Uee and Heng’s Cambodian Wedding

A first for me – a Cambodian wedding. Yay!

I did not know this, but in a Cambodian wedding, the bride gets to change her outfits a couple of times for each of her mini ceremonies that are held in chronological order. The ceremonies are all inspired by mythical stories (read more about cambodian weddings here and here if you’re interested).

One of the very interesting ceremonies is the hair cutting ceremony, which is meant to symbolise cleansing oneself of the past. So cool and so much symbolism!

I love the “baraat” type of procession which is very similar to an Indian wedding, sans the dancing it appears.

Cambodian dresses are colourful and beautiful with lot of details. I love the gorgeous golden dresses – so beautiful and elegant!
Uee and Heng had a Cambodian ceremony in the morning and then in the evening they had a western ceremony and reception at the historic Water Works in Philadelphia
 
Photography Lightyear Studio

Nupur and Saurabh’s Fun and Colourful Wedding

In so many of the Indian weddings I feature, I am often missing the story behind the couple.

I always find it fascinating to know about the story behind the pretty pictures, and in the case of Nupur and Saurabh, I had the chance to do exactly that! Read about the couple’s story after the amazing pictures.

Details I Loved

Holi incorporated as part of the wedding was so cool I thought. And the retro motorcycle with the side carriage was perfect for the day. It looks like so much fun! 

Holi and Haldi Party

I loved the idea of a holi celebration as part of the wedding. It adds such a colourful and playful element to the wedding, which I am sure everyone would enjoy. Not to mention, it makes for a beautiful photo op!

First of all, it was a surprise for everyone except the bride and groom. We both love to celebrate Holi and play with colors. With a whole bunch of friends, cousins, and colleagues playing colors together, it was definitely the most memorable and out most favorite. 

Wedding and Reception

Lavish yet elegant wedding decor is the hallmark of a wedding done tastefully. The couple selected rich gold accents and dashes of rich shades as their colour scheme. Might I say, the end result certainly looked fit for royalty!

How it all started

Best to hear it from the source…. so in the words of the couple,

 We both are VIT University Graduates. It was in 2015 we met for the first time when Saurabh came to recruit students from his company behalf to VIT University, Vellore. 

We both worked together in the same company for about a year and fell in love. It was a roller coaster ride for us. Firstly, it was a \colleague relationship at the beginning which got converted to Girlfriend-Boyfriend later. It was a difficult ride as we were hiding it from everyone in office but later on, when friends and colleagues got to know, it was a very exciting and most memorable time of our journey. 

Highlights for the couple from the wedding

When we saw each other for the first time during the wedding. It was for the mehndi function, I was coming down from the lift and he was waiting there to receive me. That moment we both just wanted to hug each other and gulp the reality that this is actually happening. 

Tips from the Couple to Others planning their wedding

  • Try to be on time or before time so that you can get your portraits clicked and enjoy the functions at the fullest
  • Always have your bridesmaid around you or at least one person to be with you in your room always especially when you are getting ready
  • Make sure you click pictures with your family coz that’s what you are looking for in the end. For a bride, it’s important to have pictures with mom, dad, brother or sister for each and every function
  • For haldi & holi – Don’t use an extravagant outfit. Keep it simple

Vendors

Photography: Weddings by Knotty Days

Wedding Venue: Indana Palace, Jaipur, India

Wedding Planning: The Royal Host Events

Wedding Party Makeup: Asmita Vineet

Wedding Cake: SweetTooth by Swati Deroliya

Bride’s Makeup: Artistry by Jaslin

Bridal Henna: Roop Vatika

Bride’s Wedding Lehenga: Raghav Creations, Delhi, India

Sangeet Outfit for Bride: Siddharth and Disha

Bride’s mother outfits – Vasansi, Jaipur

Bride’s brother’s outfits  – Anusha j Couture

Bride’s sister’s outfits – Mann Couture by Mini Batra

Groom’s sister outfits – Damask Fashion Boutique

Hemali and Aditya’s Fun Wedding

Hemali and Aditya’s wedding looks like loads of fun with the personalities of both the bride and groom shining through. All the events during the wedding reflect their quirky and fun personalities – right from the decor to the outfits.

The decor was elegant and simple through the events and in line with the overall colour theme. The bright pop of purple on the sangeet stood out for me as the only change in the colour tone – but this was done in a tasteful way.

Photographs courtesy ShutterMagik

Details I Loved

The peach coloured Sherwani worn by Aditya is so on trend and looks lovely. Hemali’s lehenga matched the peach shade with touches of blue. The very modern colour tones were pulled off beautifully by the couple.

Sangeet

The hashtag trend initially started for celebrity couples, has moved mainstream with so many posts on social media across platforms. Having a common hashtag makes it so much easier to search for everything related to the wedding. Putting up the hashtag on the stage was a very interesting idea!

