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Khyati Modi

A bride goes searching for colourful and elegant designer outfits to match her exquisite jewellery

Khyati Modi, a Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers, met her husband Anshul Doshi, a businessman, eight years ago in California when they were attending Summer School at the University of California, Berkeley. They dated for eight years, and got married in Mumbai, where they currently reside. Since theirs was a summer wedding, they chose indoor venues for the different functions- Trident, Nariman Point for the Mehndi, Sangeet and Wedding, and Tote and Blue Sea for the other functions.

Wedding Wear & Jewellery
Khyati decided on the jewellery first and then chose outfits to complement the jewellery. While planning on her looks, she was clear she wanted a variety of colours in her outfits, and those that were not too heavy so she could move around and enjoy dancing. She says: “I regularly referred to WeddingSutra to read the experiences of other brides on ‘Real Brides Real Style’. It helped me shortlist the designers/makeup artists who the featured brides recommended.”

For her wedding shopping, Khyati visited a few multi-designer stores in South Mumbai and Bandra as she felt it gave her a good idea on the range of bridal wear. She eventually bought most of her wedding wear from Mumbai, and her trousseau from Delhi and Jaipur. She tells us more about her wedding looks.

Purple and lime green Lehenga for the Mehndi
I wanted to wear a bright colour for the Mehndi. I always had a lime green and purple combination in mind, but I didn’t like any designers lehenga in those color combinations. Eventually I chose a border I liked in one of the creations by Mumbai-based designer Sunanda Shah, and I worked with her to put the outfit together. I kept my overall look simple and light.

Monotone Sabyasachi Lehenga for Sangeet
I visited Sabyasachis store in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai and after trying a few outfits, I fell in love with a lehenga in a monotone shade, which was a big change from my usual choice of colours! My mother and Anshul’s mother loved it too, and Sabya (who also happened to be present there) himself thought it suited me very well, so I zeroed on that outfit quickly.

Tarun Tahiliani Lehenga for the Wedding
I spotted a traditional red, intricately embroidered Tarun Tahiliani lehenga at their store in DLF Emporio, Delhi. As I had to quickly rush out to catch a flight, I requested them to inform their store in Colaba to show it to me in Mumbai. Once I tried it, I felt it was the ideal outfit for the Wedding Ceremony. I accessorized it with traditional gold jewellery on the Wedding day.

Makeup Artist- Priya Todarwal
I spent a lot of time doing research on Make-up Artists. After personally meeting a few I finalized on Priya Todarwal since I felt comfortable in her presence. For me, that was an important criterion while choosing the artist. I was also very happy with the looks she created, particularly for the Sangeet. She gave me dramatic eyes and voluminous hair by using extensions. Overall, I felt comfortable, as it was dressy, yet natural

Photographer- Arjun Menon
Arjun was recommended to us by a friend who worked with him as a travel photographer for Conde Nast. He photographed our Pre-engagement party, and we were very happy with his work, so we decided to book him for all our wedding functions and events. For Anshul and me, the comfort-level with the person (especially candid photographer) was an important criterion. We were very comfortable with Arjun’s presence during our special moments, and he and his team were friendly and co-operative. They also put together a beautiful wedding film for us, covering all the main functions.

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