Monsoon Bride & a Giveaway

So this is what they mean when they say that time flies when you are having fun ?! That one second you have an idea, the next second you decide to act on the idea, the second after that you start writing a blog based around the same idea and many seconds after that, it’s already been a year? It has reached a point where I am less concerned about how old I turn and more concerned about how old our blog is and what we should do to celebrate!

Though I cannot wait to tell you all about our birthday celebrations, I think first we must reflect on the year that has passed! From our first post –Dressing the Doctor to newspaper articles, photo booths, contributing to people’s life memories, being momentary TV stars, doing assignments like ad campaigns and food-styling , to traveling a fair amount- our year has been PACKED with amazing experiences! Not to forget all the amazing people we have ‘met’ and learnt from! It truly has been an amazing year and can’t wait for more madness!

Technically our birthday was a few days ago (a few of you dedicated readers know the exact date, don’t you?) but we got very busy which we can’t complain of and had to put the birthday celebrations on the back burner. And, the weather was far from cooperative to any kind of shoot, it IS the monsoon here and SO SO hot! We managed though, so very aptly our bride(not a real bride- we love our friends for being so cooperative and model-iscious! ) –our bride has been named the Monsoon Bride. You will see why – everything is so green and fresh that it is hard to believe it is so stuffy outside that you cannot breathe!

Collaborating with us is the lovely Nikhaar, owner and creator of Ketchup – a business all about bags. We briefly mentioned her on one Thursday Purseday but have been saving her for something bigger and better like today’s beyond amazing GIVEAWAY! She is so awesome , because she is giving away one of her Ketchup bags to the person who wins the giveaway. We are super excited because clearly this girl is going places- she is currently busy getting her stall ready for the Lakme Fashion Week (WOW!).

NOW I can finally show you the pictures with our gorgeous Monsoon Bride !! Ways on how to enter the giveaway will be at the end of the post .

Amazing is what Gauri looked in Aprils great grandmother’s lehenga (uhm, how is it in such good condition -its ancient!). I LOVE the colour of the lehenga and I need to find an outfit in the same colour or hijack this lehenga! We raided my Mom’s cupboard and found all this old silver jewelery that she has collected over the years. Some of it is from a small village somewhere up in the hills and some of it is from when they visited Pakistan. Got to say my Mom has fabulous taste (credit to my Dad too because he often surprises her with silver stuff he gets from his ‘contacts’)!

Nikhaar was kind enough to send some of her bags to incorporate into our shoot so you can get a taste of what you might WIN! Personally, this reversible clutch is one of my favourites- how awesome is it? I told you-this girl is talented!

Everything about these bags spell PERFECT.The right size to carry to a wedding , colours that can go with anything and excellent quality.

All these fab jewels belong to the model, mostly from Amrapali. *drool*

With the next few photos you will get that monsoon-y feeling I have been going on about- so much green everywhere! And so many bags too!

Did I mention that our model is an artist? She makes the most phenomenal paintings- urban landscapes, trees that are alive and chairs being her (or my ) favourites. That’s why I love the next photo, it is so apt !

What did you think??? Did you like our Monsoon bride with all the bright colours, bags and gorgeous jewelry?? Are you ready for the Giveaway now?! I know you are so here is what you have to do to participate-

  • Head over to the Ketchup facebook page, give it a like (you know you want to) browse through the albums to check out their cool bags!
  • Then, go to our facebook page, drop us a line to say hello!
  • If you are on twitter- follow us there (@ketchupbags and @unrealbride) and tweet ” @ketchupbags is having an awesome birthday giveaway on the @unrealbride blog. A bag is to be won- I hope it’s me!!!!
  • Finally, leave us a comment on the blog, telling us which bag it is that you loved from the Ketchup page (this is a must otherwise your name doesn’t get counted!!!)!
  • Extra points to everyone who links us to their Facebook status !!
  • You have till the 8th of August,Monday to enter the give-away.
  • Winners will be chosen by random and will be announced on the 9th of August!
Now that isn’t too hard is it? So , come on – get going!! This giveaway is open to everyone so don’t restrict yourself if you live far far away!
So many bags, so little time! Good luck to all of you!One of these beauties could be yours!
Our lovely model/bride: Gauri Sharma
Bags: Ketchup by Nikhaar
Styling and photography: April Sher Bhaika and Kismet Jewell Nakai
Clothes: April’s ancestors and her Mum for keeping them in such perfect condition!
Jewelery: My mum

54 Responses to “Monsoon Bride & a Giveaway

  1. thank you for such lovely responses/comments !!
    a big hug to each and everyone of you ….
    and lots of love to April and Kismet !

