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This bride expressed her minimalist style with her lehenga and saree choices influenced by the women in her life

Our style choices are, most often than not, an expression of ourselves. From our shoes to our accessories, everything we wear is tailored to different aspects of our lives – where we work, how we socialize, and what we value. Sometimes, wedding trousseaus too reflect a bride’s inner beliefs, even when the norm is to overindulge in whatever is trending at weddings at any given month.

Bhavya Joshi, who works in the development sector and focuses on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) of women and girls in India, took the less beaten path and opted to express her minimalist daily style at her wedding too. In a society where extravagant Indian weddings are somewhat of a norm, her exposure to the grassroots level of society inspired her to make more moderate choices.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee Saree

Meet Bhavya – our minimalist bride commited to her work for the less privileged
Bhavya shares, “I work in the development sector with my primary focus being the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls in India. Due to my work, I have interacted with thousands of women across India and published papers on the same in international journals. My work not only contributes to a healthier society but also helps India reach its development goals internationally by making women and girls understand their bodies and rights.”

When asked about her minimalistic style choices, she credits her personal role models and exposure to the less privileged which have made her more aware of the choices she makes as an individual. She shares, “My mother has been pivotal in encouraging me to chase my dreams and career goals even if it came at the cost of making the ‘society’ uncomfortable. Inspired by her, I’ve always preferred wearing simpler outfits crafted from organic cotton with traditional dabu, block or Sanganeri prints. And given my profession, most people in my industry do prefer wearing contemporary yet traditional outfits. Both my mom and I prefer to keep it simple with a saree and simple make-up. Instead, we prefer wearing just our smiles!”

Natural look for wedding

On Finding her Minimalist Wedding Looks
A follower of designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s work from an early age, Bhavya always wanted to wear his earthy designs on her big day. However, she chose to be true to her minimalist self not only with her outfits but also her makeup which was done by WeddingSutra Favorite – Kashika Kapur.

Bhavya shares, “Having worked at the grassroots level, I’ve realized how privileged we are in the cities. And how rarely we appreciate it. For me, minimalism is an ethical choice to acknowledge the abundance around me. And since I follow it in my daily life, I did not see my wedding as an exception. In the last year, I visited many designer stores for comparative analysis, however, each visit left me uncertain. I flew from Delhi to Kolkata with two criteria in mind, the first being that I wanted an outfit inspired by Rajasthani motifs, and second was that I needed it to be pink in color as we were having a day wedding. After a few trials, I finally found my Sabyasachi Mukherjee outfit.”

Wearing a Sabyasachi Lehenga of your dreams
For the wedding, Bhavya made her decades-old dream come true in a pink Sabyasachi Mukherjee lehenga. She shares, “The skirt of the lehenga had a wide border with large paisley designs, and golden motifs all over. The blouse, on the contrary, had intricate work all over.” She paired the ensemble with a simple gold maang tikka, necklace, and earrings. Her makeup was all about simple smokey eyes, natural pink lips and a luminescent base that highlighted her healthy skin.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee lehenga
Pink Lehenga

Natural look for wedding

Sabyasachi Mukherjee lehenga
Pink Lehenga

Honoring the Indian traditional weaves
Showing off her love for traditional Indian weaves, Bhavya chose a soft pink Banarasi saree with gold zari work by Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Replete with golden butti work, charming motifs, and a wide border, the saree was paired with a floral print beige blouse. Staying true to her minimalistic style, Bhavya kept her accessories to a minimum, and just wore golden earrings and a matching watch. Her side-parted, wavy hairdo added an old-world charm to her look.

soft pink Banarasi saree
Reception Look
Banarasi saree by Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Wavy hairdo

The Wedding Makers
Venue: Amarai Farms, New Delhi
Bride’s Outfits: Shubhangini Singh Rajawat, Shahpur Jat (Mehndi), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding, Reception)
Jewellery: Surana Jewellers, Jaipur (Wedding), Tanishq (Reception)
Makeup: Kashika Kapur

Photographer: Shot with Meraki

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