P&B Real Brides: Meet Akanksha

by mehak on March 31, 2013

in Real Brides


 Meet Akanksha.

A Bride with a tri-city wedding! Ludhiana-Delhi-Allahabad!!! Akanksha shopped from New Delhi for her arranged marriage and made a beautiful, vibrant bride ! Lets hear her story…

Whats your love story?

It was an arranged match but never felt like that even for a second. Our parents were super cool and allowed us to meet and talk for quite some time before they let us finalize things. We met for the first time at United Coffee House in CP. I remember he came down and sat in front of me( he was 5 minutes late btw!) and we started talking as if we were old friends. No formality. No awkwardness. It was meant to be. For both of us. Within two weeks we were crazy about each other.  And then we were the ones forcing our parents to formalize things quickly! We couldn’t wait to tell the world :D His family has roots in Himachal so they are not Punjabis per se. But there was no major difference in the traditions or the culture regarding the wedding. They do cook some amazing food which is very different from the Punjabi cuisine.


Tell us about the outfits!

I decided to wear a salwaar suit for the Mata ki Chowki. I got it stitched from a boutique in Ludhiana called Kyra. It’s run by a young girl Genus and she does some amazing work. A lot of my trousseau suits, sarees and even western wear were done by her.


My engagement and wedding outfits were both bought from Roshans , Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi.  My taste in clothes has always been very simple. I hate any kind of bling. But when you are the bride you have to wear “something different”.  But I still wanted to remain true to my style. So we made the usual rounds of Frontier Raas, Meena Bazaar, CTC, etc. We even went to Hauz Khaz Village and The Crescent Mall at the Qutub and looked at all the designer stuff. Somehow everything I looked at was either too heavy or too bright(read chamki). It was at Roshans that my search ended. There was a Mr. Kohli there who immediately understood what I wanted. He showed me some lehengas and I zeroed in on the golden one. It had a simple green choli and a heavy red net dupatta. Even then I took one moreday to completely absorb it in my mind. I wanted to be sure about it. This was THE bridal lehenga.

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 For the engagement it was a fuchsia pink and aubergine gotta patti lehenga with a long choli.  I really like gotta patti work. It gives the impression of being heavy without being in-your-face-kinda-thing.We had to customize this outfit and the staff at Roshans was extremely efficient and finally when I had my first fitting everything was as per our specifications.


My mehendi outfit and reception saree were done by our family friend in Ludhiana, Mrs.Renu Kumar. She runs a boutique there. With her, I didn’t have to worry about anything. She has known me since I was a child and so knows my taste well. She did both the outfits beautifully and with love . The Mehendi outfit was a turquoise and green leheria short lehenga .


Lots of fun functions huh? Which one did you enjoy the most as a bride?

Frankly speaking it’s very difficult to decide which function was the most fun. I enjoyed all of them :D Getting married at The Imperial, New Delhi was like a dream. It was amazing. The lawns, the food and the décor by Ferns and Petals .Everything was perfect. The Mehendi was special too. My three nieces gave me a surprise and gave a dance performance on a medley of mehendi songs. It was so touching. At the engagement me and my then fiancé danced at Raabta-the Night in Motel version. Nothing was choreographed. I have always loved this song. It had come out when we had met and has always been our song since then

Talking about functions, I have to mention THE PRE-WEDDING SHOOT. It was actually the best part. After countless discussions about the location we zeroed in on Neemrana Fort and Palace,Neemrana ,Rajasthan. Also we made it into a one night getaway with our parents and brothers. Throw in your fiancé’s birthday and you have a perfect pre-wedding shoot. It was such a fun outing and sort of a break from all the wedding prep. It’s just a three hour drive from Delhi. So it was not too hectic for anyone. At the fort, our family had their own fun and we roamed around the fort and got countless pictures clicked.


Your photos are stunning ! Who shot them?

Our photographer Prateek Kashyap and his assistant (cum girlfriend ;)) were superb to work with. My cousin had introduced me to him. I checked his FB page Dreamweavers and liked what he had done. He also did our videos. I think the couple shoot was his best work though, out of all the wedding pictures.


What about makeup & hair?

