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August 7, 2013

Guestpost Bon Anniversaire Ketchup!

I just saw a notification from WordPress telling me we registered this blog three years ago. THREE YEARS! Could the Unreal Bride possibly be so many years old?  WOW! This calls for a celebration and a plan. Ironically, I came to write a post about a birthday celebration but not our own! This can only mean one thing- a combined birthday party!!!! Who is going to be our birthday buddy , you ask? Well none other than our favourite bag people (I say that in the nicest way possiple)- Ketchup! You know them well from our blog- we have done some of our favourite shoots with their products, had insane giveaways and have become great friends since then! If you know the Unreal Bride, you know Ketchup!!

Ketchup celebrated their 2nd birthday last month and to celebrate -they took a trip to gorgeous Paris. Anyone who visits Paris is sure to come back oozing with inspiration. So as a way to celebrate their birthday they wrote a guest post for us on Paris annnnd if you read to the bottom of the post, you might find a pleasant surprise waiting for you!


Via etsy

Here’s what the Ketchup girls had to say!

idea  Paris is always a good idea – Audrey Hepburn


5 things about Paris (pronounced Fr. paˈri), that we L-O-V-E !


Très chic:

Paris is the fashion capital of the world. The french, both men and women, don’t just love fashion, they understand the true essence of fashion and they sure as hell know how to rock some seriously hot haute couture – respect!



C’est si bon:

One simply can not get enough of the breads, the cheeses, the steaks, the wines, the mussels, the brews, the desserts – yes the desserts : when we say french desserts, we mean lots of delicious calories such as macaroons, mille-feuilles, profiteroles, eclairs,tarte tatins and crème brûlées!


Talking of which… we could kill for a fresh french vanilla custard creme brûlée in a super cute cafe in Paris RIGHT NOW!

Bon appetit!

Très magnifique:

French architecture took our breath away .. The gardens, the ever-so-beautiful river Siene, the 18th century buildings, le tour d’eiffel, the champs-elysees, the museums. What’s not to love? Infact we even loved the windows, the open spaces, the boulevards and the sidewalks.


Je ne veux pas travailler:

The weather in Paris all through our birthday month was spectacular, the cool breeze and the slight drizzle along with the smell of freshly heated chestnuts made our walks in the pristine gardens along the river Siene simply surreal.


Le temps de l’amour :

The city of Paris is like a classic timeless black and white romantic movie!


Paris makes one want to fall in love, Paris makes one want to kiss…. and then keep kissing … and at Ketchup we love kissing .


Paris je t’aime!

(All photos have been taken by the Ketchup girls unless otherwise indicated!)

WAIT WAIT WAIT!! We aren’t done here yet!!

How can there be a party without a present? Or rather, TWO presents!! If we don’t love Ketchup already, get ready to love them even more because they just said they wanted to GIVEAWAY TWO bags to celebrate their 2nd birthday! Wait, does that mean on their 5th birthday, we will get ….five bags?! Ok! Let’s not jump the gun shall we. So, where was I? Yes. TWO bags to win.


Yup! They are neon and fantastic. Which one are you going to win?

The steps to enter the giveaway are :

1. We have featured Ketchup on our blog quite a bit now, so what you have to do is go look for these posts (on the blog )and tell us which one of the previous bags showcased was your favourite and why! You can add the link to the blog post or photo in the comment  section down below. Not hard but you got to go and look.

To summarise- go find the other blog posts where Ketchup has been featured, and tell us in the comment section which bag is your favourite and why! (in the comment section down below).  Here, let me give you a head start-CLICK HERE

2. Go to the Ketchup page on facebook here and Like it – also leave a message on their wall saying The Unreal Bride sent you there – in case you already like their page on facebook.

3. Tweet – J’aime the birthday giveaway @ketchupbags is having on The Unreal Bride (@kisjayenn).

4. Tell all your friends to come and participate.

5. Extra points if you tell us why you love Paris if you have visited, or what you think you would love about Paris when you visit it one day!

The competition is open till midnight on Wednesday the 14th of August and one lucky winner will be selected on the basis of their answer and will win a Ketchup bag (remember there are TWO of them). Multiple tweets are welcome but will not imcrease your chances of winning!!

Good luck mes amies! 

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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June 22, 2013

Creating a Flutter with another Giveaway 

Once upon a time, in wedding land; all things weddings from the invitation cards, to outfits, to decor  fit a mould. It was simply because the inspiration out there was limited- a single wedding magazine, a few ads here and there, one specific wedding invitation shop every one went to … you get the point. Then once upon a time became a thing meant only for fairytales. Enter the phase of wedding blogs, pinterest , oodles of wedding magazines, inspiration and ideas coming out of our ears and noses ,but best of all are the independent and young entrepreneurs entering the industry. People who understand what a bride of today needs (and wants), who do things differently and so beautifully! Wedding planners, photographers, make up artists, invitation designers, stylists all have a different meaning in todays wedding day and age. They mean something if not a lot of what your wedding will be like!

