Shraddha & Kunal

Their Story

We both live in Dubai and are born and brought up here. We first met when we were in elementary school, and got to know each other in college in the US. I work for The Nielsen Company and Kunal at Merill Lynch. Our wedding took place at Sheraton, Hua Hin.
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Wedding Events
Manish Malhotra for Sangeet
For the three main functions, I wanted very distinct looks. I wanted the feel of the Sangeet to be very Bollywood, so I wore a custom designed fuschia lehenga by Manish Malhotra. The lehenga had gold/silver and emerald work. My favorite part of this lehenga was the low back velvet blouse fastened with a brooch. To compliment this outfit I picked a diamond and emerald set from BC Sen Jewellers, Kolkata.
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Sabysachi for Pheras
For the pheras, I wanted a traditional look since I was entering on a Doli, but at the same time I wanted something unusual. So I wore a very interesting Sabyasachi lehenga. The skirt was yellow and was paired with a royal blue blouse. The dupatta was rust and the veil rose in color and I loved the combination of colors. I wanted to wear an uncut diamond set with this outfit, but I wanted something that was different to match the unique outfit. We combed through many jewelry stores in Kolkata and found the perfect set. It was a combination of uncut diamonds, filigeree gold balls, south sea pearls, and ruby lites. The ruby lites were a nice contrast against the blue blouse. My bangles and hair piece were designed by a very good friend Vasundhara, who owns a semi-precious jewellery store in Kolkata. I paired this outfit with gold strappy Jimmy Choos. Kunal wore a sherwani paired with a dhoti designed by Just Men in Mumbai.
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Reception Lehenga by all-time favorite designer Shantanu & Nikhil
The reception had a very European feel with white décor, orchids and roses. I considered wearing a gown, but because I had mehendi on, I picked a very contemporary lehenga by Shantanu & Nikhil. The skirt of this lehenga had a fun feel and was very voluminous. It was a sheer material printed with blue, silver and light lilac patterns, but the white underskirt gave it a white/silvery look. The blouse was a metallic silver blouse, with a white net dupatta which had a combination of antique silver and bright silver motifs. This outfit needed a very modern set. My friend, Anand Datwani, owner of Kyra Jewelers in Dubai designed this. We first picked the shape and the kind of diamonds we wanted (round, pears, marquise). Then a shell was made and we actually got to place the diamonds in different places to get the right look. This is my favorite set as I was involved in its creation. I paired this outfit with two diamond bangles and silver Manolo Blahnik Peep Toe Pumps.
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For the Welcome party and youngsters night, I wore an electric custom blue gown designed by Falguni & Shane Peacock. It had their trademark jewels and feather work at the waist. For my mehendi, I wore a light pink Sana Safinaz outfit with an off-white vine crown in my hair. For the Ghadi Pooja, I wore a self designed peach saree. For good luck, I wore my mother’s wedding set – a vintage gold necklace with jhumkas.
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Wedding Shopping
My style is simple but contemporary (and girlie). So for my trousseau shopping I wanted a mix of dresses, gowns, sarees. I shopped at Ayesha Depala and Monisha Jaisingh for gowns/dresses and Manish Malhotra, Shantanu & Nikhil, Anamika Khana, Sana Safinaz for sarees and suits. I also picked up a few Herve Leger, Alice+Olivia, DvF and Rebecca Taylor pieces from the US.
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Shikha & Sunny

