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Lata, an image consultant, moved to India after growing up in Singapore and met Aditya Kedia through her parents. Aditya, hailing from Nepal had settled in Bangalore after working in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Cupid struck and a whirlwind engagement was planned with the wedding happening just 3 months after they met, at The Taj Bengal, Kolkata.

Cocktail Night

Lata wanted a floor sweeping gown to wear for her cocktail night organized by her husband and his cousins. Although the theme was 'The Wild West', Lata chose to keep her look elegant in this Arjun creation but wore it with a concealed pistol holder for added drama. She kept the rest of the look simple to let the gown do the talking, wearing her hair down and sticking to Grecian style gold earrings as the only accessory.

Tilak and Sangeet 

Lata's Sangeet outfit arrived on the day as a gift from her mother-in-law. A complete surprise, Lata loved the coral dupatta that she decided to make her veil to add softness to the look. The outfit, bought from the Sabyasachi store in Delhi was a vibrant mix of parrot green, navy, yellow and coral. Lata teamed this with diamond and pearl jewellery, also a gift from her in-laws and kept her look more fresh and modern than what she had in mind for the wedding day. At the tilak, her sister-in-laws completed the customary rituals and draped her in an Anamika Khanna pink and red saree with gorgeous silver wire work. Cory Walia flew down from Mumbai to do her hair and makeup. He kept her hair loose and wavy for the Sangeet, whilst pinning her veil softly at the back.

Wedding

Lata wanted to go back to her Marwari roots for this special day. She chose a velvet ghagra with gold embroidery and embellishments from the Sabyasachi atelier in Kolkata. The unusual colour combination of magenta pink, haldi yellow and deep turquoise were ones that she holds close to her heart, and are reflected in her consultancy, Maximum Effect's logo as well. She commissioned her polki jewellery in Jaipur and wore a maatha pati and borla as a tribute to her heritage. Cory covered her low bun with white orchids to create a new twist to the traditional gajra, whilst keeping some Singaporean flavour in her look. Having worked with countless brides on their wedding trousseau and looks, it was now Lata's turn to dress her heart out.

 

Lata Kedia is based in Bangalore where she runs Image Management and Corporate
Training firm - Maximum Effect. You can write to her at lata@themaximumeffect.com

Photographs courtesy: Shailesh Liya

 

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