Category: News

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

McQueens at Claridges: The Masterclass

Since 1991, McQueens florist has been a hot spot for the most creative floral designs in the city of London, and they have gained customers as far away as Japan and Hollywood. Set-up by Kally Ellis, a former marketer with a French merchant bank, Kally drew on her marketing skills, along with her passion for colour and design to create McQueens.

Kally says “I wanted to sell simple, stylish flowers, beautifully presented, to the London market. And I knew people would love it.” McQueens is riding high, becoming a premier name in the UK flower market, supplying such well established brands as Harrods, Rolls Royce, Christian Louboutin and Mulberry.

This December will see the amazing McQueen’s giving a masterclass at London’s bastion of luxury Claridges. It will give eager aspiring florists the chance to learn about flowers with expert guidance and discover more about flower care, whilst making their own unique festive flower arrangement, which they can take home at the end of the day.

There will be two classes on December 13, one at 10am to 12pm and another at 2 to 4pm. The classes are now fully booked, which isn’t surprising.

We are proud to have McQueens as a partner and we wish them the very best of luck with their masterclass. To all those going along, we hope you have an amazing time. Xx

Rosalind Miller Cakes and The Smarta 100 Awards

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Firstly, we would like to congratulate our dear partner Rosalind Miller Cakes for being shortlisted for the Smarta 100 Awards. Now, we at Think Shaadi would like to give a helping hand to ensure that Rosalind Miller Cakes takes home the prize.

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As we have raved about before, Rosalind Miller Cakes are the quintessential artisans in creating beautiful, eye-catching and of course extremely tasty wedding and celebration cakes. Founded by Rosalind Miller, a former lecturer in Graphic Design at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, her passions had long been baking and design, so pairing the two to create her company was an idea of pure genius.

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In just a few short years Rosalind Miller Cakes has earned a contract to supply the prestigious Harrods in London, along with this Rosalind has amassed a great number of fans from across the UK and beyond.

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It’s all down to Rosalind and her team’s unique sense of creativity, being able to create edible works of art that truly capture something special.

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Now, Rosalind needs your help, so please head over the Smarta 100 Awards site and cast your vote. We certainly will Xx

Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha Tie The Knot

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Earlier this year Dia Mirza, former Miss Asia Pacific, Bollywood actress and producer, announced on Twitter that she was officially engaged to her long time beau Sahil Sangha.

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Sahil proposed to Dia in the middle of  Brooklyn Bridge in New York, getting down on his knees to confess his love to Dia, and she of course said yes, as the New Yorker’s and tourists alike applauded and cheered for the couple. They were in the US for the IIFA 2014 awards in Tampa Bay and it was there where she made the announcement on Twitter. Ever since that day we at Think Shaadi have been waiting in anticipation for the wedding.

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The couple had to wait a while to announce their wedding date, because they were busy working together as c0-producers on Bobby Jasoos. Dia finally let the cat of the bag in mid-July to reporters saying – “If I tell you everything right now, then there would be no surprise. But you would not need to play detective. I will get married in India itself in October.” Mirza told IANS. Then a few weeks later Dia broke the news that October 18 would be the big day!

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The three day wedding celebrations started on the 16th of October, with the mehendi function, and Dia shared the news via twitter to her fans. The celebrations were handled by wedding planners Natasha Katgara Gocal and Erina DeAbreu of Divinity Weddings, who also managed Bollywood actress Vidya Balan wedding.

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Dia wore a richly adorned marigold yellow anarkali suit, in chanderi fabric, designed by Ritu Kumar. It was teamed with a beautiful fuschia colour odhni. Sahil wore a masculine maroon kurta, to contrast Dia’s eclectic outfit.

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Ritu Kumar said in a statement described her creation: “The kurta has a vintage cut used in the courts of Agra around the 15th century. The neck is deep and worked in embroidered gota patti on net like the technique used at the time. The gold metallic taar used is of silver worked in gold thread and dori to give it a stylised plant inlay look. Each panel is highlighted with a flowering buta. The odhni is fuschia worked with small butis of the same beaten gold gota patti, a fuschia brocade deep sinjaf finishes the edges of the outfit.”

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October 17th was the Sangeet, with Dia choosing to go with a hypnotic blue and gold Anita Dongre lehenga, which she accessorised with a three string polki and pearl piece, with a large blue pendant. Sahil looked dashing in a signature black buttoned up Raghavendra Rathore bandgala.

