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Mitali, Ali and his groomsmen go sleek and stylish with WeddingSutra Favourites

Grooming the groom has become a big trend these days, and men are matching brides when it comes to getting pampered, primped and styled. That’s what Ali, a businessman, and his band of buddies were treated to during WeddingSutra’s exclusive editorial shoot at Vivanta by Taj President to showcase looks for a groom and his groomsmen. His fiance Mitali also joined in to give the shoot the vibe of a real day-wedding.

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The pampering began at the luxury Taj Salon at Vivanta by Taj President where Ali and his buddies Aditya, Zaeem, Raunak and Varun got expert styling for their hair which they say they loved. Meanwhile ensembles for their two looks – one ethnic and one Western – by Manyavar were being laid out for the shoot. The ethnic collection for the groomsmen featured different cuts in shades of grey and black – black self-design bandgalas, Nehru jackets, long kurtas and Jaipur pants proved a striking contrast to groom Ali’s minimalist royal blue button-down sherwani which was paired with darker blue churidaar pants, light brown mojaris and light lapel handkerchief.

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Each of the groomsmen has a different personal style and were initially unsure of how they would appear in their chosen outfits. However, the versatile range by Manyavar had something for everyone – and gave the guys a good idea of styles they could flaunt at their own weddings.

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Mitali’s dark blue lehenga by Manyavar’s partner brand for women Mohey – for the ethnic look shoot – was resplendent with gold thread embroidery. Blue is her favourite colour, and the light sheer net dupatta and short-sleeved gold blouse provided a stunning contrast to the heavy polki jewellery by Ghanasingh Fine Jewels which made her feel like a royal bride. “The best part about the outfit was the weight. I always had a perception about bridal lehengas being super heavy but this was really light and comfortable,” says Mitali.

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As Dev the photographer took the men and Mitali through their paces and poses, Ali enjoyed how much fun his squad was having, given that they had all taken a day off from work for this shoot. He shares, “I didn’t really know what to expect at the shoot. We’ve all seen and loved Manyavar’s ads and to be able to wear the outfits in front of the camera and show them off was pretty cool. What I really loved about the experience was having my boys and Mitali there. Plus, we were spending a day away from our jobs to do something we usually would never have been able to do during the madness of a real life wedding.”

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The Western ensemble shoot had the men clad in suits in fine shades of grey, with Ali donning a brilliant red tie while the others went with blue ones. Even the accessories were chosen with care – sleek ties by Dapper Homme and stylish watches by Art of Time. One groomsman was impressed by a sophisticated watch costing 7 lakh – which probably symbolised the popular idiom ‘Time is Money’.

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Dev and his photography team followed a ‘fly on the wall’ approach with their candid shots that showed the men in different real-life wedding situations – such as opening up gift boxes by SugarBox, taking pictures with their camera phones when Ali picked Mitali up in his arms or raising a toast with Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskey like they were at a mock bachelor’s bash at the Wink Bar at Vivanta by Taj President.

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Bride Mitali wore a light turquoise lehenga by SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi for the second look with the men in Western outfits – this was paired with lighter diamond jewellery. She says, “The turquoise lehenga looked gorgeous and is perfect for a new-age bride. The colour is subtle and young and the diamond set complimented it really well.”

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The real-life couple enjoyed the festivities and fashions they will soon replicate at their forthcoming wedding in Goa. It will be a new chapter in their relationship which started six years ago when Mitali was introduced to Ali by a common friend at a dinner. She heard from him six months later when a friend suggested Ali call her as he was looking for a pair of drumsticks for a musician friend. Ali had relocated to Mumbai from New Zealand where they had both been studying, and joined his family business. Mitali helped him resettle in Mumbai and they visited the city’s popular food haunts and had long chats, during which they got to know each other. Shortly after, Ali proposed to her with a rubber O-ring from his manufacturing unit, which Mitali laughed and accepted. He promised to get her a platinum love band once he had saved enough for it. And he did! Read more here.

WeddingSutra wishes Ali and Mitali a fabulous, fashion-forward wedding in Goa and we are sure the dapper groomsmen will look the part!

