There is nothing more exciting than a pre-wedding shoot, as a gateway to release all the stress up to the wedding day planning! Freelance photographer based in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, Vijeta Shrivastava‘s philosophy behind her photography is to capture only that which is exceptional to the human eye and no doubt, her photography is a stunning palette of special moments.
Below, Vijeta beautifully captures an adorable couple in various outdoor scenarios! The photographs have an overall fun and natural vibe, and the photographs really capture the love between the couple in creative ways. I especially love the use of the boards with the tongue-in-cheek phrases.
A tip for Indian brides and grooms for their pre-wedding photography is to look and behave absolutely natural, as this is where the magic will happen! For all the Indian brides out there, don’t feel like you need to overdo it for your pre-wedding shoot, as all the glitz and glamour will be captured during your wedding photoshoots. So take a deep breath, and enjoy your special behind the scene moments before the wedding frenzy begins!
The bride below is seen wearing a simple, elegant peach anarkali and the groom is seen wearing a striking grey suit. For Indian brides wondering what to wear for the pre-wedding shoot, my recommendation would be to coordinate an outfit depending on the venue and perhaps the theme of the shoot. Once you know this basic information, you can let your ideas run wild! For the meantime, you can seek inspiration from these stunning moments captured by Vijeta Shrivastava:
Photographer Gurvir Johal creates magic through his stunning bridal photography, with the goal of capturing images that will re-live through time. There is such uniqueness and a flair of sophistication to Gurvil’s photography. Indeed, nothing compares to the sheer beauty of brides captured in their Indian wedding dresses for their bridal portraits. Whether brides are seen posing in white Indian bridal dresses or traditional red bridalwear, the images speaks a thousand words of elegance and sophistication. He transports brides to beautiful and lavish settings such as in front of stunning architecture and intricate outdoor domes, reminiscent of a fairytale love story. Each image paints a stunning and beautiful story, and the bride’s elegance is captured exquisitely through their Indian wedding dresses.
Indian bridal dresses are an extension of the bride on one of the most special days of her life. Not only does the bridalwear emanate a bride’s radiance and beauty, but makes her feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. A quick tip for Indian brides wanting to look absolutely stunning and glamorous in their bridal portraits: Choose Indian bridal dresses that make you feel like the most beautiful woman in the world as it is one of the most important days of your life! Also remember to trust the photographer, he knows best!
Did you already choose your wedding dress for the D-Day?
The wedding day is no doubt one of the most special days for Indian brides. Indian weddings are known to be full of richness and grandeur. Other than this undeniable vibrancy and glamour, Indian weddings are deeply rooted in tradition, integrating rich rituals that have been present for years and years. Along with significant wedding rituals, lots of other facets are important to consider as well such as the preparation up till the wedding, choosing the perfect Indian bridal attire, the marriage vows and then the eventually the much dreaded goodbyes. Along with a journey that culminates into a climax, Indian brides are flooded with a kaleidoscope of emotions. Indeed, this journey that Indian brides experience is a bittersweet one, but paves the path for a new beginning; one of abundant love, happiness and sharing a precious bond of a lifetime with the love of her life. Below, I take you on the vibrant journey of various Indian brides through the creative lens of photographer Sanjay Gohil, who captures beautiful wedding moments and creates memories that last a lifetime. These images certainly capture some of the priceless moments experienced by an Indian bride through her bridal journey.
All images courtesy of: Sanjay Gohil photography
There is something I absolutely love about this photograph. The deep red colour and veil in front of the lens creates an undeniable aura of elegance. The Indian bride looks absolutely beautiful in a simple, yet striking red bridal lehenga with gold embroidery, complemented by statement Indian jewellery and a stack of bangles. A quick tip for Indian brides choosing their Indian attire is that if the blouse of your bridal ensemble is rather simple in a solid block colour, opt for a stunning statement necklace set. Another beautiful detail is the delicate head piece the bride is seen wearing. Accessories such as these will enhance the look of Indian brides, making her feel like an ethnic princess.
This photo beautifully captures the richness, vibrancy and laughter of wedding festivities!
