The Wedding of Sanjay Hinduja and Anu Mahtani

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Described as “one of the world’s most eligible bachelors” business tycoon Sanjay Hinduja married his designer girlfriend Anu Mahtani in epic style, with a wedding that cost an estimated £15,000,000. Hinduja is the son of  Gopichand and the nephew of Srichand, two of the richest men in Britain.

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The wedding took place on February 6 at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai, obviously it was a vertable who’s who of Bollywood. Guests included Preity Zinta and Sophie Choudry, Rashmi Nigam, actor Sanjay Kapoor’s wife Maheep, designer Manish Malhotra and singer Nicole Scherzinger amongst others. J-Lo wowed the guests with a typically raunchy performance.

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Nicole Scherzinger produced some outstanding shots on Instagram.

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And J-Lo took her first ever India “selfie”

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The 800-person party then moved, on February 10, to the atmospheric lakeside Rajasthan town of Udaipur – setting for the Bond film Octopussy. Manish Malhotra designed a beautiful array of lehengas and sarees for the bride, which were stunning.

Manish, Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani, amongst others, took Twitter and Instagram with gusto during festivities. Here’s some of our favourites.

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Photos courtesy of Manish Malhotra, Rachana Rajaraman, Bollywood Mantra and NDTV

Arpita and Aayush’ Star Studded Reception

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Yes, it may be overused to say, but the wedding of Arpita Khan and Ayush Sharma was a fairytale, in a palatial setting with almost all of Bollywood attending. The newlywed’s reception was no different, with the luxurious event being held on Friday at the Taj Lands End Hotel, Bandra.

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The wedding cavalcade moved from Hyderabad to the trendy metropolis of Mumbai, and the guest list, with Mumbai being the Hindi film industry’s homeland, was literally a who’s who of talent.

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So, just who attended this lavish shindig to end all lavish shindigs? Let’s start with the Khan family. Salman khan proved the most vocal, on social media, giving us up to the minute info on all the happenings. Taking us through the wedding to the reception.

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The celebrities were decked out in suitably gorgeous attire, Ameesha Patel attended wearing a lavish pink ensemble by Manish Malhotra, and jewels by Amol Jewellers, others donning a bit of Manish Malhotra were Patralekhaa, Sonakshi Sinha, who looked equally stunning. Gaurav Gupta proved another favourite for female guests, such as Divya Kumar Khosla, and Anita Dongre being favoured by Karisma Kapoor and Sangeeta Bijlani.

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Other guests included legendry actor and director Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, Asha Parekh, Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D’Souza, Govinda, Vinod Khanna, Shraddha Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta and her husband Mahesh Bhupathi, and Jacqueline Fernandez, among others.

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If you thought the wedding at Falaknuma Palace was extravagant then the reception was the cherry on the cake.

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Photos courtesy of Pink Villa, NDTV, Express, Instagram and Twitter

Anita Dongre’s Fabulous New Store

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We at Think Shaadi have long been a fan of Anita Dongre, her minimalist take on traditional bridal wear is incredibly refreshing and her sense of modern aesthetics is aw inspiring. Anita’s design ethos is all about wearability, a method which has seen her become one of the favourite designers of brides everywhere.

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Now, what is making us so excited is the recent launch of Anita’s flagship store at DLF Emporio, the sprawling 3000 sq ft. bastion of luxury. As you can see, her store is rich in Rajasthani flare, but with splashes of design modernity infused throughout. In our opinion, it’s the perfect environment for Anita’s many fans to get their design fix.

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The launch attracted the great and the good from fashion and film, two which have long been interlinked, including Suneet Varma, Dia Mirza, Sangeeta Bijlani, Pernia Qureshi, Radhika Chanana, Sujata Assomull Sippy, Harmeet Bajaj et al. They were all personally greeted by Anita as they entered the store.

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Anita revealed her thoughts on the store, commenting – “I am excited to launch my store at Emporio, and look forward to sharing the Anita Dongre design aesthetic with style connoisseurs of New Delhi. My design philosophy is elegant, feminine yet comfortable and I present my vision, through my latest collection India Modern, seeped in heritage without being weighed down by decorative detailing.”

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There’s already been a stampede of eager customers rushing to experience the elegant sophistication of Anita’s store, not to mention the beauty of her designs, and this eagerness won’t be disappearing anytime soon.

