Category: Events

Diwali Indulgence at Aashni + Co in aid of Pratham UK

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In aid of Pratham UK, Shailja Sharma and Pooja Nayak would like to invite you for a Diwali Showcase at Aashni + Co, Notting Hill, London on Tuesday October 7th, 2014.

Known for stocking the A listers and creme-de-la-creme of India’s finest designers, Aashni + Co brings forward a brand new offering by adding to their spectrum for the first time, designers such as Arpita Mehta, Anita Dongre, Ridhi Mehra and Sonali Gupta. Along with the above featured, Anamika Khanna’s special festive range will also be showcased at the event.

All full price purchases will be marked at a discount of 15%

Anamika Khanna & Raj Mahtani: London Exhibition

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This September sees the arrival, in London, of two very special talents, in the fields of fashion and jewellery design. Anamika Khanna and Raj Mahtani. The pair embodies the sensual, the evocative and the grand.

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The exhibition takes place at The Bentley Hotel, a tremendously ornate building, which will surely be the perfect setting for these creative lovers of beauty.

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Anamika became a much-lauded and not to mention much sort after designer after the launch of her international label – Ana-Mika – in 2004. Not only is she the first Indian designer to launch an international label, she was also the first to be featured at Paris Fashion Week, along with that master of colour Manish Arora.

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She is a pioneer of fashion in her own right. Anamika creates magic with figure flattening couture pieces, she has also brought the waistcoat and half draped saris into vogue. With her mixture of traditional Indian patterns, married with Western methods of design, and topped off by a insatiable enthusiasm for intricate embroidery, Anamika is an exceedingly unusual creative force in the world of Indian design.

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Her quality as a designer rests in the fact that she has a great appreciation of vintage design, each and every one of her collections is rich with historical references and tantalising vintage sweetness.

Raj Mahtani Design

Now, jewellery is a very difficult thing to get right, you either have the talents to design and fashion together a piece of luxury or you don’t. Raj Mahtani certainly does, with a family business created in 1880, by his great-great-grand father, which was then called Satramdas Dhalamal. In 2000 Raj took the business into the stratosphere of contemporary jewellery design, and it soon became a globally recognised design power house.

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Back in the late 19th and early 20th century, his family’s business was renowned for designing jewellery favoured by the Maharaja’s, nowadays that hint of regal flare is still burning brightly. Raj is well-known for his passionate love for Mughal design, and his jewellery reflects that.

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In a recent interview he said “I love everything about the Mughal empire – the passion, the design, the romance, the art and the cultural experiences of that time period. And of course, I love the sheer grandeur!”

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His recent designs have seen a shift towards the romantic drama of Mughal design, finely shaped gems, offset by brilliant gold and silver. His sheer genius for sourcing the most eye-catching gems is still very strong indeed. It is impossible not to fall in love with Raj’ jewellery.

This exhibition is a must for anyone who loves and appreciates quality craftmanship and historical beauty.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP Mrs Chhavi Seth-Mediratta – chhaviseth@yahoo.co.uk

All photos are the property of Anamika Khanna and Raj Mahtani

DLF Emporio Presents ‘The Treasury of Trousseau’

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DLF Emporio, India’s first and finest luxury destination returns this August with the much awaited wedding show “The Treasury of Trousseau”, slated to start on the 27th of August 2014 concluding on the 31st of August. The Treasury of Trousseau is the only wedding show that brings the top stylists in the country to assist and advice patrons with all their wedding shopping and trousseau needs.  This year DLF Emporio is working with 3 of India’s top celebrity stylists whom will personally consult and advise prospective brides and grooms in putting together special looks for their wedding celebrations.

 

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Aki Narula – A recipient of the Damania Fashion Designer award, he is famed for his exuberant and vivacious collections that adorn the leading ladies of Bollywood. His big break into Bollywood came with Yash Raj Films ‘Bunty Aur Babli’. Aki is also celebrated for styling Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Rockstar’.

 

 

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Niharika Bhasin Khan – National Award-winning costume designer is best known for her looks with Bollywood actors and actresses. Her costumes for ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Band Baja Baraat’ have won her National Awards, making her one of the most sought after stylists in Bollywood. She is also known for her work in ‘Rock on’ and ‘Kai Po Che’. Her styling will soon be seen in the much-anticipated movie ‘Bombay Velvet’ starring Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

 

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Gautam Kalra – a stylist who has partnered with panoply of leading Indian designers, his stylings have been much lauded in the scene. From working across numerous advertising campaigns to couture, styling supermodels and Bollywood actors. Gautam has worked on such high profile campaigns with world renowned names such as Tanishq, Levis, Reebok, Wills Lifestyle, Reid & Taylor and many more.

