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Claire and Mallik’s Romantic Pre Wedding Photoshoot in Hyderabad

The historic architecture and Nizami majesty of Hyderabad was the perfect setting for a pre-wedding shoot celebrating Claire and Mallik’s cross-cultural union.

How We Met
Mallik is a physician at Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences in Loni in Maharashtra, and I am a medical student at Oregon Health and Science University in the USA. Three years ago, I came to Mallik’s University for an internship and discovered that we both really liked each other. We enjoyed every moment we spent together in Loni, so much so that when I had to go back to the USA, we discussed a long-distance relationship. After three years of a wonderful courtship, Mallik surprised me on an early morning hike to World’s End during our vacation in Sri Lanka. He went down on one knee to propose and I said yes!




The Pre-Wedding Shoot
Since our love story had started and grown in India, we knew that we wanted this to be reflected in our pre-wedding shoot. Mallik is from Hyderabad and with its beautiful culture, stunning architecture, and royal history- we couldn’t imagine a perfect place to capture our story!



Together with our photographers from Two Fireflies One Camera we selected a number of locations around the city; the magnificent Paigah Tombs, Ohri’s Restaurant at Necklace Road and the historic Golconda Fort to permanently freeze our most romantic moments in stunning photographs we will cherish forever!


PhotographyTwo Fireflies One Camera

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Celeb Honeymoons in Great Britain

From Shahid and Mira to Kim and Kanye, find out your favorite celeb couples’ favorite spots in Britain for a post-wedding getaway.

Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput
It took them a month to get down to it… the honeymoon that is. Shahid Kapoor and his lovely bride, Mira Rajput took a post-wedding holiday to London after their Delhi shaadi in July 2016. While the details on all the places they visited is till very hush-hush, we know they dined at some romantic little places and we’re hoping they took long rambles in Hyde Park, lived it up at the luxury cocktail lounges in Mayfair and took a leisurely stroll on the River Thames.

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Karan Patel and Ankita Bhargava
The couple got married in 2015 but only managed to get time off their busy schedules in July 2016. So they hot footed it to the capital, London, Karan’s favorite city. We trawled through their Instagram and used our travel-detective skills to tell you that their itinerary included Windsor Castle, a cruise on the river Thames, shopping and partying out on the town with their friends.

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Kate Winslet and Ned RocknRoll
It was third time lucky for Kate Winslet when she married Ned RocknRoll in December 2012 in New York and then snuck away to a remote Scottish loch-side lodge for their secret honeymoon. They were offered the use of Necker Island (no pun intended), a Caribbean property owned by Ned’s uncle, Sir Richard Branson but they opted for the stunning Ardnamurchan Peninsula instead. Kate has spent a number of holidays in this stunning west coast wildlife haven and described the secluded Kilcamb Lodge Hotel as the “perfect hideaway” when holidaying there last year. She’s even test-driven the Kilcamb’s luxurious honeymoon suite, which has lovely views over Loch Sunart.

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Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya
Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya’s honeymoon in Europe in January 2017 included a big nostalgic trip to London where Vivek lived earlier. He took the chance to show his new bride around his old hood, including his one-time home and his favorite places in the city. They rang in the New Year in London and later visited Cardiff (Wales, UK).

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Ireland welcomed Kim Kardashian and Kanye West when they chose the country for a luxury honeymoon after a whirlwind Italian wedding in May 2014. KimYe stayed at The Castlemartyr Resort, a beautiful a five-star hotel nestled in the Cork woodlands, steeped in history and set within 220 acres of beautiful landscapes. Their magnificent suite had stunning views of the 12th-century castle and ornate gardens all the way to the back of the hotel. They spent their days touring the Ballyhoura Mountains, picnicking (complete with local Irish cheddar cheese), and going to the movies to watch X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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Love what you see? If you’d like to experience a romantic trip for two to Britain, please call Mercury Travels on 1800 266 2345 or write to them at outbound@mercurytravels.in or visit www.visitbritain.com

Glow with Gold this Wedding Season with the new Gold Obsession Collection from L’Oreal Paris

Sparkle like sunlight when you bring this precious hue into your bridal make-up and go for gold this wedding season!

