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As part of our initiative WeddingSutra On Location, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at AZA’s new store in Bandra, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the first of the four-part series, Monisha Mukhija who lives in the US, writes about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at AZA.

Monisha Mukhija - AZA Fashion

“I first visited WeddingSutra when a friend of mine was featured on WeddingSutra on Location. A few months later, I got engaged and after that I started visiting the website, blog and FB page regularly. They have very useful information and great ideas through their sharing of many diverse stories. A week before I was to land in Mumbai I sent an email to WeddingSutra hoping to make it to ‘WeddingSutra on Location’. And I was lucky-  they had one scheduled during the dates when I was in Mumbai and I received an invite to WeddingSutra on Location at AZA.

As soon as I walked into AZA, I met team WeddingSutra who introduced me to all the experts they had invited. We first went on to explore AZA’s bridal collection and I was very impressed by the sophisticated and stunning designs on display. WeddingSutra helped me shortlist some options from which I chose a lehenga saree by Sabyasachi in a dusty pink with olive borders and gold work. It was a style I was not very familiar with and I thought it would be great to try it with the complete look- hair, makeup, and jewelry.

Monisha Mukhija - AZA Fashion

Upon the selection of my outfit, Makeup Artist Amrita Sanghavi suggested that my eyes be the focus of the makeup. I was very impressed with her makeup skills, she understood how I might like my makeup and worked around the same. Along with smokey eyes, she provided great coverage with the foundation, and a natural lip shade. With my makeup done, she and her team started styling my hair. They gave me with an elegantly braided side up-do for a soft look, I thought it looked different and graceful, and brought attention to the highlights in my hair.

Monisha Mukhija - AZA Fashion

We then proceeded to jewelry, which was from TBZ and Azva. Team WeddingSutra selected a gorgeous necklace and earrings set to compliment the outfit and complete the bridal look.

Monisha Mukhija - AZA Fashion

Monisha Mukhija - AZA Fashion

Finally, it was time for the photo shoot with Ashwin and Jhalak of Shades Photography. They made me feel comfortable and guided me well to capture some natural, candid shots. I was very happy we got a chance to shoot outdoors too as I love photographing and getting photographed in natural light.

Monisha Mukhija - AZA Fashion

Overall, the experience and the hours devoted were all worth it and I am so glad I got the chance to be a part of it, thank you WeddingSutra!”

Monisha’s Look
Since Monisha was wearing a chic dusty pink lehenga saree, makeup artist Amrita Sanghavi decided to stay away from heavy bridal makeup. After creating a makeup base with Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse in Ivory Fair, Amrita highlighted Monisha’s cheekbones with Lakmé Absolute Moon-Lit Highlighter. Since the outfit was dusty pink with a hint of olive, Amrita picked out the olive from the outfit and enhanced Monisha’s eyes with a smudged base of Lakme’s Drama Stylist Crayon in Olive on the eyelids and Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate and Lakme Absolute Gel Addict Eyeliner for smouldering smokey eyes. She kept her lips in a mid-tone with one coat of Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist in Coral Sunset. Monisha’s hair was styled in a chic textured side up-do for a very Indo-Western look.

Monisha Mukhija - AZA Fashion

Monisha Mukhija - AZA Fashion

If you’re getting married in 2015 and would like to be a part of WeddingSutra On Location*, write to us at 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

Monisha@WeddingSutra On Location
Outfit– Sabyasachi (available at AZA, Bandra)
Jewellery– Azva (available at Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri the Original)
Makeup & Hair– Amrita Sanghavi for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management– Anshu Kalwani & Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by- Shades Photography

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