Aria Films Asian Weddings

Following on from my last post on Aria Film, here are some more gorgeous videos. Hopefully these Indian wedding videos can help you decide whether you too would like to have your wedding filmed. It is important to consider the style of the videos and if you like their cinematic nature, or if you want something more home video-esque. Of course you may feel that going down the Indian wedding film route is not for you and you’d rather just have photos of your special day(s).

See more Aria Fine Art Films: http://evpvideography.net/

Ultimate List of Indian Clothes Shops in London

I keep getting asked by my friends, family and of course clients about the different shops in London where they can shop for Indian clothes. After doing research each time, and replying to all of them separately, I decided that it is time to make a comprehensive list of stores to shop Indian clothes in London.

This is an evolving list where I am going to keep adding the shops as I discover more, but for the moment represents everything I know about London. If I missed out your store and you would like to get included, please get in touch with me and I’ll be happy to add you to the list.

The list has been divided by broader London areas for convenience. And I have not included any online stores in this list – there might be a separate post about this!

  • North London
    • Sonas Hauta Couture: 48 Ealing Rd, Wembley HA0 4TQ
    • Krishna Sarees: 107-109 Ealing Rd, Wembley HA0 4BP
    • Variety Silk House: 148-152 Ealing Rd, Wembley HAO 4PY
    • Hema Thakorlal: 57 Warren Rd, Neasden, London, NW2 7NH
    • Noor Fashion: 34 Mount Dr, Harrow, HA2 7RP
  • West London
    • Jaan Bridal: 1st Floor, 8 The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1PS
    • Omega Bridal: 31 The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1JY
    • Traditions: 36 The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1PT
    • Shringar: Unit 2, 44-50 The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1QB
    • Prathana London: First Floor, 49a The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1JY
    • Omega Designer Studio: 68A The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1QD
    • Sequinze: 75 The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1LA
    • Parampara Designer: 79 The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1LA
  • South London
    • Khushbu Fashions: 147 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TJ
    • Prachy Creations: 101-103 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TW
    • Saiqa Majeed London: 240 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7EX
  • East London
    • Cuckoo Fashion: 207 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1DE
    • Okay International Saree Store: 259 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1DB
    • RDC London: 187 Ilford Ln, Ilford, Town Centre IG1 2RT
    • Khwaab London:  52 Plashet Grove, London E6 1AE
    • Mahir :230 Green St, London E7 8LE
    • Raishma: 33, East Shopping Centre, 232-236 Green St, London E7 8LE
    • Daminis: 277A Green St, London E7 8LJ
    • Geeta Arts: 271 Green St, London E7 8LJ
    • Bombay Looks: 162-164 Green St, London E7 8JT
    • Bizaz Collection: 256-267 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BY
  • Central London
    • O’nitaa: 16 Glentworth St, London NW1 5PG
    • Aashni + Co: 47 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AA
    • Chennai Store: 24 Marischal Road, London, SE13 5LG
    • Indian Summer: 624C Fulham Rd, London, SW6 5RS
  • Outskirts of London
    • Ali Outfits: 32 Monument Road, Woking, GU21 5LT
    • Diya: Selbourne Road, Luton, LU4 8NU
    • Memsaab Boutique: 122-124 Bury Park Rd, Luton, LU1 1HE
    • Rani Fashions: 142 – 144 Dunstable Rd, Luton LU1 1EW
    • Rivaaj: 55 Waller Avenue, Luton LU4 9RP
    • Mona Vora UK: Unit G, Queens Road, Barnet, Herts EN5 4DJ
    • Your Dazi London: 70 Barrington Rd, Bexleyheath DA7 4UW

 

Terrace on the Park, Queens, New York City

For those of you living in or near New York City and trying to find the perfect Indian wedding venue, read on.

Terrace on the Park is located above Flushing Meadows Park in Central Queens, New York. Its elevated locations means you get a breathtaking view of the city, which can be enjoyed at its fullest in the penthouse and rooftop terrace.

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The rooftop terrace adjoins the penthouse and is the perfect location for an outdoor ceremony and wedding reception. Being able to look out over lush fields and the New York City skyline is a real treat and offers breathtaking photo opportunities – especially if you go for a sunset wedding!

