The relationship between a mother and daughter is one which cannot be explained by mere words. As cliche as it may sound, but your mom is your first and best friend. And when a girl is about to get married, nothing feels worse than the pain of leaving your mom to settle into a new home. All the morning banter, the constant scolding for not tidying up the room, saving you from papa ki daant... It's all too hard to live without. But do know that however nervous, happy, sad or excited (yes, all at the same time) you are in the days leading up to your wedding, your mom is feeling all of it too.
This Mothers' Day, we at POPxo decided to celebrate the special bond a daughter shares with her mother, and everything that they go through when the laadli beti is about to get married.
With outfits by Ritu Kumar, makeup by Pooja Sonik, jewellery by Veeni Jewels and photography by Art Capture Productions, this shoot was as dreamy as it could get. So, without any further ado, let's introduce you to our muses - the bride-to-be and her adorable mom.
Radhika Sethi, the chirpy and bubbly bride-to-be joined us at the Ritu Kumar store with her mother Renuka, for the much-awaited mother-daughter photo shoot. Both the ladies were really excited to be there and needless to say, their energy was infectious. While the mother and daughter dressed up in sparkly wedding outfits and got their blush on, we indulged in a bit of chit-chat about the upcoming wedding.
Being in the wedding business, we have heard our share of beautiful love stories. But this one was unique in its own way. Here's the story from the bride herself.
"It started off as an arranged match, but is definitely love now! So, we went to Agra to celebrate mine and my dad's birthday and we called all our relatives and friends. It was a grand function, where one of my maasi's friends, who was looking for a suitable girl for her son saw me. She really liked me, she thought I looked like a doll (laughs).
The elders exchanged numbers and after about a week of returning, Arjun and I got in touch. We met almost every day for the next two months, and that is how we decided that we wanted to spend our lives together. There was no pressure from our parents whatsoever, as they wanted the decision to be completely ours."
Well, going on to her mother's reaction when Radhika finally said 'yes' to the wedding.
"I was numb, I did not know how to react!! I was happy obviously, but still a bit numb. Like, I couldn't believe it was actually happening. That's when I realised how much I'll miss Radhika. I'll miss everything, everything about her! I'll miss scolding her because her room is always untidy, I'll even miss tidying it up! I'll miss her a lot," shared an emotional mother of the bride.
As for Radhika, she knew from the moment that wedding got fixed that she'll be driving her family crazy for the next few months. "I am most definitely a bridezilla. I'll drive everybody crazy on my wedding day. But I'll also miss being a bride. I love playing dress-up and I'll miss wearing my trousseau clothes too," she shared.
For a mother, there is no greater comfort than to know that her daughter is marrying a man who respects and cares for her.
"I look at him and I see my son. My son Raghav and son-in-law Arjun are both equally loved by me, I have the same emotions for both of them. In fact, people say they even look alike (laughs)," she shared.
In between the candid chats that did get emotional, not just for the mom and daughter but for us too, we also shot some gorgeous pictures. Here you go...
Let's talk about all the gorgeous outfits, shall we?
For the outdoor shoot, Radhika was styled in a baby pink lehenga with zardozi work. Her hair was tied in a messy bun with minimal dewy makeup completing her look. We styled the pretty pastel lehenga with a heavy navrattan choker, jhumkas and a maangtika. The perfect look for a summer bride, what say?!
Radhika's mom, Ms Renuka, was styled in a peach anarkali suit with heavy sequins all over. It came with a nude gold dupatta and was perfect to add that touch of elegance to the bride's mom. Minimal makeup and a pair of statement danglers completed her look.
And then the moment came when the mother saw her baby daughter dressed in a red bridal lehenga. Though the D-day was still far away, we could genuinely sense the emotions both the ladies felt when they first saw each other.
Radhika looked every bit of a royal bride in the maroon velvet lehenga with zari, zardozi and booti work. The heavy bridal lehenga was styled with an elaborate gold maangtika, a set to match and bright red lips. Needless to say, she looked gorgeous!
Her mom, Renuka, wore an ivory coloured silk saree, with a red border to compliment her daughter's outfit. A statement neckpiece and we had yet another elegant mother of the bride look.
Here are some more amazing pictures:
Because a daughter will always care!
Happy brides be the pettiest, yeah?
After an entire day of happy tears, gorgeous outfits and a dream bridal makeover, we ended the shoot with warm hugs and a promise to keep in touch.
Congratulations and all the best for the wedding, Radhika!