Category: Classic Wedding

Beautiful classic wedding ideas and inspiration.

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

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 🙂

Nimisha and Darshan’s exotic Meghalaya wedding shoot

Outdoor shoots can produce absolutely stunning results if they are done right. Meghalaya (a state in India), provided the backdrop for the pre-wedding photos of Nimisha and Darshan. The locations included Krang Shuri waterfalls, Shnongpdeng and the Double Root Bridge.

The background certainly has a “wow” factor and has put the state on my radar.

Weddings are always a colourful affair in India and one comes to expect the usual colours and styles being used by the couple and the guests. Nimisha selected a peach coloured lehenga and me thinks this is right on trend. No to to mention that it suited her very nicely and she looked absolutely gorgeous!

Darshan’s colour choice for his sherwani was a tone of pearl / white, which I think worked very nicely with his bride’s Peach. While white is become more acceptable and common for Indian wedding celebrations, I like the fact that the groom took the lead on this one.

Lovely pictures of the wedding courtesy Into Candid Photography 

Wedding Venue: Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai

Abhimanyu & Ananya’s Beautiful Bengali Wedding

Abhimanyu and Ananya hail from a design background and planned for most of the wedding themselves. The results are absolutely stunning as you will see in the pictures.

The celebrations took place at Rajbari Bawali which is rooted in Bengali heritage. All the events took place at the same venue and were attended by close family and friends.

As individuals, both Abhimanyu and Ananya had strong views on the design and they even had clashes about the decor with Abhimanyu walking out of Ananya’s place! Thankfully, they resolved the design issues and created a style that worked for them as a couple.

Bengali Dinner

With 60 family members in attendance, the celebrations started with a Bengali themed dinner in the Rajbari’s courtyard. The dress code was traditional bengali and the details were planned by the meticulous couple themselves. Gorgeous touches included each family member printed on the beautifully wrapped menu atop the spotless silverware.

The Bengali dinner was followed by family members dedicating performances amidst a flaming bon-fire and heart-warming music.

Engagement

The Engagement was donned in vibrant hues of the open lawn. The ceremony was met with a variety of emotions as Abhimanyu and Ananya officially announced there togetherness in the presence of their near and dear ones.

In the middle of the celebrations, Abhimanyu greeted Ananya with a surprise flash mob. 30 people gathered to the tunes of popular Bollywood music to celebrate their official union. No particular theme for Engagement. They wanted to use local relevant materials hence it was a mix of handcrafted shola and jute.

Party time

The DJ took control at Rajbari and the energy flowed through the celebration. Drinks and the colourful dance floor just added fuel to the celebration fire!

Photography : Framed
Engagement Lunch Couple Outfits

Abhimanyu – Manish Malhotra
Ananya – Raw Mango

Dinner Couple Outfits

Abhimanyu’s Kurta – Rohit Bahl 
Ananya’s Saree – Anand Kabra
Both wore Jamewar shawls belonging to their family lineage.

Executed by Fahd Ali and Santosh Singh

Make up (Ananya) – Vatsala Bhagat

Inspiring Bridal Mehndi Designs for Hands and Feet

I love the elegance and the beauty of Mehendi – right from the intricate designs to the fact that it stays on for so many days and is still temporary. Even the smell of mehendi excites me (mehendi is also an aphrodisiac, did you know?), so I take every change to admire beautiful mehendi. This post is all about Mehendi and some inspiring designs that I absolutely love.

Mehendi is normally applied on the hands, whether it is for festive events or for weddings. But to make weddings all that extra special, mehendi is also applied on the feet. In fact, in most communities in India, even the groom gets mehendi applied on his hands. In this post I have some beautiful bridal designs for mehendi that have caught my eye recently.

Bridal Mehendi for the Hands

Almost all bridal mehendi on the hands tends to be very intricate patterns, but the length can sometimes vary. Some brides get their entire hand done up, right until the elbows while others might finish just after the wrists. The choice of the length is a matter of personal preference, but does have an impact on the visual appeal.

I personally like the longer version that usually extends until the elbows because I think it looks very classy and gives importance to the wedding ceremony. Until the wrists almost seems like “every-day” mehendi to me.

Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the elbows
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the elbows

Bridal Mehendi for the Hands
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands

Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the wrists
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the wrists

One more interesting fact about the mehendi on bride’s hands is that often the initials of the groom or even the entire name is written in code in the mehendi. And in some cases a blessing in the form of a mantra or a verse can be part of the mehendi like in this bride’s mehendi.

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Bridal Mehendi for the Feet

Just like the hands, there are length variations for the feet as well. Unlike the hands where I like the more elaborate and longer version, I prefer the feet to be covered until the ankles. This is just a personal preference and nothing to do with the event.

Bridal Mehendi for the feet with spread out patterns
Bridal Mehendi for the feet with spread out patterns

Variations for the feet pattern are in the form of a completely filled out pair of feet or lightly spread out patterns. Patterns tend to be geometric and nature inspired in most cases with a lot of prominence given to floral shapes, arches and curves – I suspect because it looks pretty and pleasing to the eyes.

