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ANU PD WEDDING DIARIES

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who went on a annual holiday to the family home. A big excited smile on her face, she sat across her beautiful Nani — maternal grandmother — at night and giggled in anticipation for the annual ritual, as she held her hands out palm-upwards. "Bitiya, come let's work the magic on your hands once more,” said Nani and placed little balls of cool henna-paste on each of my palms, proceeding to fold up my little fists and tie them up with rags from an old sari. Every year, my sisters and I would wake up to the immense joy of the unwrapping of little mehendi-coloured hands and proceed to dance around, up and down the narrow staircase of the old stone haveli!

 

This then, was perhaps the beginning of my fascination with wedding rituals in general; not to forget the pre- and post-wedding ceremonies: The Mehendi ki Raat (Henna application for the Bride and other women of the family), the Sangeet (singing of auspicious vernacular songs, traditionally involving only the ladies of the family, but nowadays family and friends join in, with a DJ belting out Bollywood-pop) or Suhaag Ke Gaane, the Haldi ceremony (applying of an antiseptic Turmeric scrub on both Bride and Groom, separately!!), the Joota Chhupaai (hiding of the Groom's footwear by girls from the Bride's side to extract money from him), Shaadi Ke Khel (post-wedding games for Bride and Groom, to break the ice between the now life-partners and predict who will have the upper hand in the alliance!) and so many others.

 

So when I struggled to conceptualise  the Launch of my first Bridal Couture Collection and nothing seemed to be good enough an idea, Nani came to me in a dream and we made a plan.😊 Voila! #anupdweddingdiaries was born! #weddingdiaries was a daylong fashion photo-shoot last month, of my label ANU PD's Spring Summer 2015 and Bridal 2015 Collection. It was very exciting and indeed an honour to be partnering on this project, with a member of the prestigious Starwood Hotels — Le Meridien New Delhi, on this! We photographed and videographed snippets from a Bride's life leading up to the Big Day — whatever the prep and activities might be —

Bachelorette OR

morning by the Pool, OR

Chilling at the Spa OR

Mehendi Lunch OR

wedding-do OR

Games at the Bridal-suite OR

The After-cocktail

 

It was a never-done-before, very ambitious photo-shoot event — with Social Media, that is some of the country's most prominent fashion and lifestyle bloggers as participants and socially prominent people as wedding guests. Well orchestrated and choreographed to the C, every sub-event was documented brilliantly and all teams worked diligently as per the timeline, towards what turned out to be not just a personal milestone, but also a different take on how to present a fashion extravaganza! As to how the concept came together and rolled out so effortlessly in one single day (seeing that we showcased nearly 70 outfits and ensembles in that one long, absolutely crazy day!) — more on that in my next blog 😊

 
ANU PD WEDDING DIARIES
 
ANU PD WEDDING DIARIES
 
ANU PD WEDDING DIARIES
 
ANU PD WEDDING DIARIES
 
ANU PD WEDDING DIARIES
 
20-MAY-2015
 
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