Category: Editorial

2 People 1 Life: In Search of the Perfect Wedding

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Ladies and gentleman, meet Alex and Lisa, just your average couple. Alex works in the motor industry and is a pretty laid back guy; Lisa is a self-confessed “talker” and passionate lover of cooking, eating and drinking wine. The pair met 10 years ago, and it took Alex a decade to finally catch his dream girl.

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Although there’s one particular thing that is, shall we say, far less ordinary about this couple. Dissatisfied with the idea of a traditional “white wedding” the couple decided to travel the world, taking part in a wedding ceremony in every single country they visited.

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From Bosnia Herzegovina to Morocco, India to Argentina, Alex and Lisa have been determined to embrace every culture they encounter head on, and this is what’s created a media storm. It’s essentially about experiencing the cementing of true love across all the cultures and nations in this world.

They have just recently left the UK to head over to the sun drenched island of Corfu. Alex and Lisa have done what so many couples across the world long to do, and their journey to search for the perfect wedding is keeping us all enthralled. You can visit their blog 2 People 1 Life here.

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As of now Lisa has worn approximately 36 wedding dresses, the most expensive being a Charlotte Balbier design costing $10,000 and the least expensive being a TK Maxx summer dress for £8. The couples longest wedding ceremony coming in at 10 hours long in Morocco and the shortest coming in at 1 minute in Hungary.

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The 1st leg of their tour the Americas is done, and the 2nd leg Africa and Europe. The couple have just reached South Asia, with their 66th ceremony taking place in the port city of Karachi. It was a big scale affair with, of course, all traditions displayed, including Dhol drums, Salwars and gun shots etc.

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After Karachi, we at Think Shaadi will be keeping a very close eye on Alex and Lisa’s movements across India and wider South Asia.

The Perfect Wedding Shoes

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For any woman, finding the perfect wedding shoes is a mighty tough task. There are so many questions to be taken into consideration. Will they withstand being worn from morning till night, will I be able to walk in them properly and so on, and so on.

Well now you need not worry, we at Think Shaadi have scoured the best designers around and picked some our favourites. These shoes are, we feel, more than suitable, along with extremely stylish to wear for your various wedding events.

Sergio Rossi

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The Italian design house Sergio Rossi is renowned for its playful and artistic creations. These subtle yet gorgeously fashioned gold platform sandals are a microcosm of the Rossi aesthetic, studded with outstanding crystals. The front wedge creates a feeling of security to compliment the length of the heel, and straps give room for free movement.

Kate Spade

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Kate Spades design ethic is always about fun, fun, fun, and these “charm heels” are perfect to inject a bit of girlie joy. The shimmering bow on the toe is its crowning glory.

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These Oyster Bed d’Orsays shoes by BHLDN are like a work of art in themselves. Fashioned with dusky pink satin and encrusted with the most beautiful pearls from the sea bed. Made in Italy, they are a superb addition to any wedding outfit.

Badgley Mischka

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A delicate looking pair of evening shoes with manageable heel by Badgley Mischka is like a gift from God. The design, in silk satin and metallic leather, has a classically simplistic approach, but the rhinestone decoration on the toe adds a distinctive edge of age old glamour.

Manolo Blahnik

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We need not go into details about Monolo Blahnik, the world famous shoe makers. This unashamedly extravagant pair of ‘Sedaraby’ open toe d’Orsay pumps are bewitching, but also comfortable to wear. Like their counterparts by Badgley Mischka, the jewel encrusted brooch on the toe, is the icing on the cake.

Kate Spade

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Kate Spade’s funky and bright designs are like a breath of fresh air. What better way to add a real touch of excitement to your wedding function outfit than slipping these ‘liquorice too’ pumps on. Brilliantly constructed and definitely paying close attention to comfort.

Valentino Garavani

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If you want to move away from convention, then these Valentino Garavani pumps, with pointed toe, are perfect. The brilliant orange will definitely get guests talking.