Chandni Singh did my make-up and hair for engagement and the wedding day. I found out about her from your blog Mehak !! I had shortlisted quite a few MUAs but decided on Chandni .  The first thing she said when we met was that she does not do red and green eye shadows that make you look like Christmas tree and I knew there and then that I had found my MUA. I hate any kind of OTT and she made sure that I looked my natural self in both the functions. I was battling acne also (any girl’s nightmare) at that time and still she made me look pretty. The best make-up is when you look good both on and off camera and Chandni did exactly that. For the Ludhiana function I had chosen Shehnaz Hussain’s salon for the make-up and hair do. I was not satisfied with the make-up. It was cakey and in-order to hide my acne the MUA put in a lot of foundation which made me look too white. Chandni later told me that one should never even attempt to hide a bump. Anyways the hair do was nice especially the hair accessories that she put in. For the reception in Allahabad my mom-in-law chose Lakme Salon. After getting make-up done from Chandni I was really scared what she might make me look like. Also I hadn’t forgotten the Ludhiana fiasco. So I asked her to skip the concealing bit for my acne. And she listened (thank god for that).She did a great job and made me look all dewy and glowy. I loved my eye make up for this function.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Sukanya March 31, 2013 at 1:21 pm

love love love your lehenga.. and the pictures are just awesome! god bless.


smitha medepalli March 31, 2013 at 2:11 pm

U luk so gorgeous and ur bridal lehenga…simply wow!!!!


Abhi March 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I love all your series…but i love the real brides one the mossssssstttt..
such lovely brides..perfect outfits..n creative photographers…I am sure the grooms are feeling a little J and left out…sorry boys :)


Xuvious March 31, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Your oufits are all so beautiful and stunning!! I love the pics too! :)


Heena March 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Your Outfits Are Really B’ful! specially The Fuchsia Pink One :D


Preeti Kaur March 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

God bless and the pictures and the dresses have come awesome :)


Anshita@Vanity No Apologies March 31, 2013 at 6:01 pm

the 3rd pic is epic!!


beingpretty March 31, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Wow..Akansha…you look so gorgeous!! I loved your lehenga..really pretty! :D


Maansi March 31, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Akanksha, you look stunning in all of the pics. I really live that picture which has been taken in the corridor :)


khaddu March 31, 2013 at 9:51 pm

i really liked the purple ish lehenga and like the purple detailing on the back drop :) ! Congrats Akanksha !


Richa Saxena March 31, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Congratulations to you Akansha!! I really liked your yellow & red lehenga And the third pic is so grand..Gorgeous Pics :)


Vineetha April 1, 2013 at 12:32 am

The makeup looks so perfect!!!!!


Nithya April 1, 2013 at 10:09 am

You make a beautiful bride Akanksha. Stunning outfits, well-done make up and the photography – picture perfect. Congratulations :)


Maansi April 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

The lehenga is like d best one i have seen so far! It looks so elegant without being OTT!
Perfect pictures!


thedelhibride April 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

What a gorgeous bride! Love the wedding lehenga, and Chandni Singh does it again – awesome, subtle, pretty makeup!


Akanksha April 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Thank you so so much for the wonderful comments and wishes :) :)


Chandni Singh April 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Akanksha , Thank you so much for your kind words of praise. Your email surely made my made. For a make up artist there cant be a bigger reward than this:) It was a pleasure meeting you and your family. I havent met a family as gracious as yours! Mehak your are doing a brilliant job with your blog and congratulations for being featured as one of the best beauty bloggers. You so totally deserve it. Als0 a BIG THANK YOU to PEACHES & BLUSH for recommending me time and again. I have girls calling me up everyday with your reference! Much appreciate it!
Much love
Chandni Singh


mehak April 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Thanks Chandni !!! Its a pleasure !


Akanksha April 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm

The pleasure was all ours Chandni. Keep up the good work! Take care :)


Manali April 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Beautiful Bride… Love her outfits <3



gargi April 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

one hell of gorgeous-ness happening in these photos!


ID April 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

wedding lehnga is beautiful,grt choice indeed and the last pic looks natural


Preeti Kaur April 3, 2013 at 1:50 am

Hey Akanksha,

Can you please give me the details of the boutiques in Ludhiana?



Akanksha April 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Sure Preeti. Kyra is in Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana right across Guru Nanak Public School.
Mrs.Renu Kumar’s boutique is at her home, 7-B , B.R.S. Nagar. Let me know if you need any further details.


Aanchal April 4, 2013 at 12:21 am

Loved EACH of the outfits, and the fact that they were so different from each other! And of course the make-up is just perfect. The ‘real brides’ feature never disappoints!
Methinks she bears an uncanny resemblance to Diana Penty, especially in the 4th picture!


Akanksha April 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Haha a lot of people have told me that I resemble her :) Thanks for your lovely comments.


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