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High Tea, Check. Intimate Brunch, Check. Marsh mellows, Check. No Makeup, Check. Men's Vintage Watch, Check. Presenting Nisha Kundnani's checklist, a real bride with the most unconventional wedding style.

A Stylist at Marie Claire by profession, Nisha belongs to a Sindhi family who originally hail from Jabalpur. She married her long time friend turned boyfriend Shaikh Ayaaz at a private ceremony in Mumbai. "We met at our first workplace and didn't speak to each other for the first seven months. Finally, we got talking and developed a liking for each other. It took a long time to take the plunge. Even the proposal was not the usual run-of-the mill kinds."

In awe of Sabyasachi

Nisha swears by her all-time favorite designer Sabyasachi who indisputably was the magician to unveil her wedding closet. "He is like my mentor and I have learnt so much in life from him. I am a quintessential Sabyasachi girl and derive inspiration from his creations. My most precious moment was when Sabya saw me dressed up as a bride in his creation. I think I was more excited to see him than he was to see me in that avtaar."

Court Wedding

There were no vows, no proposal and maximum of six people in this one and a half hour long court marriage which saw Nisha decked up in a beautiful khadi tricolor sari with hues of rust, maroon and black. The old-fashioned silver zardozi border transformed this simple sari into a masterpiece and complemented her black sleeveless blouse well. Her Victorian diamond studs, a wedding gift from her husband Ayaaz were bought from Amrapali. She went on to cherish this day with almost no makeup and did her own hair after which the family settled in for a cup coffee at a nearby cafe.

High Tea-Brunch

How could a girl who sprung surprises on herself not astonish the people around her? This is what exactly happened when she decided to hold an intimate gathering at the Sea Lounge at the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai to celebrate her officially married life. She wanted it to be special but ended up disappointing a lot of people. "It was a last minute decision and only forty people were invited. There were parents, close friends and basically all the people who were instrumental in our lives and careers in some way or the other." This High Tea and Brunch wedding party saw Nisha gossiping, reading books, eating marsh mellows and even play the piano amidst spending quality time with the person she wanted to spend her life with.

But one thing she completely detested and that is looking like a Christmas tree. "I had a deeper thought process for my High Tea party. I knew it had to be a Sabyasachi creation without a doubt so I finally took an appointment with Sabya a month before my wedding for a bridal preview. For some strange reason, I always thought I would wear golden and ivory for my wedding." Finally, after days of research, Nisha chose to wear a dark blue raw hand woven lehenga made up by putting together various textiles like khadi, brocade and tye & dye. …It was one of the most unique Sabyasachi creations I have ever seen. I was clear that I didn't want zardozi except on the border. The short blue brocade kurti served as the perfect blouse for the bottom while the dupatta was made up of malmal with mirrors on it. …I am a very fabric person with a heavy inclination towards textiles and my simple clothes reflect my personality", she says.

Her simplistic hair and makeup was done by Neha Kamra while the beautiful silver jewelry which harmonized her Indian wear was from a local store called Silver Streak. "I was sick of looking at jadau and wanted something I would wear more than just once. I went to each and every store in town and all I saw was expensive, heavy stuff. I was confused and wanted to spend my money wisely which is why I opted for pure antique silver jhumkas and a ring from Silver Streak." The solitaire bangles she was seen wearing on this day were a tad too flashy for her taste but had great sentimental values attached; they were a gift to her from her parents.

While Nisha was matchless, her husband a cinema and art writer was not an inch behind. He looked suave in a light charcoal grey suit by the famous Italian brand Boggie and complemented his wife in every way.

Trademark Reception

As much as she wanted to stay away from the usual shor-sharaba, Nisha's parents decided to have a reception at her hometown back in Jabalpur for her close folks. Once again she zeroed on a readymade black lehenga with a golden blouse keeping the trademark Sabyasachi style alive. The gold neckpiece embellished with jadau and ruby stones by Amrapali adorned her neckline while she kept her ears minimal with simple tiny earrings. Neha Kamra was once again handed over the job of making her look 'normal day like' with just a plain red lipstick doing the trick.

Anarkali for the House Party
It goes without saying that Nisha stuck to her favorite designer for this small get together as well. She wore a printed brown anarkali along with a black churidaar and added her individual spark by wearing a waistcoat jacket over it. Her hair and makeup was self done as she went in minus any jewelry with this quirky outfit.

Altering creativity
"The best part about my wedding outfit is that I can reuse it giving a western perspective very smoothly. It has a very old school feeling to it and each piece stands out individually. It has repeat values and sentiments. For instance, I have already worn my kurti with a pair of jeans one day, while the lehenga I intend to wear with an Ivory shirt for a party once."

What comes out of this unusual wedding diary is a graceful personality. It is her creative ego that sets her apart and leaves behind a memory that has been arched forever in this real brides mind.

Photographs Courtesy- Shreya Sen
www.facebook.com/shreyasenphotography

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