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Gucci

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Gucci, the long standing bastion of luxury, have been pretty clever in their design methods. These gorgeous gold shoes, festooned from top to toe in brilliant Swarovski crystals are not only the epitome of beauty, but they give the feet room to breathe, at the sides, so no danger of feeling constricted.

Jimmy Choo

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Jimmy Choo never does things by half, and these gorgeous eye-catching heals are perfect for a long day of standing and mingling with relatives. The heal isn’t too high and the open toe gives more room for the feet to breath and feel as comfortable as possible. The striking diamante and silver thread worked throughout makes a bold statement.

Christian Laboutin

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It’s impossible not to include Christian Louboutin on our list about wedding shoes. The kaleidoscopic rainbow colours, shimmering from the Swarovski crystals, which act like mini-mirrors, entice the eye like nothing else. Again, the open toe takes away any feeling of constriction.

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in Harpers Bazaar Bride

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We at Think Shaadi were quite taken with last month’s cover of Harper’s Bazaar Bride, which featured the two hottest properties in Bollywood – Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor. Alia looked coquettish whilst Arjun smouldered in his usual leading man manner, the shoot, although fashioned in the traditional bridal aesthetic was refreshing. Gone was the stiffness and ultra-formality of previous shoots and in its place saw a more relaxed and younger tone.

The subtitle ‘Colours of India’ was an apt description, with Alia wearing a kaleidoscopic lehenga from Manish Arora’s 2013 couture collection, famed of course for his eclectic palette, and jewellery by Think Shaadi partner Gehna Jewellers. The pairing of Arora and Gehna was perfect in invoking the colourful experimentations of contemporary Indian design.

Alia and Arjuna were promoting their latest film release 2 States by Abhishek Varman, and the narrative of the film was reflected in the shoot. Young love was the key theme here; it was about bringing a sense of fun and frivolity to the forefront, so the clothing had to fit with that theme.

It’s pretty difficult not to smile at this, a young couple on the threshold of love.

Our Community at Brides the Show

With the overwhelming success of the  first ever show last October, the team at Brides have worked hard to bring us the follow-up event this coming weekend!

The event will be a fully interactive show where you can immerse yourself in all things bridal. There will be  make-up stations, wedding dress trials, a sommelier’s table and a catwalk to see the latest western bridal trends. Not to mention all the carefully selected suppliers and venues that will be exhibition during the show.

The Think Shaadi Community is of course represented in good strength at this premier event and we have listed them below with their stand numbers. Please make sure to visit our partners and judging by last years show, you will not be disappointed xx

EEB Styled Shoot Max Attenbrough 5Eagle Eyed Bride – Stand 119a

Creative wedding stationery, décor & fun is our thing! We style cool & contemporary products into coordinating collections of stationery, decorations and photo booths. Choose the look that chimes with you the most! We keep our peepers peeled and an ear to the ground, bringing new trends in creative wedding styling to your door. Brides are busy, we work hard so you can make it look easy!

romantic princess dqElizabeth’s Cake Emporium – Stand 52a

Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium is one of the UK’s top wedding cake designers with clients including royalty, celebrities, five star hotels and glamorous West end Stores. Their delicious wedding cakes, cupcakes and dessert tables are adorned with the most realistic edible sugar flowers, pearls, gems and jewellery. They’ve been featured in numerous blogs and national and international publications and on TV shows and BBC radio.

BELLA & OLLY WEDDING-123Gillian Million – Stand 96

Gillian Million celebrates 15 years creating the most exquisite bridal accessories to be treasured and admired in her London shop where our brides receive the ultimate in customer service. Unique designs for both the subtly understated to the most dramatically flamboyant bride.

