Category: Feature

Brides Designer Catwalk, A Vogue House Event

From Venetian inspiration to the roaring ’20s, the Brides Catwalk presents fabulous bridal gowns by British designers…

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Taking place at the magnificent Corinthia Hotel London on 16th July, the evening begins with guests being treated to delicious canapés and exquisite champagne. Set up in a salon-style theme, brides-to-be watch models work their way through the room showing off gowns by Catherine Deane, Suzanne Neville, Sanyukta Shrestha and more, each design with its own stand-out elements.

Stephanie AllinFrom detailed 3D florals and feathers, to plunging back necklines and long elegant trains, the gowns break through convention with an overall ‘less is more’ philosophy in sleek and modern designs. Exaggerated waistlines and cap sleeves take over the catwalk with intricately embroidered bodices. Popular details include layering and lace; this, inspired by the 1920s, is seen strongly in Sanyukta Shrestha’s collection – which also features a jaw dropping rose lace layered bridal gown – perfect for the modern bride.

Though the gowns may look soft and demure, don’t be fooled as the designers easily describe their dresses as sexy through the low back necklines and sensual fabrics like lace and silk. Designer Suzanne Neville has worked delicate lace in to the bodice of her gowns with A-line and sheath silhouetted silk skirts creating head-turning dresses.

For a vintage charm, try on Katya Katya Shehurina’s Venetian inspired dresses. Made in pastel blue, ivory and white, and inspired by Venetian architecture, these dresses scream elegance through the delicate French lace and a gentle fall – perfect for a summer wedding.

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With a strong focus on delicacy and soft hues in the latest collections, add classic accessories to get that classic meets high-fashion look. Complete the look with the perfect bridal heels embroidered with lace or jewels.

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This event is a must for brides-to-be looking for wedding inspiration. Not only are there bridal dress designers at the event, but you’ll meet jewellery, shoe and makeup artists as well. Put this event on the list as not to miss!

Image Credits: Neha Oberoi and Brides Magazine

Video Credit: London Fitting Rooms

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.

The Wedding Filmer – Neha and Ravi

Exclusive Premier of  Chal le Chal

Think Shaadi is proud to give you the first global release from The Wedding Filmer

In the eternal quest to further the magic of bespoke, the geniuses at The Wedding Filmer composed a special song – ‘Chal le Chal – to compliment the love story between the beautiful couple Neha and Ravi. It enshrines the video perfectly, with it’s gloriously ebullient lyrics. The guys said “The song Chal le Chal is sung by our ‘little ninja’ Devangi Chopra and is a cover of Dust to Dust by the Civil Wars, the lyrics couldn’t be more apt for Indian wedding.”

The Wedding Filmer is the brainchild of award-winning filmmaker Vishal Punjabi, who runs the company with his crew of Bollywood and internationally acclaimed technicians. The soul purpose of The Wedding Filmer, as described by the team themselves is ” to bring you the magic of the movies in real, human stories that will make you cry, laugh, dance and leave you asking for more! Join his team as they travel the globe and explore the most inherent stories in the deepest, brightest and therefore truest parts of the human soul.”

 

Think Shaadi Presents: The Blogger Meet-Up

Calling all fashion, beauty, lifestyle and wedding bloggers!

Calling all fashion, beauty, lifestyle and wedding bloggers!

Think Shaadi is growing quicker than ever and would love new bloggers to get on board as part of our Think Shaadi blogger team. If you are a fashion, lifestyle, beauty or wedding blogger and would be interested to join our team, we are selecting a number of bloggers to our blogger meet-up event taking place on Sunday 26th July 2015 in London. You will meet with some of our blogger team over a warm beverage and have a discussion and insight into Think Shaadi. In order to apply, please answer the following questions and send your answers to ben@thinkshaadi.com.

1. Why would you like to work with Think Shaadi?

2. What is your blog’s primary focus?

3. What are your favourite luxury brands?

4. Are you available on Sunday 26th July 2015? 

5. Please provide a list of your social media channel links and the link to your blog. 

Good luck! We look forward to your answers and hopefully meet with you soon!

