Blogger Masoom Minawala, of Miss Style Fiesta, and Shailin Mehta’s love affair had to overcome long distances from the very beginning. The couple’s courtship began with a series of overseas phone...

Blogger Masoom Minawala’s Festive Wedding in India

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Blogger Masoom Minawala, of Miss Style Fiesta, and Shailin Mehta’s love affair had to overcome long distances from the very beginning. The couple’s courtship began with a series of overseas phone calls after a chance introduction through friends. While he was studying at the University of Nottingham, she was growing her e-commerce brand in Mumbai. It was through texts and phone calls that turned into Skype sessions spanning different time zones and, finally, a visit in London that the duo came to realize there was chemistry.

But as fate would have it, Masoom was set to begin a fashion course at the University of the Arts London that Spring. On her first day in the city, Shailin, who was then living in Belgium, flew in to meet Masoom. After helping Masoom hunt for apartments, Shailin surprised her with a dress and a note on her bed, “Wear this and be ready in 15 minutes, I’m taking you somewhere special.”

“I was speechless—it was like something straight out of a romantic novel,” says Masoom. The two set out on a whirlwind tour of the city with the London Eye as the final decision. There, at the top of the iconic Ferris wheel, Shailin told Masoom he had fallen for her and that he hoped they could see each other exclusively.

After four years of dating, Shailin asked an even bigger question. It all began when, under the pretense of a casual visit to see Masoom and his family, Shailin flew in to Mumbai from the port city of Surat in Gujarat, where he was working at the time.

“We went to a beautiful Japanese restaurant for an intimate lunch. After that, I was expecting to run some errands and call it a day,” remembers Masoom. “All throughout our main course he was complaining about a stomach ache, and as we were finishing off with dessert, he suggested we go for a walk. I laughed it off because there really was not a chance in hell that I was going to be walking under the glaring sun at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Mind you, this is October in Mumbai!”

Despite Masoom’s protests, Shailin prevailed, and asked his driver to take them to Mumbai’s famous Marine Drive. “We were strolling for about five minutes and, as expected, I couldn’t stop complaining. To be completely honest, it really wasn’t that hot,” she admits. “During our walk, we were approached by a caricature artist. Knowing me and the collector of all things ‘love’ that I blatantly am, Shailin knew I could never say no to this sort of request. Normally, I would have to convince him to sit through the long-drawn minutes, but this time he seemed rather ready, so I was excited to jump at this chance. We sat on the seaside while we were being sketched and the Instagrammer in me even managed to click a quick shoefie.”

Upon completion, Masoom looked at the artist’s work only to find a beautiful painting of the London Eye and a boy kneeling with a ring in his hand in front of a girl. “At that very moment, a violinist and guitarist appeared and began playing,” remembers Masoom. “I looked back at Shailin, and he was down on his knees, holding the most beautiful ring I had ever seen, asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was so moving—he re-created the moment our love story started, at London’s biggest landmark, and transported it to Mumbai’s monumental seaside walkway.” Masoom’s engagement ring also memorializes the beginning of their romance with the inscription “18/04/2012 to ∞.”

Despite their love of travel, the two decided to wed in Mumbai, where their families are primarily based. “I’m a lover of Indian culture and traditions at heart, and I knew I wanted my wedding to reflect the same,” says Masoom. She began planning her bridal trousseau with an in-depth brainstorming session. “Before kicking off the shopping, I sat alone in my room, and chalked out exactly what vibe I wanted for each function in my little diary. I ensured that I covered every silhouette that I loved along with segregating appropriate jewelry and beauty looks for each function.”

Since both Masoom and Shailin name the festival Holi as their favorite holiday, it was only natural that they would theme a cocktail party around the celebration of colors. They made the festival their own by using 100 percent organic colors, limiting water wastage, and serving carnival-themed foods to fit the fun, carefree mood of the event. Guests wore all white, while the bride and groom stole the show in mustard yellow. Delhi-based designer Priyanka Modi from AM:PM created Masoom’s experimental look of a wraparound tie blouse and an uneven, flouncy hemline for the lengha (skirt) portion of the ensemble.

The next event on the itinerary was a dinner where the bride donned an olive green sari by Tarun Tahiliani. Masoom’s haldi ceremony (the auspicious application of a turmeric paste to ward the recipient from the nazar, or evil eye) commenced at her house where she wore a red and yellow sari borrowed from her mother’s closest.

Unconventional silhouettes and custom-made garments were the cornerstones of Masoom’s looks. When it came to the bohemian-inspired outdoor sangeet (a festive night of song and dance), Masoom turned to a vibrant turquoise lenghaoutfitted with cape sleeves and mirror detailing designed by Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla. For the vivaah (wedding ceremony), the bride decided to forsake the traditional red hue her mother desired and flew to Calcutta for a bespoke Anamika Khanna creation. She says, “I wanted an ivory base, a pastel palette, two dupattas (scarves), embroidery that would not overweigh my frame, and hints of a muted pink.” Masoom points out, “I wanted to look like myself and not have my outfit, jewelry, or makeup take that away from me.”

The newlyweds forwent a reception as they’d already experienced a week of parties and celebrations. Instead, they received well wishes from the more than 2,000 wedding guests before jetting off to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia for their honeymoon. “It really was a whirlwind week, undoubtedly the best one of our lives,” remembers the bride. “One that was filled with euphoria mixed with a bit of exhaustion!”Read more at:cheap formal dresses melbourne | plus size evening wear