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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.

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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!

Indian Wedding Stereotypes

The wedding season can be chaotic, with a hundred things on the to-do list and shopping galore. Indian weddings are known for their fanfare and vibrant colours, but what else are they notorious for? Strand of Silk has compiled a list of the top Asian wedding stereotypes. These stereotypes are observed and snickered at. They are not always openly spoken about, but everyone knows a stereotype when they see one! They add to the icing on the cake, the nuts on your ladoos and the sprinkles to the cupcakes. Every big fat Asian wedding has these stereotypes, all of which add to the vibrancy and festivities of a wedding.

Indian Wedding Sterotypes - Wedding Preparation

Most often than not, brides are demure, feminine, polite and understanding even amidst all the wedding planning and stress! They try to keep their cool even under the most frustrating scenarios, because she knows as soon as she loses it, so will everyone else in the family, triggering a train of conflict. Nonetheless, there are also those brides who are completely the opposite. Think of words such as vain, inconsiderate and putting on a VIP or diva-like behavior, leading to the terrible tantrum stages. Indeed, this is the bride who relishes being the center of attention, taking on the persona of a Bridezilla, and a queen of contradictions.

Indian Wedding Stereotypes - Bridezilla

However, brides are not the only ones that undergo mood swings during an Indian wedding! Indeed, let me introduce to you the classic Groom in Denial stereotype. Think of those lads forever acting like they are still bachelors and believe it or not are in absolute denial that they are about to tie the knot. Not only this, but their lives are about to change…for worse probably, in their minds! These grooms in denial though are definitely less out spoken than our dear bridezillas. They take in the wedding festivities one glance at a time, with no one quite able to read into their thoughts.

Indian Wedding Sterotypes - Groom in Denial

Now, the next stereotype is one of my absolute favourites and puts an all too familiar smile to my face, known as the Know it All Aunties. Be it from A to Z, they will know the answers to everything or at least claim to. They are the dictionaries of advice and remarks, whether you ask for it or not; “How big have you grown!”, “You need to eat more,” and “It’s your turn to get married now”, with a pinch on the cheeks. Indeed, I am painting a picture of an all too familiar horrific (yet humorous) setting. These Aunties will have an opinion about everything from the fashion to food, the décor to the relatives, and the ceremonies to the couple.

Indian Wedding Stereotypes - Know it all Aunties

Not only are there stereotypes linked with these common characters you find at a wedding, but stereotypes also lie within the other intricate details of a Big Fat Asian Wedding such as the attire. Indian weddings are incomplete with bling, riots of colours and over-the-top outfits. More and more brides and their families are opting for designer pieces that exude elegance and a classic minimalism. That’s not to say that sequins, shine and embellishment are not welcome. They are still present in Indian weddings, but in moderation. Moreover, brides are opting for hues other than the classic red and gold combination. As breathtaking and exquisite this combination is, the Indian bridalwear horizon is expanding and putting aside stereotypes that a bride must only be seen in red. In fact, modern brides can be seen wearing shades of pink, orange, green and blue to name a few hues, similar to these stunning bridal lehengas by Anita Dongre.

Gorgeous Anita Dongre Lehengas available at Strand of Silk
This post is provided by Strand of Silk, an online retailer of contemporary Indian fashion and bridal wear.

For more inspiration, insight and non-traditional Indian wedding ideas, read on!

Images via Pinterest, Michelle Newell Photography, Beauty for Brides, Adit Studio Photography

 

Indian Wedding Couples: Special Moments Captured Creatively

Gone are the days where the bride and groom’s portrait photos are captured in a standardised manner, against a plain coloured backdrop. Wedding photographers these days have mastered the art of photography to another level, capturing Indian wedding couples in exotic destinations and fairytale settings, and even reminiscent of Bollywood movie scenes.

In fact, theres is no limit to a photographers creativity and the images below captured by Monir Ali proves just this. These images of Indian wedding couples is a breath of fresh air and hopefully you are inspired for your own wedding shoot!

A further tip to Indian wedding couples for their glamour photos is to coordinate their ensembles with one another, so that there is unity in the photographs, such as shown in the images below. Don’t their Indian wedding ensembles look stunning!

