I recently came across the work of Jonathan Cossu, a fantastic photographer who shoots weddings in Cancun, Mexico. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful pictures of Indian weddings that he takes. His style is unique and he even has a very cool under-water pictures section on his website. Jonathan was kind enough to permit me to use some of his photographs for the blog (Grazie Jonathan), and I selected this beautiful destination wedding of Chandni and Darshan that took place at the Moon Palace Golf and Spa.
The Resort – Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort
Jonathan mentioned that the wedding included LED Robots and Acrobats – all very cool, and when you combine such details with an amazing resort, you have the recipe for magic. I personally loved the subtle elements of detail that the bride focused on and I think got it spot on.
The Bride and the Details I Loved
The bride wore some stunning bangles and also a hand-harness that was very traditional and encrusted with polki and other stones. I like the fact that she selected green stones because it complements her red lehenga so nicely.
One of the accessories that brides don’t usually pay attention to are the shoes. Comfortable yet sexy shoes are so important to finish the look and make you feel sexy on the day. Make sure you strike a balance between shoes that look stunning and also have an extra oomph factor. I love the fact that Chandni selected these gorgeous high-soled metallic toned number as her choice – they look just right for a balance between sexy and comfort.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Do you want nothing more than to have a tranquil and beautiful wedding that is worthy of any Bollywood movie? Do you want to be surrounded by breathtaking scenery in an exotic location? If you answered yes to all these questions, I think I may have found just the Asian wedding venue for you.
WeKoPa Resort is a luxury venue located in Arizona’s incredible Sonoran Desert. It is within easy reach of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, so you’re covered if you have a lot of guests flying in.
The wondrous landscape includes Arizona’s majestic Four Peaks Moutain and breathtaking Red Mountains so you can get some seriously amazing wedding snaps.
WeKoPa Resort contains multiple indoor and outdoor venues perfect for ceremonies, receptions and parties of varying size. You can have your wedding ceremony in the shadow of the Red Mountains or surrounded by the lush greenery of the WeKoPa golf course.
For when your wedding ceremony is over and you just want to relax and strut even more moves than you did at your Sangeet – all while shovelling down delicious dishes – you can move onto their Wassaja Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,000 guests!
Another amazing thing about WeKoPa is the fact that they can take care of the food, music and guest rooms. So if you’ve started having nightmares about all the Asian wedding prep you have to do, you can rest easy knowing that they are a specialist one-stop service!
I have always been a big fan of Indian wedding videos. I think we are lucky to be living in a time when we have so many different mediums of documentation available to us and that being able to have something that can compliment and expand on what Indian wedding photos gives you is so great and often underrated.
People’s hesitance to go down the Indian wedding video route in addition to hiring a photographer is understandable. Indian weddings are big, go one for much longer than other weddings and so can ultimately be pretty expensive. Therefore when it comes time to seeing what can be cut to save money, Indian wedding videos are thought to be unnecessary when you have photographs of the events.
I myself couldn’t disagree more. I think the wonderful thing about Indian wedding videos is that they immerse you back into the events and they let you relive those special moments in a way that photos can’t. It is easy and perfectly normal to forget many things about your wedding – many of the events blur into one because they happen in such a short space of time and it is all so overwhelming and hard to take in. Therefore it is so nice to have something to site back and digest in the quiet and comfort of your home weeks later. A video of your wedding events can conjure up the atmosphere and can also allow you to hear those hilarious (and probably embarrassing) speeches in their entirety or remind yourself of the music you chose.
Indian wedding videos however are not just necessarily a straightforward start to finish documentation of your Indian wedding events – if you high a professional videographer, they can also be a stunning short film, with all the highlights for you to enjoy with your loved ones. Not to mention the fact that you can have incredible cinematic videos that show the true splendour of your wedding or beautifully romantic ones that include a poem or favourite song!
If you what a stunning memory that you can treasure for years to come that is cinematic and focuses on the most beautiful moments then take a look at the work of Robles Video Productions below!
Jennifer & Ambar
Rinal & Anish
Ayesha & Rajdeep
If you are as in-love with those videos as us, you can find out more information about Robles Video Productions: http://roblesvideo.com/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’ve always dreamed of looking like a Bollywood beauty on your wedding day, Hollywood Makeup Studio are surely the choice for you.
Many of us dream about our fairytale weddings long before we find mister right and agree to tie the knot. But imagining what we want our wedding to be like and then actually having to plan our real life Indian weddings are two very different things. For one thing there are lots of things to consider that never even enter our imaginings as little girls. For example, logistics and finances become a huge dictator of what your Indian wedding will look like.
Perhaps one of the most difficult things to plan for is your wedding venue. This is because you have the challenge of finding a venue that can accommodate your catering needs, have the right amount and kind of space to fit all your guests, for it to be beautiful and fit in your budget. This is of course before you consider that your Indian wedding venue hunt needs to start a long-time before your actual wedding because weddings get booked up so early. So you also need to have some idea of guest numbers.
You can sometimes have to visit dozens of wedding venues before you find one that fits your requirements and fulfils your vision of your dream wedding.
One wedding venue that we think is just gorgeous and would be totally magical for an Indian wedding is One Atlantic Events. Based in Atlantic City, you can have that beautiful by the water wedding that everyone dreams of when they think of a picture perfect wedding. The expert planners at One Atlantic Events will work closely with you to help turn your dream wedding into a reality. They will ensure that every detail is tailored to your vision to give you a truly spectacular day to remember.
In addition, One Atlantic can cater for whatever wedding you want whether it is one seeped in Indian traditions, an intimate wedding with a few close family and friends or a typical big fat Indian wedding, they will make sure your childhood vision is adhered to.
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.
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!
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.
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.