Isn’t it mesmerizing to see a bride make a grand entrance on her D-Day? An ensemble she will cherish for life, a makeup complementing her stunning avatar and obviously a picture perfect capture.
Weddings these days aren’t just about conventional, there are ample of things which go into making a wedding a breathtaking affair for not just the bride and the groom but the onlookers as well. Indian weddings are a lengthy series of ceremonies, each aiming to be unique and theme driven. I collaborated with a wonderful team to curate looks that are appealing as well as contemporary for modern Indian brides.
The Retro Diva
Whoever said they don’t like retro, doesn’t understand old world charm! Think of classic movies with heroines depicting ageless beauty; body-fit well-draped sari, a high bun, winged eye-liner and loads and loads of natural charisma. It’s time to play the damsel from retro Bollywood movies for a pre-wedding party. If going coy and sophisticated is your idea of a party then exploring this fun theme with your close friends could be quite a catch for your wedding, not forgetting there are numerous groovy tunes to make the crowd dance.
Shivangi chose a pastel pink sari with light pearl and stone embellishment to keep the look retro and dressy at the same time, the blouse has long sleeves to enhance the neckline and give a slimmer look. Sarrah’s vision for this look revolved around keeping it natural. She used minimum makeup and intensified the eye-shape with winged eyeliner. Hamida worked on giving a high volume puff and a classic back bun; removing flicks was a way to break attention from the heavy puff. As accessories were minimum, flowers were used to make the overall look stand apart. Prasad used a medieval-inspired couch and a telephone as props to bring out the retro feel.
‘Green’ the way
An Indian wedding is never complete without a grand Mehendi function, the freshness of colour green always makes it to the priority list of the brides. As the ceremony is usually an ongoing one and takes long hours, something comfortable yet bridal is sure a catch for most. Gone are the patiala and anarkali days, it’s time to outshine the crowd.
Shivangi designed a cyan green flowy skirt with a self-shimmer crop top and blended it with gold work. The parrot green dupatta with matching gold borders breaks the monotony of the overall shade of green. Sarrah’s makeup technique was more about an all day look. She used matching green eyeshadow and minimal blush, lip shade was kept as a peachy brown to complement the tones of colours. Hamida used a powerful blow-dry to give a natural wavy look which made it summery. Heavy earrings and traditional Kangan completed the outfit. Prasad insisted on having rustic backgrounds and bringing out the shades of green to the limelight.
Keeping the drama alive
Being a to-be-married woman isn’t easy, with all the ongoing packing and endless last-minute trials there are enough cold-feet moments. But easing all the tensions and dancing through the evening with a musical night is a mandatory drill for a desi wedding. A heavy embellished flowy gown to help the diva within twirl and drop grace as she walks is an enticing idea after all.
For Shivangi, it was a blend of contemporary style and crisp glamour. She chose a crimson red gown with heavy work and a deep neckline to draw the attention to the waist. The heavy can-can skirt underneath gave the overall look a very ornate feel. To not let any bride feel the burden of an outfit and miss out on grooving with the groom this gown surely gives a comfortable elaborate look. Sarrah’s dramatic visualization worked on making the eyes bold and shimmery, she used a dense black thick eyeliner to make the eyes look wider, keeping the look modern and cocktail inspired she worked on highlighting cheekbones and using a mid-tone peachy red lipstick to avoid making it look loud.
Hamida’s side swept curls were inspired by the classic red carpet look, keeping it sober and stunning. Long jadau earrings and a statement ring were enough to lift the outfit grace. Prasad used dark tones to capture the hues of the gown and makeup precision.
The Go-to Outfit
Weddings do not come with a set agenda of last minute events. A bride needs to be prepared for just about anything to become an occasion. A formal lunch or a petite high tea; there’s a saviour dress for every bride. Keeping the overall look stylish and sauve, a fresh look had to make it to this list.
A royal blue delicately embroidered long jacket with a matching skirt is quite the #StyleGoal. Shivangi’s play with hanging sleeves walks away with the cake. The embroidery matches the blue tone making the attire appear very Goddess like. The outfit can be worn for casual as well as semi-formal events. Sarrah’s blending of blue-green to have an Egyptian inspired makeup did the trick. A dull shimmery base topped with a bold aqua green eye-liner along with defining the temples, nose area, and cheekbones was used for this look. Sarrah chose to go bright with the lips and matched the embroidery pink to my lips. Hamida’s high puff smart pony gave a very edgy look to the avatar. Accessories included modern semi-flowered earrings and two bold rings. To let the colours speak for themselves Prasad wanted a natural setting and a very casual backdrop.
All eyes on you
When a bride makes a grand entrance, she cannot escape the endless glances of dreamy stares that appreciate her splendour. It’s the most important day for a bride and looking exceptional is a necessity. With months of toil and bridal treatments maintaining the glow it’s the most breathtaking event for a bride.
Shivangi was very clear that she wanted an outfit that oozes confidence and makes the bride feel every emotion in-depth. A heavy mahogany red lehenga and dupatta with a gold blouse was her creation for D-day. The lehenga is divided into kalis to enhance the zardosi, sequins, beads work and give a majestic fall to the attire. The baby pink veil matches the intrinsic borders bringing out a novel contrast.
Sarrah made the entire look stand out by using gold, bronze, shimmer and a perfect blending technique to give a queen-like Indian touch. Heavy kohl liner was a must to attract the attention to the eyes. A very glamourous royal look with bold lips and moderate use of the highlighter. Hamida tied my hair in a bun shape to let the attention fall on the traditional jewellery. The enormous nose ring and a traditional matha patti added to the exclusivity. Prasad wanted me to be natural and pose like how I felt being dressed as a bride.
What I really like about the above looks are that they are doable, distinctive, contemporary, and something brides would be confident to carry.
A big thank you to the wonderful team who put together their expertise to create an artistic eye-treat and simplify trends for brides.
Designer: Shivangi Gosavi
Makeup artist: Sarrah Mukadam
Photographer: Prasad Shete