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When singer Akriti Kakar tied the knot.

Listening to Akriti Kakar talk about her significant other feels like they’ve been together forever.

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Kalki through the looking-glass

As we entered Amy Billimoria’s House of Design in Juhu, Mumbai, we knew we were not in Kansas anymore. The store exudes a happy feeling. From the décor of the store to the clothes housed within it, we could tell that this was going to be a departure from a traditional bridal makeover.

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Sonam and Paras Modi share their marriage mantra…

We met at a common friend’s wedding in Lonavla, after which we started meeting almost twice a week with friends. We got along like a house on fire; it felt so comfortable talking to each other, it was like we were long lost friends. The initial courtship felt more like a game of hide and seek. We didn’t want to tell people yet as we were still getting to know each other.

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14 Dec

The Indian hearth

India is a treasure trove of ancient arts and handicrafts that flaunt superior technique. And if you’ve long-admired this artistic legacy, then it’s time to open your doors to statement pieces that reverberate with India’s creative spirit

India boasts of some of the finest arts and crafts that are revered the world over. Whether it’s furniture from Kashmir or even Gond art from Madhya Pradesh—every state has unique offerings. While contemporary design is ever popular, an India-inspired home can prove to be a refreshing change.

TRUE TO TRADITION

Blending two very distinct styles— contemporary and ethnic—might seem impossible at first, but it’s easier than it seems. The trick is to create a complementing décor scheme that strikes the right balance between the two. “Smartly integrate classical art and modern furniture into your existing décor. Create different levels and types of seating and incorporate vibrant colours and textures by way of furnishings and upholstery to create a versatile, relaxed and informal ambience, typical of an Indian traditional home,” says Natasha Jain, Co-founder, Bent Chair. Bring in a statement piece such as furniture from Kashmir, shekhawati from Rajasthan or sankheda from Gujarat and add some warmth by way of our rich and diverse textiles and fabrics. Whether it is tie and dye, hand-blocked prints, ikat, brocade, phulkari, silk or even kantha, one is spoilt for choice when it comes to textiles and fabrics that can be easily customised to create pillow covers or even throws for your sofas and chairs. “Handicrafts like kantha with its intricate thread work makes for beautiful cushion covers. Kantha thread work is one of India’s oldest embroideries dating back to over 500 years. Traditionally practised by women from West Bengal and Odisha, the artisans weave together patches from old clothes and saris, with running stitches appearing all over. The stitches depict beautiful flowers, birds, animals and geometric patterns and motifs,” explains Tanvi Sangal, Founder, Indiavaale.com.

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12 Aug

Modern twist to Indian wedding floral decor

As the use of flowers have been prominent in Indian weddings, here are the reasons why marigolds are most preferred in the floral décor of Indian weddings and how current trends only add to its traditional appeal

Despite contemporary floral inspirations, when it comes to bridal décor, nothing spells Indianness quite like genda phool. Srishti Kapur, Floral Designer and Co-founder of Floral Art, shares, “The colours of the marigold are very significant when it comes to weddings in India. White represents purity and peace, yellow symbolises sanctity, saffron is the sacred colour, while the brighter orange represents courage and sacrifice.” Besides its standing as an auspicious flower, marigold is known for its affordability. Anuja Joshi, Marketing Director, Interflora India, explains, “It is available in abundance and makes for a vibrant setup. Marigolds are also suited to Indian climate and hence, last longer.”

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13 Jul

Floral wedding décor at its best

When it comes to wedding décor, floral accents are known to steal the show. Flowers have been a significant part of Indian weddings and they have always turned venues into works of art

The timeless beauty of natural blooms at once brings to mind romance and intimacy like no other element. It’s what makes floral décor such a popular and evergreen theme at a wedding—large or small. Often, flowers are used to transform a space and Dreamzkraft was able to show just what’s possible with an abundance of it. For instance, lush blooms overflowed across dinner tables to soften even the most rustic of spaces. Trishant Sidhwani, Partner, Dreamzkraft, tells, “For their décor, the couple wanted flowers, so we painted each canvas with more flowers. For instance, we created a floral cloud for the reception and a floral ceiling for the sangeet.”

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12 Jul

For a timeless wedding décor

When art meets architecture, the result is an aesthetically matched theme. And that is why couples continue to opt for classic, retro wedding themes for their big day. We show you how to pull off a 1920s wedding theme

At a retro-themed wedding, guests were treated to an entrance adorned with flowers, bespoke carpet and chandeliers. After consulting with the couple, Pomegranate Event Décor gave them exactly what they envisioned—the roaring 1920s.This was accomplished through the décor which included a ceiling installation and mirrored flooring reminiscent of the architectural style of the era. Gayatri Sekhri, Creative Head, Pomegranate Event Décor, shares, “Gorgeous blooms decked the venue and the stunning tablescapes comprised white orchids, large palm leaves and glowing candles. The venue featured beautiful French paneling and heavy drapes. The showcase was the in-lit bar created with rows of chandeliers. We added depth and movement to the space through different seating arrangements and chairs.”

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11 Jul

Your ultimate guide to a sylvan mandap

The mandap is invariably the centre-point of all Indian weddings, thus making it the most important aspect of your wedding décor. Designer Varun Bahl shows how you can make your mandap décor stand out

A mandap becomes the focal point of a wedding as that is where the ceremony takes place. Naturally, mandaps are one of the most photographed locations at a wedding, a fact that inspired Varun Bahl, the director of Aurum by Varun Bahl, to do more. Bahl wanted to emphasise the mandap—the site for the ceremony and the focus of everyone’s attention. The outcome was a larger-than-life mandap that was defined by lush greenery and blooming flowers. Bahl shares,“We created one of the tallest and grandest mandaps. It was a 20-foot-tall mandap with its walls clad in red roses and a magnificent chandelier at the centre. The walkway leading up to the mandap was decorated with 25,000 red roses hanging from the ceiling. We created a sketch of a candle jaali and it was brought to life by my artists. This gorgeous 20-foot-high baroque jaali lit with over 15,000 diyas, served as an enclosure for the mandap and was the highlight of the setup.”

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