Get Wedding Ready With Asian Divas

If you are looking for a qualified and experienced bridal makeup artist, Sanam Mahtani of Asian Divas definitely fits the bill. She is a bridal makeup specialist who is licensed in cosmetology and has been trained by famous Bollywood makeup artists. She has also gained valuable experience with MAC, Bobbi Brown, YSL, Armani, Chanel and last but certainly not least Inglot.

Get Wedding Ready With Asian Divas

For those who choose the services of Asian Divas they don’t just get the benefit of a professional makeup artist, but of an all round stylist. Sanam Mahtani is experienced in makeup artistry including but not limited to airbrush makeup, the application of false eyelashes, hair extensions, threading and nail art. Sure can also ensure that your saree is draped as best as it possibly can be and that your hair is on point.

Get Wedding Ready With Asian Divas

If you are unsure they can cater to your skin tone you can rest assured. Asian Divas are used to working with a variety of skin tones and conditions. No matter whether you have blemishes, scars, redness and white, dark or olive skin they use professional makeup brands and techniques to make sure you look radiant. You also do not need to be concerned about have an over the top of fake makeup look because Asian Divas are skilled at matching your skin tone to the right foundation – so you will not come out look orange or cakey!


Asian Divas also caters for sweet sixteen’s, engagements, baby showers, parties, proms, special events and photo shoots at a location of your choosing.

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Nik Thakar’s Photo-Journalistic Asian Wedding Photography

What makes Nik Thakar Photography stand out is their slick photo-journalistic style, which ensures that the raw emotions on display at a wedding are artfully captured. For it isn’t possible to truly capture the spirit of a wedding without capturing candid shots that take people unaware.

Nik Thakar’s Photo-Journalistic Asian Wedding Photography

It is of course a must to have those all important portrait shots and it is also lovely to be able to have some staged photos setup against a beautiful backdrop. However if this is all your wedding album consists of it would represent a fairly superficial look at your wedding.

Luckily, Nik Thakar is adept at capturing both kinds of photos and their specialty is to capture amazing moments and beautiful couple portraits.

Nik Thakar’s Photo-Journalistic Asian Wedding Photography

Thakar is a professional Indian wedding photographer who specialises in Asian, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and English wedding photography. With a wealth of professional photography experience behind him, Nik is able to illustrate every couples unique wedding story, by seeking to capture those natural moments as they unfold and clicking shutter as tear begin to fall, embraces are shared and people are unaware they are being photographed. This results in a rich tapestry of composition and emotion.

Nik Thakar’s Photo-Journalistic Asian Wedding Photography

Nik understand that your wedding day is an incredibly special time in your life and that capturing the little moments such as the bride getting ready for the day is just as interesting as the wedding ceremony itself because each image can be a key into knowing how each person is feeling throughout the day.

Nik Thakar’s Photo-Journalistic Asian Wedding Photography

Nik will tailor his photography to his guests and document the fun and humour present during the pre-wedding ceremonies as well as the wedding ceremony.

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Huqa Live is Using Virtual Reality to Disrupt the Asian Wedding Industry

While we may not overtly realise, technology has been gradually changing the wedding industry for decades. Whether this has been due to innovations in fashion, transport or photography, Asian weddings are now bigger and better than ever.

Now there is another piece of technology, which is making waves in the Asian wedding industry, all thanks to virtual reality. Virtual reality is essentially a type of film that when watched through a viewer creates a 360 view of an image, film or video game which immerses you in the environment, making you feel like you are there.

Virtual reality is still in the fairly early stages of innovation and people are still experimenting with it and pushing boundaries. One such example of this is Huqa Live, a wedding photography and video company which is now offering their clients the chance to have their wedding dance filmed with virtual reality technology.

How does it work?

A camera is set up in the middle of the dancefloor and the bride and groom and wedding guests dance around or near the camera. The footage is then edited down and the team rig a number of virtual reality cameras around the dancefloor area, which all swivel round to simulate human movement.

The end result

Once the finished product is ready, the couple are actually able to relive that part of their wedding through the help of a headset, a virtual reality compatible device such as an Android phone or Samsung Galaxy and a good pair of headphones.

This will transport you back onto the dancefloor as you are able to walk round your room and see yourself surrounded by all you wedding guest, with your DJ set playing in the background.

Until now, couples have relived their wedding through videos and photo albums and while these are both wonderful capsules from what is a very special time in your life, with the help of virtual reality you are able to feel fully transported back to that night and immerse yourself in the atmosphere.

As virtual reality develops further and becomes more widely used and accessible, I am sure the possibilities of what can be done with it will keep expanding and eventually who knows, you may be able to relieve the entirety of your sangeet! Until then, this is an incredibly special memento from your wedding day – after all the dancing is the most fun part, so doesn’t want to be able to do that again and again?!

While I am unable to share a 360 Dancefloor video with you, take a look at the below videos to get a sense of the cinematic journey you can expect from Huqa Films.

