A wedding day is the most crucial day of one’s life. And why not, we imagine getting hitched to our right life partner all our lives. When the D-day arrives, we want everything to be picture-perfect from bridal wear to jewellery, food to decor, venue to weather, so we can have the memories of a lifetime. We want THE Indian wedding photography!
Thankfully to capture these beautiful moments of our lives, we can resort to Indian wedding photography. Photos serve as a great memory and reminder of this once-in-a-lifetime event. A wedding photo album is something you can treasure long after it is over and pass onto your children so together, you can take a stroll down memory lane.
Keeping this in mind, ‘Photography by Bilal’ swears to deliver just that. The aim is to get a series of natural and emotive photos that illustrate your unique wedding story every time you look back at them. A good photo can bring back all the emotions and excitement you had at that moment, which is why wedding photography is such an important part of your wedding.
Nowadays, wedding photography is not just about the wedding day but includes a complete range of pictures that carries all your pre and post-wedding functions. The trend of getting a pre-wedding couple photoshoot done is very popular among modern Indian couples, who seem to be relishing getting their candid and artistic photoshoot done.
These types of photoshoots do not include simple portraits but instead tell a story and capture the atmosphere and emotion of the day. So, without further ado, let’s look at some of the stunning bridal photoshoots, taken by wedding photographer Bilal.
Art at its best
This picture is a sure-shot winner when it comes to depicting the mehendi design in an unusual and striking way. The way the mehendi-laden hand of an Indian wedding bride is viewed through a sheer curtain of a dupatta portrays the intricate design in all its beauty.
Not just ordinary
Anyone can click a simple picture but it takes passion and talent to get a picture like this. This picture illustrates the epitome of grace and elegance of an Indian wedding bride. It captures the myriad of emotions that a bride is going through on her wedding day. The shot is especially poignant because the bride is viewed through the sheer veil of her dupatta in the midst of a seemingly private moment.
It’s all about details
Moving away from the expected life-size portraits, we are treated here to a view of the more minute details that make up the flawless bridal look. This photo focuses on the beautiful maang tikka worn by an Indian wedding bride.
Let eyes do all the talking
At the time of her wedding, a bride experiences a cocktail of emotions ranging from being happy to start a new life to the sadness of leaving her parent’s home. This mixture of conflicting emotions can be seen in this intimate photograph of the bride on her wedding day.
In all her glory
A bride looks like a million bucks on her wedding day just like this particular bride who is oozing glamour in her stunning outfit and jewellery. She is looking like a diva in the true sense of the word. Just as the bride has made an effort to look her best, the cameraman has done his best to capture her .
Look of love
Love is mesmerising as effectively demonstrated by this photo of the much-in-love couple as they appear completely besotted by each other. They don’t need words to express their feelings as the look of love captured by the photographer beautifully gets their emotions across.
A smile is contagious
This smiling Indian wedding bride all dolled up in her traditional wedding attire is a delight to look at. Her infectious smile captured with panache is something I love to revel on. Her orange coloured outfit makes a great contrast with the background, but it is her million dollar smile which is the USP of this click.
Bride & the bridesmaids
A bride’s friends and sisters play a quintessential role in a wedding. Their importance can be seen from this picture where a beautiful Indian wedding bride takes centre stage and her gorgeous colour-coordinated bridesmaids pose together by her side. This image wonderfully depicts their sisterhood and bond.
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Many women across the globe suffer from a serious illness called shoe-fetish. And why not, after all shoe shopping gives you immense pleasure. Having a great pair of shoes is a wise investment as it can enhance the beauty and impact of your outfit. Buying the right pair of shoes is crucial; it becomes all the more important when it is your bridal shoes. Yes, your wedding shoes need as much attention as your bridal dress does. For a simple reason, that it must make you feel both comfortable and stylish on the most significant day of your life. So, let’s have a look at some drool-worthy must-have Indian wedding shoes you can’t ignore.
