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Vishesh & Dhvani: Wedding at Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Vishesh & Dhvani: Wedding at Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Vishesh & Dhvani: Wedding at Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Every year February starts on a high note and it is one of the busiest months for us and this year was no different.  It started on a great note with Vishesh & Dhvani’s wedding at Taj Land’s end,  Bandra. Vishesh was the first one to get in touch with us and what we liked about Vishesh is his straightforward approach to our whole proposal and he also said that they will ensure that we get a great wedding to capture which couldn’t have been more true. 

Vishesh & Dhvani had the distinct privilege to be the first couple to get married on the open-air rooftop of Taj Land’s End, Mumbai which has recently been opened for events. It provides a beautiful infinity view of the sea on its long end and the Mumbai Sea Link towards its left along with a long cover of trees. It makes for a stunning and breath-taking setting for a sun-downer wedding. The color palette of the whole decor in white and a see-through mandap made of acrylic and orchids was a sight to behold. Dhvani in her red lehenga for her wedding and Vishesh’s off-white Sherwani with silk turban looked classy and royal against the whole backdrop. Vishesh & Dhvani first met through their friends and it is safe to say that their friends set them up.

Contrary to the popular choice of having Sangeet before the wedding, Dhvani and Vishesh planned to tie the Knot first and then throw a moving reception along with few dance performances and DJs. They kept their first half of both the days empty, without opting for too many ceremonies or other activities. In our experience, weddings with lesser functions always tend to be more enjoyable and with stunning photographs. Also, all the ceremonies moved with clockwork precision and the lighting was absolutely great throughout their whole wedding. Checkout their beautiful wedding film, before you head to the wedding photographs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this photograph below, I already had the frame in mind after seeing this window and the Sea Link behind, all I had to do is get Dhvani there, which was unfortunately far from her room. However on our insistence Dhvani reluctantly agreed to go the extra mile. Finally when she saw the result she agreed it was worth sparing 5 minutes for it even though she was anxious to reach on time for her entry. 

 

 

This is how the first day of Dhvani and Vishesh’s wedding ended on a great note and what a beautiful wedding it was! A lot of people would find it hard to believe a sun-downer wedding like this is possible in Mumbai, but the Taj Land end’s terrace provided the perfect venue set against the Arabian Sea and the Sea Link for this breath-taking wedding. The Sangeet and Reception was scheduled on the evening of the second day. So let us take you to the second day! 

 

 

Important Wedding Makers :
Wedding Dress Designer: Avvantika S Parwani 
Makeup Artist: Meghna Butani
Decor: Fleuron Decors by Sahil Gidwani

 

Say ‘No’ to Client Meetings

Say ‘No’ to Client Meetings

Say ‘No’ to Client Meetings

Business drives the world and no business happens without meetings. For business meetings, one would often spend a whole day to meet their prospective clients, in another part of town wading traffic and sometimes different cities and even jet-setting across countries. Whether a small business or big giant corporations, most deals and business closures still happen over physical meetings, where people have to travel long distances. To fulfill this endeavor, most of the traffic we see on roads is either because of people going to their workplaces or traveling for business meetings. But its time, we change that for better, and quite frankly we don’t need physical meetings anymore for business and we will see why!

For the past two decades since Skype came out in 2003, we didn’t need to meet people to close business. Everyone has internet today and has access to video and voice calls over the phone and most serious businessmen have laptops or desktops, yet meeting in person has been the preferred choice of the business community around the world. Let us analyze why?

Advantages:

  • You can access and read the body language.
  • It feels more personal to form associations.
  • To see and experience the whole persona of a person in 3D.
  • We are used to it and its a habit and socially acceptable practice.

Disadvantages:

  • Loss of productivity: People traveling for meetings often have to put aside other tasks and spend their whole day’s productivity on just one task.
  • Traffic on the road
  • Pollution affects not just humans but all life-forms on the planet.
  • Accidents on road
  • Damage to road infrastructure
  • Cost of transportation.

There has been a smart minority of people who are environment conscious, who have successfully utilized the technology of video-conferencing, digital signatures, etc. to successfully close businesses. It not uncommon to conduct interviews for candidates for their firm over Skype/ zoom/Hangout. This helps them to save time, money, and resources too. 

