Chal le Chal – Behind the Scenes

Last week we at Think Shaadi had the privilege of showing you an innovative new project from our partners at The Wedding Filmer. One of India’s most sort after wedding videographers composed their own song for newlyweds Neha and Ravi. Titled ‘Chal le Chal’ and sung by Devangi Chopra, the song is a cover of Dust to Dust by the Civil Wars.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes video, you will see the sheer amount of effort and care taken to create this slice of musical magic. The score was carefully crafted for the couple, bringing the unique aspects of Neha and Ravi’s love truly centre stage. With it’s sweet yet passionate lyrics, the score encapsulated the magnificence and brevity of eternal love.

As you will see, the team delved deep into their creative minds to really explore this new form of bespoke.

Enjoy! Xx

The Wedding Filmer – Neha and Ravi

Exclusive Premier of  Chal le Chal

Think Shaadi is proud to give you the first global release from The Wedding Filmer

In the eternal quest to further the magic of bespoke, the geniuses at The Wedding Filmer composed a special song – ‘Chal le Chal – to compliment the love story between the beautiful couple Neha and Ravi. It enshrines the video perfectly, with it’s gloriously ebullient lyrics. The guys said “The song Chal le Chal is sung by our ‘little ninja’ Devangi Chopra and is a cover of Dust to Dust by the Civil Wars, the lyrics couldn’t be more apt for Indian wedding.”

The Wedding Filmer is the brainchild of award-winning filmmaker Vishal Punjabi, who runs the company with his crew of Bollywood and internationally acclaimed technicians. The soul purpose of The Wedding Filmer, as described by the team themselves is ” to bring you the magic of the movies in real, human stories that will make you cry, laugh, dance and leave you asking for more! Join his team as they travel the globe and explore the most inherent stories in the deepest, brightest and therefore truest parts of the human soul.”

 

The Marriage of Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput

It’s been a long wait for fans of Mr Kapoor, but the 34-year-old actor is finally hitched to his Delhi based girlfriend Mira Rajput. The couple were married in a toned down, yet still perfectly glamorous gurudwara at the home of wealthy industrialist Shivinder Singh in Rajkori, Delhi, before heading off to the beautifully luxurious Oberoi Hotel in Gurgaon.

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Despite its obvious grandeur and solemnity of the occasion, the couple, along with their guests, were pretty relaxed, this certainly wasn’t a stuffy affair, with everyone posting playful photos to social media. Even the couple took many moments to post intimate and loving shots of each other on the big day.

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Shahid’s father, the legendary Bollywood Pankaj Kapur who enthused with joy and love as he spoke to the media, saying – “We are very happy. Our daughter-in-law is very beautiful. It is a celebration time for our family.” There many other sweet messages coming thick and fast throughout the day.

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The wedding itself was attended by 40 guests, including family and close friends. For the exchange of vows, Mira Rajput sported a pink and green churridar suit, with an elegantly embellished dupatta over her head. Shahid wore a white kurta pyjama with an exuberant orange turban.

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As the reception came, what remained of the formalities were dispensed with, then it was time for everyone to well and truly let their hair down. From the couples stunning entrance in regal and sumptuous attire, the couple changed again, Mira was dressed in a yellow Anita Dongre lehenga, with matching gold jewellery, with playfully draped string of yellow flowers around her neck and in her hair, giving a wonderfully carefree look. Shahid had changed into a red kurta, bandhgala and black churridar.

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As the evening progressed, Shahid danced to his hit numbers ‘Dhan Tenan’, ‘Mauja Hi Mauja’, ‘Saj Dhaj Ke Tashan’ along with his new bride, family and friends. All in all, it was the perfect day, with a good variety of stunning designs being donned by the pair, a perfect ceremony and even more perfect reception.

Photos courtesy of Indian Express, Koimoi.com and Instagram

Nikki Tibbles: Luxury Florist

Launched in 1993, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart has been creating exceptional floral displays for events and weddings across London and the UK, drawing inspirations from a range of sources, Nikki Tibbles is famed for creativity and quality, bringing aesthetic beauty to the forefront, not to mention artistic innovation.

