We at WeddingSutra are delighted to announce the date of the much-awaited bridal and wedding inspiration event which will take you on a journey through must-do ideas, timely tips and curated information.
The WeddingSutra Masterclass ‘Destination Weddings’ Edition will be held on August 27 (Saturday) at the JW Marriott Juhu from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm. Entry is by invitation only.
This exclusive event will showcase a host of highlights including India’s bespoke couturiers Falguni and Shane Peacock and other notable names in the bridal fashion and wedding industry.
Team WeddingSutra and our carefully selected panel of experts will offer insider tips on almost all aspects of planning a destination wedding with a difference.
Fashion forward brides-to-be will learn how to pick the right make-up artist, hair stylist and photographers, plan pre-wedding rituals with pizzazz and make the most of scenic destination backdrops with perfect poses and dazzling smiles.
Brides-to-be (and yes, we’d be delighted to meet your fiance) interested in attending can email us at email@example.com or WhatsApp us at +91 9916346812 / 9820076986 with the following details-
a) Your name
b) Date of your wedding
c) Your postal address and contact nos.
Limited seats are also reserved for wedding industry professionals interested in ideas, inspiration and networking.
Our initiative ‘Love Actually’ is a photo series featuring couples who actively seek ideas and inspiration from WeddingSutra. The series celebrates people in love as they start their lives together – because real love can only begin, never end.
Aashumi Mehta is a chartered accountant by profession and her fiancé Sagar Jhaveri is a businessman based in Japan. They were introduced to each other by a mutual friend who found that Aashumi and Sagar had one visible thing in common – they were both quite tall. “I am 5 feet-9.5 inches tall and Sagar is 6 feet-5 inches tall. I didn’t quite believe it till I saw him in person,” shares Aashumi.
The couple got to know each other well through WhatsApp and Skype chats before they met in person. “Once Sagar came down to Mumbai, we met daily. And from our second date itself we felt very comfortable with each other,” recalls Aashumi. She states that she did not have any anxious moments about what would follow and just enjoyed going with the flow. They were both looking for a permanent relationship and the moment came without too much planning. On their fourth date, after watching a movie, Sagar suggested that Aashumi meet his parents.
She recalls, “We went there after the movie to meet them so it was around midnight when we reached his place as we hadn’t really planned it. That was the sweetest and the most awkward moment of my life. He later told me that he had always wanted to take the girl of his dreams home and introduce her to his parents saying she is the one. The next day he came and met my parents.”
There was no one particular moment when Sagar and Aashumi knew they were in love. She says that they were friends first and she wasn’t stressed about which direction their relationship would go. All she knew was that she was very happy with him as he was with her. “We were really comfortable and we never ran out of things to talk about. We met every day and started enjoying each other’s company a lot. We started as friends and that is how I wanted it to be. A month later he called me and asked whether it was a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ from my side. I didn’t understand what he was hinting at first, then he said that it was time our parents met each other… so it was a ‘Yes’ from my side. We got formally engaged after our families met,” recounts the happy bride.
The couple chose the beautiful environs of the ITC Grand Maratha near the international airport to celebrate and capture their ‘Day of Love’ with a special Love Actually photoshoot by WeddingSutra – even though it was wet and slick with the monsoon showers. “The hotel has lovely places such as the cosy Catherine’s lounge and one of our favourite backdrops – the signature jharokhas. These turned out be perfect for our shoot with candid photographer Namit Narlawar.
The couple chose a beautiful pair of platinum wedding bands embedded with diamonds. “These were perfect for close-up shots of our hands!” says Aashumi. Their choice of platinum wedding bands embodies their belief that their love for each other will never change or fade much in the way that platinum never loses its sheen or shape over the years.
While Aashumi is very clear about her tastes and has finished most of her wedding shopping, doing the Love Actually shoot with WeddingSutra gave her lots of ideas and tips regarding make-up and hair styling that she plans to put to use on her special day. Sagarand she are going to have a destination wedding in Rajasthan in December this year.
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.
“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” – author Alan D Wolfelt.
