Calling all Bay Area brides. Planning and designing your dream wedding is one of the most desirable locations in Northern California is no easy task. Fear not, we have the answer to all of your wedding concerns. Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to Sania of Saba Decor. Based in the Bay Area. Sania nad her team are not be be overlooked when it comes to beautiful Indian weddings. Read on to meet Sania. You will be inspired.
Tell us about your business name: My business name has been in the family for years. It used to be my mothers company name, she owned a textile company in India when she moved to America, she decided to close it, therefore, I decided to carry the name. In short, it is also is my full name shortened, which is Sania Birla= SABA.
How did you get your start? I loved planning and designing my own wedding in 2013 and since then i always knew i wanted to get into the event industry. After being in Digital Marketing for couple of years for corporations and tech start ups, I realized it wasn’t my true passion. So, I decided at age 28, if not now then never and took a big leap of faith and started Saba Decor Rentals.
How long have you been a professional? 3 years
Where are you located? Do you travel? Fremont, CA. Yes, we do travel within the Bay Area, Napa, and Carmel/Monterey.
What type of rentals & Decor do you offer? We offer everything from chairs, tables, linens, chargers, napkins, backdrops, staging, lighting, dance floors to centerpieces. We have an in-house floral studio. Designed as a one-stop shop.
We specialize in South Asian Weddings, but produce all kinds of cultural affairs, from Nigerian to Arabic and more.
How do you provide education to your couple’s during the planning process? We believe in open communication through out the process. Our clients come to us for many consults in person and on site. We go though multiple designs and sketches before finalizing anything. We also provide mock tables, so they can see what their tablescape would look like and make any changes necessary.
What makes you different? We only produce one event per day. Our un-divided attention is provided to each of our couples. I myself personally am present throughout the process and on the day-of the event.Therefore, we guarantee our couples receive everything single item/design they chose with us. Its never handed-off to a new person. From start to finish, they work with the same designer.
List any accolades & awards: Knot- Best of Wedding 2018 & 2019
Do you want to offer prospective clients any advice on hiring a professional? Yes, a lot of times our couples tend to DIY or hand it off to their bridesmaid’s or family member without realizing the amount of work there is on the day-of.
We tell our couples, that they want a relaxing experience and shouldn’t have to worry about being the point person or be aware of the production piece of the wedding. We want their BIG day to be as seamless as possible. Therefore hiring a professional is key. I also share examples/experiences of brides who tend to DIY, so they understand its not realistic to do so.
Straight off the runway is Manish Malhotra’s newest collection “Contemporary Art” click on the link to view entire collection and purchase any of your favorite designs.
He started off his show with tones of whites and creams. There is a real sense of ease and femininity to the start of his collection. With fabrics that are light and have movement. We love the mix of western vibes with some of the looks and the party dresses perfect for a reception or after party.
Recently designer Rohit Bal presented his new collection at India fashion week in Mumbai. Lehngas with intricate handcrafted embroidery in deep tones of reds, blacks and golds perfect for fall and winter weddings and velvet jackets with gold embellishments for grooms to be were some of our favorite looks. He entitled his collection Breakthrough. “Breakthrough, in the words of Rohit Bal… “a charity for the prevention of underage girls being married off. A great cause and I feel privileged to be a part of it.”
Last year was the year of the soft pinks and pastels for wedding wear but ever since the weddings of Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra the traditional colors of red and gold have been back in a big way. The styled shoot from Prestige Kreations shows us just that.
Bridal Couture 2019 from Tarun Tahillani is out and we love not only the stylings of the bridal lenghas but of the groom as well. Read below as TT expresses his thoughts on his new Bloom Collection
“This #BLOOM bridal lehenga is one of our pièce de résistances”, says designer Tarun Tahiliani. “This resplendent lehenga is adorned with tiny french knots along with shaded marigolds in orange and myriad hues of yellow. This ensemble exudes magnificence with its tiny puffed sleeves, like the plumage of some exotic yet structured object of desire. This look is enhanced with an ombre veil like the sunset and a studded headset without a necklace.”