Photos courtesy of Anita Dongre and The Delhi Bride

Tarun Tahiliani: Bridal Couture Exposition

As we trundle along towards Vogues carnival of bridal dreams, the Wedding Show, let’s take some time out to focus on those Kings and Queens of fashion who will be taking part. Recently, that fine master of the evocative and the ethereal Tarun Tahiliani, brought all his power and prestige together at his Bridal Exposition. It was the sixth edition of Tahiliani’s now legendary expositions, which was staged at The Four Seasons Hotel in the vibrant capital of fashion Mumbai, before it heads to Delhi in August. This time around Tahiliani has collaborated with World Gold Council, for Azva, Forevermark, Swarovski and Diageo – Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18.’ It was a grand affair to stimulate the senses of the fashion conscious, carefully put together, with attention paid to detail which was reminiscent of a coronation ceremony; it defined luxury and sartorial innovation. The mannequins, which were festooned with his designs, were painted in gold, we certainly wouldn’t expect anything less, the beautiful male and female models were obviously angelic and the exhibition room was distinctly regal. For this collection Tahiliani titled it ‘The Modern Mughals’ a most apt title it has to be said, because Tahiliani singlehandedly brought those well known sartorial attributes, so emblematic of the Mughal age straight into the 21st century, an era when potential brides and grooms are so desperate for that mix of the traditional and the functional. The transcendent designs flow like honey, glistening with charm and sweetness. Don’t be mistaken though, sweet and charming they may be, but there is also Tahiliani’s trademark power intertwined between the stitching. These are statement pieces, each one possessing certain individual qualities from the last. The colours are if taken from a panoramic sunset in the countryside, deep oranges, reds, bronze, gold, silver and sun kissed greens etc. They conjure up a vision of a queen at her summer palace, essentially rural splendour at its best. As is stated, the inspirations and influences come from the Mughals, but not just from fashion, but from their jewellery, art, architecture, literature etc, and every facet of civilisation that the Mughals, with their mixture of Indian and Persian aesthetics, sensibilities and mores came up with. Going back to the modern Mughal though, for this collection modernity sits neatly and harmoniously alongside these historic influences, this is prominently seen in the fact that each design has so much accessibility and above all breathability. The bridegroom’s were certainly not left out either, the shift from all out traditionalism to exciting modern twists had their place here too, with pre-stitched dhotis and jodhpurs etc, that were not in the usual muted colour schemes, but were instead in bright and celebratory hues, not forgetting the careful stitching and embroidery. Tarun Tahiliani continues his journey as a creative master mind, surprising and delighting us all, each and every time.   Images courtsey of  Tarun Tahiliani.

Competition: Gehna Jewellers Mothers Day Contest

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Gehna Jewellers, a Bandra based jewellery design company, and Think Shaadi partners, have just launched their Mothers Day Contest, which gives you the chance to win an array of exquisite goodies. Simply upload an image of you and your mother via Twitter or Instagram, tag @Gehnajewellers1, then using #MomIsMyWorld tell them why she is the centre of your universe.

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Headed by Sunil Datwani, Gehna Jewellers is the premier design house for luxurious and unique jewellery. Opening up their store in uber trendy Bandra, Gehna features some of the best artisans in the industry, including Shaina NC, James Ferreira and Shaheen Abbas. Together they create stunning collections, which are intricately designed using the finest gold, diamonds and platinum.

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Inside a real Bollywood wedding

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Actor Esha Deol‘s wedding to Bharat Takhtani was one of the highlight celebrity weddings of 2013. Esha is the daughter of Bollywood power couple Hema Malini and Dharmendra. Among the thousands of guests that attended the ceremonies,  there were a whole host of B-town’s glitterati –  from living legend Amitabh Bachchan,  Sridevi, Vinod Khanna, Vidya Balan, Zeenat Aman, Salman Khan, Rekha, Fardeen Khan, Tabu, Jeetendra, Madhuri Dixit and many others.

Esha was quoted,  ‘A wedding happens only once in our life, so I want it to be perfect’ and based on this heart warming video, we are sure it was really special!

The entire event was beautifully captured by Delhi based Badal Raja. Badal and Raja Jain are brothers that specialise in cinematic wedding films and candid photography. They have covered numerous weddings for Indian industrialists and celebrities.