It’s lighting up the runways, at home and abroad – subtle glows, bold metallics, shiny shimmers – gold is poised to be the hottest standout trend this season. Bring the perfect blend of glamour, sophistication and opulence into your make-up and hair color. Let us show you the best gold makeup trends from L’Oreal Paris newest ‘Gold Obsession Collection’ that is sure to keep you gleaming all day.

1. The sun in your eyes
This warm-toned Le Palette Gold from L’Oreal Paris is a classic makeup must-have! The palette helps in creating stunning metallic matte eye makeup looks with its collection of ten eyeshadow shades that are deeply pigmented and also contain specks of gold – guaranteed to complement most Indian skin tones. Use the palette to create drama and an air of royalty with its smudge-free, easy to use blend of golden goodness.

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2. Contour with a glint of light
Highlight your cheekbones and cupid’s bow with a subtle smudge of Le Gold Lipstick to bring a touch of sophistication to your look. This lipstick has gentle gold undertones and is not only a great investment but is also versatile enough to be used as a highlighter for adding a subtle sun-kissed glow to your face.

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3. Lip synched
Last year’s runways saw a lot of shine but this year, all that glitters is gold! Gold Obsession Collection by L’Oreal Paris features matte lipsticks enriched with 24 carat gold that amplifies the colors – wine, scarlet red, deep pink, plum and corals. The multipurpose Gold lipstick (our favorite) can also be layered on top of other lipstick shades for a stunning ‘ombre’ lip effect.

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4. Add fire to the smoky eyes
The soft, smoky eye is sexy, alluring and yet can be defined as a classical look that suits almost every bride. We say you add a bit of sparkle to your eyes with a touch of gold. Bring drama with a matte, gold-brown eyeshadow from Lóreal Paris and glimmer on your big day!

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5. A crowning glory
Healthy, shiny, naturally tousled masses of hair are the rage this wedding season. Catch the light by adding a natural, golden glow to your mane with ammonia-free hair color from L’Oreal Casting Crème Gloss in Praline Brown which is a perfect shade if you are looking for a color that adds a healthy gloss to your mane. The hair color comes in a variety of warm hues and is guaranteed to keep your tresses looking glossy and ‘damage free.’

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Makeup & HairstylingKromakay Salon
JewelleryTanishq
Location CourtesyJW Marriott Mumbai Juhu
Photos CourtesyDev Purbiya

Sanjana and Akash’s Platinum Day of Love

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.

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After Akash had been coaxed into meeting eligible girls, Sanjana was the first girl he met. “We met in a typical arranged marriage fashion, through our parents,” Sanjana says. The couple met a couple of time further and realized they’d connected at a spiritual level. They instantly decided to tie the knot.

It all happened so quickly that Sanjana vividly remembers feeling a little disoriented about the whole scenario. “I immediately called him to ask if this was real, and he patiently kept assuring me that it was, that we were about to get married,” she smiles.

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In addition to their shared interests, the couple believes their mutual respect for each other helps grow their relationship. The bride-to-be says, “We are complete opposites and surprisingly, that is one of the greatest reasons we work. He’s a romantic and an extrovert while I like to keep to myself, but there has never been a day where we have gone without speaking to each other. Our courtship has had its ups and downs and we’ve made it through.”

Eight months into their relationship, the couple are now busy planning a wedding in a few months. Sanjana says she’s an organizing whiz while Akash is superb with execution so, as they’ve found out in other areas as well, they’re well matched to complement each other.

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Their pre-wedding shoot shoot was done by ace Candid Photographer Payal Kumar who beautifully captured their special moments. The location for the shoot was the expansive lawns of the Jade Garden in Worli and provided a welcome break for the two working professionals. The newly reopened luxurious property, spread over five spaces includes three indoor banquets, a spacious pre-function area and a beautiful open terrace venue which acted as a perfect setting for this romantic shoot. With hair and makeup by Jean Claude Biguine, the couple looked like stars with stars in their eyes!

