P&B Real Brides: Meet Anju!

by mehak on April 24, 2013

in Bridal Blog, Real Brides, Uncategorized


Meet Anju

A kerala native who is living in Dubai and planned a wedding in Delhi!! With a friends crew from Canada, Scotland, France, England, Taiwan, Kerala and Dubai this was one big party all around!
Hi Anju! Tell us about how you met?

We had a love marriage. We met in Glasgow, United Kingdom during our Post Graduation. Namit and I became good friends within weeks of meeting each other.  He was really easy to talk to and super fun to be with. We would talk for hours in a day. At a time when I most needed a friend, he was there by my side. And then somewhere down the lane, we realized there was something more to the friendship. One of our friends acted as a cupid and finally he asked me out on March 5, 2011; we had our roka in a year and got married after 2 years !

So Namit is a Punjabi and You are from Kerala. Those are too completely different cultures!! How did you deal?

It was a lot of different cultures to deal with ;)  Ever since I was a kid I wanted a North Indian wedding, with loads and loads of dancing (I blame Karan Johar and Yash Chopra movies for that ;) ). My parents were super chilled out and said that I could have a Punjabi wedding if that’s what I really want. So we had a Punjabi wedding and a Kerala style reception.

dipak studios


Sagan Ceremony Lehenga: AZA Dolly J Lehengaanarkali1

Varun & NIdhika Anarkali from AZA

dipak studios

Rimple & Harpreet Lehenga from AZA


Kancheepuram Saree
Tell us about all your event outfits!

For my Sagan & Ring Ceremony I wore a red and golden Dolly J lehenga. Namit’s mom and sister picked it up for me, from AZA for roughly under 2 Lakhs (though we got a 50% discount on it). For my Mehendi & Sangeet, I picked up a pinkish-peach Varun & Nidhika floor length anarkali, from AZA for around 40-50K . For the wedding, I wore a Rimple & Harpreet Narula lehenga, also from AZA.

I wore a magenta kancheepuram saree for my reception in Kerala, which I got from Jayalakshmi Silks, Kochi.

I had come down from Dubai for a week to do my shopping in Delhi. It was day 2 of lehenga hunting and I was already frustrated since I had so less time on hand. After visiting a lot of shops, we ended up in AZA The minute I saw this lehenga I knew I had found my wedding lehenga.. Red in color, with loads of gheras, antique work… It was exactly what I had in mind :D

Since we had to hunt for a wedding venue and book the decorator and florist, I had no time to shop for my Sangeet outfit. I had to come down from Dubai again for shopping (had no complaints…coz it meant I get to spend time with Namit :D long-distance relationship was way too taxing!) This time we went straight to AZA …I knew I would find my outfit there…so did not wanna check out other stores…and we had the outfit picked out in less than an hour..

For my reception saree, I had to come down from Dubai again! Most of the kancheepuram sarees I tried on were too heavy with too much golden work, and I wanted a simple saree with antique style borders. When I saw this magenta saree, I knew I had found what I was looking for (it took about a week to find the saree). This costed between 20-30 grand.

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So Which function did you enjoy the most?

The most fun function was the sangeet. I loved seeing all my friends and family perform. The best performance was that of my mom and dad’s, along with my uncles and aunts. They performed on a fusion of old songs with the grand finale of ‘Oppa Gangnam style’ :D I performed a duet with my sister… and a musical with my cousins….the musical was based on our love story. Namit and I did a couple dance on ‘Pehla Nasha’, complete with loads and loads of lifts J


WHo did your makeup and who shot these beautiful pictures?

My makeup for Sagan & Sangeet was done in Vidya Tikari Studios at Lajpat Nagar..The makeup artists were fantastic.. I did not want very heavy make up for any of the functions. And they did a fantastic job in keeping the makeup light and natural.

My wedding makeup was done by Shalini Singh. She did an amazing job and she was super easy to work with.  I did not want to be caked up with heavy makeup…and Shalini really got what I wanted and did a fantastic job..

The photographer we hired was from Dipak Studios. They did an amazing job in capturing all the candid moments.

The reception in Kerala was covered by SL Anand. He was really fun to work with; always coming up with innovative and fun shots. The makeup in Kerala was done by La Femme Salon, Thrissur. I wanted my look to be completely traditional, with jasmine flowers on my head and long braided hair. The makeup artists were really good and efficient and my makeup was done in an hour’s time J

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{ 70 comments… read them below or add one }

Xuvious April 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Your photos are so gorgeous! I love the saree and all outfits! :)


Anju April 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Thank you so very much :)


thedelhibride April 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Love the makeup! And the Dolly J outfit! Wowww! Congrats Anju! You made a veryyy pretty bride!