How cool is Aditya opening an umbrella to rain flowers on his Hemali. So cute!

Baraat

The groom, Aditya, joining with the dancing was the highlight of this baraat for me. Why should the groom not have fun and enjoy his big day?

The ladies posing in the sunglasses have their sarees draped in a style popular with the Marathi community in Maharashtra. Just in case you were wondering!

The wedding ceremony was an intimate affair and done in the traditional Maharashtrian way. The couple look so cute together!

Decor

Special shout out to the decor for the wedding events. I think they struck the right balance between elegance and style. The use of the coloured fabrics very smartly gives the decor a sophisticated feel without the use of too many flowers.

Varsha and Erik’s Intimate Wedding Celebration

All the talk about Big Fat Indian Weddings are great and grand weddings make for amazing photo opportunities. Amongst all the grandeur and the masses of guests, when I see an intimate wedding, my face lights up with joy.

Varsha and Erik’s wedding was a breath of fresh air because it was so intimate and beautifully executed. Right from the vibe at the wedding to the location, everything screamed (or whispered) a close knit family who joined in celebrations in gusto.

Photographs courtesy ShutterMagik

The Venue

I loved the water feature and the rustic + old school feel of the venue. The use of stone and wood reminds me of old temples that were built centuries ago and carry positive energy and vibrations.

The wedding mandap could not have been located at a better spot – right in the middle and overlooking water. Such a beautiful and serene spot to get married!

Loving the use of fresh flowers all over the venue. A simple and elegant look that is timeless and makes for absolutely stunning pictures.

The Wedding

A beautifully simple ceremony with the couple looking absolutely lovely in their complementary coloured outfits. Loving the candid pictures and the fun ceremony. You often see couples sitting through the ceremony looking either bored or lovey-dovey. In this case, they seem to be actually having loads of fun.  

Details I Loved

I especially loved the flowers and the jewellery in the hair. Does anyone know what it’s called? The traditional style jhumka earrings in gold matched the overall jewellery worn by Varsha very nicely.

After Party

Following on from the intimate and elegant theme, the after party was no different. The bride and groom wearing elegant evening attire against a backdrop of lights and flowers made for a picture perfect setting.

Overall, I loved the simplicity of the wedding and wish more folks would take inspiration from this small wedding theme on board.

Ananyn & Joseph’s Punjabi Wedding

A chic and stylish multi-cultural wedding with bride Ananyn and groom Joseph. I love the relaxed and very personal style of the wedding

The Baraat

I am so used to seeing pictures of the baraat with the groom on a horse, that it felt like I was missing some pictures! Then I realised that the groom took a very different route (and animal friendly I might add) to not use a horse but instead walk in his baraat.

The added advantage of walking the baraat is of course that he can very easily join in the fun and festivities – not something a lot of grooms might be able to boast.

I absolutely love the vibe this gave. It feels so much more personal and intimate this way. I do think more grooms need to consider this as an alternative to riding a horse.

Pictures courtesy Candid Wedding Stories

Gurudwara Wedding

Sikh weddings in gurudwara’s always convey a sense of calm and quiet to me. Family and friends sitting calmly and listening to the ceremony has to be one of the most precious moments during such a wedding

Special shout out to the bride for selecting such a gorgeous coloured lehenga. A yellow lehenga is not the most common colour I have to admit, but she pulled it off beautifully. And how cute is the mustard coloured pocket square that the groom used 🙂

Alisha and Savio’s Cincinnati Wedding

 A beautiful wedding from across the pond. I especially love the selection of outfits by the bride Alisha. The colours and the detailing on the outfits was spot on I thought. the couple look absolutely amazing together.  

Pre-wedding Shoot

I have been going through a phase recently, and am absolutely loving outdoor photoshoots. I think they are so much more natural and fun if done right!

At first when I saw the pictures, I thought it was one of the bridges around London. How silly of me 🙁 The bridge does have similarities to the ones in London and I think it forms a stunning backdrop for photos. It makes the photos look so much grander and gives such nice perspective. Thats the geek in me talking 

The last photos is perhaps my favourite because it has the bride, henna, pizza and a cookie – captures absolutely the essence of what the bride goes through during the long long long mehendi session.

In and Around the City and Sangeet Evening

I love the green that Alisha wore for the sangeet. The pallu is draped in a gujarati style and the detailing on the outfit looks very nicely balanced. There is just the right amount of detailing to make the outfit appropriate for the event, and it does not overwhelm.

Especially cool is her shaking a leg on the dance floor, and absolutely owning it – you go girl!

Wedding Day

For the wedding day, Alisha opted for a traditional Red coloured outfit, a colour that suited her very nicely. Savio opted for an ivory coloured sherwani. And how cool are the chooda’s with the couple’s names? I have not seen this before, and I absolutely love it!

