Capturing the Magic Moment

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Gentlemen, say you want to propose to your lovely lady in December and before that heart pounding day arrives, you hire a professional photographer who will capture the moments of the proposal; secretly of course. Fast forward to February 14th, Valentine’s Day, over a romantic dinner with your lady, you present to her a beautifully bound album with photographs of that momentous day when she said yes to your marriage proposal; imagine that! There is no better gift to take her breath away guys.

As you plan to propose and have that unique moment captured in the utmost perfect way possible, you need to find a great location. It’s like this; do you want the backdrop of your proposal to be a serene mountainous top, the crashing of waves on the sea, a group of loved ones or maybe, a luxurious dining room in a fancy hotel? Remember that the location will help in telling your love story for years to come.

PS, choose a location that your lady will be utterly comfortable with. What I mean is, say she’s a private person and does not enjoy much attention to her; a public proposal might not be such a good idea because she will feel awkward and then you will have awkward moments captured on camera. So, if for example she adores glitz and glamour, a fancy, private, dining room in a luxurious hotel would perfectly do. A head start for such locations in case you’re wondering are The Dorchester or Claridges in the UK.

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Secondly, you absolutely need a professional photographer, preferably one that specializes in capturing special moments.

The day of the proposal to me, is as important as the day of the wedding; oddly though, not so many people have a record to show off the day of their proposal other than an engagement ring and their loved one beside them. That said, let’s be the ones to tell the stories of our special moments differently, with pictures, pictures which will always say more than our words.

By Ainaeny Kiwelu

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Aina is a fashion enthusiast with an interest in luxury brands with a strong heritage.  She  enjoys writing and designing, publishing articles on her blog at ainaenyk.wix.com/what-i-am-saying-is and on Facebook

Photos sourced from Bigstock

‘Monsoon Wedding’ is off to Broadway

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Mira Nair’s gorgeous, emotional and endearing 2001 film, Monsoon Wedding will soon be heading to Broadway. There’s been numerous rumours flying around the press, speculating as to how to production will be put together, and now certain things are beginning to be confirmed.

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According NBC News, Nair confirmed it during an interview at The Indo American Arts Council’s First Annual Literary Festival on November 9th 2014. “We just finished casting for Monsoon Wedding on Broadway yesterday” She also added that the show will premiere in November 2015.

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The production will have a score, of 11 songs, arranged by acclaimed Bollywood filmmaker and composer Vishal Bhardwaj, who will be working with lyricist Jaideep Sahni.

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The story of an Indian family engaged in arranging their daughters wedding, who have course has a secret to hide, is perfect material for Broadway. According to Bollywood Hungama, Nair is very specific about casting fresh faces for the musical, with none of the original cast being involved.

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We at Think Shaadi are thoroughly looking forward to this. We know Mira Nair and her team will do a sterling job! Xx

Photos courtesy of The New Yorker and Mirabai Films

The Wedding Day Present

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The wedding day present is something that is traditionally given by the Groom to his Bride. It’s usually something boxed or wrapped that is delivered to the Bride as she’s getting ready, or at least that’s how I recall it.

Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the tradition – it’s a beautiful one that I’m sure leaves every Bride with flutters. It’s a gesture you wouldn’t wish to see the demise of. However why leave it as something that only the Groom does, how about making him the recipient?

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This is something that one of our Bride’s did in quite spectacular fashion. I still don’t know how she managed to hold onto the secret quite so well. In the end it became somewhat of a covert operation. The whole thing was inspired by TV competition “Got to Dance”. There was a particular dancer that the Groom really loved and allegedly inspired him to take up that style of dancing. So much so that he was threatening to bust a few moves on his wedding day (at this point it’s advisable to Google “krumping”).

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A quote was acquired, a phone call made to the Bride and she was in! Fast-forward to the wedding day and the thing we thought was still a secret was only a secret to the Groom. There were cheeky moments where the Bride would look over in anticipation of the signal that he’d arrived. Then we heard he’d been in a car accident…but not to worry he was in a taxi and was still coming.

