P&B Real Brides: Meet Kayennat

by Sub Editor Akanksha on June 3, 2013

in Real Brides

Kayennat Wedding

 Meet Kayennat

Kayennat is a gorgeous bride  from Mauritius and her husband is from Pakistan. Both of them have been living in England since their early teens and have been there ever since. The wedding took place in England, but the shopping took place in India ; ) . Hear the story of a girl who was brave enough to do her own wedding makeup. Respect!

Love / arranged marriage ? What’s your love story ?

It’s a love marriage (I think lol), We’ve been friends since we were 17 and we met at college. We had the exact timetable and we took the same bus home. We were friends for a long time before we realised it  was more than just friendship. More importantly he is my best friend and is there for me always. Funnily enough we had met once when we were still in secondary school (his school had a match against my school and I was in the girls’ team) but I don’t remember him from then!

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So Mauritian marrying a Pakistani Haan? Any cultural issues with the wedding planning?

We didn’t particularly follow any Mauritian or Pakistani wedding traditions; our parents were cool with whatever we wanted so we picked and chose the functions we wanted. The weekend happened over Easter Holidays last year and in England for Easter we get a 4 day weekend (so most people have time off). The Nikaah was just a simple ceremony at home on the friday, Saturday was the Registry (or Civil) wedding, Sunday was the sangeet (sangeet isn’t done in Mauritius so it was really different and fun for the guests as it was something most guests had only seen on films before) and Monday was the Reception. We chose to have a combined reception (in both Mauritian and Pakistani cultures there are 2 functions), as it was just easier and simpler!

Where did you buy your outfits from?

 My nikaah outfit was a simple white suit which was gifted to me from my aunty. The Registry gown (ivory) was custom made for me in China through a company called DHGate. The design was based on the Mila Kunis Oscar 2011 Elie Saab dress and cost approx $200. It took 3 weeks to be made and sent to me and I had asked for slight modifications such as having sleeves added and having a higher neckline. I was really apprehensive about the gown because it was not a company I had used before, but when I received it I was ecstatic. It was better than I had expected and imagined.

My sangeet outfit was just a simple pink anarkali type outfit from a random shop in Karol Bagh and cost under 2000 Rupees Indian. The main reception outfit was from Roshans. I found it on the first day itself. As we (me, mum and my cousin) came from England to do our shopping we were on a tight 2 weeks schedule. On the first day we went Chawri bazaar to give order for wedding cards. This was really fun as there were so many vendors and designs to choose from.

Roshan’s was just so welcoming and nice, and we ended up getting my lehenga, my sister’s lehenga, and my cousin’s anarkali and gown from there. I saw my wedding lehenga and  liked it within 5 mins :) I am pretty specific with what I want and things just call out to me. i walked around the shop once and saw the one I wanted and that was it really!! I paid 70,000 Indian Rupees for the lehenga and it was so so heavy. The dupatta weighed 5 kilos and the lehenga skirt weighed 7 kilos. . Once it was finished you couldn’t tell the neckline was added. It was done so well.

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The rest of the trip was pretty relaxed because the main thing for us was wedding cards and bridal lehenga. In Karol Bagh we spent a ridiculous amount of money in CTC Emporio for wedding trousseau outfits. My mother also got her lehenga from thereand it was gorgeous on her. My cousin got one too and i got an extra one  a light one to wear to devar’s wedding). I think we spent about 3/4 days in that shop. We had incredible customer service and to me that’s really important. You should feel happy when you are paying at the end and not feel like you didn’t get the best service you deserve. I had a rubbish experience at the Frontier in Karol Bagh, and ended up just getting up and leaving, The staff were a bit rude, and it felt as if they didn’t want to show me anything. They kept telling that this fabric is *insert designer name* and I knew it was not. It was possibly inspired by a certain designer at best but that’s about it.

Tell us about the most fun functions, which song did you guys dance to?

 We didn’t have a song :) We are quite chilled out and people said they had never seen such a relaxed bride lol. The reception was most fun because a lot of things  were DIY, such as the cake (made by me), the wedding bouquet (made by me) the desserts (made by me and an army of people I had trained into making cupcakes), the wedding favours (made by me and my army of people) the table centrepieces were made (at home, and was set up by my sister and her army of people). My sister had designed and made the table setting cards with names and the menus. So because a lot of time and effort had gone in to reception it was really fun to see everything coming together in the end.

