watch this wonderful wedding film and try and spot Anil Kapoor giving the groom a run for his money.
6. Take me home: WeddingNama
Gorgeous Udaipur is the backdrop to this wedding of two young, beautiful, innocent faces that shine right through a love story told in slow motion, with bright music and sneak peeks into their romantic past. Full of love and emotion and laughter, this joyous wedding film is a delight to watch.
To book WeddingNama for your wedding videography, click here
7. Love gives us fairytale: WeddingNama
This is a beautifully straightforward look at a couple, fashion designer Nishka Lulla and her smitten beau, Dhruv, at their extravagant wedding at Juhu’s Iskon temple and the celebrations in Thailand. The fairy tale appeal of this film is interspersed with lots of wonderful words and wishes from the family that will make you tear up as you feel the love.
To book WeddingNama for your wedding videography, click here
8. An Indian Wedding in Cebu: Jason Magbanua
Goosebumps! Jason Magbanua uses sound, words and music to create an unbelievably rich tapestry that stands out for creating so many moods in such a short span of time. From the holy incantations of the priest, the feisty dancing at the sangeet, the whispered vows of the couple and the sentimental music as the bride is given away, this gorgeous wedding at the Shangrila-Mactan in Cebu sets the bar for wedding movies.
9. Love struck: CoolBluez Photography
Shot like a modern music video, cut sharply with an unusual but very sexy soundtrack, this wedding film manages to capture not just the funky personalities of the couple but also their chemistry and the colours of the celebrations. A delight to watch!
To book CoolBluez Photography for your wedding videography, click here
10. And they gave us Candid Tales: Candid Tales
A glorious montage of the all the moments from Tanwee and Kabeer’s wedding, the dancing, the dressing up, the families – strung through with a simple narrative of the young couple, holding hands, walking on the beach, into the blue waters… Rishabh Sood’s cinematic storytelling is on point.
To book Candid Tales for your wedding videography, click here
We’ve all seen those fairytalescelebrity wedding moments, the beautiful stars from the galaxies of celebrityhood, loved-up, glowing, captured in heart-stopping frames. If you’ve ever wondered who’s trusted to wield the lens, privy to these private moments, this one is for you.
Candid photographers in the wedding industry have evolved their skill to an art where they bring the magic of reel life into real life at celebrity weddings, finding the essence of the intimate in the glamor.
WeddingSutra Editors flip through the albums to bring you some of the most talked about celebrity weddings and the photographers behind the magic.
Stories by Joseph Radhik
Celebrity Clients: Asin, Masaba, Allu Arjun, Ram Charan
Joseph Radhik creates magic with his pictures and is one of the A-list’s most wanted photographers. Whether it was Asin’s white wedding, Masaba’s fun-filled ceremonies, Allu Arjun’s fan-frenzied nuptials or Ram Charan’s wedding teaser, he’s captured candid, hitherto unrevealed facets of each of these much-photographed celebrities.
Asin Thottumkal had both Hindu and Christian ceremonies for her wedding to Rahul Sharma, co-founder of Micromax. At the Dusit Devarana, Delhi, Joseph captured the subtle elegance of Asin’s white wedding in the outdoors, her smile as she entered, the adorable little flower girls and ring bearers. He then portrayed the dramatic glamor of the Hindu wedding, in hues of gold and vermillion.
When fashion designer Masaba Gupta tied the knot with producer Madhu Mantena of Phantom Films, Joseph covered the ceremonies spread across the ITC Grand Maratha, JW Marriott Sahar, and St Regis, Mumbai. A wonderful combination of an intimate wedding that featured close friends, many of whom are celebrities in their own right, Joseph captured the fun-filled, emotional occasion with lots of stars clicking selfies, performing at the sangeet and of course, the undeniable chemistry between the couple.
Lights, cameras, action! This big fat Tollywood wedding between Allu Arjun and Sneha Reddy jumps out at you thanks to Joseph Radhik and his team, the exclusive private photographers at the Telugu superstar’s wedding, capturing only behind the scenes and candid moments.
Joseph was on hand to photograph the gorgeous, traditional nuptials between Ram Charan Teja (Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s son) and Upasana Kamineni, Apollo Hospitals’ heiress. A spectacular event, the photographs reveal the union of two celebrated families in a beautiful wedding in Hyderabad.
PhotoTantra Celebrity Clients: Kunal Nayyar, Kim Jagtiani
Husband-wife duo Vinayak and Snigdha’s photography style is spontaneous and unobtrusive and very in sync with the flow of each unique wedding. Exclusive photographers at the wedding of The Big Bang Theory actor, Kunal Nayyar to the absolutely stunning former Miss India, Neha Kapur, they captured the gala New Delhi wedding in all its glory over six fun-filled days.
Television personality and host Kim Jagtiani tied the knot with Delhi restauranteur Rohan Gupta. She wore a gold and peach lehenga with a flash of green for the pheras and played muse to Vinayak and Snigdha’s camera with some fun poses.
