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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.”

A model walks on the ramp for designer Monisha Jaising`s show during India Couture Week 2014, in New Delhi on July 17, 2014. (Photo: IANS/Amlan Paliwal) A model walks on the ramp for designer Monisha Jaising`s show during India Couture Week 2014, in New Delhi on July 17, 2014. (Photo: IANS/Amlan Paliwal)

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

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.

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.31.48Esha Gupta wore a Payal Singhal lehenga and Amrapali jewelry

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Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 15.34.29Anushka Sharma in a mint-colored anarkali

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Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.34.31Manish Malhotra looking dashing as always

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.32.02Ranbir Kapoor with dad, Rishi Kapoor

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.33.35Gauahar Khan in a lovely sari

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

elton10 elton1The 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.

elton2 elton9Elton 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 

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

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 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