Roger Smith: The Story of a Luxury Watch Maker

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Situated in the Irish sea, the Isle of Man is a small and unassuming Crown Dependency, nestled between Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, it’s this tiny bastion of Norse-Gaelic culture that is home to one of the finest horologists in the world – Roger Smith. He works away amid the tranquility of the countryside, in a cottage which has been converted into a miniature mechanical wonderland, designing some of the worlds most exquisite, and most expensive, watches. It’s an unusual setting for an unusual job, and I got the chance to chat with Roger about his work.

Roger made his first steps into the world of watchmaking when he took up a course at the British School of Horology in Manchester, he explains “It was a course which taught people how to repair clocks and watches. I heard about it through my father, who was interested in taking this course as a part-time hobby. It was as simple as that really, I heard about the course, found it interesting, and as someone who’s always been very practical, I took to it like a duck to water.”

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In 1989, soon after completing his course in Manchester, Roger worked under the tutelage of the legendary George Daniels, a horologist who was regarded as one the world’s greatest watchmakers, up until his death in 2011. One of few men to build watches completely by hand, Daniels’ most famous invention was the coaxial escapement, which allowed watches to be built without lubricant. It was Roger’s time spent with this pioneer that sealed his destiny for a career in horology.

Now confident enough to set up shop on his own, Roger launched his company R. W. Smith Watches officially in 2001. With the Isle of Man now his home, he converted his cottage into a fully functioning workshop, and gathered together a small team. To this day Roger and his team produce just 10 watches per year, due primarily to the intricate methodology he employs in creating each design. “It starts with me designing the watch and that’s something which is very different with my company” he says “because I act as both designer and maker, which today in the industry is rarely heard of, and this was an approach which was started by George Daniels in the late 1960’s. He made his first watch by hand, and it’s a way of doing things that I found very exciting. So, I will start off with designing the dial and the hands, and then the case, which are the most important features of a watch. Once I’m happy with the balance and the aesthetics of that, then I will start to design the mechanism which provides the information for the dial. This can be a very long and drawn out process. To give an example, the new watch has to date taken four years to refine and improve, it’s a massive undertaking.”

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An R. W. Smith watch is defined by its aesthetics, mechanical gems of absolute beauty, and Roger sources his inspirations from two very specific places “my inspirations come from watches I see everyday” he explains “but also, I take a look back at the great history we have in Britain. Without doubt we’ve got one the most enviable horological histories in the world, and there’s tons of inspiration to be found there. If you plan to build on anything you have to look back to see what has gone before you, so that’s a particularly special area of inspiration for me. Basically, horology is a very complex field and it involves everything from mechanics to aesthetics.”

After 15 years, R. W. Smith is coming out with a special range of watches, which will be launched in November, as Roger told me “that’s quite a big thing for such a tiny manufacturer.” Sadly he could not divulge anymore than that, so we will have to wait and see what creations he has come up with.

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The distinct charms of a traditional mechanical watch show no signs of dwindling, and Roger Smith is a man leading the charge for quality and true craftsmanship in the field.

By Ben Mirza

BENMIRZATITLEBen is the Editor of the Think Shaadi blog. Aside from that he is a freelance blogger, photographer, web designer and copy-writer. He has written for numerous print and digital magazines across the world, and worked with a variety of clients in the arts and lifestyle sector. You can find out more about Ben by visiting his website benmirza.com.

 

 

 

Photos of Roger courtesy of R. W. Watches, all other photos are sourced from Google and belong to their owners respectively.

Doli Diaries with Nargis Fakhri

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A Think Shaadi event, Este Couture recently hosted a tête à tête with Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri. Wearing a gorgeous Priyal Prakash lehenga from Este Couture, stunning jewellery from Deeya Jewellery, and beautiful hair and make-up by Ambreen Make-up Artist, the discussions ranged from Nargis’ fashion inspiration, skin care tips, staying fit, and what her future wedding and hen do would be like!

