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107 INSPIRATION

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THE STAGE IS SET Entertain this!

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BRIDE IDEAS Fabulous ways to

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A LITTLE PIECE OF INDIA

make your day

Behold the Oshwal Centre

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BRIDE IDEAS GIFTS

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WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT... Poonams?

Make your presents felt!

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WELCOME TO... Spice Nation

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BRIDE IDEAS CELEBS

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WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

Take inspiration from the stars

Indigo serves up a treat

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SOLVING THE MIDDLE What to

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MAMOURNIA Time to lounge, ladies

put on the centre of your tables

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FAVOUR OF THE MONTH

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The treats we’re loving this season

FASHION

MESSAGE PARLOUR

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Send out the right signals

The best ways to dress the part

SHOW CAKE

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FASHION TREND Go pink SUMMER 2013 TRENDS

BRIDE IDEAS FASHION

Make sure the slice is right

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MAKE YOUR EVENT A VIP EVENT

From ramp to wardrobe

How dreams come true

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WHITE WEDDING Uptown gowns

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SUMMER 2013 THEMES

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MAKING A STATEMENT

Brights, gold, nature, pastels

Be bright, be bold

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PERFECT FIT Pick the perfect outfit

PLANNING 111

THE A TO Z GUIDE TO PERFECT

to match your body shape

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DUO TO DIE FOR

All hail Shantanu & Nikhil

PLANNING Work your way

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COUTURE CLUB Style away the

through the maze with ease

hours with Marni Kaur’s

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ASK THE EXPERTS What would

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INTIMATE SECRETS The fashion

vendors ask if they were getting wed?

prince Osman Ghani reveals all...

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TREAT EXPECTATIONS

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DAZZLING DARZI

Cater to your guests tastes in style

The magic of Your Darzi

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VENUES NEWS

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BESPOKE BRIDAL Create your own

Hold the front stage!

dream outfit with Phulkari London

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BEAUTY

GROOM

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BRIDE IDEAS BEAUTY

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All things bride & beautiful

man of the moment

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BEAUTY NOTES

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GROOM NEWS

Bridal beauty kit lust-haves

For your Mr Right

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ASK NINA Our Beauty Editor

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THE GROOMZILLA FILES

is here to make up your day

Confessions of a man on the

edge of the plunge

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BETTER WEIGHT THAN EVER

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DRESSING GROOM Men who

look good enough to marry

Beauty at your perfect fingertips

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DEAR BEST MAN What your man

LAND OF MAC BELIEF Nina takes

would say if he were to open up

Reach your perfect body balance

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MAKE UP MAGIC WITH NINA

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GROOM CHOICE For the

every Asian girl’s favourite cosmetic brand to a new level

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the man with the plan

239 HALL OF FAME Lubna Rafiq

DESTINATION

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GET THE COVER LOOK Lubna

showcases the artwork of her

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DESTINATION CHOICE Don’t go

Rafiq shows us how it’s done

brightest protégés

anywhere without Mr & Mrs Smith

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A WALK IN THE PARK The natural

magic of Yosemite National Park

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ARABIAN HEIGHTS

Behold the wonders of Egypt

BRIDAL BODY WORKOOUT Get that bikini body in an instant 285 BRIDAL PORTFOLIO The industry’s finest reveal

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the season’s best looks

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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Fashionably great ASK AMIT Expert advice from

the greatest day of your life DIRECTORY The best wedding

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CONGRATULATIONs Celebrating

REAL BRIDES REVEAL Tales from women who’ve lived the dream


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FLOWER TO THE PEOPLE: ‘Ever since I was little I imagined walking down the aisle clutching the prettiest bouquet, but apparently boys don’t do that sort of thing. I’m getting kitted out by the fabulous Sati Thakar, who also suggested that maybe the world isn’t ready for the f loral sherwani I had in mind. So I’m living out my f loral fantasies by making my groomswear wear corsages made especially by the lovely bunch at quincebrighton.com and they will love me for it.’ SHIHAB SALIM, Guest Editor