Think Shaadi Blogger Team

In Conversation with Sarah Brock

Known as one of the UK’s leading bridal makeup artists, Sarah Brock has been creating the most exquisite makeup looks for brides for years and her skills are highly sought after for weddings, both nationally and internationally. She has been selected by top Beauty Editors, Journalists, celebrities, society brides and wedding industry experts to be the makeup artist for their wedding day and has collaborated with the biggest names in bridal fashion (Jenny Packham, Sassi Holford, Philippa Lepley, Stewart Parvin and Suzanne Neville to name a few) creating the makeup looks for their stunning campaigns.

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She has created the makeup looks for over 24 covers of Conde Nast BRIDES Magazine as well as numerous fashion/makeover shoots. Most recently Sarah has been commissioned to write a regular beauty expert’s column for British Conde Nast BRIDES Magazine, titled ‘the woman who’s styled 1,000 brides’, where she shares her knowledge in bridal makeup/ beauty, snippets from her day-to-day diary and reveals what’s hot, new and gorgeous on the bridal beauty scene. Sarah also regularly contributes quotes and articles on bridal makeup and beauty to the national press and magazines, including ELLE, Marie Claire, Top Sante, The Daily Mail to name a few and various online publications including the Harvey Nichols wedding edit.

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Despite her busy schedule, Sarah was kind enough to give a few moments of her time to answer some questions, of course, about all things makeup.

Hi Sarah, please tell us how you came to be a makeup artist.

I trained to be a makeup artist 25 years ago when I lived in Devon, then when I moved to Wiltshire 19 years ago I started working as a makeup artist. I’ve worked in many different areas of makeup – I worked as the Artistic Director of Makeup for Daniel Sandler and worked at London Fashion Week and toured as part of the makeup team for GHD, but it was always the bridal makeup that I had a passion for. I am lucky enough to be a makeup artist & published beauty writer in the wedding industry, which I love.

When it comes to knowing the right makeup to use, how exactly do you approach each client?

Every bride is different – not only does the makeup look I create have to work with her dress/ colour scheme and hair, it also depends on how much makeup the bride is used to wearing. Some brides love wearing a lot of makeup and some brides wear very little on a day-to-day basis – it is important that the makeup look I creates makes a bride the most beautiful she can be, without making her look like a totally different person.

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Are there any rules that should be followed when it comes to wearing make-up?

Make sure that the makeup look you have compliments your dress and hair and doesn’t clash colour wise with the bridesmaids. Don’t choose a look that makes you look like someone totally different (you want your groom to recognise you when you walk down the aisle)!

Don’t use skincare products (moisturiser) that is too heavy or greasy, as it will make the foundation ‘slide’ off the skin

Make sure that you use a good primer after moisturiser and before foundation, as this will make your skin look better (so you need less foundation) and it will also fill in fine lines/ wrinkles and help your makeup last longer.

Opt for waterproof makeup formulations (especially around the eyes – mascara/ eyeliner)

A little bit of subtle ‘shimmer’ is great in makeup products for a wedding day, but don’t use anything too ‘sparkly’ or ‘glittery’ as this will ‘bounce’ off of flash photography.

It’s great to follow makeup trends, but don’t opt for a look that’s too fashion forward, as it will date and you will be looking at your wedding photographs for years to come.

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Sarah working backstage at a shoot

Are there any recurring makeup mistakes that you see?

A big mistake is to ‘pile’ the makeup on the face in thick, heavy layers – the best makeup is applied in thin, even layers – remember, you can always apply more if needed.

The other mistake (and this is the biggest one) is to not get your foundation right. If you select the correct foundation (and apply it correctly), everything else you put on top will look better. Get the shade right – do NOT go a shade darker as this will show in photos (you can do this after your makeup with a bronzer) and not only is the colour important, the formulation is too. If you have a dry skin, you need to choose a more moisturising foundation and if you have oily/ combination skin, you need to make sure that the foundation is more of a matte texture, to keep shine at bay.

For more tips and advice from Sarah, head over to her blog Bridal Beauty Buzz or follow her on Twitter @BridalBeautyBuz

Chale le Chal – The Wedding Filmer

We are proud to release the very first music video from The Wedding Filmer Studio!

‘Chal le Chal’ is sung by the amazingly talented Devangi Chopra and is a cover of Dust to Dust by the Civil Wars with lyrics that could not be more apt for Indian weddings.

