How did you plan your outfits and jewellery for each function?
I tried not to get too caught up in ‘planning’ what I wanted to wear until I went to India. I generally get a feeling when I see something that looks like it’s ‘the one’ so I didn’t put pressure on myself in advance about styles and colours until I started looking around. What I did know is that I wanted to wear lots of colour in both my clothing and jewellery; and I wasn’t scared to do that. After my clothes were chosen, I came to Red Dot. I was like a kid in a candy shop. After all, when it’s your wedding nothing is ‘too much’ and everything is an option. It did get quite overwhelming so I split up my sessions to help recharge for a more fresh perspective. It’s amazing how your mood can impact your vision. I had so many events so the pressure was to make it all show-stopping. I love jewellery so I wanted to find (or have made) pieces that would compliment my clothes; not take away from my outfit, but stand out in their own right.
My sanji outfit was my most colourful, so I went for something more intricate and delicate with a chandelier effect down my neck; it was soft, light and elegant but sat perfectly on my collar bone for the first event. My mandwo was an interesting one; I went for a yellow outfit so I wanted to introduce something traditional but quirky – so thread work jewellery seemed like the best option – allowing me to bring in the quirkiness through the fluorescent pink; it helped with my makeup look also. It looked bold but epitomised my personality. The wedding day was the most daunting but ended up being my favourite look. My outfit was already quite colour heavy, but I still wanted to bring colour into my look – I went with blue. Not the most conventional of colours, but I was confident that with Shalini’s help I could strike the right balance of colour, quantity of pieces, and heaviness with a traditional feel. With my reception; this was hard because my outfit was gunmetal and shiny; but I also had my heart set on wearing my mangal sutra, so I ended up going for a pair of statement earrings to compliment it.
Hair and Makeup is such a big part of the overall look. Who were your make-up artists for the events?
I actually had 3 different makeup artists – Roshni Hair and makeup did my Civil wedding look; it was a soft, natural look which I loved. Gini Bhogal did my pre-event looks; these looks were more about the colour pop and glam hair – but also very me. Her task to ‘change it up’ so I didn’t look the same was made harder with all the events she did being so close to one another. She outdid herself, I looked different on all events and felt my hair & makeup complimented my personality, clothes and jewellery perfectly. Jawaad Ashraf did my wedding and reception looks – he is known for his glam looks; but we worked together to create a more natural, clean glowy look with a pop of colour on the lip for the wedding day, and eyes for the reception. I was in love with all my looks, and was so lucky to have all my first choice MUA’s on the days of my choice. I was fortunate to have such positive, happy energy around me just before all my events – it was the perfect start to every event.
Do you have any words of advice for any brides currently planning their wedding?
Yes, as cliche as it sounds – time really does fly and hard work pays off. After months of planning, organising and preparing your big day to be the best day it can be; my advice is on event day, trust the process, let it go, and enjoy – hand over the reins to a planner or family member and soak every single moment in. I am a firm believer in ‘if it’s meant to be it will be’. Have no regrets and do it with a massive smile on your face, the photographer and videographer are following you at all times, and everyone’s watching – be present and enjoy these last few hours with everyone you love around you – this time isn’t coming back.
Explanation of the ceremonies mentioned in the blog.
The “Sangeet Sandhya” (or “Sanji”) is a song and dance ceremony which usually happens a day or two before the wedding. Since this is a relatively informal ceremony, this is an opportunity for the bride and the groom’s families and friends to get to know each other. It’s an important ceremony in Gujarati culture where the families dance and take part in Garba and Dandiya (stick dancing).
The Mandvo (Mandap) ceremony is a religious Hindu ceremony. The Mandvo ceremony is performed separately at the bride’s and groom’s houses to initiate the wedding, with prayers held to invite Lord Ganesh to give his blessings for the couple’s milestone day.
A Mehndi party is the pre-wedding celebration in Hindu, Muslim and Sikh culture when the bride has the red-orange mehndi/henna applied to her palms, back of hands, and feet. Mehndi, otherwise known as henna, is a paste associated with positive spirits and good luck. Asian Wedding tradition calls for a Mehndi ceremony to be held the night before the wedding as a way of wishing the bride good health and prosperity as she makes her journey on to the marriage.