Senior Wedding Writer
If you’re a bride-to-be or a newly married girl, then you know how difficult it is to pick a make-up look and artist for your big day. You want to look your gorgeous best and do all it takes to make that happen. But what if we told you that this bride went make-up free (almost!) and all it took was 20 minutes for her to get ready?! Meet Avantika, a bride who did not hire a wedding make-up artist and looked nothing less than stunning. Captured by Tuhina Chopra Photoworks, her wedding pictures are super pretty and we know you will love them just as much as we did!
Aditya and Avantika grew up together in the same neighbourhood, became friends, fell in love and then finally decided to take the plunge. Over to Avantika now...
“Planning a wedding is time-consuming and can also be emotional and stressful for everyone involved, but it doesn’t have to be. To help alleviate the obvious pre-wedding stress, I started seven months prior to the D-day. The motive was simple - I wanted to cherish my time as a to-be-bride with my close ones, relax and look my best for the functions, I wanted the calmness to show on my face. All this happened only by organising my workload. I created my very own bridal planner, prioritised deadlines, organized my tasks and finished all the work a month before the wedding.
My vision for the wedding was to keep it elegant and to be involved in each and every detail to the T because I wanted to curate a unique wedding experience for everyone. This was the right time to showcase my creative side where I could bring to reality what I envisioned my wedding would be like. My personality was the mirror to the elegant and classy elements and designs that created a beautiful environment.
I love simplicity and wanted a clean and minimalist look for all functions. I did not wish to wear too much jewellery or accessories like the mathapatti since it has been done to death. I understand that many brides spend a lot of money to look their best, which is what the day is all about. But, for me, I just had a handy eye-liner and my lipstick to complete my bridal look.
The groom suggested I wear a golden and ivory lehnga for the wedding as opposed to the bright colours usually worn by many brides and that’s how I zeroed in on the Anita Dongre lehenga. My style is elegant and traditional mixed into one. I am an avid believer in traditional designs and I like things that never go out of fashion.
A well-crafted gota patti lehenga, zardosi sharara, hand-painted Rajasthani lehenga choli are pieces I consider as good as heirlooms.
I don’t wear make-up because I don’t want to promote the idea of having to wear unnecessary amounts of make-up to look beautiful. I didn’t hire an artist despite my photographer trying multiple ways to convince me!
I took immense care of my skin and kept it hydrated. My friend applied eyeliner and lipstick and in just 20 minutes, I was ready to walk the aisle.
I was my own wedding planner since I have a limitation of being obsessive and micro-managing everything. I wanted my guests to experience the wedding my way, hence, I made extra efforts to hand pick everything that was a part of my big day. Everything was executed the way I planned it. From my trousseau to décor, food menu and gift hampers; I worked on every detail of my wedding.
Once my trousseau was wrapped up, I bought trunks and my two dear friends who are studying art painted them to give it personal touch. We customized the trunks to make them look ethnic and quirky.”
We wish the lovely coupe lots of love and luck. Let us know what you thought about this beautiful wedding and the brides understated and elegant style!
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