Meet The Shivan & Narresh Brides

Contemporary luxury juxtaposed with traditional sensibilities – meet the brides who chose the design duo’s singular sartorial vision for their D-day.

Arpita Kala
The various functions leading up to the grand finale, your wedding day, are a colourful melee of fervour, fun and fashion. These are the occasions when the bride pushes the sartorial envelope on her bridal trousseau by mixing traditional silhouettes with contemporary trends. Often called upon with their fashion expertise in this realm are the force behind the brand – Shivan Bhatiya, Head Designer and Narresh Kukreja, Creative Director. “The Millennial Bride wishes to break away from the ordinary and make heads turn with her unique sense of statement style - an inherent desire to stand out championed fluently through a minimalistic approach in design over a maximalist one, while remaining relevant to the cultural context,” they say. So, here’s a peak at the brides and grooms who who chose the design duo’s singular sartorial as well as décor vision for their D-day.
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    “The first-ever SHIVAN & NARRESH Couture Beach Bride – Kaabia Grewal Shah wanted a more flamboyant and avant-garde approach for her wedding as her functions were truly a unique infusion of Hindu tradition along with English festivities," says the duo. 

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    Kaabia captivated all eyes through the surreal fusion of traditions of an Indian White Wedding, encapsulated in the ornate and iconic Ecru Carnation Skeinwork Lehenga.

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    "The lehenga acts as a symbol for the modern millennial Indian bride, embodying the spirit of a traditional attire yet adorned hues, skienwork techniques and embroideries enveloped in modern sophistication," they say.

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    Shivan and Narresh also created another key look for this bride for her Mehendi ceremony, which was a Coal Tribal Raffiya Bustier with Koi Coal Skeinwork Trousers. They called it an "honestly a very bold and unique choice for the occasion.”

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    Bride Ayushmita Sinha Sahni and groom Arjun opted for vibrant His & Her ensembles by the designers.

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    “Ayushmita Sinha Sahni from Delhi chose a very joyous ‘carnival’ poolside theme for her pre-bridal celebrations in Hua Hin, where she chose to wore the SHIVAN & NARRESH Herb Gown from Koi Series, which is synonymous with the festivities of a carnival combined with the immaculate Trident Skeinwork, the play of colours as the couple embraced twinning in the brand. Arjun wore the vibrant Iconotribe Bandhi Jacket complimenting Ayushmita’s look," they say.

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    "It was not only a very bold move for the choice of the theme but also how the Millennial couple decided to interpret it while keeping in minimal and graceful,” say Shivan and Narresh. 

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    Bride Ankita Sapra opted for the Izu Juno Lehenga with the Sapphire Ruched Blouse for her Sufi Night Celebrations while groom Ranjit wore the Celebration Jacket with Sapphire Celebration Trousers in azure cobalt hues from the same collection.

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    "Whereas the bride’s outfit was concerned our focus has always been to make her feel at ease and enjoy the celebration as her guests would. With twinning becoming a raging trend and an expression of the bond and togetherness that the couple shares, Ankita and Ranjit also opted to embrace the trend in the most sartorial way,” say the designers.

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    Izu Juno from Araki Series was chosen as a key print for the event that was also designed by the brand as an extension of SN Celebrations. The print, inspired by the vivid themes of life focusing on dense botany, portrays the true symbol of love and illustrates the fragility of life that was incorporated in the details such as the dining plates and lounging sofas.

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    "Roma Hemlani, another SHIVAN & NARRESH contemporary bride decided to go all out for her tribal theme cocktail party where she embraced the iconic Chui Lehenga from Koi Series with the ornate Pearl Deco Signature Skeinwork and delicate Chinar Leaf details styled with minimal tribal pearl jewellery. The couple, twinning in Koi Series did complete justice to the theme as the pieces from the series drew inspiration from the tribal Gond Art of Madhya Pradesh that was translated into prints and signature skeinwork techniques,” the designers say. 

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