Location: Vivanta by Taj President
Men’s Outfits and Footwear: Manyavar
Bride’s Dark Blue Lehenga: Mohey by Manyavar
Bride’s Turquoise Lehenga: SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi
Bride’s Jewellery: Ghanasingh Fine Jewels (Kamlesh Hemdev Group)
Bride’s Make-up and Hair: Jean Claude Biguine India
Men’s Hair: Taj Salon at Vivanta by Taj President
Men’s Watches: Art of Time
Men’s Ties: Dapper Homme
Gift Boxes: Sugar Box

Photography: Dev Purbiya

Benzer Bridal LookBook for Him and Her

Benzer has curated a set of themes to inspire the trousseaus of brides and grooms. Made for each other, accentuating each other’s style and beauty, these outfits are gorgeously distinctive and perfectly complementary.

A Sangeet Fit for a King (And Queen)
The modern Indian bride is fashion forward and willing to be adventurous with the colours in her trousseau. Deep, saturated colours present an incredible canvas to show off intricate embroidery and elegant accessorizing as well really accentuating the look and feel of fabrics like velvet and raw silk. In fact, as raw silk rustles down the runways, to-be-weds find its rich, effortless luxury irresistible for their wedding ensembles.

We bring you a stunning sangeet look for the bride and groom from Benzer’s exquisite 2016 bridal collection.

The bride wears a pure raw silk lehenga in royal blue offset by a fuchsia Benarasi woven-silk dupatta, embellished with dori, zari and sequins. She accessorizes with a traditional gold plated vilandi set with ruby stones and ruby drops. An antique gold clutch is the perfect touch to complete the look of a maharani.

The groom is the perfect complement as he walks hand-in-hand with his radiant bride, in a blue sherwani heavy with resham work, teamed with raw silk mojaris with gold piping.

Royal Sangeet

Shop the look here
Royal blue raw silk lehenga
Gold plated vilandi set
Antique clutch
Blue sherwani
Raw silk blue mojaris 

The Modern Mughal
Traditional Mughal bridal wear are usually weighed down with detailed embroidery but Benzer sends a cool spring breeze and a modern twist to the style to create this net lehenga in mint with a peplum blouse and a sheer dupatta embellished with zari and sequins. The bride accessorizes this fresh ensemble with a designer Vilandi passa embellished with baguette and pearls.

A perfect match is made when the groom shows up in a rust sherwani, rich with zardosi work and silk mojaris with a gold border.

Contemporary Mughal

Shop the look here
Peplum blouse & net lehenga
Vilandi passa
Rust sherwani
Silk mojaris

A Classic Cocktail
Chic, elegant with just the right amount of panache – this gown with its skirt in sheer layers of blush organza and its bodice of lace and stone evokes an old-world glamour.  Amp up the drama with a metal frame clutch with pearl and diamonds and catch the light with cubic zircon earrings and bracelet in a two-tone plating, both from Benzer.

The groom is chivalry epitomized in this beautifully tailored tuxedo in micro satin of midnight blue.

Chic Cocktail

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Blush organza gown
Cubic zircon earrings
Two-tone plated bracelet
Metal frame clutch
Micro satin Tuxedo

Say Mehendi with Flowers
Playful, young, perfectly in bloom – this palette of soft deep spring is joyous and uplifting. Pick this pure raw silk lehenga covered in a garden of floral motifs and choli with net dupatta embellished with zari and appliqué work. Accessorize with something lightweight like this traditional gold plated vilandi set embellished with American diamond, ruby and pearl drops.

The groom makes a very modern-man statement here in this vibrant, trendsetting floral Indo-Western sherwani with dhoti pants.

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Pastel Green raw silk Lehenga
Vilandi gold plated earrings
Floral Indo-Western Sherwani

The grandeur of tradition at the pheras
Nothing says taste and class like these Benarasi weaves. The finest silks, woven with real gold and silver brocade zari, the luxe embroidery, it’s irresistible to the bride looking for a connection to the glorious traditions of her country. This pure silk Benarasi woven panel lehenga features a contrasting green blouse embellished in zardosi with pure chanderi and a dupatta in saffron. The Vilandi damini maangtikka is perfectly resplendent with its strands of pearls, American diamonds and meenakari work.