Working with Think Shaadi’s partners, the event featured fabulous floral arrangements by Neil Strain, beautifully scented candles by Tara Sofia, and candles by Essential Couture. Think Shaadi also worked alongside media partners RR Public Relations to cover this amazing event.

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Desi Rascals stars Jo and Natalie Shah also stopped by the event and took in one of the major highlights, the Openbooth -a fantastic photography experience for a great souvenir!

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You’ll be able to catch more of the event, including the interviews, on Think Shaadi’s YouTube channel.

Written by Neha Oberoi

Originally fNeha Oberoirom Canada, Neha is a London based fashion and travel blogger. Business woman by day and blogger by night, Neha loves to analyze and has a flair for spotting upcoming fashion trends. You can see what inspires Neha and her latest outfits on her Blog; for daily fashion updates you can follow her on Instagram; or say hi on Facebook and Twitter.

ThinkShaadi Highlights: Vogue Wedding Show 2015

The Vogue Wedding Show 2015 took place at the Taj Palace Hotel on August 7th. A three day, invitation-only event, it saw the Crème de la Crème of the luxury industry, from designers to wedding planners, converge.

We at Think Shaadi were on the ground from the first day, getting a first hand account of all the amazing designs, masterclasses and conversations on offer.

Here are our highlights captured beautifully by ThinkShaadi Partner Stories by Joseph Radhik

Jenny Packham’s 2016 Bridal Collection

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Inspired by the work of England’s greatest playwright William Shakespeare, Jenny Packham’s latest collection draws inspiration from one of the bards most familiar works ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Ethereal and feminine are the two words which sum up this collection, with its flurry of delicate florals, complimented by flowing fabrics of luxurious silks and satin’s.

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Evoking that fairytale world of Shakespeare’s magical play, there is a genuine elegance to this collection, fusing elements of the English countryside, the literary and indeed Elizabethan world, Jenny Packham has stuck gold once more.

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Silhouettes and beautiful contours remain a strong feature in this collection, with many of the designs floating in a princess like manner, however there are close cut mermaid shapes and tiny shifts, which adds the element of sartorial variety to the collection.

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Igniting thoughts of dreamy woodlands, where the sun pierces through the lush green branches of the trees, Jenny Packham truly let her imagination run wild. Embellishments ranged from ebullient rosy bundles of feathers at the waist, with another that includes an understated sheath, and cape featuring pastel floral embellishments at the neckline.

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Keeping with embellishments, others include oversized camellia flowers which accent the simpler silhouettes, adding an amazingly whimsical feel. The palette befits the theme perfectly, with a gorgeous mix of white, creams, gold and more pastel colours.

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This marvelous collection, with its simply gorgeous style is one of the finest of the new seasons.

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

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A gorgeous honeymoon to top off that amazing wedding is the perfect way to start off your happily ever after. Below are our picks of the top 10 honeymoon destinations for you and your special someone.

1. Koh Samui, Thailand

A tropical island with gorgeous palm tree lined beaches, Koh Samui is a dream like destination with stunning resorts, luxury private villas, and gorgeous bungalows. This is the perfect place to relax on the beach after the hectic wedding festivities; or if you prefer a bit of adventure go snorkelling and see the vibrant marine life, go zip-lining in the rainforest, or hiking in the tropical jungle.

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Lower swimming pool at Villa 2 of Sangsuri private resort, North Chaweng, Koh Samui, Thailand2. Cape Town, South Africa

One of the most multi-cultural cities in the world, Cape Town is known for its harbour and as the best place in the world to visit by The New York Times in 2014. The dry, warm summers at Cape Town last from December to March and is the perfect destination for the active couple to take advantage of the vast open space by going hiking or mountain-biking, paragliding off of Lion’s Head, and abseiling off of Table Top Mountain.

3. Maldives

A tropical paradise, the Maldives is perfect for an intimate and romantic honeymoon. The secluded islands feature white sand beaches and a crystal clear warm sea with near perfect weather all year round. Be sure to see the well known sea of stars with your sweetie to top off your perfect honeymoon.