No longer are traditional red bridal ensembles the only options available for a wedding. Modern Indian brides are experimenting with different colours such as burgundy, pink, cream, gold and white. I love the rich maroon and white colour combination worn by the Indian bride and the groom. An Indian wedding is done around a sacred fire, where the bride and groom walk around the fire seven times, in a clockwise manner. The bride first leads the Pheres and afterwards, the groom leads them. This signifies the equality of the bride and groom and their promise to stand beside each other always. This process is called the Saat Phere, symbolising the seven goals of married life. These elements include prosperity, religious and moral duties, spiritual salvation, liberation, prosperity and spiritual salvation.
Receiving blessings from the elders is of utmost importance for an Indian bride. These are the blessings the Indian bride will carry through the rest of her life and provide her with strength and positivity to embark on this new journey.
The Kanyadaan or giving away of an Indian bride is a part of the wedding rituals. The Kanyadaan is performed by the bride’s father, where he gives his daughter up to the groom. He also requests the groom to accept her as an equal partner. This is definitely a very emotional and touching moment for the bride and her family, as the bride has to bid farewell to her parents and join her husband’s house.
Amidst the heartfelt goodbyes and tears, with a heavy heart, it is time for the Indian bride to bid goodbye to her family and begin a new journey with the love of her life.
There is nothing more beautiful than a bride posing for her wedding portraits in her bridal lehenga. A bridal lehenga is a desired option for brides on her wedding day. The bridal lehengas worn by the brides below are a beautiful kaleidoscope of red, burgundy and magenta hues, adorned with embellishment and embroidery. Let’s not forget the beautiful intricate mehendi that decorates the bride’s hands and complements her bridal lehenga, along with the exquisite traditional jewellery.
Indian wedding photography has evolved immensely over the years and gone are the days when it was simply a formality. Along with the evolution of the Indian wedding scenario, Indian bridal portraits have undergone a creative and artistic approach.
The V.I.P. studio aptly capture the festive and celebratory mood of the occasion and the stunning closeup bridal shots vividly bring emotions to life, and certainly make these once in a lifetime moment memorable.The beautiful bridal photography below reflects high attention to detail and captures the bride’s beauty. It is known that the bridal lehenga is both intimate and personal to the bride – it must reflect her personality and style.
All photography courtesy of: www.thevipstudio.co.uk
The bridesmaid plays a significant role at a wedding. The ideal bridesmaid should be supportive, helpful, understanding and always available. We all know that a bride needs to look the absolute best on her wedding day. Other than the bride, the bridesmaid’s choice of attire and accessories play a significant role at a wedding!
The bridesmaid image below is from Jacob and Pauline’s photography, and how stunning is it! I love the electric colours and overall fun vibe of the bridesmaid dresses. The sweet pastel shades of lilac, powder blue and lemony yellow, with pops of fuchsia and orange in their bouquets is completely fresh and the styling is so on point! It is definitely a breath of fresh air against the traditional subtle shades of bridesmaid dresses. Now, what do you think of the clutch bags they are carrying? Aren’t they simply adorable! These watermelon, lemon and orange clutches not only infuses creativity in the bridesmaid dresses, but also gives the outfit an oh so fun twist!
This super stylish wedding took place in Hackney Church with the couple opting for a super colourful wedding and defying tradition. This is exactly what this post is about – embracing being different, whether it is through your wedding venue to your wedding attire and accessories!
In Indian weddings, a bridesmaid’s outfit can range anywhere from sarees, gowns or anarkali dresses. The latter, anarkali dresses are a fantastic option to flaunt at your best friend’s wedding. Anarkali dresses are not only elegant, but also give that comfort and ease of movement during a wedding. You also never know what last minute errands you may need to run at your friend’s big day! The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable or be tripping over you indian wedding outfit.
Anarkali dresses are composed of a long kurta top, bottoms usually in the form of tight fitted churidar pants, and a dupatta pulling together the colours and designs of the kurta top. A long, flowy anarkali dress can make any woman look and feel elegant and beautiful! Indeed, the trend of anarkali dresses has captured the hearts of various Bollywood beauties as well. If they can carry off this trend fabulously, then so can you!
