The Gorgeous Must Have Sabyasachi Mukherjee Collection

Ok Mr Mukherjee, you have a convert. I admired your collections with a measured restraint, but the latest instalment has me converted to a hardcode Sabyasachi Mukherjee fan. Curious why? Read on.

Sabyasachi dropped the latest collection via Instagram – a beautiful collection that was shot in Rajasthan. The backdrop provided the perfect setting for the even more stunning clothes. There is a certain trademark style to Sabyasachi and this was evident in the collection. However, there is also a change in style from the “traditional” Sabyasachi style.

There is an even greater degree of sophistication in this collection and there seem to be a bolder use of colours. The floral inspiration and the cuts remain very similar to the trademark Sabya style. What has particularly caught my attention this time around is the range of the collection. You have vibrant colours, muted classic colours, prints – what more could you want!! But lets break down some of my favourite pieces from the collection by theme.

First there was detail

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I love the fact that the details on each of the garments – Lehengas, Sherwanis – are so delicately executed. Usually you see similar motifs all over a designers’ collection, but as you see from these pictures, the motifs are very diverse and range from the traditional mango motify to the gorgeous floral inspired motifs.

Then there was colour

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Of course Indian Wedding clothes have a lot of colour and panache, but the choice of colours here is what I love. The range of colours is unusual in my opinion – green sherwanis for example. I especially love the bright reds for both girls and men – the tone and shade of the reds is particularly interesting for me. It is bold and powerful – it make a statement and certainly creates presence.

Then there are the more usual-unusual colours like Teal, Orange, etc. These are great, but I have seen them used in the past, so these are not so unique for me. However, the combinations are again very different and worthy of second looks. The sherwani in the first picture that has chevron patterns in multiple colours – a very unique use of red.

And finally there was Print

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Sabyasachi and floral prints are almost synonymous, so you’d expect to see a host of printed styles in the collection. And this one does not disappoint. I particularly like the water-colour finish to the florals, they look absolutely fantastic. And such a refreshing change from the OTT embroidered styles. These are perfect for a very classic look that can be styled so easily for a number of events.

Here are some more simply gorgeous pictures from the collection….  16906820_347516832310099_556306605382041600_n

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Girls, you just have to include this in your shopping list. You really cannot have a wedding without Sabya. That’s my latest mantra!

Jigna and Romi escape to Brighton for a Fun Day

Everyone loves a fun day out and what better way to spend it than with your significant other to be. A gorgeous sunny day is an opportunity to escape and Brighton is one of those places which is accessible from London and yet so unique and fun!

This video from our advertiser Hari-Om productions and it looks absolutely stunning! The video captures the couple enjoying the day at Brighton Pier and doing fun things. A lot of couples get these type of videos created for memories obviously but also as a fun thing to have playing at weddings. I have attended weddings where the couples have played the video in the background when no wedding related ceremonies are taking place. Okay it gets super boring after the 10th loop, but it proves a welcome distraction sometimes!

For the couple, the emotions and memories of the day stay with them and they are able to reminisce about the day in the years to come as they see the video. For someone external like us seeing the video, it is a chance to get to know the couple just a little better.

The camera work and the editing are of course absolutely the key – which scenes and emotions are to be captured and included in the final cut to convey the story. It is a difficult balance to get right sometimes, but I think that this video hits the nail on the head and I feel like I am able to connect to the couple and have had a chance to peek into their day on the pier.

Such videos have been popular for sometime already and I am even hearing of family back in India using such videos during weddings. It is a trend that is not going anywhere.

I shall be posting a couple of videos from Hari-Om – each of which are absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend that you consider their services. You can see examples of their work directly on their website here.

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

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