We loved the soft tones of the dreamy desert wedding in Arizona of Mansi and Atul. Their off white / creme colored wedding outfits took our breath away. It went perfectly with the natural surroundings of the Arizona mountains and desert. Their mandap also had natural elements to it. The posts of the mandap were made of natural wooden beams and the florals were in tones of light pinks and whites. The perfect amount of flowers were added to their mandap as not to take away from the beauty of the surroundings.
Pro tip – when planing your destination wedding remember to incorporate decor that matches the natural elements of where you will be getting married.
We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times.
In light of everything that has happened within the last couple of weeks we, along with Kis Cubed Events, Vermilion Weddings, Indian Weddings Buzz and KI Weddings, wanted to put together a webinar to help with everyones questions and concerns about what to do now that everything has been put on hold.
Below is a recap of the 1st of many Zoom webinars we are producing entitled, “Surviving the Unknown”. In this webinar we offer advice on how to face the challenge of contract language with an expert in contract law. We also discussed how other vendors are handling postponements and cancellations, a topic that faces all wedding vendors right now. So feel free to watch our webinar in the video below and we hope you gain some insight and inspiration for your own wedding business.
Keep in mind these webinars will be held every Monday at 11:00 a.m. PST or 2 p.m.
Moderator: Gene Higa – cofounder – Mandala Weddings Magazine and Blog
Hassan – Indian Wedding Buzz – Canada
Nirjary M. Desai – KIS Cubed Events – Wedding Planner, Atlanta Georgia
Minoti Mehta – Vermilion Weddings & Events – Wedding Planner, San Francisco Bay Area
Jignasa Patel – K.I. Weddings – Wedding Planner, Dallas Texas
Vik Chaudhry – VC Law Group, LLP – Contract Lawyer, San Diego (858) 519-7333
If you would like us to cover any specific ideas, please let us know. Thank you.
We hear you loud and clear. This is a time like no other. As event professionals, it’s essential to know that we can all come together.
With the outbreak of Covid-19, many businesses in the wedding industry have been affected. We are all feeling the impact of cancelations and postponements of events, with no end in sight.
So, let’s do what we do best and create an event. Mandala Weddings is teaming up with KIS Cubed Events (Atlanta, GA.), Vermilion Weddings (SF Bay Area), and KI Weddings (Dallas, TX.), seasoned Indian wedding industry experts to create a webinar series for you to understand, discuss and help one another. This will be a positive conversation with tips and tricks to share openly to help you grow during this time.
WHEN: Mar 23, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Honestly, anything goes for a “Valentines Day” makeup look. You’ll see Red lips, Shades of pink, Smokey eyes, nude skin and everything under the sun. It can honestly be anything YOU want.
However, when in doubt, (or short on time) throw on a red or pink lip. This is an instant way to go from “every day”, to “V-Day ready”.
If you already have a “go-to” red or pink lip go a step further and add a smokey eye
For Ritcha’s makeup look, I created a soft smokey eye with a matte bold pink lip. Then used the “6 step smokey eye” guide to bump up her look from day to night.
Look 1 breakdown:
Glossier cloud paint in Puff & Haze
NARS smudge-proof eyeshadow base
NARS single eyeshadow in Talum
Too Faced Better than sex mascara
NARS power matte lipstick in Save the Queen
MAC Kohl liner in Costa Riche
Colorpop eyeshadow “Deep Dive”
NARS single eyeshadow in Coconut Grove
Your options are limitless when it comes to lips. From Color to formula there IS something out there that will work for you. You just have to find it.
When looking for a lip, try narrowing down your selection by asking yourself what you prefer.
Do you like:
Comfortable to wear?
Lipsticks come in all shapes and forms, it takes trying them to know if it works for you.
Pro tip- you can make any lip matte with a little translucent loose powder. (My favorite is by Laura Mercier)
It was in the Fall of 2015, Monique had just begun medical school at UC Davis and Amar was working in the bay area as an HR Manager. They texted for 3 months before Amar asked to meet up in person. It was early January when we had our first date in Walnut Creek at a brewery. We spent the whole evening laughing and it wasn’t awkward at all. Monique was impressed by his chivalry: opening doors, walking her to her car, and opening the door of the car for her. 20 minutes after saying goodbye, Amar texted Monique and they texted the rest of the night.
The second time we met, Amar came to Sacramento and met many of Monique’s friends. They went out and Amar witnessed Monique’s terrible dancing. Instead of judging me, he laughed and joined in. We were always laughing and smiling, never holding back our true selves. Amar continued to visit, never making Monique drive to the bay area so she would have time to study before seeing him. He was so supportive of her career, always willing to bring coffee, help study, provide food, and offer a listening ear when Monique stressed around exams. The two continued dating before Amar proposed in the Winter of 2017.
