By: Garima Pal for Styl.inc
Four box-office top-earning Bollywood heroines tied the knot with their loves this past year. Here is a breakdown of each Bollywood bride’s looks and if you want more, follow the hashtags.
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Anushka Sharma & Virat Kohli
December 18, 2017
The Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli wedding took the world by storm as cricket and Bollywood came together in perfect union…in Tuscany, Italy…and we loved EVERY bit of it! One of the most talked about and loved detail was, obviously, Anushka’s outfits. Entirely curated by India’s favourite clothing designer, Sabyasachi, Anushka donned a total of 5 looks – all very different from one another.
The Mehndi: Minimal Boho
Anushka went for a boho look full of bright colours. Sabyasachi created a graphic lehenga in fuchsia pink and Indian orange. It was hand-printed in the famed Kolkata block print style and hand-embroidered with gota and marori work. She kept the look very simple with minimalistic makeup and long chandelier earrings.
The Engagement: Old School Movie Star
Anushka wore a Sabyasachi velvet saree in their signature Gulkand Burgundy. It was hand-embroidered using miniature pearls and the finest quality zardozi and marori, and paired with a stunning uncut diamond and pearl choker with matching stud earrings. The entire look was complemented with kohl-rimmed eyes, red roses, and the now iconic microdot bindi.
The Wedding: Whimsical Princess
Then came the big day, and Anushka decided to go for a simple, delicate and classic bridal look. There’s very little that can go wrong when you’re in a classic Sabyasachi lehenga, traditional Indian jewellery, and minimal makeup. Sabyasachi reiterated that no matter where you come from, what profession you’re in, every Indian bride succumbs to age-old traditions on her wedding day.
Delhi Reception: Red Indian Diva
For her first reception look, Anushka decided to wear a red Banarasi Sari. Paired with a red bindi, sindoor (vermilion), and mogra flowers in her hair just made the look more potent and powerful. She chose to wear heritage uncut diamond choker and jhumka earrings from the Sabyasachi Bridal Jewelry collection.
Mumbai Reception: Glamour Girl
Virat and Anushka made a stunning appearance in Sabyasachi and Raghavendra Rathore outfits, sending the paparazzi in a tizzy. Anushka looked resplendent in a sequinned smoky grey lehenga accessorized with exclusive hand-crafted jewellery, also designed by Sabyasachi – a brilliant neck-piece with rose cut diamonds, solitaires, briolettes and Japanese baroque pearls to go with one-piece stud earrings. Virat complimented her in an indigo velvet jodhpuri bandhgala with silk pants. His accessories included hand crafted vintage gold buttons.
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Sonam Kapoor & Anand Ahuja
May 8, 2018
The bubbly fashionista’s wedding was one of the most awaited weddings of 2018. Sonam Kapoor, who tied the knot with Delhi-based businessman Anand Ahuja in Mumbai, had invited the who’s who of the Indian Cinema Fraternity. Her fashion choices are jaw-dropping on any given day, and her wedding looks gave us life!
The Mehndi: Pretty in Peach
For the Mehndi function, Sonam chose a lilac, peach and ivory ensemble designed by Anuradha Vakil, a revivalist of textile crafts. It was made using an upcycled antique textile from Vakil’s personal collection, and enhanced with a border that belonged to the actor’s mother, Sunita Kapoor. Her makeup was minimal with sleek, straight locks.
The Sangeet: Ivory Elegance
Sonam donned a beautiful ivory chikankari lehenga designed by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. She wore her hair in a loose braid and accessorised it with a jasmine garland fixed in a criss-cross style all along the length of the braid, striking a major flower garland trend. Her magnificent neckpiece with white and gold dangling earrings, and maang tikka (hair jewellery) exuded traditional elegance. Her makeup was in natural tones with a touch of blush, light smokey eyes and soft pink lips.
The Wedding: Resplendent Red
Sonam opted to wear traditional red and picked a lehenga by Anuradha Vakil. The skirt woven with gold and silk yarn in Madhya Pradesh with resplendent lotus motifs interlaced using real gold and silver threads, and included a dupatta (scarf) with a thick embellished border. Her jewellery included an ornate multi-layered matha patti (hair jewellery). Her makeup look was once again all about youthfulness and freshness. Sonam eschewed the heavy, glamorous makeup look and instead opted for dewy skin, pink lips, light blush, and light eye makeup.
The Reception: Modern Maiden
Sonam pushed the fashion envelope in an edgy white and grey Anamika Khanna ensemble that was modern and comfortable. Paired with a white dupatta with a lovely golden border, the lehenga was an unusual choice because of the understated color combination, but of course Sonam made it work wonderfully! She wore her hair sleek and straight with a middle parting and amped up the glamour quotient with bright red lips.
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Deepika Padukone & Ranveer Singh
November 14, 2018
Here comes the bride with the maximum number of wedding festivities, her fashion choices still taking the internet by storm! From the romantic venue in Lake Como, Italy, to the way that Ranveer and Deepika looked at one another in almost every shot, this wedding definitely was one for the books, and not just because we are all still swooning over it – but because of all of the grand and daring looks.
The Mehndi: Of Pink & Pastel
At the Mehndi ceremony, Deepika was seen in a blush pink thread work kurta (shirt) which she teamed up with a dupatta of the same detailing and a red shawl. We loved this look of hers because of the subdued shades of pink seen through her outfit. She paired it with long earrings and a satlada (7-string pearl necklace).