Editor’s Letter

Fashionably KAYAKOKE: ‘Someone put the word kayak and karaoke together and thought – I know! Our friend Priya went kayakoking down the Thames for her hen. Sing your heart out and get fit while you’re at it... love it!’ Nipa Patel, HR & Finance Controller

BUY, BUY, CASTLE : ‘I’ve been researching venues for this issue and have become obsessed with getting married in a castle. Lulworth Castle will do nicely, thanks. Sort it out, Prince Charming!’ SAMAR SADULLAH, Editorial Assistant

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f there’s one thing that unites the female of the species when it comes to weddings it’s that one thought that enters her head whether a wedding invite arrives through her letterbox or a diamond ring arrives on her finger.... ‘What am I going to wear?’. The keen fashion spies at Asian Bride have made it their personal mission to help answer that question for you, trawling the country for the finest garments, Indian and Pakistani catwalk couture to the best of British designs. If you had more trouble than usual finding this page, that’s why! Magnificent voluminous dresses - check. Intricately embroidered suits check. Velvet lenghas, slinky saris, Great Gatsby gowns - check, check, check. It’s all here. Whoever said less is more clearly never had the pleasure of attending an Asian wedding, if they had they would know, categorically that in fact more is most definitely more. And so we too in the spirit of the season have gone for more.

KEEP ON ROARING: ‘I predicted two issues ago the art deco look would be big this year, and if I had a drink for every bride now asking me for the Great Gatsby look, I’d have a garden! Loving the drama, ladies!’ baroquejewellery.com NINA UBHI, Beauty Editor

JAR PAVILIONS: ‘After seeing one too many elaborate f loral centrepieces, I’m now a huge fan of seeing arrangements in simple but cute recepticles, like mason jars or tea pots’ JASPREET KUNDI, Customer Services

In fact we were so spoilt for choice this issue with more cutting edgefashion, stunning beauty looks, innovative ideas, awe-inspiring decor and industry-expert advice than ever before that we’ve expanded your favourite wedding magazine this issue to give you even more bridal for your buck.

MEET YOUR MATCH: ‘While I’d never suggest the groom risks outshining the bride, I am loving the trend of the happy couple combining elaborate designs and daring colours to look like two halves of the complete article. I’m a big fan of this look by Pakistani designer Rana Noman J WIMAL, Editor-in-Chief

As if that wasn’t enough to inspire and guide you we’ve also launched the fantastic asianbride.me website and just like you, we’re putting the finishing touches on planning our own big event later this year - the ultimate wedding show - Asian Bride Live!

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Exciting times. I’ve barely been able to move around the office without being confronted with fabulousness at every turn. Have a wonderful wedding season.

BRAND OF GOLD: ‘I don’t usually go for engravings, but these cheeky little rings from baroquejewellery.com are just too cute’ RACHAEL ELLIOTT, Features Co-ordinator

HEAD’S UP: ‘Fascinators rarely go well with traditional Asian bridalwear, but the new range by Vetas Jewellers may well be the one to buck that trend’ SIOBHAN KERRIGAN, Fashion Assistant

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SUGAR RUSH: Add a sweet twist to your canapé tray by serving up retro treats like candy f loss, candy apples or coloured popcorn. You’ll find some great ideas at lovessweet.co.uk

BUBBLE LOVE We’ve marvelled at Heston Blumenthal turning his kitchen into a science lab. Now you can have such wondrous creations as your wedding banquet! Molecular gastronomy combines culinary processes with scientific methods to transform ingredients into unexpected shapes and flavours guaranteed to leave your guests gasping ‘wow’. bubblefood.com

Molecular square stawberries

Hickory smoked langoustine micro salad with celeriac, bramley apple and saffron

Planning an outdoor do? Don’t let the unpredictable English weather put a dampener on your evening, keep some brollies and blankets handy in case things take a turn for the predictable. You’ll find a gorgeous selection of wedding brollies and cute rain covers at brolliesgalore.co.uk

guestbook, POET TREE: An innovative take on the onto this nts get your loved ones to imprint their thumbpri tree and frame it as the perfect keepsake. nthehighstreet.com • This Fingertree guestbook, £50, noto

