Indian Weddings – Capturing Emotions Through Pictures

Weddings are full of all kinds of emotion from everyone attending. The bride and groom are obviously going through a lot since it is one of the biggest days of their lives, but equally the family, friends and other attendees – in the case of Indian weddings, also the neighbours, cousin’s neighbours, etc. to make the multitude of guests that usually attend the wedding.

I have always found it fascinating that the emotions that are expressed by different people during the ceremonies vary so dramatically. Does it qualify truly as an emotional roller coaster jam packed into some days of ceremonies? Sometimes the emotions captured through the lens are truly magical. They have so much expression and so many stories to tell. Of course the ones in the pictures might remember the instance vividly, but also for someone from the outside seeing the pictures, they convey so much.

I love these pictures from Nik Thakar capturing so much emotion from the bride, groom and the guests. The emotions range from absolute joy from the groom’s party in the first picture, to the brides in the pictures who have eyes full of hope, fear and anticipation, to the absolute joy in the faces of the family members around the couple.

The last picture is one of my favourites because if captures an essential moment in the life of the couple. I often wonder what goes through the couple’s minds during the entire ceremony – are they thinking of the times they spent together, how they met, how they got to that moment, of their family and friends around, about the future arrangements, about the next phase of their lives? or are they simply going through the motions and getting it done? Brides certainly with the weight of their lehengas cannot wait for the ceremony to finish I am sure, if for nothing else, but to get into something more comfortable! 🙂

Anyone have thoughts to share around this – I’d love to hear!

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Capturing Emotions through the Lens for an Indian Wedding

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Gorgeous and Clean Bridal Makeup – Just the Way I Love It

It is easy to get carried away and over-do bridal make up. It is oh so easy to do that. But I love it when brides and their make-up artists keep things under check and control their emotions !

I loathe, like really loathe, the heavy layered make-up that most Asian and Indian brides normally end up with on their most important day. It is sometimes horrifying and really beautiful girls end up looking just ‘Meh’ (remember that word from 2016).

The trick to getting the look right is to balance the shape of your face and really highlight your best features without overwhelming your entire look. This is easier said than done, but a good makeup artist is your ally in this quest. Find one who can do this for you and you needn’t worry any more. About the make-up of course. Still need to make sure that the napkins match the candles.

I came across the work of Erica Bogart and loved the simple looks that she creates. She was kind enough to let me feature some of her work here. A little about Erica from her own website :

“Erica Bogart is the quintessential working makeup artist. Since starting her career with MAC cosmetics in 2002, Erica has split her time between sets; print and film, weddings and high-end freelance projects.Outside of Atlanta she has worked internationally as a contract makeup artist for private clients and established agencies alike. Recognized for her range of style from clean to edgy with all ethnicities, her unique creations translate effortlessly on-screen, in-print and onto the red carpet.”

You are sure to fall in love with her style, especially the simplicity of the look. It looks special but is not at all over-whelming. I asked her to give some Indian bridal make-up tips and these are her top tips,

Makeup should last all day through the crying, hugging, kissing eating and dancing A few tips and tricks for any bride are….

  1. Exfoliate and maintain a proper skincare routine leading up to your big day!
  2. Use a peach color corrector under eyes before concealer to brighten and cover dark circles
  3. Play up one feature, either go smokey on the eyes or play up your lips, never go too intense on both
  4. Be careful with cream blushes they can make you appear shiny, if you have acne or texture to your skin do not use frosted or shimmering face products it emphasizes the skin imperfections
  5. WATERPROOF MASCARA!

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Saying I Do in Cancun – Nikita and Shashi’s Wedding

Is there ever a more picturesque location to get married than a beach? And if that beach happens to be in Cancun, you need not ask the question.

I have featured some weddings shot by Jonathan Cossu in the past because they looked absolutely gorgeous, and this one is no exception. I love the fact that the beautiful details around the bride and groom, and the ceremonies are captured so nicely. The pictures are of course stunning to boot.

This wedding saw the coming together of Nikita and Shashi at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun. The wedding took place over 3 days and looks likes an absolute blast! I love some of the quirkier elements from the wedding like the friends putting cut-outs of the bride and groom over their faces at the sangeet. This is a cool idea and I’d love to see a wedding where masks were made from the faces and everyone wore them. Slightly creepy if everyone wore them, but also quite quirky.

