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V246: CECI INSPIRATIONS – COLORS OF INDIA

COLORS OF INDIA

Intense colors, enchanting details, and rich traditions are a few of the things you’re likely to find in a South Asian wedding. While my days are spent surrounded by beautiful art, design and so many magical events, I will never tire of the sumptuous scenes from these luxurious affairs. As a designer, I am eternally intrigued by this culture and can’t help but immerse myself in the artistry found in everything from saris and tapestries to jewels and much more.

Making a striking statement this week is our Ceci Bride Christina with her Jaipur wedding. Check out her groom entering on horseback! From there, her celebration overflows with all the details you’d expect from an Indian wedding – pomp and revelry surrounded by family and friends donning the most elaborate and fabulous attire you could ever dream up. Even the laser-cut invitations we designed, while soft and romantic, look bold when combined with a damask, henna-inspired sleeve and coordinating blush letterpress invitation back.

One of the most important and popular pre-wedding rituals in India is the Mehndi party. As weddings there are often deeply traditional, the bride is decorated using an age-old, intricate body art called henna. Zara Henna, who lent their talent to create my cover look, shares the significance and style details of this ancient beautification process. Did you know that because it has a cooling effect on the skin it’s also used to calm the bride amidst all the pre-nuptial chaos?

Now if you’re still craving more fabulous inspiration, be sure to take a peek at Harper’s Bazaar Bride India in our Behind the Scenes. Celebrating one year in print, this magazine has eye candy galore, with each page more vibrant than the last. It’s sure to beautify your world – it did just that to ours as this week’s images were modeled after their stunning cover.

Here’s to a life filled with color, culture and celebration!

Ceci

P.S. Thank you to Andrew Adams for sharing his vibrant photos of Christina & Benjamin’s wedding.

Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York - GLOBAL GLAMOUR - Ceci Johnson takes inspiration from Indian culture and design to create a striking portrait.

Photography by Karen Wise. View the Creative Team in Behind the Scenes.

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Photography: Karen Wise Dress: Phase Eight at Bloomingdale’s Jewelry: Sutra Jewels Clutch: Coastal Road Henna Art: Zara Henna Hair & Makeup: MG Hair & Makeup Nail Art: Emi Aoki Linens & Venue: Nüage Designs

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V246: GET THE LOOK – COLORS OF INDIA

CeciStyle Magazine v246: Get The Look - Colors of India - Awaken your senses with these bright, Indian-inspired pieces - Luxury Wedding Invitations by Ceci New York - ceci new york, home goods, indian inspired gifts, gift idea, luxury invitations, sutra jewels, dolce&gabanna, karma living, good earth, rene caovilla, shop latitude bazaar, phase eight, mile a minute, coastal road, fashion, style

  1. ORNATE ALLURE:Announce your one-of-a-kind wedding with an invitation that sets the mood, like Christina & Benjamin’s custom Ceci New York invitation dripping with gorgeous embellishment.

  2. STONE AGE:Celebrating in a big way? Choose earrings that’ll get you noticed, like these stunners from Sutra Jewels.

  3. HOLD TIGHT:This Trouvaille Embossed Zipper Clutch from Coastal Road is perfectly chic for a night on the town.

  4. SHOW YOUR STRIPES:Add eye-catching pops of color to your look with Janavi’s Mile A Minute Cashmere Scarf.

  5. FLORAL FINERY:Exude just the right amount of vintage glamour in Phase Eight’s Rita Tulle Full Length Dress.

  6. BAND TOGETHER:Welcome warmer weather wearing this tropical pink-infused Naveen Bangle Pair from Shop Latitude Bazaar.

  7. CRYSTAL BALL:Channel a modern-day exotic princess in Rene Caovilla’s Multi-Crystal Crown Ankle Wrap Sandals.

  8. DRINK UP:Make your thirst quenchers even more enjoyable by serving them in these charmingly decorated Serai Glasses from Goodearth.

  9. BRIGHT SPOT:Enliven – and cozy up – your seating area with Karma Living’s Indian Embroidered Ottoman Pouf.

  10. SUNNY OUTLOOK:Spring’s the time to start playing with fun, new nail colors, like Dolce & Gabbana’s The Nail Lacquer in Sole.

