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Bride Beyond Borders Part 4: The Final Countdown

5 May Bride Beyond Borders Part 3 mehendi on hands

7 years ago, a young Pakistani girl landed in the UK to pursue a degree in Psychology from Warwick University. Little did she know, she’d meet her Prince Charming in this land where there were so many just like her – people who looked like her, behaved like her, but were from across the border back in Asia. Soma found her Indian Prince in Hasan, and they’re soon to be married. This is the fourth post in a series on a Pakistani bride marrying an Indian groom, with hopes to settle in India to begin their new life together. After the proposal and her trip to India, Soma spent her time planning the perfect wedding (Part 3). Find out how the final weeks before her big day are coming along below in Part 4 of the series: Bride Beyond Borders. Continue reading

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Bride Beyond Borders Part 3: Three Months to I Do

2 May Bride Beyond Borders Part 3 trousseau shopping in Pakistan for Indian wedding

7 years ago, a young Pakistani girl landed in the UK to pursue a degree in Psychology from Warwick University. Little did she know, she’d meet her Prince Charming in this land where there were so many just like her – people who looked like her, behaved like her, but were from across the border back in Asia. Soma found her Indian Prince in Hasan, and they’re soon to be married. This is the third post in a series on a Pakistani bride marrying an Indian groom, with hopes to settle in India to begin their new life together. After the proposal and her trip to India, find out how she is preparing for her new life in Part 3 of the series: Bride Beyond Borders. Continue reading

Bride Beyond Borders Part 2: Delhi Via Agra

30 Apr Visiting Qutub Minar - Bride Beyond Borders

7 years ago, a young Pakistani girl landed in the UK to pursue a degree in Psychology from Warwick University. Little did she know, she’d meet her Prince Charming in this land where there were so many just like her – people who looked like her, behaved like her, but were from across the border back in Asia. Soma found her Indian Prince in Hasan, and they’re soon to be married. This is the second post in a short series on a Pakistani bride marrying an Indian groom, with hopes to settle in India to begin their new life together. The first post can be read here.

Chapter 2 Trip to India & Big Wedding Decisions

I can still clearly recall the day my friends and I wouldn’t stop hugging and saying our goodbyes to each other at Warwick University’s campus. Continue reading

Bride Beyond Borders Part 1: Meet The Bride

28 Apr Bride Beyond Borders Part 1 - Meet The Bride - Soma & Hasan

7 years ago, a young Pakistani girl landed in the UK to pursue a degree in Psychology from Warwick University. Little did she know, she’d meet her Prince Charming in this land where there were so many just like her – people who looked like her, behaved like her, but were from across the border back in Asia. Soma found her Indian Prince in Hasan, and they’re soon to be married. This is a series on a Pakistani bride marrying an Indian groom, with hopes to settle in India to begin their new life together. Continue reading

Wedding Wardrobe: Anasuya

6 Jan Wedding - Malyali bride getting ready black & white shot - Anasuya Wedding Wardrobe

I will be the first to admit – I love everything Bombay. And so, it’s no surprise, I love my Bombay Brides (do the names Shonan, Anushka & Masaba Gupta ring a bell?) Since I spent a lot of my early school years in Mumbai, and went back there for college, I have a lot of Bombay people on my Facebook list. One of them is a girl called Anasuya. She was my batchmate in college, and if there’s one thing I remember about her, it was how I perpetually saw her in silver jewellery during those 3 years on campus. Why is this important? You’ll find out soon enough.

Anasuya popped up on my Facebook feed last year. In bridal finery. That I loved. We had a long chat over coffee at a Delhi cafe, where she showed me all her gorgeous wedding photographs while exchanging notes on how Delhi life compares to Mumbai (she’s moved to the Capital to live with her husband, Ashish). I loved so many things about her wedding, and was particularly excited to feature our first Malayali couple on the blog.  Continue reading

10 Unforgettable Wedding Details | Shonan & Adesh

14 Apr

Their spectacular wedding has taken over the blog this week – with photographs by Joseph Radhik lending stunning visuals to what was one of the best weddings of 2014. You’re still wondering – What was the Sangeet like? The Wedding? Shonan & Adesh had a dozen pre-wedding functions, and zooming out to give you a taste of the highlights of the rest seemed the right way to conclude their story. This is the last post in the series.

