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Wedding To Remember

East Meets West in modern wedding gowns


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Namrita Chettiar, left, created a custom Southeast Asian-inspired wedding dress for Tanya Mulvey. To bring the bride’s vision to life, Chettiar made sketches, above, after introducing Mulvey to her studio collection.

Snow-white gowns with trains running a mile long may be a popular choice for a walk down the wedding aisle in the United States, but some local brides are embracing a new look – the color, vibrancy and allure of ensembles that use the rich silks found in couture fabric shops in India and opulent Bollywood movies.

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Simple ways to minimize impact of potential wedding mishaps

Your wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, but what happens when the caterer closes, the head count is wrong and the band is a no-show? More than one couple has experienced these types of wedding disasters.

Make sure that your wedding day is filled with blissful memories by taking a few steps to protect yourself from the financial and emotional impact of nuptial dilemmas and put your mind at ease.

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Something special

Most engaged couples want their wedding to be fun and personal, anything but a cookie-cutter ceremony and reception. They look at blogs and bridal magazines for ideas to make their day special but often aren’t sure how to make it all happen.

A host of resources provide suggestions and opinions on what makes a wedding unique, but the answer is not that complicated – what makes a wedding unique is you. There is no one else like you, no other couple like you. So the goal is to create a wedding experience that reflects you as a couple. The concept may be simple, but the translation can sometimes be challenging.

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Inner glow: Selecting hair and makeup stylists for the big day


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Hair stylist Lynn Geyer, left, demonstrates a “messy” hairstyle popular among brides at Los Altos’ Laura Z., A Hair Lounge, below right.

In between saying “Yes!” and “I do,” brides have a lot on their minds, even if they hire wedding planners. From venues to menus, the whirlwind of choices seems endless.

Whatever the wedding theme, picking a hair stylist and a makeup artist who know how to bring out the radiant bride is paramount.

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Rengstorff House hosts bridal fair

The city of Mountain View’s Shoreline Division has scheduled “Sparkle,” a free bridal fair and rental open house 6-9 p.m. Sept. 12 at Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Mountain View’s oldest home and one of the best preserved examples of Victorian Italianate architecture on the West Coast, the house offers public tours three days a week and serves as a rental venue on other days throughout the year.

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Altared states: Wedding processions mix traditions with modern-day inspiration


Photo By: Courtesy of Theilen Photography
Photo Courtesy Of Theilen Photography Whether trotting down the aisle in an Indian Baraat ceremony like Virtaj Singh or skiing down the slopes in Tahoe to say “I do” like Ali Burger, right, some brides and grooms are putting a new twist on tradition.

When Los Altos resident Nancy Burger watched her daughter Ali zip down to the altar red-cheeked and wind-tousled last winter, she witnessed the culmination of a briskly athletic wedding dream.

“Several years ago, Ali casually said that she would someday like to ‘ski down the aisle,’” said Burger, noting her daughter’s love of skiing and the mountains. “Only after they got engaged Jan. 27, 2012, on the back slopes of Northstar, did I learn that indeed this was no metaphor.”

Burger, guests and the groom, Branden Bedwell, looked on as Ali skied down to her wedding ceremony at Diamond Peak Ski Resort clad in a full-length wedding dress, short white gloves and not a lot else – good fortune for the entire wedding party that the winter weather was mild.

“It was a magical day and, from the parental planning perspective, I would say that the wedding day is all about the couple – their dreams, visions, wishes,” Burger said.

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