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September 19, 2013

The Princess finds her Prince!

Man! Nothing like a cheesy title to catch your attention, is there?  There was no other way to put it really. Princess Mits found her Prince in Shining Armour! While I managed to photograph a bit of it, our favourite Starving Artist made a video! I have said it before and I say it again-very few  people in India make the cut for originality and absolute brilliance in video making. Starving Artist Videos is one and the other is….any guesses….. duh! The Wedding Filmer ofcourse. I hold back from featuring each and every video by these guys but if I could , I would. I just saw the last post I wrote about S.A.V and I am just repeating myself over and over. Apologies. I am getting old! and I LOVE THEM.

Since this seems to be the week to feature this wedding, I thought it only appropriate to have this beautiful video on the blog as well!


Video by Starving Artist Videos. See more work by them on Vimeo and find them on Facebook!

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.


AA_0040All photos are copyright of Kismet Jewell Nakai © 2013 so please no stealing or using without permission. Thanks!

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! 

June 4, 2013

Photo Booth : Bollywood ishtyle !

The year was 2012. The month June. The place-Bombay. Theme for the photo booth- well BOLLYWOOD of course!

Armed with a word cloud/ typographic (is that correct?) backdrop and 1000000 sequins that we stuck on the backdrop (with some Bollywood type help),a prop bag, camera bag, lights and the kitchen sink (almost) we braved the crazy rains that Bombay calls monsoon,set up the photo booth, suffered from some some technical glitches, nearly died of an anxiety attack, improvised and partially solved the problem, participated in the madness of the coolest Bollywood party we’ve been to (seriously everyone was fully dressed to theme),packed up and travelled the streets at 2am in auto to get back home ….. This is the story of our Bollywood photo booth adventures. Pretty meh! eh? Yeah,right!

Now, look at some of the photos from the booth and spot your favourite movie characters if you can!Don’t be fooled-it’s fancy dress! But pretty cool,right?


2013-06-04_0005 2013-06-04_0006 2013-06-04_0007 2013-06-04_0008 2013-06-04_00092013-06-04_0002 No prizes for guessing who got the prize for best costume!!2013-06-04_0004You know us-we can’t resist a few selfies !!

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

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