Their Story
Sunny and I met through common friends and got married in Mumbai. My bridal wear was a blend of style and comfort along with tradition. Being a fashion designer myself I knew what I wanted, which made things easy as well as challenging too. “Some brides take a decision quickly, and some slowly- so I don’t really have a pointer on what should be bought when. It’s all a matter of luck and your personal choice.
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Wedding Wardrobe !
Anamika Khanna lehenga for Mehndi
I wore a maroon Anamika Khanna lehenga for her mehndi. I wanted something light and nothing over the top for my mehndi. I loved this creation at Anamika’s store in Delhi because it was dressy but at the same time not gaudy or too elaborate. It had a short choli with small border at the sleeves and at the bottom. The lehenga had lots of kalis and 10 inch broad border at the bottom with the color combination of purple, green and blue that accentuated the entire outfit. The fabric was velvet giving it a very rich look. I teamed it up with a net mango color dupatta with the thick border as was on the lehenga.
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I teamed it up with a pair of Chaand balis by Lista Jewels and kept her hair in soft curls. Vinod did my make-up for the day and kept the eyes very dramatic that summed up the whole look.
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Tarun Tahiliani for Wedding & Reception
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With only one and half month left before the wedding, I was still not getting what I wanted. I visited Tahiliani’s store and loved an anarkali there which formed the inspiration for my wedding outfit. We reworked the entire outfit. I liked the embroidery and the colors and used them as the base for my wedding lehenga. It had different shades of pink – bubblegum pink with a slightly darker shade in the lehenga and a shade going towards maroon in the border. It had beautiful traditional gotta work and the lehenga was embroidered from top to bottom with a thick border at the bottom. image image

I had two dupattas- the one on the head was a light net dupatta with light embroidery and the second dupatta was heavily embroidered, shaded and I had it wrapped in a saree style. I decide to dress it up with uncut diamonds for the pheras and my make-up was done by Kapil Bhalla.
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The reception was just after the wedding so though I stuck to the same outfit, I changed my make up and hairstyle.”Kapil had tied the bun in such a way that after the pheras it was easier to open it up and style the hair in a little glamorous style. I changed my jewelry and draped the dupatta in a different style. Kapil retouched the make-up and darkened it a bit to go with the mood of the party.”
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Bhavna & Nicky !

Lights, Camera, Action !
Bhavna from Dubai and Nicky from Spain tied the nuptial knot at the dramatic Ramoji film city. The couple and their family sifted through many options in Mumbai, Alibaug, Goa, Jaipur, Udaipur and Bangkok to finally zero in on this uncommon venue. “We agreed on Ramoji Film City because of its remarkable set-up and breath-taking outdoor locations – Hawa Mahal and Mughal Gardens being our favourites.
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Wedding Events
The guests were greeted with a Mehendi Mela with a Rajasthani theme on the first day. The ring ceremony that night was a black tie affair with a starry night theme.
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The next morning, they held religious ceremonies on the bride and the groom’s sides. The main wedding ceremony was held at sunset. The pheras were held at the scenic Hawa Mahal, set up in an amber, white and gold colour theme.
This was followed by a Mehfil-e-Khaas with an arabic theme – a night of ghazal and old songs – for the adults, while the youngsters, in suits and masks, enjoyed a Masquerade Ball.
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On the third day, they hosted a Hawaiian themed pool party, titled Aloha. At night, there was a grand reception for the couple at the magnificent Mughal Gardens.
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Putting together the team that would make the wedding magical was the most time-consuming part of the process. Bhavna chose her hair and make-up artist, wedding card designer and event organizer with much care. She also recalls having her moments of stress during the long process of shopping for and deciding on the perfect wedding trousseau..
The Crew
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Hyderabad’s Minttu Sarna and his team of event managers took care of everything including decoration, sets, flowers, place settings, audiovisual equipment, catering set up, performers, entertainment and transport
The invitation card was designed by Niti Modi of Escapades, Dubai. The stills and video cinematography through the revelry was taken care of by Pooja Studio, Dubai. The bride’s make up and hair was done by Subhash Shinde of Mumbai.
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Apart from the in-house catering at Ramoji Film City, they had also hired three renowned caterers from Hyderabad: Fusion9, Sharma Chaatwala and Gaurav Caterers to assure the guests of a sumptuous treat.

