Real Wedding – Rachel & Darshan

Rachel combined her white lace Pronovias dress and Cathedral length veil with 22ct ornate gold earrings, her mother’s pearls (Rachel’s something borrowed) and Mehndi hand art. She looked amazing. The makeup artist, Susan at Pretty Flamingo, took inspiration from Indian bridal style by incorporating black flick eyeliner to Rachel’s fresh faced look, which worked beautifully with her striking jewellery. Rachel’s hair was swept back into a layered bun by hairdresser Charlotte Wesson, with her veil fixing over the top to frame her face. The ice-cream tones of her bouquet (by Joanna Marriot Flowers), featuring peach roses and the bride’s favourites, pink peonies, completed the look. After spending some time with Rachel who got ready in her parent’s home, we joined Darshan at Prestwold Hall and photographed the groom and his family in the magnificent entrance, including Darshan with all of his cousins who were dressed in waistcoats and tails for the occasion. The family gathering was a sea of bright coloured saris and dresses which added to the celebratory feel, and the atmosphere was genuinely happy and up-beat – it was a joy to be there.

Rachel arrived at the venue with her dad, and kept it in the family by choosing her uncle to chauffeur them. She wanted a photograph with them both before walking down the aisle with her father. The ceremony was sweet and personal, with Rachel’s family standing to sing with the choir. One of my favourite images of the couple (although there are many!) was at the moment they walked back down the aisle as man and wife, both with a knowing smile, clearly so happy to be together. We threw confetti outside before guests enjoyed drinks on the lawn. It was an incredibly hot day, with little shade, so family and friends spread out across the grounds and sat together under available trees while we took some photographs with the couple. Having planned out my favourite photography spots prior to the day, we wandered around the gardens and it was a lovely time for them to have a few moments together after the ceremony, and take it all in. Rachel and Darshan share an obvious connection that you just can’t fake, and because they are so well-matched it made my job so much easier!

The reception room was decorated in the wedding colours of gold and blush pink, which is a very classy and expensive-looking combination and complemented the venue decor. Simplicity was key, with their favours being traditional sugared almonds. The magnificent flower urns that had decorated the ceremony room also featured in the reception room and added some beautiful life and colour. After a three course dinner we went outside with Rachel and captured her ‘wow’ image – with her stood on the steps showing off the back of her dress in all it’s glory against the blue sky. It became another favourite photograph of mine! Afterwards, they held some moving speeches, where both fathers stood up and honoured their daughter and son with words of praise and advice. When they cut the cake, beribboned in gold with blush pink icing petals made by Dominic at David North, they embraced another Eastern tradition of feeding a piece to each other, which was tenderly and meaningfully done and was a wonderful moment.

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Photographer – Sarah at Mirror Imaging Photography

Makeup artist – Susan at Pretty Flamingo

Hairdresser – Charlotte Wesson Hair

Florist – Joanna Marriott Flowers

Venue – Prestwold Hall

Cake – Dominic at David North

Big Step for Brits as Ziggi Menswear show case at Telenor Bridal Couture Week

Telenor Bridal Couture Week is holy grail in Pakistan when it comes to designers showing their bridal collections and its one I wait far all year round.  The most awaited fashion week will take place in Lahore from the 11-13 December 2014.

If you love Pakistani fashion or indeed need inspiration for your bridal outfit then this is the place to be, it all kicks of tomorrow.

10665387_10152562373047993_3439504505797138274_nIn even more exciting news, Ziggi Menswear will showcase its 2015 collection which for first for a UK brand. This is a massive step forward this isn’t a wedding catwalk show, this is it the godfather of couture catwalk. Considering their showing on the first day just after heavy weight Maria B this is my no means a small feat.


The collection entitled Musafir, meaning ‘traveler’, draws inspiration from journeys and the experience of different cultures, heritage and architecture. One of the main influences, however, is the deep transcen- dence of mysticism, which has inspired many generations to produce the finest pieces of art and the most captivating poetry.

The colour palette used is maroon, different shades of gold, sands and a hint of blue styled with Ziggi Menswear’s signature regal fabrics, including brocades, tanchoi silks, raw silks and velvet. The collection is also embellished with traditional embroidery methods that use beads, zardosi, dabka, kora, arri work, pita work and velvet appliques.


If that’s not enough Ziggi Menswear’s sister brand, Mehzabeen, will also see the official launch with its Gulnari collection. This is something that even i personally had hoped to see for a long time, a signature bridal wear from Ziggi and his team, so when Mehzabeen came to life, brides all over rejoiced.

The Gulnari collection embodies the essence of the traditional bride. Tempered with the heritage and old world charm of the pre-colonial era, which graces the silhouette of each individual piece.

The collection is predominately in the traditional bridal red, with hints of the naurathan colours, including turquoise, purple, pink, green as well as pearl. The embroidery is balanced with intricate detailing throughout the capsule collection, which consists of farshi ghararas, lehngas, long trail gowns, A-line flowing dresses made from chiffons, organza, velvets, brocade and Indian jamavar silks.

Design duo Ziggi and Taff are no newbies when it comes to the catwalk, they made their debut at the 2009 at the Asiana Bridal Show and done countless shows and won numerous awards for their traditional Asian men’s couture. Developing a reputation for high quality, cutting edge design.


Commenting on the milestone, Creative Director Ziggi Akhtar said: “We are delighted to be selected by HUM Network and Style360 to showcase our designs at the most eagerly awaited event in Pakistan’s fashion calendar.

As the event’s very first UK brand, this is a major milestone and we are looking forward to the opportunity to display our latest Musafir collection, which will transport us into distant lands and forgotten times. This will be complemented by the poetics of our Gulnari collection for brides, which draws inspiration from the romantic poetry maharanis recited.”

Managing Director, Taff Rafiq, said: “Over the years we’ve worked with a number of prestigious organisations and individuals, but taking our collections to Pakistan is a dream come true. Whilst a new market for us, it has nevertheless inspired us from the very beginning when we launched Ziggi Menswear.”

Wishing the guys the best of luck and can’t wait till we see the collection and so excited to see the beautiful Mehreen Syed as the showstopper. Below the team with HSY who is overseeing this years choreography.