Delicate satin flat ballerinas
If you are someone who isn’t a big fan of heels or have good height already, you can choose a pair of delicate satin flat ballerinas. These aren’t just comfortable to wear but will also do complete justice for your bridal attire because they are elegant and pretty. With the fine tuning between satin and suede, this pair will surely emerge as a winner on your D-day. Adorned with different textures and buckles, satin ballerinas look good with both a lehenga and an evening gown.
Studded Indian Chappals
If you are frowning at the thought of wearing a pair of chappals beneath your stunning lehenga, allow me to burst your bubble. Here we are not talking about an ordinary pair of chappals but a pair of studded Indian style chappals. These flat chappals with textured brocade at the base and studs and pearls on the straps are a great choice as a bridal shoe. Designed similar to flip-flops, these chappals are fancy in the true sense of the word, all thanks to its stone-studded straps!
Punjabi Juti or Indian Mojri
Commonly known as Punjabi Juti, these flat Indian wedding shoes are one of the most popular and widely accepted wedding footwear. These are very traditional in nature and have roots dating back to the golden history of India. Also known as Mojris, these Indian bridal shoes made of leather are apt for both men and women. The best part about these shoes is that they are available in vibrant colours and are adorned with beautiful embroidery and embellishments. You can match them with any sort of bridal wear, so they are an easy choice for your wedding day because they don’t impart any restrictions.
If you want to look tall on your wedding day but not taller than your groom, opt for a pair of medium heels. Medium-sized heels like kitten heels or wedges can give you the right amount of elevation and will amp-up your bridal attire too. Most importantly, they will be more comfortable for dancing in! You could go with heels in either cross-pattern style straps or sandal style ones. Embellished with sparkly dangler style studs, stones in white or colours, this pair is a must-have.
Sandals are indeed a bride’s best friend. Surely there aren’t any brides who aren’t besotted by the grace and comfort a pair of sandals provides. Sandals come in a variety of styles and designs, from being highly gaudy to having simple straps, there are a numerous options. One can choose as per one’s need and desire. Also, their versatile nature allows you to mix and match them with both your Indian as well as western dresses. Some sandals have designer buckles at the top, while others have fastening buckles at the back for a perfect grip. Also, choices of sparkles be it elegant pearls or shiny stones means they can be perfectly customised for the wearer.
Heels give you the confidence of being tall and elegant. And if you love heels be it pencil heels or slightly thicker ones, don’t shy away from grabbing a pair for your wedding day. Get your hands on an elaborated version of golden pumps and stand tall in these beauties. Make sure you have habit of wearing high heels or at least practice walking in heels before your wedding day; else they may give you problems on your special day!
Gold and silver are great neutral colours that go well with any sort of Indian bridal wear. You can’t go wrong by grabbing a pair of pretty peep-toes in either colour for your wedding day. Peep-toes are not just classy but they also allow you to flaunt your mehendi design and let air pass round your feet to avoid sweating.
Ankle Strap Heels
Indian brides love to wear anklets in gold or silver on their wedding day. Anklets are one of the accessories Indian brides just can’t do without. That being said, if you opt for ankle strap heels, you can give anklets a miss, if that is preferable for you. Beautifully adorned ankle straps with stones, beads and pearls look graceful and yet minimal so that it does not take away attention from your wedding dress.
Stilettos are underrated but one of the must-have bridal shoes. They arguably have a more westernised appeal, but also look great with some of the Indian dresses like Indo-western lehengas or fusion gowns. You can get a pair of sparkly stilettoes to go with a sangeet, cocktail or reception dress. This pointed footwear will never let you down!
Since your wedding day is all about the rush and excitement, you can at least give your feet some comfort by choosing a pair of platform heels. These are different from other heels as they have a wider base for comfort and required elevation. You’re able to choose from a variety of platform heels to go with your wedding outfit.
I’m sure you must have got enough shoe-inspiration for now. So, go out and get the ideal wedding pair for yourself! Happy shopping ladies!