Rakesh Prakash Photography
Celebrity Clients: Dinesh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal
Rakesh Prakash is one of Chennai’s most popular wedding photographers. He earned a reputation for his incredible photojournalistic style, capturing fleeting expressions, emotions, and activities that even the couple themselves might have missed in the rush of the wedding. Quick on the uptake, his skill at capturing the fleeting moment is further enhanced by his innate ability to bring artistic imagery into every frame and with it the emotion and chemistry of couples making their vows of forever.
Rakesh captured the wedding of cricketer Dinesh Karthik with squash star Dipika Pallikal at both, their Telugu-Naidu Hindu ceremony and their exchange of vows at nuptials in a church in Chennai. A mastery of light and color is evident in both his color and black and white photographs.
Badal and Raja Celebrity Clients: Gautam Gambhir, Riteish and Genelia
It was all glamor and glitz at Gautam Gambhir and Natasha Jain’s wedding which the brothers both covered.
The duo were chosen to render to memory the lush, traditional Maharashtrian wedding ceremonies of actors Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’souza which saw all of Bollywood in attendance.
Celebrity Clients: Archana Vijaya, Sangeet Haldipur
Young duo Vibhuti and Rahul are setting trends amongst the Bollywood brat pack with photographs from the weddings of the young and the beautiful. Barely fazed by the stars, they bring a fresh, young spirit to their pictures which feature a mix of contemporary and fine art influences.
When Archana Vijaya got married to Dheeraj Puri in a fairytale beach affair at the Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa, Thailand, they entrusted The Lightsmiths who paid special attention to the candid moments with friends, getting ready, decor, and baraat moments.
Anusha Mani and Sangeet Haldipur’s temple wedding was full of love, laughter, and joy, all captured flawlessly by The Lightsmiths duo.
Celebrity Client: Nishka Lulla
This husband-wife duo, Ankita and Aakash Asthana of WeddingNama are ‘storytellers’ who devote pre-shoot prep to researching innovative ways in capturing and providing a narrative to each wedding.
Post a traditional temple wedding in Mumbai, designer Nishka Lulla flew to the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort and Spa to marry South Mumbai businessman Dhruv Mehta. Weddingnama captured the love and the whimsical wedding with a breathtaking same-day edit and some wonderful portraits of a gorgeous couple.
To book Weddingnama for your wedding photography, click here
Celebrity Client: Benny Dayal
Documentary photographer Sephi Bergerson was fascinated with the idea of Indian weddings and the cultural diversity they offer. He devotes time and attention to each couple, getting to know them as friends, enabling him to create meaningful, eternal memories with his pictures.
Celebrated Bollywood singer Benny Dayal got married to his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Thangam in a close-knit ceremony in Bangalore. Over the three-day event, featuring both Catholic and Hindu wedding ceremonies, Sephi was privy to an intimate, close-knit celebration and managed to perfectly capture the décor, the couple and the gamut of emotions at this wonderful wedding.
Harpreet Bachher of The Wedding Story
Celebrity Client: Bipasha Basu
The Wedding Story by Harpreet Bachher handpicks elements and moments from each wedding. Harpreet films, photographs, edits and showcases a well-scripted, comprehensive, breathtaking record of the celebrations using stunning photographs and films that document every tear and every smile.
Tagged “The Monkey Wedding”, the celebrations surrounding the union of actors Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover was a crazy four-day celebration with their close friends, family, and colleagues from the film industry. The Wedding Story captured the fun moments at this kitschy wedding effortlessly with the bride and groom laughing and in-love right through.
Celebrity Client: Geeta Basra and Harbhajan Singh
Siblings Mehgha and Luv Israni tell stories with their wedding photography and cinematography. With a portfolio that includes fashion assignments and weddings, the Isranis are adept at creating glamourous memories.
The wedding of actress Geeta Basra to Indian cricket team spinner Harbhajan Singh in Singh’s hometown, Jalandhar was a glorious fusion of traditional and contemporary luxe. Israni Photography captured the essence of the traditional Anand Karaj ceremony of the couple and celebrated the unconventionally stunning actress’s incredible poise.
Atul Pratap Chauhan
Celebrity Clients: Shahid Kapur
Atul Pratap Chauhan, a wedding photojournalist, likes to call himself a luxury wedding photographer with a total love for ‘Luxury’. With over 220 weddings shot in India and International destinations, his lenses have been trotting from all across India to Bali, Dubai and Thailand. His celebrity clients include Shahid Kapoor and scions of several prominent business families in Mumbai and Bangalore.
The much awaited Mira-Shahid shaadi was captured by Atul and included photographs of a dapper groom, a young, shy bride, the decor and a host of the who’s who of Bollywood stars.
Tejas and Geeta are both doctors. He has done his MS in General Surgery and she is a General Practitioner. They studied together at the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences in Karad, Maharashtra.
How We Met
“Our first meeting took place in a rather unusual way,” shares Geeta. “I underwent a minor surgery and he was the doctor assigned to me. He used to visit me every morning for check-ups and that’s how we got acquainted. I found him rather cute! On the day I was getting discharged, my mother acted as ‘Cupid’ and encouraged us to be friends. That’s how our friendship started, and then we started bumping into each other frequently on campus which deepened our relationship. There was no official marriage proposal as such – rather, it was our mutual understanding that we would eventually tie the knot.”
