Who says all eyes are only on brides at weddings? Grooms these days command as much attention thanks to the cool cuts and sharp silhouettes they flaunt with flair. See our groom-to-be Ali and his buddies exude a stylish sartorial vibe in their Manyavar ensembles at this exclusive photoshoot.
This photoshoot took place at the luxurious Vivanta by Taj President poolside, and Ali's fiance Mitali also joined in, clad in wedding finery by Mohey - Manyavar's partner brand for women. Here, we breakdown the looks sported by Ali and his band of buddies Aditya, Zaeem, Raunak and Varun. They were all pampered and styled at the Taj Salon in the hotel before they headed out to pose and bond at this memorable event.
Groom Ali's Look
Ali eschewed the traditional off-white or cream sherwani typically worn at weddings. Instead, he opted for a regal blue velvet 'sherwani' over midnight blue Jodhpuri 'churidaar pyjamas'. While the colour family was the same, the shades of the 'sherwani' and 'churidaar' were different, providing an interesting contrast so that the outfit did not look like a single block of similar colour. The blue was broken by white buttons down the front of the 'sherwani' and pocket square. His elegant khadi-coloured Manyavar 'mojris' bumped up the authentic ethnic essence of his outfit.
Groomsman Zaeem's Look
Zaeem played it casual yet cool in a classic black dupion 'kurta' and 'churidaar' set which suited his lean, tall structure very well. He paired this attire with a grey sleeveless cotton blend Nehru jacket and sophisticated satin finish black 'mojris'. Manyavar added matching accents to the grey Nehru jacket such as a black Chinese collar, pocket band and black buttons to create a coordinated look with the black of the outfit.
Groomsman Aditya's Look
Aditya also went all-black in his rich cotton blend 'sherwani' jacket featuring a high Chinese collar, which was teamed up with Jodhpuri pants in the same colour. With his black satin pocket square and charcoal grey 'mojris', this ensemble could probably be considered the 'black tie' equivalent in an ethnic avatar. The beauty of this outfit lies in the sharp tailoring which flatters manly frames.
Groomsman Raunak's Look
Raunak went the Indo-Western route with a grey fitted shirt, black trousers and a charcoal grey Nehru jacket. This look is perfect for outdoor or evening soirees as it has a slightly more casual vibe. One of the highlights of this trendy ensemble are the modern 'mojris' which give his look an even more contemporary vibe.
Groomsman Varun's Look
Varun looks princely in his short black dupion jacket with full sleeves. Look closely and you will notice the beautiful self-embroidered fabric that needs no other embellishment. His black 'Jodhpur' pants lend a youthful 'polo player' edge to this outfit. Classy black slip-ons complete the look. This silhouette is a little more adventurous and will make a groomsman stand apart at a wedding or cocktail reception.
Bride Mitali's Look
Bride-to-be Mitali joined the guy gang in a gorgeous blue raw silk lehenga by Mohey which matched Ali's ensemble perfectly. This lehenga did not feature the all-over threadwork typical of traditional bridal lehengas. Rather, it featured charming embroidered gold zardosi floral motifs near the hip band. Complementing the rich motifs were a net dupatta and gold brocade blouse with mirror work. Her exquisite jewellery from Ghanasingh Fine Jewels comprised a heavy kundan choker, 'maang tikka' and earrings visible under her gently styled locks.
Location: Vivanta by Taj President
Men’s Outfits and Footwear: Manyavar
Men’s Hair: Taj Salon at Vivanta by Taj President
Bride's Outfit: Mohey by Manyavar
Bride's Jewellery: Ghanasingh Fine Jewels (Kamlesh Hemdev Group)
Photography: Dev Purbiya