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One whole year…..it’s a proud moment when your publication turns ONE. It means that our readers have embraced us and our advertisers have trusted us.

Credit: Dina Douglass, | Andrena Photography, Make-up: Margaret Wang | Muse Makeup Artistry

More importantly, we would like to believe that over the last year, SAB has made a difference by adding some value and insight into couple’s lives by giving them a helping hand to plan what sometimes can be a daunting task. We have experienced a dramatic growth in our readership, our distribution and our website traffic. Being the only national publication in the United States for South Asian Brides, we pride ourselves in bringing you the latest in everything wedding related in a cutting edge and modern way. Going over this anniversary issue, I was yet again amazed at the creativity used in the weddings nowadays. Facilitating a bride’s dream wedding is no easy task and todays brides and grooms are smarter than ever before and seek out the very best. Our anniversary issue COVER showcases the collection of a hugely talented designer, Saadia Mirza, out of Pakistan. Her collection is featured on page 84. Incredibly beautiful weddings, amazing table décor covers many many pages of this issue. I think the catwalk selection in this issue is also out of this world. As always, thanks for reading and appreciating SAB. Our entire staff thanks you.


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CONTRIBUTORS |

COLIN COWIE

Respected around the world as an arbiter of style, Colin Cowie is widely known for throwing the most spectacular celebrations across the globe. Colin Cowie is an authority on living with style, an author, a celebrated television personality, an interior designer, and event planner. Whether it’s a destination wedding on a tropical island, the opening of the Palm Island Dubai, a 50th birthday celebration on the top of a mountain overlooking snow covered peaks, the gathering of friends at a cathedral in the heart of Florence, the opening of Oprah’s school in South Africa, or an intimate celebration at a private home on the Island of Capri; what sets Colin apart is his experiential approach to design; what you smell, touch, taste, feel and hear are carefully orchestrated to create the ultimate experience for Colin’s clients. As a well know television personality and author of eight best-selling books, Colin appears regularly on several well known TV shows and has been profiled extensively in numerous publications.

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ELLEN HO

Ellen Ho is an international photographer who runs a top boutique-stylephotography studio based in Vancouver BC Canada. Ellen graduated from University of Victoria with a Bachelor degree of Visual Arts, focusing on Photography, Painting, and Digital Media Art. After university, she started a small fashion line and worked as a web site designer and photographer. Realizing that her true love lies in photography, she decided to pursue this passion. With the background of art and fashion, Ellen incorporates her innate sense of design in her photography and gives something fresh, chic, and unique to her photos. A refined and polished boutique elegance has become her signature style. And while seeking to embody the very essence of haute couture and luxury, she also captures a person’s unique personality and inner beauty. Ellen’s work has been well recognized and published in various magazines, newspapers, TV shows, radio shows, and blogs. Her latest addition Allure Boudoir Photography has also defined her as the most inspiring Boudoir Photographer in North America. Ellen loves traveling for destination weddings; and during her spare, she enjoys decorating her French Couture Loft. For more info on Ellen and her photography please visit www.hong-photography. com.

SHANDRO PHOTO

Shandro Photo is a boutique photography studio in Edmonton, AB, Canada. They are a husband and wife team, proud parents, and they absolutely love what they do. Shandro specializes in weddings and have extensive experience with South Asian weddings – “we love to immerse ourselves in the diverse cultures of our clients. We love the colours and excitement of South Asian weddings and we make sure that they shine through in our images. Our clients would describe us as fun, energetic, involved, and creative.” Both are self-taught photographers, and started the company 5 years ago, around the time they themselves were getting married. Michael comes from a business family and always dreamed of owning his own business. After photographing for some friends and second shooting for a summer, they decided to start their own photography company. After that, the business exploded, and they’ve never looked back. They’ve built a studio in their home office, and photography is our life. They both love traveling for work, and meeting clients from all different walks of life, cultures, and styles.

SONIA SHARMA

Sonia Sharma Events is one of the most sought after boutique special events companies on the West Coast. Specializing in high-end, multicultural weddings as well as an array of social and corporate events, we are known for our unrivaled attention to detail and impeccable taste. Sonia graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with Latin honors in 2001. She has a background in Design, Women’s Health and Psychology. After graduating, she spent a year teaching English to children and absorbing the various colorful cultures of Asia. Upon her return, she began her career as an event coordinator at a reputable special events company in Los Angeles, where she handled hundreds of events of every size, budget and scale. When you work with Sonia, you know that special event consulting is her true passion. Over the years, she has developed personal relationships with the best vendors in Los Angeles. She is known for her professionalism, warmth, versatility and attentiveness to the smallest details.

DINA DOUGLASS

Andrena (“Dina”) Douglass is the most sought-after photographer of multicultural weddings in America. Those who know her agree that her insane focus on color, lighting and final image quality deprives her of sleep on a near-daily basis. But it’s her keen interest and expertise in virtually every type of wedding celebration that has truly made the world sit up and notice. Dina’s work has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Platinum Weddings, MTV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, as well as in hundreds of magazines, newspapers and blogs around the world. She has spoken at two international photography conferences, and has been profiled in three photography magazines and three books. Her travels have taken her to 28 countries, including 16 cities in India. She also holds two degrees in journalism.