Trust The Wedding Filmer to create an experience to make your wedding even more special! We will be exclusively showing behind the scenes footage of this ground breaking video..stay tuned  ?  xx

 

 

 

Nikki Tibbles: Luxury Florist

Launched in 1993, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart has been creating exceptional floral displays for events and weddings across London and the UK, drawing inspirations from a range of sources, Nikki Tibbles is famed for creativity and quality, bringing aesthetic beauty to the forefront, not to mention artistic innovation.

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For Think Shaadi Boutique, which took place at the chic May Fair hotel and featured new collections by legendary Indian fashion designers Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani, as well as accessories supremo Judith Leiber. The event was set beautifully by Nikki Tibbles, who created several eye-catching bespoke arrangements, of pink and purple hydrangea, pink piano and spray roses, purple and blue delphinium, guelder rose and clematis and placed them into golden brass urns and bronze fish bowls which were placed around the room to complement the space in a fun and uplifting way.

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On the inspiration for the arrangements, Nikki Tibbles says – “For the flowers, we took inspiration from the vibrant fabric colours used in the stunning bridal collections at the showcase.” The designs were a vibrant and exotic mix of colours and brought a great joie de vivre to the event.

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Nikki Tibbles went on to say – “We put together a sumptuous mix of bright and bold seasonal flowers to accentuate the intricately beaded dresses and floral paisley patterns, and of course the exclusive Judith Leiber rose clutch which we absolutely loved.”

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The bespoke floral arrangements included pink and purple hydrangea, pink piano roses, spray roses and guelder roses, purple and blue delphinium, and clematis. They were displayed in golden brass urns and bronze fish bowls which were placed around the room to complement the space in a fun and uplifting way.

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These outstanding arrangements, with their hypnotic colours and perfect form delighted guests and designers alike.

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Judith Leiber: Champion of Elegance and Style

Judith Leiber is a true style magician, able to create some of the most mesmerising purse and clutch bag designs in the world. Injecting her designs with the eccentric and avant-garde, from there fashioning them with the most beautiful jewels. Leiber’s designs have been sported by numerous starlets and big names in Hollywood, there isn’t one red carpet event where a Judith Leiber bag hasn’t been part of.

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Most recently at the New York Met Gala, where a procession of luxurious designer gowns were accompanied by a number of Leiber’s wondrous bags, Adriana Lima sported the Baguettes Goddess Clutch, for Behati Prinsloo the Shanti Peacock Crystal Minaudiere was the ideal accessory, Chrissy Teigen was seen with the Fluttering Geisha Clutch and Diane Kruger looked perfect with the Heart Crystal Minaudiere.

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Judith Leiber’s latest ‘Monogram’ collection mixes a distinctively eye catching yet minimalist style, drenched in Leiber’s trademark aesthetic. There’s an element of eccentricity underneath, as is to be expected. For inspiration, rather than shapes and animals this time, it was from patterns of the past that were drew fascination, a magnificent array of colourful, rainbow designs that are simply outstanding.

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Judith Leiber, along with Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani, will be showcasing her ‘Monogram’ collection today, at the Think Shaadi Boutique event, an exclusive exhibit of some luxurious designs.

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Let us know what you think and by tweeting @thinkshaadi and @ShaadiEditor

To contact Think Shaadi in regards to the event, please contact Think Shaadi on community@thinkshaadi.com.

Gifts for the Groom

In the great matrimonial adventure, the groom rarely gets a mention aside from during the traditional rituals, which require a good deal thought and attention, often the focus is on the bride and the wedding party. However, there is a shift happening, with weddings becoming more individualistic, the time has come for grooms to take a bit more centre stage, especially where gift giving is concerned.

Now, you can never go wrong with a watch. It’s one of those essential gifts that any man would be pleased with, and if it’s a wedding gift, then it’s guaranteed to give an extra piece of sentimental value to his big day.

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Our wonderful Think Shaadi partners Watches of Switzerland offer a handsome variety of beautifully designed and carefully chosen watches. Founded in 1924, Watches of Switzerland have garnered an implacable reputation over the years, known for their style and finesse.

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With a range of watches, from Rue Du Rhone and Breitling to Cartier and Rolex, the choices really are endless, and cater to a variety of high-end tastes.

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Of course, one of the best gifts to give a groom is a finely designed suit. Ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, there’s a wealth of styles to choose from. Think Shaadi partner Paul Jheeta, is one of our particular favourites.

