Posts tagged ‘London’

October 11, 2011

Lucky In Love : Ideas For Incorporating Horseshoes Into Your Wedding by Bridal Musings

I realise it has been quite a while since I last posted but we have been nice and busy ! Wedding season is in full swing and we started it off with a really fun bridal session in Delhi , then a Hawaiian photo booth followed by a two day photo booth at one of Chandigarh’s biggest events/fairs-The Vanity Fair. Today I am in Delhi with some time to catch up with my blogging before I cover a wedding tomorrow night. Yes, we are low on sleep and have loads of work but you won’t here us complaining! The weather is getting better and the days to my beach holiday are coming closer-so I am happy!
Today is Tuesday Shoesday and we have a very special post in store! I am delighted to have Elizabeth ,owner of  Bridal Musings -one of my favourite blogs writing for us today. She suggested it might make an interesting Tuesday Shoesday post and I couldn’t agree more.
I’m not going to jabber any more-let Elizabeth do all the talking now!
Hello Unreal Bride readers, it’s a pleasure to be guest posting here today. 

Kismet kindly wrote an awesome post on Indian Wedding traditions and shared some of her gorgeous wedding photography over on my UK wedding blog Bridal Musings so we thought it’d be fun for me to feature an English wedding tradition here on the Unreal Bride.  

The Lucky Horse Shoe
I used to ride horses growing up so I absolutely adore it when brides and grooms involve their horses in their wedding day. But if having a horse at your wedding sounds a bit too much like hard work {which surely it must be!} why not incorporate horse shoes into your wedding. After all, we’ve come a long way from the cheap, plastic horseshoes often seen swinging from puffy sleeved, big haired brides’ bouquets of the 80s.
Image of bride & horse by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

Traditionally horse shoes represent good luck, this is believed to stem from Medieval times when blacksmiths were considered to have magical powers {alchemy}. And a ‘lucky in love’ theme is perfect for a rustic, chic wedding. Be it in an intimate, English country barn or on a desert ranch complete with cowboy boots and stetsons. The more worn and rough around the edges the horseshoes are the better for that traditional, rural feel.

Cake Toppers by Bragging Bags 
Garter by Florrie Mitton
Horseshoe Escort Cards via Coren Moore
Horseshoe necklace by Alex Monroe
Couple Holding A Horseshoe by Melissa Dunstan Photography via Bridal Musings
Spread the luck and the love by giving your guests horse shoe favours, use them as unique escort cards or even as entertainment with a horseshoe toss! And how adorable is that wooden pair of horseshoe cake toppers?
But for those of you who are not into the whole rustic/country vibe, why not include a subtle nod to the tradition with a delicate horseshoe necklace or garter? I am coveting that charming, woodland horse shoe necklace by one of my favourite British jewelry designers Alex Monroe.
Any other horse and horseshoe fans out there?
Thanks for having me on your beautiful and inspirational corner of the wedding blogosphere, Kismet. I hope you and all your readers are always ‘lucky in love’.
Bridal Musings ~ a chic and unique wedding blog
Photo by The Unreal Bride 
Since we are on the topic of horse-shoes, it is a crazy coincidence that our last bridal session was shot at a stud farm! So, I thought it would be kind of cool to post this photo which could serve a double purpose of a sneak peek from the bridal session ! Also, today is this beautiful bride’s mehendi and we wanted to send her a whole lot of love and happiness on this special day!
Happy Tuesday Shoesday everyone!Did you like our special edition for shoesday?
Don’t forget to check out these lovely blogs for more shoes!
August 19, 2011

Visiting London today-come say hello!

Am I allowed to have a favourite wedding from the ones I have covered in the past? Or is that not allowed?  I can’t help it though, I had such a blast at this wedding and I had the funnest time photographing the lovely bride and cool groom, even though I got elbowed enough times by the other photographers there! Can’t blame them though- I would be elbowing people too if I felt threatened. 😉 Anyhoo I am glad to see that I am not the only one who loves this wedding and was more than happy to share it over on Elizabeth’s cool blog-Bridal Musings. So hop on over there and see what I have to say about Indian weddings and feel free to add/subtract to what I have said!

