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“Sanyukta makes the dream a reality – her dresses continue to make eco chic feminine and glamorous, and the recent boutique opening is the icing on the cake for Brides to experience the whole package in the relaxed, friendly environment she has created at Behuli.” – Bryony Toogood – Conde Nast Brides
On the Monday afternoon of 22nd July, the SS team hosted an event, on this very special day, to introduce press and industry to the new boutique & showcase the luxurious, yet ethical & vintage Audrey Hepburn inspired wedding gowns from the 2014 collection. Embracing the hottest weather & the exciting atmosphere in London many notable people in bridal fashion industry from leading bridal Editors, Fashion directors & stylists, to wedding planners, Photographers & bridal boutiques owners attended the event to celebrate with the team.
The champagne and canapés reception was held within our first flagship London boutique, located on Walham Grove, Fulham which border line London’s most pretty Chelsea to celebrate the launch on what was officially the hottest day in London in a year.
Holding onto her background Sanyukta has chosen to name the flagship store ‘Behuli’ as a dedication to her Nepalese roots. Behuli translates as a ‘bride’ in Nepalese, a beautiful word that echoes the beauty of SS brides. Behuli will be an extension of Sanyukta’s ethos ‘Beauty with a conscience’ focusing on providing luxury bridal wear that is individual and ethical. Dedicated to servicing each bride as an individual with unique needs the team will focus on getting to know brides personally, and understanding their needs before assisting them to find their dress. By offering bespoke and made to measure services the Sanyukta Shrestha team hope to be able to assist every bride in bringing her wedding dream to life.
“Our Flagship store, is in the quiet yet vibrant retail surroundings of Fulham London, which is just a borderline to the beautiful Chelsea area. We are very excited to expand on our passion and continue to share this incredible journey with many many more brides & our stockists.” – Sanyukta
Chilled champagne was served along with delicious freshly made organic canapés from Chef Sonya at Eco Cuisine including asparagus with a mustard vinaigrette, sweetcorn fritters with a chilli sauce, MSC certified sustainably sourced prawns with avocado in a salsa on little gem leaves, organic spicy mini sausages from Helen Brownings farm in Wiltshire. Refreshing….!!
Within the 600 square foot store houses her current bridal collection & SS Millinery collection along with the handmade bespoke accessories from Ana Maria Bufnila, vintage boho headpieces Gemma Sutton and luxury bridal shoes from designer Freya Rose to compliment SS gowns.
The entertainment for the afternoon was the showcase of the Sanyukta Shrestha 2014 collection itself. Models Debora, Laura & Nicole flaunted the new collection beautifully in a small Catwalk show. Sanyukta’s new capsule collection range is inspired by the iconic Audrey Hepburn with her signature twist. The collection featured seven simple yet striking & daring backless wedding dresses.
Two of our lovely models Deborah and Laura wore their hair up in intricate up-dos that Gemma created while in comparison our lovely fair haired model Nicole sported a relaxed boho vibe with soft loose waves pulled back to a small know at the back of the head.
“I particularly love the detailing on the back of Sanyukta’s new collection, they are little daring but really beautiful and also when brides turn around you get that extra wow factor ” – Sally Dixon (Fashion Stylist)
During the catwalk models showcased the designs with little bunches of home grown Lavender bouquet by pollen designs as a tribute to the purple organic theme of Sanyukta Shrestha’s new campaign Shot in Lavender Field.
Florist Rebecca from Pollen Designs created a fresh muted palette with lisianthus, ivory & pale pink peony roses, David Austin ‘Patience’ roses and soft wild greenery including foraged tree ivy, home grown lavender, sage & rosemary to compliment decor of SS boutique as well as the collection. In keeping with the elegant & timeless style, Rebecca created floral displays that were soft, natural and had a fantastic aroma.
Very well received Barbara’s Badass cupcakes were hit for the event which pleased many guests and received praise for its fresh & deliciousness with its stylish presentation and the Eco cuisine’s fresh organic canapés were well worthy of praise too. Both of these ladies were so dedicated to make everything so fresh for the guests, they prepared almost all of the food in 2 hours and ensured it was ready just as the guests arrived.
Beside the boiling heat at 34 degree, it was all lovely delightful Monday afternoon as all our guests stayed patiently all afternoon for the celebration of the Behuli Launch. On departure invited guests were handed a Behuli by Sanyukta Shrestha gift bag which included one of the softest Nepalese handmade Pashmina Shawl and a fresh peony by Pollen Designs with organic eco friendly coconut water supplied by Ecos Beverages.
Event Planner – SS TEAM
Designer – SANYUKTA SHRESTHA
Event Photographer – MORDERN VINTAGE WEDDINGS
Video – JON NASH & ROBERT DEE To view the event video – Click here
Models Hair & Make up – GEMMA SUTTON
Accessories – ANA MARIA BUFNILA & GEMMA SUTTON
Shoes – FREYA ROSE
Catering – ECO CUISINE
Drinks – ECOS Beverages
Champagne – VAGABOND
Cupcakes – BADASS CAKES
Florist – POLLEN DESIGNS
Special Thanks to Sally Dixon, Bryony Toogood, Kerry Jackson Rider, Ellene Immelman, Dr. Sangita Shrestha, Hazel Porter, Daisy Blow, Suvas Shrestha, Ashish Shrestha, Laura Greenslade. Also amazing Conde Nast Brides, Wedding magazine, You & Your wedding magazine, Vow Bridal Gallery & Angelica Bridal Boutique for their great support.