Posts tagged ‘destination weddings’

January 23, 2015

A 1000 questions about your wedding, 1 answer to your wedding design : Devika Narain 

Sensory Overload. This is what I experience most days when I surf the web/open my email/ go shopping/attend a wedding. There is just too much going on everywhere! At least too much for me to handle. It doesn’t help that I am really bad at filtering out the excess stuff.When there is too much stimuli , you will probably find me sitting in a corner- eyes shut,ears covered ,gently rocking myself back in to some state of normalcy. Don’t believe me? Come shopping with me. You will know then.

Boy,am I glad that I got married three years ago (!!) and don’t have to go through the process of what shall I wear, who shall we call, what will the place look like, who will take our photos….. the list is endless my to-be brides. Yes, it is fun and the ‘process’ is what you will remember but I am happy that I am done with that. The number of blogs out there with an ‘A-Z’ listing of every possible kind of vendor you can think of is incredible! Where do you start looking for a good florist? More importantly, where (and HOW) do you stop?!

The question arises- are we spoilt for choice or are we spoiling our choice ?

Perhaps this is a reason why TUB (The Unreal Bride, guys! Get with the program.) never got down to making a vendors section. Too many people, too many choices, bad filtering system. And yeah, maybe we are picky.

Suddenly , amongst the chaos something comes to your attention! Something as simple as a photograph of a flower arrangement like you have never seen before, or the most unique mandap and you dig deeper and what do you find?Beauty! The person behind this beauty I speak of is Devika Narain . From stalking her pretty posts of different destinations-gold deserts, blue beaches, white mountains,  she transformed them in to table settings, tents, vases filled with lemons, and fairy lights everywhere!

The Unreal Bride really desperately requires a dose of gorgeousness and inspiration to start this year off so thank god for Devika !

What does Devika have to say? “I love all things happy and have found a way to corral my background in literature and an ability to put pretty things together into one big party of a business. I grew up inspired by whatever sparked my imagination – from Paris to Sabyasachi to a deep-rooted love of bold, bright colors and vintage flea market finds. With an enticing and recognizable aesthetic I now create beautiful, fun weddings and parties with lots of little details.’

If you are planning your wedding, look no further, block out the noise-start and stop your search right here because I have no doubt in my mind that Devika won’t take your dreams and make them in to the most gorgeous reality. I can prove it too! Here are  photos from some of the weddings she has designed.

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Rose petals and fairy lights 

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This mehendi in Jaisalmer is one of my favourites- so blue, big patterns and the most amazing attention to detail.My mehendi would have looked like this (if I had had one!) .


This is a wedding in a STADIUM. Ever seen a stadium look so good? 


All photos are property of Devika Narain. No stealing without permission, please. 

If you want to join me in stalking Devika, you can find her on her website , her blog, her instagram (definitely need to follow her here) and facebook.


Oh, and Happy New Year everyone! ❤

July 9, 2012

The {Un}Real Diaries : The Venue..a photographic journey.

Not many posts coming from us these days, are there? Sorry about that. I wish I could churn out at least 3 posts a week, but it gets hard ! I need to find my blogging mojo again! Just keep at it, I guess! We get so many awesome inquiries every week asking to be featured on our blog or wanting to feature us somewhere and I keep thinking about how lazy we’ve been and do we deserve all this love and attention? Going to try and live up to all this love!

On this next chapter of the {Un}Real Diaries, I am going to walk you through how we chose our venue. It was easy since we had to only find one venue. You would think it would’ve been easy to find since we only had one venue. But of course it wasn’t. Half the joy of planning your wedding is making it harder then it should be. Really. It is. Makes thing way more interesting.

Back to the hunt for the venue. Ofcourse, we started off very ambitiously with planning a destination/get out of town wedding. Many reasons for that but the main one being that only the people who wanted to be there would make it. That didn’t work out. We decided we could spend all the money we wanted to spend on having a wedding out of town on a nice car or two, or three. Seriously, our aim was to have a fun wedding and not get bankrupt! So we scrapped that plan and came back to Chandigarh to find the perfect venue. It was hard but we found it.

Here are some photos taken on the iPhone, the blackberry, a little  point and shoot to help you understand the days spent venue-hunting.

The Unknowing Bride and Groom to be who decided to take this task upon themselves.

We headed off to Rajasthan in search of the perfect destination.

We searched the desserts of Rajasthan and when we found that nothing really suited us, we headed back to the homeland.

The ‘destination’.

If only we could turn back time.

We soon realised time is running out. We needed to find something soon.

We searched all over Punjab , looking for the luscious green fields .

“This field can’t be used for a private funtion.” *sigh*

Finally, one evening. We found our spot.

After many days of running all over the country side, we found THE place. A farm that belonged to my Dad’s friend who very kindly ‘lent’ us his farm (seriously, who does that!? Awesome!) for the wedding. I wish I could say that was it. We had found our place and we could move on to other things. Uh uh. No. This piece of land was barren. We would need to cultivate it and become full time farmers if we wanted to have the wedding here!

The next few weeks meant we would be ploughing the land, flattening the land. planting, watering, keeping the wilderness out-peacocks and deer, making sure our grass was growing and talk to the flowers every day.

Here are the Mother’s doing their bit for the farm.

Everyone did their bit! We even had the mums in the field with mud in their toes and up to their noses planting flowers and things. You can see me working really hard as well. Ahem Ahem.

Many ‘maalis’ came to our rescue!

Would the grass ever grow?

Many-a family meetings took place. Will the flowers grow? Will the grass grow ? Will people fall in the ditches in the field? Who is watering the field? How much time left?

Finally there were signs that things would grow, we would have our field of flowers after all! Here is the mustard in full bloom that we had planted on the periphery of the farm.

Everyone got their filmi , bollywood moment in the mustard fields 🙂

And here is one photo that is FULL ON Bollywood!

All the photos above this have been taken by me (Kismet ) and some by mum, brother and maybe other people.

Are you all wondering what the place like looked like ON the day since I have gone and on about finding the perfect venue and all that? Well, it looked fabulous obviously! My super amazing sister-in-law who is a pro at setting up things (seriously she is a professional ,like Bollywood pro!) took it upon her to stand in the sun for two days straight setting up the place. She did such a phenomenal job for which we are forever grateful.

Here are some photos for you to see I wasn’t joking!

These ^ photos are via our fabulous photographers Carmen & Ingo  who you shall hear all about in the next post perhaps!

Many more photos coming your way!!

Before this post becomes as long as Rapunzel’s hair, here are a few tips for those of you looking for a wedding venue-

  • Unless you want to spend pots of money, don’t do a destination wedding. If you want to , send me an invite.
  • Be focussed.
  • Don’t be scared to dream.
  • A little grass is better than no grass!
  • With a little imagination, some creativity- the things you can do are endless!
  • Wherever you chose to get married, enjoy yourself.

Till next time!


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