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The TGB Fashion Files – The Bride | Swathi Purushothaman

By TGB Desk / On October 18th, 2017

Hola Amigos,

How is the week treating you so far? All set to welcome Goddess Lakshmi home?

We are so so happy to be here today to share the pictures of this bride who has completely bowled us over by her incredible sense of style. Swathi of Studio 149 is an acclaimed fashion designer and an entrepreneur. She has designed outfits for quite a few brides. Her designs are so elegant and glamorous. The color palette of her wedding wardrobe was stunning and was just perfect for the occasion. We have to confess that we couldn’t take our eyes off of her wedding pictures. In short, her bridal trousseau was what wedding dreams are made of!

The TGB Bride

Introducing Swathi…

“I keep telling all my clients not to blindly follow trends. It might be in rage, but might not be the best option for you. Keeping it simple and classy, always works. Always has, always will. And so when it came to designing outfits for my own wedding, I kept this basic rule in my mind. When I set out to design my bridal trousseau, I made a short list of what I wanted. And then started procuring fabric and other embellishments. My Team has done an incredible job of helping me in bringing my outfit dreams come true. Just can’t thank them enough!”

“Oh, and by the way, wanted to tell you something…all my cousins and friends started their shopping even before I started to think about mine. Can you believe it? I mean, I am the bride for crying out loud, I am supposed to go shopping first. I was seething with anger (for one whole SECOND) until I realised that I am the one who would be designing their outfits and got all engrossed. Jokes apart, I enjoy designing a lot, so just jumped at the opportunity of designing for five gorgeous girls at once! 

Engagement Outfit

Draped lehenga in Maroon velvet and silk tissue. I have a favourite pair of jhimmikis. Am completely obsessed about those earrings. And wanted my entire set of jewelry and ensemble to match it. I raided my jewelry box and found a traditional neck piece encrusted with rubies. I decided to use it as a nethi chutti (maang tikka) and an antique gold necklace layered with a ruby rope chain around the neck.

I wanted my jewelry to stand out and so made a full sleeved blouse with work focussed around the sleeve cuff and back of the blouse. We used a mix of sequins and zardosi with gold beads and kundans. The lehenga is a 16 panel tissue skirt complete with sequin borders and an embellished waist belt. The panels have been embellished with velvet applique work (highlighted with zardosi) that starts midway across the length of the lehenga. Dupatta (made of sequins woven fabric) is the most favourite detail of this Lehenga. The drape completely uplifts this simple ensemble to give it a regal look.

The second outfit for the engagement was a pink sari from Tulsi silks paired with a raw silk blouse. Also designed to be in sync with the bride’s outfits are the bridesmaids outfits in white and gold. Most of my engagement jewellery was from Prince Jewellery, Chennai.


I wanted to keep it simple as I didn’t want to miss out on all the fun with friends and family or my Sangeet practice sessions and not care about accidentally smudging it and leaving a nasty stain on my pretty outfit with henna.

So I wore a simple high low skirt in maroon crepe silk and embroidered crop top to keep my feet out of the way of fabric. I dressed this look up with a pair of gorgeous chandbalis adorned with rubies and pearls from Mehta Jewellery.

I wore a Pavadai Dhavani (South Indian Lehenga) – a tulle skirt paired with an embroidered choli and flowy dupattah enbellished with kundan buttis in shades of pretty peach for my nalungu. Paired this up with diamond jhumkis and a choker. This choker doubles up as a pendant for Odiyanam (waist belt).

Psst…That’s what I wore in my engagement and it went with my Pink saree perfectly.

I chose a gold shimmer and midnight purple velvet Anarkali ensemble with birds and floral embroidery on the panelled flare. I love how the geometric hemline looks beautiful when I twirl and the velvet churidhar has concentric embroidered borderlines that look like a classical dancer’s anklets. I chose an Anarkali as I love to dance and didn’t want the layers of the lehenga to come in the way while dancing.

Wedding Muhurtam
I had to do two dress (read saree) changes for the Muhurtam. I wanted to keep both the looks classic and timeless.

The first one was a red tissue sari with all over paisley vine motifs. Teamed it up with a gold embroidered blouse with a geometric lattice work with glass beads, zardosi and kundans.

The second one was an off white kanjeevaram tissue sari with a red zari border. I chose an intricately embroidered red raw silk blouse and a tissue veil with sequin border. The Emeralds in the jewelry matched the thin green edging of the sari perfectly. The veil truly made me feel like a Queen that day.

For Reception, I opted for a monochrome pastel outfit with gold highlights and diamond jewelry.

I felt the cape lehenga would look super stylish and chic for the Reception. The cape can always be reused and paired with simple ensembles later. The broad border on the lehenga looks beautiful when you twirl for those couple shots you want to frame for a lifetime.

Brides often ask us how to match the groom’s outfit – it’s not about going for the same shades really. The Styles have to be in sync and some tiny details to tie the 2 outfits together will do the magic.

Floral embroidery (mix of Dori, Zardosi, pearls and mirrors) perfectly matched the English floral décor.


For the cocktail, I really wanted to keep it simple as I wanted the jewelry to stand out as it was a special gift from my grandparents. The diamonds were set in rose gold and had pearl highlights. I chose to wear an onion pink linen silk straight fitted gown with a Grecian drape accentuated by Badla work floral embroidery around the waist and shoulder. Though simple in making, the entire look went well with the theme of the cocktail party and made me stand out.


Engagement – Maroon Gold Lehenga – Rs. 60,000
Pink Saree from Tulsi Silks – Rs. 82,000
Pink Bridal Blouse – Rs. 12,500
Mehendi – Asymmetric Skirt in Maroon with a crop top – Rs. 14,500
Nalungu – Peach Pavadai Dhavani – Rs. 32,500
Wedding Sarees sourced from Kanchi –
                                                                   Red Kanjeevaram Saree – Rs. 58,000
                                                                   Off white Kanjeevaram Saree – Rs. 58,000
                                                                   Bridal Blouses – Rs. 15,000 & 12,500 respectively
Reception – Pastel Peach Lehenga with a Cape – Rs. 1,20,000
Cocktail – Onion Pink Grecian Outfit in Peach – Rs.14,500
Jewelry – Diamond set from Prince Jewelry
                Gold Jewelry custom made by a local Karigar (Designs by Swathi herself)

Thank you very much Swathi for sharing your wedding pictures and the wedding outfit details for our blog. May you have a wonderful married life!!

Stay Happy!!!

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