The Pre-Wedding Shoot
“The pre-wedding photo shoot venue was suggested to us by our close friend. We were initially considering Mumbai, but then we looked up Hampi in Karnataka, and fell in love with the ancient architecture and history of the place,” recalls Geeta.
“Hampi, as we know, is a UNESCO preserved heritage site and seeing the entire structure in reality was breathtaking. We took a fun six-hour trip to Hampi to explore the place a day before the photo shoot. It was great working with photographers Namit Narlawar and Vipul Sangilkar as they were very creative, down-to-earth and friendly. They went an extra mile to get the perfect shots,” says the happy bride-to-be.
There were some challenges though. Geeta shares, “It was quite a windy day so I required lots of hair spray to hold my locks in place for the photos. We had some issues with the security guards of the site during the shoot, so I would advise couples to take permission from the authorities of the place before planning a shoot there. Thankfully the weather was cool so I did not have to much trouble maintaining my make-up, and the photos came out beautifully.”
As the big day draws closer for the couple, we at WeddingSutra wish them all the best for their destination wedding. Geeta shares, “Our wedding is scheduled for December 10 this year in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and the preparations are going great. The venue has been booked, and my bridal trousseau and jewellery are all ready. We are just finalising the decor themes and our invitations have just come in. We had a memorable experience at the photoshoot and are excited about the journey ahead of us.”
Our initiative ‘Love Actually’ is a photo series featuring couples who actively seek ideas and inspiration from WeddingSutra. The series celebrates beautiful people as they start their lives together: because real love is timeless.
Cupid struck at Aamir’s sister’s wedding in 2012. “Our fathers were best friends but since the family was based out of India, I only met him for the first time at the wedding,” Huda says. She remembers him, dapper in a dark grey suit, “most of the girls at the wedding couldn’t take their eyes off him. But we just greeted each other and that was it.”
That was far from it. Fate had other plans.
Aamir’s family moved back to India in November 2013 but it was only last year that the families formally discussed ‘setting them up’. All was quiet between them even when they all met for coffee, “We were at the Sea Lounge in the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers on the 4th of July last year. We didn’t exchange numbers. In fact, we hardly spoke,” Huda says, but she noticed one thing, Aamir wouldn’t stop smiling.
As they met over the next few weeks, Huda realized that Aamir’s quiet, introverted nature took him a while to open up. But he kept smiling. He was besotted, “Huda was the reason for my smile. Every time she spoke, her eyes would light up and that had me smitten.”
Another coincidence brought them together – they share not just the same birthday but the same birthdate! “I knew it but Aamir had no idea. He was born just an hour and thirty minutes before I was. His father had once mentioned it to me and when I told him we couldn’t stop laughing,” Huda smiles.
Aamir didn’t have to formally pop the question. After all, their parents had already agreed on the union. But he threw Huda a surprise dinner and the gesture holds a special place in her heart, “We had a magical evening at Ziya, a restaurant at the Oberoi. He’d customized everything according to what I like. It was amazing. No one had ever done something so sweet for me. I was awestruck.” Huda was so touched she didn’t utter a word during dinner. It worried Aamir. “Huda is normally so chirpy and that night she didn’t say much. I thought she didn’t like the dinner!” laughs Aamir.
A few days after their birthday, their families formalized the engagement with an engagement ring designed by Aamir; two intersecting infinity symbols signifying his love for her, forever.
There are less than eighty days to go for the wedding and preparations are on in full swing! Huda heads the decision making on the trousseau, caterers and décor but she always takes on board the opinion of her first in command, “I wouldn’t buy anything or make a decision without his nod! He wants a simple, intimate and elegant wedding while I’d like more grandeur, a romantic, fun and festive theme. We are trying a balance between both.”
The couple’s pre-wedding shoot was a chance to spend quality time together. First they shot under the wooden beams of the beautiful Bungalow 9 restaurant, its Portuguese style architecture, soft lighting and gorgeous interiors providing a beautiful setting for this lovely couple. Then they went to catch the sunset at the Bandra Fort for some candid shots as the water hit the mossy stones, the iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link in the back, a dramatic, romantic, very Mumbai atmosphere.
As the sunlight glinted off her platinum love band, Huda said, “Platinum is a symbol of purity and individuality, one of the most precious metals in the world. It will never fade, just like the bond I share with Aamir. It just made sense to have a platinum wedding band with that sort of significance.”
We catch a glimpse of what made Aamir fall in love with her as her eyes light up talking of her WeddingSutra experience, “Everything from the team to the photographer were thorough professionals. It was truly amazing for us and we cannot thank the team enough for such a great day!”
Huda and Aamir tie the knot in December this year. WeddingSutra wishes them love, luck and a lifetime filled with bright eyed smiles and happy surprises!
If you’re getting married in 2016 or 2017 and would like to be a part of ‘Love Actually’ write to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Location- Bungalow 9 and Bandra Fort, Mumbai
Platinum Love Bands and Jewellery- Waman Hari Pethe Jewelers
Make-up and Hairstyling- Kumar Iyer
Photography- Mithilesh Chaubey