That brings me to today’s post .We are having yet another giveaway and this time we are collaborating with the totally cool girls from Create-A-Flutter. They are the super talented duo who make the most beautiful wedding invitation suites and other yummy stationery. We have spoken about them endlessly here  but we hadn’t really met them till a few weeks ago! Together, we came up with so many ideas and can’t wait to make them a reality.To start with ,we decided to have a giveaway when we hit 5000 likes on facebook. That happened when we weren’t looking so this is a slightly delayed post !!! Expect the unexpected.

It really isn’t about the number of followers of fans we have (though we totally love it when we get more and more people who like our page!) , it’s about all of you who enjoy what we do and say and the endless support we get. I can’t count the number of times someone has come to me at the most unexpected place and said,’Are you the Unreal Bride? We LOVE your page!’ . It leaves me speechless.A giveaway is the only way I know how to thank you all for reading our blog, hiring us for all the projects we have been lucky to be a part of and in general just to say we totally love you guys !

Check out some of Create A flutters work from cute invitations, greeting cards, baby announcements,baby shower invitations and wedding invitations-they do it all!!!Design 2 DSC_0064

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Reema Baroda

So what’s the giveaway? This totally adorable set of 4 greeting cards-

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What’s not to love ??

Entering the giveaway is easy. Follow these simple steps-

1. Go like Create A Flutters facebook page here  and make sure you leave a message on their wall telling them The Unreal Bride sent you there 🙂

2. Leave a comment under this post telling us how badly you want to win this giveaway !!

3. Tweet about it!

4. For extra points go check out Kismet’s photography page 😛

Your entry will be counted once when you leave a comment under this post. We will randomly select a name like we have done in earlier giveaways! The giveaway ends on Sunday, the 30th of June, 2013. So don’t waste any time !!!

Good luck and we will be announcing some fun new projects we will be doing with Create A Flutter very soon!

May 19, 2013

How to survive the Indian summer…wedding!!


What we refer to as the ‘wedding season’ in India has just stretched on and onnn this year with brave brides and grooms setting dates not only through spring but well into summer. Since summer weddings are pretty unusual in this part of the world, when I received a few invitations myself, I started to wonder, how does one prepare for festivities in the heat? Whether you are the bride or groom or even a guest – preparation for such an event can be quite a challenge! And that’s how we come to dilemna number one –

1. What to wear.

As soon as I see an invitation to a wedding, first I check the dates to see if I can make it, if I can – I start to mentally peruse my wardrobe for options on what to wear. This system usually works very well and I pretty much instantly jot down selections on the cards themselves (sorry people!) so everything is in order the day of. So I pick up a card – mid May – Whaaattt?? Ok…velevet? No. Silk? No. No full sleeves, no high necks, no heavy embroidery… and thats about all most of us have when it comes to traditional Indian clothing options! I realize, I have absolutely nothing to wear. Even though I call myself a summer baby and despise winter – summer for me is spent in light loose cottons and I don’t own dressy versions of light loose cottons! Woman on a mission, I dug up lots of odds and ends from storage and have the following advice for you – pick breathable fabrics – that’s most important – chiffon, georgette, light silks and fine cottons. If you must embellish, do so lightly so as to not feel suffocated and to avoid blinding other guests. If you own a dupatta with light embroidery, you can easily match it with a plain or lightly embellished outfit or dress it up with jewellery. Airy sarees are another really good option and you can play around with various types of blouses and what not.



For instance, I found a couple of pieces of printed cotton so I’m going to do the whole print on print thing and maybe have a cool lehenga made out of all the pieces put together + a plain shirt+ plain dupatta with a little trim.



I also found my grandmothers finely embroidered dupatta in navy which I’m going to wear with a georgette chikkan shirt I have in off white and a navy georgette churidaar which I know is hiding somewhere in the house.



I also unearthed a blush pink chiffon salwar but I don’t know what to do with it and a lovely Italian lace gold dupatta where I’m presently drawing a blank but these are summer options people! They are lurking around just waiting to be discovered.

What a beauty!


2. What to do with your hair. 

Oh my…


Put it up!! Be prepared – there is going to be some sweat – so, no matter how lovely your blow dry or in my case my trusty curling iron – the heat and humidity are sure to zap your tresses of all its energy and leave a flat, crumpled mess atop your head. Can you just foresee the photos? The frizz attack and odd bumps and bends where there should be none? Yea, don’t go down that route.

If you are anything like Kismet, you’ll take inspiration from her and just cut it all off for the season (or forever, which seems to be the case with her!) – if you are anything like me and refuse even the occasional trim – Pinterest is the place for you my friend. Free up some time, type the word ‘updo’ in the search box and dive deep into the addictive process of pins leading to boards leading to websites leading to tutorials and so on. Experiment till you find something that suits you.

There’s got to be a tutorial for this out there somewhere.. Or just call your friend with four hands! No seriously, there are others that are do-able, I promise!