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V246: OUR MUSE – VIBRANT INDIAN WEDDING: CHRISTINA & BENJAMIN, PART 1

Our Muse

Be inspired by Christina & Benjamin’s colorful wedding in Rajasthan, India

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V246: CECI CREATIVE TIPS – CECI BRIDE’S CUSTOM INDIAN WEDDING INVITATION

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Indian Fusion - See how Ceci New York creates a one-of-a-kind suite for an Indian destination wedding

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V246: OUR MUSE – VIBRANT INDIAN WEDDING: CHRISTINA & BENJAMIN, PART 2

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V246: SAVVY STYLE ADVICE – CHRISTINA, REAL BRIDE

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Ceci New York Bride - Christina

CHRISTINA

Love and compromise! As brides, we envision a perfect wedding. We hunt through Pinterest, bridal magazines, websites, and apps to create the ideal one-of-a-kind wedding. Although it’s a lot of fun, it can be stressful. So many details! Should we go with orchids or roses, a garden or a church, casual or formal? And then there are the seating charts. In the realm of wedding planning, I admit that it became about me, me, me, and I got lost in the wedding planning process. Hence, at times forgetting to love and be responsive to my fiancé. Remember that you and your fiancé are on the same side. Checking in often with one another, compromising on differences and staying emotionally connected with each other are all significant to a satisfying married life.

What It’s Like to Be a Ceci New York Bride:
It was a pleasurable experience working with Ceci Johnson and her team. The wedding invitation is a guest’s first impression, and Ceci New York makes a lasting one with their exquisite craftsmanship. From our first hello to receiving the final product, the process as a whole was impeccable and beautifully crafted. Ceci’s attention to detail, cultural perspective, feedback and vision from us were taken so delicately and with patience, perfection and lots of love, making the creative process a truly unique bespoke experience.

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V246: OUR MUSE – VIBRANT INDIAN WEDDING: CHRISTINA & BENJAMIN, PART 3

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V246: EXPERT STYLE TIPS – HENNA FACTS BY ZAHRA VIRJI OF ZARA HENNA

Expert Style Tips

Henna Facts by Zahra Virji of Zara Henna

  1. How did henna emerge on the scene?
    Traditionally, henna dates back to Egypt in the time of Cleopatra (the lines around her eyes were henna). The art was highly linked to wealth and showed your status in society. Slow making its way to the the Middle East, henna became very common for its therapeutic benefits, such as extracting heat from one’s body and also as a way to condition hair. Once henna made its way to India, it took on more pretty patterns reflecting nature, like flowers and vines, as well as architecture.

  2. What is henna made of?
    It is a plant that grows in very hot and humid climates. Most of the henna produced today comes from various parts of India. Once the plant has flowered, the leaves are ground into a powder. This is then developed into a henna paste by adding various ingredients. The most common ingredients used to achieve a dark henna stain are: eucalyptus oil, black tea/coffee, various essential oils and sometimes something as simple as water.

  3. When is henna used?
    It can be used any time! However, it’s most often linked to weddings as this is a common practice in the South Indian culture. It is not linked to any religious belief or custom. Traditionally brides wore henna to beautify themselves, and the application process meant they would not need to do any work once the henna was on. It also meant that they would benefit from the cooling and calming effect of the henna.

  4. Who receives henna?
    Anyone can get it. In today’s world henna is seen as a must-have fashion accessory and a form of entertainment. You can find henna at events such as dinner parties, birthdays, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, anniversaries, fundraisers, corporate parties and, of course, weddings!

  5. Are there different designs for certain occasions?
    For weddings, brides will tend to get a more intricate design. However, in general, people are going for the less-is-more style now. It is a developing art form, similar to fashion. Alternatively, some individuals still like to go traditional and have images of gods, the bride and groom, peacocks, nature, etc.

  6. How long does henna last? Do the colors change at all?
    The color peaks about two days after application. It will stay that color for another three or four days, and then after a week the designs will start to fade. Two weeks later the designs will be gone. It’s important to note that you should never wash your henna off – let it crumble off instead. It will take its own beautiful course in terms of developing the stain. You don’t want to be shampooing your hair or washing your hands for several hours after application! The key for achieving a good henna stain is to stay warm! The warmer you are, the darker your stain. It’s all about body temperature.

Zara Henna

ZAHRA VIRJI OF ZARA HENNA
Zara Henna was started by Zahra Virji. Zahra has been applying henna for more than 10 years as a hobby, but has been managing Zara Henna since 2013. We cover any and all events: birthdays, Bar/Bat mitzvahs, parties, corporate, charity, fundraisers, and, of course, our main focus, weddings, as well as cake decoration. Zara Henna delivers a unique henna experience as we design around clients to make the experience personal and individual. We can cater five artists per event, and we work with planners to create the best setups to impress guests.