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maldives4. Positano, Italy

A beautiful village on the Amalfi Coast, Positano features cascading houses over the mountain in sun-bleached pink, peach and terracotta colours. With a deep history of fashion, this quaint village is perfect for a quiet and romantic honeymoon.

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poistano-45. Kerala, India

Known for its famous back waters, Kerala features stunning boat houses and spice and tea covered mountains. This picturesque destination known as ‘God’s Own Country’ is perfect for relaxation and sight-seeing. Plus you get to indulge in flavour rich food and stunning views you’ll remember and dream of forever.

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Surrounded by a stunning turquoise lagoon, Bora Bora is a luxury honeymoon destination synonymous for its over water bungalows. This secluded paradise is the perfect place to unwind in a lush and romantic atmosphere and that much need R&R after the hectic wedding.

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Fall in love as soon as you set your eyes on the white washed houses and blue domed churches overlooking the gorgeous sea. Visit the never ending vineyards in the day, and watch the sunset reflect off the houses creating a spectacular red and orange glow in the evenings. Relax on the multicoloured sandy beaches or go boating for a completely romantic honeymoon.

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Known for its turquoise tinted lake surrounded by gorgeous mountains, Lake Louise is the perfect destination for couples who prefer a cooler climate. With an average high of 20C in the summers, and -5C in the winters, this is the ideal place to go skiing or hiking during the day, and relaxing with your sweetheart in front of the fireplace during the evening.

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With gorgeous mountains and beautiful beaches, the scenery in Bali is like something out of a dream. The natural beauty of this exotic island mesmerises the visitor through its lush nature, colourful ceremonies, and warm and welcoming people. Bali is the perfect place to relax while enjoying a rich and generous culture in beautiful surroundings.

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With gorgeous weather and beaches, a great live music scene, and a vibrant night life, Aruba is perfect for a little bit of everything. This island country is all about sun and fun offering both land and water activities to keep you busy during the day, and casinos, night clubs and restaurants during the evenings.

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Written by Neha Oberoi

Originally fNeha Oberoirom Canada, Neha is a London based fashion and travel blogger. Business woman by day and blogger by night, Neha loves to analyze and has a flair for spotting upcoming fashion trends. You can see what inspires Neha and her latest outfits on her Blog; for daily fashion updates you can follow her on Instagram; or say hi on Facebook and Twitter.

Lakme Fashion Week Grand Finale: Gaurav Gupta

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In a spectacular grand finale to Lakme Fashion Week, designer Gaurav Gupta presented his futuristic collection in celebration of his 10-year journey in fashion.

Sculpted and draped to perfection, this collection features figure flattering dresses perfect for red carpet glamour. Sleek and sexy with a strong sari inspiration are the best ways to describe this collection. Gupta uses strong colours of white, black, grey and red to create a feminine silhouette.

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Show stopper Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor stunned in a grogeous figure hugging black dress with a mermaid style skirt. Gupta’s creativity continues to wow as we see more and more of his amazing work!

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Written by Neha Oberoi

Originally fNeha Oberoirom Canada, Neha is a London based fashion and travel blogger. Business woman by day and blogger by night, Neha loves to analyze and has a flair for spotting upcoming fashion trends. You can see what inspires Neha and her latest outfits on her Blog; for daily fashion updates you can follow her on Instagram; or say hi on Facebook and Twitter.

Boucheron’s Bleu de Jodhpur

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The renowned French jewelers Boucheron, have given the world first glimpse of it’s new Indian inspired collection, in preparation for its big reveal at Paris Haute Couture Week. Paying homage to jewellery house’ historic ties with India, the High Jewellery collection is a mix of Edwardian glamour and Indian luxury.

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It was in India in 1909 that Louis Boucheron, son of the house’s founder Frederic, purchased the Kashmir cabochon sapphire that would become a Boucheron hallmark. And it was the Maharaja of Patiala, who in 1928 arrived at Place Vendôme, bringing with him a treasure haul of over 7,000 diamonds and 1,500 emeralds, and placed the largest ever private commission with Boucheron, which set these stones into 149 beautiful designs.