For those of us who have attended numerous ethnic weddings, it is often easy to overlook the beauty of the ceremonies with so many representative elements like the fire, the prayer offerings, etc. But when you see pictures of these elements, you are reminded of the significance and of course the inherent beauty of the elements. Take the thread that is tied to both the bride and groom, such a beautiful statement of togetherness. Anyone know the significance of the thread?

The head-band worn by the bride also looks so nice! The un-cut diamonds and the three chains bring together the look beautifully. It complements the style of the lehenga very nicely. I have worn such styles at music festivals – but that’s more a boho vibe – but I haven’t seen too many girls wearing these for other ceremonies (other than the bride). I think it’s a beautiful feminine piece of jewellery that is often under-utilised.

 

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Vandana and Atit’s Outdoor Indian Wedding

Outdoor weddings are going to be a thing for some of my blog posts like I promised, and I received some stunning pictures from an outdoor Indian wedding from Sachi Anand that I just HAD to blog about.

These are some pictures from Vandana and Atit’s wedding last year and the location (Garden Falls in Monroe Township, NJ) looks absolutely stunning. Shayosa Events handled the planning for the event and the Hair and Make-up was from Flawless Beauty by Pauline. I really liked the H&M – simple, elegant and not over-done at all in my opinion. Decor which I thought was absolutely gorgeous was done by Elegant Affars and the music was provided by DJ Suhel. Photography by Sachi Anand and the Video by Lucid Lens Films.

I love the water body in the venue and how it has been so nicely used by the photographer. The picture on the bridge is one of my favourites because it captures elements of nature in so many different forms – the trees, plants and the water body. The decor on the stage is very elegant in my opinion and complements the entire look and feel very nicely.

And how gorgeous is the bride’s Lehenga? I love the colours and the details. It looks like it has been custom made and is not from one of the normal designers. The Red and White combination are very tastefully executed. And what about the net sleeves? So awesome! If anyone can help me ID the shop / designer, then I’d be grateful.

I have also put some pictures of some of the details that I found interesting – and of course the photographer has captured these brilliantly. Fun fact: the brass “pot” or Lota in hindi, with the coconut on top is very traditional and used as a representation of one of the hindu gods I believe!

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Sonia and Nevil’s Colour Co-ordinated Indian Clothes Engagement Shoot by Sachi Anand

Outdoor wedding and engagement photoshoots are increasingly on my mind since the weather in London gets cold, dark and grey. So be prepared for a series of posts around this theme. Traditional Indian clothes look very interesting in natural light because of the vibrant colours and the beautiful embroidery on the clothes.
These pictures are from Sachi Anand (my previous post from her is here) for an engagement party in Baltimore. The to be bride Sonia and her groom to be Nevil both wore beautiful clothes – so vibrant and they even colour-coordinated their outfits (so cute!). The Hair and Make-up are from Makeup by Mala.

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Chandni and Darshan’s Indian Beach Wedding in Cancun

I recently came across the work of Jonathan Cossu, a fantastic photographer who shoots weddings in Cancun, Mexico. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful pictures of Indian weddings that he takes. His style is unique and he even has a very cool under-water pictures section on his website. Jonathan was kind enough to permit me to use some of his photographs for the blog (Grazie Jonathan), and I selected this beautiful destination wedding of Chandni and Darshan that took place at the Moon Palace Golf and Spa.

The Resort – Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort

Moon Palace Resort

Jonathan mentioned that the wedding included LED Robots and Acrobats  – all very cool, and when you combine such details with an amazing resort, you have the recipe for magic. I personally loved the subtle elements of detail that the bride focused on and I think got it spot on.

The Bride and the Details I Loved

The bride wore some stunning bangles and also a hand-harness that was very traditional and encrusted with polki and other stones. I like the fact that she selected green stones because it complements her red lehenga so nicely.

Bride wearing a haath-phool

Beautiful Bridal Lehenga in Red

Beautiful Bangles for the Indian Bride

Such a Gorgeous Bride in a Red Indian Lehenga and Bridal Jewellery

One of the accessories that brides don’t usually pay attention to are the shoes. Comfortable yet sexy shoes are so important to finish the look and make you feel sexy on the day. Make sure you strike a balance between shoes that look stunning and also have an extra oomph factor. I love the fact that Chandni selected these gorgeous high-soled metallic toned number as her choice – they look just right for a balance between sexy and comfort.

