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04.14.2015

No matter what region of South Asia you’re from, there’s a bridal look for you to find inspiration from. The beauty of South Asian bridal beauty is that we’re not limited to just one look — the sky is literally the limit when it comes to finding the look that’s just perfect for you. With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. Lucky for us, we have friends like the team at Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop, one of the premiere destinations for the global bride looking for the hottest South Asian designs. By bringing the latest fashion straight to our fingertips (and keyboards!), this designer haven is also a treasure trove of bridal inspiration.

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We’re spotlighting 8 different bridal looks and the designers who can help you turn those dream-looks into a reality — continue reading for more!

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04.03.2015

The magic of contouring has become one of the hottest makeup trends, and this week, when the queen of contouring, Kim Kardashian, posted a photo of herself mid-contoured, it reminded us all over again how the right contouring tricks can do wonders when it comes to sculpting, shaping, and defining your makeup look.

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We asked one of our favorite beauty experts, Sanjana Vaswani of SV Bridal Concepts to share some of her go-to contouring tips. Starting with the basics, Sanjana explained how contouring is using the art of highlighting and lowlighting your face. The key to a good contouring job, she says, is to use a technique that is best for your face shape — round, oval, square, and heart-shaped brides will need to accent different parts of their faces, depending on the look they want to achieve. The trick, Sanjana explains, is to “enhance your natural bone structure.” Highlights add contrast while darker lowlights help add dimension to your look.

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If the contouring process feels intimidating and overwhelming to you, Sanjana is here to the rescue, with a 5-step tutorial to the perfectly sculpted contoured look — continue reading for this must-have tutorial!

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04.01.2015

Remember Maria and Shaun’s stunning wedding celebration in the south of France? Our friends at Pacific Pictures just sent over the finishwed wedding video, and we’re reliving the gorgeous moments of this beautiful getaway wedding — we’re in love all over again!

We chatted with Kevin Shainian, Pacific Pictures’ Founder, about what brides should know to look out for when planning a film with their wedding videographer. His number one piece of advice was to give your videographer as much information as possible, the more details the better! “What resources do I need to provide to help you deliver your very best? Do you require additional days of shooting before our events? In what ways are you involved in the planning of our shoots; both during and before the wedding? What degree of control do you require, if any, during our events? How much of our time do you need before and during our events to create a compelling film?” Answers to these questions and more will make sure you and your videographer are both on the same page well in advance of the big day. In Maria and Shaun’s case, trust was also a major factor. Kevin explains that it’s key for brides to “Trust the creativity of the artist and use their expertise whenever you can. Stay open-minded and flexible to suggestions and various aspects of your events when it comes to your film. Understand the resources a filmmaker needs to deliver their very best work and make sure you can bring those resources to the table.” Maria did just that, and the result is this gorgeous film!

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We’re not done with Kevin just yet — he’s giving us the scoop on 5 of the most important things to look out for when finding the perfect videographer. This is the kind of expert insight that will make your videographer search a smooth and easy process — from being open about what you want to trusting the creativity of your chosen videographer, this is must-have wedding planning advice from one of our favorite wedding videographers. Continue reading for more!

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03.30.2015

Our friend Nirjary Desai is one of our go-to sources when it comes to all things wedding-planning related. She confesses to us that she never actually planned on being a wedding planner, that she “totally fell” into the industry. But after 10 years, she has built a company known and lauded for its long-lasting relationships with clients and standout support when it comes to turning your dream wedding into a stunning reality. But it’s not all nuts-and-bolts details with Nirjary — she’s also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to wedding beauty and fashion. In fact, one fabulous thing that sets KIS(cubed) apart from its counterparts is its unique bridal beauty offerings: Nirjary explains, “We coordinate all services under one brand, where a bride does not have to pay many different amounts and coordinate a hair, make-up, henna, stylist, drapist — we do it all!”

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With such expertise, Nirjary was a natural choice when we were on the hunt for some of the latest trends in bridal makeup and mehndi this year. With her take on this year’s must-have glam plus five key tips to showstopping bridal mehndi, Nirjary has all the beauty answers we need — continue reading for more!

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03.25.2015

Our journey through Sonia and Vivek’s gorgeous wedding celebration ends with the final reception, a stunning conclusion to the festivities. Surrounded by friends and family, this was the perfect way to cap off the wedding weekend

The team of Unique Visions Studio captured the most heartwarming moments in this wedding video, letting us relive the beautiful celebration, right from the start – continue reading for more photos!

Images courtesy of Golden Hour Studios.