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For Think Shaadi Boutique, which took place at the chic May Fair hotel and featured new collections by legendary Indian fashion designers Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani, as well as accessories supremo Judith Leiber. The event was set beautifully by Nikki Tibbles, who created several eye-catching bespoke arrangements, of pink and purple hydrangea, pink piano and spray roses, purple and blue delphinium, guelder rose and clematis and placed them into golden brass urns and bronze fish bowls which were placed around the room to complement the space in a fun and uplifting way.

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On the inspiration for the arrangements, Nikki Tibbles says – “For the flowers, we took inspiration from the vibrant fabric colours used in the stunning bridal collections at the showcase.” The designs were a vibrant and exotic mix of colours and brought a great joie de vivre to the event.

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Nikki Tibbles went on to say – “We put together a sumptuous mix of bright and bold seasonal flowers to accentuate the intricately beaded dresses and floral paisley patterns, and of course the exclusive Judith Leiber rose clutch which we absolutely loved.”

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The bespoke floral arrangements included pink and purple hydrangea, pink piano roses, spray roses and guelder roses, purple and blue delphinium, and clematis. They were displayed in golden brass urns and bronze fish bowls which were placed around the room to complement the space in a fun and uplifting way.

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These outstanding arrangements, with their hypnotic colours and perfect form delighted guests and designers alike.

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Cutture London: Inspiring Designs

When their first commission came in 2009, Cutture London was officially born and it’s from there on that the husband and wife team behind it all – Dominic and Helen Sharland – have been experimenting with laser printing, producing some of the most exceptional wedding and event invitations in the business. The whole concept of laser printing, particularly to such an elaborate degree, is uncharted territory for many, designers and stationers alike, so Cutture has well and truly pushed the boundaries.

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For Think Shaadi Boutique, our event staged at The May Fair Hotel, which showcased new designs by Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani and Judith Leiber, Cutture gave us a beauty of a design, our invitations were fashioned in black, white and gold, and took their inspiration from the designs of Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani and Judith Leiber. The result saw a mini tableau of dancing and merriment, rendered in the manner of an silhouette play.

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The essential part of Cutture’s ethos is creative freedom, Dominic and Helen have made it a given that customers really have the final say, and in what direction to take each design. A truly refreshing way to work. The conclusions are always a success. Having previously worked in graphic design, the couple understand the need to take risks and explore new territories.

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Ever since they began with laser cutting, way back in 2006, which was originally for architectural modeling, they launched themselves into a world of intricate experimentation, one which has still not come to an end. This adventurer spirit isn’t just restricted to design itself, differing materials also explored “Cutture is always open to using different materiality and has a sister company, Cleartouch Perspex designs which specialises in acrylic stationery. Printing processes range predominantly from silk screen printing to digital, letterpress, engraving, foiling which all work well with laser cut technology.”

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Gaining a wealth of fans from the world of the great and the good, Cutture and it team of designers, who each and every one, possess that same spirit of creating beauty from simplicity, are trailblazing into a new world, one in which many are still to catch up with.

The Creators: Admirable Crichton, Tamarind Collection

It’s often the case that those who create an event or make that event just so, get overlooked. Not in this case, for Think Shaadi Boutique presents Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani and Judith Leiber, it was party planners Admirable Crichton and Tamarind Collection, who both teamed up in a joint venture, that made our event glisten.

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The team at Admirable Crichton conceptualised the event magnificently. Spawning from a simple idea, to produce classically tailored parties that capture moments of magic, Admirable Crichton have made a name for themselves as the creators of luxuriously executed and finely honed events. They have caught the eye of HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, and now hold a Royal Warrant.

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From weddings to birthday parties to fashion events, Admirable Crichton work with a firm set of values, which are making sure each event is tailored to the customers requirements. Melding together age old principles with contemporary flare, in their own words – “With impeccable attention to detail, we oversee every aspect from the napkins and table setting to planning your honeymoon itinerary, design, decoration and entertainment, we have an enviable address book of the best suppliers and subcontractors in the world.”

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The crux of Admirable Crichton’s success is their devotion to heritage, cherry picking the best of what has gone before and reworking it for the modern era. Covering everything from venues to catering, they are truly a Renaissance company.