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Here’s one for the teetotaller (or should that be coffee-totaller?) This Latte table is the perfect option for nondrinking guests who just like to settle down with a cuppa. You can either lay out your own spread (you’ll find all the accessories you need for a stunning coffee table at coffeecups.co.uk), or hire a mobile coffee bar complete with baristas to rustle up the perfect blend at ristretto.com

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It’s not just kids who get restless during the gaps in the order of your big day. Allow for a dedicated games table or area with giant Jenga, chessboards or mini casinos to keep everyone in a playful mood. You can extend the spirit to the outdoors by organising a game of croquet or even bride vs groom guests’ tug of war! For more ideas, log onto enterleisure.co.uk

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OUR NEAREST AND DEAREST GIVE US ADVICE FOR FREE, BUT HOW CAN YOU BE SURE YOUR WEDDING VENDOR HAS YOUR BEST INTERESTS AT HEART? BY KNOWING WHAT TO...

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One of London’s leading banqueting venues, The VIP Lounge covers all areas of in-house services, from stunning décor to exquisite cuisines. Here’s what to ask Sukhraj Singh Bhamra, Head of Events Management... How do you go about selecting the right Events Manager? Many establishments have glitzy adverts, name in lights and so on, but the best way to find out about an organisation is through good old-fashioned word of mouth. If somebody you trust recommends a service that they have experienced, then that’s already 50% of your search done. What are the key services you expect your service provider to offer? We offer an all-inclusive service at The VIP Lounge, making the happy couples day as stress-free as possible – from providing the venue, to bespoke catering and décor options. We also have great relationships with photographers, videographers and cake providers and so on, meaning we can secure special rates for our clients.

Is it okay to haggle? Absolutely! If you don’t ask you don’t get. Do you have a back-up plan if the vendor lets you down on the day? This can be a problem when booking separate suppliers. You spend a healthy time of your big day chasing up various suppliers who may be running late or got lost on the way. This is why we always encourage our clients to go with as much of an all-inclusive service as possible as it eliminates this headache.

What personality traits are important? Trust – to handle your special day with the utmost respect, care and super organisation. You’ve spent years planning your big day in your head, you need to be assured that this person you’re handing the responsibility of bringing your dream to reality understands that vision completely.

What extras would you happily pay for? I’m a huge fan of the star cloth for wedding receptions, I think they completely transform any venue and offer the ultimate party atmosphere. Lighting is also very important, generating the right ambience could be the difference between a good and a great function. However, catering has to be number one. At the end of the day you could have an amazing venue, mind blowing décor and have bhangra legends Alaap performing on stage – but if the catering isn’t up to par then that is what everybody will remember.

How many vendors do you see? There’s nothing wrong with keep going until you’re comfortable with the establishment you want to go with. Personally, once I’m sold on a service I don’t look elsewhere because that’s where my heart is set. Having said that, everybody is different and if they feel more comfortable shopping around before coming back then that just shows us our services are definitely a cut above the rest.

If money was no issue, what are the extravagant things you’d ask to have included in your day? How about a stage performance from Priyanka Chopra & Shah Rukh Khan? And if they’re not available, how does chartering a first class flight for all your family and friends to a remote, secluded, luxury all inclusive, beach resort for a week of partying, celebrations and festivities sound?

What are the key questions you ask before you sign on the dotted line? It’s important to know the full extent of the services you’re getting. The worst thing is to be told something but not to receive it on the day due to the small print. Be sure to fully understand what is included within your package and what ‘extras’ you might occur later!

If the budget was tight, what are the things you would decide to do without? The first class chartered flight! Apart from that, maybe things like chair covers & bows, perhaps a slightly smaller menu choice (but still having great quality catering). Instead of going for the star cloth, you could have up-lighting to create the right ambience.

