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A Maid of Honor has various important duties to uphold. Primarily she’s there to provide practical and emotional support to the bride. She might also help with her veil, bouquet, and anything else she might require assistance with. But the most important thing about being a Maid of Honor is that they are not, under any circumstances, to upstage the bride on her special day, but as you can see from these pictures snapped at a wedding in Alberta, Canada, nobody told Sharilyn Wester that!
The wedding photographer, Ashley Hempel, asked Sharilyn to assist with the veil toss portion of the couple’s photoshoot, but the Maid of Honor decided to take her duties to the next level by making the day of her BFF Rebecca and her husband James Foster even more special with a series of hilarious poses. Fortunately Rebecca was in on the whole thing, but nobody warned James, which may explain some of his own awkward poses. “The groom had no idea what we decided to do,”said Sharilyn, “but once we started acting goofy, he played along and was laughing.”
Despite the seemingly impromptu nature of the shoot, the Maid of Honor revealed that the prank had actually been a long time in the making. “It was based off a photo Rebecca saw that we both decided we had to recreate,” she explained. “This was two years before the actual wedding!” So remember, all of you potential bridesmaids out there, if you’re going to upstage the bride, just make sure you have permission first!
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Marília and Matheus, who live in São Paulo, Brazil, had been hoping for an outdoor wedding last month, but the weather that day had other plans. With a storm rolling through, bringing with it heavy rains, the couple decided to move the ceremony under a tent. However, Marília and Matheus, and their numerous guests, weren’t the only ones hoping to stay dry.
While those in attendance settled into their seats, a random stray dog strolled in too seeking shelter and attention. Being a closed event, however, people tried to evict the muddy-pawed pup — though he didn’t stay out for long.
“As the ceremony started, to everyone’s surprise, it was the dog who came in when the bridal chorus began to play,” Marília told The Dodo. But the biggest surprise was yet to come.
India is known for extravagant weddings. Adding to the list of big fat Indian weddings in the INR 55 crore-worth grand wedding in South India in Kollam, Kerala. (READ: Bollywood Divas In Their South Indian Avatars). With a net worth of $2.8 billion, Dr B. Ravi Pillai, Chairman, RP Group, is one of the richest Keralites with business interests spread across several countries. Forbes ranks him in the world’s billionaires list at 988, and at 30 in India. He arranged the grand wedding of his daughter, Arathy with Adithya Vishu, in his hometown, and flew down his multi-national businessmen and royal friends from around the world, to make them experience why Kerala is truly “God’s own Country”.
Royal members from the Middle-East, and the CEOs of various companies were among those who attended the week-long multi-crore wedding ceremony. Many famous politicians, actors, businessmen across the globe were seen at the wedding. There were members from the royal family of Bahrain, and other government officials of various countries present at the wedding.
This is what Dr. Pillai told the media:
“I am bringing in guests from over 40 countries and it includes CEOs and presidents, besides numerous Royal family members from the Middle East. Most of them are coming to India for the first time. They will stay in Kerala for a week. My main aim is to sell Kerala to them as a destination for their investments.”
This luxurious wedding set in Kollam had a Rajasthan inspired set that was designed and set up by Sabu Cyril, who is the Art Director of famous movies like Enthiran, Ra.One, and not to miss the blockbuster hit, Baahubali: The Beginning. The wedding set was spread across eight acres, and had a Rajasthani palace recreated at a whopping 20 crore. There were separate seating and dining areas for VVIPs, dignitaries, and families. The main event of the wedding happened in a state-of-the-art lotus mandap.
The entertainment for the guests included a breathtaking Bharatanatyam performance by renowned actresses Manju Warrier and Shobhana, and a musical show conducted by Stephen Devassy. ‘Rhythm of the Forest’ performance, choreographed by Soorya had 400 dancers on stage. A traditional Kerala sadya was served for the guests in dining halls, which could accommodate 7,000 guests at a time.
Dr. Ravi Pillai has a heart of gold, he thinks beyond the luxuries and glamour of life. He went on a charity-spree in Kerala, as a part of the pre-wedding ceremonies.
Amid speculations about such a big budget wedding, Dr. Pillai said this to the media:
“Besides conducting my daughter’s marriage in a good manner, I am also spending around Rs 10 crore for humanitarian initiatives. As part of it, as many as 2,000 cancer patients in the state will be given Rs 10,000 each as medical aid.”
The groom, Adithya Vishu is a doctor from Kochin. He was dressed in a traditional veshti, and a silk kurta for the wedding. The bride, who is also a doctor, looked ethereal in a coral red embroidered saree, and gorgeous diamond sets. She dazzled in a complete bridal diamond jewellery set at her wedding which included a rich ruby diamond choker, huge layered diamond haram, diamond head piece, diamond earrings, diamond armlet, diamond bangles set and diamond waist belt.
For the reception, the bride wore a heavily embroidered red lehenga. The groom looked dapper in a blue and golden bandhgala.
Even though the wedding made headlines due to its lavish budget, we have to agree that it was a spectacular one. The bride and groom looked super-adorable. Team BollywoodShaadis wishes the couple a happily married life ahead.
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For Kim Penrose and her husband Nathan, their bathroom renovation was an exciting undertaking. “We wanted it to look great because it is the only bathroom on the living level so everyone sees it,” Kim says. “It is our master bath as well as the guest bath.” Collecting ideas online, from places like Pinterest and Houzz, they decided to only include pieces they loved, knowing it would all come together in the end. Cement tiles make a bold statement while exposed plumbing adds an industrial element they love. At the Rue HQ, we fell in absolute love with the beetle kill wood paneling on the ceiling! In fact, it’s the unique mix of materials that make this one impressive renovation. Take a look at the shocking before & after in the slideshow, and check out our interview with Kim below to learn more about the project:
The transformation is amazing! What were your top priorities (function-wise) in the renovation?
We had a small space to work with so our top priority was to make the most of it. Taking the tub out and adding the stand up shower as well as doing a smaller scale sink helped to accomplish that.
What was your initial vision (aesthetic-wise), and how did you bring it to life?
Our home is a 1936 brick Tudor style home. We really wanted something vintage, but modern. We fell in love with the cement floor tiles and that was the starting point. The subway tile would have been around in 1936 when the home was built. The exposed plumbing in the shower and the open vanity stand gave it a vintage feel that was in line with the integrity of the design in the rest of the home. We had a vision for the overall bathroom and just went “in search of” for each piece. The bowl and teak countertop were originally intended to be wall mounted, but we took it to an awesome metal sculptor in our neighborhood who made our sketch come to life and we set the teak countertop in the stand.
We know renovations never go as expected. What challenges did you face, and how did you overcome them?
Since we have an older home, we expected some challenges. We had to replace all of the galvanized plumbing. We took an old trunk closet that was in the adjoining bedroom and cut it in half to gain more space for the bathroom, but then had to relocate the attic access.
We love the mix of materials! Tell us about that idea.
We were very eclectic in our design. We don’t worry about matching finishes or materials. We just go for what we like and it just seems to work! We love the industrial look of old downtown lofts and the mix of cement, Beetle kill wood ceiling and metal made it feel a little more industrial. The black marble tile on the shower floor and in the cubbies is a fun addition to add an elegant touch and dress everything up.
What do you love most about the bathroom’s design?
We love that we were truly able to bring our vision to life. We love the contrasting colors, the simple elegance and the way the design opened that space. We want people that saw our old bathroom to be blown away and they are!