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If you don’t know already – I’m married!! Yay! haha 🙂
And, as I mentioned on my Instragram a few weeks ago, I am going to do a round up of my wedding ceremony looks on the blog, starting today with the mehendi and sagaai look. And this won’t feature just me, but my awesome photographer husband too, so you can think of this as a his & her outfit lookbook for weddings! This wedding season recently concluded, but the next one comes in May, so I’m hoping you find some inspiration from this series if you are getting married soon 🙂
To share some context before I dive straight into the outfits, Shashank & I wanted a small destination wedding with only our close friends and family. We wanted to make this an event to remember, a fun, leisurely and scenic event at that. With that in mind, we zeroed in on Alwar, Rajasthan as the venue where we found a resort that was both cosy and beautiful and surrounded by the scenic Aravalli hills.
Since the mehendi and sagaai was the only day event in the 2 day festivities, we went all out with the colors accented by small rajasthani decor to add that traditional touch. Below are some shots of the beautiful set-up!
Coming to the exciting part, the outfits! I did my entire wedding shopping from Calcutta, which is where I’m based out of. Going into the wedding shopping, I had done my research and had a fair idea of what I wanted. I knew I did not want to invest in designer pieces for clothes that I would wear probably only a few times in my whole life so I approached local boutiques where I could help customize the outfits, share my ideas and work with what they had. I was fortunate enough to meet people who understood my vision and were excited to create brand new pieces that they could actually share with their future customers!
For this particular event, I wanted something comfortable and light and at the same time colorful and peppy to go with the whole bright and vibrant colors of the decor. When I was researching online, I found this gorgeous Anita Dongre outfit that I fell in love with. It is a simple white lehenga, with a gorgeous pink choli and a leheriya dupatta – it’s so simple, yet so strinkingly beautiful and I had my heart set on it! When I was speaking with the designer at the local boutique I showed him the picture and told him how I would like to have something similar made for myself, we brainstormed a little bit, looked at some pieces that he already had and created this outfit which I finally wore at the engagement. The lehenga is white embroidered, with a pink blouse and offset with this gorgeous green net dupatta with gota patta work on it, which is so signature Anita Dongre.
Coming to the make-up and jewelry, both not my areas of interest, but going into the wedding I had it all planned – what I wanted, what pieces I wanted to wear etc. My mantra for everything was to keep it simple. Simple is classy and effortless – and I wanted to stick to that! For this look, the main focus was the hair, which I wanted in a side braid. In hind sight, I wish I had extensions but I’m still very happy with the way it turned out. For the make up, we kept it simple, with a bright pink lip and winged eye liner.
The jewelry though, was the most important piece for the whole look, more so for personal reasons, because it was a set my dad had bought for me a few years ago and I was so so happy that it went gorgeously with the entire outfit. Below is the final look, clean and simple!
Lehenga by Rupahali, Park Street, Kolkata
Coming to the mister now – he did his entire shopping from Delhi! We didn’t make an effort to co-ordinate, except for the main wedding event, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well our outfits complimented each other! He kept it simple too, with an aubergine colored kurta, nicely offset by a blue waistcoat with red highlights, balancing it out with a cream churidaar. I like how he kept it so simple, yet effective and chose colors that made him look great! Weddings are the time to look your absolute best, and when you know what looks good on you, for example : which colors, what cuts, you should stick to what works and not experiment much 🙂
That’s all for today! Hope you guys enjoyed the photos and got some inspiration for your own weddings, or just ehtnic outfits in general. I would love to know your thoughts, so do leave your comments below! Next up is Sangeet – stay tuned 🙂
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