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Indian bridal jewelry plays a crucial role in any wedding and choosing one’s wedding jewellery is indeed an uphill task for any bride-to-be. There are so many factors that are to be kept in mind while selecting Indian bridal jewellery. Factors like budget, style, color, current trends and personal taste matters a lot. Apart from these one’s face shape and skin tone are other factors that can’t be ignored. So keeping all these things in mind, we have jotted down a list of pointers that will help you finalise the perfect wedding jewellery for your D-day.
Analyse your face shape
Before randomly picking a piece of jewellery, it’s very important that you understand the shape of your face. This will help you choose the right jewellery that will accentuate your facial features and make you look great. Let’s see different jewellery types for different face shapes.
If you happen to have a round-shaped face, your safest bet in jewellery selection would be a long necklace that goes beyond the point of your neckline along with the chandelier earrings. This combination will help you offset the roundness of your face to some extent. You can experiment with the shape of earrings be it oval or square or you can certainly pick a pair with teardrops at the end. Also, when it comes to choosing a necklace, both with a pendant or without a pendant will look amazing on a round-shaped face. Just remember you don’t fall prey to the round-shaped earrings or round-cut diamonds, it will make you look like a ball!
Oval-shaped faces are a little round and a little elongated. This shape of face is considered the best as it calls for versatility and gives you the option to explore and experiment with different styles of jewellery. You can flaunt both long and short necklace styles with equal panache without worrying whether it suits you or not. Also, your earring options also increase as you can opt for both hoops and danglers without giving it a second thought. Just make sure you pick the angular danglers and avoid the extra-long style of danglers. So, if you have oval-shaped face, you can enjoy the variety.
Generally people with a rectangular-shaped face have more length than others. So, the best way to deal with this shape is by choosing contrast jewellery. Go for choker style necklaces with small or round pair of earrings. You can also choose button earrings as it will give the required softness to your long face. Avoid long earrings on long faces as it will just lead to a fashion faux pas.
Needless to say, the heart-shaped face has narrow chin area and wide jawline. This calls for short necklaces or even choker style ones to add a little amount of roundness. When choosing earrings, simply go for triangular or cylindrical shaped danglers. It will enhance the shape of your face. Small earrings or studs are a big no no for the heart-shaped face.
Analyse your skin-tone
Once you have understood the shape of your face, the next thing that you need to pay heed to is your skin-tone. The color of skin also plays a crucial role in selecting the right kind of wedding jewellery. So without further ado, let’s contemplate what style will suit you the best.
Cool-tone does not only refer to a fair person but also includes a thorough analysis of complexion. If you happen to have bluish veins that are prominent along with a rosy undertone, you fall in the category of cool-tone complexion. For such people, diamonds work the best. Also, silver, platinum, zircons or white gold will make you look classy and sophisticated. And if you are a big fan of gemstones, you have got ample choices. You can choose from deep emeralds, rubies, sapphires and pearls. These will make you look stunning.
This is an earthy tone where your veins have greenish color and you flaunt a perfect golden sheen on your skin. People with warm-tone skin complexion looks great in yellow gold, cooper and kundan jewellery. On the subject of gemstones, golden pearls are your best friend. Apart from that, colors like olive, yellow, brown, orangeand turquoise will also suit your skin-tone.
Selecting a maang tikka
No Indian bridal jewellery is complete without a maang tikka. So, one has to carefully pick the right tikka in order to complete and compliment the entire bridal look. The simple thumb rule that applies while finding the right maang tikka for yourself is the size of your forehead. If you believe that your forehead is broad and wide, simply go for a big and heavy maang tikka with mathapatti. It will give your forehead a great coverage. And if you are someone with small forehead, just pick a small maang tikka to complete the look.
I’m sure if you keep these points in mind while selecting your bridal jewelry, you will end up with stunning Indian bridal jewellery that will transform your look from ordinary to extraordinary!
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A wedding day is the most special time in one’s life for a commoner and celebrity alike. Everyone loves to celebrate this day with great pomp and show, while of course keeping in mind one’s budget. Some like a low profile intimate ceremony with close pals and relatives while others opt for over-the-top wedding celebrations. Generally celebrities, royals and other important public figures like to have larger-than-life weddings.