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The moment it all unfolded was pure magic – seeing an absolutely delighted Bride, an ecstatic Groom and a whole crowd of their guests engrossed in the performance was amazing. In the Groom’s own words it was “the best surprise ever”.

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So although jewels, watches and other boxed gifts are always a delight to receive, taking it up a notch and thinking of something that is really representative of your Bride or Groom can be incredibly effective. Make it a real surprise if you can. And Brides…the wedding day present is no longer just a tradition for the Groom.

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LaToya Patel is from Sundar Weddings, which specialises in luxury Asian weddings and events. Working with her husband, Ajay, she loves  working with couples to bring their weddings ideas to life. Examples of their work is available at http://www.sundarweddings.com. Follow her on Twitter @latoyakpatel or @sundarweddings

 

Photos courtesy of David Morgan Photography and Etsy

The Wedding of Jenson Button and Jessica Michibata

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The handsome prince of Formula 1 Jenson Button got married to his long-time girlfriend Jessica Michibata last week at private ceremony in Maui, Hawaii. The couple kept the ceremony a very low key affair, inviting family and a handful of close friends. Sadly, for us, very few photos were taken, but what we do know is, it was a beautifully stylish and elegant event.

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According to Brides Magazine – “Jenson looked as dapper as we always knew he would do, wearing a three-piece navy suit, a white shirt and a pale blue tie. The bride wore a stunning strapless ivory gown with a huge, flowing, lace-edged veil. Keeping her accessories and make-up minimal, Jessica chose to dazzle with a pair of sparkling chandelier earrings and little else. Her bouquet was equally chic: an all white, tight arrangement of what appears to be orchids and other blowsy blooms.”

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Jenson has been in a relationship with Jessica since 2008, and the pair have been one of our favourite celebrity couples for some time now. According to sources at the Daily Mirror, the pair were in rapturous spirits during the ceremony, constantly smiling throughout. This laid back style of wedding is what we expected from this, very clearly, loving couple.

Photos courtesy of BBC, Associated Press, The Daily Mirror and Fame Fly Net.

The Traveling Trousseau: Luxury Fashion for the Globe Trotting Bride

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We at Think Shaadi stumbled across a quite fascinating article in The Indian Express not too long ago. Focusing on the recent collection by Monisha Jaising, a designer whose fame and adoration just keeps on growing. In the article, Kimi Dangor wrote – “he closing sequence of Mumbai designer Monisha Jaising’s India Couture Week show in July saw showstopper Lisa Haydon walk out in a button down white shirt, worn with a leather lehenga covered in zardozi embroidery, her slim wrists weighed down by golden swinging kalicharis and chudas. The collection “World Bride”, Jaising’s ode to the continent-hopping, convention-crushing desi dulhan was developed keeping in mind the vision of a “travelling bride, who takes her marriage vows at a temple in Rajasthan, a church in Vienna or a mosque in Beirut, and concludes the celebrations on a yacht docked in the bay of Saint Tropez”. Here was a concept not too fanciful in its supposition since, as Jaising says, every second bridal client who walks into her Pali Hill, Bandra, studio in Mumbai is priming to get gussied up for a destination wedding.”

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Definitely something no designers in Indian fashion has thought of before. It’s certainly a breath of fresh air, and indeed quite innovative to see a designer catering for the globe trotting brides out there. But, the wonderful thing is, it’s not just Jaising who’s concentrating on this trend.

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Kimi went on to say – “The growing popularity of destination weddings has also got others such as Gaurav Gupta, Kiran Uttam Ghosh and Nikasha Tawadey thinking of lighter trousseaus with easy-to-wear lehengas, fuss-free dupattas and pragmatic proportions. From Ahmedabad-based Shyamal & Bhumika, who have a sizeable international clientele, to Tarun Tahiliani, whose annual wedding exposition this year highlighted the need for modern silhouettes and shapes, designers are trading in the 14-kilo ghaghras for featherweight fluted skirts to cater to brides who’re taking the plunge in Bali and Costa Rica.”