“I think a bride and groom should only coordinate outfits in terms of having complementing colours. Beyond that I find it a little contrived, and if nothing else, I think it is nice for a bride and groom to have a similar level of aesthetics. For instance, if a bride is heavily dressed and the groom is very simply dressed, it can still be nice as a reflection of their personalities” – Tarun Tahiliani
Photographer: @rohitingoa @rohitchawlaphotography
Talent: @dayanaerappa @rochekilian @_aaishwarya @kiyarasandhu
Location Courtesy: @umaidbhawanpalace
September is the month of fashion where all the top designers put their best foot forward and display what is new for the upcoming season. When we saw the new collection by Falguni Shane Peacock we were immediately obsessed with the soft earth tones of cremes, intricate beading and of course the feather details.
“25 years ago, the world woke up to a global phenomenon of beauty that was Aishwarya Rai and there was no question of going back to sleep because 25 years later she stuns the world even more with her arresting presence. And this is the unrivalled exquisiteness of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,” says Anaita Shroff Adajania, fashion director for Vogue India.
Photography by- Caleb & Gladys
Hair & Make up – Charlotte Willer / Peter Gray | Home Agency
All Jewellery – Hazoorilal by Sandeep Narang
Production – Area 1202
Stay Partner – The Pierre New York | A Taj Hotel
Direction & Styling – Nupur Mehta Puri For N2ROOT
Assistant – Ayesha Amin Nigam For N2ROOT
Clothing – Falguni Shane Peacock
The inspiration for the Tulum collection came into fruition when designer, Mani Jassal travelled to Tulum, Mexico in March with her now fiancé Hark. Little did she know that on this trip, she would have her fairy tale proposal, underneath the starry Tulum sky, and above the Tulum Jungle. It was the perfectly personalized and intimate and she just so happened to be wearing a new light weight linen outfit she had designed before the trip. This would be the first outfit that would be a part of the Tulum Collection. It was a digitally printed linen skirt with water coloured paintings of ranunculus flowers. The top is an asymmetrical one shoulder top with matching layers of linen flounce, making it the perfect about of feminine and flirty. It was the perfect Proposal Outfit.
The Tulum collection is a continuation of last season’s With Love collection. With Love was a love letter to Hark, and now this collection is inspired by her engagement. The collection takes inspiration from the eclectic and boho aesthetic of the city, the beautiful beaches, the tropical jungles, and the over all romantic feels the city gave.
The Tulum collection is an evening wear collection consisting of 40 looks. It is versatile , making it perfect for women to wear attending destination weddings, or just simply mixing and matching key pieces into their every day wardrobes. The collection is boho and eclectic, with hints of fairy tale. It consists of light weight fabrics such as linen, cottons and organzas. The colours are soft and earthy mirroring the colour tones in Tulum . Sage greens and blush pinks are colours that appear in almost all outfits, harmonizing the collection. Staying true the MANI JASSAL brand, the original bustier silhouettes are revamped with criss-cross details on necklines along with backless bikini tie closures. Matching duster, bustier and trouser sets have been introduced to the collections as options for pre wedding events or even just for a pool party in Miami. Mirror work is key in this collection as it has become signature.
Staying true to the personalized aspect of the collection, instead of previewing the collection at a fashion show this season, Mani decided to do a preview launch of the collection at her own engagement party to see her party CLICK HERE. She had her bridesmaids wear new Tulum pieces to show the collection on women in a real setting . It’s important to show the collection in a real context. While collections look beautiful on models walking down the runway, this was done to empower women of all sizes to wear the pieces.
The collection will be launching online at www.manijassal.com and on instagram @manikjassal. Women all over the world can shop the collection. The collection consists of ready to purchase pieces along with made to order pieces.
When a fashion designer becomes a bride-to-be herself, of course the most epic bridal wear piece would be designed for the collection. The perfect combination of eclectic and boho.
Staying true to the personalized aspect of Mani’s Tulum collection, instead of previewing the collection at a fashion show this season, Mani decided to do a preview launch of the collection at her own engagement party. She had her bridesmaids wear new Tulum pieces to show the collection on women in a real setting. It’s important to show the collection in a real context. While collections look beautiful on models walking down the runway, this was done to empower women of all sizes to wear the pieces.