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Making the most of the serene surroundings, the couple stood hand-in-hand wearing their exquisite platinum love bands by Gehna Jewellers. Sanjana loved the bands, “They’re such a perfect symbol of love! I really can’t thank WeddingSutra enough for such a wonderful experience!”

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If you’re getting married in 2017 and would like to be a part of ‘Love Actually’ write to us at 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.

Location: Jade Garden, Worli
Platinum Love BandsGehna Jewellers
Makeup and HairJean Claude Biguine

PhotographyPayal Kumar

Isha and Tushar’s Pre-Wedding Photoshoot in the UK

From London’s bridges to Durham’s castles, Isha and Tushar’s choice of locations brought alive their romance in stunning pre-wedding shoot by Stephen Beecroft

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How We Met
“I am originally from India but moved to the UK 11 years ago, and now work as a pharmacist manager with Lloyds Pharmacy in Newcastle. I met my husband Tushar through a BBM (Blackberry Messenger) chat group and following our non-stop conversations, we developed a mutual attraction for one another. Although we both knew we liked each other, we did not take it further because I was based in UK, while he lived in India. We finally met when I traveled to India – and that was a magical moment for us! I found Tushar to be extremely nice, gentle and kind. All my insecurities and doubts were overpowered by his loving and warm personality. So over three years of our long-distance relationship, we coordinated our work schedules, crossed continents to meet each other and eventually decided to get married. He even shifted to UK to support my decision of staying abroad for which I cannot thank him enough.”

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Pre Wedding Photoshoot
“At first, we had planned a pre-wedding photoshoot in India since we were both really impressed by pictures we had seen online. However, my brother-in-law suggested that we make the most of our European surroundings and shoot in Newcastle. This led us to research places and contact some photographers in our area. We found Stephen Beecroft’s work to be quite interesting. We shared some pre-wedding shoot pictures with him, and also briefed him about our idea of having a contemporary pre-wedding photoshoot without the usual mush involved. To be honest, we weren’t too sure if Stephen would be able to meet our requirements, as he hadn’t worked on pre-wedding shoots in his career. So we decided to go local and shoot just in the quayside of Newcastle and amidst the magnificent castles of Durham. When we finally saw the pictures, we were amazed and did another shoot in the glitzy surroundings of London. We shot at the Tower Bridge, Big Ben and London Bridge, which was very enjoyable. Stephen even suggested that since we had covered city (London), castles (Durham), quayside (riverside), we should finish off with a beachside photo shoot. Our shoot at the beautiful Blyth beach had a very tropical vibe and was a fitting end to our dreamy photo shoot sessions.”

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If you love what you see and would like to plan a trip for two to Britain, please call Mercury Travels on 1800 266 2345 or write to them at outbound@mercurytravels.in

Photos CourtesyStephen Beecroft

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Lovely brides-to-be from WeddingSutra Masterclass reveal their favorite ‘Jewelry’ moments with Tanishq

Selecting jewelry for a wedding involves one’s innate sense of style, sentiments, and a certain savviness. The emotions of a mother choosing bridal jewelry for her daughter are deep given the significance of the occasion. And there is the consideration of picking the pieces that blend traditions with modern sensibilities so they reflect your personality and can be worn with different ensembles over the years. And being savvy about investing in jewelry not only requires a fine eye to pick fine, timeless creations but also build a collection that is stylish and meaninful to you and can be passed down generations.

Our idea of the perfect bridal jewelry range is one that is inspired by our rich traditions, history and legendary sense of refined style. Tanishq offers beautiful bridal jewelry sets where every item will evoke a precious emotion in you like they did in our three lovely brides. They share their experience below:

1. Neha Grover
“Jewelry defines a bridal ensemble. I have always been fascinated by the charm of a traditional ‘nath’ or nose ring. However, I had never tried wearing one until I chanced upon Tanishq jewelry. I paired my unique off-white Neeta Lulla ensemble with Tanishq’s meticulously crafted necklaces in matte gold that included a choker neckpiece and an ornate necklace with a low pendant. Believe me, their jewelry not only completed the entire bridal look but also made me look beautiful from within- a factor I always consider while jewelry shopping. I loved the idea of layering necklaces along with my ‘nath’. Tanishq necklaces truly epitomize the circle of emotions that brides go through, and wearing such exquisite pieces has made me want to adorn one on my wedding day!”