NIKKI KHAN

SONAL J. SHAH

The country’s renowned, premiere celebrity expert on South Asian and Cross Cultural weddings, Sonal J. Shah and her firm has built a stellar reputation for conceiving, designing, and coordinating a long roster of meticulously choreographed, high-end South Asian weddings. She and her team maintain the highest level of service to ensure that each celebration surpasses every bride’s expectations. For the past seven-years she has been living her dream, maintaining these ancient tradition throughout the United States for the most affluent Indian, Pakistani and Middle East expatriates through her New York-based company. An excellent communicator and negotiator, Ms. Shah’s consistently provides brides, grooms and their families with memorable celebrations that respect and integrate the cultural traditions of the couple’s parents, while incorporating the bride and groom’s contemporary style and vision. Sonal J. Shah and many of her seamlessly orchestrated upscale weddings have been featured on Style Network’s, ‘Whose Wedding Is It Anyway,” New York Magazine, The Washingtonian Post and The New York Times.

Exquisite Events founder, Nikki Khan, has been a leading figure in the Southern California event planning business for over ten years. From sophisticated soirees to culturally infused celebrations, Khan ensures that all of her events are executed with the utmost in professionalism, quality and unique style. Before graduating from UCLA University, Khan attended the prestigious Swiss Finishing School where she learned the intricacies of social etiquette necessary for fine event coordination and planning. Khan has assisted numerous bride and groom couples to plan their dream wedding, as well as worked with many highprofile corporate clients including the Pacific Asia Museum and Paramount Studios. Khan has an innate talent for providing fresh and innovative ideas for each occasion and always incorporates her clienteles’ personal taste and style to each event. Her professionalism and relaxed demeanor has won accolades from her growing list of clientele, while the beauty of her work has found recognition in numerous publications including Inside Weddings, Ceremony, Bride & Bloom, EastWest, Your Wedding Day, and Grace Ormonde.

PIETER ST ERASMUS

St Erasmus is based in England and India, his jewellery designs have graced global catwalks and his pieces are sold in London’s Harrods, Riyadh’s Harvey Nichols and top-end stores in Hong Kong, Qatar, Singapore, Zurich, Mumbai and Tokyo. St Erasmus’s break came when he landed a job at renowned jewellery company Erickson Beaman, working for husband-and-wife team Eric and Karen Erickson, who design a lot of jewellery seen on the catwalks. After seven years at Erickson Beaman, St Erasmus struck out on his own. He lives in Delhi for six months of the year, where he heads a production team of 15, and the other six months are spent in London, where he focuses on the creative process, marketing and selling. Although St Erasmus’s pieces are cosmopolitan, there is an African feeling that comes to the fore.


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66 Art & Craft of Henna

78 Cakes

108 Invitations

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70 What’s Hot

84 Fashion

124 Colin Cowie WNotes

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96 Beauty Lookbook

126 Decor

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102 Destination Weddings

130 Tablescapes

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VOLUME 1 . ISSUE 4 . FALL 2010

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South Asian Media Group PUBLISHER

Sadaf H. Kherani

EDITOR IN CHIEF Fahad Haroon ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Sana Alexander

ASSISTANT CONTRIBUTORS

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ash Kumar Pardip Bedi Colin Cowie Beau-Coup Fahad Hussayn Madiha Khan Nikki Khan Shetal Vyas Sarah Ali Sonal Shah Sonia Sharma

Ellen Ho Midnight Chai Tara Arrowood Dina Douglass Vinod Devlia Shandro Photo Saad Haroon Shahid Malik

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SAB FEATURED WEDDING

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ilshad and I got married 3 years to the day that we officially started dating. We were told numerous times to enjoy every single moment because it will be over before you know it. Luckily between the Ladies Sangit party, The Mendhi night, and the two weddings we had plenty of time to soak it all in. And of course they were right, it did fly by and we enjoyed every second of it. One of my favorite moments of the Indian wedding was when Tim’s father and Dilsher, Dilshad’s brother, greeted each other outside the temple. They each walked forward from their respective side of the families as you would see in an Indian wedding (Dilshers’s custom), however their actual greeting gesture towards each other was a Normandy (France) welcome (Tim’s Father’s custom) of 5 kisses each on each cheek. It was a harmonious meeting of two different cultures. During the ceremony we were told not too talk to each other or steal a smile. It took all of our concentration to abide by this, however, I did notice Dilshad stealing a peek and by me noticing it means that I was obviously peeking at my out of this world gorgeous wife to be. After the ceremony, Dilsher had a wonderful suprise waiting for us in the limo to celebrate our marriage... a perfectitly chilled bottle of Dom Perignon! When we returned home, I was a stopped by (a barrier of women) Dilshad’s closest friends, sisters and cousins. I had to eat everything that I didnt like. For example, wasabi & baby corn!