Lila 3Lila – Stand 126

Lila creates the most beautiful and original headpieces. Best known for her signature handcrafted flowers Lila’s work is praised for its exceptional craftsmanship and striking detail. Traditional artisan techniques and historical design references are incorporated into unique contemporary pieces, making her collections stand out for their originality, elegance, and a luxurious yet fresh feel.

mandarin-orientalr-wedding-photography-111Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park – Stand 90

A spectacular wedding is assured at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. Boarding beautiful royal parkland to one side and bustling Knightsbridge to the other, you will be surrounded by stunning photo opportunities and memorable moments at every turn. With an exclusive ‘Royal Entrance’ where the bride and groom can enjoy a red carpet arrival, a picturesque garden terrace that makes the perfect setting for any champagne reception, especially when complimented by a romantic sunset, and our magnificent ballroom, which has a sprung dance floor and enjoys incredible views over the park, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is the ideal location to celebrate your wedding.

© deborah huskPiccolo Press – Stand 91

Voted ‘Social Stationery Printer of the Year’, Piccolo is one of Britain’s finest stationers. Established 30 years ago, our business continues to grow around personal recommendations. Piccolo are masters of engraving & die-stamping, letterpress, thermography, blind embossing and foil blocking. All bespoke wedding & personal stationery requirements are achievable by our highly-skilled in-house team.

rosalind millerRosalind Miller Cakes -Stand 105

Rosalind Miller Cakes specialises in bespoke wedding cakes, celebration cakes, and cupcakes, that are both contemporary and timeless. Having won The Wedding Industry Awards ‘National and London Best Wedding Cake Designer of The Year’ in 2012 and 2013,  and publishing her first book ‘Wedding Cakes’ in November 2013, Rosalind is recognised as one of London’s top cake designers.

Wedding in action16The Photo Emporium – Stand 33

Photobooths with style, props with taste and panache. This year partnering up with Brides magazine, we bring you studio quality images and stunning hand crafted booths. Track us down by the catwalk and in The Imagination Room for a chance to appear on the cover of Brides Magazine.

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Renowned wedding planner Bruce Russell and his expert team are behind Savoy Weddings, which offers an entirely personal and expert approach to memorable occasions from beginning to end. Whether you are considering a lavish wedding or an intimate occasion for the immediate family, the Savoy’s impressive rooms and spaces are perfect for any event.

Bruce, who is also the show’s wedding planner,  will be hosting a series of ‘Wedding Tours’ – private one hour guided tours of the show, where Bruce will take an intimate group of guests to visit a selection of hand picked exhibitors.  Your experience will begin at the Savoy stand with a short consultation as you enjoy a glass of champagne.  You will then be escorted around the show for private visits with five chosen exhibitors.  No tour would be complete without a small treat and gift bag to take away!

Each tour will last 45 minutes and will run twice daily at 11am and 2pm.

Tours are subject to availability and can be booked by emailing info@bybrucerussell.com

Inside Ahana Deol’s wedding

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Ahana Deol, daughter of Hema Malini and Dharmendra and younger sister of Esha Deol tied the knot with businessman Vaibhav Vora last month, with all the glitz and glamour you would expect from a Bollywood family.

Wedding guests included celebrities such as  Shahrukh Khan, Rekha, Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan. Check out all the amazing images from inside the wedding via Vogue India!

Valentines Day Special – The Perfect Cookie

This is a great tutorial from Community Member Nila Holden to make your Valentine’s Day even more special xx

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This Valentine’s Day treat your sweetheart to some delicious & easy to make Linzer biscuits (the perfect accompaniment to a glass bubbly).

Traditionally Linzer biscuits are made with almonds, but not being a big fan of almonds in cakes and patisserie, and being short on patience today,  I decided to try making these biscuits with a vanilla cookie dough.  I have to say they were delicious!

Ingredients (makes 8)

  • 1 Quantity of Vanilla Cookie Dough
  • 3 tbsp Seedless Raspberry Jam
  • Icing Sugar
  • Square fluted edge cookie cutter
  • mini cookie/sugarpaste cutters: hearts, stars, christmas trees
  • Two baking sheets lined with baking parchment.

Method:

1. Firstly, ensure that your dough has been chilled for 30 mins.  Roll out your dough to 5mm thick

2. Cut out 16 squares. Place 8 squares onto 1 baking tray – these can be baked straightaway and will form the base of the linzer cookies.