Anju & Namit

Their Story- We had a love marriage. We met in Glasgow, United Kingdom during our Post Graduation. Namit and I became good friends within weeks of meeting each other. He was really easy to talk to and super fun to be with. We would talk for hours in a day. At a time when I most needed a friend, he was there by my side. And then somewhere down the lane, we realized there was something more to the friendship. One of our friends acted as a cupid and finally he asked me out on March 5, 2011; we had our roka in a year and got married after 2 years !

Wedding Tales-It was a lot of different cultures to deal with 😉 Ever since I was a kid I wanted a North Indian wedding, with loads and loads of dancing (I blame Karan Johar and Yash Chopra movies for that 😉 ). My parents were super chilled out and said that I could have a Punjabi wedding if that’s what I really want. So we had a Punjabi wedding and a Kerala style reception.
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Trousseau Tales- For my Sagan & Ring Ceremony I wore a red and golden Dolly J lehenga. Namit’s mom and sister picked it up for me, from AZA for roughly under 2 Lakhs (though we got a 50% discount on it). For my Mehendi & Sangeet, I picked up a pinkish-peach Varun & Nidhika floor length anarkali, from AZA for around 40-50K . For the wedding, I wore a Rimple & Harpreet Narula lehenga, also from AZA.
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I wore a magenta kancheepuram saree for my reception in Kerala, which I got from Jayalakshmi Silks, Kochi.

I had come down from Dubai for a week to do my shopping in Delhi. It was day 2 of lehenga hunting and I was already frustrated since I had so less time on hand. After visiting a lot of shops, we ended up in AZA The minute I saw this lehenga I knew I had found my wedding lehenga.. Red in color, with loads of gheras, antique work… It was exactly what I had in mind 😀
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Fun times?
The most fun function was the sangeet. I loved seeing all my friends and family perform. The best performance was that of my mom and dad’s, along with my uncles and aunts. They performed on a fusion of old songs with the grand finale of ‘Oppa Gangnam style’ 😀 I performed a duet with my sister… and a musical with my cousins….the musical was based on our love story. Namit and I did a couple dance on ‘Pehla Nasha’, complete with loads and loads of lifts J
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WHo did your makeup and who shot these beautiful pictures?
My makeup for Sagan & Sangeet was done in Vidya Tikari Studios at Lajpat Nagar..The makeup artists were fantastic.. I did not want very heavy make up for any of the functions. And they did a fantastic job in keeping the makeup light and natural.
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My wedding makeup was done by Shalini Singh. She did an amazing job and she was super easy to work with. I did not want to be caked up with heavy makeup…and Shalini really got what I wanted and did a fantastic job..

The photographer we hired was from Dipak Studios. They did an amazing job in capturing all the candid moments.

The reception in Kerala was covered by SL Anand. He was really fun to work with; always coming up with innovative and fun shots. The makeup in Kerala was done by La Femme Salon, Thrissur. I wanted my look to be completely traditional, with jasmine flowers on my head and long braided hair. The makeup artists were really good and efficient and my makeup was done in an hour’s time !

Sonika & Sundeep

Their Story- Arranged!! We don’t have a romantic story as such, I had been talking to a lot of frogs till my parents found my Prince. Its funny how it happens, you think its going to be a fairy tale, the way its portrayed in movies, But its simple, like my mom always said you will just know that he’s the one. There is no better way to describe it then the truth….We might not have the most romantic story, we might not have seen each other across the room and fallen in love with each other at first sight, he might not have proclaimed his love to me in front of a million people. I may not be a princess stuck in a tower, and he may not have come on his white horse to rescue me…..Whatever it was, all I knew was that this was Right.
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Trousseau tales- Wedding shopping was the most fun element I got most of my outfits from Mumbai. I’ve always wanted a Manish Malhotra Lehenga for my wedding so that was decided from day 1. I did my fair share of research prior to visiting Mumbai so I was well aware of the latest trends in Bridal lehenga’s.
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I got my wedding lehenga from Sabyasachi and a champagne colour gown for the reception from Anjalee Arjun Kapoor. For my ring ceremony I had my heart set on Manish Malhotra’s designs and no questions asked I went and got myself one, it did require a few changes as it was collared and I didn’t want a collared dress as I wanted to wear jewellery. The only dress left was the one for Sangeet,so we headed to our local designer Private Collection (next to Cadbury’s House Malaxmi).The designer made a custom designed lehenga and there I had all my wedding shopping done in just 2 days.
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Fun times at the wedding? the most fun was the Rain Dance.. My husband did a surprise dance with his cousin’s for me, which was super cute, I changed and got in the foam and rain. Everyone had fun. Also the reception was fun, because we didn’t have to wake up super early to get ready so we went crazy danced till 7 in the morning, decided to grab some breakfast and got to our rooms by 10.
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Make up Artist- Bharat & Dorris