 

The wedding show at DLF Emporio will also showcase exclusive couture collections over the five days featuring coveted Indian fashion labels such as Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, Anju Modi, Ashish N Soni, Ensemble, Gaurav Gupta, Manish Arora, Janavi, Manav Gangwani, Monisha Jaisingh, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Raghavendra Rathore, Rohit Bal, Rajesh, Shantanu & Nikhil, Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani, Varun Bahl and more.

Speaking on the event, Ms. Dinaz Madhukar, Senior Vice President, DLF Emporio says, With the Treasury of Trousseau, DLF Emporio offers its patrons a unique shopping experience specially dedicated to the most special occasion in one’s life. This five day long wedding show at DLF Emporio will focus on wedding styling solutions. We are proud to present some of India’s most renowned fashion designers, international and ethnic-Indian brands to make this a memorable experience for every bride and groom. We welcome our patrons to the heart of luxury and bespoke services offered exclusively at DLF Emporio.

Designer  and Community Member Varun Bahl adds This is a great platform and what sets it apart from other such events is that you have three of the country’s leading stylists along with the designers to help people select what looks best on them.

For appointments with the personal stylists, contact DLF Emporio at +91 11 46116666

Vogue Wedding Show: A View From the Inside

Vogue Wedding Show 2014 opened its doors for brides-to-be at the Taj Palace hotel, New Delhi on August 1

The decor in the foyer of the Taj Palace hotel, New Delhi.

Team Vogue was present at the Vogue Wedding Show in full strength. From left to right senior fashion features editor Priyanka Khanna, marketing director Oona Dhabar, fashion director Anaita Shroff Adajania and editor Priya Tanna, who hosted a lunch for Delhi’s who’s who.

As the prestigious Vogue Wedding Show erupted with all the glamour, sophistication and glorious creations we expected last weekend, here at Think Shaadi we thought we’d lift the lid on what’s going on behind the scenes, giving you some quotes from those who make this show the most evocative and exciting of the fashion calendar. We had a number of enthusiastic brides and their families attend the show, from whom we received some glowing reviews.

Conde Nast India’s managing director, Alex Kuruvilla

Sabina Chopra, in Sabyasachi, talking about her experience at the Vogue Wedding Show

Vogue digital editor Sita Wadhwani collaborating with producer Zara Chowdhary of The Wedding Filmer on a VWS film series.

The Vogue India Editor Priya Tanna said “An Indian wedding celebrates love, the coming together of families and the beauty of tradition. At the Vogue Wedding Show, we have curated a three-day bridal extravaganza showcasing the best, latest and most exclusive services in the bridal world. It will turn the wedding of your dreams into reality. It is an all-access pass for brides, grooms and their families to meet the country’s leading bridal wear designers, view the most unforgettable wedding jewellery and attend masterclasses conducted by an enviable line-up of industry experts in hair, make-up, beauty, nutrition and wellness.”

Manish Malhotra says that traditonal red and gold are the only two colours a bride-to-be needs on her palette in 2014.

A very happy bride tries on a Manish Malhotra creation.

Manish Malhotra mingles and shows off his creations.

On the gloriously historic and luxurious venue Deepa Misra Harris, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces says “Weddings at the Taj have always been iconic – offering our guests magical settings, inspired cuisine and attentive service. Over a century, we have perfected our Timeless Weddings product and have been the preferred venue for innumerable weddings, engagement parties, renewal of vows and have welcomed honeymoon couples across the world.”

A very happy bride tries on a lehenga by Anita Dongre.

“Our partnership with Vogue for the wedding show over these two years is a step towards furthering our commitment in staying current and yet timeless when it comes to orchestrating that ‘perfect in the moment wedding.”

Sabyasachi Mukherjee never ceases to dazzle us with his use of unusual fabrics, intricate embroidery and romance.

Sabyasachi’s glorious creations.

For Vogue to create such a magnificent show, it helps to secure some good associations, and they have done so with Forevermark Media. President of Forevermark says of his companies association with the Vogue Wedding Show “Forevermark is proud of its association with the Vogue Wedding Show. Every Forevermark diamond is inscribed with our promise: a promise that it is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced making it less than 1% of the world’s diamonds.”

Nirav Modi’s oasis of glitz.

“The beauty of a Forevermark diamond is brought out through the world’s finest craftsmen using skill and artistry passed down through the generations. It gives us a chance to be showcased and complement the explosion of stunning creations exhibited by India’s leading designers. It is an absolute delight to be present at a platform that appeals to the sensibilities and tastes of the modern day bride.”