3. Place the remaining 8 squares onto your second baking tray.  Using the mini cutters cut out shapes from the middle of the square, taking care not to distort the square frame of the cookie.  You can either use the same mini cutter for all the cookies or use a variety of different cutters for variety! I’ve included them all on one tray in this photo so you can see what I mean.

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4. Bake the cookies for 10 – 12 mins.  Cool on a wire rack.

5. Place your raspberry jam in small bowl and using a spoon mix it for a few minutes.  This will loosen up the jam and make it easier to spread.

6. Take the 8 cookie squares and spread a small amount of jam over them.

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7. Take the cookies with the cut out hearts, trees etc and sprinkle on a light layer of icing sugar.

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8. Sandwich the two halves together and hey presto – you have delicious & quick linzer biscuits.

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Don’t they look beautiful?  You can use love hearts for Valentine’s Day or Christmas trees and stars for festive gifts.  If you have the patience and have mini letter cutters you could even cut out a name or text!  The possibilities are endless..

The cookies will start to soften once you’ve sandwiched them together with jam so if you’re not using them straight away, its best to store the baked cookies in an airtight container.  And then just sandwich them together with the jam a few hours before you need them.

As always, if you use the tutorial then please do leave me some feedback or a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Baking…!

Nila x

A Mom’s Bollywood Guide to Finding the Right Husband!

All mothers want their daughters to find Mr. right. The one that will respect and stand by her wishes, take care of her when she is down, make sure all her needs are met, love her mother-in-law as much she does, etc….its a high bar for any man to live by!

This is why we want to share this post from Miss Malani written by Rashmi Daryanani. Her mom Kavita has broken down Mr. Right into various examples of Bollywood characters. We could not stop laughing and we hope everyone enjoys it as much as we did!!

Click on the image to get the son-in-law checklist Bollywood style! 

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2014 Top Wedding Stationery Trends by Ananya

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Luxury wedding stationer and Community member Ananya (Sanskrit for ‘without equal’) revitalises traditional art forms to create exquisite designs with an exotic, modern flavour. Every aspect of the contemporary stationery is impeccably finished and designed with love. The talented team at Ananya is delighted to announce their picks for the top wedding stationery trends for 2014.

Top Trend 1: Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2014

Radiant Orchid

 Pantone has announced that its 2014 Colour of the Year is Radiant Orchid. This captivating and charming shade of purple is perfect for romantic stationery and is set to dazzle the wedding scene this year. Ananya loves this enchanting, vibrant colour and has designed a collection of stationery that radiates love. This colour will be the hottest trend in fashion and interiors for 2014. Expect to see this colour accompanied with complimentary Ombre or monochrome shades. Make Radiant Orchid your stationery statement for 2014!

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Top Trend 2: Signature Style

Bespoke Stationery 

Ananya specialises in creating bespoke wedding stationery that truly reflects the personal style and image of the happy couple. Founder Vaishali Shah will meet with you on a number of occasions to offer suggestions and create exclusive designs. For truly unique creations, the Ananya team can design a monogram to add an elegant touch to your stationery that symbolises your everlasting commitment to each other. Plus, their versatile use and adaptability make monograms a wonderful keepsake that can be used for years to come. For an extra hint of sparkle, the stationery can be hand embellished with crystals to bring a bit of glitz and glamour to your wedding.

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Top Trend 3: Vintage Luxe

Pearl Embellishments

With the success of The Great Gatsby film in 2013, vintage motifs and delicate lace designs have taken over the wedding world. At Ananya, 2014 will be the year of pearl embellishments! Sweet pearls give an elegant and feminine touch to your stationery and set the tone for a luxurious celebration. Pearls can be hand embellished onto any of the Ananya collections and are a special accent for vintage-style designs. Pick pearls for timeless stationery with a romantic glow in 2014.

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No matter what trend you choose, you can’t go wrong with Radiant Orchid, Signature Style or Vintage Luxe in 2014. From the initial consultation to the big day, Vaishali and the Ananya team will happily support you every step of the way!

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.