Anarkali dresses are indeed a stunning bridesmaid option, and equally important are the accessories you choose to pair with your outfit. Yes, it may be an Indian wedding that you are attending, but you can still experiment with your choice of handbag! Jacob and Pauline’s photography has certainly triggered my creative juices, and here I present to you some oh so unique clutch bags to pair with your anarkali dresses. These options are fun, fresh and feminine, and will inject an instant style quotient into your outfit.
The Wild Side
These grey anarkali dresses make great options for a bridesmaid dress. I especially love the element of different borders on the outfits! This gives the anarkali dresses a sense of uniqueness, whilst adhering to the bridesmaid dress code, so that you don’t begin appearing like clones of each other! These grey anarkali dresses have the right amount of embellishment and detailing to them, from the elegant lace and silver embroidered neckline, to the gorgeous gold and colour block border.
Whilst grey would not be my ideal choice for a bridesmaid anarkali dress, the colour appears so rich in this outfit. Speaking of out-of-the-box clutch bags, these fabric clutch bags will surely add a unique touch to your outfit! See below an orange butterfly fabric clutch and green floral clutch that will make splendid accessories for these anarkali dresses. Whilst clutch bags with Indian embellishment and embroidery are stunning, with these fabric clutch bag options, it’s all about infusing your bridesmaid outfit with a bit of creativity. This outfit allows you to venture to the wild side and flutter confidently through the crowds. A wild colourful bouquet of pink, orange and red with green leaves will add the perfect finishing touch to your look.
Floral Garden Party
This second bridesmaid look is a white and pink anarkali dress with a feminine bordered dupatta. The best thing about this anarkali dress is that it is simple, without any bling or heavy embellishment, yet creates a beautiful impact.
Now, I am absolutely obsessed with Kate Spade New York, as their products are fun, bold, colourful and quirky. This lemondrop – small lella clutch, covered with faceted gems is the perfect accessory for this anarkali dress. The gold pineapple clasp adds the icing on the cake. Simple anarkali dresses such as these will look stunning at a daytime wedding event, and even better within a magical floral garden setting! Add the finishing touch to this pretty in pink number with a pleasant pink bouquet with hints of yellow. Opt for light pink and peach hues in your makeup look for a fresh, glowing look.
Painting the Town Red
Who says bridesmaids can’t wear red? Yes, as long as you don’t steal the bride’s limelight! In fact, opting for colours similar to the brides wedding attire, such as red, gold and cream creates a coherent look and will look stunning in photographs! These photographs will be memories for a lifetime, so why not embrace the gorgeous red hue! An important thing to remember is that your bridesmaid anarkali dresses do not have to be identical to each other. Opt for similar hues and cut, but with different necklines and prints, to mix it up! See some beautiful options for anarkali dresses below.
Kotur’s pearce metal and Perspex octagonal clutch is a super unique choice to pair with your anarkali dresses. Ditch the typical rectangular clutch bags and go for this eye-catching octagonal shape clutch that is stylish, glamorous and has a touch of whimsy. Whilst this clutch will make you shine, do you want to take it a notch further to really stand out in a crowd? This chatterbox phone box clutch by Charlotte Olympia will rightly fulfill your wish! Charlotte Olympia’s handbag designs will add an instant wave of quirky cool to your outfit. The gold glitter globe clutch is also by Kotur and will complement the anarkali dresses beautifully. The glitter and sequins floating in the clutch bag will ensure that you will glimmer with every step.
A Bookish Culture
This rich gold and cream anarkali dress, with maroon piping is yet another stunning choice for a bridesmaid. You can never go wrong with this subtle, yet regal colour and it is so on trend right now! In fact, these hues dominate designers Rabani and Rakha’s collection at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15. Twirling around in this number will make you feel like a gold goddess no doubt. Pair this look with nude, glowing makeup and accessorise with a pop of burgundy in your heels.
This Lolita book clutch is definitely treading the waters of uniqueness. I absolutely love it; it’s simple, yet creates an instant impact. And have you noticed the gorgeous floral print in the interior of the clutch bag? All the more reason to open your bag multiple times and touch up your make-up! This clutch bag couldn’t be more pretty and feminine, and is the perfect accessory with your cream and gold anarkali dresses.
