Indian weddings are grandeur personified. An amalgamation of emotions, culture, traditions & fun. . Awesome food, social interactions, dancing and then there is obviously dressing up, and that’s why they call it the #BigFatIndianWedding.
I for one love cross-cultural weddings, where its fun and interesting to see two vividly different cultures combine in harmony.
One such couple this year, and happens to be my favorite with they giving us free reigns on planning the wedding wardrobe were #StylCouple Linday and Miten. Lindsay Hoopes a beautiful entrepreneur of one ‘Hoopes wine-yards’ in the famous Napa Valley, and Miten Aghera a risk manager and strategy consultant.
They found us online and Lindsay got in touch with around November last year, stating that she was an American marrying her husband Miten, a Gujarati for the second time, and wanted to go all out this time with Indian festivities and magnificence. They had the logistics sorted, It was to be an Ireland wedding, where they both studied and Lindsay has strong roots there, and it was to be an October Wedding.
Our task was to dress the couple and their 9 months baby Rohan, and the entire family for the festivities to come! There were a lot of apprehensions at first with regards to color, as Lindsay’s perception of an Indian bride was only reds with a lot of jewellery. Soothing her fears and bringing the concept of amalgamating cultures struck a cord with her and then followed our process of mood boards and trends and references.
The Shopping Trip in New Delhi
Followed a whole process of communication on styles and ideations with silhouettes and color palettes.They planned a trip around the New Years and we planned a structured itinerary for them. They were traveling with the baby, hence keeping it precise was our task.
Day 1: We met at a coffee shop in Mehrauli and figured we can utilize this time browsing through the name designers. We all weren’t prepared for it, but it definitely gave them a good grasp of things, with fashion and price points.
Day 2: We ventured through the malls and name designers. While browsing, Meha picked out this beautiful white & fuchsia combination gota-patti lehenga for her. As it was traditional yet had a softer touch to it with the white top.
With an added pale green dupatta, it complimented Lindsay’s skin tone perfectly. Customizations with color and the length of the blouse this was a winner!
Day 3: For the love of everything Indian and Delhi more specifically we wanted to show them around Chandni Chowk the hub of wedding shopping. Little did we know that we would find her bridal lehenga at this plush store called ‘Asiana Couture’. Senior shoppers of our team Shivangi and Shivi accompanied Lindsay that day and made some excellent choice with the bridal outfit.
They added a soft teal floor length veil for the love of traditions and opted for a soft pink almost fading into an ivory with colorful embroidery for the lehenga, and fused it all with a blush pink draped dupatta. Lindsay was ecstatic as these were colors and additions from her tradition. Hence the fusion of East meets West was an enormous success!
StylGroom – Miten Aghera
Then came the turn of our StylGroom to look for some dapper options. We had planned to go to a few men’s wear stores in Delhi, but as luck would have it, we found all things men at this multi-dimensional store ‘Launganis’ in South Ex.
For the groom, the task was to compliment the bride in every way. The Sangeet outfit had to be a deep blue, and we found a Blue Suede Bandhgala with textured self-pattern. To make it more versatile and to gain maximum wearability we opted for a steel grey dhoti pants and also a set of red violet shirt and matching trousers. The look was pulled together with a pocket square matching Lindsay’s fuchsia lehenga.
As for the Wedding Day, he fell in love with the Icy Blue sherwani with silvery and white thread embroidery, and we couldn’t be happier as that would weaved a pastel story for our bride and groom. Adding a similar colored stole from Lindsay’s outfit this outfit was also set in stone.
The Fam Jam – Styl Family
Baby Rohan’s outfits were just an extension of the fathers and classic ‘Mini-Me’ version!
The parents outfits also had us thinking in regards to the themes that now had taken shape with the bride and grooms outfits.
- Brides Father : For Spencer Hoopes with his coloration and height (6ft) we choose longer kurtas and gave him contrasting pyjamas. For the sangeet we chose a deep amber bandhgala with dhoti pants and for the wedding we chose a emerald green sherwani.
- Groom’s Father : For Sanat Aghera the tales were opposite with his height and coloration. hence we chose a navy blue short jacket with a chic nehru jacket bandi and a pocket square and for the wedding interwoven with the theme a ‘Pastel Blue’ sherwani that almost matched Miten’s.
- Mother of the Groom : Miten’s mother chose a beautiful benarasi saree from the legendary ‘Ushnak Mal’ and a similar teal from Lindsay’s veil saree from Asiana Couture.
Bride’s maids and Groom’s men were then easily entwined in the picture with interchanging color schemes. The girls wore Lindsay’s Veil colors, teal. We opted for ombre, as each of their colorations were different and we wouldn’t have done justice with just one color.
The Men took to the corals to paint a contrasting yet pretty picture. All this while everyone is shades and tints of pastels!
Upon Lindsay’s request of wedding favour boxes, Meha designed a custom made caricature for them. These went on to be on the cover of their wedding favor boxes. The content of which was then curated by our team in association with ‘Satva Jewels.
The box contained a bracelet, bindi packet, ittar and mehendi cone, a traditional mirror to woo the foreign guest. What’s more Meha designed a cute Do not Disturb signs (customised), luggage tags, bottle tags & a map of the castle where the festivities were to take place.
- Lindsay : Anita Dongre
- Miten, Miten’s Father, and Lindsay’s Father : Launganis.
- Miten’s Mother : Ushnak Mal
- Lindsay’s Outfit : Asiana Couture
- Miten’s Outfit : Launganis
- Jewelery : Purab Paschim
- Lindsay’s Father and Miten’ Father : Launganis
- Miten’s Mother : Asiana Couture.
- Bridesmaids : Reema Creations
- Bridesmaids Jewelery : Soranam by Sonia Malhotra
- Groomsmen : Launganis.
Lindsay wanted to wear a white gown to pay homage to her Christian heritage. Upon discussions she opted for a pristine white gown by Oscar de la Renta & an elegant veil by Carolina Herrera. Our Groom Miten was wearing a custom tuxedo by the Launganis.
Behind the Scenes!
So, this was the hustling part! Because the family was going to be in Ireland, we shipped all the packages directly there. From the outfits to the wedding favors, the handbags, even some decor pieces.
A Little Extra!
Sending traditions here from India was the fun part. Adornment for the horse and gujarati Antarpat that we got hand painted from Gujarat were sent for the wedding.
Being a part of this big & beautiful wedding was a privilege. Having had free reigns comes the onus of knowing and taking responsibility of your actions and outcome of your decisions. However, we are overwhelmed with the way the wedding panned out!
If you also want a wedding just like our StylBride’s, we are just a text away!
– Shivi Bhardwaj/Meha Bhargava