Below are some of the most breathtakingly extravagant weddings that cost millions of dollars.
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky
This is one of the noted weddings in history of expensive weddings. The former First daughter of ex-President Bill Clinton married love of her life Marc in 2010. The wedding was worth $5 million. There were around 400 guests who witnessed this grand affair and it included some note-worthy people like Oprah Winfrey and many renowned congressmen. The bride wore a wedding gown worth $25000 designed by none other than celeb’s favorite Vera Wang. The cake cost an impressive $11000 and floral decoration cost a whooping amount $500000. No wonder it is referred to as outlandish weddings of all times.
Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdeva
Indians do know how to make a big deal out of a wedding. Weddings in India are celebrated like a festival. The festivities, rituals and celebrations go on for days and it can cost a huge amount. One such fine example of a big fat Indian wedding is that of hotelier Vikram Chatwal with Priya Sachdeva (presently his ex-wife). The wedding took place in 2006 and was worth an astounding $20 million. Celebrated over 10 days and in 4 metro cities around India, it was witnessed by nearly 600 guests. Chartered jets were sent to receive guests from all over the world. Do we need to say more?
Prince William and Kate Middleton
This Royal couple needs no introduction. The world witnessed the union of this much-in-love duo as their wedding was broadcasted in 118 countries. This wedding cost UK’s Royal family a mammoth $34 million. The cake alone was worth $80000. The Duchess’ bridal dress came out at around $70000 and floral arrangement amounted to $800000. After all it was a one-of-its-kind Royal wedding. Who cares about the cost?
Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia
Needless to say, Indians love to go beyond limits when it comes to weddings. The statement holds up in the context of the wedding ceremony of Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia held in 2004. As per the records it was one of most lavish weddings at the time and the venue was a grand 16th-century chateau, Palace of Versailles. Around 1000 guests from across the globe attended the event. The invites were sent in silver-boxes that carried the wedding card, including a 20-page detail of the entire ceremony. The wedding cost billionaire Laxmi Mittal around $58 million. Celebrities like ex-Miss World Aishwarya Rai and actor- par-excellence Shah Rukh Khan performed at the wedding. However it wasn’t just Bollywood stars, even Hollywood biggies like Kylie Minogue made the ceremony worth remembering with her presence.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana
Another insanely expensive wedding from the pages of history was that of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. It was called the ‘wedding of the century’ back then as this anticipated gala wedding cost a staggering $48 million in the year 1981. As per the estimates, 3500 guests in total witnessed the royal couple say ‘I Do’. Moreover, 2 million people flocked on the streets of London to get the glimpse of the lovely couple as they stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. They weren’t alone as reportedly 750 million people worldwide tuned in to watch the royal extravaganza.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayad Al Nahyan and Princess Salama
When you are exceedingly rich and you can’t find a suitable venue, why not build a stadium especially for your wedding? Well, this is what the Prince of Abu Dhabi did in 1981 when he sanctioned the building of a 20,000 seat stadium for his wedding festivities to be celebrated with Princess Salama. The wedding ceremony was celebrated over a span of seven days. The wedding expenditure cost this over $100 million. The prince celebrated his happiness by distributing food and other costly gifts throughout the town. As if this wasn’t enough, as per the Arabian tradition he bought 20 camels which were bejeweled just to deliver gifts to his bride-to-be. All you men out there please take a note!
Seemanto Roy & Chandano Toor and Sushanto Roy & Richa Roy
Yet another example of a shockingly expensive Indian wedding is that of Subrata Roy’s sons. This wedding made the world witness the glory of Indian weddings once again. The Sahara owner Subrata Roy spent nearly $ 123 million on the wedding of his two sons Seemanto and Sushanto, on the same day. The wedding took place in the year 2004 in the regal city of Lucknow, India. The entire city received a makeover to match the grandeur of the wedding. Around 11000 guests including politicians, bureaucrats, celebrities and other prominent personalities were present in this once-in-a-lifetime event.