Braids and buns can be complicated and treacherous frenemies leaving you with tired arms and hands and unexpectedly falling apart without any notice. This is why it’s imperative that you find something, see if it suits you, practice till you get it right and then walk around with it (and do a little dance) to see how your hair behaves. If it’s behaving badly, you probably need more pins or some spray and mousse to hold the thing together.

See? Like this! Easy peasy.


If you don’t want to DIY and have it done by a professional instead; again, I’d recommend a trial or at the very least choose a photo they can work off of before you’re stuck with something unfortunate and don’t have the time to fix it. You don’t want to end up with idiotic looking artificial tight curls or a side parting pasted to your head with glue. Unless that’s your thing…in which case, change your thing!

Britney didn’t take a photo along…


3. What to put on your face.

Au naturel


Since minimal make up is classic, chic and on trend I would suggest, a light foundation or BB cream that lets your skin breathe – don’t try to go for matte – it’s not going to happen in this weather so it’s probably best to embrace the summer glow. For blush, use shades that enhance said glow like apricot, warm caramel-ey beige and soft pinks and peach. I’m currently enjoying Warm soul by M.A.C, Orgasm by Nars and a highlighter by Nars called Enchanted.

Warm soul by M.A.C


However, if it’s bold colour you want, you can pack a punch with bright pink or coral lips and leave everything else fairly natural. Don’t forget the sunscreen for day events!

Bright lips!


For night, you can go the smokey eye nude lip route as long as the smoke doesn’t travel south through the course of the night!



Also, it’s probably a good idea to keep a little spray bottle of water in your bag so you can look refreshed at all times.

Decorational items that won’t kill you :- 

  •  A paraandi or hair tassel for your hair – braid plus bling!

Praandi style displayed in our Groom Hunting shoot! 

  •  A bindi. As unpleasant as this may be to envisage, a bindi might slip and slide off of a sweaty forehead so keep checking on it and make sure you carry the packet with you!

Doesn’t Gauri just look like summer?

Remember our Monsoon Bride shoot? 

  •  Flowers for your hair! Probably best to use artificial ones since real flowers will wilt, you can use them to add some freshness and colour to your hairstyle.


  •  Blingy clips for the nighttime – I inherited a beautiful faux diamond clip from my grandmother and routinely pin brooches in my hair. You can scour the internet (Etsy is always a good idea) for bejewelled goodies to dress your hair up.
  • Delicate jewellery that doesn’t weigh a couple of kgs and again, won’t blind the guests.

OUCH! Walk away from that…


  • I would say bangles but I feel really hot in them and I don’t know if thats just me or whether its a universal thing so – try it out! If it works for you it works!

4.What to eat.


If its your own wedding, you might want to avoid putting heavy Mughlai/North Indian or cream based continental food on the menu – incorporate salads, fruits, vegetables and preparations requiring as little oil as possible. If you are a guest, you have no choice buddy, you have to eat what they offer you but, you can avoid starvation or conversely, indigestion, by eating a light snack of vegetables or a salad or even a bowl of fruit before heading out. I can’t tell you to carry a little bag of fresh carrots with you in your clutch but some of you might want to and just haven’t thought of it yet, so thats an option I guess!

How cute are those?!


5.What to drink.


White wine, gin and tonic, vodka and anything clear – stay away from dark, heat generating liquors and red wine – I don’t know if this is a technical thing or a figment of my imagination but it works for me!

Anything with vodka or white rum usually tends to be a useless sugary concoction so my top three suggestions for mixers are –

  • 1 part juice, three parts soda, lime
  • soda/tonic water, lime and mint
  • And of course diet coke but its unhealthy and what not so try not to make a habit out of it.

If its your wedding, ask the bartenders who will be serving there, to mix up some refreshing, cooling, alcoholic as well as non alcoholic beverages for you to sample beforehand. Maybe you can have a special cocktail at the wedding ( I like watermelon caprioskas!) to make things easier for your guests.

Like this strawberry lemon sangria – Yum!


What to do

No matter how unattractive it may seem, slather on some Odomos and stay close to the kachhua chhaap or citronella – whatever is at hand to keep mosquitos at bay, you hardly want malaria or dengue as a favour from the wedding! (Brides, please note)


Have lots and lots of fun, summer or no summer! Embrace it and don’t forget to hydrate!

xx A

May 10, 2011

Tuesday Shoesday : Banana Pancakes

This may be an odd trait that is unique to me, but, this is what I do when I look at a pair of shoes in a store – I imagine myself wearing them; the outfit, the setting, what I’ll be doing; everything.  I look at these super cute shoes and imagine myself in a cotton dress belted at the waist, hair loose and skin dewy – walking from my (ahem!) banana plantation along the caribbean coast of Central America, to the local post office to pick up a present that Kismet has sent me from India! Oh the joy! *all in my day dreams* 

Strung Packages Sandals at Anthropologie

What have the other ladies chosen today? Go see for yourselves!

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

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