Asia’s biggest fashion event, Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 kicked off yesterday..and I fell in love with Paras & Shalini ’s work at first sight!
A few weeks ago, we were thrilled to host the San Francisco launch of SouthAsian Bride Magazine’s coffee table book, Wedding Inspirations 2012 at Jade Studio Productions‘ fabulous studio location in Treasure Island. The book is a beautiful and in-depth collection of stunning work by brilliant event coordinators, designers, florists, photographers, lighting specialists and other vendors who make each and every wedding so unique and special. Not only did a few images of our work make it in there, but our styled shoot made it to the prestigious cover!
Working with a talented team of vendors, we designed the venue with a deep, romantic ambience for Northern California’s finest wedding industry members to gather and celebrate South Asian wedding style wrapped up into one beautiful book. Guests walked in to a beautifully lit front facade and interior by Avenue Illumination, then greeted with champagne and mesmerizing music by DJ Happy Grewal of Wicked Entertainment. Our cover model Camille graced us with her presence, looking extra stunning thanks to Valerie Yager, Kristina Rink Piccardo, Babita Amar and Neeta Desai Sharma, and wearing a gorgeous dress and stunning jewels by Dhillon & Co.
From there guests indulged in some delicious passed hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Wine Valley Catering and New Delhi Restaurant and got their cinematic style shots from Philippe Lee of Jade Studio Productions. Celebrations Party Rentals sponsored the use of props and furniture, The Oasis Bar & Grill graciously hosted a complimentary bar the entire evening while Winery SF hosted a delicious wine bar for everyone to indulge in before dancing the night away!
We partied with new and old friends, met a lot of wonderful people that night, but the highlight of the evening was meeting Sadaf Kherani, the book’s editor and getting to play a small part in sharing this book with future brides to use for all it’s daydreaming and planning potential!
Venue: JSP Studios, Treasure Island
Photography: Jade Studio Productions
Event Design, production, staffing, props and florals: Anais Events
Lighting, drapery and props: Avenue Illumination
Music & entertainment: Wicked Entertainment
Furniture Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals
Hosted Bar: The Oasis Bar & Grill
Wine Bar: The Winery SF
Catering: Wine Valley Catering
Catering: New Delhi Restaurant
Model: Camille Toussaint
Model’s clothes and jewelry: Dhillon&Co.
Model’s makeup: Valerie Yager, Josephine Beauty
Model’s hair: Kristina Rink Piccardo, Joy Blossom Makeup & Artistry
Model’s henna, guest henna: Neeta Desai Sharma, Mehndi Designer
Model’s styling, guest henna: Babita Amar, Henna Times
Day-of assistance: Tejel Patel, Ambiance by Tejel
Tina is a livewire. Alex is quiet and reserved. Together, they sparked a summer day at a unique estate nestled in the rolling hills of Mount Saint Diablo State Park. Accented with glorious DIY eye-candy from the bride, this outdoor hindu ceremony and ensuing pool-side celebration was a perfect reflection of this modern cross-cultural couple – understated, hip and irresistibly fun!
Here are the amazing vendors we had the pleasure of working with!
Photography: Jasmine Wang Photography
Event Planning & Design, Stationery: Anais Events
Venue: The Thomas Estate
Priest: Pandit Nilesh Pandya
Cakes: Flour Chylde Bakery
Catering: Amber India San Francisco
Music: DJ Mandeep Singh, Absolute Vibez
Lighting: Avenue Illumination
Transportation: Polly Martini Limousine
Hair & Make-up: Julianne Chai
Henna: Neeta Sharma
Favors & Personal Flowers: The Bride herself!
and a special thank you to South Asian Bride Magazine for featuring this stunning wedding! To see the feature, click HERE…
Quite easily one of my favorite weddings to date – plus an amazing client and dreamy images to top it off! Be sure to check out the full feature of this gorgeous wedding on The Wedding Chicks!
Photography: Christina Diane Weddings; Event Design, all flowers & stationery: Anais Events; Venue: Hotel Monaco, San Francisco; Makeup & Hair: Le’Burget Salon; Cake: Cake Work; Bride and bridesmaid dresses: Priscilla of Boston; Groom’s Attire: Jos A Bank; Officiant: Ian Knight; Reception dress: vintage; Bridesmaid shoes: Steve Madden; Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka; Bride’s headpiece & bracelet: Lucia Bella; Bride’s necklace: The Crystal Rose; Lace bolero: Alex Bridal on Etsy; Bridesmaid jewelry: HSN; Bridesmaid Flower Hair Piece: Miss Nancy; Favor Jars: Navy and Lavender; Favor tag Jars: Amaretto.
Inspired by the ‘Zenana’ women, these dresses brought alive the glory of the old Awadh and Lukhnowi gharana! The gossamer thin silks, muted richness of layered gold brocades, tiny ‘ghungroos’ along the hemlines…all spoke of a time where the art of seduction was all about roving eyes and dancing feet. The Begum of Pataudi, erstwhile Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore looked truly lovely!
This one image by Karen Wise perfectly captures pre-wedding bridal lassitude admist all that magic of wedding festivities. It’s pinned on my wall and never fails to inspire or rejuvinate me as a designer and planner!!