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The new collection, titled Bleu de Jodhpur, are steeped in the history and culture of India, comprising 100 exquisite pieces. The Jodhpur Necklace, the collections standout piece, contains a mix of diamonds and, believe it or not, marble! A truly inventive piece of design.

Here is a rundown of the main four components of the collection.

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Mehndi

The Mehndi set celebrates the elegance, delicacy and legendary beauty of the Rajput woman. The Mehndi jewelry set has been created in the purest jewelry tradition. The delicate openwork motifs are finely put together for an airy result where the metal seems to disappear.

In 1878, Frédéric Boucheron created a sumptuous diamond bracelet, featuring the distinctive Indian drop motif and embellished with a superb garland of natural pearls.

In 1905, the Maharaja of Kapurthala commissioned an aigrette-feather adornment for his turban; the Paisley design held in its center a 22-carat briolette cut diamond. The brooch-necklace follow the great Boucheron tradition of multiwear jewellery.

To accentuate the poetic charm of the Mehndi, which is by nature ephemeral, BOUCHERON has imagined an eternal tattoo.

The Magician of Stones has chosen the most enduring, strong and precious of all gemstones; the diamond. The brooch-necklace is thus entirely set with diamonds.

How to create a brooch that is both generous in dimension and yet light as a feather? Craft a jewel that transforms into a necklace, delicately deploying its lace-like foliage around the neckline? Once again, here is a challenge fit for the Maison’s Hands of Light.

To obtain the effect of diamond embroidery, the artisans of dreams have surrounded the center stones with open-work motifs.

At once artistic and jewelry work, necklace or brooch, the Mehndi jewelry set looks bold in any occasion.

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Nagaur

A talisman necklace, Nagaur is inspired by the fortress city, a miracle set in the middle of the Thar Desert which walls protect delicate palaces, enchanting pavilions and gardens bathed in sunlight, the dazzling brightness expressed in jewelry.

Like a precious memory, the Maison has brought back a bit of Rajasthan in the form of some grains of sand from the Thar desert. They are forever set in Nagaur, in the rock crystal.

The Creative Studio was inspired by the ceremonial necklaces of the Great Mughal emperors’ golden era, illustrating to the opulence and magnificence of the Rajput princes.

The Maison calls upon the traditional motifs and materials used for these creations, particularly gold, a sacred metal in India, diamonds and pearls. The addition of rock crystal gives bold modernity to the stylised contours of the Ahhichatragarh citadel.

The diamonds incrusted in the rock crystal symbolize the flowers that grow in the desert. The Artisan made himself sculptor to endiamond the necklace’s motif with an extreme precision.

The Nagaur necklace uses the traditional silk thread stringing technique. One by one, each pearl is added onto a strand and small gold and diamond cylinders are interspersed, enhancing the suppleness of the multiple-row necklace. A ring of light featuring three diamond–set attachments gathers the necklace to its central motif. The motif is adorned with stylized diamond arabesque patterns that represent the flowers of the desert. The symmetrical composition is structured around a water feature, symbolized by a 2 carat cushion cut diamond.

There are seven rows of pearls, the number being a sacred one in India. Seven or “saptan” in Sanskrit is a powerful symbol with many significations, in particular that of infinite plurality. It is a foundation of the Hindu universe: 7 spheres of the earth, 7 seas, 7 states of consciousness, 7 subtle energies etc.
A wedding is blessed if the spouses circle a fire 7 times ; they will be united for 7 lives.

 

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Fleur de Lotus

The richness set lies in the talent of the stone seeker who obtained a tourmaline, rubellites and spessartite garnets. Associated in a gradation of colors, they perfectly imitate the lotus petals.

The Maison was inspired by the artistic movement “Garden & Cosmos” and celebrates the richness of two distinct painting styles that originated in Jodhpur and were commissioned by three generations of Maharajas from the 17th to the 19th century.

Among the colors selected for the Fleur de Lotus set, the stone seeker has sourced an intensely pink tourmaline that seems to have escaped from one of the royal paintings of Jodhpur.

