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#FirstPerson: I Am A Designer Who Designed All My Unique Bridal Outfits...

BY Sakshi | 25 Jun, 2018 | 332 views | 3 min read

Remember Soumya and Gagan's stunning destination wedding in Sri Lanka with some gorgeous outfits? Yep, Soumya who owns the label Soumya Nandivada★ 4.8  got married, and what really caught our attention from her wedding were the unique outfits! So over to her, as she tells us what inspired each look and outfit and how she went about designing it for herself!

"It's been 4 years since I started my brand Soumya Nandivada and in these years I have made several bridal dreams come true. So when it was my turn, I knew exactly what I wanted. I had a 3-day destination wedding in Sri Lanka followed by a reception in Bangalore."

The Holi Party

For the Holi party I wore an orange - pink silk shibori jumpsuit with a pleated off the shoulder yoke and a long cape sleeve.

The Mehendi 

I wanted my mehandi (poolside) to be fun and vibrant. I made a sunny yellow lehenga with delicate floral motifs all over and mirrors to add to the glamour. My blouse was a burst of florals in vibrant colours with a playful cold shoulder with tassels. Instead of going the traditional way I had a flirty ruffled dupatta attached to my blouse. I made sure the decor (Floral Wreath) and the groom (Outfit : Sabyasachi Mukherjee) complemented me.

The Pellikuturu Ceremony

For the pellikoothuru puja, I chose traditonal south Indian colours like a green saree with pink border but instead of wearing it the traditional way, I draped it into a layered lehanga. I wore a silk blouse with hand embroidered sleeves in French knots and zardozi and complemented it with lots of jewelry.

The Sangeet

I knew that my sangeet look had to be romantic and feminine. So I chose a stunning pale pink colour lehanga with complementing teal and rose gold embroidery in textured sequins, beads and kadhana. It had oversized buds and petals flowing down the skirt. It was super glamourous and it had come out more beautifully than I had imagined.

The Wedding

For my beach side sunset traditional south Indian wedding I used a peachish pink heavy tissue kancheevaram sari with silver zari. To break the monotony I introduced colours in my border and blouse. Both were intricately hand embroidered in resham + badla and french knots. The blouse also had a heart-shaped back. I did the same border for the groom's dhoti and the shoulder shawl.

Cocktail Party

I wanted my lakeside cocktail party to be retro glam. So I wore a classic blood red backless fish tail gown. It had an intricately cut worked tasseled neckline. The entire dress was hand embroidered in high quality beads, kadhana and sequins.

Bangalore Reception

My reception back in Bangalore was like a big fairy tale in the gardens of the Taj West End. I wore my dream pastel peach - gold ball gown which had a long tail. The entire gown was hand embroidered in textured sequins, zardozi, kadhana and pitta. The groom complemented me in a navy blue (shyamal and bhumika) bandgala.


On the whole I made sure I changed the look, colours, patterns, embroidery and the feel for all my functions. I enjoyed every bit of being a bride and dressing up like one. I'd like to thank my team for making it perfect in such a short span of time!


Read about their wedding here: Vibrant Destination Wedding With Stunning Decor & Gorgeous Outfits!

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