Thursday, June 6, 2013

Fashionistas Samira Dada, Meher Tareen & Sana Khan share their bridal aesthetics

When covering Pakistan's Fashionistas as an exclusive for HELLO! India's 6th Anniversary issue, Samira Dada, Meher Tareen and Sana Khan Wahla shared their personal wedding albums with me as they recalled their favorite fashion moments as young brides... 
HELLO! India, April 2013
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In a Menahel & Mehreen outfit; Photo by Maryam Rahman Agha, Karachi
Samira Dada felt “regal” in a pastel Bunto Kazmi lehnga as a bride one decade ago. “I absolutely adore Bunto’s work,” she says. “ It is the epitome of timeless elegance. I always knew that I would wear an outfit designed by her on my wedding day.” 
Classic Bunto Kazmi bride: Samira Maskatiya on her wedding day. Photo by Hakim Sons

Samira Maskatiya weds Shazad Dada; Photo by Hakim Sons
At her Walima ceremony, Samira dressed in Shamaeel Ansari, whom she was working with at the time.
Samira Maskatiya Dada at her walima ceremony in an ethereal Shamaeel Ansari bridal; Photo by Sam

In Muse at the historic Jinnah Library; Photo by Faisal Farooqui/Dragonfly, Lahore
Meher Tareen remembers her wedding, five years ago, as being “amazing.” “It was a blur of compliments and duas,” she says. “I cried like a baby at the rukhsati.”  Her bridal attire comprised a lehnga purchased by her mother from a Bombay boutique when Meher was a one-year-old toddler. “I had the shirt and dupatta made by Guddo of Sozan Kaar because her work was as traditional and intricate at the lehnga,” she explained. 
Traditional bride Meher Tareen on her wedding day; Photo by Faisal Farooqui

At her walima, Meher wore a pink creation from Sublime by Sara Shahid, her sister-in-law.   
Meher Tareen Faruki at her walima ceremony radiant in Sublime by Sara; Photo by Faisal Farooqui

At Central Park; Photo by Natasha Jehangir, New York
Sana Khan Wahla had her tangerine-meets-sorbet wedding outfit designed by Rizwan Beyg for her wedding one year ago. “Rizwan is a genius when it comes to bridal wear,” she says. “I felt like I was in a fairytale but still myself!” 

Sana Khan weds Ahmed Wahla in a vivid Rizwan Beyg bridal; Photo by Irfan Ahson

For her walima event, Sana asked her close friend Khadijah Shah of Elan to design her a gown akin to a piece of jewellery. Her post-walima photoshoot took place at the Lahore Fort’s romantic Sheesh Mahal, constructed by Shah Jahan in 1631.

Sana Khan Wahla in a stunning Elan bridal; Photo by Shahnawaz
Post-walima photoshoot at the majestic Lahore Fort; Photo by Ali Khursheid

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