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2. Namrata Shah
“Being a modern Gujarati bride, authenticity coupled with a bit of a contemporary aesthetic were the main criteria for my dream wedding attire. I chose a red Sabyasachi lehenga and paired it with a traditional heavy choker set from Tanishq to compliment the ornateness of the ensemble and adding a light layer with the rani haar. The mathapatti added to the vintage feel of my bridal look. I had seen pictures of my mother as a traditional bride and always wanted to look like that. So when I went to Tanishq, I found what I was looking for. The traditional Gujarati jewellery with a very unique interpretation which makes it very special.”

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3. Ilesha Kharbanda
“I’ve always wanted to look like a regal bride. After all, a wedding is a very special occasion for brides as all eyes are on her. Punjabi brides like me are typically gifted heirloom polki sets on our wedding day. Tanishq’s has beautiful polki jewelry which is a great mix of modern and contemporary designs. From the delicate ‘maang tikka’ to the layered neckpiece and chaand balis that reflect light, every item made me look every bit of a glowing bride.”

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Tanishq
Near Citi Mall/PVR ECX,
New Link Rd,
Andheri West,
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053
Phone: 022 6199 6666
www.tanishq.co.in

In Conversation with Director – Events, Angsana Laguna Phuket

With contemporary facilities and exquisite natural surroundings in the form of azure waters, a golden beach and lush greenery, the sprawling Angsana Laguna Phuket in Thailand, is one of the most sought-after resorts for weddings (and even honeymoons!). Having organised and handled plenty of Indian weddings over the years, the management and staff at the resort are impeccably trained and attuned to all the details and nuances that go into such special occasions.

We asked Mr Marian Vrabel who is the Director of Events at Angsana Laguna Phuket, to share what makes Angsana Laguna Phuket the venue of choice for discerning to-be-wed couples.

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1. What is unique about your hotel’s location?
Angsana Laguna is one of very few hotels with direct beach access, and the only hotel on Phuket island with a beach venue available for private events. In addition, our location is very convenient as it is only 20 mins from the airport, and 30 mins to popular nearby tourist spots such as Phuket town or Patong.

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2. What makes a wedding at your resort memorable and unforgettable?
It’s the variety of beautiful outdoor venues, each with different feel, which makes our hotel different and unique. The Xana Horizon Deck, with stunning views of Bang Tao Bay, is an unforgettable setting for sunset cocktail receptions. The Poolside Garden, situated right by the lagoon, is the perfect venue for welcome dinners and relaxing receptions as it has a lovely ambience with lantern lights and stars.

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3. Tell us about your experience of planning Indian weddings at your property.
Indian weddings are some of the most exciting, if not the most exciting part of our work. There is nothing more rewarding than observing happy couples alongside their families and friends enjoying some of the most important moments in their lives. Each wedding is different and we are consistently surprised by the amazing ideas that couples come with when planning their wedding. The transformation of our venues with beautiful decoration and great entertainment is always one of the highlights of Indian weddings.

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4. What are your hotel’s WOW factors?
What can be more beautiful than a wedding ceremony on a beautiful beach with a sun setting down right behind the mandap. This is possible only in a very few places in Phuket island, and Angsana is one of those places.

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5. What will guests rave about to their friends and family?
The guests will be impressed by the spacious and beautiful resort, its sandy beach with clear waters, friendly staff and great food.

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6. What authentic local experiences will guests have access to?
The hotel’s Thai restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine, and the world-known Angsana spa offers the best Thai massages not only in Phuket but also worldwide. Just outside the main gates of the Laguna complex there are a variety of local shops and restaurants. Guests have also the opportunity to visit local markets offering authentic street food, local handicrafts and souvenirs. All this is available directly in the resort or within walking distance.