After meeting each other’s families, Amar began to look at rings in April 2018. At a Christmas party, he asked her parents for permission to propose to their daughter. They approved and Monique is still shocked that her family was able to keep the secret. Amar then asked Monique to come to Yosemite with him Dec 16 as a birthday trip for him given his birthday was Dec 24. Monique agreed and they drove up to Tenaya lodge. Upon arriving, Amar left Monique in the lobby to speak with one of the employees regarding his proposal. He then returned and checked in, Monique patiently waited suspecting nothing. Amar then walked her back to the car and they drove down to the private cottages, Monique was shocked Amar did this and didn’t know why.
In the morning, Amar told Monique that he wanted to go up to Yosemite and take pictures. He asked Monique to dress a little nicer for the photos. She wore leggings, a vest, and hiking boots while Amar wore a nice polo sweater, jeans, and dress shoes. Again, Monique didn’t question it. As they entered the park, Amar drove around the park looking for a specific spot. Monique became inpatient and told Amar to just park so they could walk around. Amar then saw the valley he had planned to propose in and agreed to park. They first walked to Bridal Veil falls, where Amar told Monique the myth that if you get hit by the waterfalls mist it increased your chances of getting married. They then moved on to the Valley, Amar carrying a backpack the entire time. Upon entering the center of Yosemite Valley, Amar asked Monique to stop in front of the mountains while he set up the camera. He then asked her to close her eyes because he had a surprise. She still suspected nothing and obliged. He then began to blindfold her and finally Monique began to realize something was happening. She then felt something on her feet and could hear Amar walking around her in a circle. He then took off the blindfold, kissed her cheek, and began to tell her how much he loved her. Monique stood in shock surrounded by rose petals and her future husband before her. He then got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. She said yes and gasped at the ring she always dreamed of. They then began to hug and neither could stop smiling. They then returned to Fresno to Monique’s parents’ home to be greeted by more flowers and family waiting to congratulate the newly engaged couple.
DJ: Wicked Ent | Florist: Ceremony- Kathy Burke Design | Reception- Anaïs Events |Makeup: Megan Naik | Hair: Hair by Shak | Mehndi: Mehndi Designer | Photography and Videography: Wedding Documentary | Planning. Custom Linens and Custom Hexagon Stage: Anaïs Events | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | Ceremony – The Caruthers Gurdwara | Reception – City View Metreon SF
Tejal and Jay held their wedding in the city of Philadelphia where their rooms overlooked the beautiful downtown city buildings. Jay’s baraat was held thru the city streets of Philadelphia where all of his friends and family danced thru the downtown area. Tejal did not want to miss out on the fun so she joined in the dancing of Jay’s baraat. Tejal and Jay got married underneath a forest inspired mandap where the back of the mandap was covered in elegant tree trunks and greenery at the top creating the sense of being in a wooded area. For their reception they had huge palm leaves gracing their tables and their main stage area. It was beautifully accented by hundreds of white candles.
Photography: Shanti Weddings, Venues: Crystal Tea Room, Lowes Philadelphia, Planner: Tum Hi Ho Events, Decor: Partyland Sajawat, Makeup: Robin Lynette, Hair: Up Your Do, Catering: Chand Palace, DJ: Luxe Entertainment, Video: Studio Nine
The real wedding of Radha and Samir captured by the photographers at Shanti Weddings. Radha and Samir started their day getting ready with a beautiful ocean view of Fort Lauderdale. Samir made his grand entrance to his baraat in a convertible BMW sports car. Once inside their wedding their mandap was decorated with red, white and pink roses accented with greenery. White roses and lush greenery were carried thru their reception decor. They ended their night dancing to the beat of a dhol drummer on the dance floor.
From lips to hands, everyone is suffering from these dry winter days. Internally and topically, we are in need of more hydration!
Dry skin is extremely common during winter. As the humidity drops and the air is cold and dry, the water in your skin evaporates at a faster rate. This then makes your skin feel tight and can look flaky. It’s hard to make dry skin look good in any situation.
Loss of water in skin is the true culprit to aging.
Here are a few do’s & don’ts to get your skin looking fresh and dewy through the winter months.
Do switch to a Milk Cleanser.
Switch out your foaming/cream cleanser for a gentle milk cleanser, especially for the winter.
Milk cleanser is great for all skin types, removing dirt, oil and makeup from the skin without stripping it of it’s hydration.
Pro tip* always use milk cleanser dry (without water) until it has been fully massaged into the skin. Follow by rinsing with water, then non-alcoholic toner. Toner will help remove any remaining cleanser left over on the skin.
Do use lip balm morning and night
New underground favorite is LANOLIN! The most universal lip product to cure dry, chapped lips. ANNND, Amazon has a great deal on Lanolin that are perfect for travel and on the go. They come in 3 small mini tubes that will last you months.