Mehendi until the ankles
Bridal Mehendi until the ankles of the bride

I have also noticed in a lot of the pictures and weddings that I have attended that sometimes nails tend to be painted but at other times not. This seems to be a personal preference to me – or if there are any mehendi experts out there, please comment – but I personally like the clean look of no paint on the nails. But in some cases, at least for a picture, some paint that matches the dress looks very stylish!

Mehendi for the hands and the feet
Mehendi for the hands and feet

Bridal Mehendi for the Feet
Bridal Mehendi for the Feet

Pictures are from Mehndikalogie (http://mehndikalogie.com/).

 

Have you seen some inspiring designs that you can share? Please do share your thoughts and maybe send me the pictures, I’d love to see them!

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Choosing Your Asian Wedding Decor Theme

One part of planning a big fat Asian wedding, which is always super fun, is being able to choose your wedding theme. This is really where you and your groom’s (or bride’s) personality can shine and you can set your wedding a part from the hundreds of others also taking place that year, in the very same venue.

Something that can influence your theme is the wedding venue you choose. For example if you settle on a venue by the beach you may decide that you want your theme to be something summery or if you choose an indoor venue you may want to transform it with plethora of colour or go for something cosy and fantastical, like a woodlands theme.

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Alternatively, it could be the shape, size or colour scheme or the venue that proves to be the ultimate director of your Asian wedding theme. At other times, your wedding venue may instead act as a blank canvas for you to fill as you wish.

One such venue is Hilton Inn at the Penn where they have recently revamped their Woodland Ballroom. The spacious, airy feel of the room, together with the name may make you inclined to go for a romantic Woodland theme, but on the other hand the fairy plain and standard layout and look of the big ballroom makes it the perfect place to put your own unique stamp on for your big fat Asian wedding.

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While the Woodlands Ballroom does feature some quirky light fittings, we bet they could be easily used as a centrepiece in whatever Asian wedding decor theme you choose.

For more information on Hilton Inn at the Penn and their Woodlands Ballroom: www.theinnatpenn.com I facebook.com/HiltonInnAtPenn I twitter.com/HiltonInnAtPenn

Bollywood Bridal by Hollywood Makeup Studio

One of the big problems with choosing a makeup artist for your wedding nowadays is that accessibility to a professional camera, Photoshop or other photo editors which offer a plethora of filters is much more commonplace. While this may not sound like a bad thing when you think that you of course what to have your own set of glossy professional wedding photos, you can quickly realise when browsing through the thousands of wedding photos on Instagram and Pinterest, that you start to question the validity of what you are seeing.

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In other words, can you trust what you’re seeing? Has flawless bride in this photo been tampered with in post? This issue is beginning to get more traction especially since some makeup artists are now to tackle the issue head-on by publishing tips for how to spot whether a wedding vendor has overly edited their photos to give a misleading image. Some tweaks here and there are fine, but is they go beyond that so you get a distorted image, it is not.

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One makeup artist and hairstylist that you can have utter confidence in is Hollywood Makeup Studio, because their portfolio is full of before and after photos. By being able to see a side by side before and after image, you are able to grasp an idea of what to expect. You are to decipher which bits of the final look are down to the brides skin tone, natural beauty or the work of the makeup artist.

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Hollywood Makeup Studio’s elite team has over 12 years of experience and make it their mission to make their clients feel happy and confident so they can be the best versions of themselves on their special day. They offer a personalised service at a reasonable price and are based in Los Angeles, making them perfect for a destination wedding too.

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If you’ve always dreamed of looking like a Bollywood beauty on your wedding day, Hollywood Makeup Studio are surely the choice for you.

Find out more about Hollywood Makeup Studio: http://www.hollywoodmakeupstudio.net/

Indian Wedding Catering

Now we all know that one of the most important (and definitely the tastiest part) of a big fat Indian wedding is the food. Once the pre-wedding events and the wedding ceremony is over and done with, attention quite rightly turns to the food. After all, it wouldn’t be much of an Indian event without a seriously mouth-watering spread of food.

Three things you will always find a lot of at a Hindu Indian wedding are fried food, butter, and sugar. The exact dishes however tend to vary depending on the part of India that the bride, groom and their families are from.

Indian Wedding Catering

South Indian Hindu weddings are generally vegetarian, but will serve a plethora of different treats on typically – a banana leaf! You’ll find rice dishes accompanied by daal, dosa and adlis that seem to be never ending, which I promise you, you will be thankful for because South Indian wedding food is delicious!

Indian Wedding Catering

North Indian wedding food by contrast features tons of meat dishes involving chicken, lamb and spices. If you are attending a coastal wedding, don’t be surprised if you find fish dishes on the menu too!

Now for the best part of the meal – dessert! No matter which customs and traditions are being practiced, you can always expect to find halva. Types of halva you’re likely to come across are Moong Daal Halva and carrot and almond halva. You are also guaranteed to find some Barfi since it is a household favourite across India and comes in many different flavours and is nice and easy to make.

Indian Wedding Catering

If you are wondering whom you can possibly find to provide these heavenly dishes for your own big fat Indian wedding, check out A&T Indian Catering, which consists of Aashirwad, Tamarind Indian Cuisine and Bombay Café. A&T Catering is a premier caterer that has been delighting stateside customers for over 13 years.

See more of A&T Catering’s delicious dishes: http://aashirwadrestaurant.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pg/AashirwadTamarind/