India’s rich organizes mass wedding

An Indian diamond trader has thrown a mass wedding ceremony for 111 fatherless women and given each one gifts worth thousands of dollars, saying giving a bride away was “sacred”, AFP reported.

Mahesh Savani said the women, whose families were all too poor to finance their weddings, saw him as their foster father. The 44-year-old said he had given each one gifts of gold and other items worth 450,000 rupees (US$7,250) to start their married lives, as well as paying for the wedding.

“Material gifts are not important, but I have given my name to them and will fulfil all my responsibilities as a father of the bride for the rest of my life,” he told AFP before the ceremony was held at a school in Gujarat state on November 30.

Savani, who has now organised the weddings of 251 women, said he began his charitable campaign in 2008 when one of his own staff members died. “I was very shocked when one of my employees died just 12 days before he could marry off his two daughters. It was very difficult for the family to arrange for marriage,” he said.

“So I decided that I would become their foster father and marry them off. This is how it began,” Savani said.

New York Subway Wedding

(Photo from Daily Mail)

Here at Wedding and Travel we’re always a fan of fresh and fun wedding ideas, and that’s why we love what this couple did — they spontaneously held their wedding on the New York subway. (We also blogged about another similar wedding, where the couple held their nuptials midair on a Southwest Airlines flight. Read it here if you haven’t already.)

Hector Irakliotis, 26, and Tatyana Sandler, 25, decided to hold their wedding on the subway as they have spent a significant amount of time travelling on it over the course of their courtship. “Confessions of love, reconciliations, goofy, ridiculous conversations – the whole spectrum. In New York, you spend so much time on the train, we thought why not?”

Irakliotis was the one who thoughtfully planned the route such that they would exchange their vows as the train crosses the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn, giving the couple a spectacular view of the New York skyline. Sandler explained, “I’m originally from Ukraine, and each time we’d come back here, I’d say to Hector, ‘It doesn’t feel like home until I see the skyline as we’re crossing the bridge’. And he remembered that.”

(Photo from 
Daily Mail)


Irakliotis boarded the train at Kings Highway in Brooklyn on the day with his groomsmen, who promptly proceeded to decorate the car’s poles and seats with white ribbons. After which, Irakliotis greeted his fellow commuters and informed them that he will be getting married in 20 minutes, and invited them to be part of this special wedding ceremony. Sandler boarded the train at 36th Street 10 stations later and walked down the aisle to John Mayer’s City Love played from the best man’s iPhone. The couple got off the train at Canal Street in Manhattan for celebratory drinks at a nearby pub. (How convenient and efficient!)

Who says that all weddings have to be over the top and dramatic? We love this quirky and urban wedding which is oh-so-simple but romantic all the same. What about you?

Read the original article on Daily Mail.

Fashion: Carolina Herrera Fall 2015

For brides who are looking for a classic and timeless bridal look, Carolina Herrera would surely be high on your list of designers to look out for. Carolina Herrera is known for her romantic and feminine wedding dresses, and her Fall 2015 collection certainly delivers on this promise.

Launched in an intimate presentation, the designer explained that her Fall 2015 collection was all about “romance, femininity and fantasy” — certainly things that we have come to love from Carolina Herrera. Also noteworthy from this collection is the designer’s attention to detail, which saw the dresses accented with intricate designs such as laser-cut floral appliques, embroidery and beading.

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 ch4 ch5ch1Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2015 collection also gives a nod to illusion backs and sleeves, which is one of the hottest trends to hit next year’s runways. Especially breathtaking is the spectacular wedding dress in blush (psst, blush is also slated to be one of the most on-trend shades for next year!)

ch6We’re loving the modern twist on this dress, which features an adorable cropped overlay on top of a classic tube wedding dress. A clever example of how add-ons can help to accentuate your figure and hide unflattering parts of your body.


Oh, and can we just take a minute to rave about how much we’re loving the hair styling in Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2015 collection? While the designer opted for a polished and elegant look with a low chignon or bow in the hair, we absolutely love the imaginative use of origami hair pieces as accessories. The sharp angular lines of the origami hair pieces provide a beautiful contrast against the softer and flowing lines in the dress silhouettes. (On an additional note, check out the gorgeous illusion backs in the picture above too!)

(All photos from Carolina Herrera)

Fashion: Truly Zac Posen Jewellery Line

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(All photos from InStyle)

For those of you who can’t get enough of acclaimed designer and Project Runway judge Zac Posen, you can now get your hands on one of the beautiful pieces off his debut jewellery line, Truly Zac Posen.

This gorgeous collection of wedding and engagement rings are a collaboration between Posen and Blue Nile, and use only fair-trade diamonds. The collection broadly contains pieces of three styles: Glamour (classic Hollywood-inspired pieces), Deco (architectural and geometrical pieces) and Metropolitan (upscale and modern pieces). In conceiving the designs, Zac Posen wanted to create personal and timeless pieces that would appeal to different type of brides.

Speaking on the collection, Posen said, “Designing jewellery is like designing a gown. You’re dealing with an object on the human body, so you have to still consider function, form, and proportion.”

To make the news even sweeter, you will be delighted to know that you can get one of these designers pieces from a reasonable US$980 onwards. Apart from the design, the price tag was apparently another area that Posen put plenty of thought into.

“Beauty should be accessible,” Posen said. “It was very important that as we developed the Truly Zac Posen brand, the price points all make sense with each other. To me, these rings are a steal, even if you’re already married!”

You can check out the Truly Zac Posen Jewellery collection on the Blue Nile website. Read the original article at InStyle.

101 Uses for Man’s Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress

(Photo from People)

In a piece of news that made our morning, Kevin Cotter was a man who found himself at a lost of what to do when his wife walked out on him one day 12 years into their marriage. When a heartbroken Cotter asked his wife what he should do with the wedding dress she left behind, she said “whatever you wanted [to do with it]”. And that was exactly what Cotter did.

Turning his grief into some well-channelled creative energy, Cotter set up the blog, My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress, which saw him conjure over a hundred different uses for the dress, including as a kite, oven mitt, snow shooting camouflage and so on.

Cotter’s project has been so hilariously successful that his creations have been published in a book 101 Uses For My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress.

For those who are wondering, Cotter has long walked out from this sad window of his romantic history, and now enjoy a blissful life with his new wife and children. Well, all we can say is, there’s nothing like a healthy dose of positivity and good humour to help you get through life!

We first read this article on People.