The Hands of Light have meticulously worked each detail of the central motif for the flower to come to life.

The savoir-faire of the artisans is expressed in the volume of the flower, which is not frozen but expresses liveliness. As always, Nature is triumphant at Boucheron.

The Fleur de Lotus set is the only one of the collection to be mounted on pink gold. Indeed, it perfectly matches the sand, peach –orange and pink shades of the stones, bringing them light and energy.

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Jodhpur

The Jodhpur necklace is directly inspired by a necklace that was part of the most fabulous order ever made on the Place Vendôme – the Maharaja of Patiala’s commission in 1928 .
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The jewel is as precious on the back as it is on the front. Its “secret” side is exclusively destined for the pleasure of its owner.

To create the Jodhpur necklace, the Magician of Stones selected the most precious and sought-after Makrana marble, extracted from the Jodhpur quarry…the same milky white stone that was used in 1631 to build the fabulous Taj Mahal.
The diamond that is set on the central motif of the necklace has been chosen for its kite shape and its ideal proportions

The Jodhpur necklace is crafted following the great tradition of Indian prince’s jewelry, with a richly adorned underside.

The Maison included this feature to make the jewel perfectly reversible, paying homage to its tradition of multiple-wear pieces. Familiar with the excellence of creating jewels that are as beautiful on the back as they are on the front, the Hands of Light rose to the challenge of making a piece that was both imposing and supple, light and comfortable to wear.

For this Jodhpur-inspired theme, the Maison celebrates the spirit of the city rather than its figurative representation.

On the reverse side of the necklace, an enchanting light twinkles and plays on the impressionist composition of blue and white houses – the exquisite work of jewelry inlay expresses the enduring memory and wonder of Jodhpur. Its front is an ode to the pure lines and radiance of its immaculate marble palaces.

Also among the 60 pieces being showcased in Paris are the Aigle de Jodhpur brooch, crafted from white gold, marble and diamonds; the Tiger ring containing a 12-carat Burmese ruby; the Jodhpur Eagle ring made with a stonking 21-carat tanzanite, and a brooch featuring an emerald which once sat in a maharaja’s belt buckle. For now though Boucheron is keeping these and its other creations safely under heavily-guarded wraps.

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Best Bollywood Songs for Weddings

Indian weddings and Bollywood songs go hand-in-hand. A sangeet function is no fun if the entire family is not swinging to the tunes of popular Bollywood numbers. Personally I think every moment of the wedding celebration needs a song to make it even more special. Right from your sisters dancing on mehndi to your bridal entry, every moment can be symbolised with a song. In today’s post I have compiled a list of some evergreen and popular Bollywood numbers to add melody to your upcoming wedding planning. Let’s start with the mehndi. This is possibly the very first event in the run up to the big day. It is usually a low key event and mainly comprises of close family & friends.

Some evergreen mehndi songs are must for this event. Have a look at the list below

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Your mehndi function is no fun without your sisters and girlfriends dancing on foot stamping numbers. So here is a list for popular dance song to play on your mehndi function.

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Sangeet – Your sangeet playlist should have songs for the entire family. Everyone from mom and dad to little cousins get centre stage, not forgetting one group dance number for the entire family. Here are some of my selected dance numbers.

Mom and Dad – Gal Mithi Mithi Bol. This cute song from Aisha is apt for your parents to get them into their groove and have fun. Easy to choreograph as well, and will surely get the party started.

Sisters – Chittiya Kalliya Ve – This is a chart busting number for this year and I am sure the girls would have fun performing on this song.

Mr and Mrs – You definitely want to choose a non-cheesy number for this one. Either keep a soft romantic number like Naina from Khoobsurat or go full out on Tu Meri from Bang Bang.With all eyes on you, a good song selection will definitely help to bring down the nerves.

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Group – For the entire family the following new tracks will do full justice.

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Background Songs – Here is a list of some popular and melodious songs that can be part of your background music score during the wedding celebrations. Keep mostly mellow songs and throw in some occasional dance numbers.

