Rutherglen Reformer - - The Powder Room -

I had the plea­sure of work­ing with a beau­ti­ful Asian bride re­cently and her wed­ding was an amaz­ing, fab­u­lous cel­e­bra­tion of tra­di­tion and love.

With my part­ner in beauty crime, hair stylist Lidia At­tino, we worked with the stun­ning Samia on her big day.

And trust me, when you are stand­ing be­side a beau­ti­ful Asian bride cov­ered head to toe in sparkling jew­els, amaz­ing make-up, hair and dress, you don’t half feel like a Plain Jane.

The jew­ellery is to die for, from her an­kle chains to her show-stop­ping head­piece, and watch­ing the whole look come to­gether is a joy to be­hold.

Make-up and hair is very spe­cific and it can take about an hour to ap­ply each.

Samia wanted her make-up to be tra­di­tional but very so­phis­ti­cated and Lidia worked her magic on the hair and took charge of the veil set­ting. We also helped with her jew­ellery. Asian wed­dings last for sev­eral days and con­sist of events.

The Mehndi or Henna Cer­e­mony where the bride re­ceives her in­tri­cate Mehndi(henna) to her hands and feet by a Henna artist or fam­ily mem­ber.

This event gen­er­ally has a fun feel to it, with the girls wear­ing vivid colours and singing and danc­ing and is typ­i­cally held a few days be­fore the wed­ding cer­e­mony.

On the ac­tual wed­ding day the bride wears tra­di­tional at­tire of red and gold with a beau­ti­ful, but heavy veil.

The bride’s fam­ily wel­comes the groom’s side to the fam­ily. The bride and groom, how­ever, re­main sep­a­rate dur­ing the cer­e­mony, with the bride fi­nally join­ing her hus­band be­fore fam­ily and friends to­wards the end to eat de­li­cious food and have photos taken. Danc­ing fol­lows in the evening.

The Wal­ima cer­e­mony (mar­riage ban­quet) is the sec­ond part of the Is­lamic wed­ding and is more in­for­mal, with the bride dress­ing in a colour of her choice.

This is a cel­e­bra­tion to sym­bol­ise hap­pi­ness post-mar­riage. There is lots of tra­di­tional danc­ing and the guests en­joy a re­lax­ing fun day/evening.

Lidia and I were de­lighted to be in­vited along as guests by Samia.

We watched the bride’s pho­to­shoot be­fore we were shown to the groom’s cer­e­mony room.

We felt a lit­tle un­der dressed in our work clothes, but we were made to feel so wel­come by Samia’s fam­ily.

We were treated to the most amaz­ing food and I was stuffed af­ter­wards.

Samia made a grand en­trance, look­ing in­cred­i­ble and joined her new hus­band, wit­nessed by their fam­ily and friends.

It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and I was so happy we got to go. Sadly we had to go back to work so we missed the danc­ing.

Mak­ing the magic hap­pen Work­ing on the Scot­tish Wed­ding Direc­tory shoot

Beauty Samia was the most stun­ning bride

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