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Tamarind Collection, the caterers extraordinaire, remain a steadfast favourite of anyone wishing to experience mouthwatering cuisine, that is magnificently presented. A versatile brand, Tamarind Collection operate four restaurants in London and L.A, with a rich history, beginning in 1995, and a versatile range of menus, the group have notched up some amazing achievements in 20 years.

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Taking traditional Indian cuisine and injecting a fresh and bountiful zeal into it, Tamarind Collection offer a variety of classic staples such as Zaffrani Macchi, consisting of king fish chunks marinated with ginger, fresh mint, lime-leaf, green chilli and saffron, and Hyderabadi Shanks, slow-cooked lamb shanks with browned onions, ginger, garlic, yoghurt and ground spices. Their meals are a true feast.

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Tamarind Collection have been courted by some of the UK’s biggest and most loved organisations, including Lords Cricket Ground, English Heritage and the Science Museum. Their London restaurant Tamarind of London was awarded ‘Best Indian Cuisine’ at the 2012 Golden Foodie Awards. They have said that “over the years the Tamarind Collection’s fundamental philosophy has remained unchanged; to prepare exquisite food and that is coupled with service that is approachable and unobtrusive in stylish environments.”

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Admirable Crichton and Tamarind Collection are individual forces of creative brilliance, but their collaboration for Think Shaadi boutique brought these forces together beautifully. With the creation of a magical environment that showcased the designs in a manner befitting them.

Menu for our event included Spiced mixed paneer with mango in filo cup, Ground lamb cakes with cinnamon, garlic and chilli and Spiced potato vegetable croquettes coated with golden vermicelli.

Think Shaadi’s Boutique Presents: Judith Leiber Couture, Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani

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Cutture London designed the amazing invitations and board

Friday 15th May, at the Penthouse Suite of the Mayfair Hotel bought one of the defining moments in the Asian fashion fraternity in London: Judith Leiber, Tarun Tahiliani and Suneet Varma all showcased in the same room. Think Shaadi presented their latest collections from the three esteemed designers. It was the first time that these three luxury brands exhibited their collections at the same venue in London. Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani were also both there in person and Mrs. Sangeeta Assomull represented Judith Leiber.

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Suneet Varma exhibited his SS15 collection, titled ‘Decorative Arts of India‘ which drew its inspiration from traditional motifs and embroideries of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and the Southern states of India. His collection spoke of romance, femininity and flirtatiousness, where traditional Indian mets with a modern twist; gorgeous gulaal and fuchsia pinks from rose to deep magenta lie within his collection.

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The collection features two-piece sarees with embellished corset blouses with delicate antique zardosi, long anarkali kurtas with mirrorwork and thread embroidered all over jaal, short tunics with color-on-color thread and Swarovski crystals with draped dhoti salwars, Angrakha style kalidar kurtas which have short cropped jackets with draped collars and delicate bead embroidery. The key fabrics used with these are silk chiffon, georgette, silk jacquard and jewel-toned rich velvets. Suneet used stark white and ivory with color-on-color aari embroidery, dark navy and cobalt blue with antique, burnt gold and copper thread embellish these stunning lehengas, and also mirror work embellishment with large borders in thread embroidery; perfect for an evening wedding function. Sheer chiffon sarees decked with gold aari and thread embroidery in large floral motifs reminiscent of Punjab royalty also features in the collection. There are a mix of traditional Indian textiles in bright colors combined with the sensibility of the regal costumes of India.

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The collection’s highlights also include sheer sarees with velvet jackets, lightweight silk skirts and tunics with nostalgic antique embroideries, block printed ensembles in many shades of blue, Persian blue, turquoise, and navy teamed with dull gold. The sheer tulle sarees had grey and oyster pearls encrusted with stunning Swarovski crystals with intricate embroideries. and long kalidar kurtas in black, teal, ivory and red used thread embroidery in topkapi motifs. I admire how he has placed thought into every slight detail of each piece, may it be the use of nostalgic antique embroideries or the use of a variety of luscious fabrics. His collection in-fact does have a characterful piece to suit any occasion for the bride or even the bride’s immediate family members. Haven spoken to Suneet Varma, he thoroughly enjoyed the showcased and being no stranger to London he is a fan of the city!