Sexy Footwear for the Bride

The Bride getting ready

Contact Jonathan here

Inspiring Bridal Mehndi Designs for Hands and Feet

I love the elegance and the beauty of Mehendi – right from the intricate designs to the fact that it stays on for so many days and is still temporary. Even the smell of mehendi excites me (mehendi is also an aphrodisiac, did you know?), so I take every change to admire beautiful mehendi. This post is all about Mehendi and some inspiring designs that I absolutely love.

Mehendi is normally applied on the hands, whether it is for festive events or for weddings. But to make weddings all that extra special, mehendi is also applied on the feet. In fact, in most communities in India, even the groom gets mehendi applied on his hands. In this post I have some beautiful bridal designs for mehendi that have caught my eye recently.

Bridal Mehendi for the Hands

Almost all bridal mehendi on the hands tends to be very intricate patterns, but the length can sometimes vary. Some brides get their entire hand done up, right until the elbows while others might finish just after the wrists. The choice of the length is a matter of personal preference, but does have an impact on the visual appeal.

I personally like the longer version that usually extends until the elbows because I think it looks very classy and gives importance to the wedding ceremony. Until the wrists almost seems like “every-day” mehendi to me.

Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the elbows
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the elbows
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the wrists
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the wrists

One more interesting fact about the mehendi on bride’s hands is that often the initials of the groom or even the entire name is written in code in the mehendi. And in some cases a blessing in the form of a mantra or a verse can be part of the mehendi like in this bride’s mehendi.

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Bridal Mehendi for the Feet

Just like the hands, there are length variations for the feet as well. Unlike the hands where I like the more elaborate and longer version, I prefer the feet to be covered until the ankles. This is just a personal preference and nothing to do with the event.

Bridal Mehendi for the feet with spread out patterns
Bridal Mehendi for the feet with spread out patterns

Variations for the feet pattern are in the form of a completely filled out pair of feet or lightly spread out patterns. Patterns tend to be geometric and nature inspired in most cases with a lot of prominence given to floral shapes, arches and curves – I suspect because it looks pretty and pleasing to the eyes.

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Bridal Mehendi until the ankles of the bride

I have also noticed in a lot of the pictures and weddings that I have attended that sometimes nails tend to be painted but at other times not. This seems to be a personal preference to me – or if there are any mehendi experts out there, please comment – but I personally like the clean look of no paint on the nails. But in some cases, at least for a picture, some paint that matches the dress looks very stylish!

Mehendi for the hands and the feet
Mehendi for the hands and feet
Bridal Mehendi for the Feet
Bridal Mehendi for the Feet

Pictures are from Mehndikalogie (http://mehndikalogie.com/).

 

Have you seen some inspiring designs that you can share? Please do share your thoughts and maybe send me the pictures, I’d love to see them!

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WeKoPa Resort Can Give You A Fairytale Asian Wedding

Do you want nothing more than to have a tranquil and beautiful wedding that is worthy of any Bollywood movie? Do you want to be surrounded by breathtaking scenery in an exotic location? If you answered yes to all these questions, I think I may have found just the Asian wedding venue for you.

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WeKoPa Resort is a luxury venue located in Arizona’s incredible Sonoran Desert. It is within easy reach of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, so you’re covered if you have a lot of guests flying in.

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The wondrous landscape includes Arizona’s majestic Four Peaks Moutain and breathtaking Red Mountains so you can get some seriously amazing wedding snaps.

WeKoPa Resort contains multiple indoor and outdoor venues perfect for ceremonies, receptions and parties of varying size. You can have your wedding ceremony in the shadow of the Red Mountains or surrounded by the lush greenery of the WeKoPa golf course.

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For when your wedding ceremony is over and you just want to relax and strut even more moves than you did at your Sangeet – all while shovelling down delicious dishes – you can move onto their Wassaja Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,000 guests!

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Another amazing thing about WeKoPa is the fact that they can take care of the food, music and guest rooms. So if you’ve started having nightmares about all the Asian wedding prep you have to do, you can rest easy knowing that they are a specialist one-stop service!

For more information see: http://www.wekoparesortandconferencecenter.com/weddings/default-en.html