In order to tell the story of RaeRay in beautiful and cinematic way, Huqa Live included a poetic element and remixed the orchestra from the barat section to create a lively vibe.

To tell the Grand Story of Mohammad & Mashal they also mixed in music and peom to create a romantic and lively tone, but also added in colour depth to result in a more rich and cinematic feel.

V.R compatible device and a “Google Cardboard” to experience it. For those of you who have a V.R compatible device and a “Google Cardboard” you can view a sample of their 360 Dance floor: /

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How to select the right bridal hair and makeup artist for you

With so many different hair and makeup vendors, most of who have a wealth of knowledge and experience behind them to choose from, how do you possibly begin to choose, let alone successfully narrow down the best one for you?

Below are some handy tips!

1. Decide which wedding events you would like to have professional hair and makeup done.

You may decide that you will only have your hair and makeup done at certain events to help keep the cost down or that if your events are quite close together you will keep the same look. Whatever you decide to do, it is a good idea to figure it out before you start talking to or meeting with different beauty vendors. It could be that there are some who are specialised in creating unique looks for each of the different wedding ceremonies, in which case it could help you narrow down the pack more quickly and easily.

How to select the right bridal hair and makeup artist for you

2. Filter according to budget

This may seem like a really obvious one, but it can be easy to forget when you are being bombarded by beautiful, flawless images. It you have a strict budget that you need to adhere to, you should discount those who aren’t able to meet your budget from the outset because this will save you lots of time and potentially a look of uming and aring.

3. Never underestimate the value of referrals

A great way of checking whether a particular vendor is worth considering can be based on whether they come well recommended. Being able to get an honest opinion straight from a former-client can be extremely useful. In addition, if you see an image of a bride whose look you absolutely adore, find out which makeup artist and hairstylist was responsible.

How to select the right bridal hair and makeup artist for you

4. Use Pinterest and Instagram to select and keep track of your favourites

Remember to search for hashtags to find different bridal photos. This is actually a great way of finding all vendors and not just hair and makeup ones. Lots of vendors now use specific as well as more general hashtags to make them easier to find. Ms Painted Lady for instance uses dallasmakeupartist and dallamua so that she can be found by local brides. If you are using Pinterest, remember to make your own boards to keep track of your pins, which can also come from Instagram. Having them all in well-labelled boards will make the different looks much easier to sort through at the end.

Do be aware though, especially when using Instagram that photos can often be heavily edited, so try searching for the nofilter and noedit hashtags. In addition, always ask them to send you a copy of the original so you can get a closer look.

5. Always check for consistency

Make sure you look through as many of the vendors looks as you can because you don’t want to find they are only good at doing one specific look when you are in fact looking for multiple looks for your various wedding events.

How to select the right bridal hair and makeup artist for you

6. Seek out the type of vendor who will listen to what you want

You may find that you really don’t know what kind of look you want or would suit you best, so you therefore need some direction and advice. Nonetheless, what you don’t want is someone who will create the look they want and brush over your opinions. You need someone who will tread a good balance between suggesting ideas and listening to your desires and trying to create a look that encompasses these.

7. Check for professionalism

If you contact a vendor and they give you a quote over Facebook or text, alarm bells should be ringing. You need someone who shows the utmost professionalism every step of the way, because if they don’t, they could well be the nightmare story of the makeup artist who turned up an hour late or sent a stand-in at last minute. Look out for makeup artists and hair stylists who provide detailed information about what you can expect from the process.

How to select the right bridal hair and makeup artist for you

Ms Painted Lady provides a quote on first point of contact, goes through the booking policy and shares information about the makeup trial. For the second stage of the process they set up a phone consultation to discuss details and make sure you are on the same page so to speak.

I hope these tips help you choose the write hair and makeup artist, who will effortlessly take you from a bride-to-be to a bride and finally, to a wife.

Ritu Hair N Makeup Offers The Complete Indian Wedding Package

Together, Ritu and Shalu Bajwa make up Ritu Hair N Makeup, a company, which specialises in bridal, editorial and party makeup and hairstyling.


Ritu Bajwa has a strong professional training background (a license in cosmetology and a degree in fashion designing) and has years of solid practical experience in the industry. Ritu aims to highlight the most beautiful features of her client’s face by applying ‘perfect colour matching a tone’. This aim is the same no matter what type of makeup she is doing be it bridal, editorial, airbrush or photoshoot makeup.

Ritu is able to boost of working with award winning photographers, acclaimed couture designers, models, artists and bridal parties. She vast experience has given her exposure to a range of different brands and products and is therefore well placed for creating the best look for your complexion.


Shalu Bajwa similarly has a strong professional training background, having trained as a makeup and hair stylist, as well as being a licensed Esthetician for the last twelve years. Her practical experience involves working with designers such as Vikram Phadnis and Shekhar Rahate. In addition she has created hair and makeup looks for bridal magazines, fashion shows and commercials, to name a few.

