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Afeefa Nisar, a Pharmacist and Yaasin Hussain, a Banker tied the knot in Nottingham, UK. Afeefa talks about her different looks and shares her wedding story.

Wedding Planning

Afeefa was always fascinated with thinking about her wedding, and even planning for it, much before her marriage was fixed. She says, "I believe in immediately buying something which I love at first sight, and not postponing it for future. I was always surrounded by Asian clothes and so I started buying for my trousseau years in advance!"

Customized Lehenga for Nikah

Afeefa started investing in Asian bridal magazines for inspiration on bridal wear. She says, "I always knew what I wanted to wear for the Nikah so when the date was finalized, I had my wedding dress ready a year in advance". A three piece ensemble- lehenga skirt, corset, jacket designed by Mr. Gul, which could be mixed and matched and worn as separates in future.

Afeefa's Mehendi suit was also designed by Gul

English- Asian style inspired Walima outfit
The Walima day outfit was from the boy's family, and groom Yaasin found the designer Nin Dhillon (Store Mimi in Birmingham). Afeefa recalls, "I fell in love with the dress, particularly the neckline on the corset which was actually a part of another suit. The rest of the dress was inspired from another dress chosen by Yaasin. Nin then mashed the two designs together."

The dress was an English- Asian inspiration, English culture and Asian style.

Jewellery and Accessories
Her jewellery for the wedding day was by Kyles from Ziggi studio in Birmingham who styled it and also made a matching cravat tie pin for Yaasin for the walima. Her walima jewellery was also from Birmingham. For all the functions, Afeefa wore Jimmy Choo shoes.

Make-up and hair
Afeefa's makeup and hair was done by Farzana who works for Ambreen makeup. "Farzana made me feel completely relaxed and she arrived on time and left plenty of time to dress me from head to toe! I trusted her and she made me look and feel like a princess!" exclaims Afeefa.

Wedding shopping in Birmingham

"I shopped everywhere, for both Asian and English ensembles. For more traditional items I went to Bradford Sunday market to pick up funky things such as pirandah for my Mehendi ceremony", shares Afeefa. She bought her Indian designer wear from Mimi in Birmingham and Yaasin's wedding sherwani was from Ziggi Studio. She also purchased a lot of her trousseau from Selfridges.

Afeefa's tips for brides-to-be

Planning is very essential. I planned my wedding well in advance which didn't stress me out as the wedding day approached.

  • Enjoy your time and do not rush your wedding. It only happens once and it's the best time ever including the wedding planning.
  • Don't make the wedding planning process boring especially for your other half. Meand Yaasin had the best time planning our wedding and we even have souvenirs from places we visited to remind us of the laughs we had. Remember, at the end of the day you're marrying the guy of your dreams and this should be exciting!
  • Plan an interesting hen and stag party. I flew to Paris for my hen party as I am in love with fashion!
  • Relax by indulging in spa treatments before your wedding.

 

Photographs Courtesy-Izzy (Aiya Photography)

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