Paris Cafe owner Sneha Singhi stepped into a Suneet Varma lehnga paired with jewellery from Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas and “loved having all eyes” on her. “It was out of a fairy tale. Suneet Varma is the sweetest. He was so kind, he helped me walk around in those high heels. And to my surprise, he put my picture as his Instagram story!” said the pretty girl.
The India Story founder Madhu Neotia looked radiant in an Anupama Bose leheriya on Day One. “I just felt that I must wear these colours because Indian wedding is all about colours,” said Madhu, taking a stroll around the premises with t2. “We have finally set it up. The entire team has worked really hard; this is a gift for Calcutta,” she said. Her biggest takeaway post-event? “When we decided to do Wedding Diaries as a stand-alone event, we never realised how much hard work we’d have to put in to convince people that we are the right people to do anything with wedding and luxury. It was a pleasure to work and build a beautiful relationship with some of our designers from outside Calcutta,” she said, with core team member Abhilasha Sethia by her side. “Wedding Diaries has taught me that the power of an idea is immense. We conceptualised this event and to see it come to life has been amazing and none of this could have been possible without the immaculate execution by our team,” said Abhilasha.
Sanjiv Goenka dropped by at Wedding Diaries with his wife Preeti, son Shashwat and daughter-in-law Shivika on Saturday evening and was greeted by Harsh Neotia. “Madhu always does a great job. So I enjoy coming here and looking at the stuff and my wife enjoys spending money!” said Sanjiv with a chuckle. “When she conceives it, we are the butt of her mood swings. We have gone through that!” Harsh said with a smile, but was all praise for the venture. “I think it is spectacular. Quite different. I think The India Story has a slightly more grunge element to it. This one has a little more oomph.”
Footwear designer Rohan Arora literally stopped Swarup Dutta and designer Adarsh Makharia, both wearing shoes from his label, in their tracks! “Swarup was in a black velvet jooti and Adarsh in a Bombay brown jooti,” said Rohan, who showcased his signature shoes at Wedding Diaries.
“Wedding Diaries felt like Alice in Wonderland for my designer soul. For me, god is in the details and the Wedding Diaries decor team showed us how. The entrance was simple, stunning and dramatic. With every step, one could feel the passion. Even the stalls were works of art,” said designer Kiran Uttam Ghosh, seen here with the man behind the decor — scenographer Swarup Dutta. “It was a grand celebration of our opulent past and our future. It was lovely to see the city respond to us so lovingly,” said Swarup, of Team Wedding Diaries.
“The setting is absolutely fabulous! Obviously the clothes are the focus with their colour and shine, so I love the way the muted tones of the decor have been done. Very good choice of designers and lovely variety in the clothes,” said Burnt Garlic co-owner Esha Dutta.
“Wedding Diaries is about comprehensive wedding solutions and the response was heartening. The fashion walk, the lovely installations and the excellent layout and presentation by various brands made for a wonderful, novel experience for the city. The sales were a high point and quite encouraging,” said Neha Kasliwal Arya of Team Wedding Diaries.
“We appreciate Indian culture and the wedding trousseau for the bride and the groom is very interesting to us. It is interesting to look around and it’s beautiful,” said Ma Zhanwu, the consul-general of China, who dropped by with his wife.
Parthiv Neotia was by his mom Madhu’s side throughout the event. “Wedding Diaries looks excellent. It has a colonial feel with the cars,” he said, taking a tour of Swabhumi with his friends who “bought some things from Antar-Agni”. Of course his own wedding is not on his mind at the moment. “It’s been just three months that I have graduated from college… so, I am far, far from that,” he laughed.
Fashion designer Suneet Varma with friend Kalyani Chawla. “I don’t participate a lot in exhibitions, so it’s nice to get a sense of what everybody else is doing. Actually, if it wasn’t for Madhu, I wouldn’t be doing it. There is something welcoming and warm about her,” said Suneet, who had a blast of a Calcutta visit, what with bekti on his platter “non-stop”.
Beauty pro Anu Kaushik had a few tips for the bride. “The Indian bride wears so much jewellery and with so much happening in the outfit, you should keep the make-up minimal. Work on your skin and feel beautiful,” she said. Those who dropped by her corner were “happy keeping it minimal”. “I told them about the right foundation and eye make-up, about the importance of well-groomed eyebrows or just how kajal can make a difference, or just concealing the under eyes,” she said.
“The city needed an event like this to showcase luxury in weddings, which Wedding Diaries has done beautifully. This was very tastefully done with its cream and ivory decor,” said couture jeweller Raj Mahtani (right), seen here with Sanjay Sethia.