  2. though i love them all….still da brown bag on ladder nd da beige clutch sitting on lawn are da ones i love da most…..nd yes its such a grt story da u hv done wid ur @Monsoon Bride@ …nothing could have described da mosoon bride better than theze bright colors ..da antique jewellery ..i mean i jst love to be in her place…wowwwwwwwwwww….dis is y i love u grlz so much…..grt going…keep it up kitties……cheeerrrrzzzzz

  3. Happy birthday! I love circle – multi colour.
    Following us on FB (Ana Belén R M) and twitter (@Fisigiawa) and tweeted:!/Fisigiawa/status/100529689667444736

  4. Love them all – but the ones on the tree are lovely!!

  5. Hi we’ve entered the contest and hope to win 🙂 love the bag (gold with ruffle) that is pictured on the model in row 7 of your post above!

  6. Excellent work!….The colours are amazing….love the close-ups….the last and the 5th last…are my favorites….keep up the good work!

  7. I thot to put in a hello again 🙂 with my fingers crossed

  8. iam blogging in again! “” yea””
    love the shoot!
    my like – 2nd last row from down ,1st image,in the box,the corner red clutch with a label of KETCHUP!
    hope to win

  9. Happy happy to the Unreal brides!
    In & out has got to be my fav 🙂

  10. Bucket, bucket, bucket…. I love that bag, it’s fun, playful and that lining is stunning!! Great blog too! X

  11. Happy Birthday to your blog, Kis! Have we known each other for a year already? I love the silver clutch under her arm in the first image. So colorful! What a great giveaway! XO

  12. Happy birthday blog!
    Love the colors in the shoot…and adore the rose pink grey bag!

  13. Happy birthday blog!
    Lovely colors in the shoot…and adore the rose pink grey bag!

  14. I just love all your bags… its difficult to comment on which is the best… Infact the bag i got customised made is alsoooo amazing… m waiting for you to be a lil free from your schedule then i need you to design 2 more bags for me…
    ok ok.. now bout the bag i liked the most…. the PERFORATION is so simple, elegant nd smart… it can cater to all age groups and almost all occasions… its got a class of its own… stands out… absolutely fallen in love with the bag and the color….
    all your bags are amazingly pretty, smart and class apart… great collection… keep up the great work of creating such wonders for everyone specially me… 😉

  15. This is why we all love you girls 🙂 the colours .. massive happy burday to you, and heres to many more unreal years to come 🙂 xx

  16. Happy {blog} birthday to ya! {Stevie Wonder style} congratulations on a fantastic year ~ I thought you’d been around much longer. What a gorgeous shoot ~ makes me want to wear more colourful clothes! All that incredible jewelry and those gorgeous bags…wow. As you say that metallic clutch would work well for all kinds of weddings!

  17. HaPPY BiRthDay………………………!! I entered..!!Though totally confused about the bags :P…still wins..!! Cant take off my eyes away from the colorful photoshoot.Loved the compositions and the settings..Besties..!!

  18. Beautiful photography and collection of bags…Colorful pictures making the bride look so fresh and lively!! Well done guys…

  19. Gorgeous photos! LOVE the colors!

  20. What a lovely monsoon bride, beautifully captured. loved all the jewellery and stuff. and I entered tooooooo !! Happy Birthday Unreal Bride. How come i am left behind in joining the Giveaway. Loved the ketchup stuff. what a catchy name and beautiful bags. I want this oneeeee

  21. Hey Kismet….. happy happy birthday to you guys!!! its so great to see you guys have been around for a full year…. very inspirational on my off blogging days!!!!

    This shoot is my absolute favorite…. (i said that about the Doctor shoot as well) but no really… I love love love the lehenga and hope and pray i can look after my wedding clothes that well that my granddaughter can wear it one day!!!

    thanks for introducing ketchup…. went thru their fb page and got stuck for a long long time!! just couldn’t decide which was my favorite… but i think this awesome in and out bag totally wins!! (

    Hope to see lots more shoots…. and if you guys are ever in bombay let me know 🙂

  22. So so so beautiful. love the colours, the pictures, the composition. Kudos!

  23. CONGRATS on one year!!!! Happy birthday! 🙂 Time really does fly when you’re having fun 😉
    Such beautiful colors in this shoot!

