Earlier this year, my best friend’s snapstory was filled with gorgeous pictures from a gorgeous wedding of a gorgeous couple. Big deal. Who’s jealous? Me? Never.
But, well, I was kind of intrigued, and I knew I needed to do something about it. And that’s how I got in touch with Nayanika, the fun and vivacious sister of the bride.
Nayanika and her family spent months planning the wedding for her sister Anushka and brother-in-law Hiteshwar (aka #akshitched), and it was so heartening to see all the love and labour that went into this. With a background in design, Nayanika’s attention to detail is evident in all the looks she put together. And I can’t be any happier that she agreed to share these details with us.
We kicked of with a beachside Mehendi ceremony! The theme colours were peach, lemon yellow and mint green. The bride wanted all her bridesmaids in matching saris, so saris it was. We did a fun dual toned sari with a gold blouse that everyone had stitched differently for a little individual touch.
Here we are in our matching sari’s!
I was keen on keeping this look super traditional because all my other outfits were fairly contemporary! My look for this event was complete with an antique kamarbandh that belonged to my grandmother, antique temple jewelry jhumkis, an armlet and a simple headpiece with gold chains. I kept my hair down and did my own make-up for this event, keeping it fresh for the day!
When I saw this outfit hanging at Tarun Tahiliani last summer, I knew I had found my match for our red carpet themed cocktail. The pre-stitched sari-gown and embellished bodysuit were easy to move around in and helped me dance the night away with ease!
This outfit needed very little to complete and compliment. I paired it with simple but beautiful earrings bought in Jaipur, a haathphool on one hand, and the most perfectly matched bag from Charles & Keith spotted in Singapore a few months before!
I had wanted to try really deep oxblood lips for a while, but was terrified of how it would turn out. Our lovely make-up artist, Jasmeet Kalpany, convinced me to make the move, and I loved how it worked as a contrast to my champagne outfit.
Here we are having our moment during the famous kaleera- chudha ceremony!
I fell in love with this Shantanu and Nikhil lehenga the moment I saw it. It was one of the easiest decisions because I had my heart set on it from day one. When I saw it first, it was in a beautiful emerald green skirt with a black and gold bustier. Because I couldn’t wear black at the wedding, the entire piece was customised in three shades of blue. I was so nervous till I saw it three weeks before the wedding, but love how it turned out!
I was keen for my lehenga to contrast Anushka’s bright pink bridal lehenga. I loved the unusual embroidery done using bright gold leather strips on the blouse and skirt, and the cutwork details on the shoulders, back and dupatta.
I completed this look with lots of bangles on both hands, and my favourite pair of polki, emerald and ruby Chaandbali’s. I would wear them everyday if I could!
I love Nayanika’s unique sense of style which was just the right mix of contemporary and traditional. I also really really really loved how she made it a point to stand apart from her sister for every function, yet not steal her bridal spotlight. As sister-of-the-bride, if you can achieve that balance, everything else is a piece of cake.
Thanks for sharing such fun style tips and pictures Nayanika! I’m sure my readers appreciate it too! You do, don’t you? Make sure you let her know!
Love you too ♥
(Photos by : Harsheen J of Ombré Photography)