The Konkoni Wedding
The perfect South Indian traditional bride, Deepika wore an elegant dull gold and red Kanjivaram silk saree paired with temple jewellery, a matha patti and layered necklace. She wore dreamy smoky eyes with heavy kohl, and her hair was in a sleek and traditional bun encircled with a fragrant mogra gajra (flowers).
The Sindhi Wedding
Deepika looked like the quintessential North Indian bride in a stunning red and gold Sabyasachi ensemble paired with polki jewellery also by the designer. Her dupatta caught our attention which had a Sanskrit quote ‘Sada Saubhagyavati Bhava’ inscribed with gold thread. The mantra means: may you always be lucky in marriage. A woman lucky in marriage refers to one whose husband is in good health and wealth. They both had customized Louboutin x Sabyasachi embroidered designer footwear.
The Bengaluru Reception
Their first reception was in Deepika’s hometown Bangalore, now officially called Bengaluru. She dressed in a stunning gold saree from the House of Angadi. She looked graceful and elegant with a stunning emerald choker layered along with a multi-chain pearl necklace. She completed the look by making a center-parted sleek bun lined with vermillion, kohled smoky eyes and orange lips.
Deepika wore this unconventional “new bride look” by Sabyasachi (called Frieda Kahlo on Acid) for the party which was hosted by Ranveer’s sister for the couple. With heavy smoky eyes and a floral headband and braid, she kept the look edgy, which honestly is one of the most experimental looks that we’ve ever seen on her.
This time Deepika went for an Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla ensemble. A pretty chikankari saree with a long gold dupatta with a train was fastened to her hair. Although the necklace seemed to be blending in with the outfit, it was her earrings that caught our attention in this look. Her makeup this time was nude with glossy eyes, lips and lots of highlighter.
Deepika looked oh-so-stunning in this custom-made Zuhair Murad gown which had a huge train. Her makeup was again the same: smokey eyes with nude lips – but for this look, she let her gorgeous hair down.
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Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas
December 1, 2018
Bollywood & Hollywood sweetheart Priyanka Chopra’s fusion union with beau Nick Jonas ended the year with a bang at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Rajasthan. Differences of culture and age didn’t deter them from celebrating their nuptials in a grand way, incorporating both of their religious and cultural beliefs. By far one of the most publicized events of the year, Priyanka’s fashion choices were gobbled up by fans on every continent.
The Mehndi: Timeless Tradition
Priyanka wore a fabulously folksy, multi-hued organdy ensemble designed by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. Inspired by their traditional vintage collection, she paired it with heirloom jewellery crafted by SABOO using rubies that were collected over generations.
The Christian Ceremony
Priyanka wore a stunning strapless column dress designed by Ralph Lauren himself. The dress featured a high-neck collar, scalloped sleeves, and satin-covered buttons. The embroidery included eight significant words and phrases selected by the bride, including Family, Hope, and Compassion, and included a piece of her now-mother-in-law Denise Jonas’s lace wedding dress from her 1985 wedding. Her tulle veil gave us major Princess goals being over 75ft long. She wore Chopard earrings featuring a 7.63-carat rose-cut pear-shaped diamond, a 6.42-carat rose-cut pear-shaped diamond and 2.86-carats of diamonds set in 18k ethical white gold. The bride also attached earrings to her veil that included 12.26-carats of diamonds set in 18k ethical white gold, all from the Haute Joaillerie Collection. Her makeup was refreshingly simple and her hair was loosely tied in a bun.
The Hindu Ceremony
Priyanka’s Sabyasachi red lehenga was elaborately embroidered top to bottom with organza flowers, French-knots, and layers of thread work done by 110 artisans, taking them 3,720 hours to make. She wore Mughal jewellery that featured uncut diamonds, emeralds, and Japanese cultured pearls in 22 karat gold all by Chopard. Her necklace was encrusted with 84.50-carats of pear-shaped diamonds set in 18k white gold, her earrings had pear-shaped diamonds totaling 6.07-carats, and her maang tikka included a 16-carat oval-shaped diamond drop.
Nick wore a hand quilted ivory Sherwani, matching chikankari stole & a tissue safa for the turban.
The Mumbai Reception
Priyanka wore blue lehenga from the shelves of Sabyasachi – she added such a cool twist to her traditional look by pairing it with a corset-style choli. She styled her hair in a bun and added just the right amount of glitter to her new-bride look with a heavy necklace and earrings.
Mumbai Reception Party
Priyanka wore this pastel coloured tulle lehenga by the designer duo Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. It was intricately embroidered in chiffon flowers and embellished with crystals. Her makeup was kept simple with pink tinted lips. She kept her signature hairdo in short waves and completed the whole look with matching earrings and a neckpiece to go with.
Delhi Reception Party
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi in attendance, Priyanka looked resplendent in a silver blush lehenga by Falguni & Shane Peacock while Nick complemented her in a blue velvet tuxedo. She wore her hair in a bun adorned with flowers. Priyanka’s Chopard ing features 3.90-carats of ashoka-cut diamonds with an east/west setting in platinum, while Jonas went with a 18-karat ethically-sourced yellow gold band.
And there you have it – all the glamourous inspiration you need for your upcoming wedding by our favourite Bollywood divas!
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