P&B Real Brides: Meet Nandini!

by mehak on February 6, 2013

in Bridal Blog, Real Brides


Meet Nandini.

A Recent bride from Delhi, with a cute love story and a fun, cross cultural marriage complete with a serenade on her sangeet. Nandini skipped the big shops and chose to design and create her own outfits and looks (She’s a designer herself by the way)! Armed with a great makeup artist, and an effortless sense of style, Nandini made one gorgeous Bride!


Tell us a bit about your Love Story !!

We had a love marriage. We met at a friends party.  Varun took the first step and tried to get all pally, and then he asked me for lunch the next day. I just thought it was a little uncalled for! So as expected i turned it down and Varun backed off thinking i was way too snooty for his taste. but somewhere there was some mysterious connection. I’d always find varun around me. we were still hanging out with the same friends probably making them awkward with our cold attitude towards one another.  Eventually i felt varun wasn’t what i thought of him. He was just being a boy when he saw me first. I finally decided to break the ice. As we spoke more we realised we were 2 very different people from what we appeared to be the first time we met. Although we couldn’t stand each other initially we kinda really hit it off later and there was no looking back ever since :)

So it was a cross cultural wedding, those are always fun and always a juggle of balancing traditions right?

Yes it was a cross-culture wedding. we were all a bunch of very liberal people and totally welcomed this change! There were a lot of differences but very excitedly we explored the otherside. For example, since my mother is from Kerela, i was always keen on wearing the tradition Kerela sari on one of the ocassions, but for varun’s family, with deep punjabi roots, white was supposedly inauspicious. However i was never asked to forget about this idea. we had the wedding lunch with a south indian theme where everyone wore white, red and gold and it was absolutely beautiful!

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Tell us about your outfits
Most of my outfits were customised. I got them done to my taste at chandni chowk. there are plenty of stores out there. Sorry im forgetting the names, but i remember one – Pakeezah. In these stores you’ll see a great display fine craftsmanship but you might not find trendy outfits. If you have the imagination, then chandni chowk is your playground. I had a vivid picture of what i wanted!I think i knew it for years :)I just had to go give the instructions to the tailor and there is was!
Outfits in Chandni Chowk can range form anywhere between 25,000-5,00,000. i know it’s a wide range, but you get somethign for every taste. if you look harder, you might find something even cheaper.
Tell us about your favourite function!
Cocktail without a doubt! it was a huge party – went on till 4-5am! And that too because all of us decided to leave, the DJ was still by his console! By the end of it, everyone was in the pool :)
It started with toasts and then performances. Varun surprised me with a rocking video of our pictures put together and then he and his “band of boys” (read best buddies) sang a song for me. it was ‘Stand by me’ by oasis. Varun was at the guitar and i felt like i had a private concert going on :)  (Awww) . Our own song was ‘Tu Mera Hero’- we rapped to it. We always do!!
Who Did you Makeup. I love how natural, yet radiant you look.
My makeup artist was Simran Kalra. She has magic in her hands. I have never looked prettier! i feel spoiled by her make up now ’cause i wanna look like that everyday now :) it’s an addiction i’m telling you!
On a serious note – she was brilliant. she exactly knew what colours to use and what would suit me. it was never overdone or even too muted. it was flawless. (Editors Note: I can vouch for simran guys, not just because she is a friend of mine, but because she does really great work. She worked with MAC previously, and those of you who dont want to spend a complete bomb on makeup artists really need to get in touch with her on her facebook page)
My photographers were Sharik verma and Shreya sen. they had an eye for detail. Sharik caught some beauiful moments while Shreya captured priceless emotions!

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seraphicgirl February 7, 2013 at 12:29 am

Totally agree with you Mehak! Nandini looks like a perfect bride. From her makeup to clothes to the pictures everything is simply radiant!


Sukanya February 7, 2013 at 12:40 am

gorgeous! no other words .


shruti February 7, 2013 at 2:32 am

She looks like Pernia Qureshi!

Fantastic clothes, makeup and hair.


mehak February 7, 2013 at 9:19 am

In the blue dress she does !!!


Rajvi Bhow February 7, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Wow! she’s such a gorgeous bride and just love her makeup and styling in the gota saree ( 1st pic).. those earrings I want!!
feel like becoming a bride again.


Karishma February 7, 2013 at 3:11 am

Pretty! God bless you both!


coralcrue February 7, 2013 at 5:32 am

Such an amazing looking bride and beautiful wedding pics. Absolutely loved it. And the makeup artist did a fantabulous job.


mehak February 7, 2013 at 9:20 am

I know right? I think its hard to find great makeup artists for dusky girls. I think SImran did amazing !


Richa Saxena February 7, 2013 at 7:04 am

You make a gorgeous bride!! Congratulations on your wedding :)


Preetha February 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

the pics r simply superb..u look lovely gurl.:)


Marathi Weddings February 7, 2013 at 8:41 am

Great pictures! Lovely bride.. :D


MissBoPeep February 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

Nice. She is pretty bride. I love the make up sply in the blue and pink costume. I so love the white/red/gold sari… Its so Sabya…


Orangepink February 7, 2013 at 10:24 am

Beautiful and Radiant Bride!!


Purva February 7, 2013 at 11:31 am

Hey, really pretty bride..
Btw, Mehek, can you ask her for a full length pic, so that we can see her lehenga. Also, the cost incurred (if she is comfortable sharing).


mehak February 7, 2013 at 11:45 am

Hey dont think she has one, but iv told her already for a full length pic.
Cost she isnt comfortable with, so she mentioned the range..


sakhi February 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

i really love reading this section…


Shikha February 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I loved your dupaata and that multiple chain haar a lot.. eye makeup for Sangeet is so Se*y… I loved all of them. Please share picture of your complete outfit…


abhi February 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm

love it…loved the blue outfit n makeup…love the saree too…wanna go to delhi to shop n then get married again :)

do chk out my new post…wearing a sari as a lehnga..I love the idea…ull love it too


thedelhibride February 7, 2013 at 7:47 pm

OMG!!! Simran is one of my best friend’s friend!!! I’ve heard raving reviews about her from my friend’s mom, and now that I’ve seen her skills in action, I’m def recommending her. Wow, she’s done a really great job!


mehak February 7, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Really? Simrans my class mate from school!


thedelhibride February 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Did Simran do your hair and draping also?


Preeti Kaur February 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm

awww such a cute story :) and you do look flawless Nandini :P


Ikya February 8, 2013 at 1:03 am

Wow! She looks absolutely gorgeous!! Especially loved the blue dress! And that’s an adorable story!


CSP Ballal February 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

wow. a perfect bride. so pretty.


gk February 8, 2013 at 11:12 am

wow.. very beautiful. i loved the blue dress. would have loved to see the complete dress..


mona February 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm

great makeup, how can i contact simran, any email id


mehak February 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm

the link to her fb page has been given just leave a msg thr


sparkles_pink February 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm

wishing her a blissful life


TA February 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Loved all your outfits Nandini :)


Shireen July 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

One of the best looking brides I’ve seen on P&B. effortless style and loads of confidence!


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