Since most of our clients were NRI’s getting married in India, we almost never had to do the whole circus of meeting them personally. Yet with a clear online presence, communication over emails, phone, and Skype we could close deals. However the most resistance that we faced was from the people locally in Mumbai. Couples and their families would always request meetings at their homes, often spending our entire day’s time to meet them at the comfort of their homes/offices. Despite having an office, most clients preferred meeting at their homes. These were also the clients who weren’t ready to discuss things on call. Their philosophy was to meet and access people personally and also to pressure businesses in striking a good deal. For someone who spent an entire day to meet a client, he would be desperate to make it count and close business. We strongly believe that everything that can be done in a physical meeting could be done online. Also, the times that we did go to meet clients at their home, they have been hardly fruitful. The futile experiences have been with people who don’t understand art and just skim through your work superficially and finally come to striking a deal for the price. It never worked for us and we don’t think it will for anyone who thinks they deserve the price they ask for.

Fast-forward to COVID-19 situation, where everyone is locked down, lots of businesses are now conducting business meetings online through Zoom/Skype to close business. From real state companies to startups many have taken advantage of the situation and successfully closed business without any physical meetings saving time and energy. Mr. Nimish Desai, Director of Satellite group, a prominent builder closed the sale of 9 flats during the lockdown.  Smita Vyas Kumar, founder of MyTree App closed business with 3 big societies in Mumbai. Her app helps people connect with home chefs in small communities like Housing societies. Further validation came when we interacted with few professionals from various spheres, who are now able to close sales from the comfort of their homes and reach people and form new connections that were previously either difficult to reach or just unreachable. Due to COVID-19, more and more businesses are coming online with e-stores, YouTube videos, and webinars. They have also utilized the time to spread their reach through webinars and increasing their social presence. 

Education Sector:
The education sector across the world has recently started using technology to their advantage by conducting classes through web conferencing. Colleges like BITS Pilani and IITs have used this to their advantage and provided classes from teachers on campus to another. Similarly these web-conferences have been helpful to let students reach out to alumni for further education and opportunities.

Govts and Politicians don’t need to meet either

Extending the same paradigm shift our politicians and Govts across the world can save a lot of public money and their own time by saying no to physical meetings and using e-solutions to meetings like web-conferencing etc. Whole parliament sessions can be conducted online with minutes getting documented on the cloud. Countries can create their own cloud infrastructure for privacy and conduct and deliberate on all matters electronically. New custom solutions can be built in far lesser money than the current operating costs of parliaments. Indian govt is currently planning to spend to upgrade Central secretariat which will include the parliament building at an initial project estimate of Rs 20,000 crore which is staggering and such utter wastage of taxpayer money and when purpose and the end results of such a massive endeavor can be achieved with digital solutions for far less.

Head of states conducting foreign travel and creating huge security risk and wasting thousands of crores of rupees annually around the world can avoid these visits and discuss country affairs quickly through web conferencing. Most problems between different countries can be quickly resolved, if our politicians really mean to by engaging in dialogue and seminars online. Kashmir issue is said to have been resolved if only Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru had lived a few more days till the meeting between India and Pakistan in June 1964. He however died on 27 May, 1964. If only they could conduct web conferences and resolve world issues then.

We however can surely do that in today’s time and our govt needs to move away from these personal physical meetings and put the money to better public use. It also saves the environment and creates less pollution. We wouldn’t be wrong in saying world pollution can be significantly reduced if only we moved towards online meetings for all businesses. 

Citing our own example, our 6 years of commitment to close sales digitally has helped us to be prepared for COVID-19. With all our work available online through our own websites hosted on cloud using services like Smugmug, AWS, and Youtube and Instagram we don’t need to rely on physical meetings. Long story short, there is no need, absolutely no need to spend time and energy on physical business meetings, COVID-19 has just shown us that.

What do you think?

 

Bridal Fashion Shoot with Pooja Banerjee

Bridal Fashion Shoot with Pooja Banerjee

Bridal Fashion Shoot with Pooja Banerjee

This time on our shoot for Saas Bahu Aur Betiyan on AAJ Tak along with celebrity make-up artist Neha Adhvik Mahajan, we got an opportunity to shoot with the extremely talented & gorgeous Pooja Bannerjee from the Roadies, Swim Team & Kasautii Zindagii Kay fame. Pooja began her steady rise to stardom with her stint in Roadies 8 as one of the finalists of that season. Apart from being an indomitable presence in front of the screen, Pooja has also been a National Level Swimmer who has represented Maharashtra in many National Level Swimming Tournaments. Off late, she is best known for her role as Nivedita Basu in Kasautii Zindagii Kay and her stint in Nach Baliye 9 with her Olympian Swimmer and Arjuna Awardee hubby Sandeep Sejwal.