The collection will be launching online at www.manijassal.com and on instagram @manikjassal. Women all over the world can shop the collection. Collection will be in available to purchase in store. The collection consists of ready to purchase pieces along with made to order pieces.
Planner: Chic Events by Sonia | Decor: Paras Events | Desserts: Wake and Bake by Simmy Jassal |Furnishing : Bois Et Cuir Yorkville and The Eastern Bazaar | Clothing: Mani Jassal | Make up and Hair: Aniya Nandy | DJ: DJ SP from Frequency DJ | DanceFLoor: Designer Dance Floor | Photo: Renata Kaveh | Video: Cineverse Films
Priya and Pavan’s destination Los Cabos wedding was a weekend full of fun and sun. Their guests were treated to a weekend get-away in the sunshine and bright blue seas of Mexico. We loved how they styled the mandap with the earth’s elements such as natural woods and florals. Their reception was in tones of blues, golds and whites to mirror the colors of the ocean.
With so many fusion weddings happening an Indian fashion photo shoot mixed with Western beauty made for some beautiful inspiration. We are loving the floral nose ring
They say that when two people are connected at the heart, it doesn’t matter what they do, who they are, or where they live, there are no boundaries or barriers; if two people are destined to be together, they will. Tina and Johann are an embodiment of such a connection. Their love was celebrated during their wedding events at Sherwood Country Club in Lake Sherwood, California. The lush green hills and majestic views of the Santa Monica Mountains provided the couple with a venue that astounded their guests. The wedding festivities began with a vibrant baraat procession led by an energetic dholi from Kumba Entertainment and a mobile DJ Omar Khan. The crowd danced through the procession, as our groom, Johann, entered in style on a golf cart, personalizing Tina’s family traditions. Following the baraat, the families and friends watched as Tina and Johann were married in a traditional Hindu ceremony, officiated by Saralaben Rajgor, in a beautiful mandap made of Roman white pillars adorned with pink and purple roses and drapery from Kumba Entertainment. The crowd enjoyed the union, as it was accompanied with a breathtaking view of the Santa Monica Mountains, reminding them that love can move mountains.
Following the wedding ceremony, the families and friends had an hour to freshen up and the Touch of Elegance team ensured that everything from vendors, accessories, guests and even the smallest of details, came together in a timely manner, to allow for a seamless transition to the reception. Oscar Naranja of Ziba Beauty, responsible for both of the bride’s breathtaking looks, helped her ditch her traditional bridal lengha for a sleek, classic look for the wedding reception. Manohar’s Delhi Palace provided savory Indian cuisine with a variety of spices and aromas, that guests enjoyed throughout the day. At the reception, in addition to tasting the delicious cuisine, guests witnessed unforgettable speeches and family performances, and all eyes were on the beautiful couple, as they danced the night away.
Venue: Sherwood Country Club | Florist: Kumba Entertainment | Planner: Touch of Elegance Events | Photography : Anza Foto and Film | Videographer : John Morgera | Hair/Makeup : Oscar Naranja of Ziba Beauty | Catering : Delhi Palace | DJ: Omar Khan | Cake: Lark Cake Shop
“Jaipur is a city that seduces with its charms and the crafts are thousands of years old. The Pink City is a living museum, a unique culture where modern living marries an ancient Indian way of life in the most captivating way. This collection represents the new era of 21st century regal living, with a traditional heart and contemporary finish.
Our fascination for this city is expressed through design. You will recognise the blush tones of a sunset in the Pink City or the rich whites and creams of the marble inlay that adorns its palaces; through embroidery, we see the peacocks, flowers and leaves that have thrived in the gardens of this green city since generations past. These motifs are as clearly represented in the architecture of the space. The collection is inspired by Jaipur’s exquisite architecture, with its unique blend of Rajputana and Mughal motifs, which include geometric shapes and floral patterns, showing a remarkable intermingling of cultures.
There’s perfect symmetry in the magical artwork of this Jaipur, be it in the miniature paintings that depict epic love stories between kings and queens, or in the life-sized wall murals seen in the inner chambers of royal palaces and Havelis. Their rich furnishings include opulent fabrics like velvet, with intricate embroidery, prints and dyes in exciting, unexpected colours.