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The Gold Rose – one of 5 in the world

Judith Leiber Couture exclusively unveiled The Gold Rose bag at the Think Shaadi boutique event, which is in-fact one in five in the world! This bag literally had a persona of it’s own, where it’s three tones of golden crystal encrusted extraordinaire of a bag mesmerized me. The bespoke additions to Judith Leiber Couture were the radiant Jelly Bean Collection and The Slide Lock personalized monogram minauideres.

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The Jelly Bean Collection

The Jelly Bean Collection featuring three classic silhouettes in sixteen vibrant shades. This bold take on timeless glamour creates a kaleidoscope of brilliant color. The bespoke personalized monogram minauideres were also showcased at the event. This timeless classics are available in various color options with limitless combinations monogrammed with up to three initials. This is the perfect personalised gift for the bride, which would definitely make her feel special.

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The Slide Lock personalized monogram minauideres

Within the spectrum of color are three of their most popular styles; the Slide Lock minaudière, the Ritz Fizz soft crystal clutch and a signature crocodile box. The palate includes a range of hues from light rose to hyacinth, to capri blue, to sunflower and peony. Without a doubt the Jelly Bean Collection offers a worthy indulgence and so the beautiful colors in the Judith Leiber metallic snakeskin clutch, the Samantha with silvertone hardware are paved with Austrian crystal envelope flap-top.

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Judith Leiber Couture’s collections really had something for everyone, where it be a fun pop of colour clutch from their Jelly Bean Collection or a sophisticated yet statement piece with their metallic snakeskin clutch. I look forward to what Judith Leiber Couture has more in store in the near future.

Tarun Tahiliani

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Tarun Tahiliani exhibited his Bridal Couture and Spring/Summer ’15 collections. The Spring Summer‘15 collection is inspired by the beautiful works of art done by the Singh Twins, artists who are based in the U.K. Their miniature style of paintings translates beautifully to printed clothing in the ready-to-wear range. The bridal and couture line that reflects the global Indian today is a fusion of Indian craftsmanship, perfected over generations with the fit, finish and functionality of western clothing. Tarun Tahiliani is best known for his classic drapes. His characteristic style and distinctive signature is visible in his creations which are a unique blend of traditional Indian sensibility, yet relevant to a contemporary environment. Works by The Singh Twins,acclaimed artists from the UK, play muse to this collection. In the unique genre of Past Modern, as opposed to Post Modern, The Singh Twins are two artists, twin sisters working as one, in tandem.  Reviving the technique of miniature painting and juxtaposing it with modern iconography, they create vibrant and detailed work that questions the conventional notion of the arts.

The miniature style of painting translates beautifully to digitally printed clothing in the ready-to-wear range. The illustrative style of the padhsahnama makes them look like they belong in the gilded age of the past but you will find the modern, social commentary if you look for it. Selectively chosen elements from different paintings ensure that the wit is not lost in translation. The colour inspirations are so unexpected that it could only exist in nature. The blue orange hue of a macaw, the reds and yellows of the rising sun – the palette pays homage to the Indian identity that celebrates colour with gusto, in a bohemian or a sophisticated setting. Not restricted to a pre-designed ensemble, the separates enable experimentation. The dhoti skirts and the lungi skirts are one-of-a-kind pieces in light fabric that fit effortlessly for the day. Jewel Tees can be transformative for the evening with jewel tones combining hand painted gold kalis giving it the grandeur and aplomb of a Klimt painting.

The bridal and couture line reflects the global Indian today, who is making choices which help him embrace his cultural inheritance as well as straddle the diaspora of identities that is modern living. A mélange of Indian craftsmanship perfected over generations with the fit, finish and functionality of western clothing. With the use of modern fabric like sheer silks, reshams and tullé; the ensemble becomes lighter, giving ease of movement. Drape and Structure – the definitive of a Tarun Tahiliani creation perfected over the years is permeating to its Couture sensibilities. Using stitched-in pleats and belted saris gives a contemporary element to traditional style and is added comfort, keeping everything in place. The colour scheme stretches to include blushes of light pink, jade and mauve reminiscent of American realist painter Edward Hopper. Light resham on ivory in soft shades create a pastoral fantasy as the light bounces off the sheer tulle. Muted tones and breezy layers of the anarkali kurta are as light as a summer’s day.