More than 100 delicacies were prepared for the guests. To entertain such bigwigs, special arrangements were made that included the British Symphony Orchestra and ShiamakDavar’s dance troupe. Not just this, the Sahara honcho made sure that his sons got to start their new life with the blessings from the less well off as nearly one and half lakh beggars across the nation were fed to mark the occasion. Now this is what we call a wedding with a difference!
So, there you have it, some of the most obscenely expensive weddings in the world. I’m sure you are feeling sick reading this!
Russ and Ruth Chornolutskyy of RR Photographic are a young husband and wife wedding photography team based in Bournemouth. They cater for traditional English style weddings, Russian weddings and Asian weddings. Their photography style is a mix of traditional wedding photography (i.e. formal couple and group shots) and candid reportage photography to capture spontaneous, honest moments and create a narrative of the day.
When couples make an inquiry or booking, they like to setup an initial, informal meeting as this gives them a chance to show the couple some of their previous work, answer any questions they may have, discuss the type of photography and approach they prefer and find out about any special requirements. This also gives the couple a chance to get to know RR Photographic, which is fantastic since no matter how many photos you may sample, it is vital that you have a rapport with your chosen wedding photographer as you will have them by your side for the majority of one of the most important days of your life!
RR Photographic offer all their clients a free engagement shoot which allows them to work with the couple before the wedding. They practice some poses for the classic album shots, and they show the couple the results on camera to help them feel more comfortable and explore their creative ideas to see what works and doesn’t work for them. This means that when it comes to the wedding day, the couple doesn’t need to worry about anything except enjoying their big day with their friends and family. This personal touch ensures that everyone is on the same page on the wedding day and the couple knows what to expect. As a result the beautiful formal photos are able to be captured quickly and easily by the photographers and the couple does not need to spend long away from the action.
As a bonus, RR Photographic gives their clients a second set of fully edited, high resolution photographs from the engagement shoot in addition to their wedding photos!
Adapting to each client is very important. RR Photographic understands that each person is unique and each behaves in front of the camera in a different way. Some people feel very comfortable, but others are initially tense and self-conscious; some people show their emotions easily and others need the photographer to draw it out of them. RR Photographic impress on couples that the photographer is their “friend” and is there to help them and give advice. They work with the bride and groom as a team, to achieve their shared goals of creating beautiful photos and vivid memories.
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No celebration is complete without having a slice of delicious indian wedding cake. Be it a birthday party or anniversary, a wedding ceremony or any other festive occasion, cake is an indispensable part of every event. We all love cakes and pastries, after all it’s the best way to taste the sweetness of happy moments.
Gone are the days when simple cakes used to mark the ceremony, now specialty cakes have taken its place. Fancy cakes with a myriad of flavors and designs are trending these days and are more occasion-oriented. Tier cakes, photo cakes and other edible decoration cakes are the innovative cakes which are liked by everyone.
About Palak’s Cakes
Palak’s cakes specialise in baking specialty cakes for weddings. The motto is to create occasion-friendly and tasty custom cakes as per the specific requirements of the clients. With varied options to choose from, the company offers a wide range of trendy wedding cakes with different flavors, frosting and fondant options. Along with Indian wedding cakes, Palak’s Cakes also specialises in cupcakes, cookies and other desserts.
You name it, they deliver! From basic vanilla and chocolate, the list includes exotic flavors like assorted fruit, red velvet, Pina Colada, spice cake, and pineapple, to name a few . You can also get filling flavors of your choice like coconut cream, German chocolate, almond buttercream, vanilla custard, cream cheese, mocha buttercream, lemon curd, cookie cream, chocolate ganache, caramel, hazelnut mousse, etc. Last but certainly not the least, you can complete your custom cake by choosing icing of your choice from their big list of options like butter cream tropical, mousse, cream cheese or fondant.
How Palak’s Cakes started
The story dates back to 2007 when the owner Palak, had her 1st daughter. Gradually they realised that their daughter was allergic to eggs. So to make sure she would get her due share of cakes, pastries and other goodies like children of her age, she started experimenting with eggless cake recipes. Eventually she realised her passion for baking and became a household name for wedding cakes.