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7. Does the team at Angsana Laguna Phuket plan everything A-to-Z of a wedding?
We have an experienced event team that has taken care of dozens of Indian weddings. They are fully familiar with the traditions of Indian weddings. When it comes to planning and organisation of weddings, the hotel team works closely with experienced Indian wedding planners who can fully dedicate themselves to the couple. Together they ensure that the couple, their families and friends cherish the memories from their wedding at Angsana Laguna Phuket forever.

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Wonder Weddings 2017 – Sri Lanka to Seychelles, Vienna and aboard Costa Fascinosa

WeddingSutra’s eye in the sky takes you to destinations where the hottest soirees and power weddings take place in 2017. So here’s a round-up of where the most high-profile NRI and India-based families are traveling to, and the A-list wedding planners who are orchestrating the events.

Dubai families choose Sri Lanka, Vienna and Costa Fascinosa
Three Dubai-based Indian families are hosting the most anticipated destination weddings of 2017. The first Indian wedding to take place at the newly opened Shangri-la Hotel on the southern coast of Sri Lanka is of Disha Gangwani and Lov Sawlani from Dubai. Guests from over 20 countries are travelling to Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa, the largest resort in Sri Lanka that boasts 300 spacious rooms, including 21 suites, all surrounded by stunning tropical gardens. The beachfront resort offers one of Sri Lanka’s most extensive event and banqueting facilities, catering up to 1,000 people.

Rita and Sunil Vaswani, known for their extravagant parties at their fabulous Dubai mansion are hosting their daughter Sonam’s wedding in June in Vienna, Austria. Sunil Vaswani who tops the list of richest Indians in the Gulf runs the Stallion Group and his daughter is marrying Navin Fabiani, the son of Madrid/Mumbai based tycoon Kamal Fabiani. Last year, industrialist Sajjan Jindal hosted his son’s wedding in Vienna, while one of the most talked about Indian weddings in 2011 was in Monte Carlo where Navin Fabiani’s elder sister wed.

Dubai billionaire businessman Rizwan Sajan, chairman of the Danube group and Number 7 in the Forbes list of Top 100 Indian leaders in the UAE, is chartering Costa Fascinosa for his son Adel’s wedding to Sana. While international cruises have hosted Indian weddings, this is the first time an Indian family is chartering the entire ship for a wedding. The guests will board in Spain (Barcelona) and the itinerary will cover France (Cannes, Marseilles) and Italy (Savona).

Dubai families choose Sri Lanka, Vienna and Costa FascinosaDisha Gangwani and Lov Sawlani’s wedding is at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka; Sana Khan and Adel Sajan’s wedding is at aboard Costa Fascinosa; Sonam Vaswani and Navin Fabiani.

Wedding Weekend in Mumbai and Hyderabad
Two among India’s most well-known business personalities are hosting a celebration for the long weekend this month (January 26th to 29th). Radha Kapoor, the daughter of YES bank’s Rana Kapoor, will wed Aditya Khanna in Mumbai. Radha runs the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) among other new-age creative ventures, while Aditya is a partner at a hedge fund. And in Hyderabad, Keshav, the son of Pinky and Sanjay Reddy of GVK Group, will tie the knot with chemical engineer Veena Reddy, daughter of Chinnappa Reddy who owns a pharmaceutical company. The Kapoor-Khanna wedding celebrations will be held at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. The Reddy’s – who own the Taj Hotels in Hyderabad – are hosting the celebrations at their sprawling residence and the GMR Arena grounds.

Wedding Weekend in Mumbai and HyderabadRadha Kapoor and Aditya Khanna’s wedding is at Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai; Veena Reddy and Keshav Reddy’s wedding is at GMR Arena Grounds, Hyderabad.