Shubhaarambh – Kai Po Che

Banarasiya – Raanjhanaa

Gur Naal Ishq Mitha – Monsoon Wedding

A ja goriyee – West is West

Kaala Doriaa – West is West

Kabira – Encore

Aao Nee Kudiyon – 71/2 Phere

Also have a look at songs from Monsoon Wedding. It is still a go to album for your wedding song list. You have to play ‘Aaj Mera Jee Kardaa’ to get everyone on the dance floor.

Hope you got some ideas from the above song list. Now after this post I feel like dancing right now.

ALLURE ALTITUDE

Now as a blogger I love my job, but not only do I blog about everything bridal and luxury, I am also a professional wedding stylist. Due to my experienced background in weddings and events I have recently been hired by Altitude London to expand and develop their weddings and private events alongside a team of other professional planners. Altitude London are now re-branding their Private Events department and wanted to put on something beautiful to show off what they are capable of. So I took the opportunity to bring together a variety of suppliers to create something spectacular.

Tuesday last week Think Shaadi attended my beautifully bridal showcase Allure Altitude. It was an event that was to launch the venue out to the masses and show people that we are here and we can help create your dream wedding.

I knew I needed to execute something extremely special for the wedding planners, bloggers and magazines that attended. Having been in the industry for a while, I knew that events like this happen on a regular basis and people receive invites to almost everything, it had to be an event that was interactive and beautifully sophisticated. I opted for a refined High Tea that included cocktails, sandwiches, and treats.

 

The colour and style inspiration came from the venue itself; when I stood on Altitude 360 (29th Floor), all I kept seeing was a sea of sequined pinks and blushes and grand floral displays; as it is the current bridal colour trend I decided that I would take this fad and twist it to my own style. Rather than having the same continuous colours and flowers on the tables I decided to have the colours flow throughout the tables to make more of a wave effect.

With sequin linens from The Sweet Hostess, I started with a natural Peach tone which grew darker into more of a Rose Gold, through to a deep baby pink, then onto champagne, which turned to a glorious rich gold and ended with shimmering Silver. The colours of the linens moulded so beautifully and each table was decorated with matching styled Chandelle chairs from Great Hire.

To keep in line with the concept I brought on Amie Bone Flowers to develop something stunning to make each table personal and give the tables their own personality! Amie did not disappoint, her team brought an array of showcase centrepieces that boasted a display of colours which kept in tune with my colour scheme. Amie had the idea of making the tables fluctuate in height so that it creates a wave rather than being too static at one height and it worked incredibly well.

For me, attention to detail is everything, so in order to set off the final mood on the tables I brought in Intricate Creations to develop table names that were named after iconic buildings in London that you can spot from Altitudes skyline view. Intricate Creations used both laser cut paper and etched Perspex to show off their diverse collection of stationary. To match the table name cards they also created an incredible supplier board that had each of suppliers names etched into it who were involved on the day!

As we went for a sophisticated High Tea, it of course had to include pretty sweets and treats. Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium provided both delicious biscuits and cupcakes that scattered the tables as well as hidden in the goodie bags for our guests to take home with them. Not only did Elizabeth tease our audience with her cupcakes but put on a display of her unbelievable Marie Antoinette cakes which stood proudly on a mirrored consol table reflecting their beauty and breath taking sugar detailing.

We started off the day on the terrace, on the ground floor of Millbank Centre where I introduced ourselves in our hidden gem of a personal cinema. We then whisked our guests up to Skyloft (28th floor) for a brilliant cocktail session with Ali our very attractive barman who spoke about the history of cocktails as well as providing shots of the specially made cocktails for all to taste. Then finally up to Altitude 360 where guests enjoyed high tea with cakes and sandwiches surrounded by glorious bridal gowns from Emma Hunt London and Cinderella slippers from Freya Rose; while looking over the city of London from the 29th Floor.

To really set the mood as people entered, we had a divine harpist playing in the background. This angel of music was provided to us by Prelude Entertainment who recommended the harp for an event such as this, as they believed it would bring together the ambiance of the room. And they were right! I must admit, the harp is one of my favorite instruments as they can play such modern music with an angelic sound.