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 Dia also choreographed a dance piece prepared specifically for the sangeet, which Sahil and his family members were eagerly awaiting to watch her perform.

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The wedding and reception took place on the 18th at Rosha Farms, a private farmhouse in Ghitorni, South Delhi. It was was very intimate affair for Indian high society standards with guest size ranging from 100-500 during the three day celebrations. Notable guests included Rajkumar Hirani, Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi, Sushmita Sen, Roshan Seth, Nikhil Advani, Aditi Rao Hydari, Pallavi Sharda and Cyrus Sahukar. There was heavy security protecting the privacy of the couple and their guests.  They were however very sweet to come out and greet the waiting news crews outside the gates, to have some snaps taken.

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Dia, went back to Ritu Kumar for the wedding day. She choose a subdued beige and green sharara inspired by Ritu Kumar’s Falaknuma collection, which highlights the heritage of craftsmanship that comes from Dia’s birth city of Hyderabad.

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The wedding has been captured by our friends at The Wedding Filmer and they caught this beautiful moment of Dia Mirza moments before Sahil’s baraat arrived at her door. Dia captioned the moment perfectly – “I feel like I’m on a movie set, waiting in my van for my diva hero to arrive.”

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Finally for the reception Dia choose to give with a gold and peach party lengha from Shantanu & Nikhil. They were thrilled to see Dia transform their outfit with such class and grace.

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Sahil once told The Bombay Times in an interview, “What I love the most about her is that in one word, she is pure. She is very giving and all heart, which is also a problem as then you need to take care of your heart. She lights up a room as soon as she walks in.” We wish the couple a very long and wonderful married life xx

Images courtsey of Dia Mirza, The Wedding Filmer, Adil Hasan, Instagram and Twitter

Rohit Bal’s Spectacular Ode to Heritage

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Rohit Bal is a designer one would have to describe as quintessentially Indian, in both design as well as the execution of his shows. Although born in Kashmir, as a designer he is definitely a product of New Delhi, a place which has given birth to a succession of talent, each more intriguing than the last.

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With a degree in History from St. Stephens College, it is the past which remains a source of inspiration for Bal, he’s developed a distinctive quality for reaching far back into the depths of history and creating modern beauty from it.

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Made famous for his speciality of including Lotus and Peacock motifs into his designs, he is a designer who is steadfast in capturing the richness of Indian fashion, infusing art historical passion with contemporary design aesthetics.

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Recently he proved his worth as a designer who can not only create gorgeous designs, but also put together a breathtaking show. At Will Fashion Week, Bal was one of the final designers to showcase his collection.

It’s not unusual to say, but the majority of shows which take place during the end of most fashion weeks are never anything exciting, but Rohit Bal well and truly broke with tradition.

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The venue was Quli Khan’s Tomb at the Mehrauli Archaeological site in Delhi. For a designer known for a love of history, it was indeed the perfect setting. To begin, the soundtrack to the show was perfect, with live music performed by Shubha Mudgal.

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The tone and theme of this setting was romance, heaps of it, along with ancient mystery, classical style and evocative luxury, with a set designed by Sumant Jayakrishnan. Everything here, down to the last detail, was about framing the collection in the best of Indian heritage and culture.

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The show attracted a throng of guests, with the famed French shoe designer Christian Louboutin gracing the front row. It has to be said that Rohit Bal is one of few Indian designers to attract attention from his design contemporaries around the globe.

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Bal’s collection is titled “Gulbagh” and the inspiration was Mughal opulence, not the city dwelling Mughal’s we usually think of though, the great warriors and statesman, but the Mughal’s at leisure, in their pleasure palaces, nestled in the valleys of Kashmir.

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As per usual Bal’s design techniques mixed the age old with the contemporary, incorporating vegetable dyes and gold leaf for embellishments, and a range of fabrics like chanderi, fine mulmul, matka silk and velvet.

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The collection was very distinctive in the fact that Bal incorporated a wealth of flora and fauna into his patterns, from roses and other delicate flowers, to tree leaves. The effect was truly mesmerising, as all the embellishments were brought forth in mesmerising colours such as reds, purples, cream, greens and blues.

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With petite female models in prettily adorned lehengas with peplum blouses, embroidered jackets and saris, and princely male models (one of which was the king of machismo Arjun Rampal) doned in handsome achkans and churidars, the collection was a triumph.

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Without hesitation, Rohit Bal deserved his rapturous standing ovation.