We woke up together on the day of the white wedding which is the best way to start the day. My wife got the nice suite to get reaady and I had to go to a small room with 3 other guys (my groomsmen) in it. We were going to do pictures before the ceremony so the videographer suggested setting up a scene where we would first see each other after getting ready for the ceremony. Japa dog happened to be down the street and it is the only hot dog that Dilshad will eat. So I went to down to buy her one and waited until she came out. My back was turned towards Dilshad as she came out of the hotel and I waited until the last moment before I turned around and faced her. Little did she know I had a hot dog in hand. I turned around and on one knee asked if she would eat my hot dog!! As a loving husband I accomplished two things: one was to ensure that my lovely wife had something in her stomach before the 2nd ceremony, and the second was to ensure that we started it off right with a little laugh. It actually started to rain a little as we were taking pictures and our wedding planner advised us to hold the ceremony indoors instead of in the garden. We flat out refused as the garden was the only way we wanted it and as a side note our 13 year old dog was the flower girl. As we were pulling up to the ceremony location, i kid you not, the skies cleared and it was absolutely beautiful. I was thinking over and over in my head about how I would kiss Dilshad at the conclusion of the ceremony. No one had any clue of what I was going to do. When the time finally came I dipped her and kissed her. At the reception, being both from backgrounds that enjoy food (Indian, and European), it was really important to us that the food was amazing. We had a traditional french wedding cake called a Gateaux St. Honore. The speeches were beautiful and heart felt and the Band was sooooooooooo gooooooood (Famous Players Band) . Our videographer blew everyone away with his same day edit. I dont know how he did it but he was able to add footage to the video that felt like it had just happened 30 seconds prior to starting the movie. One would think that being the last of many events, we may be a little tired and perhaps it would be more of a tame evening. But when you have a group of people who embrace each with open arms, irrespective of culture or religion, a fantastic crew of professionals and a great band to get everything started, people just want it to keep going. Dilshad and I had the most amazing time, we loved every second of it, we have no regrets, we had no stress throughout because of the support surrounding us, and still have a cheek to cheek smile on our faces when we think about our special days.

Photographer: Hong Photography Studio Dress: Lazaro
 Shoes: Gucci
 Jewlery: The Jewlery was from India
 Head Band: By Jennifer Behr
 Hair and makeup: both by Studio 26
 Tim’s suits: Copley by Harry Rosen

VENDOR LIST Tim’s shoes: Canali (Ferragamos)
 Tim’s Watch: Tag Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 17
 Rings: Scott Kay
 Videographer: Love Story Media
 Event Coodinator: Milestone Events
 Ceremony Venue: Cecil Green park
 Officiant: Ann Moore
Trio: String Vivia


Reception Venue: Seasons In The Park
 Cake: Thomas Haas
 Florist: Tanya Peters from Milestone Events
 Band: Famous Players Band
 Transportation: Luxury Limo Indian wedding vendors: Food for all events: Maharaja Caterers Decor: Tanya Peters of Milestone Events Dilshad’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik


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hree years ago when Nabeel and I initially met through mutual friends I had no idea that this informal meeting would play such a pivotal role in my life. In the summer of 2009 came one of the sweetest proposals of all time in one of the most romantic places in the world. After our engagement and considerable procrastination, we both started planning for our impending nuptials. We planned a week long affair in Houston which is where both of our families reside. Given our busy schedules planning for the wedding was a difficult process but fortunately everything came together on its own. It was very important for us to find beautiful venues and a photographer who would capture our wedding and make every photograph look timeless and magical which is what Sohil of Midnight Chai Photography managed to accomplish. Rather than diving into the actual wedding events like the majority of desi weddings, we decided to have a “Meet the Bride & Groom� brunch at the St. Regis in Houston for our closest friends and family a week prior to the wedding festivities so that both sides would have an opportunity to become better acquainted. The brunch played a pivotal role in establishing an elegant theme which we sought to further reinforce at our other wedding events through careful selection of venues, and close attention to detail during the selection of decorations and flowers. Following the brunch was a henna party for the ladies at the Original Henna Company where all of the ladies

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involved in the wedding were able to get beautiful henna done by very talented artists. The next event was the Mehndi which was held at Chateau Crystale. This was a more informal event than the subsequent events and it was a very colorful, bright and fun affair with an emphasis on dancing. The wedding was held at Paraiso Maravilla which was our favorite venue for this event because we wanted to have a very elegant and intimate evening in a romantic, beautiful venue. The architecture and natural inherent beauty of this venue made decorating very easy and lent itself to amazing photographs. This was followed by the Valima at the Omni Riverway Hotel. This was the largest of the events, with over 400 guests in attendance. The actual event was in one of their large ballrooms, preceded by a cocktail hour in the lobby overlooking the grounds. The cocktail hour provided us, as well as the guests with an opportunity to mingle and interact prior to being seated for the remainder of the evening. As overwhelming as planning such an assortment of events initially appeared, everything came together as time progressed. The vendors we used were all very helpful and reliable and helped us deal with the myriad of decisions and logistics we faced in an organized and structured manner. We look forward to continuing on the rest of our journey together, and we will always have the beautiful photos that captured our special week to look back on with love.


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{MEENAZ + NABEEL}


VENDOR LIST Photography: Midnight Chai Photography www.midnightchai.com Decor: Decor to Remember/Edna Valdez www.decortoremember.com DJ/Uplighting: Indo Raja Ent. www.indoraja.net Videographer: A&A Video www.anavideo.com Mehendi: Original Henna Company www.hennacompany.com Catering: Madras Pavilion www.madraspavilion.us Hair: Donna 713-899-1133 Makeup: Elaine Nguyen 281-630-5579 Cake: My Cakes Wedding Outfit: Almas Tejani couture 713-530-5523 Mehendi Venue: Chateau Crystale Wedding Venue: Paraiso Maravilla Walima Venue: Omni Riverway Houston

