Category: Bridal Inspirations

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.

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

Rachna and Gopal’s Dubai Wedding

Rachna and Gopal’s outdoor Dubai wedding makes me want to take the next flight to the city and get away from all the cold and greyness of London 🙂

Outdoor weddings are always a tricky affair because there can be so much that could go wrong. But in Dubai, where temperatures and weather are far more predictable, it is perhaps the best thing to do.

The couple are both from Chicago, so a lot of the planning was done online. They certainly did a good job if the pictures are any indication. The locations look picturesque and just the right backdrop for a wedding shoot.

If you had not previously considered Dubai as a destination for a wedding, these pictures will make you re-think your decision!

Photographs – Candid Wedding Stories

Wedding venue:  The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills, Dubai

Special shout out for the bride Rachna’s dress – I just absolutely LOVE the colour and the detailing on her lehenga. One does not see a lot of velvet fabric lehengas in recent times, so this nod to the traditional was so refreshing to see. Rachna also got the accessories and jewellery spot on I would say – heavy enough, and not too overwhelming at the same time.

Rachna wore a very stylish outfit for the reception. Slightly un-conventional in that it was a Lehenga and a Jacket combination. But she pulled it off beautifully!

Indian Wedding Invitations for 2019

Wedding invites are special and little memories that we can treasure long after the event. The invite is a first glimpse at what the wedding theme will look like and what the style of the wedding is likely to be – an opulent affair, a fun and quirky style or a destination theme and so on.

Because an invite says so much about you as a couple and about the wedding, it is important to give it proper thought and consideration. Selecting an invite which is quirky and fun, when you are a serious couple who wants a serious wedding would certainly confuse a lot of the guests. Staying true to the overall feel of your wedding is my top tip when thinking about the perfect wedding invite.

I would suggest the following process to come up with your ideal invite options,

  • Decide on the overall theme of the wedding. You do not need to know things right down to the last detail, but a general theme and style would help
  • Think about a colour scheme and theme for the overall wedding decor. If you can decide this theme already and use it for the wedding invite, I think it is fantastic and creates a sense of continuity with the wedding
  • Get inputs for the most important elements from important decision makers for the wedding. I am thinking of couple, parents, elder relatives in the case of Indian weddings
  • Shortlist the most important elements that are important for you. These could be the colour, style, layout and the language of the invite
  • Write the final details down before you start your research for the wedding invite. It is very easy to get carried away and inspired by so many amazing styles out there

Writing down the final details really helps to maintain focus and get everyone to agree on the basics. This avoids so many issues after the designs have been finalised.

Back in the “old days”, one would visit specialist vendors of invitation cards who stocked samples, and you selected a style from that and that was it. Things are so much better now, and the possibilities are virtually limited by your own imagination!

I do suggest that if possible see an actual example of the wedding invite before you make a final decision. Sometimes pictures can be quite different from the real thing!

Before I share some of the inspirations that I think could be interesting themes for 2019, I do suggest thinking about an online only invite. This is a super environmental friendly option and while it may not have a wow factor, it is perhaps what wedding invites of the future will look like.

Indian wedding invites with small gifts

These wedding invites are on the luxurious side and involve a wedding invitation card and some small gift that is neatly packaged in the same box. The options for colour and gifts are endless and there are numerous specialist stores online that you can turn to to help you create a box that is very personalised.

Traditional Indian wedding invitations

Sometimes the classics are just the right choice. They offer a familiar style that everyone is so used to (at least the ones above 50 years) and have a sense of nostalgia about them. When in doubt, I would suggest that you opt for this style as it might be the safest option. You will also find plenty of vendors for these styles, so logistics might be easier.

Fun Indian wedding invitations

I like these rather off-beat and interesting styles because they can be quite cool and really bring out the couple’s personality. These are not styles for everyone, but if you like this style then I think you can get very creative with the layout and content. My suggestion would be to find some budget friendly printing services like Vistaprint where you can customise the designs and the layouts.

Extravagant Indian wedding invitations

If you have the budget and the inclination to create an invite that is unique and memorable, then this is the section for you. While some might argue that these invites are completely OTT, I say that if you can get something like this made, you should. A wedding is a memorable life event, and if you can make it that much more special for your guests by splurging on your invite then go for it!

Discussing your requirements with a specialists is the way to go for extravagant wedding invites. Specialists will first understand more about you, the event, the theme and then present you with ideas for the invite. These could range from how you first met to something that is very personal and unique about you like your family background or profession.

Invites for the utterly romantic at heart

Nothing quite matches a beautifully composed poem that is unique and very specific for your wedding. While you might be able to spend a ton of cash on making a materially extravagant invite, for the truly inspiring and intellectual invite, I would be inclined to get a poem composed.