There’s a romanticism in the air here, the promise of eternal love. In Jaipur, modernity has not entirely managed to erode the glory of a rich and vibrant heritage, a past filled with princesses and palaces, brave warriors and great loves from an era gone by. Walking through the streets of the city, one can believe the legends of great love stories like Dhola Maru, which have withstood the test of time and inspire us to fall in love all over again.” – Anita Dongre
The wedding day of Sneha AND Rajan was a three day mega celebration that the SJS team planned in just 4 months. With more than 100 vendors involved, this wedding was a show stopper. Sneha, the gorgeous bride, looked like a dream in a red, white and green traditional designer lehenga. While Sneha walked down the aisle with her uncles, Rajan made a classy entry for the baraat in a bright red Ferrari thru the city streets of New York.
Finally, the reception took place. The ballroom at The Plaza was transformed with eye-popping emerald green themed decor, delicious food, interactive desserts by our favorite Leopard and Pear, molecular cocktails, nitrogen ice cream and an amazing amazing cake by our dear friend Ron Ben Israel were some of the jaw dropping moments for all guests for the evening.
Ceremony Venue: The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel | Reception Venue: The Plaza Hotel| Photography: Clane Gessel International Wedding Studio | Cinematography: East West Production | Decor, Florals & Creative Design: Design House Decor | DJ: DJ Suhel | Ceremony Lighting: Frost Productions | Reception Sound and Lighting: Bentley Meeker | Caterer: Bukhara Grill | Baraat Band: Jina Brass Band from Jainsounds | Band: Hank Lane | Tabla Player/Dholi: Nihal Singh | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Flawless Beauty by Pauline | Bridesmaids/Family Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | Rentals: Luxe Event Rentals and HiTech Events | Printed Materials & Escort Cards: Emily Kathryn Paper | Caterer: Chef Gaurav Anand | Wedding Cake: Ron Ben-Israel | Mixologist: Hemant Pathak | Specialty Cocktails: The Grand Bevy | Interactive Desserts: Leopard & Pear | Nitrogen Frozen Desserts: 321Chillz | Planner & Creative Consultant: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants, LLC
Indian Destination Wedding LONG LASTING Peach Makeup Tutorial by Anchal MUA
Summer is here and destination weddings are all the rage this time of year. Follow along with Anchal MUA as she creates a versatile makeup look that will go with so many different outfits, great for a bride to be or a guest at a wedding. This tutorial will show you a look that lasts thru heat and humidity.
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Get In Touch With Anchal: email@example.com
CONTACT LENSES: Solotica Natural Ocre
JEWELLERY: Nargis Collections
MAC Strobe Cream – Gold lite
Revolution Pro Eyeshadow Base – Core
Dose of Colours Sassy Sienna Eyeshadow Palette
NYX Epik Ink Liner
Inglot Liquid Liner
MUFE Radiant Primer
Kevyn Aucoin SSE – SX11
MAC Prolongwear Waterproof Foundation – NC42
Jouer Foundation – Honey Beige
EX1 Invisiwear Foundation – 10
Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer – Medium Neutral
ABH Cream Contour Kit – Medium
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
MAC MSF – Medium Dark & Give Me Sun
L’oreal La Peach Blush
Iconic London Illuminator Drops – Original
Artist Couture x Jackie Aina – La Peach
Huda Beauty 3D highlight – Golden Sands
Zoeva Soft Kohl Liner
Buxom Big Tease Plumping Mascara
Lilly Lashes – Ash Kholm
NYX Lip Pencil – Los Angeles
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Cape Town
NYX Butter Gloss – Madeleine
Never before have we seen a double wedding. Videographer Avec Lumiere Productions
captured a same day edit for not one but two couples getting married in a double wedding off the coast of Southern California. With ocean views and sea breezes, this double wedding has put a big smile on our faces.
The news is out Louis Vuitton will curate a selection of bridal trunks at Vogue Wedding Show 2019. We are so excited to see that the designers from LV crafted trunks, bangle boxes, ring boxes just to name a few. If you are going to be in New Delhi the Vogue Wedding Show is going to be showcasing these items from August 2nd thru the 4th at Taj Palace, New Delhi.