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V246: OUR MUSE – VIBRANT INDIAN WEDDING: CHRISTINA & BENJAMIN, PART 4

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CHRISTINA & BENJAMIN’S DREAM TEAM: Invitations: Ceci New York Photographer: Andrew Adams and David Pillai Venue, Florist, Catering: Samode Palace Music: Jaipur Beats Hair & Makeup: Fiza Khan Mehndi and Sangeet Makeup Artist: Lisa Gadal Dress: Tarun Tahiliani Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti Jewelry: Tiffany & Co., Rajasthani Jewelry, and Kundan Jewelry Other Outfits: Anita Dongre, Anamika Khanna

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V246: CECI COLOR STORIES – BLUSH PINK & GOLD WEDDING COLOR SWATCHES

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Use this palette as a stepping stone toward creating your own dream event. Click on the color swatches to see how the colors come to life at a real event or discover more inspiring color stories now.

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V246: CECISTYLE INSIDER – 20% OFF ALL PURCHASES AT COASTAL ROAD

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V246: EXPERT STYLE TIPS – SUTRA JEWELS’ TOP COLORFUL PICKS

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We tapped Sutra Jewels to share with us this season’s hottest pieces that you need to be splurging on right now. To keep the glam going (in a colorful way, of course), look no further than these breathtaking gems that have been worn by tons of celebrities, including Mila Kunis, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift (and even First Lady Michelle Obama!). Whether they’re for your big day or simply for an evening on the town, Sutra’s creations are truly one-of-a-kind (I’m also immensely proud of their new brand, which we designed)!

Ceci

Sparkling Stones - Embrace color this season with Sutra Jewels' bright, glamorous gems

1. Ruby Chandelier Earrings ($25,000, sutrajewels.com) 2. Flower Emerald & Sapphire Ring ($19,000, sutrajewels.com) 3. Ruby Shield Ring ($9,000, sutrajewels.com) 4. Pink Sapphire & Tourmaline Earrings ($27,000, sutrajewels.com) 5. Opal Feather Earrings ($18,000, sutrajewels.com) 6. Emerald Feather Earrings ($18,000, sutrajewels.com) 7. Ruby Feather Earrings ($16,000, sutrajewels.com) 8. Pink Opal Dangle Earrings ($20,000, sutrajewels.com)

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SUTRA JEWELS
Sutra Jewels embodies luxurious sophistication. Our electric array of vibrant stones illuminates the colorfully diverse characters of each of our clients. We at Sutra believe that every woman at any age can display her true inner self through the beauty of our rich collection. From cascading earrings to delicately embellished rings, from the feather-light caress of a delicate necklace to the comforting grip of a studded bracelet, each of these pieces are as diverse as the women they adorn and yet, like these women, possess a unifying thread of subtlety and grace. In a very short time since Sutra’s founding, many Hollywood starlets and VIPs have worn Sutra. The First Lady Michelle Obama, Katy Perry, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kate Beckinsale, Kim Kardashian and Mila Kunis are just a few.

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V246: GREAT ESCAPES – SAMODE PALACE, JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN, INDIA

Great Escapes

Samode Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Samode Palace, Samode Haveli and Samode Bagh (Garden) are heritage monuments and structures built by the noble feudatory with the hereditary title of ‘Maha Rawal’ or ‘Maha Saheb’ of the Amber and Jaipur principality in Rajasthan, India. All three have rich history of several hundred years and display a fusion of Mughal and Rajasthani art and architecture. They are now part of the Heritage group of hotels under the flagship name of “Samode” that are run by the hereditary owners of these structures. The Samode Palace is located 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Jaipur city, the Samode Haveli is close to Jaipur (centrally located within city limits, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) away from the city railway station) and the Samode Bagh or Garden, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the palace which is also run as a luxury hotel.

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V246: DON’T MISS – CECI NEW YORK IS FEATURED IN FOUR SEASONS MAGAZINE

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The Ultimate Personalization - Ceci Johnson's expert advice on hand lettering is featured in Four Seasons Magazine

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V246: NEXT WEEK’S ISSUE – THE NEW ACQUALINA WEDDINGS

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