Need we mention that the Vogue Wedding Show is also an hypnotic kaleidoscope of jewells.

Another of the shows partners, Abanti Sankaranarayanan, Managing Director of Diageo India added “We are very excited to partner with this unique extravaganza presented by Vogue, which perfectly blends sophistication, luxury and grandeur in equal measures. We believe that Diageo’s vast portfolio of preciously crafted liquids and rare blends like Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18, Johnnie Walker Gold Label, CIROC, Singleton and many more, extend a delightful and enriching experience at every wedding.”

Guests consult Tarun Tahiliani on the chicest bridal wear trends.

“Our bespoke wedding solutions include an array of sensorial offerings like specially curated menus and cocktails, customized bars, whisky/malt appreciation sessions and interactions with expert mixologists. At the heart of all these are our liquids, that indulge your senses in rare and exotic flavours, making every moment of this ultimate celebration unforgettable.”

Gaurav Gupta proudly poses amongst his beautiful designs.

With gracious thanks to Vogue India for use of photos.

BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

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The sixth edition of BMW India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW) 2014 will be held at Dlf Emporio from Aug 7 to Aug 10.

Leading Designers such as Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani, JJ Valaya, Raghavendra Rathore and Falguni and Shane Peacock, will all be taking part!

Vijay Singh, Founder & MD, Fashion One International said, “It gives me immense pleasure to announce the 6th edition of BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014 in association with AZVA in the fashion capital of India. BMW IBFW is synonymous with luxury and for presenting the latest trends & designs in bridal couture by the most acclaimed designers of the country. We are proud to associate with BMW and World Gold Council as Title & Associate Sponsors to the event.”

The Vogue Wedding Show 2014

With the Vogue Wedding Show just over a week away, taking place at  Taj Palace, New Delhi. We thought we’d cast our luxury loving eyes over some of the designers, handpicked by the Vogue team, to take part this year. As we have mentioned before, this year sees a wealth of talent, known for their creative zeal and meticulous attention to detail, ranging from couture to jewellery.

So, what makes the designers this year so special? Well let’s take a look at a handful of them. Firstly, there’s a common connection that binds all of them, whether it be the fashion designers or the jewellery designers. They each and every one possesses a pioneer spirit, a spirit which is deeply rooted in an age old sense of creativity.

Sabyasachi is the quintessential Indian designer; his inspirations are drawn from the rich and colourful history of Indian textiles, art, architecture and literature. His creations are always bathed in an historical flare, all encompassing patterns that dance across the fabric, yet forever with a lyrical sense of symmetry.

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Manish Malhotra’s infectious joie de vivre for both women’s and menswear has always made him standout from the crowd, there’s no mistaking a Manish Malhotra design, the cuts, shapes, styles and embroidery are easy to spot, and of course easy to fall in love with. His bridal collections alone never fail to create a new feeling of wonder and awe with every season that goes by, typifying Bollywood decadence.

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Well, what to say about Tarun Tahiliani. He is the man who encapsulates the Delhi glitterati, a playful and eternally curious creative sensibility. Tarun is a designer who continually shifts and morphs his style, melding together the traditional to the contemporary seamlessly.

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Gaurav Gupta is a man who takes the words sexy and sultry to an entirely new level. Much like Manish, Gaurav has been a star of the Indian fashion industry since he first emerged into the spotlight, a tour de force, taking his female muse and turns them into princesses.


JJ Valaya brings power, unfettered power we should say, to his designs. It’s all about larger-than-life glamour, statement pieces which meld luxury and effortless grace together, in a magnificent bejewelled cocktail.

Shantanu & Nikhil’s design approach has attitude, flare and an unmistakeable panache, which is impossible to ignore. With creations that proudly mix together Indian culture with Western mores, It’s no surprise that they are the favourites, not just in South Asia, but across the world.

If you want feminine charm, look no further than Anita Dongre, her unmistakeable technique of balancing the beauty of the old, with the functionality of the new, is something so many designers find impossible to do. Anita is fast becoming the queen in her field, and it’s easy to see why.

Moving on to the jewellery designers, this year sees a number of big names, for example, Begani Jewels make for the perfect wedding accessories, with a finely tuned approach to design, Begani’s foundation is simplicity, and their pieces can go two ways, sticking with the simple, maximising minimalist beauty, to embracing the ornate and ostentatious.

Amrapali has created a language all of their own, a simplistic yet creatively virulent process, which merges ethnic styling with contemporary zeal, that crossed the cultural divides.

Vacheron Constantin is renowned the world over for producing aesthetically pleasing and vibrant time pieces, they have an age old technique which draws upon the exquisite and the divine. They are the masters of luxury.

