Well, under ₹46,000 to be precise.
Receptions. An event most of the Indian community still continues to have at weddings, even when the bride and groom are from the same city. I know there’s a small section of you who have started to do away with Receptions as a separate event altogether. Makes sense. You can just combine your wedding ceremony with the Reception. After all, when your pheras are done and you stand on stage to greet your guests as man and wife, having a separate Reception essentially means you’re going to do the same thing all over again. The workings of a combined Wedding+Reception is something I can talk about for an hour, so let’s leave that for another post!
Their spectacular wedding has taken over the blog this week – with photographs by Joseph Radhik lending stunning visuals to what was one of the best weddings of 2014. You’re still wondering – What was the Sangeet like? The Wedding? Shonan & Adesh had a dozen pre-wedding functions, and zooming out to give you a taste of the highlights of the rest seemed the right way to conclude their story. This is the last post in the series.
If you haven’t seen the previous posts, go back to them here – first, second, third, fourth and fifth.
Shonan & Adesh’s wedding was not only spectacular, it was also unique – with their thoughtful families and friends coming together to help them celebrate the best day of their lives with a lot of love, fun & creativity! While I heard all the stories the bride and the people involved in organising the wedding were telling me, I started to notice how certain details stood out. Things I’ll never forget – whether it was the awe-struck feeling of seeing an image for the first time, or the realisation of how beauty shines through small acts made out of love. These are 10 of those precious moments, that made their wedding truly unforgettable. Learn a little, appreciate the rest, and be inspired.
A Touch of Her Grandmother’s Bridal Outfit to Her Wedding Lehenga
This post is a part of the series from Shonan & Adesh’s wedding. Read it from the beginning:
Post #1: A Shadow Box Wedding Invite
Post #2: Of Tea Cakes, Farm Roses & 7 Course Meals | Shonan’s Bridal Shower
Post #3: Brij Holi & Mehendi —
- Part 1: The Story Behind This Photograph
- Part 2: Mehendi
- Part 3: Brij Holi
3 months of painstakingly planning the next 1 hour to perfection was about to come together.
The stage was set, and over 300 chairs had been placed before it for the guests to enjoy the spectacle. As promised, Nazneen and her team had run the vibrant Mehendi theme through the second-tier of the garden at Madhuli Apartments. Continue reading
This is post #4 in the series. Read the series from the beginning starting here.
20th December, 2014.
The day Shonan and her family had been excitedly anticipating was finally here. And needless to say, it was beyond extra-ordinary.
The bride’s family wanted to run a theme across all three levels of the garden at Madhuli Apartments – traditional Mehendi décor with splashes of vibrant colours, and a dash of quirky – and that is exactly what the decorators gave them.
Embroidered umbrellas, flower rangolis that cascaded down all 3-levels at the staircase, dabbas as centrepieces and candles that were lit once the sun started to set – Nazneen and Taskeen of the decor team had outdone themselves and the bride could hardly believe how picturesque it all looked.
This is the 3rd post in the series about Shonan & Adesh’s wedding. Read it from the beginning here – first post, second post.
Shonan + Adesh, Mumbai
Time spent planning this Brij Holi: 3 months
Number of hours of sleep during the wedding season before this shoot: 30 in 6 days
Flight + cab time from Hyd venue to Bom venue: 6 hours including traffic
Amount of time when the sky turned this amazing deep purple blue: 10 minutes
Shutter speed: 1/320th of a second
The look on the bride’s family’s faces after seeing this shot: Priceless!
Joseph Radhik uploaded this picture on his Facebook page on 20th December, 2014. Joe runs Stories by Joseph Radhik – a wedding photography and videography company that in my opinion is one of the best in the country. His caption was intriguing. What really did go on in the months leading up to this moment, this photograph?
This is that story.
I was in Mumbai this December for a wedding, when I visited a family friend of mine at her Peddar Road home. As the evening sun spilled through the glass windows and made its way across the marble tiles, we sat down with tea and home made chocolates for a long overdue catch up session. A beautiful box on the dining table caught my eye, and as I picked it up I realised it was an invite to the wedding of an old classmate of mine. While I have lost touch with most of my junior school friends, I never lose a chance to hear an update about their current whereabouts and new lives. There’s something special about an old classmate, isn’t there? You might barely know each other anymore, but you’ll always remember them fondly. Nostalgia and rose-tinted glasses walk hand in hand it seems.
There was one big name missing from fashion week last month – Anita Dongre.
Lakme Fashion Week came and went, as did Wills India Fashion Week’s re-named avtaar – Amazon India Fashion Week. I did multiple “best of” posts for both, and was sure that Anita Dongre would make it to the Top Picks. But not a sniff of a spring-summer or autumn-winter collection by the designer, at either fashion week. Where is she?
Brides all over the globe have been waiting for what Anita Dongre has in store for us in 2015. Is there anything new in the works?
I might as well re-name this post to The Best of Payal Singhal, because hers was the only show I loved completely at Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015. For the first time, I loved not just the wearable pieces, but also those statement-making ones that leave you wondering who would wear that off the runway. Yes, I loved those ones too.
3 years ago, my wedding date was decided. I had 8 months, to be the fittest bride I could possibly be. I began yoga classes for the first time in my life, and started eating healthy. I still gorged on cakes, but I also had more home food and completely gave up potato chips and aerated drinks. Over the first year of my married life, I slowly began to let go of all my healthy practices. I won’t go into details of the past here, mainly because you can just read about the struggles in old Fitness posts. Thankfully, we are not trees. If we don’t like where we are, we can move. We are not trees. And so I’d like to move. Get back onto the fitness bandwagon. Feel full of energy and strong again. This is the chronicling of that journey. It’s far from perfect, but that’s what change is – it’s hard, and it’s messy. And since a lot of you will be getting married in a few months time, this might help you out – as I’m starting from scratch again. Brides of 2015, welcome to my first fitness update where I started working out again after a gap of almost 2 years.