Of course High Tea is traditional to have beautifully light sandwiches and sophisticated sweets to tease the taste buds. Altitude London provided our guests with the most glorious and delectable platters filled with chocolate covered strawberries, miniature raspberry tarts and sandwiches filled with English Ham and mustard, smoked salmon and cream cheese and many more, it was truly an exquisite experience.

To make sure that every part of the day was captured flawlessly John Nassari provided his incredible photography. Both he and his photography partner captured everything in such a luxurious nature as he would any wedding day.

I want to thank everyone who collaborated:

Venue & Food: Altitude London

Photography: John Nassari

Cakes: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

Flowers: Amie Bone Flowers

Stationary: Intricate Creations

Furniture: Great Hire

Shoes: Freya Rose

Bridal dresses: Emma Hunt London

Harpist: Prelude Entertainment

Sequin Linens: The Sweet Hostess

Aisle Runner: Confetti

Vogue Wedding Show 2015: The rundown

The Vogue Wedding Show 2015 kicked off in magnificent style at New Delhi’s hub of luxury, The Taj Palace Hotel on August 7th. A three day, invitation-only event, it saw the Crème de la Crème of the luxury industry, from designers to wedding planners, converge. We at Think Shaadi were on the ground from the first day, getting a first hand account of all the amazing designs, masterclasses and conversations on offer. Accompanying us for photography and cinematography were the ever cool and highly talented Ronnie and Shivali from Stories by Joseph Radhik.

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It began with the ornate hotel transformed into a giant luxury circus, with stadium like proportions. Always praised for being the most “breathable” of wedding fairs, whereas many feel cramped and thrown together, Vogue makes sure to plan the event with military precision, giving spacial awareness a priority. This year was no different, with each area given its own enclave. We saw each artisan look at ease, as they presided over their own unique space.

For day one, we were treated to a masterclass, by Vogue India’s Fashion Director Anaita Shroff Adajania. The class was packed out, with brides-to-be and others. Anaita’s main advice was that essentially brides should always follow their instincts when it comes to choosing their wedding attire.

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43. Master Class

Continuing with day one, the second much-anticipated discussion took place, with, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Vogue India’s Fashion Features Director Bandana Tewari getting into conversation, with the brand and designer exclusively announcing their upcoming collaboration. It was an exciting and intriguing talk.

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With over 50 weddings experts, from a variety of fields, coming together, our goal was to see as many as possible. From the world of high-end fashion, we were spoiled for choice, with the likes of Manish Malhotra, Monisha Jaising, Ritu Kumar, Sabyasachi, Shantanu & Nikhil, Tarun Tahiliani, Varun Bahl, Vineet Bahl and more.

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Now, weddings are incomplete without jewellery and the Vogue Wedding show featured the finest selection of decadent bridal gemstones by jewelers including Anmol Jewelers, Amrapali, BN Jewellers, Bharany’s, Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas, Diacolor – Fine Contemporary Jewels, Hazoorilal By Sandeep Narang, Hazoorilal Legacy – South Extension, Khanna Jewellers, Kishandas & Company for Sabyasachi, Mehta & Sons, Raj Mahtani, Rose, Sunita Shekawat Jaipur, Tibarumals Jewellers, Bespoke Vintage Jewels and Gehna Jewellers.’

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Taking about gifting, accessories and a special sari pavilion and here are our highlights: The majestic collection from bespoke couturier for invitations Puneet Gupta in collaboration with Swarovski was a huge hit for us, with creations that push the boundaries of invitation design.

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Luxury stole designers Ezma invoked an ultra contemporary store design for their display.

As the show rolled into day two, we and other guests attended a workshop by make-up doyenne Namrata Soni, who broke down the many facts and myths and instructed guests on how to wear make-up to fit with a variety of bridal events.

We also saw masterclasses by celebrity nutritionist Kinita Kadakia Patel who gave some great tips for brides-to-be on how to look good through wellness and nutrition. Renowned wedding planner Vandana Mohan gave some invaluable insights, also skin-care specialist Dr. Harshna Bijlani focused on tips and techniques on how to get a flawless, glowing skin.

