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By Jaspreet Soni

 

Pia, a Bengali and Gaurang, a Maharashtrian had the most beautiful wedding where their cultures combined for a ceremony that was as unique as their love. The venue was Conclave Club-Verde Vista, Kolkata. The short and sweet ceremony was of less than thirty minutes. Gaurang wore a Bengali topor, dhoti and Pia wore green bangles traditionally worn by Maharashtrian brides, the mangalsutra and toe rings.

Pia's mantra was to be comfortable yet glamorous. She says, "I was very clear I did not want to spend a bomb on outfits that I would wear rarely in future. Also, I was not fixed on designer labels only."

Going Trendy for Youngsters party

Pia says, "I wanted something that was comfortable, stylish but at the same time not very wild. So I opted for a one shoulder knee length skinny dress in a sparkly champagne color."

Comfort for Mehendi

For the Mehendi Pia got herself a beautiful but simple dark mauve outfit. She says, "I wanted comfort so I chose a dark mauve and gold Kurta with gold motifs. I paired it with a pair of purple pants and a dupatta with motifs (I have a weakness for motifs) and a thin bead border."

She wore a maangtika of her grandmothers, hoop earrings with baby pearls and gold beads and colored stones for that youthful feel. The make-up was kept minimal.

Easy on the eye for Sangeet

Pia wore a stunning sea blue lehenga that was not only easy on the eye but silhouette too. …I spent quite sometime looking for a light coloured outfit with intricate embroidery. I chanced upon this beautiful lehenga- a mix of sea blue and a pale aquamarine with silver and pearl work. The lehenga was fully worked on with a matching choli and a net dupatta, says Pia.

She complemented her outfit with antique pearl, silver and diamond chandelier earrings and neckpiece.

Bengali bride with touch of glam

Pia says, "I believe a bride is much less stressed when she knows what she wants. To be honest I had no clue so I was quite stresed. I hunted for wear at designer studios, multi-designer stores, and traditional showrooms. Then I chanced upon this beautiful Banarasi saree with motifs right through- each motif was hand embroidered with Swarovski like diamonds. So I got all that I thought I wanted for my wedding ensemble- motifs, Bengali look, a touch of glam."

Pia picked a traditional maroon blouse and a veil that most Bengali brides wear. She went for big dramatic eyes, a big red bindi and just a hint of the chandan and white art a Bengali bride has on her face. Polki jewelry was her pick for the wedding.

Glamorous Red for the Reception 

For the reception, Pia wore an alluring red saree by AD Singh. She teamed it up with a polki set gifted by her mother in law. Nude color with just gold pearl drops at the end, "I loved it and one of the reasons I bought it instantly was because I can wear it with different outfits", quips Pia.

Her makeup was done by Abhijeet from Kolkata: "He used face paint ingeniously so I could just wipe it off with a cotton bud for the after-wedding reception without disturbing my makeup. There was not much time and he did a fabulous job to make it complement my outfit."

Photographs courtesy- Saulat Zuberi (http://www.saulatzuberi.in/)

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