Venue: Oheka Castle (Long Island, NY)
Wedding Planner: Royal Charms
Sonia’s Hair and Makeup: Sanjana Vaswani, SV Bridal Concepts
Sonia’s Bridal Sari: Frontier Bazar
Videography: Unique Visions Studio
Event & Floral Decor: Design House

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03.23.2015

Part I of Sonia and Vivek’s wedding may have been all about the bride, but Part II focuses on the groom’s showstopping entrance and then the breathtakingly beautiful ceremony. After his grand entrance, surrounded by friends and family in a celebratory mood, Vivek made his way to the mandap for the traditional Hindu ceremony. We’re at a loss for words to describe how gorgeous this wedding truly was — the lush castle grounds were the absolute perfect backdrop for the ceremony that was drenched in a soft color scheme of champagne ivories and golds.

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Images courtesy of Golden Hour Studios.

Venue: Oheka Castle (Long Island, NY)
Wedding Planner: Royal Charms
Sonia’s Hair and Makeup: Sanjana Vaswani, SV Bridal Concepts
Sonia’s Bridal Sari: Frontier Bazar
Videography: Unique Visions Studio
Event & Floral Decor: Design House

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03.20.2015

The photos from this wedding are so stunning, we had to split them up into two posts to savor all of the gorgeous-ness. Up first, the bride preparing for her big day and then sharing a private moment with her groom-to-be before the big ceremony. We love Sonia’s sparkling gold and cream-colored sari, gorgeously complementing the overall ivory/golden theme. It was the perfect amount of glittering glam to contrast against the deep red traditional chura set.

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Sonia’s lifelong dream of being married at Oheka Castle came true in an absolutely beautiful outdoor ceremony, set against the backdrop of the lush castle grounds. With perfect weather on their side, this dream wedding turned into the reality of a perfect day — continue reading for more photos!

Images courtesy of Golden Hour Studios.

Venue: Oheka Castle (Long Island, NY)
Wedding Planner: Royal Charms
Sonia’s Hair and Makeup: Sanjana Vaswani, SV Bridal Concepts
Sonia’s Bridal Sari: Frontier Bazar
Videography: Unique Visions Studio
Event & Floral Decor: Design House

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03.19.2015

After their country club sangeet, Sonia and Vivek continued the theme of intimate pre-wedding parties with Sonia’s bridal henna festivities. Separate from the actual mehndi party, Sonia celebrated with her closest family and friends the night before to actually have her henna applied. We are so enamored with the final look, beautifully designed by our friend Monita from Henna For All. The intricate design is so stunning, and pairs beautifully against Sonia’s light-colored outfit. We’re in love!

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With some scenic greenery in the background, the bride took a moment for an up-close and personal photo shoot, featuring the beautiful design of her bridal henna — continue reading for more photos!

Images courtesy of Golden Hour Studios.

Wedding Planner: Royal Charms
Sonia’s Hair and Makeup: Sanjana Vaswani, SV Bridal Concepts
Sonia’s Bridal Mehndi: Henna For All
Event & Floral Decor: Design House

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03.18.2015

After a romantic engagement photo shoot, Sonia and Vivek kicked off their wedding celebration with a continuation of the classic New York City vibe from the engagement shoot. A scenic country club in Long Island was the perfect spot for an intimate sangeet party with friends and family. We’re especially in love with how the country club was transformed, thanks to some gorgeous event decor by the team at Design House. With sheer drapes surrounding each table, the end result was as dramatically head-turning as it was warm and intimate.

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The elegantly decorated venue proved to be the perfect spot for a night of dancing and celebrating with their loved ones. Continue reading for more photos!

Images courtesy of Golden Hour Studios.

Venue: Golf Country Club (Long Island, NY)
Wedding Planner: Royal Charms
Event & Floral Decor: Design House
Sonia’s Hair & Makeup: Sanjana Vaswani, SV Bridal Concepts

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03.17.2015

After meeting through mutual friends, Sonia and Vivek went on their first date in their hometown city, Long Island. After a long-distance courtship of seven years, the two were finally in the same city again when Vivek decided to pop the question. He decided to surprise Sonia at Oheka Castle, a stunningly picturesque site she had always dreamed about as the perfect wedding venue. On the pretense of a weekend getaway to the castle grounds, armed with a secret photographer, Vivek got down on one knee at a nearby gazebo. It was the perfect surprise, leading to a year-long engagement. The couple celebrated their upcoming nuptials with an engagement photo shoot in the West Village in New York City that looks straight out of a gorgeous magazine editorial.

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With cobble-stoned streets lining the pathways and vintage brownstone buildings in the background, this engagement photo shoot highlights some of the quietest corners of the city, with the soon-to-be-married couple looking every part the glamorous New York couple. Continue reading for more photos!

Images courtesy of Golden Hour Studios.

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