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“Ask trousseau specialists Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, and they’ll tell you how destination weddings are shaking things up, albeit selectively. “Whether the wedding is in Jaipur, Venice or Rome, brides want to stick to the traditional for the pheras. But when it comes to the mehendi, sangeet or cocktail, funky colours, concept blouses and experiments with embroideries come into play,” says Khosla. Experimentation seems to be key with Jaising too, who has eschewed traditional silks, tissue and heavy embroidery for French lace, sequined georgette, feathers, vibrant brocade and leather. “It’s about doing traditional with a twist. The trick is to get the balance right between Indian tradition and the culture of the place where the wedding is happening,” says Jaising, citing the example of nuptials in the south of France where the bride wore French boudoir lace with Indian brocade and zardozi embroidery in a Baroque style.”

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It’s a trend that we hope many, many more designers will pick up on in 2015. Watch this space! Xx

Photos courtesy of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, A Fashionistas Diary and Monisha Jaising

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: Celebrating 1000 Weeks Of Love

One legendary film maker and one iconic on-screen jodi created one of the biggest blockbusters in Indian cinema history. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) recently celebrated 1000 weeks since its’ release onto cinema screens. I have watched this at least fifteen times and indeed it lives up to its’ title, which I can never be tired of. I am sure many others as well myself have swooned to be in Simran’s position; to find someone who has the courage to fight for their love.

The DDLJ cast recently appeared on the hilarious television show Comedy Nights With Kapil; it was spectacular to see the great chemistry between SRK and Kajol, regardless of them being off-screen, and it was a pleasant surprise to see Pooja Ruparel (as Chukti in DDLJ) and Mandira Bedi (as Preeti in DDLJ) almost 20 years since the film’s release. If you have not seen this yet, it is a must watch!

Bollywood is well renowned for its big, imaginative and surreal films, however DDLJ broke away from this convention to a certain extent, where the dialogue all the way to its’ directorial execution seemed realistic and natural. I love each and every soundtrack composed by the musical genius Jatin Lalit and lyricist Anand Bakshi; all these classics feature India’s evergreen singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet, and Udit Narayan. ‘Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna’ and ‘Tujhe Dekha To’ will remain to be a timeless tributes to love.

Here are my top 3 favourite scenes (it was certainly difficult to narrow it down to 3):

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This scene is truly hilarious, where Raj and Simran encounter each other for the first time. Raj uses his poor chat-up lines to entice Simran, but all fails.

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Simran’s stubbornness and Raj’s pacifying creates a comical scene, when they both miss their train and end up sticking together to catch their next train. This is when the magical love story truly begins.

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This famous scene is just super-sweet; Raj reveals his feelings about Simran, but in Raj-style he jokes about it. Raj’s famous “Palat” line is an example of a hopeless romantic – what every girl wants!

DDLJ will remain to be a turning point in Indian cinema and be a magical timeless classic. No matter how old you are for decades to come, it will always teach us the innocence of love and the brave hearted will always triumph.

We would love to hear your thoughts and know your favourite scenes from DDLJ. Tweet us @thinkshaadi and @londonkiladki.

Victoria Das is a London based blogger. She has a passion for design, with a speciality in contemporary Indian fashion. Victoria runs the blog London Ki Ladki and is the latest member of the Think Shaadi blogging family. Here’s where you can find her around the web – Facebook: London Ki LadkiInstagram:  London Ki LadkiTwitter: London Ki Ladki

 

Photos courtesy of Daleelak TV, Koi Moi, Lighthouse Insights, Filmi Geek, India Today, Pink Villa, Feminiya, Photobucket and BP Blogspot.

Aromatic Joy: Fenttiman London

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Fenttiman candles possess a particular quality. The ingenious combination of aromas is what launches Fenttiman into the stratosphere, this coupled with their luxuriously classic, yet modern aesthetics. The aromatic mixture of scents, ranging from lemongrass and mint, magnolia and bay to jasmine and sandalwood and nutmeg and geranium set Fenttiman apart from their contemporaries.

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Founded by Josh Fenttiman, the company now supplies a range of top London hotels and is the favourite of many a scented candle connoisseur. It’s not hard to see why Fenttiman London has grown in popularity so quickly, Josh’ fastidious craftsmanship is worthy of a fine artist.

