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December 5, 2011

Photo Booth: The Hawaiian Way

Aloha!! October was definitely Photo Booth month for us over at The Unreal Bride. We had two different booths to set up in a span of three days. To make sure we had everything in order, we started working on them way in advance, which is quite the achievement for us because we are known for our procrastinating ways. Many lists were made and many hours spent on Pinterest. We managed to make very comprehensive checklists for the two photo booths and without them; we might not have been so organized.

Let’s talk about the Hawaiian Photo Booth we set up first. It’s so great to know people are stretching their imaginations and having themed bachelorette parties and going all out to make them a fun night! The Hawaiian Bride (as she will be called here on now) got in touch with us many MANY months in advance and said whatever happens, she wants us to set up a photo booth at her bachelorette! We couldn’t be more excited- it had been a while since we had done one(remember our first Love photo booth?) and we couldn’t have asked for a more fun theme. It also meant a lot of prep work. So onto our favourite site we went- PINTEREST! So many great ideas in one place! This is what our inspiration board looked like-

All these photos were found via Pinterest

The must haves on our list for the Hawaiian photo booth looked something like this-

-A bright colour backdrop

-Strings of flowers for the backdrop

Umbrella Wreath (this one was a MUST! I absolutely loved it when I saw it first on Pinterest)

-Grass skirts

-Coconut Bras

-Flower wreaths for the head and arms

-Tiki Man (of course!)

Now, we found all our reference images and put them down on our list. That was all very well till we realized we live in a place where props like these don’t come by easily! Which meant only thing- lots of DIY projects!

We love DIY projects but when I say we have limited supplies-I don’t lie. Modgepodge is unheard of, grass skirts need to be specially ordered and coconut bras- no way!!! What we would do for a Michaels or a supply store like that! Not that the unavailability of the raw materials would deter us. We tackled one problem at a time.

April’s mum always comes out a rock star- she has a boutique where she churns out the most fabulous designs and clothes, which we occasionally use for Unreal Bride projects. This being one of them. We just told her of our woes and she solved some of our bigger problems! Like what? Like, she made our grass skirts out of this special kind of cloth which looked more like grass than cloth, covered bra pads with brown cloth and used some rope to make the most believable coconut bras. Of course, our bright green backdrop came from her too! She stuck the fruit on the fruit hat which became the most popular item at the Hawaiian photo booth as well as the photo booth we had the next day (but that is another story). How cool is she!

Mother and daughter hard at work!! While I take a few photos with my trusty iphone !

We thought and thought and even tried to make our umbrella wreaths but whatever we thought/tried failed miserably. Finally we had to outsource this project to a florist who made the most perfect wreaths!

We saw the tiki man on this blog(I am trying to locate the link for the blog where we saw it but I can’t find it!!!AAH!) and thought there was no way the booth would be complete without him. April used her painting skills to make him and what a cutey he was! The Hawaiian Bride had got some props of her own- like the flower wreaths which added the perfect touch!

April loved the tiki man. A bit too much I think. 

Our added bonus to the booth was our pink flamingo! Not very Hawaiian, I reckon (or is it?!) but he was a real hit with the girls at the party. Everyone loved him. Almost as much as we love him. Pinkie has come all the way from San Francisco- he was won at a fete! Isn’t he adorable!?

He even got to wear the ‘bachelorette’ crown for a bit!

With all our props ready, we were all set to hit the party and it was a complete blast! There were about 20 girls at the bachelorette and I think they spent most of their time at the booth.

Here you can see April and the DJ at the party in their awesome grass skirts!

Unfortunately, we can’t share the photos from the party (all I can say is that it got pretty WILD!) but we are sharing some shots of the empty booth and some self shots which we love so much!

We partied till the wee hours of the morning and drove straight home (we were in a city two hours away) and then woke up SO early in the morning the next day to set up our next photo booth. That was a two daylong affair and we came away not only with awesome tans but also with a lot of new friends (and photos)! But that is another story!

Photo Booth Styled, Conceptualised and Photographed by The Unreal Bride

August 3, 2011

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
June 21, 2011

Tuesday Shoeday: Go Green

Feeling the need for some green shoes!!

Via Nordstorm

More shoes here on these lovely blogs-

{Magnolia Rouge}  {Brancoprata} {Postcards & Pretties}{Beyond Beyond} {Niche White} {Marry You Me}

June 2, 2011

Thursday Purseday: Flashing Lights

One each please!!! Need I say more?

Via. Originally from here, though.

More bags here-

{Magnolia Rouge}  {Brancoprata} {Postcards & Pretties} {Niche White}

May 31, 2011

Tuesday Shoesday : Sandal-icious

I can totally see myself wearing these sandals, standing in a pile of leaves and taking a photo of my feet !! Would work , right? 

Via Nordstorm but I found it on Pinterest!

Don’t miss these guys shoesday picks!

{Magnolia Rouge}  {Brancoprata} {Postcards & Pretties}{Beyond Beyond} {Niche White} {Marry You Me}


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