Shikha April 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm

All outfits and makeup look pretty and I love your pictures and smile.. God bless you with happy married life


Shikha April 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

one more thing.. your antique jewelery with saree is beautiful.. is that a real gold, I like earning with figures…


Anju April 24, 2013 at 10:56 pm

thanks a lot :)

yes this is real gold…they are the traditional temple jewelry from South India :)


mehak April 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I have to add that your jewellery is stunning!!! i dont often like plain gold sets-without polki or kundan but that is amazing!


visakhi April 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Hey Anju,

U have a damn beyond beautiful smile, it itself made u the prettiest bride :)
Loved ur saree version the most and the traditional jewels are to die for..
Is SL Anand the same photographer who took Manju Warriers recent photoshoot?
If so, he is fab..


Anju April 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Thanks a lot…Yes he is the one who recently shot Manju Warrier…He was just fab…got such amazing ideas…


Vipra S April 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

LOVELY BRIDE!! loved your each outfit you look great in all the picz.. have a wonderful lyf ahead :D


Sumathi April 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

You are gorgeous Anju.. Love the saree and the antique jewellery..


Shilpa Shri April 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

U looked very pretty anju… All the pictures are clear and well shot :) I liked all your outfits but Sagan outfit the most :D


Nithya April 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

You are easily one of the prettiest brides I have seen in the recent. Your outfits speak volumes about your taste in colour and specifications; which is simply superb. I like the MUA who’s highlighted your best features and the photographer for getting the right angle.. The temple jewelry is to die for. Being a Tam brahm , I fell for your Kanchipuram sari (a bit obvious ;) ). You look gorgeous Anju and many congratulations!


Amrutha April 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I loved your temple jewellery. You are looking very pretty. Even i am curious to know is that real gold ? If yes, where did you purchase it ?


Anju August 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Thanks a lot :)

yeah they are real :) got them from Malabar Jewelers and Kirtilals (both from Cochin)


Preeti Kaur April 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Congrats Anju :) ur outfits looks amazing and the floor length anarkali is to die for :)


Rashmi April 24, 2013 at 1:53 pm

picture perfect bride !!!


Marathi Weddings April 24, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I absolutely loved your saree. Ah!! so elegant.. The jewellry (Kerala) is amazing too. The 1st picture of the two of you is very nice. All the best Anju!


Richa Saxena April 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I loved your Lehenga…The white gold & the ghera it has is just amazing…And you make a very pretty bride! Congratulations on your wedding…


thedelhibride April 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Had a question – did Vidya Tikari herself do your makeup, or the other artists at her studio? How much did they charge?


Anju April 24, 2013 at 11:01 pm

My make up was done by the artists at Vidya Tikari studios..I dont exactly remember the rates.. I think the Senior artists charged around 12,o00 rupees and the Junior artists around 8000 rupees…


Alison April 24, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Love the dresses and the fact that they had used the multi cultural wedding. Nice photos.


Nisha April 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Love love love the kancheepuram saree look! :)


pooja April 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm

beautiful. congratulations to the both of you. (y)


Aruna April 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Where in the world did you get your reception jewelry from? It’s beyond cool! The traditional motifs with that edginess is something I could totally see myself picking up!
Mehak, could you please ask Anju this?


Anju April 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm

thank you so much :)

i got the jewelry designed from malabar gold and kirtilals (kochi,kerala) :)


Aruna May 1, 2013 at 7:27 am

Thanks! :)


mehak April 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm

H Aruna,
Thats temple jewellery- you get it in a lot of south indian jewellers


Karen April 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Anju, your traditional look in the Kancheepuram saree is beyond gorgeous. Love the saree and the jewellery.
Many Congratulations.


Sandhya April 24, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Loved your antique temple jewelry with the kanchipuram you wore.. V pretty.. and your eye makeup..flawless..


Anshita@Vanity No Apologies April 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm

you will be probably the first south indian bride i instantly loved!!


Crazy Indian Bride April 24, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Love your first picture! So bollywood-y

and that saree is super pretty, so is your jewelry!


Josie April 24, 2013 at 11:22 pm

you look so beautiful. loved your outfits especially your saree. I always seen OTT saree on brides but your is just PERFECT. defintely going to Jayalakshmi when I’m going to India. I’m from Kerala, so its nice to see a mallu bride :)
P.S.Anju, if you don’t, would you be able to tell some good stores in Kerala?


Josie April 24, 2013 at 11:30 pm



Anju April 24, 2013 at 11:40 pm

hi..thanks a lot :)

i only checked out stores in kochi…i went to chennai silks, seemati and jayalakshmi ….liked jayalakshmi the best out of these…not really sure about the other places…sorry….dunno any other stores than these three…


Josie April 25, 2013 at 1:28 am

thank u for replying. I’m going to India this summer but I don’t where to go to shop!!LOL. Ideally, I would go to Delhi or Mumbai but I know it’s impossible .LOL . thank u for the recommendations. Congratulations!!!may God bless you both:)


mehak April 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Hi Josie! You should hire the brides by pb service!


Josie April 26, 2013 at 3:54 am

I would Mehak when I’m getting married but I’m not. :) just going to India for vacation and to see my grandma. I would certainly love to get married in Delhi(which is kinda impossible but one can dream).LOL. Like Anju, I’m also bit obsessed with North Indian culture too. haha..