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Paul is bespoke tailor, who operates on the prestigious and world famous Savile Row. It’s a close-knit establishment, but Paul, with his tenacity and talent, managed to literally become part of the fabric at Savile Row. Training in intensive pattern cutting, stand modelling and garment making for ladies and men’s wear, then working with the genius Antony Price.

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Having worked and trained with some of the best in the industry, Paul has perfected his talents to a fine degree.

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Paul works an effortless magic in creating classic suits of both Western and South Asian tradition, the stitching is always perfect and the over all execution is second to none.

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So, here is just two ideas in which to genuinely show the groom some love and attention.

The Ruby Lover: From the Seismic to the Intimate

Continuing with the ‘Ruby Lover’ theme, we turn our attentions to the reception itself.

For a truly inspiring ruby theme, flowers are the ultimate must. Our dear friend Rob Van Helden, whose floral design expertise have been recognised by royalty, pop stars, film stars and some of the biggest companies in the world today, is a genius at creating wedding flowers.

The rose, with it’s velvet like feel and symbolic attributes of love, is the ideal flower for the ruby reception. Rob has worked his magic more than once on designing unique floral decorations for wedding receptions, and the rose often plays a pivotal role.

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When it comes to his aesthetic approach, Rob tends to work with one specific type of flower, as he says “this is the way in which flowers tend to grow in the wild.” Whereas some florists create with a dizzying mixture of flowers, Rob likes to stick to the way nature intended, and then elaborate from that.

Of course the pièce de résistance of a ruby reception is the cake. Like the crown jewels it acts as the centrepiece and Elizabeth Solaru, of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium works certain artistry with cake design. Her raison d’être is creating visual splendour matched with exhilarating taste.

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Her designs have evoked tradition and modernity, as well as the more avant-garde.

The little touches of a wedding reception are of course what make it extra special. A beautifully designed ruby menu can bring a sense of playful delight to a table. Intricate Creations offer a range of bespoke laser-cut wedding stationary, creating age old elegance with up-to-the-minute technology.

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This wedding menu, from their Aphrodite collection, look as if it were inspired by dramatic Baroque architecture, yet with all this it feels incredibly contemporary.

All put together, these ruby themed designs create that scintillating atmosphere of love and desire simultaneously. Far from cutesy, they bring an undeniable sense of sophistication, offset by a great aesthetic quality.

The Ruby Lover: Luxurious Accessories

Throughout the ages it’s rubies that have been the favoured jewel of Kings and Queens alike, with their alluring and bewitching charms, when it comes to weddings, rubies add an unmistakably sumptuous and regal touch, a safely luxurious colour for the most luxurious day of anyone’s life.

Evoking elegance, warmth and wonder, ruby is the ideal colour for a wedding reception. As a base colour it’s very easy to conjure together a simply glorious theme, and our wonderful Think Shaadi partners have a splendid array of designs in which to create something truly beautiful.

Accessories maketh the bride…..

Beginning with ruby accessories, the colour has been an integral and distinguished part of bridal wear for centuries, crossing the cultural divides and forever synonymous with love.

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You simply couldn’t have a ruby themed wedding reception without including a ruby jewel to dazzle and amaze. Amrapali Jewels, emerging from the Mughal splendour of Jaipur, they have since become globally recognised as purveyors of luxury jewellery design, with unprecedented style and grace.

This pair of stunning earnings, which mix diamonds, rubies and pearls, would be a fine addition to a brides outfit, although of course brimming with regal tones, they also offer a bride a sense subtlety, rather than being overwhelming.

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Photo courtesy of Muse Motions / Dress by Oscar de la Renta, Henna design by H. Beauty, Hair by Aamir Naveed and makeup by Ambreen.

As for a neat yet stunning bag, this design by the much lauded Judith Leiber is a playful yet stylish accessory for a bride wanting to mix colours with confidence. An icon of couture, Leiber has been designing for over 50 years, and has amassed a panoply of devotees, including nearly every First Lady of the United States.

London based Aruna Seth has steadily become a remarkable force in the world of shoe design, making an impact with her range of intricately created shoes, which emphasise comfort and elegance, with a degree of unparalleled craftsmanship.

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This eye catching pair of 110mm heels, from the Farfalla range offer a striking accompaniment to a bride looking for a distinctive splash of ruby, and the additional silver and crystal butterfly motif is the cherry on the cake.