Bollywood Extravaganza: The Marriage of Riddhi Malhotra and Tejas Talwalkar

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Top: The Bride and Groom Bottom: The Bride and Groom with uncle Manish and brother Punit.

It was a fantastically fashionable wedding for the niece of famed designer (and Bollywood favourite) Manish Malhotra. Riddhi Malhotra tied-the-knot with her fiance Tejas Talwalker, in Mumbai. Attracting a wealth of Bollywood’s great and good, like moths to a flame.

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Obviously the guests were, on the most part, decked out in the finest designs Riddhi’s talented uncle had to offer. It was much like one of Malhotra’s fashion shows.

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The star studded wedding began with the sangeet, where we saw a veritable who’s-who of the industry show up in support of Manish. The guest list included – Karisma and Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Siddharth Malhotra, Karan Johar with mum Hiroo, Malaika and Amrita Arora, Kajol, Gauri Khan, Farah Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Sanjay Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and more.

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The Bollywood divas were the ultimate stars of the show, not however outshining the loved-up bride and groom. The beauty of it, was that everyone invited really did their best in the fashion stakes. It was of course a series of events, the sangeet, wedding ceremony, reception, that was dominated by the mighty Malhotra, but we saw some other designers on show including Manish Arora and Sanjay Garg.

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We at Think Shaadi are hoping to see a lot more fashion filled wedding events in 2015! Xx

Photos courtesy of Indian Express and Santosh Nagwekar of NDTV

Citizen Khan Presents the TV Wedding of the Year

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The hit BBC One sitcom Citizen Khan, brainchild of Adil Ray, featured the very first British-Pakistani-Muslim wedding on primetime TV last Friday. The series has seen a rise in popularity since it began, with its hilarious self-deprecatory humour, with regards to British-Pakistani life.

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It was an exceptional episode, which showed a funny take on how Muslim weddings are conducted in the UK. It was the esteemed community leader’s daughter Shazia who finally married Amjad in the episode. Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, the shows creator and star Adil Ray said – “I wanted to have parts of a Western ceremony with nods to a Muslim wedding, to make it unique. There isn’t really a typical Muslim wedding in Britain anymore because everyone has their own ideas. I know of Muslim brides who have got married in white and cut a cake.”

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The wedding was a fantastically outrageous mix of Pakistani traditions, with traditional Muslim elaborate headgear for the groom and Westernised bright yellow bridesmaids dresses. Adil went on further to say – “It’s Shazia’s big day and she wants to get her own back on her snarky younger sister Alia by making her wearing a hideously bright yellow dress, along with fellow bridesmaid Debbie (Laura Aikman). An Imam conducts our ceremony and the groom wears an elaborate gold headdress. That has a big part to play in the story.”

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Well, we at Think Shaadi thought it was a brilliant episode, and we can’t wait for the Christmas Special. Xx

Photos courtesy of Neil Sherwood

BerinMade Instagram Competition

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Our lovely Community Member BerinMade is giving away 3 boxed sets of these silver foiled ‘Cheers’ Cards this week.

To Enter:

1. Follow @BerinMade on instagram

2. Regram this photo and tag it #CheersBerinMade @berinmade.

Three random winners will be picked on Wednesday 17th at 5pm (GMT) and announced that evening. 

Entries must be from the UK for Christmas delivery.

Good luck everyone xx

 

Top 10 Celebrity Weddings of 2014

Love was definitely in the air this year, with celebrity weddings taking place across the globe. We saw some well known bachelors get hitched, and couples who we thought would never tie-the-knot. Some were paparazzi extravaganzas, others private affairs.

So, let’s take a look at the top celebrity weddings of 2014.

1. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

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Without a question, the wedding of George and Amal was the most anticipated of 2014, with the famous bachelor finally finding his princess.

2. Arpita Khan and Aayush Sharma

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This was a truly royal affair, with Arpita Khan, of the famous Khan dynasty, marrying in an idyllic palace and attracting some of India’s great and good, from Bollywood legends to politicians.

3. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

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This Hollywood power couple took to the French countryside to cement their love, surrounded by their children, close friends and family. It was definitely the least formal celebrity wedding of the year.

4. Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha

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5. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

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Our favourite funny man Neil Patrick Harris tying the knot with his long-term boyfriend David Burtka was an especially sweet thing. Sadly photos of the ceremony were limited.

6.  John Abraham and Priya Runchal

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Well, the wedding of John and Priya caught us by surprise, with John announcing it on Twitter. We’ve always thought them a fun and easy going couple, so were sought of expecting an off the cuff wedding.

7. Rani Mukerji and Aditya Chopra

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Another out-of-the-blue wedding, Rani and Aditya have always been a low-key couple and their wedding, which took place in Italy, was far from the media’s intrusive glare.

8. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

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It was a very public engagement, so of course a very public wedding was bound to be on the cards for this high-profile couple.