The Malle Courrier is a monogram canvas trunk, with a hard case and plush interiors perfect for carrying your wedding lengha
The Boite Flacon beauty case is the perfect size for your bridal must have makeup
Lets not forget about the bangle box and ring box with the classic LV monogram
To get your hands on one (or all) of those iconic trunks, book an appointment at the Vogue Wedding Show by calling 18001039988
In Sabyasachi’s newest jewelry collection entitled “Dark Romantics” he has a collection of raw, ethnic pieces. Made out of hand-painted pieces of Indian miniature paintings, surrounded with uncut diamonds and pearls and layered with a hessonite and uncut diamond choker, dotted with tiger eyes.
“As a jeweller,” says Sabyasachi “I have an obsession for unpolished coral. Being a tactile person, their textures, fissures and imperfections translate to me, an unspoken tale of time. Paired with uncut diamonds and pearls, they can create unparalleled jewellery that has a refined baroque and pagan-rustic quality at the same time.”
For all jewellery related queries, kindly contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Video courtesy: Sabyasachi
Music Courtesy: Ivy Banerjee for the Sabyasachi Culture Foundation
Makeup and hair: @marianna_mukuchyan
Models: @eugeniya.whitee, @archanaakilkumar, @anjalisivaraman
Location: Sabyasachi’s home in Calcutta
“This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.” – Rumi
Professional photography is just one of those few aspects of a wedding that cannot be overlooked. We all understand it’s the one take away from the big day that cannot be replaced or recreated. Trust us, we know this first hand. With years of experience and a brand you can trust. We wanted to introduct our community to Regeti’s Photography. A husband and wife team based in Virginia and ready to take on the world. Read on to be inspired by a story that has a family history of wedding photography and a true understanding of love.
Company: Amy and Srinu Regeti of Regeti’s Photography
Tell us about your business name: We named our company with our last name because we felt it was essential to truly put our name on it if we believed and were so passionate about it and so we did. Often enough our clients believe it to be Italian until they meet Srinu, then the first question is “Did you take her last name?” then I often chime in telling them, “Perhaps not Italian, but certainly tall, dark and handsome.”
Where are you located? Do you travel? Virginia on the outskirts of Washington DC – We travel based on wherever our clients need for us to be.
How long have you been a professional photographer? We have been professionally shooting weddings and portraits since 2004.
How did you get your start? Oddly enough, Amy grew up with a father who photographed weddings but was not interested in pursuing it as a career path. After meeting Srinu in 1998 it was apparent that he had a keen interest and love for photography and at all times was in possession of some kind of camera, he had at the time recently registered in class to learn more on photography. But it was after their marriage and the birth of their second child that it was quickly realized in order to support Srinu’s hobby of photography and avoid it taking from the family he was going to have to perhaps earn some money from it in the process if he wanted to pursue gear any further. Amy, at the time that they met and married was working as a nurse with Hospice but became a stay at home parent while Srinu had continued working full-time as a Software Engineer. It was offered that Srinu could shoot along another photographer assisting and he jumped on it, this began the start of Regeti’s Photography as many of those bride’s bridesmaids began to request Srinu to shoot their weddings and since at the time Srinu was not assisting for payment rather than experience it was decided that they would start their own wedding photography business as a side job. It was quickly learned after booking 35 weddings the first year and 60 our next that this was more than a part-time gig! It was in 2006 they went all in full-time and as a husband and wife photographic team and started to cover all events together, after shooting almost 2 years of mostly church weddings it was then that they photographed their first Indian wedding in which propelled their business into predominately South Asian weddings and events and since have never looked back!
What makes a great wedding photo? This question has a different answer when asked to each of us because what we both see the beauty in is so different. Srinu would respond with quite the technical approach with the perfect camera settings and the ideal lighting condition with the perfection of posing, whereas for myself I would reply stating it is all in the moment – the capture may not have to be perfect but if the moment is right and you are able to isolate and freeze that moment to convey the scene in which it tells the most compelling story that is what makes a great wedding photo. While no answer is obviously wrong, we learned that very early on, and it is the true reason we shoot all of our weddings together as a team with two perspectives at all times because most of our clientele desire the best of both worlds.
