Elaborate yet Contemporary
By Jaspreet Soni
Marita a cosmetic dentist and Sameer an advocate got married on 9 Dec,
2011. Marita is Manglorean Catholic and Sameer is half Marathi half
Nepalese so their wedding was a celebration across cultures.
Princess Wedding Gown
Marita always wanted a fairytale wedding where she would look like a
princess and her prince charming will sweep her off her feet. For the
Church wedding she wore a stunning off white strapless empire waist
satin gown with a Princess skirt and intricate beaded embroidery.
Joan Boutique, Bandra
Marita says: "I always wanted to have a royal British kind of wedding
where I walk down the aisle in a big elaborate dress. Since my
wedding was planned in a hurry, the biggest challenge was to get my
dream wedding gown done in time. When I started visiting stores, I
realized that most of them were booked. Then my best friend and my
bridesmaid Beverley told me about Joan who has a boutique in Bandra.
Her cousin got her wedding dress from Joan and she could not stop
gushing about it. When I met Joan, I had a very different picture of
gown in my mind. I used to collect wedding gown pictures and put them
in an album so I had a defined idea. Joan listened to my vision, put
together the pieces and then made few sketches combining her expertise
and my ideas. We had discussions over two weeks so I could decide on
the design. When Joan showed me the final sketch, I realized it was
what I wanted."
Custom made hairpiece and minimal Jewelry
Marita accessorized her gown with sterling silver and crystal jewelry
by Gitanjali and a custom made hairpiece for an all-new dimension. She
says: "I always wanted a beautiful hairpiece to peep out of the veil.
I did not quite like what I saw at the stores. So I selected few
designs at an imitation jewelry shop in Lokhandwala and got them
customized to form an elaborate hairpiece. With an elaborate gown and
equally grand hairpiece, I wanted to wear minimalistic jewelry so I
chose small sphere studded with crystals and matching earrings."
Copper gold and maroon lehenga for the after-party
As per Manglorean Catholic traditions, brides wear a red and gold
saree (Sado) for the second half of the reception. But Marita did not
want to wear the traditional colored saree, so she decided on a
contemporary yet traditional lehenga. Her mother-in-law took her to
Aishwarya, the store in Crawford Market; there she saw a beautiful
maroon and copper gold lehenga. She says: "I loved it because of its
unique work-- velvet embroidered using silk threads very unlike the
regular sequins and zari. It had the traditional colors yet completely
different kind of embroidery; a perfect amalgamation of tradition and
Marita's makeup was done by Minee R Khanna.
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