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May 24, 2012

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7 Wedding Photography Poses & Ideas

May 4, 2012

Even before facebook made fabulous photoshoots an absolute must for every bride, I always looked forward to seeing couples’ bridal portraits. When asked what’s more important; having the perfect dress, venue and decor or having a great wedding photographer, I choose the photographer every time. The way I see it, once the wedding is over all that’s left are memories and photographs…and lets be honest, memories get fuzzy over time.

Looking through my own wedding photographs (taken by the super talented Hadi Habib) always makes me smile. Somehow the stress and drama of the wedding, fades into the background and all I see is us. Isn’t that what weddings should be about anyway.

To help you along here are some of my favourite ideas to discuss with your photographer before you tie the knot!

Images via 1. Beautiful Indian Brides Tumblr, 2. G + H Photography, 3. Whitebox Photography, 4. Ayesha Ahmad Photography, 5. Irfan Ahson Photography, 6.Osman Ghani Photography, 7. Beautiful Indian Brides


April 23, 2012

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ~ Aristotle

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6 Wedding Must-Haves (You Probably Haven’t Even Thought About)

April 18, 2012

Planning a wedding is a fulltime job. With several events often held back to back – spanning over a week or more – it’s no wonder brides have been known to take months off from their regular jobs just to plan their weddings. When it comes to weddings there are usually more things to do than time to do it in. And while you’re busy checking off the major chunk of must-dos off your list, it’s the little yet oh-so-important must-haves that sometimes slip through the cracks.

So here is a list of essentials that you need to email yourself, hand over to your maid of honor and/or print out and keep in your wallet. It’s pretty basic and when you read them you may even think ‘well of course I’ll remember this’. But trust me, darlings, the tricky part will be making sure you remember them at a time when the soul sucking madness of your wedding is eating at your common sense, and panic, stress and nerves cloud over your otherwise rational brain cells. That’s when you will definitely need this list!

  1. A person whose job it is to make sure you get fed.

Now I realize how this may sound; Self indulgent? Unnecessary? Or even ridiculous? After all it’s your wedding; center of attention right here – how could you not get food on your own wedding?  However, unfortunate as it may be, it has been known to happen. Here’s how: weddings are a cyclone of crazy activity; there’re your hair, your makeup, your photo shoot, taking family photographs, sitting pretty in your heavy jora on the stage, meeting and greeting your guests, smiling, taking group photographs, meeting and greeting more guests, smiling and taking more group photographs. See where I’m going with this…With so much to do and so many people constantly around you, you will need one person delegated to make sure you don’t get sidetracked or go hungry on your day. Simple.

  1. Bride’s (/Maid of Honour) Emergency kit.

Includes: Big and small safety pins, Hairpins, Aspirin, Eyelash glue (for falling fake lashes and/or to hold a tikkah in place), Lip-gloss, Bandaids, Compact mirror, emery board and a camera to take behind-the-scene moments. All these things can fit even in smallest clutch.  Extras: Anti-perspirant & hairspray. Accidents happen and it’s best to be prepared.

  1. Oral Care. 

Perhaps I was the last bride on the planet whose subconscious hadn’t been overridden by images of celebrities and their pearly whites or maybe I just never bought the hype and didn’t believe that I too could have the same sparkle in my smile. Well I was wrong. Here is the simple truth: a teeth cleaning can visibly improve your smile (and also take care of minor cases of halitosis). Relatively inexpensive whitening system will make a huge difference. So the next time your in front of the mirror trying on your favourite lipstick take a second look at those canines. Your future self will thank you.

  1. A list of your close friends and family.

Make a list of your near and ones, and point them out to your photographer before the event starts. Then it becomes your photographer’s job to ensure that your wedding photographs are a representation of not only your big day but also captures moments with those closest to you.  And don’t forget to get a similar list from your significant other as well. After all, you don’t want the other side feeling left out.

  1. Cash.

This may be an item that may seem unnecessary and certainly not something that the bride needs to worry about. But a well prepared bride realizes the importance of not having to rely on other people (Who are probably busy with other thing). Whether it’s tipping your hairstylist, or the hotel bellhop, having some extra cash (including singles) on hand will go a long way.

  1. Underwear.

This is an item so easily forgotten, its often put at the bottom (pun intended) of your list. But really it should be number one.  No, I’m not talking about the pretty little barely-there lingerie that your mind probably went straight to. I’m talking about the basic solid stuff that’s going to hold you together during your wedding. Literally. Sorting out the right underwear beforehand will prevent many possible embarrassing moments. The last thing you want is to realize on the day of your wedding that your shirt is see-through and your undies are lacy and hot pink (there’s only so much Photoshop can do). Think basic, nude-colored, and preferably seamless and figure out if you need a slip to smooth out the lumps and bumps or even Spanx, as soon as you get your outfits from the designers/darzis. (Note: As much as I marvel at the wonder of Spanx, test beforehand to ensure it doesn’t cut off your circulation over long periods of time.)

Published in Suhaag Magazine 2012

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Pretty Pastels {Inspiration Board}

April 10, 2012

The sun is shining and it’s hard to not be inspired by the blooms and colours all around. I wanted to capture some of the delightful vibrancy, sense of celebration and essence of spring, so here’s a Pretty Pastels  inspiration board for you. I hope this board makes you smile this morning and inspires you a little….

With love,


Images via:, country cleaver,, khalishh

Hope you had a very Happy Easter and a wonderful long weekend! :)

February 9, 2012

“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically.
 We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly.
 We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another.
 The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present.
 We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”

~ Anais Nin

Missing out on Karachi in the winter

December 29, 2011

Its that time of year once again; wedding season in Pakistan. And I’m missing it. (Not that I’m missing it; if you know what I mean). For the first time in about 12 years I’m not in Karachi in December. Today is the first real day of snow in Toronto, and it feels strange gazing down at snow-covered roof tops and flurries lightly floating across the skies; an entire world away from my ‘usual decembers’.

I miss karachi. I miss the smell of winter in the air, getting together with old friends from different corners of the world, french beach, that 4 pm winter sunlight, the same bollywood hits at each and every mehndi, family time, bonfires at the beach, cold sand under my toes, star gazing, ruby red lips on a winter bride, dancing the nights away to those bollywood hits, paani puri, long drives down familiar streets, my red vitz, cuddling up under a cozy shawl with a cup of chai… the list does go on….

(Photo cred: mr. niel/nadir’s julie… or was it jenny)