Check out a beautiful poem written by Rachel Hill for us. It’ll be so cool to have a poem like this on a card that is personalised for the bride and groom! You can contact her (via email on rachel [at] startur [nospace] ntuition [dot] co [dot] uk) to ask for a poem written specially for you.

The dress code is colour, anything but white,
And you’re going to have to party long into the night.
Watch out for the glitter, confetti and rice,
A day full of joyfulness, you’ll be wanting a slice …!

– Rachel Hill

I really enjoyed this post because there was so much to inspire me! I have to admit that I kept getting distracted by all the varieties of invites and the styles that are possible and it took me forever to finish this post. If you have details to share about your wedding invite or of an invite that you find particularly interesting then please do leave a comment!

Make sure you check out my previous post about Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations for other styles I liked!

Pictures: Puneet Gupta invitations, Pinterest

Top 5 beauty products that are missing from your make up bag

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The holidays are the perfect time to bring some fresh sparkle and cheer to your makeup. Chances are there are some products you already have your eye on. Even the most outfitted makeup expert might have some essentials missing from her makeup bag. Whether you’re looking to gift a friend or just treat yourself, here are five products that will up your makeup game. Once you’ve tried them, you’ll wonder how you ever did without. From cult-status eyeshadow palettes to the perfect eyeliner, discover the makeup that will rock your world. 

1. Lime Crime Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette 

The Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette is a gold mine for makeup goddesses obsessed with color. A whopping eighteen shimmery shades lay down rich, buttery color with maximum staying power. The collection includes shades like “Celestial,” a deep mauve with flecks of sparkle, and “Inspire,” a warm berry with rich metallic shine. The Lime Crime palette’s neutral color, “Blank Canvas,” provides the ideal foundation for building any eye look. This is the perfect eyeshadow palette for when you want to mix it up and do something a little more unexpected with your makeup. 

2. Urban Decay Naked2 Palette 

The OG neutrals palette, Urban Decay’s Naked had 12 colors that reinvent what it means to go nude. I had a friend who gave away her unused palette and it was gone in less than twenty minutes. Naked has a cult status for a reason. Naked was unfortunately discontinued in August 2018, but Naked2, one of several spinoff collections, packs just as powerful a punch. Naked2’s shades have unforgettable, edgy names: “Busted” is a deep brown shimmer, while “Bootycall” makes beige anything but boring. Naked2 looks good on every skin tone and can be used for neutral makeup looks or crafting the perfect smoky eye. This palette is a must-have for anyone looking to cover their bases. 

3. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner 

Stila’s liquid eyeliner ends your search for the perfect eyeliner pen. Just swipe it on in the morning, wait a few seconds for it to dry, and it won’t wear or crease through your work day. This eyeliner works even on the oiliest lids. Trust me, it’s magic. The thin pen tip lets you control how thickly you want to lay down lines of color. The Stila eyeliner pen comes in 11 amazing colors from classic jet black to a rich, intense purple. If you only buy one eyeliner, make it this one. 

4. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation 

Many women struggle with finding foundation that matches their skin tone. Rihanna sought to change this and created a foundation with 40 shades to choose from. Pro Filt’r Foundation won the AllureBest of Beauty Award in 2018. It works on even the most dry and sensitive skin and lasts all day. If you are looking for a foundation with even coverage and high performance, this is your pick. 

5. Nars Blush in Orgasm 

It may have a provocative name, but the Orgasm blush flatters every skin tone with natural, healthy-looking color. The Orgasm blush has a subtle pink undertone and is good for both blush beginners and blush experts. Most Nars blushes are very pigmented, but it’s virtually impossible to put too much of this shade on since it’s so sheer. The Orgasm shade has won the AllureBest of Beauty Award multiple years in a row.

The Ultimate Inspiration Gallery for Indian Bridal HathPhool

Hathphools are an amazing accessory and one that has until recently been under-utilised as a bridal accessory. The sheer variety and styles that one can select from are mind boggling, with enough colours and styles to match with almost any look. Pair them with a lehenga or an anarkali, they are going to add that wow factor to both outfits.

Think of haathphools as the marriage between a bracelet and rings. The traditional style of haathphools are usually made from metal or metal and encrusted with uncut diamonds. The newer age styles feature not just floral patterns, but actual flowers and I think that is very cool!

I particularly like the floral styles because they are so pretty and full of colours. I do worry about them being too delicate and literally falling apart, but the use of faux flowers puts my mind at ease. Using bright coloured flowers adds a beautiful touch to an already vibrant outfit.

The inspiration gallery is a collection of the styles that I really liked and thought you would like as well. If you have other specific styles you’d like to see more of, then just let me know in the comments. I plan to have this post as a living one that keeps evolving as I come across new inspiration and styles!

   

  

    

    

Pictures: Wed me good, Instagram, Pinterest, Wedding Sutra