Archive for ‘Real Weddings’

September 21, 2013

The Wedding  A&A

I didn’t take many photos at the wedding- I had lehenga arranging duties , okay!!!! I thought I should split the posts up anyway -Getting Ready and The Wedding. Just for fun ! You will finally see the groom-they really do get neglected ,don’t they? It was SUCH a fun wedding and I was sorry when it ended though I did sleep for like three days after. Here’s to good friends getting married to the loves of their lives and living happily ever after!

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All photos are copyright of Kismet Jewell Nakai © 2013 so please no stealing or using without permission. Thanks!

September 20, 2013

Princess Mits gets ready.

The problem with an early morning wedding is that it’s early. *yawn* Getting ready takes a LOT of time and effort so you have to get it done right! Watching the most talented make up artist Amanender and his wife Kapila do their magic on the most beautiful bride was totally worth it. Loads of lovely light streaming in through the windows, pots of coffee and a few PJs (poor jokes) really made the morning memorable. Oh, and the fact that Anandita (aka Princess Mits) was getting married!!! 

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September 18, 2013

Princess Mits { Mehendi }

I never thought of myself as a hoarder. Till I realised that’s exactly  what I was with all my photographs. I have (virtual) piles of photographs lying with me. Saving them. For my new website that I am launching (have been planning on launching for a year now). Saving them. For the right time. Then, all of a sudden, a year has passed and all I have are more and more photographs. If my computer were a closet (?) , you’d be able to see the photos just kind of spilling out. I can’t wait any longer. I will double post if I have to. On the Unreal Bride and on my own website. But I just have to post something . NOW.

Also, I feel like this wedding belongs on The Unreal Bride. After all, it’s PRINCESS MITS’ wedding!!! Who knew when we did her shoot back when The Unreal Bride was a baby, we would feature her engagement as well and now her wedding?

Being a friend who was attending the wedding (I sometimes get to play that role), I shot a little of the fabulous 3 day wedding (or was it 4?or 5?) . Today,you can see the few photos from the very chilled out mehendi and perhaps tomorrow, you will see the ‘getting ready ‘ photos and some of the wedding. Perhaps.


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July 18, 2013

A Valley Wedding Real Wedding 

One fine day, we got an email asking about The Unreal Bride’s services and if April (the person) and I were available to do a one day wedding in Bangalore in April (the month-hehe sorry! Couldn’t resist that!). Used to the fact that people misunderstand what our roles are at The Unreal Bride, I wrote back saying I cover weddings and April does the styling and honestly, didn’t expect a  reply. So when I got this reply, it was just about the best thing to happen that week!

I love your blog – it’s the only bit of Indian wedding yumminess I’ve found online. I love that you guys are excited about fun, creative weddings. And I love all of your styling – the styled shoots on your blog as well as your own wedding. 

 And so I think when I wrote to you, it was that aesthetic that I wanted to take a handful of and sprinkle over our wedding!  
I just found and read your own ‘Make up and Bling‘ post and that’s quite exactly how I feel. So I guess I was sort of imagining you and April coming down here together, taking the wild bride in hand and turning out something quite beautiful, and then photographing your creation. 😀 (I do love your photography too!)”
April usually doesn’t do make up for brides but she had done mine and Shalini (the bride to be) wanted something along the same lines so we decided that if it can be done, then why not? This is exactly what we have wanted to do as a team and this was the most perfect opportunity!
Before we knew it, we were on a flight to Bangalore which with it’s beautiful trees is so easy to fall in love with! Our stay in Bangalore was short but one we won’t forget easily.
The wedding was a small intimate affair at the wild beautiful Krishnamurti school where Shalini grew up and where her fiance, Aditya, first met and began seeing each other. There were just about a hundred people(man!How I love small 100 people weddings!).  There was a ceremony of the couple’s own creation- some songs , speeches , symbolic circling of the fire, folk dances and more music! The ceremony began around sunset in the most magnificent surrounding (think trees and more trees and the blue sky that turned to purple). The rain put in a guest appearance and amongst the guests were the stray dogs (<3) that live on the school grounds. After the ceremony, the friends and family moved to the amphitheatre where there would be some dancing and dinner would be served . We just loved all the personal elements at the wedding- the decor was all stuff made by the couple and their friends- origami cranes, mason jars, photographs, strings of fairy lights,bunches of beautiful wild flowers and marigolds everywhere! When Shalini changed from one outfit to the other , she went from wearing a lovely cotton sari to a lehenga stitched together by one of her friends!! Now, that is what you call a labour of love! With it, she put on a flower wreath put together by April!! Did we mention that one of the bride’s best friends baked their wedding cake for them? A 3-tier wedding cake!!! It looked totally professional so you can imagine our surprise when we heard that the friend never really bakes!! Before I leave you so you can check out the photos, I have to tell you about the favours. The favours were homemade soaps made  by the couple and their friends ! We made sure we got one each for ourselves 🙂 They smelt so good!!!
This wedding was all about one thing- Love. And Happiness. Okay, that is two things- but it all comes under one category doesn’t it?? Love and happiness. You really don’t need anything else!


Thank you Shalini and Aditya for having us and the wonderful hospitality! We hope more people follow your example and focus more on the people and energies that surround a wedding  than the other less important things!