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Josh has what can only be described as the Midas touch, with careful consideration, by mixing high-end design with alchemist like precision; he’s created a brand with character and above all a sense of unparalleled perfection.

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With the candles all designed and crafted in Britain, embracing both the feminine and masculine taste, Fenttiman’s is a brand to be proud of.

Photos courtesy of Fenttiman London

Shirin Morani and Uday Singh’s Wedding

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Wedding Season in India has been in full swing the last few weeks and over the weekend we saw Shirin Morani, daughter of producer Ali Morani tie the knot with Uday Singh, brother of actor Vikram Singh. The wedding turned out to be a star-studded affair with many of our favourite Bollywood celebs attending the festivities. Here is a selection of images from the reception.

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Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.33.17Jacqueline Fernandez in Shehlaa by Shehla Khan lehenga

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Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 15.53.16Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Abu Sandeep churidaar and Jimmy Choo Tribe sandals 

Images courtesy of Varinder Chawla

Think Shaadi Team xxxx

The Marriage of Elton John and David Furnish

elton10elton1The sun attempts to pierce through the clouds on the morning of the couples wedding. On Instagram Elton wrote –  “Good morning! Nice day for a wedding. #ShareTheLove” and below the second photo, from the night before he wrote – “Our little ring bearers are fast asleep, and their shoes are polished and ready for tomorrow’s celebration.”

Well, we were wondering when Sir Elton John aka the Rocket Man was going to get hitched to his long-time partner David Furnish. Finally it’s happened!

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The ceremony takes place!

The couple have been together for many years now, and although taking part in a civil ceremony 9 years ago, it seems only right that Elton and David should marry officially. With gay marriage finally passing into law earlier this year.

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Once the exchanging of vows was over, guests mingled and Elton gave us a great snap of the table settings.

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The ceremony took place at their Windsor estate on Sunday, with guests including – David and Victoria Beckham, Ed Sheeran, Gary Barlow and our very own Community Member, Rob Van Helden.

elton2elton9Elton finally shared a couple of sweet sentimental photos of cards from well wishers and the signing of the marriage certificate.

We’re over the moon that Elton decided to capture, at great length, the days festivities on Instagram. It was a truly sweet and wonderful ceremony, and we at Think Shaadi wish Elton and David all the happiness in the world! Xx

Photos courtesy of Elton John & Brooklyn Beckham 

Intimate and Personal Marriage Proposals

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It’s the time of year the Wedding Industry calls “engagement season”. So any future grooms-to-be how are you going to propose?

Firstly, a proposal should be personal to you both. For example, proposing where you first met or where you had your first date are always popular personal proposal options. It was once very popular to propose by making a very public declaration of love. However, an increasing number of grooms-to-be are now opting for very intimate and personal marriage proposals.

Here are a few more unique yet personal and intimate proposal ideas.

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Incorporating her favourite hobbies. For example, my friend’s partner took her horse riding around Hyde Park and proposed as she was climbing off the horse. Very thoughtful as when she lived in Sweden (her home) she used to ride.

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If there is a beautiful park or a public place you both love visiting why not ask the management or the council if you can have exclusive access in the evening so you both can have a private proposal without any passers by/total strangers.

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Going on holiday to propose is quite a cliché and common thing. However, going to her favourite destination or whisking her away to her dream destination will always be a hit! To make it even more special let the hotel know, get exclusive access to a beautiful beach or a beautiful area around hotel and make it intimate and special.

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Is there something you both wanted to do together? Well here is your chance. Bungee jumping, white water rafting, Safari, whatever it is propose at the end of your adventure and it will surely be special and memorable.

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Doing something she always wanted to do before hand or visit a place she always wanted to go to would mean a great deal and certainly make her feel special. After all a great proposal is about creating the right moment and making it personal.

Images courtesy of Community Member: Stories by Joseph Radhik

By Ishari De Silva,

ishariIshari De Silva is a wedding planner and blogger, based in West London. Heading Ishari De Silva Weddings she is well versed in creating exceptional events. You can find her writing over at Ishari De Silva – Live Beautifully! Which has a roster of tips and inspirational posts on all things beauty, fashion, lifestyle and health and fitness related.