From draped drama the collection moves into the realm of intricate zari, and resham embroideries, chanderi cutwork and Lucknawi chikankari with its range of occasion wear.  Shades of twinkling champagne, playful pinks, rich gold and passionate reds encompasses  silhouettes that range from regal and festive to feminine and youthful. Lehengas, lehenga saris, saris, anarkalis and kurtas sheathed in splendour, create an aura around the adorned as if she “walks in beauty”. The regal jamawar bodice gets counter balanced by a stoic obi belt. Plentiful kalis of the anarkali frolic next to an airy mukaish dupatta. Lightness and comfort work in tandem with style and heritage to create a balance and traditional wear steps out of its cave and evolves into a fun, unencumbered experience.

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Think Shaadi was ably assisted by florist Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart, famed for her luxurious and opulent floral arrangements. Caterers Tamarind Collection, who operate four restaurants in London and LA, part of Tamarind Events Catering and have a Michelin Star under their belt arranged the delectable food. Haslem Productions who offer technical design and installation for events across London and the UK. Finally, Admiral Crichton, London based party planners and caterer to HRH The Prince of Wales, who helped realise the event.

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Tamarind Collection Caterers

Think Shaadi’s first boutique event was a fine showcase from a few of the most talented extraordinaires within luxury fashion fraternity and was a great success with an immensity of positive response. I look forward to this hopefully being one of many to come.

Let us know what you liked from these three esteemed designers at Think Shaadi’s boutique event by tweeting us @thinkshaadi and @londonkiladki.

Written by Victoria Das

Victoria is a London based blogger. She has a passion for fashion and food, with a speciality in contemporary Asian fashion. Victoria runs the blog London Ki Ladki. Here’s where you can find her around the web – Facebook: London Ki Ladki – Instagram:  London Ki LadkiTwitter: London Ki Ladki

The Perfect Outfits for Sisters

So here comes the sister of the bride. If you are bride or groom’s sister then you have a pivotal role to play in the big fat Indian wedding. There is a lot of focus on bridal styling and outfits so in today’s post I want to share some outfit and styling ideas for the bridesmaid.

Since bridesmaids have a lot of running around to do, it is better to opt for something light and trendy. You don’t have to go overboard with your styling – there is no point in stealing limelight from the bride plus you do not want to look like the bride. Personally I think bridesmaids should opt for something that looks elegant and trendy. Here are some styling ideas that you can try. I have taken inspiration from the catwalk and India’s top designers.

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Trust me people who have most fun in weddings are the bridesmaids. Indian weddings are fun and if your sister or brother is getting married then it makes the occasion even more special. Anushree Reddy is known for her pastel flower print lehenga and her latest collection is nothing but fun and feminine. Taking inspiration from the rich heritage of Hyderabad, The Royal Courtyard collections boasts of delicate embroideries, lace and floral prints. It is a go-to collection for any bridesmaid.

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My other favourite collection is Anita Dongree’s Summer Bride 2015. The gotta patti work in soft pastel colours is drool worthy. Though it is a bridal collection, there are some great non-bridal pieces as well.

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Sari with a Twist

Sari is such an elegant outfit that you can never go wrong with it. If you want to wear a sari as your bridesmaid outfit then you can give it a bit of a twist and make it trendy and modern. Here are some sari inspirations.

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Gaurav Gupta is know for his sari gowns and twisted drapes. In this electric blue piece here gives a new dimension to the outfit.

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I am a big fan of Anamika Khanna designs. The use of intricate lace adds a vintage charm to her outfits. This white sari with a flowy cape style blouse will look very elegant on a bridesmaid.

Crop Tops

Embellished crop tops teamed up with plain or light work lehenga is a wonderful option for a bridesmaid. With crop top lehenga you can get away by not wearing a dupatta. Crops tops can look very flattering on most most body shapes. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing a choli then crop tops are ideal.

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Something Different

If you do not want to go down the typical sari, lehenga or suit route then why not experiment with something different. Here are some outfit inspirations that you can experiment with.