Remember, as a bridesmaid, think outside the box and opt for unique pieces to make yourself stand out. Pairing feminine anarkali dresses with fancy clutches may just be the right formula to achieve that glam, comfortable and chic look. To all the bridesmaids to be…start planning your dream team outfit now! 😉
I hope you enjoyed reading Part I of my article about styling wedding sarees for Indian Wedding Ceremonies, the Haldi and the Mehendi. This second part will focus on how best to style your Indian wedding sarees for the Sangeet, Wedding and Reception events! I hope you are as excited as me about these Indian wedding ceremonies, so I’m just going to dive right in!
I am sure all of you are familiar with the pre-wedding ceremony, the Sangeet. Two words immediately comes to my mind when I think of the Sangeet: music and dance…and lots of it! The Sangeet is a much anticipated event for the bride, groom, family and guests alike. The air is filled with a flurry of fun, frolic and celebrations, and there is entertainment everywhere with a capital E! The Sangeet also provides relief in the busy period up to the big wedding day. This is where the bride, groom and family members truly deserve a day to immerse themselves in the joy and merriment of the occasion. The best thing about a Sangeet is that this occasion can literally end up resembling a party sequence from a Bollywood movie!
Did you know that the Sangeet ceremony was traditionally exclusive for women? Yes, even I was surprised to hear this! Now, with changing times, the Sangeet party is organised by both the bride and groom’s family, and is seen as a grand, elaborate affair. Special attention is given to this occasion from everything to the venue, entertainment, and the dress theme of course! It is equally important for the bride to select an Indian outfit that matches the festivities of the Sangeet.
As we are discussing how to style Indian wedding sarees, a fusion style, such as a wedding sarees lehenga will be an exquisite choice for the event. This wedding sarees option is an aesthetic blend between the saree and lehenga-choli, also known as the ever so popular ready-made saree. The advantage…or should I say very big advantage of this option is that you will not have to struggle to form pleats as in a traditional saree, but simply use a ‘tuck and drape’ method. What a relief and this also allows for more make-up time! 😉 A wedding sarees lehenga will not only provide you with comfort, but will also allow easy movement across the floor to allow you to clink your gorgeous, glittery heels on the floor and dance the night away! More than anything else, your wedding sarees option should definitely be bright and colourful, to stand out amidst the sea of colours. You are, after all, the bride and all eyes will be on you on this joyous occasion!
Pair your gorgeous Indian wedding sarees with glowing, peach makeup and a smoky eye look, as seen in the image above, or a bold black eyeliner, as seen in the image below. Peach make-up tones work best with red and rust-coloured wedding sarees with gold embroidery.
So, here we go ladies! Onto the most anticipated day for a bride…her big wedding day! I’m not sure about you, but since I was little, Bollywood has painted a picture for me on what to expect at an Indian wedding. Yes, an Indian wedding is filled with colour, delicious food, with spontaneous bursts of coordinated dancing, rich ceremonies and how can we forget, a regal range of Indian wear.
Traditionally, red silk wedding sarees have been the common choice amongst brides for their Indian wedding outfit. In the modern day, the bride has several options available to her (You lucky thing!). The bride can opt for a traditional wedding sarees option, fusing it with more contemporary elements, according to individual preferences.
For your special day, wedding sarees that ooze grandeur and elegance are the best option. There is nothing more beautiful and mesmerising than a gorgeous bride decked in a traditional wedding saree, with rich embroidery, embellishment and a stunning, ethnic border. Whilst red is the epitome of Indian wedding sarees, in the modern day, the colour horizon has expanded to include hues such as maroon, magenta, fuchsia and cream, with accent hues in other colours, such as green and orange.
Pair your stunning Indian wedding sarees option with ornate, traditional Indian jewellery as shown in the image below and glowing makeup.
As much as these Indian wedding ceremonies are anticipated, it may seem as if they go on forever. The last event that occurs in Indian weddings is the reception. The reception is held for friends and family members, by the bride and groom sides. At this event, guests greet the newly wedded couple and take photos with them. The bride may find herself having a smile plastered on her face for most of the event, and temporarily blinded by the flash of cameras! On the up side, at least you get a taster of what celebrities have to go through quite often!