339_gallery6334_gallery1A beautiful rooftop bar feature means it is the perfect place to sip cocktails with guests while you wait for the dancing to begin. The incredibly romantic setting can accommodate hundreds of guests if you are having a big fat Indian wedding or alternatively can be transformed into a cosy space. The huge amount of room available on the rooftop means you can really have fun with your Indian wedding decor and create a floral paradise.

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The ballrooms at Terrace on the Park have huge floor to ceiling windows, so even if you’re having all or some of your wedding indoors, you can still enjoy the magnificent view. The ballrooms can accommodate big long tables or small round ones as well as a dance floor and DJ or Band. So rest assured – there is plenty of room for some Bollywood dancing!

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The variety of spaces at Terrace on the Park make it the perfect Indian wedding venue at any time of year and will allow you to either have dreamy outdoor wedding, a sophisticated indoor shindig or a mixture of the two.

 

Find out more: http://terraceonthepark.com/

Capturing Indian Weddings by AAcreations

Weddings may last just a day but the memories live on forever. And when it comes to capturing these beautiful moments, a picture is worth a thousand words. It is no wonder then that wedding photography is evolving everyday with each generation, new technology and new trends.

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Weddings may be very hectic and covering the event may be very challenging. Especially when it comes to Indian weddings, they are very detailed with lots of traditional customs and a large number of guests. The decorations are extensive, the food is vibrant and emotions are rampant. To capture all the flavours of a true Indian wedding is no easy task. Being an Indian wedding photographer in particular takes some true talent indeed.

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Capturing Indian Weddings by AAcreations

While earlier people just booked local studio guys to take the photographs at a wedding, today more and more people are opting for trained professional wedding photographers. As a result, a new generation of wedding photographers have cropped up today who manage the main wedding event as well as the pre and post wedding shots.

Most wedding photographs tell a story and to bring out the best from their subjects, wedding photographers need good inter-personal skills. Overall, wedding photography requires a combination of consultation with the couple, excellent planning and some fine photographic abilities.

Capturing Indian Weddings by AAcreations

Ahmed Mustefa Ahad, the owner of AAcreation has these abilities in heaps and bounds and it is reflected in his work experience. Having been in photography and videography for over 10 years, Ahmed has covered a wide range of weddings and prides himself on his understanding of the culture and customs that come along with traditional Pakistani and Indian weddings. However he strives to be different from other South Asian wedding photographers by adding an American touch to the traditional wedding!

Capturing Indian Weddings by AAcreations

Covering traditional weddings in a way that gives a glimpse into the couple’s culture, AAcreation brings a beautiful fusion of the traditional and the modern to create high quality professional photographs!

See more of AACreation’s work: http://www.aacreation.com

Makeup Artistry by Salon SBS

Weddings may be a one day event but the memories and photos from them are cherished for a lifetime. It is for this very reason that all brides aspire to look their very best on the day of their wedding. When it comes to looking your best, choosing the right makeup artist can make all the difference. Good makeup artists are able to make brides look effortlessly beautiful and radiant.

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Good artists are known for their vision. Sisters come makeup artists, Swati Vig and Reeti Luthra had the brilliant vision of turning their passion for beauty into a career path. The sisters opened Salon SBS (Styles by Swati) when they were in their twenties  and since then they have been helping brides achieves their perfect looks from smoky and bold to soft, ethereal and delicate.

Makeup Artistry by Salon SBS

Swati has years of experience in the field of Asian bridal makeup and has worked with lots of traditional Indian, Pakistani, Afghani and even American brides. Having worked at several salons previously, Swati’s experience makes her wonderfully suited to Indian bridal makeup and she caters perfectly to the requirements of Indian brides.

Makeup Artistry by Salon SBS

Co-owner Reeti Luthra not only handles the administrative side of the business, her skill set as well as previous experience as a freelance makeup artist makes her an essential part of the SBS team. Possessing valid certifications in the required field, Reeti is also involved in the training of the makeup artistry for all occasions and hopes to take the Salon to new highs!