Dhoti pant with a fitted jacket is a very unique combination and very different from your regular traditional outfits.

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Long Jacket teamed up with wide leg trousers is also a great alternative. Do try it if you do not want to go down the fun and feminine look.

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For more fashion inspiration have a look at some of the famous Bollywood sisters.

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Hope you got some ideas on how to style your bridesmaid outfit. Take your time to choose something that inspires you. Try on different outfits, may be take pictures and see which one looks good on you. Finally choose a dress that you like and feel good in.

By Mandavi Kaushik

DSCF3306Mandavi is a fashion stylist and blogger based in London, she has a passion for design and knows good style when she sees it. You read more from Mandavi over at her blog The Red Notebook Blog.

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Think Shaadi Showcase: The Jewel of Mayfair

On the 27th February, in the luxurious surroundings of the world renowned Mayfair Hotel, a group of artisans, invited by Think Shaadi came together, and created something truly unique, an event that melded the aesthetics of East and West, in a feast of fine craftsmanship, executed with angelic precision.

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Stylish designs comprising of wedding gowns, cakes, floral displays and jewellery were a delectable feast for the eyes. With a coterie of 250 guests, from high-society, the luxury industry and media, the Jewel of Mayfair was a triumphant experiment in bringing differing aspects of the luxury wedding industry to one place.

The Event was captured on film by the photographic pioneers at Muse Motion Pictures, who took some exceptional shots of this wondrous creativity. We have to give them special thanks for beautifully capturing our first showcase.

The Jewel of Mayfair was designed by Scarlet Events, who have in the past created some outstanding events for clients in the luxury, arts, design and lifestyle sectors. The Jewel of Mayfair was orchestrated with four specific jewel themes – ruby, emerald, sapphire and diamond. The team at Scarlet Events choose the colours to showcase prevalent themes in weddings, but also jewels which typify luxury to the finest degree. It was a rich palette for the designers to work with, and what emerged was a hypnotic fairy tale.

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The Ruby room, situated in the Dazinger suite, evoked a certain regal quality, tinged with romance. Featuring a 50-foot long table, decorated with vintage gold ornamentation and replete with a variety of flowers, including Grand Prix Roses, burgundy tulips, red spray roses et al, along with fresh pomegranates, figs and grapes. The tables centrepiece was a magnificent six tier cake, inspired by the Baroque period, it was a dramatic explosion of sugary glory, festooned with edible roses, so intricately designed they looked real.

The cake was the work of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. Founded by artisan Elizabeth Solaru, who oversees each design from her London based workshop. Elizabeth’s cakes are all about pushing the boundaries of sugar craft, keeping luxury and artistic realism at the forefront. From celebration cakes to cupcakes, Elizabeth has courted the attention of such media luminaries as Vogue, Conde Nast Brides and Hello magazine amongst many others.

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To encapsulate the essence of romance, place settings were styled by Whitehouse. A company that emerged from a passion to supply the finest crockery and glassware, Whitehouse have become renowned in the event industry for their unique tastes, sourcing each of their products from around the world, and supplying to a wealth of high profile clients. Their raison d’etre is to create elegance in a variety of forms.

The icing on the cake for the table design was the etched menus, fashioned in a gorgeous style and finished in gold. They were the brainchild of Intricate Creations, a company that works on the cutting edge of design, producing contemporary, laser-cut wedding and event stationary. Despite their thoroughly modern design approach, Intricate Creations gather their inspirations from a variety of sources, from nature, the arts and of course history. Their menu designs echoed strongly artistic motifs of the Baroque, which complimented the cake perfectly.

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A Bespoke four course dinner, for 52 lucky people, was arranged by Cinnamon Club and celebrity chef Vivek Singh of Cinnamon Restaurants. Epitomising culinary innovation, Cinnamon Club are synonymous with mouth-watering cuisine, melding a variety of flavours and recipes from around the globe, of course always made from the finest British produce. Cinnamon Club’s reputation is cemented thanks to two things, an old fashioned love for good food and a solid work ethic grounded in creativity.

The vintage style furniture came from Great Hire. A company that devotes its energies to shunning mediocrity, and embracing elegance and masterful quality furnishings. Really paying attention to each client’s desires and delivering only the very best.

