Last week when I wrote the Sonam Kapoor – inspired post, a lot of you asked me, do people really have so many functions? Or is it just the Bollywood fantasy we dream about but see only on the silver screen?
Friend, Brides and Non-Believers, meet our trou-bride Aashana! With wedding festivities spread over ten months, which involved over a year’s planning, her wedding was every bit the fairytale so many of us grow up dreaming of.
But with more functions than fingers on your hand, she had a huge task ahead of her. And what I love best about this bride is how she made sure that no two looks were alike. Her jewellery and outfits were sensibly paired and that’s a lesson for all the brides-to-be out there!
So without any further ado, let’s see what bridal style tips we can takeaway!
On 11th May, 2014, Aashana and Vinay got engaged in a grand ceremony in Chennai. Their’s is a love/arranged marriage, says Aashana.
For this function, she donned a beautiful floor-length gown in peach with gold zardozi embroidery and borders. She paired it with subtle diamond jewellery, and went for soft, romantic make up. Being a young bride, I liked that Aashana didn’t try hard to look older. Her husband’s matching pocket square was a nice touch!
Fast forward to January 2015, and the pre-wedding festivities were underway. This family went all out to ensure that even the smallest ritual was celebrated larger than life. This function is a tradition where the girl’s family welcomes their son-in-law into their family officially, with arms wide open.
Here, Aashana stuck to the pastel palette again, but this time with a draped-saree style gown. She finished the look out with dewy make up, which was spot on. Her husband contrasted the muted colours with his black and oxblood look.
I LOVE the backdrop with white flowers, so dreamy.
This function saw our lovely bride move to a brighter colour, perfect for a night function.
She donned an emerald-green gown with light gold embroidery, just enough to keep the outfit more western, less indo. Given that the neckline had work going on, she didn’t clutter it by adding a necklace and just opted for big earrings, and a classy updo. Don’t miss her minimal wrists and the statement cocktail ring – props for keeping it simple!
It had to be yellow! She’s totally slaying it with that backless Anarkali and big jhumkas, with bold kohl-lined eyes. I’m looooving the gorgeous flowers in her hair – they were truly the highlight of this look.
Keeping it simple in an anarkali and beautifully intricate henna, this bride took a seat back to enjoy the calm before the storm.
What storm you ask? The one of the Big Fat Indian Wedding, of course!
Wait, you didn’t think this was it, did you? Well, you’ve seen nothing till now, because after the Chennai festivities, the party became bigger, grander and crazier, set against the majestic backdrop of Udaipur.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Wedding Royale, coming up very very soon.
Until then, you can get a glimpse of this lovely couple at their engagement, shot by the super talented Isranis.
Love you too ♥