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xquisite events was hired one year before the couple got married. The couple flew down to LA to check out one of Nikki’s weddings and decided to book her at that point. Nikki then flew to the bay area and met up the family at their home in Cupertino. All the events were discussed in detail at that meeting with the first one being at the bride’s home. Nikki got as much info from the bride as possible such as her color preference for each event, vibe, theme etc. Nikki and her assistant made subsequent visits to the bay area and set up meetings with the vendors for complete site visits. There were a total of four events starting with the mehndi at the bride’s home, followed by sangeet in Campbell, and the ceremony and reception in San Jose. Each event had a personality of its own and Exquisite Events built up the decor gradually with over the top reception. There were about 150 guests at the mehndi and the bride got her detailed henna application on her hands and feet. High tea, cocktails and dinner was served at this event. The bride’s vision for the sangeet was to have a very traditional event with low seating and the color

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preference was cobalt blue and turquoise. Nikki designed the whole room with furniture from raj tents. One hundred and fifty bolster pillows were custom made in india and there were pergola tents in the back of the room where Mediterranean and Indian food was served. The bride made her entrance in a doli that was decorated with flower garlands and as soon as she stepped out, performed a classical dance number for her guests. The event lasted very late in the night with lots of choreographed dances from the bride and groom’s side and after dinner, the dance floor was opened to the beat of bhangra for all the guests. The ceremony tent was very elaborate with scalloping and draping from raj in red. The mandap and stage furniture were all custom built for this couple and red flower garlands were hung on the structure. The arch where the bride’s family received the groom’s family before going in for ceremony was also custom built and had red flowers on it. The ceremony took two hours to conclude after which the guests were served high tea. While the family and couple were having their photos taken, guests transitioned from high tea to cocktails with tray passed apps as well as some delicious food stations. Guests were welcomed to the ballroom where they were completely wowed at the decor. The room was infused with a rose fragrance. Nikki and her team had outdone themselves staying up all night draping, ligthing and doing up the ballroom and the effect was truly magical. The whole room was awash in blush, gold and pink. The couple’s sweetheart table had a beautiful canopy with twigs, flowers and a lovely chandelier hung above them. A champagne gold round dance floor came from Los Angeles along with drapery and the rest of the decor. The couple changed and made their grand entrance and went straight to the dance floor. There was amazing energy in the room with guests dancing and having a great time. The party lased till 3 am.

VENDOR LIST Photography: Tara Arrowood www.arrowoodphotography.com Coordination, Planning and Design: Nikki Khan @ Exquisite Events www.exquisevents.com Rentals: Raj Tents, Hartman Rentals DJ: Special Occasions Florist: Asiel Design Videogpraher: A Video Reflection Caterer: DishDash and Amber India Horse: Fancywheelin Dhol Player: Toofan Sounds Entertainment Cocktail Music: Beorge Brooks Band

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SAB HENNA

Keyuri’s: the art and craft of henna A TIMELESS TRADITION, and endless Mehendi or henna is an important part of the ritualistic art of adornment, a symbol of beauty and considered a must for all ceremonial occasions. It creates an aura of glamour and imbues mystery and allure. It is a tradition that dates back into the ages, a part of a culture varied, rich and colorful, and distinctly Indian. It is an essential part of the elaborate marriage ceremony, and is considered a sign of auspiciousness and good luck. At Keyuri’s, they have taken this ancient tradition of henna and transformed the ordinary candle into a work of art. The candle is the canvas and henna is the medium, and the artist’s imagination the inspiration. Bridal henna designs has been Ravie’s passion since 1987. Her father did not approve and wanted her to study in the computer field, since it was the future. This was way back in 1985. But she persisted, and this self taught hobby eventually helped pay through her college degree in computer science. She worked as a software engineer in the Silicon Valley, but also found the time to indulge in her hobby one or two evenings a week. Her father won, but so did Ravie. In 2002, she happened to doodle on a candle with some left over henna. It caught the attention of Mela Daniel, a dear friend who was working at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco at the time. She set her on a path of 4 years of tireless experimentation until she got it just right, or at least she thought she did. Some clients told her that the candles were too beautiful to burn away. So Ravie added inserts for tea lights. She was now ready to formally venture out. The candles are exquisitely adorned with intricate, filigree lace-like designs, and entirely drawn free hand (no stencils used –otherwise it is no fun, is it!). They are further embellished lavishly with sparkling Swarovski crystals and small cut mirrors, and then sealed in 3 stages for a silky smooth and lasting finish with a pearlescent sheen. Since it is sealed in, the henna does not flake off nor fall off easily, and with proper care, can last for many years. These candles can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Each candle comes with a glass tea light holder and a tea light insert, which makes the candle itself more of a decorative holder. The tea lights are made from environment friendly 100% soy wax – guilt free candle burning for the discerning among us. The soy tea lights have a burn time of about 5 hours. The candles come gift wrapped in an elegant, round box with a light butter colored pearlescent finish.

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These unique, one of a kind candles hold a place of pride in many a home. Patrons love the henna artwork, and admire the delicacy and beauty of the detailed design, the crystals and mirrors, and the glittering reflections dancing off of them. These candles look beautiful as home décor accents, and are great as gifts or favors. Today, Keyuri’s carries a line of 44 different sizes and designs. The smaller sizes are most popular as wedding or party favors. The bigger sizes are sought after as exclusive gifts for any number of occasions. Open the door, it is said, when opportunity knocks. In 2008, when Cecile Gady of Cakework, San Francisco(www.cakework. com), asked Ravie to create a henna design for a cake, S was excited. The cake was included in ‘Brides’ magazine’s “Our 50 Favorite Cakes”. I received several calls from bakeries and brides around the country. It spurred her to start creating henna patterns, only this time the cakes were the canvas. And, of course, Ravie only uses chocolate icing on them.

