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Real Weddings: Sonaakshi, Nikhil's Thai Nuptials Were A Gorgeous Tropical Affair

The designer and her restaurateur beau's wedding festivities were fun, fashion and fabulous.

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Designer Sonaakshi Raaj recently tied the knot with her longtime beau Nikhil Mehrani in a gorgeous tropical wedding in Thailand. Not only did the bride design her own wedding ensembles, but she also had a major creative role in the very aesthetic tropical-themed celebrations. Take a dekko:
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    “For the Cocktail, I am wearing my own creation – a beautiful deep red, bodycon ball gown with off-shoulders with crystal embellishments that is perfect for a fairytale wedding."

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    “I have created a mint green lehenga with floral applique details, motifs of butterflies and crystal highlights for the Mehendi. My sangeet is on the same night and I am wearing my own creation again – a silver crystal encrusted lehenga with rose highlights, from handcrafted appliques of the flower to the rose-detailed stonework on the blouse. Even the straps have cutouts of roses encrusted with crystals. It’s a very indo-western, flirty, sexy and glamorous outfit."

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    “I was always sure that I would be a pink bride rather than a red bride. It is baby pink lehenga featuring a lot of floral elements with lotus being a vital part here. I feel that lotus embodies beauty, elegance and purity…Goddess Lakshmi sitting on the flower. The unique feature is that I have customized the outfit using my fiancé and my initials embossed and embroidered in the motifs. Then in the blouse, I have cut-outs of his and my name in Hindi on the back on the dori. Basically my name and his name gets joined with a dori and that is symbolic to the essence of a Hindu wedding where a bride and groom are taking pheras and tying a knot to each other. So our names are united with the dori on the back.”

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    “My mandap is a recreation of a forest with trees and a bridal pathway carpet stitched with real flower petals.” 

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