Wedding Photography- Pooja Studio Dubai & WedRed Mumbai.

Neetu and Abhishek

Their Story- Neetu and Abishek met almost 15 years ago in Dubai. He was a good friend of her sister, who introduced the two. Over the years Neetu and Abhishek bonded over kick boxing, pop concerts and their love for travel. But it came as a complete shock for them when they actually realized what they really felt for each other. After that, it didn’t take them long to get engaged and then married.
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Wedding Venue-The Leela in Kovalam, Kerala
They got married in the beautiful beach city of Kovalam at The Leela. Since Neetu always wanted a destination wedding and Abi always wanted to get married in Kerala it worked out just perfectly for them. Apart from being a stunning property on a cliff surrounded by ocean view and 5 star amenities, it has lot of character and local flavor. It has many venues within the property and for us, it was large enough to accommodate all the out of town guests.
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Wedding Events
Neetu says, “For the Mehendi our venue was a typical Kerala hall where I wanted the amalgamation of tradition with youthfulness. We used gold, orange and pink to bring alive the atmosphere. The entire hall was draped with gold fabric and the traditional Indian elements gave it the ‘wedding’ feel which was all important – marigolds everywhere, a bridal swing, bells at the entrance, rangoli, diyas, colorful cushions, bangle and bindi stalls. ” She wore a beautiful yellow, coral and bright pink lehenga by EYSH and Abishek wore a blue and pink kurta.
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Sangeet
Neetu went for a subdued color theme of cream, silver and lavender for the Sangeet to balance out the DJ lights. She says, “The sangeet was held in the banquet hall. There were candles throughout the venue and the entrance was decorated with large trees and baskets full of white and lavender roses. Towering centerpieces had roses, candles, mirrors and crystals on silver linens. The stage had cream fabric and fairy lights.She wore ivory and turquoise blue lehenga by Neeta Lulla, jewelry by Ghana Singh and shoes by Gina and Abishek wore a black and silver Sherwani by Kachins, Dubai.
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Pheras
The venue for the pheras was a beautiful park overlooking the sea and had goddess statues and lush trees all around. Neetu says, “I chose traditional white, red, gold with hints of pink for the decor because the setting was too beautiful to be overpowered by bright colors.Everything from the horse Abi rode on to the paper fans distributed was in line with the color theme. The aisle leading up to the mandap was filled with white and red rose petals and the mandap was decorated with strings of gold beads, petals and fabric. The venue was actually not big enough for all the guests so we had put cushions on the steps as well.For the pheras, she wore a coral pink and gold lehenga again by Neeta Lulla, jewelry by Ghana Singh and Abishek wore a white and gold sherwani by Kachins, Dubai.

Reception on the Beach
Neetu says, “My favorite venue and event was the cocktail/reception on the beach and here we really went crazy with lighting – string of lights crisscrossed near the entrance, fairy lights around the coconut trees, paper lanterns in pink and cream on beach shacks. Sparklers were lit by our close friends when we entered and fire crackers lighted the entire stage during our first dance. The best was the wish lanterns that our guests lit – heart shaped lanterns against the night sky on the beach was really magical! Champagne linens, and fuchsia and light pink flowers contrasted well with the lights and the effect was very romantic. ”