Middle East Magic
The Shangri-la and The Ritz-Carlton hotels in Muscat continue to be hotspots for international destination weddings, and the Ritz Carlton in Abu Dhabi has hosted some grand weddings in the last three years. Next month, Abu Dhabi will again witness a very high-profile wedding on February 12 and 13 when Anushka Rajan, daughter of Abhijit Rajan who is the managing director of Gammon India, will wed Abbishek Doshii at the regal Emirates Palace. This opulent hotel with luxurious rooms and suites comes with its own 1.3km pristine, private beach, inviting pools and a private marina overlooking a natural bay. Later next month, one of Bangalore’s top builders is hosting his daughter’s wedding at Ras Al Khaimah, which in the last two years has hosted many weddings of big business families from Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata.

Middle East MagicAnushka Rajan and Abbhishek Doshii’s wedding is at Emirates Palace

Goa, Udaipur, and Seychelles
Karan Singh, CEO of Sunburn Global and son of Harindra Singh who is the chairman and managing director of Percept Limited, is marrying Mansha, a Mumbai-based surgeon on February 26 and 27 at Grand Hyatt Goa, the same venue where Karan’s sister Khushi got married last year.

Bollywood star Neil Nitin Mukesh is marrying his girlfriend Rukmini Sahay in Udaipur after which the families will host a grand wedding reception at Bollywood’s favorite five-star hotel – JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu.

While these two entertainment industry personalities have chosen hot-spots in India for their destination wedding, a little birdie tells us another star-studded wedding will be taking place in Seychelles in February. “It will be an intimate affair in the idyllic location where guests can enjoy the luxury and powder-soft sandy beaches”, says his friend.

Goa, Udaipur and SeychellesNeil Nitin Mukesh and Rukmini Sahay’s reception is at JW Marriott Mumbai; Mansha and Karan Singh’s wedding venue is Grand Hyatt Goa.

The Wedding Makers
The wedding planners managing some of these glitzy nuptials include A-list stalwarts such as New Delhi-based Vandana Mohan of The Wedding Design Company and Mumbai’s Aditya Motwane of MEW (Motwane Entertainment & Weddings). They have pulled off some of the most creative, magnificent and high-profile weddings for the elite in India and abroad in recent years. Farid Khan and Bhavnesh Sawhney of WedNiksha (a division of Wizcraft), Dhaval Chandarana of WED Gurus, Pawan Mirchandani of Horizon WIE and Aarti Manocha of MtoM – Milestones to Memories have also been booked for some of these designer weddings.

Prominent designer duo Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla who orchestrate design and styling for one or two mega weddings every year are the style directors for the Hyderabad wedding. Cineyug Celebrations, whose forte includes Event Management and Entertainment, are scripting and directing the sangeet which will include family performances, dances, and acts by A-list Bollywood stars.

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Check out our favorite pre-wedding shoots this month

From capturing vintage frames in New Zealand to playing it cool in the snowy hills of North India, we present some of the prettiest pre-wedding shoots that evoke romance in all its shades

1. Natural Splendor
Imagine shooting under the stars or cavorting in a lush forest… That’s what Ankit and Tripti did when they chose the hilly terrains of Himachal Pradesh as their ultimate pre-wedding shoot location. Sandeep and Nitin of Shutterink who shot the pre-wedding album for the lovely couple share, “Ankit is very aesthetically inclined and wanted something unique for which we had to research for about three months before choosing the pre-wedding shoot location. Since it was a multi-day shoot, we chose the hilly regions of Manali, and included locations like the Dhankar Monastery, Key Monastery, Langza Village and Chandra Taal Lake in Spiti Valley as they provided beautiful backdrops where nature played a key role. This was one of our favorite shoots as we all got to experience some unique moments together. We shared a tent with bikers, enjoyed a warm campfire at a chilly high-altitude spot and enjoyed star gazing in the clear night skies over the mountains away from all the pollution and noise of the plains. All these moments were beautifully captured in our photographs.”