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Champagne Flutes www.indianweddingcard.com

Fans for ceremony - lunabazaar.com

Morroccon Lanterns

Blue Sari Journal - Lunabazaar.com

Brown Shadow - neimanmarcus.com

Gold Shoes christianlouboutin.com Midnight Blue Polish www.essieshop.com

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Midnight Blue, Icy Gold & Chocolate Brown

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Sapphire Ring

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Many of beau-coup’s top wedding favors are wedding favors under $2, aside from any wedding favor discounts or promos. You’ll find inexpensive wedding favors that are sweet, unique and chic. Personalize our top wedding favors to make them your own or mix and match inexpensive wedding favors to add variety to your wedding reception place settings. The best thing about our top wedding favors under $2? They look like a million bucks!

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SAB JEWELRY

St. Erasmus A bold, spontaneous celebration of the life under the wide, blue never-ending, African sky ST•ERASMUS is a jewellery range as beautiful as its namesake. A distinctive luxury jewellery label from South African accessories design talent Pieter Louis Erasmus, ST•ERASMUS has cultivated a style which combines traditional techniques with contemporary forms and materials. Steeped in cross cultural inspiration from the textures of the African landscape and India, ST•ERASMUS is the culmination of background designing and creating jewellery for distinguished design houses like Givenchy, Matthew Williamson, Roberto Cavalli and Alexander McQueen. ST•ERASMUS jewellery has an instantly recognisable three-dimensional statement style with a sophisticated feminine edge. Using traditional artisan production techniques and signature Zari thread crochet (a fine metallic gold/silver wire thread usually woven into Indian clothing), Swarovski crystal and beading to construct intricately layered bib-style necklaces, long length necklaces, cocktail rings, cuffs, brooches and earrings. ST•ERASMUS jewellery is sumptuous in texture and screams of refined modern opulence. It is experimental yet the ultimate wearable jewellery brand for the 21st century. ST•ERASMUS has been growing for the past four years. Pieter Erasmus (the Creative Head) in partnership with Dipankar Mukherjee (the Business Head) now employ a group of local artisans who work meticulously to assist them in the creation of these intricate designs, in their studio in New Delhi, India. ST•ERASMUS has many notable fans around the globe. It was most famously worn by the First Lady of United States – Michelle Obama, British Singer – Alexandra Burke and Bollywood Actor - Priyanka Chopra. 76 southasianbridemagazine.com


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ini wedding cakes look so impressive as wedding table decorations. Miniature wedding cakes can be individually packed in a clear boxed or served as wedding dessert at the wedding reception.

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Saadia Mirza

Saadia Mirza VIRTUES, the label, is boldly quixotic. Unique in its creations, the outfits are like costumes, defining individual women with a raw power and fascination, which is in all essence characteristic of true femininity. Concentrating on diversity, Saadia Mirza has expanded her creative energies in six different lines. ‘Vanity’, ‘Vintage’, ‘Vision’, ‘Voyage’, ‘Visage’ and ‘Velocity’- dramatic and spectacular, each line offers a myriad of choices for those who are more expressive of their own individuality. VANITY – A vibrant bridal line, VANITY is by far the most indulgent, with embroidery done with real gold thread and embellishments in swarovski crystals, real stones, pearls, Indian polki and diamonds. The fabrics are lush and rich, and with the ornate craftsmanship on it, the regal outfit is set to be special and different. VINTAGE – Deeply reminiscent of times past, VINTAGE, defines the era of subtle glamour and classic silhouettes. Playing with delicate colors and embellishments, this eastern wear lines draws from an ethereal femininity that exudes elegance. VINTAGE is for those who appreciate a finer view of life and choose grace and poise rather than the loud and flamboyant. VISION – The western end of the label, VISION offers a complete range of classy outfits with a very fine quality finish that sets it apart from most of the western apparel being made in Pakistan. Extremely contemporary, Saadia chooses not to replicate old and conventional designs that so many of the design houses are producing. Instead she opts to design from scratch, leaning on her personal imagination, which lends individuality and creativity to the creations. VOYAGE – Aptly named, VOYAGE offers a journey through experimentation and a modern adventure of combining the two separate worlds of east and west. Selecting different features and characteristics of various cultures, it mingles them to form an exquisite cocktail of colors, motifs and cuts. VOYAGE offers a respite to all those women who are dreamers, idealists and romantics, daring to be different by wanting to express themselves. VISAGE – This line flaunts stunning handmade accessories that are unique in design and quality. The VISAGE bags, scarves and jewelry add a finishing touch to any ensemble, providing an essential edge of glamour. Making sure that not more than two or three pieces are made to the same design, Saadia Mirza offers that rare option of exclusivity and distinctiveness. VELOCITY – This award winning Prêt a Porter Line is renowned for introduced two seasonal collections each year thereby making the line both accessible and dynamic.