The key for the reception, or in other words, the big finale is to Go Glam! I can assure you, most people will not have trouble with this! The advantage of a reception is that it allows more flexibility in the attire you choose to wear. The bride can opt for an exquisite princess-style dress or gown, or adhere to traditional Indian attire. Wedding sarees with a modern twist can be a fantastic option for your wedding reception. With the broad horizon of blended traditional and contemporary elements, opting for a wedding sarees lehenga will satisfy both these elements.
When choosing an appropriate style for your Indian wedding sarees, opt for one that complements this glittering event, with a blend of traditional values with a modern fantasy for today’s bride. For example, you could opt for an elegant mermaid skirt with heavy embellishment or a simple silky saree with a heavy blouse. Pleasantly make yourself shine by choosing embellishments such as crystal, Swarovski, beads and sequins to complete your glittering masterpiece.
The key for styling your wedding sarees is to remember not to overdo it with garish embellishment, splashes of colour and over-accessorising. Think elegant, glamorous and sophisticated. I hope you enjoyed reading about the different ways to style wedding sarees for the Sangeet, Wedding and Reception! Please provide any thoughts, comments and suggestions below!
Weddings are an extremely stressful occasion for the bride and groom. Since you have been envisioning this day for quite some time, when it finally comes around you want to make sure that everything goes perfectly. While it’s not always easy for that to happen, you have to understand that there are some ways you can simply relax and have fun on your Indian wedding day. So after all the wedding stress is done and over with, you can place your Indian wedding clothes aside and indulge in these oh so relaxing activities!
Go to the Spa
A day at the spa is every bride’s secret treat. You get to be completely pampered, rested and waited on. When you know the kind of hectic day you have in front of you, the best thing to do is to just relax and let the spa people soothe away your worries. Going to the spa always gives a relaxed glow to the face and you will definitely enjoy that.
You cannot be in two places at once so get a handy team of bridesmaids who know your choices and your tastes and delegate your tasks to them. Since they do most of the heavy work, you can still keep an eye on how things are turning out. This way, you don’t have to be flustered about anything and give an opinion about how something should be done.
Remember to Smile
On the day of the wedding, you may find yourself feeling tense and anxious. What if something goes wrong? What if someone doesn’t show up? What if you trip and fall? Well, the best answer to all these questions is that if something happens, you have to let it happen. Stressing over it won’t make it go away so the best option is to sit back, smile, relax, and just enjoy your special wedding day.
These are three easy ways you can relax on your Indian wedding day. Indian weddings are big and loud so you are going to be tired at the end of it. No point in being flustered from the outset.
Bollywood’s young brigade definitely ruled the green carpet at the IIFA Awards, showcasing a gorgeous section of Indian fashion and designers with unique styles, impressing myself, and the fans with their elegance and originality.
I have personally chosen each of these looks as I love the diversity, embellishment and colours of each of the gowns which were proudly shown off as the stars one by one graced the green carpet. Vaani Kapoor specifically stood out for me, showcasing a stunning embellished gold tone backless dress by Raakesh Agarvwal, a sure favourite of mine. The highly embellished gowns in general were definitely my preference amongst the fashion designs; it’s a key look for this season and is extremely flattering and stands out from a crowd.
Kalki Koechlin was a key example of how to wear embellishment, wearing Gaurav Gupta, she stood out at the IIFA Awards in this dazzling soft coloured number detailed with shoulder padding detail and long sleeves which created a princess style look.
Deepika Padukone had opted for a red gown by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad, she looked gorgeous in this figure hugging lace number and simple updo hairstyle, and although the dark berry lips weren’t for everyone, I personally loved them! In general lip colour at the IIFA Awards was very neutral and nude, a trend and overall fashion look that has taken this season by storm, and successfully completes every look. Especially for brides, a nude lip creates a subtle but noticeable make-up look, which will go with almost every gown colour and style.
All in all, I’d say that the Indian wedding dresses and gowns and fashion showcased at the IIFA Awards are some of the best I’ve seen for a long time, they had me wishing I owned half of them!
Here is a selection of some of my favourite styles from the IIFA Awards