With this shared wealth of knowledge and experience, you can be sure that they know how to create your dream bridal look by accounting for individual facial structure and skin tone. You will not however just receive a hair and makeup session but will also be offered some first class advise, as they always give clients tips on skin care regimes and techniques for applying everyday makeup to achieve a natural beauty if asked.


You can rest assured that what they will not do is run full stream ahead and create your bridal look for you, instead they will listen to your needs and requirements to help you achieve the look that you want. The final look is guaranteed to be flawless and most importantly photo-ready, so you look radiant in all your wedding photos.

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Henna Cafe’s Artistic Henna Designs

Henna is both an art form and a form of artistic expression. Henna is not only aesthetically beautiful, but also holds meaning and tradition as well. This in my opinion is what makes it so special. In addition to this, because henna can be customised to the individual in can take on another layer of meaning as symbols and images close to them can be added. Art does not get much more personal than that.

Manisha Trivedi of Henna Cafe is a self taught henna artist who loves to create this those aforementioned customised designs for each of her clients. Her unique style consists of blending the traditional with Arabic influences and is one that she has meticulously honed over the last 13 years of creating her elegant henna designs.

Henna Cafe's Artistic Henna Designs

Henna Cafe can create bridal henna, henna tattoos and henna party designs, so for those of you wondering if you can sport a beautiful henna design even if you’re not getting married, check out Henna Cafe. What’s more if you have loved one or a friend who you think would enjoy their own henna experience, you can buy them a gift card to use when they wish.

Henna Cafe uses 100% organic henna powder and aromatherapy essential oils to create a beautiful rich and long lasting colour. The Henna Cafe team has catered to small intimate events as well as to 2,000 capacity concert venues, so for whatever reason you have for wanting to have henna done, you can rest assured they’ve probably catered to a similar event already!

Anyway, enough about the ins and outs, feast your eyes on some more gorgeous Henna Cafe designs:

Henna Cafe's Artistic Henna Designs

Henna Cafe's Artistic Henna Designs

Henna Cafe's Artistic Henna Designs

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Shivani and Niral’s Wedding Ceremony by Sachi Anand

The beautiful wedding ceremony of Shivani and Niral as photographed by Sachi Anand Photography has a resplendent red theme. Red is of course the traditional Indian wedding colour and it is easy to see here why its popularity has endured. Red is bold, creating a great aesthetic in photos. Not to mention the fact that red is the colour of red and therefore a perfect colour to feature prominently in an Indian wedding. Red features on both the bride and groom’s wedding outfits as well as being the colour of the bridal car which they both ride away in and so therefore is symbolically and literally a unifying colour here.

Shivani and Niral's Wedding Ceremony by Sachi AnandShivani and Niral's Wedding Ceremony by Sachi AnandShivani and Niral's Wedding Ceremony by Sachi Anand

I think we can all agree that the pink and white flowers lining the aisle is absolutely stunning, and again is a classic for a reason. Another things that was wonderfully coordinated is the colour of the groomsmen and bridesmaids outfits. The blue works so well with the red, green and white worn by Shivani and Niral, giving way to yet more stunning photos from Sachi Anand Photography.

Shivani and Niral's Wedding Ceremony by Sachi AnandShivani and Niral's Wedding Ceremony by Sachi Anand

Shivani and Niral's Wedding Ceremony by Sachi AnandShivani and Niral's Wedding Ceremony by Sachi Anand

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Ms Painted Lady is About More Than Applying Indian Bridal Makeup

With ones wedding being such a momentous occasion of one’s life, each and every bride wants to look flawless on her wedding day. While some brides prefer to get ready for the big day themselves, others like having a more professional touch. With Indian bridal makeup, it is important to find someone who understands your style and helps bring out a better you.

In my opinion with an establishment such as Ms Painted Lady, getting ready for the big day has never been easier!

Ms Painted Lady is About More Than Applying Indian Bridal Makeup

Ms Painted Lady is About More Than Applying Indian Bridal Makeup

At Ms Painted Lady, the focus is not just on physical makeup but instead they try to give every bride the full experience.  Rather than just fixing hairdos and applying makeup, the employees at Ms Painted Lady aim for compassion and share in the excitement of the glorious event. Equipped with excellent hair and makeup skills, Ms Painted Lady ensures that every bride looks beautiful and radiant and leaves their guests and future partner breathless.

Ms Painted Lady is About More Than Applying Indian Bridal Makeup

The artists at Ms Painted Lady also specialise in Desi weddings. Other than being vibrant, stunning and lively, South Asian weddings can also be quite chaotic and the people at this company understand this fact. They know how to compensate for the chaos and are committed to their work to fulfil the bride’s beauty aspirations.

Ms Painted Lady is About More Than Applying Indian Bridal Makeup

At Ms Painted Lady, the belief is that beauty comes from within. Therefore, the stylists focus on bringing out each brides inner beauty, creativity and boldness to the fore so as to paint the picture of an elegant and graceful bride that will be remembered for a lifetime.

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