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FOUR SEASONS, BORA BORA In one of the world’s most desirable destinations, Four Seasons redefines South Seas escape to create a magical setting for your celebration. Polynesian over-water suites immerse you in comforts and vistas of the impossibly blue lagoon. Beachfront villas with pools each stake out private space on the sand. Culinary art embraces operatic sunsets over the primeval peaks. Create a never-to-be-forgotten gathering in a high-tech niche of paradise with the liberating service of a luxury resort unmatched on Bora Bora. A blend of what’s best about South Seas islands—crystal waters, pristine stretches of beach lined with palms and the touches of international comfort and luxury that make isolation nothing less than splendid. That’s the allure of Bora Bora. Only an eight-hour flight from Los Angeles, this atoll surpasses even the great expectations posed when island aficionado James A. Michener declared Bora Bora as having the world’s most beautiful lagoon. Think of the island as the weekend getaway from the comparative hustle and bustle of Tahiti (itself described as paradise). The perfect Bora Bora day begins with a dawn breakfast from your over-water bungalow deck, then a guided tour of the atoll on waver-runners, then a stop on a deserted beach for lunch of beachside barbecued lobster. Then perhaps there will be an hour of swimming with sharks and bat rays, schools of them mysteriously mellowed by the warm aqua waters. Spend some time shopping for black pearls in the central village of 102 southasianbridemagazine.com

Vaitape or maybe enjoy an afternoon massage, full of locally harvested healing oils carrying a faint sweet smell of tiare. And finally, before dinner, have sunset cocktails overlooking Mount Otemanu, the extinct volcano which is paradise’s distinctively craggy profile. HOTEL OVERVIEW The Resort offers 121 spacious hideaways nestling around Bora Bora lagoon and its outer beaches. The 100 over-water bungalows perch on stilts above the turquoise lagoon. On the shore, seven beachfront villas nestle along a stretch of private beach. All overlook the pristine waters and views of spectacular Mount Otemanu. Guest accommodations offer a restful, airy ambience inspired by local architecture – with traditional teak wood furnishings, high ceilings and roofs thatched with pandanus leaves. To accentuate the feel of Polynesia, special touches include striking works of art, private pools and deep bathtubs beside doors that slide open to reveal panoramic fresh-air views of the lagoon. SPA Nestled at the lagoon edge, and surrounded by tropical groves and the pristine Pacific waters, sits The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. With breathtak-


ing ocean views, the haven of our kahaia tree-inspired spa captures the unique balance that defines Bora Bora – surging energy meeting inviting tranquility. Indulge in the natural scents of sandalwood and frangipani as you journey along walkways suspended above tree plantations and a stunning lagoon. Inside, a warm and welcoming sanctuary awaits in which to retreat and restore balance to mind and body. The natural resources of Bora Bora have inspired treatments and rituals using natural ingredients of French Polynesia, such as monoi, tamanu, kahaia and vanilla. The ocean on which the spa rests is the source of all life, and has powerful therapeutic effects on the mind, body and spirit. DINING Inspired by its exquisite Polynesian setting, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora serves exceptional South Pacific delicacies. Four restaurants and bars each take full advantage of the Resort’s position on this romantic island, as well as Bora Bora’s sunshine, stunning sunsets and starlit nights. Innovative menus prepared to extraordinarily high standards feature locally raised fruit, vegetables and spices and a rich diversity of freshly caught seafood. Four Seasons flair comes through equally in innovative creations for banquets and events. For a special evening for two, choose to dine either on the oceanside terrace of your private bungalow or on our beautiful white sand beach, graced by impeccable Four Seasons service. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS Cannons from World War II Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia Point Matira Polynesian marae (stone temples) SHOPPING Black pearls of Tahiti The black pearls of Tahiti are indigenous to the remote lagoons of French Polynesia in the South Pacific, and have become an exotic gem sought after by celebrities and pearl aficionados alike. Many outlets on Bora Bora sell Tahitian cultured pearls, including a black pearl boutique at the Resort. SEASONAL HIGHLIGHTS - July Heiva, French Polynesia’s most important festival, is celebrated in a flamboyant display of traditional costumes, dance, music, crafts and sports. While the main event is in Papeete, each of the five archipelagos holds events to display their distinctive traditions, beginning at the end of June and carrying on through most of July. November Hawaiki nui va’a, French Polynesia’s outrigger canoe race, is a major annual sports event. For three days, over a hundred traditional canoes race between Huahine and Bora Bora, cheered on by supporters in boats in close proximity. The excitement peaks at the finish line, where spectators welcome the winners with music and dance. w w w. f o u r s e a s o n s . c o m / b o r a b o r a

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anticipation for the upcoming occasion. You don’t get a second chance at making a first impression. Your invitation is the first impression that guests have of your event. While conveying warmth and hospitality, your Alia Designs invitation becomes a gift in itself that leaves an indelible mark on the heart of every guest. About the Founders Alia Designs was co-founded by two sisters who were in search of the perfect invitation for the family’s first wedding. They soon realized that the wedding invitation market was limited in its options and creativity. Existing invitations didn’t adequately express the personal significance of the wedding. The pair realized that they were not alone in their pursuit of extraordinary invitations. They then spent several

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years in search of the finest materials and production techniques from around the world. Their concept for luxury correspondence was born. Drawing inspiration from history, the pair discovered that some of the first invitations were sent out by Maharajas and Kings and were hand calligraphed on fine silk. They were also often adorned with jewels to express the permanence and richness of love and to show the host’s adoration for each guest by sending such a lavish gift. This inspiration, combined with the pair’s passion for fine fabrics, embroideries and eye for design, spurred the making of Alia Designs. The result is invitations that evoke a bygone era while exuding a modern flair. These works of art blend love, style and celebration. southasianbridemagazine.com 109