Name a way vendors can rip you off? They don’t turn up on the day. Apart from that, I’d like to think all suppliers in this industry are honest with their pricing and services. What new trend are you excited about? Nowadays wedding trends are like apps and upgrades – there’s something new every other week that you want, which means there is a lot to get excited about for the new wedding season. For me, the latest funky table décor available can make your event stand out and there are loads of new designs, but always do your research thoroughly. Latest doesn’t always mean greatest. Stick our oar in or leave it to the professionals – how involved should you as the client get? Every client is different. Some are open to various ideas whereas others want things done in a certain way and nothing else will do. So I think it’s fair to say we adapt to our clients requirements, and if I feel my input would enhance their function in a certain way then I don’t hold back in giving my opinion. But it’s not enforced on them, at the end of the day it’s their big day and it’s my job to deliver them their perfect function. theviplounge.com

BURNING QUESTION

I don’t want to keep dealing with different people – will you provide me with one Events Co-ordinator as my sole point of contact?

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wedding shots on it, the best man uses it to put up embarrassing pictures – we love the giant screen. But imagine having yours in 3D! The prestigious 195 Picadilly (home to the BAFTAs) has installed a Barco DP2K-32B digital cinema projector in its glamorous Princess Anne Theatre, and is offering wedding packages that include many movie inspired wedding options, including screening ceremonies in 3D, incorporating a 3D blockbuster into the reception or hiring the whole venue to create your own movie magic. Red carpet, glamorous Hollywood style reception, traditional movie popcorn and themed wedding favours await you… bafta.org/venue-hire

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THE ROARING 20s trend is making us put aside our ‘Queen in her castle’ fantasies in favour of playing the role of the lady of the mansion – in a manor of speaking.

Which stately home tops our Good Manors list?

Our research found that manor houses and grade II listed buildings have replaced the banqueting suite as the type of venues most commonly being booked by Asian brides. Samar Sadullah, who has been monitoring the spending practices of brides for a bridal trend assessment due to be featured in asianbride.me later on in the year, puts down the trend on the popularity of shows such as Downton Abbey and films like Great Gatsby. Samar commented: “Asian weddings are becoming more intimate, which means the obvious choice is no longer the biggest hall in town. But we still like our venue to be vast – and the manicured grounds that surround the quaint manor house is perfectly suited to our tastes.” Stately homes have become a popular option because many now allow outside catering, the research also found. THE BEST HOUSES INSIDE

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The celebrations leading up to your big day are as colourful as they are sophisticated occasions, and the summer trends couldn’t agree more. The catwalks of the season come awash with fun and elegance, with a glamorous sprinkling of femininity.

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Shariq at PSFW

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Sana Safinaz at PSFW

Shamaeel Ansari at Fashion Pakistan Week

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BLACK IN FASHION

FNKAsia at PSFW

Akif Mahmood at PSFW

Asifa & Nabeel at PSFW

Karma Pink at PSFW

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Admit it. In a lot of those childhood wedding fantasies, you pictured yourself not in a bright red sari or lengha, but in a long flowing gown! You’re not alone. Many Asian brides are going for white for their registry ceremonies. You don’t have to know the difference between the mermaid and the empire wedding gown, but it certainly helps to know what’s on-trend to be sure it’ll turn out all white on the night...

OVERLAYS

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Sheer overlays are the epitome of elegance when featured on a slinky, satin number. charliebrear.com

HOT FOR SUMMER 2013 TATTOOS

The illusion of ink on skin is all the rage – we adore the twist to the low, open back on this gown. charliebrear.com

TEXTURE ONESHOULDER

The strapless gown still reigns, but we love the snaking oneshoulder strap of this elegant fishtail gown. sassiholford.com

Whilst satin remains the popular choice, texture is the one for the classical bride. The ruffles of this dress will look stunning alongside jewellery and hair style set in sheer simplicity. debenhams.com

LACE

Always the epitome of elegance, lace is still one of the biggest trends this season. This Sabina Motasem floor-length gown will make you look and feel like you’re walking on air. motasem.co.uk

SLEEVES

The demure trend sparked by Kate Middleton and Downton Abbey, has seen the retro bride opt for gowns with lace sleeves and high necklines. Delicate, modest, and always sleek. monsoon.co.uk