Describe your photography style in three words: Blend of Portrait and Photojournalism
What’s in your camera bag right now, 2019?
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 1DX Mark ii
Canon & Nikon Flashes
Flash triggers etc.
Accolades & awards: Our images have graced the content of wedding industry publications such as; InStyle Weddings (Grace Ormonde), theKnot!, WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Virginia Living, Modern Bride, Style Me Pretty, Engaged! Magazine, Maharani Weddings, South Asian Bride Magazine along with several international publications both in Europe and Asia. As speakers, we have had the pleasure of speaking amongst our peers at conventions such as; WPPI and DWF. As educators within our industry we have had the distinct honor of being featured on TLC’s say YES to the DRESS, Nightline ABC, interviewed and published within industry-specific publications such as; Rangefinder Magazine, Image Makers, SWPPA and in multiple book publications through Amherst Media. We are award winning photographers within ILEA (formerly known as – International Special Events Society) and the WPJA.
Do you want to offer prospective clients any advice on hiring a wedding photographer? As you search for the perfect wedding photographer, it is always great to keep in mind that you can purchase products at a later time. So if the photographer you have your heart set on is a bit over the budget, you were hoping to be within considered perhaps purchasing your album or prints at a later date.
What makes you different? What we feel makes us different is our ability to really understand the culture of South Asian weddings and affairs. Srinu being born and raised in India with his parents still living in India keeps us reminded of how important it is to respect and preserve the culture while understanding the struggle with our own children to allow them to express themselves while still honoring that very culture with the added fact that Amy was born and raised here in the United States with a typical relaxed American upbringing has allowed us to truly relate to the struggle our clients often have to see themselves represented within their images but also to respect those things that mean the most to their parents – such as; portraits, symbolic aspects.
Richa and Divesh’s wedding was in tones of light purples and soft creamy whites. Instead of the traditional mandap Richa wanted something outside of the box so with the help of the team at Shawna Yamamoto and Co they came up with the idea of an open tent like mandap in a soft purple tone. Their tent like mandap was covered in exotic flowers with garlands to match.
Mandap tip – when deciding on your mandap design don’t be afraid to take a less conventional look to the design or even color of your mandap.
Our wedding was nothing short of incredible! It was a dream come true, not only because of our union and a long time coming but because of the beautiful fusion of both of our cultures and seeing so much happiness and love in our parents and all of our family members’ eyes! Our wedding extravaganza lasted 4 days with 7 events among 5 venues and over 30+ vendors. Check out our first day of events by CLICKING HERE.
We had traditional Indian festivities where we started the pre-wedding ceremony from my home, had a colorful and bright henna night, and a beautiful luxurious Indian wedding and reception at The Pierre in New York City, with a Central Park Baraat as the highlight! We also celebrated Mexican style with a timeless Catholic Ceremony in Oscar’s hometown church, a fiesta-filled Mexican Sangeet, a live mariachi band, a 16-piece Mexican Banda, home-cooked Authentic Oaxacan food by Oscar himself, and custom favors designed and hand-woven by Oscar’s family back in Mexico! The wedding concept and vision was planned by me and along with the help of our wedding planner, Urvashi Mishra of Electric Karma, we were able to execute flawlessly. All our friends, family and vendors worked so hard to make our wedding an absolute dream come true and we couldn’t be more grateful to each and every one of them!
Venue: The Pierre, A Taj Hotel | Couples Attire: Anita Dongre | Catholic White Gown: Pronovias | Sangeet: Shyamal Bhumika | Hindu Wedding: Sabyasachi | Reception: Tarun Tahiliani | Florist: Ovando | Planner: Urvashi Mishra – Electric Karma East Coast | Photography : Ivash Photography | Videographer: Joseph Minasi Studios | Hair/Makeup: Style by Susmita | Catering: The Pierre Hotel & Sukhadia Caterers | DJ or Live Music: DJ Suhel & Reception Live Band Hank Lane Productions | Cake or Desserts: Ron Ben Israel – RBI Cakes | Henna Artist : Henna for All NY