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Photos courtesy of Rohit Bal and video courtesy of Vogue India

Bruce Russell and The Bridal Room

We have long been in awe of our friend, the great wedding planner Bruce Russell, a man who truly has the Midas touch, conjuring beauty for couples across the world.

We at Think Shaadi were enthusing with excitement when we discovered Bruce will be launching The Bridal Room, the first British luxury destination for brides. A curated marketplace which offers brides panoply of luxury products, services and suppliers that will help create the ultimate wedding experience.

Famed as a perfectionist, Bruce has cast his creative eye over this digital platform, to make sure that each experience satisfies the bride in search of perfection, working with the crème da la crème of luxury wedding brands, including our good friends Peggy Porschen and Philippa Craddock, along with the amazing Bruce Oldfield OBE, Mich Turner MBE, Errol Douglas MBE and Theo Fennell et al.

With its maxim – Unlocking the world of bridal elegance – it is a sterling achievement in the field of wedding arranging, acting as a guiding hand through the often frenetic and dizzying decisions that fall at the feet of couples everywhere.

The guidance on offer at The Bridal Room ranges from Wedding Wellbeing, Bridal Retreats, to master classes offered by Philippa Craddock, Rachel Vosper and Laurent Perrier. A quick peruse through the website, and it’s clear this is a digital bridal platform with true clout.

The Bridal Room is the perfect oasis, free of confusing language and endless directories; Bruce has made sure to make it manageable for brides to organise, simplifying the methods, and make it a beautiful experience Xx

Photos courtesy of Bruce Russell

GC Couture & Four Seasons : A Beautiful Collaboration

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It’s always exciting to hear when two luxury purveyors get together, so we were delighted to find out that our dear friends over at the Four Seasons have joined forces with GC Couture, the luxury cake designers, to offer a range of ultimate wedding experiences. The packages at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane and Canary Wharf.

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The highlight of each carefully crafted package, is that includes an especially designed GC Couture wedding cake. An enviable treat, for those who don’t know GC Couture is one of the trend setters of cake design in the city of London. Their designs are the epitome of beauty, with an array of flavours to make the mouth water.

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GC Couture’s experienced culinary chefs constantly thrive to create new and exciting recipes to add to the existing 24 cake flavour portfolio. GC Couture uses only the finest ingredients for their cakes and fillings which make them deliciously light & moist, leaving their clients devouring every crumb.

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As part of the package, guests are able to work with the experts at GC Couture to create a stunning bespoke wedding cake for their wedding day, so it’s a real one-to-one experience, something which is so rarely thought of, even by the most intimately fashioned wedding packages.

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The 50 uniquely developed flavours to choose from include chocolate & orange, apple crumble, coconut and lime, fruitcake (without the bits), and pina colada.With so many beautiful shapes and designs to choose from, the bride and groom are truly spoilt for choice.

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To top this, guests booking a wedding package at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane and Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf will receive complimentary accommodation for the bridal couple on the wedding night, a ‘getting ready’ room for the bride, and preferential rates for up to ten rooms for friends and family. Now, the word “amazing” simply doesn’t do it justice, this is package is simply out of this world! Xx

Photos courtesy of GC Couture

Support Sephi Bergerson’s Project: Behind The Indian Veil

The amazing Sephi Bergerson, a documentary photographer and Think Shaadi Community Member, came to India in 2002. Fascinated with the idea of documenting Indian weddings, in all their rich diversity, he set out on his journey. Now, he is putting together a beautiful book titled Behind the Indian Veil: Weddings in India.

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A visually rich book, it will explore the uncharted territory of highlighting differing wedding traditions across the country, with each photo painstakingly put together, the effort Sephi and his team have put in to it is truly amazing.

Now in the final stages of production, Sephi needs your help. His IndieGoGo campaign is in its last 5 days, and the goal he needs to reach is $42,000.

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We at Think Shaadi wish Sephi the best of luck and we already know the book will be amazing Xx

To Support the Book, please follow the link here

The Ultimate Hair, Henna and Make-Up Course by Pavan and Ambreen

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Two of our favourite people, henna artiste extraordinaire Pavan Ahluwalia and über talented hair and make-up artiste Ambreen, will be staging a unique course this month. If you’re a budding make-up, hair or henna artist, and want to learn from the best, then Pavan and Ambreen’s course is the one for you.