Their forte lies in creating masterpieces as every cake is special and unique in terms of taste and aesthetics. Every cake is prepared with pure love and dedication to deliver nothing but the best. Indian wedding cake designs are artistic, fancy, theme-oriented and equal importance is given to the flavor and taste. With gorgeous-looking and extremely yummy two or three tier wedding cakes, they make sure that the dessert course stylishly finishes off the wedding feast.
Other Specialty Variants
Apart from eggless cakes, they also make dairy free, nut free and even gluten free cakes so that people with allergies and intolerance can enjoy their cakes too. For this reason they are among the best in the business as they cater to the needs of huge variety of people.
So, if you have a special occasion coming up and are looking for the cake to order, you know where to head to, to get your dream cake and indulge in deliciousness!
Image source: Palak’s Cakes
Ever think back fondly at those times when as a little girl you flipped through your parents’ wedding album and innocently told your mom how beautiful she looked and how you want to look just like mommy on your own special day? Obviously all our moms looked absolutely stunning on their wedding days. There is no denying or debating that fact because we all look at those pictures with the loving eyes of daughters strolling through memory lane while trying to image what we ourselves might feel when it’s our turn.
Few decades later and it really is your turn to take the plunge and what you might or might not feel on the fateful day is as distant a question as the memory of you as a tiny tot playing dress up with mom’s clothes and makeup. Suddenly you look back at those same pictures and shudder at the pancake faced white washed pictures staring back at you and begin to have nightmares of your own Indian wedding makeup becoming a repeat performance. Worse still, you fear that you might not even look like yourself but like some strange Indian bride character straight out of one of those horrendous Indian soap operas that never end. Adding further fuel to your hellish makeup hallucinations will be encounters with ‘pro makeup artists’ who are either too traditional with their Indian bridal makeup or are completely inexperienced with Indian wedding makeup as they mostly work with western brides.
If you’re wondering how someone can describe the trials and tribulations of getting Indian wedding makeup just as you want and like it while also narrating the horrors of actually going through the process so accurately then it’s because yours truly was an Indian bride not so long ago. My own fondness (read: obsession) with makeup had become an incurable curse when it was time to take the plunge. Having been engaged for a year, I had amassed a rather large collection of bridal magazines, bookmarked a few thousand blog posts, watched countless YouTube makeup gurus and followed way too many Pinterest boards, all in the name of research for the best Indian wedding makeup.
It wasn’t until I had wasted what felt like a million years that the realization dawned on me that most western media catered to brides in white dresses walking down the aisle in rose hued make up looks. Their makeup tended to be understated and elegant to compliment their ivory wedding gowns. Indian brides in stark contrast wear flaming red lehengas or saris, short and fitted choli blouses, sparkling gold or diamond jewellery and headpieces like maang tikkas and large hair pins. The subtle and pretty makeup looks of western brides would just not suffice with the grandeur of Indian bridal finery.
My Indian bridal makeup needed to be statement making and enhance that luscious wedding lehenga hanging in the closet. It also had to compliment the dazzle of the wedding jewellery rather than take away from it. And as if the makeup gods had finally smiled upon me or maybe my over-stimulated and sleep deprived brain just blew a fuse, it came to me as a Eureka moment! All that research would not be for nothing because the key to the best Indian wedding makeup was combining the conventional with the trendy.
A fusion of trends is not an easy path to tread but when done backed-up by your own references of the trends that you love and executed by a skilled and patient makeup artist, it is nothing short of makeup artistry magic. I decided to incorporate everything I cherished from those old photos of my mom like the kohl lined jet black eyes and gold toned eye shadow with the updated and chic twist of punchy lip colours and smokey eyes. I even side stepped the very dated matching your outfit to your Indian wedding makeup bit and picked lip and eye colours that were in the same colour family but various hues of the same colour for an added freshness and fashion forward oomph. In the end I realised that current makeup trends could be beautifully merged with traditional ideas with the right balance of both to ensure your Indian wedding makeup is a reflection of your own personal style and personality.
I hope the following photos will give you some much needed inspiration!