  24. Firstly happy happy to the unreal bride… I cant believe its been a year already.. remember getting an email when you were still thinking about the name!!

    I LOVE this photoshoot… cant believe it Aprils grand mums lahenga.. who would’ve believed that yellow was in that season too!! Love the contrasts and the styling.. love love love everything about it!! Gauri is looking stunning. Kis the photography is totally ‘unreal’ 🙂

    Now for the greedy bit – I LOVE THEM ALL.. okie so if I HAVE to narrow it down, it would have to be the red clutch in the corner of the basket, the gold with the black bow, the beige hanging on the tree .. can I go on??

  25. love the shoot!love the bags!i did everything and my favorite is the studded clutch! 🙂

  26. Wow, so many beautiful colors!!!!

  27. may the coming year be as unreally sparkling, colorful and action packed. happy happy b’day ladies:)
    the bags are vibrant and extremely “happy” looking. stunning collection and passionately purple would be my favorite:) great stuff ketchup team!

  28. Woohoo! Happy happy budday, mates! Like I always say, birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake, and errr, in this case, get that lovely ketchup bag I’m eyeing 😛 – Love ’em all! Just how am I expected to pick just one 😉 But if you do insist – this would be my pic – – love it!

    Happy birthday agn, have fun and may this bring you three awesome ladies (yes lovely Nikhaar, you too!) all the special things, that mean the most to you. 🙂

  29. WOW ! thanks yo 🙂 i look so nice !! i love the post !!! n do i get to try my luck with the bags ?

  30. I really hope I win this!
    I would like this purse in purple, as shown in your shoot above. Purple is one of my wedding colors and would be perfect! 🙂

  31. Stunnnnning!!! The Bride and the bags!! The photography and styling is just amazing !

  32. I entered!!Amaazing the colors….I love the silver frills bag!!

  33. Love the colours and ALL the jewellry.

  34. Heyyyyyyyy i just joined the Giveaway fever 😀 Firstly, Happy Birthday dear Unreal Bride. Secondly, i just loved the photo session with Gauri. She is adoring a wonderful Ghaggra ( lehnga 😉 ) and what a beautiful pink Fulkari. Being a Punjabi Jatt Sikh girl, I could so relate to her as both the articles – the ghaggra and the fulkari belong to my mother land Punjab 🙂

    Doesnt matter if i lose, i am in love with your work and now thanks to you i know about Ketchup too 😀 just keep up the good work. Hope i will be there to wish you many more birthdays 🙂

    and tough choice !! but this is the one i would love to have 😀

  35. Here I am again…. cuz I just can’t get enough of the excitement around. Ok ok, this would be my last comment for the day 🙂
    Just wanted to tell you that I have not just facebooked aloud about you guys, but also pinned:

  36. Oh by the way… I loveeee…absolutely love this bag…

    So if I win, send me this and I will love u guys all the more 🙂

  37. i really liked the red clutch with a label of ketchup on it ! its simple and stylish 🙂 i hope to win !!

  38. love all the bags…its so hard to pick even 5….but love the floral print with brown leather straps…n the red with golden studs!

  39. Awesome Photo shoot guys…..Congrats for the super styling and photography….and ofcourse a big up to the model…GAURI…u look awesome…

  40. I love the flower power shoulder Bag….! plz can i have it. pretty please.

  41. hi! wishing u a very happy bday!! keep up the good work guys..
    Yves Saint Laurent said “A good model can advance fashion by ten years”. visiting ur blog makes me apply same to u. loved the pics n ideas n simply loved the “black bow” bag!

  42. All the bags i great! i personally loove da frills bag….perfect bag for the wedding season! n cosidering i have 4 back-to-back weddings comin up…would love to win it!! 😉

  43. n Happy Birthday to ull!!! have been following ull ever since ul were featured on Band Baaja Bride…n m totally enjoyin it! 🙂

  44. in lovee wid da colours!!! an amazing post….combines my love for silver jewellery n bags!! 😀

  45. the brown ribbon is my fav 🙂

  46. I just can’t decide which bag do I like the most. Being a girl, it gets difficult to pick one, you know.
    Happy birthday to you and congratulations to you gurls for the fab job done over the past 1 year… keep going and keep growing— forever.


  47. Amazing photos…..and a very very happy Birthday t he The Unreal Bride….:-*

  48. i entered i entered and this time hopefully i win:) even if not i love the blog way too much to miss the posts

  49. Love the colours! & Gauri looks lovely


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