Maybe your toes were touching under the table, maybe you didn’t dare look up from your plate at the stars in his eyes, maybe you realised you were falling in love as you pushed the last sliver of dessert towards her… All love stories are nourished by tales of meals shared, in intimacy, in celebration, in secret.
WeddingSutra picks its favourite dining experiences from the wonderful map of the Shangri-La to list some of the most evocative combinations of space, time and cuisine guaranteed to be a feast for all your senses.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives
You’re spoilt for choice at the Villingili. Your hardest task will be picking from options like Dinner in the Jungle, Jungle Lagoon Dinner, In-villa barbeque, Spa Dinners, In-Villa Romantic Dinner, the Chef’s Garden Dinner, Lunch on the Equator, Golf Course Barbeque Pit or the Mount Villingili Dinner.
We have a favourite of course – Dinner on a Luxury Yacht. There’s nothing as mesmerizing as watching a tropical sunset on the open sea. This sublime yacht will pick you up early in the evening and set off with pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers. Your personal butler for the evening will then escort you to the yacht’s elegant dining room for a gourmet dinner accompanied by the finest of wine. Safe on your beautiful boat, you’ll be set adrift in bliss.
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
The Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, is a sensual delight. Choose from three unique restaurants and lounges. IST TOO’s all day dining offers three winning cuisines – Asian, Mediterranean and a Japanese sushi bar. With its unbeatable view of the Bosphorus, it is a little mealtime paradise.
The heart of this hotel is the Lobby Lounge featuring a tea lounge and a bar. There’s entertainment in the evenings so you can relax in refined, romantic refuge.
Our favourite is The Shang Palace, an authentic Cantonese kitchen whose delicious menus, created by star chefs from China, are perfectly paired with Turkish and international wines selected specially by their sommelier. Its elegant dining area, booths and private dining room at both lunch and dinner make it the perfect choice for a large or intimate celebration.
The restaurant’s staff has an impeccable understanding of hospitality and ensures every diner’s experience is special.
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu
There’s a whole palette for your palate here – from contemporary Italian cuisine to family favourites. Get ready to kick back and enjoy the night away at the lively Waves Bar where a refreshing cocktail, cooling drink or light snack is never far from hand.
WeddingSutra loves the Cowrie Cove, an al fresco dining space by the expanse of the ocean. This seafood restaurant features a signature, modern menu that combines fresh, local produce and a wonderful selection of wine from around the globe. Plan a candle-lit dinner, with the ocean as the backdrop, and the finest food and wine for two.
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines
Plan your day flitting from one gorgeous space to another. Start at the Alon Beach bar with your toes in the sand, the warm sun on your face and tropical drinks and delicious snacks on call.
Then head to Rima, hidden amongst the tree-tops overlooking the resort, an intimate hideaway for the two of you.
And if you’re looking for something even more secluded, the resort will arrange a dinner for two down by the beach at your own villa or at the Sea Pavilion where you can dine under the stars. You can pick from a surf and turf or barbeque menu or enjoy a very special meal created by your personal chef.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 decode the looks Amrita and each of her bridesmaids rocked.
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 gold heels.
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 gold wedges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
22K 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.
The 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.
Jadau 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!
There’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.
Three 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.
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.
Parthip Thyagarajan with Varsha Sheth and Radhika Nath from the Ladies Wing Indian Merchants Chamber, Bhumika and Shyamal Shodhan
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.
Parvin Dabas, Manasi Scott and Aditya Motwane with Parthip Thyagarajan
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.
Decor by Larly Bahl and Ajay Decorators
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.
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.
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.
Kamlesh Hemdev, Aditya Motwane, Parthip Thyagarajan, Lubaina Sheerazi and Dr Geeta Oberoi
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.
Abhilasha Singh, Style Director works her magic at the Jean Claude Biguine Salon & Spa at St. Regis Mumbai
The exquisite bridal jewellery by Ghanasingh Fine Jewels- Kamlesh Hemdev group
Shyamal & Bhumika, Team Jean Claude Biguine and the brides-to-be with the speakers
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.”
Wedding Planning 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.”
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.
“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!”