A crown, flower veil and dramatic, exaggerated eyeliner aren’t usual elements we see in Pakistani weddings but for stylist Wazhma Awan, they were just right.
Instagram went wild when photographers Natasha Zubair and Maham Iqbal Bosan posted pictures from her wedding and everyone wanted to know who she was.
Awan broke down her mehndi outfit for Images: She wore an old school House of Kamiar Rokni outfit, a crown from an Etsy shop from the Czech Republic, jewellery she had made herself and a trail of artificial flowers.
I already dress differently, she explains. As a stylist she usually gets to experiment with other people but when it came to her own wedding, she was conflicted. She was looking for an outfit that incorporated elements from different cultures. I was looking at brides all over Asia and was drawn to a more tribal, nomadic style, says Awan.
She wanted to see what people in other countries were doing and recreate that in Pakistan. For example, older Chinese brides wore headgear and some Indonesian brides, depending on their tribe, wear special headgear and have dramatic eyebrows drawn on. You don’t have to belong to a particular culture to represent it, she says.
Eventually, she settled on a Kamiar Rokni piece from a much older collection for her mehndi outfit. To Awan, the outfit had aspects from different cultures in it. The jacket had elements of Chinese culture in it with a desi vibe, she explains.
For her headgear, Awan was also looking for desi elements. Eventually, she came across a store from the Czech Republic on Etsy and bought two crowns from it, hoping to have them replicated in Pakistan. Unfortunately, it couldn’t be replicated and she ended up wearing her “backup” to the wedding.
The teeka she wore with the crown she got made herself. “I didn’t want a matha patti or a dupatta,” she says. Instead, she wanted a flower veil. The person in charge of the wedding decor, Hashim, ended up getting the veil made for her after she showed him a picture of traditional Western wedding trails.
It was made with fabric flowers, Awan explains, because real flowers would have broken and fallen off. But while the end result looked gorgeous, it was so heavy, she could barely walk. I had my husband and brother helping me with one holding my lehenga and the other holding the trail and later my cousin carried it for me around the venue, she explains. Well, they do say beauty is pain.
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