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The Upper Atrium was transformed into the Sapphire room, with a distinctly Parisian feel, the theme was brought to life using predominantly blue brocade linen and French furniture. Hyacinths, forget-me-nots and hydrangeas were the dominant flowers for this setting, giving a tinge of rustic romance.

The Sapphire room was particularly relaxed and a social atmosphere prevailed, with a cocktail bar at the far end, with experimental cocktails by Drinks Fusion. Established in 2006, Drinks Fusion are all about providing thirst quenching bespoke cocktails, having worked with high profile clients in the arts, design, fashion and lifestyle sectors, to quote the team their ethos is “to bring a unique experience to our clients by providing the opportunity to taste some of the world’s finest spirits, wines and food, in a classic, contemporary and inspirational way, using only the finest ingredients.”

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The bar area was illuminated perfectly, thanks to lighting by Smoking Gun Events. A company that leads the way in creating events that cater to individual tastes and needs impeccably, they are the leaders in event lighting, understanding that an event cannot shine if it isn’t properly lit.

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The Sapphire Room also showcased the stylish and masculine tailoring of Paul Jheeta, whose suits encapsulate a mix of contemporary aesthetics and age old craftsmanship, rooted firmly in quality. Paul began his career back in 1997, working under the tutelage of Antony Price, he quickly stood out as a star tailor, understanding the minutiae of this very specific sartorial environment. After a number of years perfecting his craft, he launched his own label ‘Paul Jheeta’ back in 2008, since becoming a giant of Savile Row.

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The mezzanine, being the first section guests encountered as they entered the event, was where the Emerald room was arrange, once again a regal, imperial essence emanated from this display. There were two very prominent colours, which complimented one another, green and gold.

The front table was centred on a giant floral display, by the king of floristry Rob Van Helden. An unrivaled master in creating ethereal beauty, Dutch born Rob has provided some of the most awe inspiring bouquets etc. since 1986, garnering a reputation as an artist of merit.

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A man who sees the potential to create artistic grandeur with flowers, he has put his Midas touch to floral designs across Europe, Asia, the Far East, the Gulf and the USA, including Princess Margaret’s 70th birthday, Elton John’s civil partnership; the Beckhams’ World Cup party; the Alfred Dunhill Cup; Pierce Brosnan’s wedding and the James Bond film premieres.

An eye popping six tier cake by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, decorated with gold paisley designs, along with edible gold roses acted as the perfect partner for Rob’s floral designs.

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Further along, a mini-exhibition took place, with famed couture design house Oscar de la Renta displaying some of their new collection. Oscar de la Renta emerged in the swinging sixties, with an idea of creating a luxury goods company that embraced femininity and pristine aesthetics, incorporating influences from the art historical to nature and design. Despite Oscar himself passing away last year, his label dominates the bridal design scene, creating collections that brides the world over clamor for.

For the Jewel of Mayfair, Oscar de la Renta exhibited several bridal and cocktail dresses, in panoply of pastel shades, from white to yellow. The collection was also sported by graceful models, who looked every inch like seraphim’s, gliding around the exhibit.

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The models hair was styled by Aamir Naveed, a man who views hairdressing as an art form, not just an ephemeral luxury. Aamir has reworked the entire concept, creating styles that compliment a woman’s personality as well as outer beauty. He is a much sought after stylist, being the lead stylist for international fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherji, amongst other things.

Make-up was by Ambreen, an innovative make-up artist who’s supplied her talents to a smorgasbord of celebrities from the UK, as well as Bollywood. What is unique about Ambreen is her ability to perfectly balance subtlety with extravagance. Like a true artist, she looks beyond the superficial, applying makeup that compliments bone structure, facial contours etc. Ambreen’s essential goal is to enrich a person’s youthful vitality.

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Finally, the models were given some exceptional henna designs from H Beauty. Headed by Halimah Abubacker, H Beauty reaches back into the depths of Indian history to recreate henna designs, giving of course a hint of the contemporary. She is much in demand from the media and beauty industry.