Makeup Artistry by Salon SBS

Salon SBS offers customised services so that all styling and makeup are tailored to individual needs and expectations. Versatility is their forte and they do their best to meet the expectations of all their clients. Together, the sisters use their creative flair to enhance the natural beauty of all brides and ensure that each bride achieves her perfect look!

Find out more about Salon SBS: www.salonsbs.com

Mehndi Designs by Maliha

The mehndi ceremony is one of the major events leading up to an Asian bride’s wedding. It is a fun jovial event which often involves music, dancing and hopefully, the best of company.

The mehndi ceremony does however involve some important decisions because the mehndi design you choose will be in all your wedding photos. This makes the prospect of having to choose it quite daunting.  You need to think about whether you want a dark or light mehndi design, whether you want the pattern to match the embroidery on your wedding outfit or contrast it and whether you want an intricate lacy design or a simple design? And these are just some of the main things to consider.

Obviously reading up on the pros and cons of different designs can be very useful, as can talking to people who have had their own mehndi ceremony before. But, what I think is the best way to decide on the right type of mehndi design for you, is by scrolling through as many as you can and see what styles, shades and patterns take your fancy.

So, with that in mind, here are some stunning mehndi designs by Maliha.

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You can find Mehndi by Maliha at: www.mehndibymaliha.com | Facebook

Modern Indian Wedding Photography by Sachi Anand

Just over a decade ago if you looked at recent Indian wedding album, you would find the same set of photos staring back at you. Of course the people, setting and outfits would be different, but the poses and key shots would be almost identical from wedding to wedding.

The majority of photos would involve some mandatory close up of the bride and groom, family shots and tons of photos of different combinations of guests posing with the bride and groom.

Modern Indian Wedding Photography by Sachi Anand

Fast forward to 2016 and you will find a very different aesthetic in most Indian wedding albums. The key couple and family shots are of course the same, but what we have now is a much more creative and artistic documentation of the wedding. Modern Indian wedding photography now involves a mixture of posed and candid photos. Posed photos will of course never go out of style, they are what we fill our photo frames with. However, the view today is that if you only have posed photos of your Indian wedding or pre-wedding ceremonies, then you are getting a very superficial account.

Modern Indian Wedding Photography by Sachi Anand

Instead we now like to see intimate moments between the bride and groom, the laughter and merriment shared with family and guests and the small but breathtaking details present in an Indian wedding from the decor, outfits and settings.

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This modern Indian wedding photography trend means that an Indian wedding photographer needs to have an artistic eye that can adapt to different weather conditions and lighting. Instead of just standing in a few key spots with a tripod, a photographer is now required to seek out different vantage points to get those big money shots.

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Indian wedding photography is no longer point, aim, click.

Modern Indian Wedding Photography by Sachi Anand

 

The above photos are by the very talented Sachi Anand Photography and from the wedding of Jesal and Shakher.

To see more of Sachi Anand Photography: http://www.sachianandphotography.com/

Whether Simple or Intricate, Live Love Henna

The traditional henna designs have become more decorative and intricate over time, with henna artists getting more and more creative.

Henna designs used to be fairly simplistic and would just be made up of floral design and fine lines. This however is no longer the case, with a variety of patterns and shades available, there is now a much wider choice when it comes to picking your henna design. While this can throw up some problems it is mostly a good thing that has made the mehendi ceremony much more fun.

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Recently, henna has not only started to become stylistically more elaborate, but has also become more colourful and at times more glittery. While the odd dash of colour and glitter can really make your henna design pop and be a real standout feature of your bridal look, it can make it more difficult to pair with your wedding outfit.

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Additionally, some brides will prefer a modern but more subtle look, rather than something overly busy or creative. What Live Love Henna does really well is create a breadth of designs that range from beautifully simple to breathtakingly intricate.

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Live Love Henna makes sure every detail of your bridal henna is created with perfection adding the touch of tradition that all Indian brides of course want, yet providing a modern and innovative look. Every design is bespoke, so while you can flick through their design catalogue and go with one of those, you can also have your own totally unique design, that no one else has had before.

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Whether you are trying to decide between something traditional or modern, or intricate or simplistic, or a combination, the best way to decide is too look. So check out both www.livelovehenna.ca and www.facebook.com/livelovehenna.