All images courtesy: Monir Ali photography

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Closeup couples photo by Monir Ali

 

Indian Wedding Pictures – The Simple & Striking

Photographer Monir Ali infuses a touch of simplicity, sophistication and subtle romance in his Indian wedding pictures. Playing with shadows, silhouettes and lighting, Monir creates a stunning effect that you cannot help but admire. What makes these Indian wedding pictures especially striking is the emphasis on the sky backdrop and the unity of the Indian wedding couples. For couples that are looking to make their Indian wedding pictures memorable, it is important to remember that they do not need to over the top. It is in fact the minimal details in Indian wedding pictures that turn the simple into the striking.

Image courtesy: Monir Ali photography

Wedding Silhouette Photography by Monir Ali Wedding Sunset Photography by Monir Ali

Indian Brides: Those Moments of Flurry

There is so much anticipation and thought that goes behind the execution of an Indian wedding. Everything needs to go according to plan and run smoothly, as there is a great amount of expectation not only from the family itself, but also the guests and relatives. Further, it is the dream of Indian brides to get married with her prince charming in a grand setting.

Amidst being in love with the idea of throwing a massive and beautiful wedding, it is the intricate details of a big fat asian wedding that cause Indian brides a great deal of stress! Things such as confirming marriage dates, deciding on venues, finalising the guestlist, and the debate of which wedding planner to hire are amongst the bigger things Indian brides have to worry about. Other things to think about include things such as the design and style of your wedding card invite, which accessories or makeup to wear with your Indian wedding attire, and whether the colour of your mehendi is dark enough.

Whilst a great deal of planning goes behind an Indian wedding to make it all you had dreamt for and more, the truth is that your actual wedding day will go by in a flash, so the most important thing for Indian brides to do is to simply immerse themselves in the moment and enjoy every second of the pleasant madness!

Images courtesy of: Monir Ali photography

Wedding Invitation photo by Monir Ali

Mehendi hands photo by Monir AliIndian bride getting ready photo by Monir Ali

 

 

 

Indian Brides: A Medley of Emotions

Indian brides face a wide range of emotions whilst planning for their big day, which culminate into a medley of emotions. Some of the feelings Indian brides undergo are of confusion, nervousness, excitement, chaos and sadness. Indeed, getting married is a gigantic step for any bride and too many emotions to handle simultaneously! One minute you may think of escaping the stress and jet setting to an exotic location, while the other second you may want to lock yourself in your room!

As such, behind all the glitz, glamour and vibrancy of Indian weddings, there is that underlying emotional feeling that surfaces during the vidaii or the ‘bride’s goodbye’, which is the key element that distinguishes Indian weddings from Western ones. Whilst everything seems merry in Western weddings and in movies with the ‘Happily Ever After’ tag, the vidaii is one of those precious moments where Indian brides bid farewell to her family members.

Despite the medley of emotions Indian brides face prior to their wedding day, it defines who they are and prepares them for their journey ahead in life.

Bride's emotions | Jacob and Pauline Photography
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Indian Bridal Dresses: Five Traditional Dresses You Just Can’t Ignore

India has always been big on traditions and customs. In fact they are the true essence of India. Each Indian state has its own set of rituals, customary food and clothes that make them unique. Many such cultures are slowly dying with people opting for modern alternatives. For the revival of said beautiful customs and practices, we have put together a list of breath taking traditional Indian bridal dresses.

The Pheran

Nargis Fakhri in Rockstar dressed as a typical Kashmiri Bride in the complete attire. The brides wear a loose fitting shirt known as the Pheran which is most suitable for the cold climate. Indian bridal dresses such as these are accessorised with jewellery and a head gear known as the Kasaba which is a piece of cloth. The Kasaba is embroidered and embellished with silver trinkets that hang on the forehead.

The Pheran
The Pheran

The Kanjeevaram Sari

A traditional Tamil bride wears a beautiful and elegant 9 yard Kanjeevaram silk Sari in bright colours and brocade work. Heavy traditional jewellery like the Oddiyanam or waist belt, Nethichutty or maang tika, Vanki or arm band and Maangamalai a mango shaped necklace is worn.