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December 20, 2011

Rock N’ Rollin or Unreal…or both?!

I have been saving this engagement for so many months, it is ridiculous. I am building my photography portfolio/website/blog and wanted this to be the first thing I blogged about but really…I am so lazy and this was so cool that I couldn’t wait any longer. PLUS Avani totally fits the category of the Unreal Bride so this makes complete sense 🙂
While waiting to build my online portfolio (or for it to build it self!) I also knew I wanted to submit this to one blog-Rock N’ Roll Bride.This is the one blog which when we started the Unreal Bride was our first stop  every morning . Seriously. I used to wonder if it was ever possible to be featured on that blog. But guess what, anything is possible! To be honest, I was scared I would send Kat the submission and she would be like ‘NO!!!’ .I mean from whatever I have seen/read about her-its always good stuff but you know how you think everything will go wrong with you and how people will hate you-well that is what I thought!So I was scared. Stupidly so!! because Kat is as cool as her pink hair! 
I may seem like I am playing it all cool and all that but I am SO not. I am bouncing off  the walls-this is a huge honour to have my photos up on the Rock N’ Roll Bride and I am so glad that it’s these two who have been featured on it.You know those connections I keep going on about ? Well Avani is one of those connections so she is extra special  ❤. I would call them the Poet and the Artist if I could and not the Barber and the Architect.
For the time being, I will just call them Avani and Yashwin.
I hand you over to Avani now-the poet;
So Yach and i have been together for over six and a half years now.
Both Cancerians. Both demented. (uhmm….who is she calling demented?! I only see two hotties!)
. . . and there we were, on our way to the cinema, driving to catch Tangled on Christmas day,
and he turns to me and goes “Let’s get married!” and I’m like “Yeah, Why the hell not”. Just like that.
We chose June 1st cause that’s the day my parents got married 25 years ago. It seemed right, you know.
What followed were a blurry five months. All for a massive party- to celebrate my parents silver anniversary and a coming-out-to-the-world-of-sorts for Y and I.
 Retracing the steps to that glorious day-
the before.
I was on a happy high. Literally feeling like a pumpkin,
swirling merrily to jazz, making mental notes, riding on perpetual elation.
The dress:
As I paraded around the studio
in my funny patchwork garb,
Yach called me a magician, see the love in that statement?
Two odd elves getting each other’s oddities and such.
The shoes:
I fell in lust the minute I saw them.
Cause I don’t usually wear anything but Mary janes or flipflops not because I don’t like sexy shoes but because I fall, a LOT.(She lies not, I have photographic evidence of when she tripped a *few* times but I know how she feels(since I fall a lot too!) so let’s not go there! 
I wanted to build a glass showcase for my molten gold bling heels
 cause they are a piece of art, that should be periodically ogled at and maybe worshiped.
The hair:
My hair’s short so I decided to wax it some and pretty it by adding these two lovely brooches my mum- in -law sent me.
The barber in me was beaming.
The jewelry:
I was going to wear my mother’s earrings, old school prettiness.
and bangles cause I love bangles, obsessively.
The cake:
Shrek cake? or the cake that looked like Mad Hatter’s hat?
We went with the hat- wild purple and sugarpaste and pink scallops and fondant.
I wanted them stripes, polkas, squiggly candy frostings in orange and fuschia
totally reflecting the strange in us.
The rings:
So, sadly there was nothing that was passed on for generations in Y’s family, something that was charmingly reeking of age- old tradition cause I am a sentimental fool like that.
I wanted something that was very me. Not a huge baubles person but this was special.
So we chose a funny little solitaire wrapped around a vine like engraving, holding the diamond like the mouth of a tulip.
and Y chose a simple band with three diamonds carved and held flat and he got both the rings set in rose gold.
And we saw them, the symbolic bands,
they burned it in copper,
they etched it in gold,
our names ~ our lives ~ our love.
Flying furniture, boomerang thoughts, bubbling baubles and ever increasing good kind of anxiety as the day loomed closer.
We got temple engaged two days before the big party.
Rose petals and wire circlets.
Sacred rites through a gold door.
The day he put a ring on it:
I saw only the blue in the sky that day
only the bright, only the serene,
held my dreams to my chest, dearly,
held my love in quiet possession.
The after:
Blessed and blissed out.
The gold fish scaled shoes killed it, for real, like they killed my feet.
The hem of my skirt was all wildflowers as i danced in delirium.
O,f strangers and kindness
of fairy lights and carriage dreams,
of a blinding, all consuming sort of love.
~ the stars sometimes align and the moon sings ~
And having Kismet there was just beyond awesome.
She captured the day just exactly as it was.
The frantic frills and  getting ready and the road to the party place. All of it.
All the randomness, all the gorgeous candids and all the details, the tiniest ones didn’t escape her.
All my beloved, humans and cat babies.
Thank you love for giving us the most beautiful of all gifts – lasting picture memories ❤

Photographer:Kismet Jewell Nakai

Outfit: Masaba and Missoni
Shoes: Trés Mode
Location: Mumbai
The song that played on repeat the whole time we were at the house . I never remember the name but I will never forget the tune.
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