Beautiful, positive and inspiring – that’s Firdous for you! She helped me connect with myself, and lead a healthier life when it was most difficult for me to do so. Today, she’s spreading love and joy through her initiative YogiTri, which you must check out if you’re in Sydney.
But not long before she sailed across the Indian Ocean, she tied the knot with her best friend in a beautiful Hyderabadi – Persian affair. And this, is her story, in her words, about her journey as a bride. Also, because she is so awesome, she made sure she shared some really helpful Trousseau tips for all you brides-to-be out there!
When people ask me how Arshad and I met – I always take a few minutes. In my head, I’m thinking “Thank God I met this man!”. Let’s just say a friend introduced us plenty years ago, and we became great friends. Great friends apparently make great life partners – It’s true! We got married on July 28th 2015 amidst a lovely cross cultural celebration – Arshad’s roots are from Shiraz, Iran, and I’m a hardcore Hyderabadi.
Being A Bride
It’s safe to say I was fussy about every detail. From color combinations, to style, fit, fall, and hairstyle for each occasion – I researched over months to be inspired for a look I thought would flatter me best. I finally came across a lovely Anita Dongre Creation that stole my breath. I probably wouldn’t ever pick that actual dress – but I took certain design elements from it and worked with my designer on it. My wedding dress was completely custom-made in Hyderabad.
I wanted to look different on each day and wanted to work with colors that suit my complexion and work with designs that flatter my body-type.
Mehendi: An Authentic Gharara
I got a lemon dust yellow and dull aqua green “Do Pehencha Gharara” made from Bhopal. It had a hint of pink to break the color with extensive Zardozi work on the border and heavy borders. This dress was completely created over whatsapp and postal service!
My Make-Up Artist Sohini Ghanate did bold eyes but simple glossy lips, light shades of pink on the cheek bones and a minimalistic look with the braid.
Designed by Rana Saadat
Firdous’ Trou-Tip: Don’t try to get a Gharara tailored in South India – the same way you won’t try to buy a Pattu (Silk) saree in Lucknow. It doesn’t work like that!
Dholak Ke Geet: A Kurta-Skirt Look
A figure hugging long kurta and a heavily flared skirt with beautiful light embroidery in and around the neck. This was completely created by Tanvi Maheshwari who designed this dress in-house and fitted it to the T! My favorite look of all events.
Designed by Tanvi Maheshwari
Firdous’ Trou-Tip : Not every design you see on Instagram will look the same on you, and not every color you like, will look good on you. I know some of us love fuschia pink – but it may be a disaster if you don’t spend time understanding whether it suits your complexion or not.
Wedding Day: A Jaipuri-Inspired Lehenga
I wanted to opt for classic colours – since red is a bride’s colour, and gold is the colour of celebration I decided to merge the two. The result was a beautiful zardozi and sequin masterpiece.
I went completely traditional with my jewellery too! Every piece was an heirloom, either passed down from my great grand-mother or a piece of my mother’s ancestral Hyderabadi Jewellery. My Make Up Artist Tamanna Make Up Artistry gave me a classic Pakistani finish with the hair and red lips. She played with the shape of my eyes really well and didn’t make me look scary. Instead, she kept it subtle and gave me a dewy look.
Outfit by Farheen Kaleem, Make Up by Tamanna
Moments captured by Akshay Reddy
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Firdous’ Trou-Tip: Brides under-estimate the importance of a great make-up artist on their big day as well as a well tailored outfit. Don’t compromise on how you look because all you will see when you look back is how you looked and you need to like it more than anybody else.
Valima: The Bride Chose Orange
I didn’t want to go for white because I wasn’t convinced it would look great on me for a reception. I wanted to play with orange because seldom do Hyderabadi brides break the routine red-green-pink dresses. I really wanted something different! Tamanna played with a slightly more dramatic hairstyle on this day, and went with flawless make-up that added to the look and didn’t take-away from it.
Designed by Farheen Kaleem
Firdous’ Trou-Tip: If you have specific colour or shade in mind, don’t depend on the designer to figure it out for you. Instead, head down to the matching centre and pick up swatches! I picked 4-5 combinations of several tones and overlapped to see which looked best. If you are not great at this – please take a friend/relative along for second opinion or suggestions. This will save your life !
Just trust your instinct, choose what works best for you, and most importantly – don’t forget to have fun!
None of this would have been possible without you Mom, so thank you for making sure I looked my best on my special day.
I can’t thank Firdous enough for sharing her tips, thoughts and pictures with all my lovely readers out there. I absolutely adored her wedding look, but which one was your favourite?
PS: MERRY CHRISTMASSSSS!
Love you too ♥