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pg15 Real Jodi: Thanushan & Bristina

pg18 Traditional Splendour: Hindu Wedding

pg24 Thali: Symbol of Hindu marriages

pg28 Bring Inspiration Board to Life

pg33 Real Jodi: Abi & Karthee

pg44 Designer Silk Sarees

pg48 Reel Jodi: Genelia & Ritesh

pg54 Concept Engagement Shoots 6

About the Cover Model: Prasani J Clothing: Aarathie Jewellery: Sai Trading Make up: Beauty by Nila Photography: DivineMethod

pg59 Real Jodi: Paul & Sutha

pg66 Popping the Question

pg70 Decor Themes

pg78 How to find a great wedding photographer

pg84 Vasanti Cosmetics

pg92 Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations in India 7 | 416.527.8555



When was approached to be the online partner and magazine editor for the Jodi Bridal Show, we were simply ecstatic! There aren’t enough bridal shows and wedding-related events aimed at Tamil and South Indian brides, so it was a refreshing change to see more options open up. The key to making such a large initiative like Jodi happen is support. The team not only received support from vendors, but also from brides-to-be from the very start of the planning stages. We’ve collaborated with some amazing and professional wedding vendors in putting together this magazine and show, so we would like to specifically express our gratitude for their input throughout. We hope that this magazine will not be like your other books on your coffee table collecting dust. If you’re like most brides out there, you want to grab key pieces of information and ideas at-a-glance without having to read through too much detail. We understand you’re a busy diva on the go! You not only want glossy pages filled with eye candy, but also ways to achieve these looks through connecting with local vendors. And most importantly, you want useful tools that you can use throughout your planning – our saree colour matcher and wedding checklist tool are perfect examples.My favourite magazines are those I’ve used time in and time out, highlighted, labelled, stickied, and ripped out for all sorts of inspiration. We hope that this will also be your go-to magazine! Feedback from both vendors and brides alike is very important to us. If you have suggestions on what to include for next year, please send us an email to


Jodi Bridal Show FOUNDER Abi Jegan EDITOR Arjuna T ASSISTANT EDITOR Saranya Yogarajah GRAPHIC DESIGNER Prajeevan Rasaratnam - Ink Flavour Rajeve Rajeswaran - Ink Flavour PRINT PRODUCTION Jeyan Jeyam - Ink Flavour MEDIA SPONSORS Tamil One Vanakkam 105.9 FM CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Divine Method Photography Studio 12 Photography Paul & Will Photography Pearl Image Photography EM Photography MAKE UP Beauty by Nila Touch of Dimple Latha’s Pure Beauty CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Vasanti Cosmetics Siva, DivineMethod CLOTHING & JEWELLERY SPONSORS Aarathie Super Centre Kharisma Saree Center Sai Trading

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Bristina & Thanushan

How we met was a total accident! We lived in different towns, had different friends and the chance that we would have ever met are slim to none. We met online through a mutual friend and thanks to something called MSN messenger, we were able to stay connected. We became very good friends and eight months after, Thanushan decided to confess his love for me but I did not give him a response that day or even the day after. Thanushan left for his trip to India that month and we slowly lost contact for awhile and I went about my regular life but fate brought us together at an event once more. Thereafter, we began speaking again which led me to decide to give the poor guy a chance. I can never forget the pair of anklets he brought me from India; it made me realize that he was not joking when he asked me out the first time.


The Proposal Over the years our relationship grew stronger and both sides of our family approved of our love for each other and they were very happy for us. Nine years later, as I prepared for my first trip to Sri Lanka, Thanushan decided to propose! Thanushan surprised me with a beautiful ring and popped the question with a romantic dinner and presented me with a personal album collection that had small love notes attached to each picture. It was definitely worth waiting 9 years for and this time I did not wait, I said “Yes� right away.


Most Memorable Details After my return, we immediately began searching for vendors and bridal shops. We tried not to get too caught up in the details which was challenging at times and quickly realized that planning a wedding on our own with both our busy schedules would be impossible. Although we were a little afraid to put our special moment into someone else’s hands, we both agreed that going without a wedding coordinator is a far scarier prospect. We began to shop around for a coordinator and we met with some amazing wedding planners. Unfortunately, some could not offer us the service for the type of wedding we were looking to have and others were simply just too expensive. Just when we were about to give up, we stumbled upon Geethams Banquet Services. On our first meeting, he immediately impressed us with his modern take on weddings and not to mention his kind spirit. He was able to fit all our needs within our budget. Our wedding took approximately 12 months to plan. We began with selecting and ordering our wedding bands and moved down to our guest list. We decided to have an intimate wedding where we focused on the importance of close family and friends. Once we had our official guest list, we informed our wedding coordinator and he immediately booked our most beautiful ballroom like party hall (Pearson Convention Centre). We were lucky to have had the opportunity to work with one of the best decorator in town (The Perfect Setting). They were just amazing at grasping our personal vision and bringing it to life in front of our eyes. We chose our theme based on a modern meets vintage look and our 3 colors, eggplant purple, silver, and peach were pulled from my wedding dress, evening gown and the wedding cake. It also helped to have a whole bunch of pictures of wedding ideas to present to them. They took one look at our collections and immediately knew what we wanted. We decided that we wanted to come up with something special and unique to give our guests. We liked the idea of edible favors so made a trip down to the chocolate factory and bought some chocolates then we designed our own personalized wraps and had our labels printed at a local printing store. When we walked into the hall on day of our wedding we were left speechless, everything looked so magical. We were very happy with our outcome thanks to Abi from Geethams Banquet Services. We really could not have had a wedding as beautiful and fun as we did without an enormous amount of support from our parents and friends.

Event Date: August 26th 2011 Photography: DivineMethod Cinematography: Butterfly Squad Event Planner : Geethams Banquet Services Venue: Pearson Convention Center Decor : Perfect Setting Inc.


Traditional Splendour

Hindu Weddings

Traditional ceremony is the use of pure silks or kanchipuram. Brides nowadays are resorting to materials, such as georgette or mixed silks with sequin embroidery, but there is something timeless about adorning pure silk sarees. Yes, they are very expensive, but they can become handloom pieces that you can pass on.

The best part about any South Asian wedding is the colour and glitz. But there’s something that hooks me about a very traditional Hindu ceremony, and I just can’t seem to put on my foot why. Here are some amazing photos from Amar Ramesh, who seemed apt for this article as he’s a photographer based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, a city in Southern India. His work primarily showcases Hindu South Indian weddings.


The bride’s hair is weaved long (extensions are added for most brides) and ornamented with flowers and hair jewels.

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