Nirav Modi is all about classical design, with an emphasis on the sensual and delicate. His inspiration moves from culture to culture, whether it is Medieval Dutch art or French turn of the century Art Nouveau. Nirav is all about conjuring up the beauty of the world in jewellery form.

Decadence is the word du jour when it comes to Rose, founded by Biren Vaidya, when you look at his designs, images of age old glamour and distinction come to mind. Biren’s aesthetic is all about embracing the colour, the beauty of life.

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It’s not just fashion and jewellery designers who will feature in the show, there’s also graphic designers such as Vivek Sahni, who has singlehandedly transformed the business of wedding invitations into an art form all of its own. Vivek’s designs are intricately made, miniature masterpieces that capture the personal feelings of love and excitement.

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Then there is Vandana Mohan of The Wedding Design Company, Vandana goes way beyond the ordinary, staging weddings which are like fantastical dreams come to life. Her raison d’être is events, and over the years she has worked on some of the most inspiring and luxurious weddings in the world.

So, these are just some of the many designers and artisans at this year’s Vogue Wedding Show. It will be one of the most hottest and luxurious shows in the fashion calendar.

With only one week left, register now to get invited to the year’s most exclusive bridal extravaganza The Vogue Wedding Show 2014.

Images credit : Vogue Wedding Show on behalf of the participating brands.

Tarun Tahiliani: Bridal Couture Exposition

As we trundle along towards Vogues carnival of bridal dreams, the Wedding Show, let’s take some time out to focus on those Kings and Queens of fashion who will be taking part. Recently, that fine master of the evocative and the ethereal Tarun Tahiliani, brought all his power and prestige together at his Bridal Exposition. It was the sixth edition of Tahiliani’s now legendary expositions, which was staged at The Four Seasons Hotel in the vibrant capital of fashion Mumbai, before it heads to Delhi in August. This time around Tahiliani has collaborated with World Gold Council, for Azva, Forevermark, Swarovski and Diageo – Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18.’ It was a grand affair to stimulate the senses of the fashion conscious, carefully put together, with attention paid to detail which was reminiscent of a coronation ceremony; it defined luxury and sartorial innovation. The mannequins, which were festooned with his designs, were painted in gold, we certainly wouldn’t expect anything less, the beautiful male and female models were obviously angelic and the exhibition room was distinctly regal. For this collection Tahiliani titled it ‘The Modern Mughals’ a most apt title it has to be said, because Tahiliani singlehandedly brought those well known sartorial attributes, so emblematic of the Mughal age straight into the 21st century, an era when potential brides and grooms are so desperate for that mix of the traditional and the functional. The transcendent designs flow like honey, glistening with charm and sweetness. Don’t be mistaken though, sweet and charming they may be, but there is also Tahiliani’s trademark power intertwined between the stitching. These are statement pieces, each one possessing certain individual qualities from the last. The colours are if taken from a panoramic sunset in the countryside, deep oranges, reds, bronze, gold, silver and sun kissed greens etc. They conjure up a vision of a queen at her summer palace, essentially rural splendour at its best. As is stated, the inspirations and influences come from the Mughals, but not just from fashion, but from their jewellery, art, architecture, literature etc, and every facet of civilisation that the Mughals, with their mixture of Indian and Persian aesthetics, sensibilities and mores came up with. Going back to the modern Mughal though, for this collection modernity sits neatly and harmoniously alongside these historic influences, this is prominently seen in the fact that each design has so much accessibility and above all breathability. The bridegroom’s were certainly not left out either, the shift from all out traditionalism to exciting modern twists had their place here too, with pre-stitched dhotis and jodhpurs etc, that were not in the usual muted colour schemes, but were instead in bright and celebratory hues, not forgetting the careful stitching and embroidery. Tarun Tahiliani continues his journey as a creative master mind, surprising and delighting us all, each and every time.   Images courtsey of  Tarun Tahiliani.

Vogue Wedding Show: Tarun Tahiliani and Manish Malhotra

As the Vogue Wedding Show fast approaches, we at Think Shaadi thought we’d take some time out to focus on two of the major designers, who will be showcasing their designs at this year’s show –  Tarun Tahiliani and Manish Malhotra. Now, they’re two men who really know their craft, each it is safe to say are the reigning kings of their field, but how do these two giants of fashion differ, in creative output?

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Tarun Tahiliani is renowned for his sweet and sensual creations, which are rich in classicism and elegant allure, this is especially the case when it comes to his bridal wear designs. However, in his recent collections, and particularly for his latest bridal collection, his creative eye has shifted, one has to say, shifted dramatically.