Adding the final touch of glamour to the Emerald room was the Entertainment Design Company, who exhibited some of their simply spell bounding invitation designs. A great favourite with our guests. The Entertainment Design Company is an atelier who creates stationary unlike any other, every design, no matter whether it’s big or small, is given the same attention that Michelangelo gave his sculpture of David. Making sure that the design is precise and most importantly always individual. The Entertainment Design Company has turned the previously simple matter of stationary design into an art form of sheer magnificence.

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The Diamond room was featured in the Lower Atrium, and its theme was one of ethereal and delicate intimacy, with a Perspex table and chairs, which framed the magnificent Phalaenopsis orchids, styled by Rob Van Helden, glassware by Whitehouse and of course Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium’s five tier cake, with its stunning pearl sugar peacock.

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Adjacent was another mini-exhibition, which saw the Queen of accessory design Judith Leiber’s quirky and luxurious clutch bags. The American luxury brand is world famous for its ability to mix the fun and creative with the stylish. A firm favourite for celebrities to sport on the red carpet. Judith Leiber works on the belief that flawless design and minute attention to detail is what creates the beauty of the finished product.

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Opposite were some immensely detailed and superbly crafted shoe designs, from the London based designer Aruna Seth. A seasoned socialite with a passion for beautiful things, Aruna Seth went about launching her own design house, which catered to women who appreciate the beauty of shoe design, just as she does.

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The result of her creative endeavours is a brand that masters the art of luxury. Her designs are intensely unique, usually featuring floral and butterfly motifs. The chic shoes are crafted from the finest materials in the world, from leather, silk, ribbons and more. Both collections were exhibited on top of mirrored plinths.

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The final Aladdin’s cave of the Jewel of Mayfair was the Luxury lounge. An ordinary conference room was transformed into a bastion of colour and craftsmanship. The goal was to create a boutique like experience for the guests, with £2.5 million worth of jewellery and watches.

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The jewellery came from Amrapali, a brand born in the regal state of Rajasthan, the city of kings. Its two founders Rajiv Arora & Rajesh Ajmera were history lovers in every sense of the word, with such a devoted passion for the art of the past they set up about launching Amrapali. They are renowned for creating jewellery that in unapologetically grand and regal. Each piece is crafted to personify the rich heritage of India, marking them out with a contemporary twist.

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The watches were from Watches of Switzerland, who source some of the finest time pieces from artisans across Europe. Watches of Switzerland are a company that pay a great deal of attention to finding wrist watches that make a man or woman stand out from the crowd. Carefully procuring designs from such luxury industry stalwarts as Cartier, Rolex and Jaeger-LeCoultre et al.

Image credits: Muse Motion Pictures

Gifts for the Groom

In the great matrimonial adventure, the groom rarely gets a mention aside from during the traditional rituals, which require a good deal thought and attention, often the focus is on the bride and the wedding party. However, there is a shift happening, with weddings becoming more individualistic, the time has come for grooms to take a bit more centre stage, especially where gift giving is concerned.

Now, you can never go wrong with a watch. It’s one of those essential gifts that any man would be pleased with, and if it’s a wedding gift, then it’s guaranteed to give an extra piece of sentimental value to his big day.

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Our wonderful Think Shaadi partners Watches of Switzerland offer a handsome variety of beautifully designed and carefully chosen watches. Founded in 1924, Watches of Switzerland have garnered an implacable reputation over the years, known for their style and finesse.

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With a range of watches, from Rue Du Rhone and Breitling to Cartier and Rolex, the choices really are endless, and cater to a variety of high-end tastes.

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Of course, one of the best gifts to give a groom is a finely designed suit. Ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, there’s a wealth of styles to choose from. Think Shaadi partner Paul Jheeta, is one of our particular favourites.

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Paul is bespoke tailor, who operates on the prestigious and world famous Savile Row. It’s a close-knit establishment, but Paul, with his tenacity and talent, managed to literally become part of the fabric at Savile Row. Training in intensive pattern cutting, stand modelling and garment making for ladies and men’s wear, then working with the genius Antony Price.

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Having worked and trained with some of the best in the industry, Paul has perfected his talents to a fine degree.

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Paul works an effortless magic in creating classic suits of both Western and South Asian tradition, the stitching is always perfect and the over all execution is second to none.

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So, here is just two ideas in which to genuinely show the groom some love and attention.