Kanjeevaram Saree
Kanjeevaram Saree

The Gharara

Most Muslim brides opt for a very traditional Indian dress called the ‘Gharara’. The Gharara originated in Lucknow during the era of Nawabs. It consists of a kurti, dupatta and wide legged pants that are ruched at the knees and flare gracefully. Indian bridal dresses such as these are the epitome of elegance.

Gharara
Gharara

Princess Mehrun-nisa of Rampur is seen dressed up as a typical Muslim bride with the traditional gharara and jewellery like the Mathapatti and Jhumar. In most Ghararas, the kurti is left plain while the dupatta is wrought with heavy brocade, and embroidery. The flared pants are paid the most attention ranging from chiffon, to Kamkhab and Benarasi material with intricate zari and zardozi work.

Gharara
Gharara

The Paithani

A Maharashtrian bride is incomplete with the traditional Indian dress, Paithani. Paithani is a silk sari hand-woven in Aurangabad. They have detailed patterns and motifs like the border has oblique and slanting patterns while the pallu usually has a peacock made on it. Traditionally, the brides only wore yellow and golden Paithanis for their Indian bridal dresses, but over the years the colours blue and green have increased in popularity. The jewellery is somewhat heavy with a gold choker and several other long necklaces, traditional Marathi jhumkas, mango shaped nose rings and a bajuband or armband.

Paithani
Violet Paithani
Paithani
Orange Paithani

The Mekhla Chadar

The traditional wedding dress of Assam is the Mekhla Chadar an off white or cream sari made of Muga silk. It is characterized by striking golden silk embroidery all over the sari. It actually consists of three different pieces of clothing meticulously draped so that it distinctly resembles a sari. The traditional Assamese jewellery is called the Jun Biri which is handmade wrought with coloured stones and is half-moon shaped. The Maang tika is a very important element of these Indian bridal dresses, as it has typical Assamese motifs.

Mekhla
Mekhla

Be beautiful. Be opulent. Go traditional with your Indian bridal dresses!

 

The Many Facets of Indian Brides

Freelance photographer Vijeta Shrivastava, based in Bhopal, India, creates magic behind her lens and infuses her photography with beauty and vibrancy. She does just this through capturing beauty shots of Indian brides below.

There are various looks Indian brides need to embrace in adaption to the various different Indian wedding ceremonies, such that pretty soon the bride will lose track of her celebrity-like outfit changes! The first shot is of a beautiful bride taken during an Indian wedding ceremony. The black and white effect with an emphasis on the red vermilion powder on the bride’s forehead or sindoor, symbolises her marital status. The placing of sindoor is not simply thought of as an Indian wedding ritual, but signifies the husband’s long life.

Bride at an Indian Wedding Ceremony
Bride at an Indian Wedding Ceremony

Once the Indian wedding ceremonies have taken place, it is time for the glamorous bridal shoots to commence. Yes I know, it is difficult to contain the excitement, as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all brides to get completely dolled up for one of the biggest days of her life! The Indian bride captured in the stunning shot below is seen wearing a magenta and emerald green bridal ensemble with delicate embroidery. As important as a bride’s Indian wedding attire is, a high attention to detail should also be given to her Indian wedding jewellery choices. The bride below is seen wearing a stunning peice of hair jewellery or maang tika on her forehead, adorned with delicate pearls and semi-precious stones.

Indian bridal jewellery
Indian bridal jewellery

Some quick, yet important tips for all the Indian brides to be is to select your bridalwear with high attention to detail and in accordance to the different Indian wedding ceremonies. For traditional wedding ceremonies, a saree will be a beautiful option for Indian brides, as it is the epitome of grace and femininity. A saree or bridal lehenga are common choices for Indian brides to wear on her big wedding day. Opt for bright colours with elegant embroidery to stand out on your special day. Browse a variety of stunning bridal wear at Strand of Silk.

For more stunning shots by our featured photographer, Vijeta Shrivastava, be sure to check out her Facebook page as well!