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In a recent Vogue India interview, which he did in preparation for his sixth couture exposition (taking place in Bombay July 11th, then Delhi August 2nd) he made one of the biggest statements we’ve heard in the world of Indian fashion “brides aren’t happy with richly embroidered sacks anymore.”

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The interview was an eye opener for sure, and he reiterated some of his comments for a recent Bridal Studio session, in Chennai. Curious fashionistas got the chance to savour a taste of his new found creative zeal, first hand.

It’s clear to see that Tarun is really breaking the mould, his latest bridal collection is a refreshing fusion of traditional Mughal inspirations and contemporary desires, he has long spoke of a need to incorporate the ability for brides to move about more, in respect to dancing and that general desire for formality yet relaxation at the same time.

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A sensual play with pastels and more muted, sunset colours, offset with crystal brocades have been the forumla here, the designs are more reserved, yet still keep the hypnotic air of tradition and don’t stray too far from beautiful convention. In a recent interview Tarun related his thoughts on bridal wear inspiration, saying “the wedding is the one time every woman looks readiant and beautiful – if she doesn’t go the extreme way in styling. Indian miniatures always inspire me. Historically too, all the women admired for their sense of style have had a strong identity, one that’s true to who they are. Think Gayatri Devi, Elizabeth Taylor, Rekha etc.”

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Tarun’s creatively capricious mindset is typical of Delhi sensibilites, with its long history of creatives who ferociously explore the hinterland of design, and of course keep alive that desire to experience the new, in all its forms.

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Manish Malhotra, on the other hand, has always taken and reshaped the old to fit with the new. When it comes to his bridal collections, the themes have always been broad, plentiful and sensual, all at the same time. He is quintessentially Bombay, his fusions of differeng cultural styles aptly fit the famous port city, which has seen the world cross through its gates.

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It’s easy to see Manish’ mentality during an interview, again at a Bridal Studio session, this time in Hyderabad. He possesses this ability to tap into the desires of the brides and families he works with.

Manish, much like Tarun has had a few metamorphosis’ in his creative approach. When he started out, tradition sprinkled with a few magical ounces of modernity were his trademark, but over the seasons, his bridal collections have changed and found, what one would describe as a complete regeneration. Simplistic elegance, coupled with intricacy of detailing is the current essence of Manish Malhotra.

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He recently mused on his creative process, saying “my signature work is amalgamation of various art forms like chikankari craftsmanship from Mijwan, intricate Kasmiri work and real zari work in classic silhouttes, creating vintage elegance along with opulent old world charm.”

The fairytale approach has never left Manish, he’s a designer who has always maintained that steadfast degree of creative enthusiasm, throughout all of his collections. The same applies to his latest bridal collection, which playfully mixes a neon palette, with the more muted and subtle. In shape and form however, it has to be said that the modern is one step ahead of the traditional.

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Image credits: Vogue Wedding Show, Tarun Tahiliani  & Manish Malhotra

The Vogue Wedding Show Is Coming

In just over a month the magically evocative cavalcade of the Vogue Wedding Show, in partnership with the Taj Group, will be taking place at The Taj Palace, New Delhi, August 1 – 3. As always it will be a tour-de-force in the world of luxury Indian weddings, highlighting couture and jewellery. The show will feature some of the finest designers in Indian fashion, with sartorial giants like  Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Manish Malhotra et al and the leading lights of jewellery design such as Nirav Modi and Rose.

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The show will be an extravaganza of artistry, quality and unrivalled beauty. The spectacles of reverie this year range in inspiration and style, from traditional contours to sharpe modern shapes, every design will be sure to excite and intrique. The preview shows with Vogue’s Bridal Studio are now well and truly underway, giving people a sneek peek of the delights to come. The first being staged in Kolkata, with Sabyasachi. If your look for your bridal outfits and need advice, you have to watch this wonderful interview by the editor of Vogue, Priya Tanna.

You can check out all the latest info about the Vogue Wedding Show by heading to Twitter and searching for the hashtag #VogueWeddingShow. We at Think Shaadi will be doing it religiously.

Image credits: Vogue Wedding Show &  Tarun Tahiliani 

Bridal Afternoon Tea at The Savoy with Sassi Holford and Bruce Russell

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Meet at The Savoy for a ‘Best of British’ Bridal Afternoon Tea on the 19th June, hosted by renowned designer, Sassi Holford, and Savoy Weddings expert and Community member, Bruce Russell.

Guests will enjoy a champagne afternoon tea featuring a selection of wedding inspired cakes, a Sassi Holford fashion show and the opportunity to pick up tips and ideas from Bruce and Sassi themselves.

For tickets please contact 0207 836 4343 or Savoy@fairmont.com