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40.Swati and Sunaina

Swati & Sunaina are now renowned for their collection of Indian woven textiles. Their display was influenced, of course, by the treasures of ancient Indian textile design.

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Isharya jewelers sea of gold was an eye-catching moment.

The final day we had a chance to sit in a masterclass with leading wedding planner Vandana Mohan from The Wedding Design Company. It was brilliant to hear from the person behind some of the biggest Indian weddings ever to take place in India and abroad.

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Over the course of the three days we were also given exclusive interviews with fashion designers and jewelers who showcased at the show.

Sabyasachi’s display of his latest collection was a feast of tradition and heritage, with deep, rich colours, consisting mainly of reds, oranges and vintage gold adornments. He has retained that signature style of making vintage elements work so effortlessly with the contemporary. It was the elaborate pattern’s that really grabbed our attention, mixing a variety of both rural and aristocratic floral themes.

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36. Sabyasachi

38. Sabysachi

35. Sabyasachi

Jewellery was in abundance. We caught a gorgeous display with Tarang Arora of Amrapali, the jewellery designers whose creations echo the beauty of ancient arts and crafts, with evocative ornamentation and playful themes.

5. Amrapali

4. Amrapali

We were delighted to see Manish Malhotra at the Vogue Wedding Show, his collection was displayed among a beautiful selection of flowers, emphasising the feel of an opulent boudoir. The designs were intensely feminine, brocaded with intricate stitching and created a strong sense of fun and frivolity.

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16. Manish Malhotra

Sunita Shekhawat emerged from the ancient surroundings of Jaipur, and uses the techniques of ‘Meenakari’ to create stunning pieces of jewellery. We spoke to Design Director Niharika Singh Shekhawat, who was very passionate about the special bridal jewellery they create.

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Tarun Tahiliani’s display felt very intimate. A marvelously eclectic array of themes, ranging from the formal to the informal, the delicate to the strong, were channeled into this collection. He amazed us as always, bringing a myriad of differing influences to the forefront.

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26. Tarun Tahiliani

25. Tarun Tahiliani

24. Tarun Tahiliani

23. Tarun Tahiliani

We caught up with mumbai based Kiran Datwani of Gehna Jewelers and she was gracious to take us through their new bridal collection.

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Working under the banner of “progressive unification” Shantanu & Nikhil were a delight, showcasing a collection that fused together the avant-garde with age-old formality. Their display was all about capturing the essence of imperial grandeur, which the idea for this collection grew from.

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21. Shantanu Nikhil

22. Shantanu Nikhil

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A fairly new face on the scene, Anita Dongre quickly rocketed into the stratosphere with her collections, and now she is one of India’s premier designer. For the show, her display was all about the vibrancy of youth, with a collection that focused on freedom and sex appeal.

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30. Anita Dongre

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Varun Bahl’s global outlook on fashion has perfected year by year, with each collection he surpasses himself. For the show, Varun displayed a collection that was whimsical in the best way, with the feel of an autumnal garden, exhibited in an exhibit of muted colours.

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7. Varun Bahl

6. Varun Bahl

Rose jeweler’s are immersed in tradition, with influences that range from Mughal art and architecture, to nature and traditional Indian textiles. They have become the favourite for brides looking for a showstopper piece of jewellery. At the Vogue Wedding Show, Rose made an impact with their display, featuring a variety of outstanding gemstones from diamonds to rubies.

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Sania Maskatiya, the only Pakistani designer at the show, offers sleek and streamlined designs that have a distinct youthful feel. Her collection blew us away, with their diverse range of patterns and inventive use of colours and styles.

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9. Sania Maskatiya

It was an outstanding three days, and we at Think Shaadi enjoyed every minute of it. Stand by for our collection of exclusive interviews from the show.

Special thank you to Joe, Hema and Puya for all their help in covering the event!

Image Credits: Stories by Joseph Radhik