Benzer suggests the groom complement his beautiful bride perfectly in this heavily embroidered sherwani embellished with pearl, zardosi and stone work.

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Benarasi woven panel lehenga
Vilandi damini maangtikka
Embroidered sherwani

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Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 – Raghuvendra Rathore’s elegant collection

Jodhpur born designer, Raghavendra Rathore returned to Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 by unveiling his lastest collection presented in 3 capsules, a first of its kind where a high-end bespoke line was presented on the same platform as a ready to wear line. Setting the tone for the presentation was the launch of a new Ready-to-Wear line – ‘The Imperial India Company’ (IIC), followed by an introduction to the Raghavendra Rathore Foundation to celebrate the textile day and lastly – a bespoke collection by the parent brand ‘Raghavendra Rathore’ was showcased.

The “Imperial India Company” is the ready-to-wear designer diffusion label, by Raghavendra, which was inspired by the Raj and featured Indo-Western styling.

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“Raghavendra Rathore Foundation” which is a celebration of hope was not only a line for a humanitarian initiative aimed to give the disadvantaged support, but also provide a stable livelihood and promote rural handicraft.

Finally the ‘Raghavendra Rathore’ bespoke custom clothing menswear collection takes inspiration from the royal lineage of the brand and offers inspiring options for grooms-to-be. Jodhpuri bandgalas and breeches along with black printed kurta, brocade Sherwani and shimmering Jodhpur coat made a striking appearance on the catwalk. Wide dhoti salwars, black and gold angarkha, and off-white kurta with black dhoti, revealed the bespoke/customer clothing menswear label that Raghavendra is known for.

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Ritesh Deshmukh was the showstopper in a brocade Nehru jacket, black kurta and white churidars.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Supermodel Kendra Spears wear Manav Gangwani outfits for their Big Day

Prince Rahim Aga Khan (the eldest son of His Highness Aga Khan IV) married American Supermodel Kendra Spears (now known as Princess Salwa) in Geneva, on August 31st. It was a family and close friends only affair on the lawns of Chateau de Bellerive, the Aga Khan family’s 17th Century Home on the shores of Lake Bellrive in Geneva. The Aga Khan IV, a British national, is the 49th hereditary Imam of Ismaili Shi’as, and is regarded by his followers as a direct bloodline descendant of Prophet Mohamed, making Prince Rahim a descendant as well.

The 24 year old bride and 41 year old groom both wore ivory color ensembles by Delhi based Designer Manav Gangwani. Rahim wore a classic sherwani in pure silk brocade with an ivory shirt and trouser. His Princess wore a pre-draped saree with gold work paired with a traditional blouse with intricate jamawar hand embroidered work, decadent antique gold-silver glass beads and a touch of Swarovski crystals. She accessorized her traditional dress with sparkling earrings and a matching tiered necklace, wore her hair in an elegant chignon and kept her make-up natural .

In case you were wondering how Princess Salwa got in touch with Manav Gangwani it was courtesy American super model Naomi Campbell for whom Gangwani had designed an ensemble during her last visit to India. Much to Gangwani’s delight after the wedding Princess Salwa tweeted: “Thank you Manav for the beyond-gorgeous sari! And thank you Naomi Campbell for the introduction.”
The Seattle-born Sociology graduate once hailed as the ‘next Cindy Crawford,’ was discovered via MySpace, by Ford Models, and she was a finalist at the Supermodel of The World competition in 2008 after which she made her debut at New York Fashion Week. Prince Rahim who studied at the Brown University in US and the Navarra Business School in Barcelona is involved in the poverty reduction efforts of the Aga Khan Development Network.