We didn’t have a couple dance (I find them cheesy!! lol) but my husband and our friends did a group dance to Pumbeeri by Foji (British Asian artist) and that was fun as they had only decided to do that the night before (well they decided at 2 am lol). My nephew was dancing to Chammak Challo and a whole bunch of people randomly joined him on the dance floor and started copying his moves. That was really cute.

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Who was your makeup artist and photographer?

 My photographers were a couple called Chaz and Georgina from http://www.candgweddings.co.uk/ They were awesome! We had a little photoshoot with them a few days before the wedding in the studio and it was a lot of fun. I didn’t want really posed photos as I think they are a bit boring so we told them to do as they feel like and we were really pleased with the photos. We also had a photobooth on the day (£500 for 5 hours) and that was awesome. People could just go in and take photos with props (big glasses, wigs, and so on). I do wish I had taken close up shots of my outfits though, it just didn’t seem important then :)

I had decided to do my makeup myself as after having a couple of trials I realised I prefer the way I did my own makeup and so did the husband. A lot of brides are hesitant to do this but honestly end of the day you know your faces best and if you’re good at makeup application then why not :) I did have my sister with me as a back up in case anything went wrong so I wasn’t worried or anything. For the whole weekend, the Naked 2 pallet by Urban Decay was the most used.

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Shikha June 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

you have beautiful big eyes… wish you a happy married life

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Thank you Shikha, I get called “tomato eyes” lol

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sakhi June 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

ur story is very close to bollywood..but hats off to ur guts and u have really done a gr88 job in terms of makeup..

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Thank you Sakhi :)

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thedelhibride June 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

wow, your own makeup! Way to go! I think a lot of the time brides need someone else to do it for them just because they might be a little stressed on wedding day, and it’s best if they don’t take on additional stress on D-day. But it seemed like you were a super relaxed bride! And that’s greattt!

Honestly, I always feel wonderful when I hear from couples “oh, our parents were really chilled out. they said we can do whatever we feel like” It makes the whole wedding planning process so much easier, because you and your groom can just pick and choose whatever you feel like. But once the families and traditions start getting involved, there’s a lot of additional stress “oh you do that? well, we do it this way. ok, we’ll do A your way, and then B we can do our way.” If there are only the bride and groom to consider, they’ll figure it out themselves with minimal stress and just doing what 2 people feel like doing. IMO, best way to go! But of course, everyone may not want to, or may not get the chance to.

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I feel very lucky we were allowed to do what we wanted, not everyone gets that opportunity. I didn’t wear mehendi, didn’t wear red, didn’t wear gold jewellery, didn’t put dupatta on my head and my family and the in laws didn’t mind at all.

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thedelhibride June 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

oh, and may I add – you made a beautiful bride! and your photographers have done a great job! :) Love the pictures!

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Thank you :)

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Anam June 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm

You made the cake (looks yummy btw), the wedding bouquet, the favours, the desserts….whew … and did your own make up??? Superwoman!! And you were a gorgeous bride. Loved the understated look, bridal without being all dhinchak.

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Thanks Anam :) I like doing things and kinda hate having to sit down with nothing to do!

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Shrutilaya June 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Oh, I love this, everything seems so personalized and unique! :)

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Thank you Shrutilaya

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KRITI June 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

wish u a happy married life….

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Thank you Kriti :)

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Maliha June 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm

YAYY! I am soo happy that you are now doing international bridal features too!

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mehak June 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Hehe ! I always was ! juts didnt get any writing in to me !

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Thanks for feauturing me Mehak :)

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Richa Saxena June 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm

You look very preety Kayenat! It’s amazing how you did your own makeup…I guess it takes a lot of guts & confidence… So Kudos to you….Loved your outfits too! Congratulations & wish you both a very happy married life :)

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Thank you Richa :)

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Jaina June 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I love that you had the confidence to do your own makeup – that is currently my biggest thought as they go so overboard even when you ask for light application!

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Thank you Jaina :) Yeah that was my biggest isssue too, skin stops looking like skin :S Urggh

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Crazy Indian Bride June 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Wow! You did a LOT of work for the reception, hats off to you girl! I would have turned into a bridzilla

Amazing that you did your own makeup, looks so pretty.