If you haven’t seen the previous posts, go back to them here – first, second, third, fourth and fifth.

10 Unforgettable Wedding Details ways to make your wedding unique Shonan & Adesh | thedelhibride Indian weddings blog

Shonan & Adesh’s wedding was not only spectacular, it was also unique – with their thoughtful families and friends coming together to help them celebrate the best day of their lives with a lot of love, fun & creativity! While I heard all the stories the bride and the people involved in organising the wedding were telling me, I started to notice how certain details stood out. Things I’ll never forget – whether it was the awe-struck feeling of seeing an image for the first time, or the realisation of how beauty shines through small acts made out of love. These are 10 of those precious moments, that made their wedding truly unforgettable. Learn a little, appreciate the rest, and be inspired.

A Touch of Her Grandmother’s Bridal Outfit to Her Wedding Lehenga

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Part 3: Brij Holi | Shonan & Adesh

10 Apr

This post is a part of the series from Shonan & Adesh’s wedding. Read it from the beginning:

Post #1: A Shadow Box Wedding Invite

Post #2: Of Tea Cakes, Farm Roses & 7 Course Meals | Shonan’s Bridal Shower

Post #3: Brij Holi & Mehendi —

  • Part 1: The Story Behind This Photograph
  • Part 2: Mehendi
  • Part 3: Brij Holi

Part 3 Brij Holi in Mumbai shot by Joe Radhik Shonan & Adesh | thedelhibride Indian weddings blog

3 months of painstakingly planning the next 1 hour to perfection was about to come together.

The stage was set, and over 300 chairs had been placed before it for the guests to enjoy the spectacle. As promised, Nazneen and her team had run the vibrant Mehendi theme through the second-tier of the garden at Madhuli Apartments. Continue reading

Part 2: Mehendi | Shonan & Adesh

9 Apr

This is post #4 in the series. Read the series from the beginning starting here.

Part 2 Mehendi ethnic traditional and quirky decor by Creative Concepts in Mumbai Shonan & Adesh | thedelhibride Indian weddings blog

20th December, 2014.

The day Shonan and her family had been excitedly anticipating was finally here. And needless to say, it was beyond extra-ordinary.

The bride’s family wanted to run a theme across all three levels of the garden at Madhuli Apartments – traditional Mehendi décor with splashes of vibrant colours, and a dash of quirky – and that is exactly what the decorators gave them.

Embroidered umbrellas, flower rangolis that cascaded down all 3-levels at the staircase, dabbas as centrepieces and candles that were lit once the sun started to set – Nazneen and Taskeen of the decor team had outdone themselves and the bride could hardly believe how picturesque it all looked.

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Part 1: The Story Behind This Photograph | Shonan & Adesh

8 Apr

This is the 3rd post in the series about Shonan & Adesh’s wedding. Read it from the beginning here – first post, second post.

Brij Holi wedding pictures Joseph Radhik stunning backdrop Mumbai sea

Shonan + Adesh, Mumbai

December 2014

Time spent planning this Brij Holi: 3 months

Number of hours of sleep during the wedding season before this shoot: 30 in 6 days

Flight + cab time from Hyd venue to Bom venue: 6 hours including traffic

Amount of time when the sky turned this amazing deep purple blue: 10 minutes

Shutter speed: 1/320th of a second

The look on the bride’s family’s faces after seeing this shot: Priceless!

Joseph Radhik uploaded this picture on his Facebook page on 20th December, 2014. Joe runs Stories by Joseph Radhik – a wedding photography and videography company that in my opinion is one of the best in the country. His caption was intriguing. What really did go on in the months leading up to this moment, this photograph?

This is that story.

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Of Tea Cakes, Farm Roses & 7 Course Meals | Shonan’s Bridal Shower

7 Apr

This is post #2 in the series. Start reading from the beginning here.

Of tea cakes, farm roses and 7 course meals The bridal shower in Mumbai Shonan & Adesh | thedelhibride Indian weddings blog

The Bridesmaids

October, 2014. The wedding was in 2 months. Shonan – their friend of almost 2 decades – was tying the knot, and flying off to Belgium to spend the rest of her life with Adesh. Her send-off into the world of marriage needed to be nothing short of spectacular. Because that’s what Shonan’s always been – a spectacular human being. Big heart, quirky likes, strong opinions, and a love for cake so deep that she has a slice every single day.

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