The Daily Mail, UK reported ‘Miss Spears has married into a family with a long-established history of beautiful brides. Her husband’s paternal grandfather was famously married to Rita Hayworth. Prince Rahim’s British mother, Princess Salimah Aga Khan, was known as supermodel Sarah Croker-Poole before she wed, though she and the Aga Khan divorced in 1995, she continues to be known by her married name. The Aga Khan, 74, then married German former pop star Gabriele Renate Homey in 1998, after which she took the name Inaara, though they divorced in 2011. Prince Rahim follows in the footsteps of his younger brother, who also married and later divorced an American model.’

‘It seems even princesses have to make a living’, the Daily Mail quipped. ‘Kendra Spears has just been announced as the face of Escada’s Fall/Winter 2013 campaign’.

WeddingSutra on Location- with Grooms-to-be

“Why don’t you do something with Grooms-to-be too” many of our readers (both to-be-brides and to-be-grooms) commented after we published photos of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ with brides-to-be. Little wonder, when we posted an announcement on www.facebook.com/weddingsutra for our forthcoming event at Studio Aboutir, the newest men’s wear destination in South Mumbai, we were deluged with emails. Not just from grooms, but from their brides too, telling us how eager they were that their groom-to-be should win this unique experience. It was a tough call, shortlisting the 5 we could invite, but what was heartening was that so many were willing to travel from outstation to meet us at Studio Aboutir. Finally, the event took place on a Friday evening. The heavy rains that day did not dampen anyone’s spirit, and all the invitees turned up at the scheduled time. They were from different cities- Mumbai, Pune, Ranchi and Jodhpur, and from different work backgrounds- businessmen, architect, doctor and film-maker, and all of them had fun while deciding on their ensemble; that there were plenty of ethnic choices with an international ‘feel’ is what they liked most about Studio Aboutir’s merchandise.


Businessman Akshay Kalyanpur in a timeless classic Bandhgala in an an ivory shade. A crisp, elegant look in muted tones of ivory and gold, with fabrics like jute with antique gold embossing texture.


Film-maker and Photographer Vivek Kumar in a maroon silk brocade Sherwani


Architect Kunal Rathi in a white silk brocade Sherwani accessorized with a jeweled brooch.


From left to right Akshay, Vivek and Dr Apoorv Jain. Apoorv is wearing a rich silk blue Sherwani with pleats and pin-tucks.


The yummy food spread by Aditi Dugar of Urban Gourmet


From left to right, Parthip Thyagarajan of WeddingSutra.com, Anupam Mittal of Shaadi.com and Manish Banthia of Studio Aboutir


Jimmy Felix, Manish Banthia and Parthip Thyagarajan

Hairstyling and Makeup- Johitt and Johann Arora
Photographs by Dev Purbiya

Devina Vadera’s stylish Wedding in Goa

Devina Vadera, daughter of Bindu Vadera, Delhi’s prominent socialite/businesswoman, got married to Finance professional Anmol Bhandari. Devina works with her mother at Varya Design Studio, an exclusive home furnishing and accessories store in Delhi.

The celebrations commenced with a Sangeet on 12th Jan at their Farmhouse in Sultanpur, Delhi. For the Sangeet, Devina wore a flowy Tarun Tahiliani lehenga.

The wedding party then moved to Goa. A welcome celebration was held at Devina’s friend home in Dona Paula and the Mehendi the next morning.

The theme for the Mehendi was ‘brighter the better’. Devina wore a blush pink lycra saree, which looked oh-so-perfect for a shaadi by the beach. It was made by Delhi-based duo Shivan and Narresh.

The Sikh wedding ceremony was held in the morning of 16th Jan. Tarun Tahiliani, designed for Devina a net Anarkali with lotus embellishments all around, and a bit of pearl and Swarovski embroidery. Anmol wore a sherwani by Rohit Bal. For the reception on 16th Jan, Devina wore a Marchesa gown.

Sumant Jayakrishnan did the set/ design & decor for all the events in Delhi and Goa

More Wedding Details

Makeup artist: Ashima Kapoor
Photographer: Ronicka Kandhari and Vickrant Mahajan
Food in Delhi: Puneet Sikand
Food in Goa: Taj
Wedding logistics/ co-ordination: Shaadi Online