Love your ‘couple’ photo’s.

and the thing I loved the most is that You truly had a Multi-cultural wedding!

Have a great life ahead!

PS : Love your smile :)

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Thank you :D

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thevowsandbeyond June 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm

It takes a brave girl to do her own makeup – and you did a fab job! Congrats on the wedding! And the pictures are super cute :D

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Thank you :)

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Tanvi June 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm

She is stunning! What a cute story.

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Thank you Tanvi :)

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Niesha June 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm

You are beautiful and have pretty long healthy hair.
Loved the post.:)

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Thank you Niesha :) I love having long hair. Short hair really doesn’t suit me :D

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Ananyaa June 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm

What a gorgeous bride :) Love the understated look ..So Chic :D
The wedding story was also really really sweet ;)
Wish you a blissful married life..Best Wishes

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Thank you Ananyaa :)

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Krithi June 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm

gorgeous pics and especially like the first one

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Thank you Krithi :)

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Gowthami June 3, 2013 at 11:54 pm

wowuu your own makeup :) you did it subtle and lovely :) bless you both… lovely outfits and clicks.. :)

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Thank you Gowthami :)

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Karishma June 4, 2013 at 3:45 am

What an adorable couple! Wish you a happy married life.

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Thank you Karishma :)

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gargi June 4, 2013 at 11:26 am

this couple is surely blessed!
Loved the whole idea of the reception!

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Thank you Gargi :)

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Manali June 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

The bride is gorgeous…. reminded me of Kim Kardeshian…. beautiful pictures and great choice of color for the outfit !!!

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Thank you Manali :)

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Thank you guys :) You are all too kind
XOXO

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Heena June 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Beautiful pictures

God Bless You:)

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kayennat June 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Thank you Heena :)

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pooja June 5, 2013 at 12:18 am

looking like kim kardashian in the first one, ever get told thatin real life?! xD
loovee the pre wedding pictures. prefer them wayy over the cheesy traditional ones on wedding day. lots of love luck and happiness to you both hun. have a good,good life Kayennat. :]

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kayennat June 5, 2013 at 4:12 am

Lol no never had that one before! We didn’t cheesy traditional photos on the day either, I was very specific about that with the photographers :D and Thank you Pooja :)

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riya June 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

You 2 make a lovely couple, god bless! Kudos on self makeup!

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kayennat June 6, 2013 at 4:21 am

Thanks Riya :)

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afterglow June 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

After reading your post, I got some MUCH NEEDED reassurance that I can do my own makeup. THanks! You guys look great together. Such a simple affair, brilliant!

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kayennat June 6, 2013 at 4:20 am

Thank you :) Practice beforehand and take lots of photos with flash to see how the look photographs with flash photography. The more you do it the more comfortable you’ll be :) Best of luck.

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Bhumika June 6, 2013 at 3:08 am

Loved the pics :)

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kayennat June 6, 2013 at 4:21 am

Thanks Bhumika :)

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Sneha June 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Hello Kayennat, I’m from Mauritius,Maybe you have forgotten the Mauritian culture, but here in Mauritius we do Sangeet!! especially on Friday!

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kayennat June 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Hey I don’t think I’ve forgotten Mauritian culture :) I am Muslim and we don’t do sangeet, and on Fridays we typically have a religious prayer. Is it perhaps a Hindu-Mauritian thing? I would love to attend one next time I go!! I wasn’t aware they were done.

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nithya June 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm

You’re gorgeous. I totally loved the cake and the fact that you had a whole lot of DIY things. Your make up was perfect and so were the outfits. All the best and wish you a very happy married life!

PS: I did my own make up for my wedding :)

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kayennat June 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Thank you Nithya, you’re too kind :) and am sure you must have looked gorgeous too!

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Nigar June 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I don’t understand why brides find it so difficult to do their own makeup .. If you do it on a regular basis then really, why not! :D

At the end of the day, you don’t wanna look like a drag version of barbie, which is what I find most Asian brides do here in England. If you watch Indian movies then they always prefer a more natural looks – really dont understand where this fantasy came from!

I think if girls normally wear that much makeup then fair enough, but if not, then just be normal and wear it naturally!

On the other hand, wasnt my sister just the most gorgeous bride! ❤

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