Moisturizer acts like a barrier for your skin and protects it from loosing hydration.
IT cosmetics has a great creamy moisturizer that also works great with makeup.
Apply moisturizer within 10 minutes of starting your makeup. If you are unable to cleanse right before applying moisturizer, spritz your skin with water prior to applying your skincare.
Don’t use Retin-A on your skin during the winter months (or at least not every day). As much as I love Retin-A for all it’s benefits. It can cause additional peeling, flakiness, redness and photosensitivity to the skin.
Do use a night cream. Night creams should be used every night, all year long, and should be apart of your skincare non-negotiables. It’s the #1 product to deliver water topically to your skin while you sleep. Whereas day moisturizer locks and seals that hydration in. Drinking water helps too, but your skin is the last place water will actually reach, which is why it’s important to apply topically.
Don’t take extra hot showers. That may be difficult since it’s cold outside, but hot water will dehydrate you. Especially when washing your face! Try using lukewarm water or keeping your hot showers to a minimum and off your face.
Do exfoliate once to twice per week. This will help remove dry, dead skin cells from the surface and create brightness within the skin. (2-3x per week in the summer)
Don’t use powder makeup products on dry skin. Powder will emphasize the dryness in your skin. Try using a tinted moisturizer to help your skin look dewy and natural.
Do Use a hydrating face mask. You can find face masks almost everywhere nowadays but one of the best kept secrets for facial masks is…
LEMON YOGURT! Grab any plain lemon yogurt and use as a face mask. The key ingredient to all truly hydrating skin care is ALPHA-HYDROXY ACIDS and lemon yogurt is FILLED with it. It has lactic acid to keep your skin soft, citric acid to help exfoliate AND acidophilus which kills bacteria on the skin.
Don’t use products with alcohol in them and limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol will dehydrate you internally and externally. Technically every 1 oz. of hard alcohol you drink you loose 2.5 glasses (20 oz.) of water.
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Neeta Karani and David Eisinger destination wedding
Exotic jungles, crystal clear cenotes and ancient Mayan ruins added to the beauty and excitement of Neeta and David’s beautiful four day fusion wedding in Mexico. Joseph Minasi Studios has delivered an incredible destination wedding film making us want to pack our bags and bathing suits for Mexico.
We wanted a video as unique as our love story, says bride Shwetha. As photographers and content creators ourselves (@croissantsandcaviar), we wanted our wedding video to be raw and fun at the same time. Above all, we wanted everyone to relive the laughs, love, and excitement from the wedding events.
Multiple venues, outfits, and a four day wedding later, this video was more beautiful than we ever thought possible. Skylar and his incredibly talented team at Skypoint Productions brought our vision to life. This same-day edit was shown at our reception.
DJ: Hyper Productions DJs | Hair/Makeup: Makiaj | Henna Artist: Henna by Purvi | Photography: International Wedding Photography | Planner: True Elegance Events | Rentals: Prim Rentals | Venue: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale | Videographer: Skypoint Productions
Fayeza and Zayeem met on an online dating app called Dil Mil in the summer of 2016, she lived in Atlanta and he lived in Las Vegas at the time.
Zayeem was spending the month of April completing a rotation in Atlanta and during this time, he arranged for their proposal in Piedmont Park, where they had one of their first dates. Zayeem secretly convinced numerous family and friends to fly into town that weekend. He told Fayeza that they were going to Park Tavern for a work social for his office. Instead, they arrived ‘early’ and he wanted to take a walk around the park. He then proposed by the lake and a photographer was on site. They were supposed to go to her cousins house later that evening for dinner and when they arrived, were greeted with all their family and friends who flew from all over the country.
Their main goal for their wedding was to spend as much time with their family and friends and not be ‘hidden’ like most couples. And they definitely did that! They spent most of their time at their first event hanging out with all their friends and family who flew from all over the world to celebrate them. Their first look was very special, especially since they spent so much time designing their clothes and doing make-up trials. Their time spent at the mandap was even more special since Fayeza’s father officiated their marriage and kept it rather short and sweet, just like they wanted. Their wedding was also really special because they got all the vendors they wanted and since Fayeza is a wedding planner she had worked with so many of them in the past that it was nice to finally be the bride and not a planner/coordinator for the weekend!
Couples Attire: Image Boutique Shop by Surinder Bedi | Cake: Johnsons Cakes located in Wellington | Catering: Madras Catering Florida | DJ: DJ Sangeen | Dhol Player: Pritul Patel | Florist: Suhaag Garden | Hair/Makeup: Wedding Day – Eyebrow Threading (iBrow Studio) Sumaiya Waheed and Mehndi Day – Beauty by Z (Zubaira Nazir) | Henna Artist: Illusion Mehndi and More | Photography: Gaciel Santana Photography | Planner: Envi Event Planning | Rentals: Suhaag Garden | Venue: West Palm Beach Marriott | Videographer: Riant Films
Inspiration for decor can come from anywhere. It can come from your favorite color to your favorite place to visit while on vacation. This surreal decor planned by Exquisite Events was inspired by the artist Salvador Dali.