I love the decor’s pink tone – a very delicate colour that looks so elegant. 

After Party

I loved the blue colour and the mirror work on Alisha’s outfit – I want it now!! Savio looks absolutely dapped in his classic style tux.

Vendors and Contacts

Photography/ cinematography: Priyanca Rao Photography

Planners: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants

Venue: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

Decor: Weddings InStyle

DJ: Opening Minds Entertainment

Lighting: Clear Lighting

Caterer: Taj Mahal Inc. 

Cake – The BonBonerie

 

Dancers – AATMA Performing Arts

Dance Floor Wrap – Elephant Head Graphics

Hair and Makeup for Bride and Mother of Bride – KC Makeup by Karuna Chani

My take on Sabyasachi’s 2019 Summer Collection

Sabyasachi is one of my favourite Indian designers. His use of colours, patterns and fabrics is second to none and his collections instantly inspire me to dream.

However, there is something that slightly bothers me about recent media comments by the designer and some messaging that I think is not the best. In September last year, the designer made comments which I thought were quite “interesting”

Though I am a minimalist at heart, my outward physical …. Right now, I’ve become tired of gaunt faces and stick-thin models. I’m obsessed by boobs!

Sabyasachi Mukherjee In an interview with Architectural Digest India

If he can design such amazing clothes, let him be obsessed with boobs. Far be it from me to judge someone on their obsession with any part of the female anatomy, but I thought his choice of words could have been better. All the same, one moves on. And then this happened recently,

The brand posted the above image on their Instagram page for International Womens Day. A lot of folks, rightly so I believe, questioned the use of this specific image and the message “celebrate confidence”.

Why should women who are “plus sized” or darker in colour (in India, women have traditionally preferred lighter coloured skin) be encouraged to have more confidence?

I do think that a brand with such repute and standing must be more careful around the messages they convey to their followers. Body positive messages are so important in the current environment where women are constantly being body shamed. This really needs to stop. I wish the brand thought as much about their messaging as they do about their clothes and collections.

Apologies for a bit of a rant, but I needed to get this off my chest. I think it’s important to call out folks for when their behaviour falls short of what would be expected of them – and I think the brand fell short of my expectations on these 2 instances.

Sabyasachi’s Summer 2019 Collection

The collection is absolutely gorgeous. I like the colours used, and I think they are really unusual colours for brides. The detailing and embroidery is stunning as you would expect from Sabyasachi.

I have grouped the collection pictures into colour themes because I think a lot of folks make their selection by thinking about the colours first. As such, these Blue/Green shades are some of my absolute favourites.

Unique and different to make a statement, yet they look absolutely majestic and elegant. 

Next up are the yellows, reds and oranges. While these colours are traditional for most Indian weddings, the specific tones selected here are very different. My favourite are the pinks – very elegant.

The selection of pictures, especially the poses seem to be very suggestive to me. I get edgy but perhaps less focus on the “boobs” and more on the style would have gone down better for me. I guess the designer’s obsession clearly shows in some of these pictures.

These colour tones are super elegant and timeless in my opinion. Barring the cut of the blouse, I can see my mother wearing these styles and then me stealing it from her closet.

The vibe from the collection is edgy, modern yet grounded in old school Sabyasachi. Most pieces I would pick out in a heartbeat. You have a favourite, please tell me in the comments!

Jared and Harpreet’s Classic American Wedding

Jared Triplett and Harpreet Singh-Gill got married in September last year in Wisconsin, USA. Of the numerous weddings that I have featured on my blog, this one has to be one of the most unique ones.

The rural setting for most of the events (the wedding events started on all days at their family farm!) make this an absolutely charming wedding.

The henna night was followed by fireworks in the evening and loads of celebrations. I love the style of the henna, a beautiful mix of contemporary and modern patterns on the hands and beautiful traditional style patterns on the feet.

Don’t you also absolutely love the colours and the simple setting for the mehendi. A refreshing change from some weddings which glorify and make the mehendi into a massive and grand affair. Back to simpler times with smaller gatherings, I am loving it. 🙂

The religious ceremony was held as per the Sikh faith. The outfits were absolutely stunning and the couple seemed to have selected colours that complement each other nicely.

Colour co-ordination between couples is an interesting topic in itself, and the outfits do not always need to be the same colour or have elements in the same colour. Tonal matching like Jared and Harpreet have done is a beautiful way to think about couple outfits.

Indian ceremony: Sikh Religious Society of Wisconsin in Brookfield, WI

The reception looked absolutely lovely with a beautiful decor and theme. I especially love the outdoor pictures of the couple – beautifully executed and the end result is stunning.

Reception: Hilton in downtown Milwaukee

Photographs courtesy Brian Slawson Photography

Mehendi / Henna courtesy Mehndi by Maliha