Anju April 24, 2013 at 11:35 pm

thanks a lot everyone for the wonderful comments and wishes :)


Sukanya April 25, 2013 at 12:22 am

Love the first Lehenga and your Kanchipuram saree ! The Saree makeup is perfect and you look your radiant best :)


thevowsandbeyond April 25, 2013 at 6:33 am

Love the cream and red lehenga!!!


vineetha April 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Loved the sagan ceremony one!


Gowthami April 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

very pretty outfits and jewels :) great selection…


su April 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

wow i loved ur looks esp in the sari…..u look amazing…..how much did ur kerala makeup cost? it was the best……and please let us know if they go out of town for doin the makeup…….


Anju April 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

thank you so much :)

The kerala make up artists charged 12,000 rupees. Sorry I am not too sure if they go out of town….


Dhanya July 3, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Hi Anju, I know this will sound very random to you. but are you Smita Aunty’S daughter? You lived in Wayanad long long ago?


Anju August 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm


yeah…thats right…though i havent lived in wayanad…my parents have lived there :)


Dhanya August 28, 2013 at 6:24 am

Oh how nice :) Our parents were friends. They are facebook friends now :) I remember Smita Aunty very well from my childhood and their old house etc. Not sure if you were born then or if it was your sister.


Dhanya July 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I used the same makeup artists for my wedding last year in May. They are the best in Kerala and are brilliant. i used them without a trial and i was super satisfied. They do travel outside Thrissur but they charge you slightly higher. They came to Wayanad for my wedding for two days.


ash April 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm

hi anju…must say u luk fab in all ur pics..the outfits frn aza luk fantatic..n i wanted to knw how much did the wedding lahenga cost you ? i reallt luvd the antique work ..n im curious to knw mre abt that piece…njpi ur married lyf..im sure its a whole bunch of surprises waiting ahead


mehak April 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm

It was 2L+


kRITHI April 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm

loved the Kancheepuram sareee:)


Jan April 25, 2013 at 11:16 pm

One word – gorgeous. being a tam-brahm that silk saree really caught my attention.stunning! The last but one picture could be easily used for an ad campaign for that jeweler.


Abhi April 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

OMG OMG OMG!!! I love the traditional kancheepuram the most….the flowers in the hair and that jewellery oh that jewellery….someone please help me get off the floor and on my chair again…love love
All the best Anju…n yeah a compliment for the groom too…he makes one handsome groom and for the first time on this site I have noticed the groom’s outfit too…love that blue and how it contrasts the brides colours:)


sakhi April 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Loved all ur outfits and ur reception jewellery was simply awesome…u have a beautiful smile…i loved the first lehenga even


Heena April 26, 2013 at 11:10 pm

You Look So Ravishing in All The Pics!!
God Bless You With Loadza Love n Smiles!:)


aditi April 26, 2013 at 11:58 pm

The temple jewellery is so beautiful anju! I think you look prettiest in the kanjivaram! Congrts :)


khad April 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm

love the mallige flowers on ur hair ! :)


ID April 27, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Nice couple ,such beautiful mingling of two cultures Nd aza has good couture


Mahaadwiti Bose April 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Hi Anju,

Congrats a tone. Lovely to see you in mixed cultures bride Anju. your outfits and makeup are extremely stunning. Your temple Jwellery is beyond words. Is it customised for you? Could you pleased Share the approximaye weight and price of it?

Happy Married life.


Anju April 30, 2013 at 4:40 pm

thanks a lot :)

yeah I got the jewelry made..it was customized as per my requirements…the approx price of the whole set was between 17-20 lakhs….not too sure about the weight though…


Bhumika April 30, 2013 at 8:09 pm

amazing pics anju..U look great ! Loved the kancheepuram saree..and the natural makeup done with it..in the 2nd last pic :)


roli May 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm

hey anju….

you gold jewellery is just awesome.

i liked you magenta kanchi saree as well


kayennat May 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I totally love your anarkali and Kancheepuram Saree (you look like a doll! )


Pukhraj Neogi July 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Hi Anju, u looked very pretty bride. Cld u pls tell from where and which jeweler did u get ur reception set made?



Anju August 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

thanks a lot :)

the necklace, maang tikka and earrings were custom made from Malabar Jewelry, Cochin…and the waist belt was made from Kirtilals, Cochin….


Swati August 1, 2013 at 12:30 am

Hi Anju,
Could u please tell me how much SL anand charge for the wedding photography…m getting married in trissur n need a good photographer …


Anju August 18, 2013 at 4:33 pm

He charged us 1.1L (this included videos,photos and the album)..I just had him for my reception..not sure how much he charges for covering the whole wedding…


divya January 9, 2015 at 6:39 pm

hi anju
i loved your wedding lehenga by Rimple & Harpreet,its gorgeous,u are looking beautiful in all outfits
may i know price of your wedding lehenga


anju March 4, 2016 at 9:59 am

The temple jewelry is awesome. how much did it cost you :)


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