9. Ahana Deol and Vaibhav Vohra

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Dharmendra and Hema Malini’s younger daughter Ahana Deol wed Delhi-based businessman Vaibhav Vora in a grand ceremony. This was a wedding all about good friends and family.

10. Gabrielle Union and NBA player Dwyane Wade

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The American actress and NBA player stunned the press during their wedding ceremony, by having a record breaking 5 costume changes.

Let’s hope 2015 will be another year of celebrity weddings! Xx

Photos courtesy of their respective owners

The 400 lb Wedding Dress

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Now we’ve seen some truly impressive wedding gowns at Think Shaadi, but this one blows all others out of the water. With nearly one million embellishments and taking three years to make, the dress has caught the attention of the global media.

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The Inquisitr said – “The wedding gown took 20,000 hours to complete and consists of almost a million beads. The gown is a size 4, Be says, and is made of 500,000 glass pearls and over 400,000 crystal beads – some of those vintage Swarovski from her personal collection. It has a 20 foot, 6 inch train and took seven miles of beading wire to construct.”

“Gail Be (the designer) financed the gown herself and does not have an estimate of the cost, but with so many beads and so much labor, it is sure to be far more expensive than most people could afford — not to mention being too heavy to wear. Be says the gown weighs nearly 400 pounds.”

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A truly impressive achievement of design expertise. The Daily Mail added “Though the designer values those two pieces at $47,500, she was happy to lend them to the pop superstar free of charge in return for the priceless exposure, adding: ‘Of all the fashion houses in the world, she could’ve chosen Armani, Prada, anybody. Why would she pick some woman in the middle of Minnesota that nobody’s ever heard of?’ Ms Be insists she never tried to sell her designs in the past, though she’s finally hoping to get compensated for her work after a recent separation from her husband limited her household income.”

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We’re sure our readers would love to try this dress on. Xx

Photos courtesy of Gail Be Designs

The Chocolatier: Moments of Pleasure

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With careful craftsmanship and exceptional exploration of flavours, Aneesh Popat aka The Chocolatier works a certain kind of magic creating a delectable array of chocolates. Stocked by some of Britain’s finest luxury purveyors, such as Harrods, Selfridges and Southerden Pastry Store, Aneesh has gained a wealth of customers.

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Influenced by many leading chefs and experimentalists, including famed French chemist Dr. Hervé This, previously to his launch into the world of chocolate creation, Aneesh spent many years training in science and mathematics; it’s true to say that this voracious intellectual mind has been a great resource in conjuring together the array of flavours and designs.

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In recent interview with YCT, Aneesh said how his mathematical mind runs in conjunction with his craft – “I look at a variety of ingredients at any one time, analysing their compatibility based on the flavour components within them. Some of the combinations are most “interesting” and it’s always nice to surprise the palate especially when the brain is expecting it to taste incompatible, when in actual fact – it works! I am a pure Mathematician – so I have been trained to think outside the box, to think in dimensions we do not experience. I feel this has helped to conceptualise in a much more efficient and effective way.”

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The Chocolatier’s delightfully mouth watering collections range from water ganache, mini cusines, and bars, hot chocolate and individual creations. Aneesh has also created chocolates for luxury fragrance companies, matching with their scents, yet another unique and enviable aspect to The Chocolatier.

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His mathematical background aside, Aneesh also galvanises his British upbringing with his Indian heritage, fusing together a flurry of flavours from rose and cinnamon to his most notable of concoctions chilli and lime.

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Aneesh was voted amongst the 1000 most influential Londoners in 2013, and is gaining new clients by the day. We at Think Shaadi are honoured to have The Chocolatier as a member of the Think Shaadi family.

Photos courtesy of The Chocolatier

The Wedding Filmer: The Color of Life

Every so often we like to share a heartwarming story on the Think Shaadi blog, especially if one of our wonderful partners are involved. You will know of the marvelous Wedding Filmer, the team of creatives who have single-handedly made the wedding video a popular addition to the shaadi.

So, here is the story, a man by the name of Mr Kaytee met the Wedding Filmer team in Mumbai last year, to tell them about the most special day in his life (The day his only son Sumir would get married) the team could see instantly from the pride he felt for Kiran that this was as much a daughter’s wedding for him. It helped make their mind up that the location was the stunning cliffs of Santa Barbara, the décor jaw-dropping and the details involved a chandelier cake.

Watching the film, you can see how special it was for all concerned. In the teams on words – “The Color of Life” changed us in such an intrinsic way that we decided to help a powerful, 15-year old artist Devangi Chopra produce and craft a cover of one of the most haunting love songs you’ll ever hear!”

So, immerse yourself in some visual splendour that truly touched all those involved. Xx

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

The Wedding of Arpita Khan and Ayush Sharma

Above: Daisy Shah poses with newlyweds Arpita Khan and Aayush Sharma Below: Bride Arpita Khan’s brothers Salman, Arbaaz and Sohail perform the rituals. Wedding was held according to Punjabi rituals.