A perfect ending to the week, in my opinion!! Have a great (long for some of us) weekend!



July 8, 2011

{Favourite Brides} Anahat 

The gorgeous bride we’re featuring today is Anahat Pirzada Sibia who got married in crisp and beautiful February this year. The family kickstarted wedding festivities with a sunny brunch at their farmhouse where the bride was resplendent in a coral maxi dress from Coast and a Louis Vuitton shawl.

At her mehendi ceremony, Anahat chose to wear a JJ Valaya couture lehenga with heirloom jewellery. Her hair accessory; called a paasa or jhoomar – worn on the side of the head- is by Bharany’s, Sundernagar, New Delhi.


 For the Sangeet and cocktail party, Anahat wore an Anarkali style full length cocktail dress with a matching jacket by Rohit Bal. Jewellery for the night is a selection from Bejewelled at The Hyatt, New Delhi

Images by  Badal Jain and Raja Jain.

For the wedding ceremony the bride was pretty in pink in an embellished fuschia lehenga by the famous duo Abu Jani and Sandeep  Khosla. Her breathtaking jewellery is custom made and set with tanzanite and diamond.


 Images by Dhiraj Sapru.

We love that Anahat experimented with different colours through the course of her wedding ceremonies. She also managed to pick for her wedding outfit, a colour that suits her perfectly (no small feat!) and kept her look uncluttered with statement pieces of jewellery and a fabulous smile.

*Favourite Bride*

p.s.: We are always happy to receive submissions, so if you want to send us your own photos or even those of your friends email us at






March 29, 2011

Tuesday Shoesday : Cool Kolhapuris

Oh! How happy am I! It’s kolhapuri time again! Wheeeeeeeee!!!

Via Not So Routine

Wonder what these other lovely ladies have in store for us this #TuesdayShoesday-

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

September 27, 2010

Real Wedding: Mini and Alan

Before we get into this post , I just wanted to say something.This may come as a shocker to most of you, but I was one of those people who’d much rather be ‘ill’ or ‘unavoidably detained’ the day(s) of a wedding (of course some of you are out there shaking your heads in disdain!). There is so much happening during a wedding, it’s like sensory overload for me- I just can’t focus! It’s the same when it comes to shopping- I just zone out.Anyway, I finally found a way to deal with it -hide behind a camera! It has so many advantages- you don’t really have to make too much conversation, you get to take some cool shots, don’t get bored and best of all, you can pretend you are hidden behind the camera! No wonder wedding photographers love their job!

So to the point now-much much before The Unreal Bride was even an idea in our litte (so we like to believe) heads, I attended a dear friends wedding which could possibly be one of the funnest I’ve been to in a while! It was here, at Mini and Alans wedding that I carried my camera with me wherever I went and took my first baby steps into the world of wedding photography. That is one of the reasons we wanted to feature them here.

The other reasons being that it was bursting at the seams with  so much happiness, joy and so much love!

It’s worth a mention that it was a ‘cross-cultural’ wedding as well,not that that’s very odd in todays ever expanding diversified world! Mini and Alan both live in London but Mini’s hometown is here in India and that’s where they decided to have the wedding. There were people from all over the world attending the wedding- Alans family (obviously),their friends and even Mini’s boss flew down from London to be a part of it! Forget cultural shock- the non-Indians surprised us by dancing longer, eating more and partying harder than any of us! Mini looked beautiful , like she always does and she had her ‘bridesmaids’ taking care of all the little details making sure that she was totally stress free !

Next time Mini and Alan are in town, they aren’t going anywhere till we get an Unreal Shoot with them!

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Text and Photographs :Kismet Jewell Nakai

Edit: April Sher Bhaika

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