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n Indian wedding is not a small undertaking and I knew this from the beginning. I wasn’t one of those girls that had dreamed of her perfect wedding from a young age. It took my meeting the man of my dreams and several years into our relationship before I could envision what my perfect wedding could look like. I knew I wanted to be unique - choose non-traditional designs and non-traditional colors. I also wanted each of my outfits to be different from one another. Overall, I think I succeeded, but I do owe some credit to Amrik, who insisted that lilac (color of my lengha and jewellery coupled with his matching palla and turban) for the Gurudhwara wedding would be as different as they come. The choice of venue was the easiest of the difficult decisions. We knew we loved the Oasis as soon as we saw it. In my opinion, it was the only real hidden gem in the city of Edmonton. The reception was exactly how I envisioned it. Good food, surrounded by the people you love and filled with fun stories/speeches that bring tears to your eyes but all in all, make you realize how lucky you are to have family and friends that love you enough to share in your big day. The highlight of the evening, according to many, was Firefly entertainment who dazzled the stage with their death defying acrobatics. The highlight for my husband was listening to his friends rattle off his top 10 musthaves on a deserted island. The highlight for me was watching our slideshow and listening to our parents and family friends speak of our best and worst attributes. The true highlight of my night was listening to my husband’s speech and his tribute to our 10 year relationship. It brought tears to my eyes. Our wedding did turn out to be exactly as I envisioned. Some of the elements 110 southasianbridemagazine.com

that made it near-perfect - my Grandma’s attendance against all odds (her health nearly failed her a few months earlier) and knowing that Amrik’s grandpa’s blessings were with us from above. There were definite kinks that were smoothed over by our day-of wedding planner and amazing decorator, but most importantly, the wedding struck the perfect balance (in my opinion) of religion, rituals and celebration. On this auspicious weekend, I saw in each of our families a desire to embrace religious and cultural differences and more importantly, a desire to make this the most memorable weekend of our lives. It was the perfect example of two belief systems coming together - we sought to find the commonalities between the two and also managed to embrace the differences. This is the essence of our relationship, our marriage. Though Amrik and I are two very different people from two very different worlds, our wedding unequivocally reflected our relationship – the union of different souls. FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER I’m going to start off by giving Sonya a big round of applause – she managed to plan this wedding almost single handedly, while she and Amrik were living in different countries, and neither of them lived in Edmonton, where the wedding took place. She certainly had help along the way, but every last detail was planned and executed perfectly.

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Sonya & Amrik played a few games, including this one. Whoever found the ring in the bucket first (with their eyes closed) wears the pants in the relationship. Sorry, Amrik! We were treated to several beautiful dance performances, including Amrik! This dude can DANCE. He surprised Sonya with an amazing dance along with his friends. Sonya was so relaxed getting her mehndi done. The colour scheme for the Sikh wedding was awesome. This one was Sonya’s idea and I think it’s so beautiful. A contrast of the elegant wedding lengha with urban grit. The Hindu ceremony was at the Oasis Conference Centre. It is an elegant venue and I can’t wait to work there again. You can’t have a glamorous wedding like this one without some bling. Have you ever seen a dance floor so packed? It was crazy down there! I got tired just re-living that whole crazy week. It was an amazing wedding, and I’m pretty sure my new baby is going to be born dancing to bhangra. Thank you Sonya & Amrik for such a fantastic time!

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VENDOR LIST Photography: Shandro Photo | www.shandrophoto.com DJ: Wedding Planner: Priya | Weddings by Priya, www.weddingsbypriya.ca

Videographer: Sarah | Nostalgia Media, www.nostalgiamedia.com Venues: Mirage Banquet Hall | www.mirageedmonton.com The Oasis Centre | www.oasiscentre.com Decor: Elegant Touches | www.eleganttouches.ca Flowers: Graham & Lane | www.grahamandlane.com Salon: Alexander Daniel Acrobatics: Lyne Gosselin | Firefly Theatre, www.lynegosselin.ca Food: Haweli

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t all started with a simple phone call in September of 2009, when Natasha and Rahim were introduced to each other over the phone by the groom’s cousin who also happened to be a family friend of the bride in Toronto. They had no idea that exactly a year later they would be getting married and having their dream wedding. That first phone call was one of many such calls they made on a daily basis to each other, and that’s how it all began. Within a couple of weeks, they knew they just had to meet each other in person, so they planned for their first date in November in Toronto, which turned out to be a perfect weekend. After being away for a few months, Rahim surprised Natasha with a proposal on Valentine’s Day. With a room completely full of candles and rose petals, he got on bended knee and popped the question. With both their eyes filled with tears, she said “of course”. After celebrating their engagement with their family and friends in Toronto, they took turns making trips to Atlanta and Toronto, and began making preparations for the big day. Months of separation and eagerness followed. As fate would have it, their wedding week was exactly a year after that first phone call back in September 2009. The wedding week was filled with celebrations with their family and friends who traveled from all over the world to come to Atlanta for this celebration of love which took place in the Atlanta Marriott Northwest. The beautiful bride was elegantly dressed in a fuchsia ensemble, and her hair & make up were beautifully done by the groom’s mother, Rabarb Aladin, owner of Hair Images Salon in Atlanta. After spending 2 weeks in Hawaii for their honeymoon, the newlyweds have started their lives together in Atlanta, where Natasha is continuing her clothing business and has just launched Natasha Couture for the first time in Atlanta.