The evening was a true treat for all senses with guests being entertained from beginning to end. Two long tables were placed in the most regal dining room that fit the theme at the California Club. Guests were treated to a three course meal with each course being brought out by servers in unison wearing costumes matching the theme of each course. In between courses entertainers performed while the content on the LED walls as well as the lighting would change to match the performance. One of our favorite details of the evening were the larger than life gold frames adorned with red roses. It was a true dinner and a show, magical and surreal experience!
We fell in love with the timeless elegance of Sanjana and Amri’s destination wedding in Bali. Every last detail was thought of from the entertainment at the reception to the bridal entrance under an umbrella of florals. Yes yes yes to it all as it was beautifully captured by DotDusk Studios
They started off their wedding weekend with a sangeet that lasted thru the night with the backdrop of an LCD stage that memorized their guests
Want a fresh new way to glam it up for the Fall/Winter wedding season check out this video from Social Media Influencer Nabela where she shows us how to use many of her favorite products and look like a glam boss babe
Credits Content: Nabella
Songs Content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEickjZj99-JJIU8_IJ7J-Q
“It’s a celebration when two souls come together in nuptial union and words fall short when describing the deep endearing quality of this bond. Shruti and Jai are the perfect personification of such eternal love.
Their unique wedding journey started in the beautiful vineyards of Stellenbosch, South Africa. This location helped to set the wedding apart from many other Indian weddings. The pre-wedding shoot was an experience of a lifetime in itself. With temperatures close to freezing point, the daring couple oozed passion at a windy beach in Cape Town.” – DotDusk
Video: DOTDUSK | Wedding Planners: Just Jack Weddings and Events | MUA: Shruti Sharma (Bride herself) | Hair: Vogue Hair Design | Location: MolenVliet Vineyards, Stellenbosch, South Africa | Outfits: Abhishek Sharma, Prathyusha Garimella
Swati and Roshan’s Portugal Wedding by Pacific Pictures
Video: Pacific Pictures | Venue: Penha Longa Resort | Planning: Vaishali Deshpande | Coordination: Mayuri Shantilal | Decor: Elegant Affairs | Design: Vikram Panicker | Makeup & Styling: Susmita Patel | Outfits: Pleats & Petals | Photo: Latelier Lumiere | Entertainment: DJ Shilpa
If you have ever been to a Sabyasachi store you know that it is an immersive experience from the time you take your first step inside. If you happen to be in India doing your wedding shopping be one of the first people to experience his new shop in Mumbai.
The Sabyasachi flagship jewellery store, opening on 22nd October, 2019 at Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee will be available for private jewellery appointments in the Mumbai flagship jewellery store between 22nd October and 26th October, 2019.
For appointments, please call:
+91 22 2204 4775 / 78 / 64
Or, email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographer: Errikos Andreou @errikosandreouphoto | Makeup: @marianna_mukuchyan | Hair: @florianhurel | Model: @priyadarshini.96 @archanaakilkumar, @anujchoudhryfc | Location Courtesy: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur @theoberoiudaivilas
Central California is known for its rolling hills as far as the eye can see and its wineries. Sapna and Sachin, living in the city of Los Angeles wanted to have a destination wedding, they visited many places in California but ended up falling in love with San Louis Obispo. They held their destination wedding at Green Gate Ranch a venue that had everything they wanted, the rolling hills, a large lawn surrounded by water, a cute rustic barn for their reception and of course a winery on site.
Venue – Green Gate Ranch | Planning – Wild Heart Events | Flowers – Idlewild Floral | Beauty – Oscar Makeup | Photo – Braja Mandala | Clothing – Sabyasachi | DJ – 3D Sounds | Rentals – Bright Event Rentals | Design – Bella Vista Design
Vijay, being a lawyer from Chile and Pirtya who is a doctor specializing in psychiatry from New York met in Canada. After multiple trips to New York Vijay knew Pirtya was the one. Being a whole continent apart, everyone close to them still doesn’t know how these two came to be. Vijay would come to New York to visit Pirtya every 15-20 days for 2 years…talk about dedication. Pirtya describes it as being at the right place, at the right time. It was destiny. Their whole love story is based on the theme of international love, and so was their wedding.
He proposed to her in Singapore (yet another international destination). It only made sense that they choose another international destination for their wedding, so they chose the beautiful and sunny Barcelona, Spain where guests came from all over the world.
Venue – Fairmont Barcelona Spain | Planning – Amore Weddings | Photo and Cinema – The Wedding Story | Ceremony and Reception Clothing – Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi and Gaurav Gupta