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Taking place in Kingsbury, Northwest London, the 5 day Course consists of different bridal and high fashion looks, together with the very popular trends and styles of make-up, hair and henna. This ingeniously crafted course is designed for those who haven’t had any previous experience in makeup, hair or Henna and for those who are seeking to enhance and learn further skills. It is also very useful for those who seek to have a career in this field. Priced at £1500 for the week, it’s definitely worth it.

Pavan – The Mehndi Maestro

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Pavan Ahluwalia is the hottest henna artist in the business, she’s amazed many a client from celebrities to household names like Selfridges, Harrods, Sky TV, and the BBC, with her beautiful artistry. She was recognised by the esteemed Guinness World Records, as the fastest henna artist, which was granted to Pavan after she painted a mammoth 511 armband in 60 minutes, each with specifically different designs.

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Since the launch of her business, Pavan has gone from strength-to-strength, achieving respect and admiration wherever she goes. Back in May, she reached another milestone, with the opening of her Henna Bar in the prestigious department store Selfridges, which of course attracted a wealth of attention.

Ambreen – Magnificent Make-Up

Ambreen is an extraordinary talent, a make-up artist who possesses a fine knowledge of how to make a woman look her best. Her craft is unsurpassed, and her creativity knows no bounds. Ambreen has been hired by many high-end brands, fashion shows, editorials and celebrities. She is a giant of the beauty industry, a make-up artists who is recognised as a pioneering force.

An artist who constantly strives to create the most eye-catching and the most beautiful presentations, whether it be for a drama filled catwalk show or a sultry and demur photo shoot. Her status as a trend setter has earned her attention from some top Indian fashion designers, such as Rohit Bal and luxury boutiques, such as Seasons and Sonas.

So, as you can see, these are two artist who are at the top of their game, and their course is sure to be an enlightening experience. Perfect for anyone wanting to perfect their skills.

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The Marriage of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

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As one of the worlds most eligable bachelors got hitched on saturday, we at Think Shaadi cast our eyes of what was worn, where it took place and who attented.

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Prior to saturday the couple were seen taking in the sights and sounds of Venice, the capital of romantic get-a-ways. It’s here where the glamorous duo finally tied the knot. The city had been a rife with rumour for many months, and let’s be honest, as dashing George is an Italophile, it had to be here.

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The couple boarded a taxi boat, fittingly named “Amore” and speed down the canal, in classic movie icon fashion, to their hotel. It was Friday, the day before the big event, and the confirmation that the wedding ceremony would be held at 7-star Aman Canal Grande Hotel had finally laid all the rumours and speculation to rest.

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So, Saturday came, the great city of romance and old world charm went into a frenzy as the sun rose over the ancient canals and Reinnaisance architecture. Brides Magazine revealed that officiating the ceremony was former mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni – “Clooney and the ex-politician and journalist met in 2007 when Veltroni presented the actor with a human rights award for his activism on behalf of refugees in Darfur.”

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There were 60 guests in attendance and Andrea Bocelli performed for George and Amal. Of the 60 guests, there was Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Bono, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford and US Vogue Editor Anna Wintour.

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With gorgeous george wearing his favourite Italian designer Armani, Amal’s wedding dress was a stunning piece by Oscar de la Renta, sadly there are no photos of the design…which we think is thoroughly unfair. Her first dress worn as Mrs Clooney however was a sublime creation by Giambattista Valli, a favourite of many lovers of luxury fashion. As The Daily Mail said – “Giambattista Valli was a good choice. He’s an Italian maestro (well, when in Rome… ish) and is known for intricate designs and incredible tailoring.”

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It’s been an interesting few years for the couple, and this weekend has confirmed that George has finally found the woman of his dreams. The pair met back in 2012, as The Evening Standard explained – “Alamuddin and Clooney began their relationship last October. They found time in their hectic schedules to go out for dinner at Berners Tavern in Fitzrovia, with Alamuddin donning some sparkly silver wedge boots for the occasion. In March, they tried the true test of being a couple — a holiday, going to Tanzania and later on the Seychelles. When his film Monuments Men was screened at the White House with Obama in attendance, Alamuddin was on Clooney’s arm.”

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Alam is a well renowned human rights lawyer, having worked on numerous high-profile cases, including the campaign to release then imprisoned Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. As well the case of defending Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. According to her friends and those who have come into contact with her, she is strong willed yet very loving woman.

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It seems that George finally met someone with the same drive and passion for life as he has.

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Finally, all of us at Think Shaadi wish the couple a happy married life together. We’re betting that the news of a baby will be just around the corner XX