Pooja was dolled up in two really contemporary and offbeat bridal looks – a traditional Punjabi bride followed by a Rajasthani Beendni. For the Punjabi Bride look, Neha decided to go with a rich ruby red lehenga coupled with golden kaleere whereas, for the Rajasthani look, Pooja wore a rose-red lehenga with intricate floral work and matching rose kaleere. The outfits for the first and the second look were brought to you by Reynu Tandon & Asiana Couture respectively. 

Shooting with Pooja is an experience in itself. Living up to her chatterbox reputation, it takes her no time to get comfortable with the people around. Working with her thus results in a uniquely joyous experience.


Credits for First Look:

Photos by @anupam.maurya_amp
Stylist & MUA @nehaadhvikmahajan
Couture @taandonreynu
Jewelry @vbhushan.adornments @manubhaijewels.
Lenses @olens.india
Kaleere: @omsons_bridal_store.
Credits for Second Look: 
Photos by @anupam.maurya_amp
Stylist & MUA @nehaadhvikmahajan
Couture @asianacoutureofficial @payalkeyalofficial.
Jewelry @anmoljewellers
Lenses @olens.india
Kaleere: @instacrafts_jaipur

Bridal photoshoot with actor Tanya Sharma

Bridal photoshoot with actor Tanya Sharma

Bridal photoshoot with actor Tanya Sharma

In our fifth outing with Saas Bahu & Betiyan on AAJ Tak along with celebrity make-up artist Neha Adhvik Mahajan we got to shoot Television actor Tanya Sharma popular for her many roles on TV for eg. Udaan, Laal Ishq, Saath Nibhana Sathiya, Woh Apna Sa, etc. on Television. Tanya was dolled up in two contemporary looks for brides – one in a pastel pink summer look and another in a chic blue Lehanga for pre-wedding functions like Sangeet. She even sported Sneakers with her ensemble. Her ensemble and jewelry were carefully put together from different parts of India by Neha. 

We were really excited to shoot with Tanya who effused a lot of energy and is clearly a spontaneous and effortless dancer. She is super fun and anyone is bound to have a great time with her around. Honestly, shooting actors is way easier than shooting real brides. Their years of experience to pose makes it a cake-walk, and Tanya was no different. We feel humbled to be able to work with such kind souls. 

 

 

You can checkout the whole episode of Saas Bahu & Beitya below:

 

Credits for First Look:
Photos by @anupam.maurya_amp
Stylist & MUA @nehaadhvikmahajan
Couture @taandonreynu
Jewelry @khuranajewelleryhouse
Lenses @olens.india
Kaleere: @instacraft Jaipur
Credits for Second Look: 
Photos by @anupam.maurya_amp
Stylist & MUA @nehaadhvikmahajan
Couture:  Naresh Malhotra 
Jewelry@khuranajewelleryhouse
Lenses @olens.india

 

Bridal shoot with Madhurima Tuli

Bridal shoot with Madhurima Tuli

Bridal shoot with Madhurima Tuli

In our fourth outing with Saas Bahu & Betiyan on AAJ Tak along with celebrity make-up artist Neha Adhvik Mahajan we got to shoot Bollywood actor Madhurima Tuli popular for her many roles on TV and Big Screen for eg. Chandrakanta on Television and as the lead in Baby opposite Akshay Kumar. Madhurima was dolled up in two contemporary looks for brides – one in more traditional Red Lehanga and another in a chic green Lehanga for a more summer bride destination wedding look. Her ensemble and jewelry was carefully put together from different parts of India by Neha. 

We were really excited to shoot with Madhurima and I particularly have been admirer since her Airtel advertisement. She was very easy to work with and we had a great time taking her pictures. Honestly, shooting actors is way easier than shooting real brides. Their years of experience to pose makes it a cake-walk, and Madhurima particularly is great fun to work with and we feel humbled to work with such a great set of people. 

Credits for Red Lehanga Look:
Styling & Make-Up: @nehaadhvikmahajan 
Outfits: @asianacoutureofficial @payalkeyalofficial
Jewelry: @lalajugalkishore
Kaleere: @instacrafts_jaipur

Credits for Green Lehanga look: 
Styling & Make-Up:@nehaadhvikmahajan
Outfits: @taandonreynu
Jewelry: @lalajugalkishore
Kaleere: @omsons_bridal_store

You can see the whole episode of the bridal makeover of Madhurima below: 

 

 

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