So, the most anticipated Bollywood family wedding of the year has just taken place, and with the ceremony, held at the prestigious Falaknuma Palace, being a super private affair, we at Think Shaadi thought we’d treat you to some info, that we’ve sourced from around the web.

Above: The newlyweds towards the end of their wedding day Below: The grand surroundings of Falaknuma Palace, where the couple and guests ate a beautifully prepared meal of Deccan cuisine.

Let’s get started with some background details about the couple. Arpita Khan is the adopted daughter of Bollywood legends Salim Khan and Helen Richardson, Arpita is currently working with a leading architectural and interior design firm, with plans to make a move into the film industry, like her father and big brother Salman. Her husband Aayush Sharma hails form Delhi, and although previously a businessman he nurtures a dream of making a career in Bollywood. The couple are certainly well suited, dating for some time and with the added bonus of the two families taking an immediate liking to each other.

Above: Arpita with various friends and family during her Mehendi Below: A handsome Aayush during the Haldi ceremony.

The festivities began on Sunday, with Arpita’s pre-wedding Mehendi at the couples gorgeous galaxy apartment, it was an intimate affair, but it gave us a taste of what was to come. Despite it being intimate, it was most certainly a classy affair, as expected.

Above: Malaika Arora Khan and Amrita Rao with family Below: Karan, Kabir and Salman looking dashing.

Once the big day arrived, all eyes were on Falaknuma Palace, which was luxuriously decorated. Now, although it was indeed a super secretive ceremony, thank God Twitter and Instagram exist, as we got to see special snatches of the happy couples day, along with some excellent shots of just who wore what.

Above: Arpita’s sisters-in-law Malaika Arora Khan and Seema Khan and Malaika’s sister Amrita Arora, all dressed in outfits designed by Seema Below: Salman Khan along with his ex girlfriend Katrina Kaif, good friend Aamir Khan danced to her hit number Chikni Chameli at sister Arpita Khan’s wedding.

Arpita looked truly radiant in a beautiful red lehenega, by Abu and Sandeep, accessorised with regal kundan jewellery, her make was done by the genius Daniel Bauer. Brothers Salman, Arbaaz and Sohail, who had the honour of performing the rituals, were dressed in highly masculine, traditional saafas.

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Now, as for the guest list, well that was a magnificent cavalcade of Bollywood’s finest actors, actresses and director, including director Karan Johar, actresses Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif, Kiran Rao, and director Kabir Khan with wife Mini Mathur.

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More on the fashion side, we got to see Malaika Arora Khan look absolutely stunning in a Seema Khan green lehenga. Arpita Khan Sharma looked gorgeous in a white lehenga and Priyanka Chopra looked every inch a princess in a royal blue sari.

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All in all this was a star-studded extravaganza, bursting with luxury and of course love. We wish he couple a life of health and happiness. Xx

Photos via Instagram and Twitter

Arpita Khan and Aayush Sharma’s Upcoming Wedding

It’s been billed as one of the biggest and most note worthy events of the Bollywood calender. Yes, the wedding of Arpita Khan and Aayush Sharma is almost upon us. Aayush has been the long term boyfriend of Arpita, the adopted daughter of Salim Khan, and the now the couple are finally getting hitched.

As suspected, it will be a beautifully stylish affair, with the ceremony being held at the prestigious Falaknuma Palace, it was revealed that Arpita had always wanted to tie-the-knot in a palace. The guest list, according to FirstPost.com is truly start studded, along with Salman, Salim, Helen and the rest of the Khan clan, political figures such as Sonia Ghandi, Narendra Modi and Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan will be coming along too.

The wedding itself will be closed off from the press and prying eyes, even now, very little of the details are being shared. Arpita being from one of India’s most beloved families and therefore the most observed, it’s only right that the couples privacy be given the strictest attention.

Nothing is known about what Arpita will be wearing on the big day, but we’re sure that it will be something superb. We can tell a you little about what’s going on at Falaknuma Palace. The regal venue has been hired by big brother Salman for two days, and has been decorated from top to bottom. The wedding dinner menu is rumoured to be full of exquisite Deccan dishes, including Hyderabadi Biryani, Haleem and Pathar Ka Gosht.

Arpita had her pre-wedding Mehendi yesterday, which was held at her luxurious galaxy apartment. Again, it was absolute star-studded extravaganza, with brother Sohail Khan, sister Alvira Khan and husband Atul Agnihotri, and Salman’s ex-girlfriend Sangeeta Bijlani, as well as Himesh Reshammiya, Malaika Arora Khan and sister Amrita Arora attending.

We at Think Shaadi wish the happy couple all the very best, and we’re hoping to get at least a few glimpses of Arpita’s dress.

Photos courtesy of The Deccan Chronicle, IBN Live and The Times of India