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2. Vintage Vibe
Ridhima and Lalit wanted a pre-wedding photoshoot that exuded a contemporary charm mingled with a vintage aesthetic. The couple, who reside in New Zealand, opted to shoot at the Auckland Maritime War Museum and Winter Gardens and chose photography duo – Snigdha Sheel and Vinayak Das of Photo Tantra – who helped them, put their ideas into perspective. “Every nook and corner in New Zealand boasts of natural beauty so we utilized this aspect to the fullest. We added little touches of vintage magic like including a swashbuckling Rolls Royce in some images, had the couple waltzing romantically and posing next to Auckland’s lovely landmarks which made the entire shoot very memorable, creative and fun for everyone,” shares Vinayak.

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Photos Courtesy – Photo Tantra

3. Fashion Fervor
Anuradha and Gaurav had always envisioned their pre-wedding photoshoot to be a bit offbeat and unique but without necessarily being photographed in a clichéd fashion. Photographer Mahesh Patra of Picture Together understood their concerns and organized an action–packed pre-wedding shoot that made the couple look like fashion icons. Explains Mahesh Patra, “I knew that they didn’t want to be shot at typical heritage places, decked in lehengas and anarkalis… Instead, they wanted an offbeat shoot that was contemporary yet looked classic. We shot at the luxurious Le Meridien Resort & Spa in Mahabaleshwar. The hotel was like our own little escape to paradise with its stunning architecture and evergreen pathways that provided the most surreal backdrop to the shoot. Each moment was photographed beautifully; perfectly capturing Anuradha and Gaurav’s love for each other and making them look like the most gorgeous power couple of a fashion glossy!”

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4. Regal Grandeur
Photographer Shraddha Rathi of Dreamgrapher wanted to make the most out of the royal surroundings of Udaipur – a place where both Reena and Gaurav originally hail from. Her idea was to incorporate their unique love story and romantic moments amidst the majestic palaces of Udaipur. She explains “Reena and Gaurav like to joke that they met through the traditional Indian way of a ‘Tinder’ setup – an arranged marriage! They grew up together as they lived across the street, until one evening their parents decided to ‘set’ them up. Since both of them instantly connected, their families arranged for their wedding and that is when ideas of a romantic pre-wedding shoot came about. Since both of their families hail from Udaipur, we decided to host the shoot in their home city. Our sincere attempt was to portray their connection and love through Indian heritage and tradition by capturing the moments of their romance amidst the royal charm of Udaipur.”

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5. Iconic Inspiration
Anu and Gaurav met through an arranged marriage setting, and while they started off as friends, their relationship gradually blossomed into love. They wanted their pre-wedding photoshoot to be an ode to their undying friendship and love, for which they chose to be photographed amidst the symbol of love – The Taj Mahal in Agra. Many couples organize their pre-wedding photoshoots at the Taj but this adventurous couple wanted to bring in an element of crazy to it which made this photoshoot unique. Their photographer Hitesh Shivnani explains, “Apart from the fact that they wanted to be shot at a historical monument, they weren’t conscious and were just enjoying themselves, which made for great candid shots and is clearly depicted in all their photos.”

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Photos Courtesy – Hitesh Shivnani

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Preen in Green: Top ways to wear the season’s hottest color

‘Greenery’ was proclaimed fashion’s hottest color by style watchers of Spring/Summer 2017 and the WeddingSutra Style Editors have taken a leaf out of that book and created a bridal inspiration board featuring clothes, jewelry and accessories from the emerald palette for the best bridal looks of the year.

The Green Goddess
Make heads turns with an embellished jade lehenga by Papa Don’t Preach, perfect for a reception. Accessorize with this stunning neckpiece and emerald stone drop earrings from Gehna to exude exclusivity and opulence. Offset the green with sky high Ralph Russo pumps and a shiny box clutch from Benzer and you’ll have them going green with envy.

Top ways to wear the season’s hottest color

The Vintage Ardor
Fancy a sophisticated take on glamor? Then pick this indo-western, saree-gown in green’s favorite contrast – blush – from Kamaali Couture and rock that cocktail party look. Vintage glamor is accentuated with statement jewelry and this diamond neckpiece with matching jewel-toned studs from Gehna will bring a pop of au courant color to your ensemble. Grab a Swarovski clutch, slip into some sexy Jimmy Choos and you have the green light to party the night away.

Top ways to wear the season’s hottest color