Luxebook October 2023

The win-win is that it adds up to a memorable experience for the couple to have such a pre-wedding shoot as they spend quality time together, away from the wedding planning stress. The only demanding aspect would be having enough wardrobe changes to showcase different outfits that reflect the couples’ personalities and the background. Perfume-making and game nights add interactivity to it, where couples are trying to include out-of-the-box ideas to create personalised, memorable experiences for their guests. These include perfume-making set-ups, sake bars and bouquet bars, cocktail-making, elaborate game nights and more. Customising goes uber luxe Neelabh Kapoor, of Studio Neelabh Luxury Weddings and Events, a company that specialises in luxury design and décor, recalls how if you talked about customisation even 15 years ago, it meant sheer opulence. “I remember at an Indian destination wedding in Europe back then, the hotel which was the venue did not have a single-colour porcelain that the wedding party wanted, so they had this cutlery with customised and monogramed crockery flown in all the way from the Far East. Every piece of crockery and towel was changed and it was talked about.Today,for destination weddings, I’ve seen charter planes carrying logos of the family initials on the outside. It’s a moneyspinner alright! From branding of Mehrangarh Fort in the past to showcasing your wedding customisation to the Burj Khalifa for 2 million AED, you can take branding anywhere you desire,” he says. Artful, luxe weddings are the new grab Did you ever imagine art making its way into a highend shaadi? Well, it does and how! Celebrity wedding photographer Ronicka Kandhari vouches for this as the singular, big trend grabbing attention in the current milieu. With a client list that reads like the who’s who - from Infosys head Narayan Murthy to Sunil Bharti Mittal of Airtel and Rattan Jindal of Arttd’inox - Ronicka reveals how artful, luxe weddings are making for the lust list with the uber-rich. We got her to share a peek into this. She says, “Art always held a sway with the A-list and in recent times it’s getting a closer connect with wedding personalisation. “I had seen the late MF Husain painting live at a wedding. It was on an elephant and meant for the groom to arrive on. That created a huge buzz back then Picture courtesy (L-R): Cupcake Productions Picture courtesy (L-R): Cupcake Productions Picture courtesy (L-R): Cupcake Productions Picture courtesy (L-R): Cupcake Productions Picture courtesy (L-R): Cupcake Productions 36|LUXEBOOK|OCTOBER 2023 OCTOBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|37