As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Ensemble in Bandra (West), Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services. Here, in the last of the four-part series, bride-to-be Ashika Shah shares her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Ensemble.

“I have been following WeddingSutra since many years. Even when I was not planning my wedding, I always found the content interesting. Now that I am a bride-to-be I am super-impressed at how they have put together such relevant and informative content, and how they keep innovating. The most amazing feature is of course ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ where brides-to-be get a chance to interact with experts who give them a complete makeover. So it was only natural that when I got engaged, the first thing on my to-do list was to get myself the WeddingSutra on Location experience. I sent in a request to the WeddingSutra team, and a few email exchanges later, I was selected as one of the four brides invited to Ensemble, Mumbai, for the fashion and beauty makeover.

I walked into the Ensemble store in Bandra and met Anshu from WeddingSutra, who introduced me to the team and the experts. After a brief chat, we started to sift through the bridal collection. With the team’s help, we selected some lehengas and a few trials later, I decided to wear a creation from Sabyasachi Mukherji’s latest collection. The lehenga was a refreshing blend of deep coral and pink, and I thought it was the most outstanding piece in the store. It had a printed lining with a net on top which was embroidered in a matte gold sequence, and teamed with a deep necked, short sleeved, velvet blouse with the same embroidery work, in a deep coral shade. They called it the Bipasha Lehenga after Bollywood diva, Bipasha Basu, for whom this style of blouse was first designed.

It was now time for Ojas to work her magic on me. She explained how certain colours would complement me, considering my face and skin tone. She worked on my hair, adding on soft curls to create more volume. I totally loved how she enhanced my eyes to give me a dramatic yet soft look. She complemented the cheek and the lip colours with the fresh coral shade of the outfit. She is truly skilled and works on the face like it were a canvas. She made me feel like a diva.

After the makeup and hairstyling was complete, the WeddingSutra team showed me some exquisite pieces by Azva jewellery, from which I chose a ruby-encrusted gold choker, matching jhumka-style earrings and a bracelet.

Finally it was time to face the camera for Photographers Ashwin and Jhalak who were patiently waiting while I readied myself to pose for them. Ashwin has a skill to make a person feel at ease and be herself as she faces the camera, while his wife Jhalak silently captures beautiful candid moments. It really enjoyed the experience of interacting with this duo, and while I am typically unsure how my photos will look after they are clicked, this time I was sure they would be amazing!

The entire On Location experience was very special. I truly enjoyed being a ‘Sabya bride’ and I am grateful to the WeddingSutra team for making me feel so good and look so fabulous. This is a memorable strike off my bridal to-do list. Thank you, people!

Ashika’s Look
Ojas decided on a fresh coral-peach look to complement Ashika’s warm skin tone and the lehenga. She began with the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse foundation, and brushed on the Lakmé Absolute Cheek Baked Chromatic Blush in Night Sheen, which is an earthy peach shade with a hint of pink. She then glued on the false eyelashes, one lash at a time, using more as she reached the outer edge of the eye for a cat-eyed look. She used the Lakmé Absolute Baked Chromatic Eyeshadow in Day Shimmer for a shiny, metallic copper brown to complement her eye colour. She then smoked out the Lakmé Absolute Forever Silk Eyeliner on the upper and lower lids, and brushed on coats of the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets to give Ashika a fuller dramatic look. For her lips, Ojas chose the Coral Lustre from the Lakmé Absolute Gloss.

If you’re getting married in 2014 or 2015 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write to us (editor@weddingsutra.com) with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date. Selected lucky winners get a complete ‘Bridal Wardrobe Look’ consultation on how to pick the wedding outfit complimentary to your body type & personality, and experience the look you prefer with a trial makeup and photo shoot in the makeup look.

*Location and Date – to be decided, City – Mumbai

Ashika@WeddingSutra on Location
Outfit- Sabyasachi
Jewellery- Azva (available at Gehna Jewellers)
Hair & Makeup- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by- Shades Photography

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