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VENDOR LIST Bridal Hair, Make Up and Henna: Rabarb Aladin , Hair Images Salon | www.hairimages.com Photography: Photography by Vinod | www.photographybyvinod.com DJ: DJ Bobby | www.xtrahotdjs.com Wedding Coordinator: Fusion Event Planning | www.fusioneventplanning.com Venue: Atlanta Marriott Northwest Wedding Cake: Dream Cakes International | www.dreamcakesinternational.com Wedding Décor: Light It Up Event Productions | www.lightitupeventproduction.com Mehndi Décor: Abhilasha Wedding Dinner: Café Bombay | www.cafebombayatlanta.com

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hat do you get when you combine a church, a mandap and many bottles of vodka? Well, if you’re Nimisha and Tom, you get a high-style celebration that honored both the bride’s Indian / Sri Lankan heritage and the groom’s Polish heritage. The site of this epic celebration was the oceanfront RitzCarlton in Laguna Niguel, California, and since the wedding took place just as winter was creeping in, Nimisha and Tom opted for a winter wonderland décor scheme complete with after-hours club. Nimisha first met Tom at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where both were getting MBAs. Tom instantly knew that he wanted to get to know Nimisha better, but he didn’t quite know how to approach her. Study groups, mutual friends and a few phone calls did the trick, and one day, their relationship took a romantic turn. Three years later, after relocating to New York to work in investment banking, Tom proposed. The big day started out with a Catholic ceremony at a nearby church. Nimisha then changed into her rose-colored lengha so she could join Tom at a flower-adorned Plexiglas mandap overlooking the ocean. Tom entered the mandap area in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied


by the USC Trojan Marching Band. The USC band’s outfits didn’t strike the chord that the couple was envisioning for their baraat, so they had custom outfits made in India, and the band looked great. For the reception, Nimisha and Tom chose white flowers atop blue linens because they wanted something modern, elegant and reminiscent of the beach. Nimisha also liked the idea of doing something that her guests wouldn’t ordinarily see at an Indian wedding. During the reception, Tom’s parents did a Polish toast that involved singing a song about “100 years of good health” as well as downing several shots of vodka. They also put

salt on bread. This salt was to remind the couple that “if they taste bitterness, they can overcome it,” and the bread was a wish for them “to never go hungry.” The last part of the toast involved two shots – one of water and one of vodka. The bride and groom each chose one and downed it, and whoever got the vodka would then have the upper hand in the marriage. Tom got the vodka shot. A live band added to the elegance of the evening, and

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provided the perfect soundtrack to Tom and Nimisha’s first dance. Towards the end of the reception, the curtains on the side of the ballroom parted to reveal an after-hours club with “Chez Nimisha” (for desserts) and “Tom’s Diner” (for burgers). The couple also brought in two go-go dancers to get the crowd going. The couple credits coordinator Paula Laskelle at Champagne Taste with helping ensure that their double-ceremony wedding went off without a hitch. They chose Paula because she was extremely organized, had answers and documentation for all of their questions, and she had a good sense of what the couple was envisioning.

VENDOR LIST Coordination: Paula Laskelle, Champagne Taste | www.weddingsbyct.com Photography: Dina Douglass, Andrena Photography www.andrenaphoto..com Florals & Mandap: Square Root | www.squarerootdesigns.com Videography: Reel Life Pictures | www.reelifepictures.com Lighting: Amber Lighting | www.ambereventproduction.com DJ Artistry: Sound Nation | www.soundnationla.com Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel www.ritzcarlton.com


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COLIN COWIE’S

WeddingNotes

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Luxury Triplecord Photography

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Chair covers are used to instantly spruce up any reception venue. Nowadays, chair covers have gone from a basic white with a sash to array of decadent pieces that stand out on their own and truly can turn a venue from ho-hum traditional décor to something grand and spectacular. Chair covers are now an integral component of wedding décor. The add elegance, formality and uniformity. Much has changed in the chair cover world since the early 90’s. The original tight-fitted, spandex cover has given way to many new styles and fabrics. One such company that has paved the way for ‘luxury’ linens and covers is Wildflower Linens. Wildflower Linen is the leading designer and producer of specialty table linens and chair covers for event rentals. Founder Youngsong Martin, formerly a nationally known fashion designer and marketer of high-style women’s apparel, launched Wild126 southasianbridemagazine.com


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flower Linen in 2001 in Southern California. Her full-service rental company has since redefined the special-event linen field in terms of style, glamour and customer care while becoming a prestigious provider to clients nationwide and abroad, for functions of all sizes, budgets and occasions. In addition to lavish weddings and large-scale banquets, Wildflower Linen creations have been featured at the post-Oscars Governor’s Ball and Vanity Fair after-parties, aboard charter yachts, in noted resorts and country clubs, at several Presidential library events, even at the gala party for a DreamWorks premiere at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. However, Wildflower Linen’s extensive inventory of fashion-forward and traditional decor is also available for your smallest-scale and most intimate of functions.

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WINTER MAGICAL Planner: Dina Berg Blazek Events Flower Design: Crawford & Company Fine Flowers Photography: Kristin Vining Photography Location: Rtiz Carlton, Charlotte Rental & Lighting: Party Tables, Party Reflections, American Furniture Rental, Wink Lighting and Swank AV Invitations: Salutations, Invitation Calligraphy from Yellow House


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WINTER LUXE Planner, Floral, Design: 2Create Designs Photography: Samson Productions Photography Location: The Island Hotel, Newport Beach, Ca Rental, Lighting: BTB Events, Wildflower Linens, 3D Sounds Invitations: Paper Daydream Cake Pops: Just a Bite Cake Pops


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