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Beauty notes THIS SEASON’S LUST-HAVES WITH NINA UBHI

beauty

LALIQUE TIMES

Taking its inspiration from the f luidity, delicacy and sensuality of a satin ballerina’s costume, Satine’s eponymous composition is in itself a dance to be seen. A must have for all you romantics with notes of Jasmine Petals, Heliotrope, Gardenia, Pink Pepper, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Vetiver and Sandalwood; this beautiful ballerina scent is pristinely placed on my dressing table… and should be on yours! •Lalique Satine Eau de Parfum, £80 lalique.com

ART DEKHO! The roaring 20s trend gives Asians something to rave about – rich yet wearable shades that are perfect for our skin tone. The Art Deco packaging inspired by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge definitely puts the Great into Gatsby for me! benefitcosmetics.co.uk NAIL THE LOOK: I’m loving the

threesome of lustful shades by Deborah Lippmann. True to its name, each shade embodies a romantic shade depending on whether you’re feeling cool, pretty or vibrant. A beauty staple which should be every girls go to for nail lacquer with a touch of luxury. • Deborah Lippmann, Romantic Rapture, £16 each beautybay.com

Nina’s pick Pulsating pinks are a must this season. Rock the bridal trend with ArtDeco Hydra Lip Colour containing Candelilla Wax for pleasantly smooth lips. Pamper lips with a touch of colour that is moisture-retaining yet shiny, thanks to the SPF 15 keeping them ultra protected. Add a contrasting mix by teaming it with hot pink nails – the colour clash will add a touch of punch to your romantic look. • ArtDeco Hydra Lip Colour in Soft Coral and Soft Pink, £9.50 Ceramic Nail Lacquer in Pink Cabaret, £9.50 beautybay.com

LUST-HAVE: Give your body a quick fix silky sheen with the Sanctuary Spa’s 4 Day Moisture Body Oil Spray (£6.99). Packed with luxurious oils and boosting vitamins, the refreshing aqua hydration keeps the spray non-greasy, non sticky and silky all over for up to four glorious days. sanctuary.com

Feeling misty A must have for your honeymoon beauty bag! The Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is an ideal daily hydrator, especially if you are all set for a hot honeymoon! Not only will the mist help to generally refresh and cool you down but it provides natural antioxidant protection with Rose and Aloe Vera to soften, soothe and calm the skin. • Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, £16.50 jurlique.co.uk

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THE INDUSTRY’S LEADING BEAUTY EXPERT TALKS US THROUGH HER INTENSE TRAINING FOR BUDDING HAIR AND MAKE UP ARTISTS AT THE ASIAN WOMAN ACADEMY BY NINA UBHI

ack in 2000, when Nina Ubhi first decided to

the application process look so simple. With

to mention the glamorous fashion shoots

embark on her career within the beauty, hair

herself to credit for the expertise she now

created in every edition of the magazine.

and make up industry, there were possibly

has, she decided to give back to budding

The magazine backs Nina absolutely and

a handful of academies out there, none of

artists and help teach them in the form

believes in her ability to teach the amazing

which Nina felt were enough to help her

of an academy and in only a few days, key

artistry skills that come so naturally to her.

perfect the art of makeup. She had a few

techniques that have taken her a career to

With the range of courses that are now

options and the one she took was to teach

learn and perfect.

on offer, there is something out there for

herself the skills required to now be known

To ensure that this is done at an extremely

everyone, whether it’s a career you wish

as an International Celebrity MakeUp Artist

professional standard, she has collaborated

to kick-start or you’re just looking for top

and Beauty Editor for this very magazine.

with Asian Woman Magazine, which in

tips and techniques to perfect for your own

itself shows the endorsement of the courses

application.

The last thirteen years of trying

and testing different techniques and

themselves. The Magazine has been utilising

experimenting with different colours and

Nina’s skills since 2007 on celebrities such

that have the collaboration of two such iconic

products have now given her the insight

as Eastender stars Nina Wadia and Preeya

brands in the industry. If you’re ready to

to complete make up to an exceptional

Kalidas, Bollywood Actress Amy Jackson and

make your mark in the world of beauty, the

standard, but also in achieving this, make

Strictly Come Dancing’s Laila Rouass, not

doors are open for you...

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There are no other academies out there


beauty What happens?

1 2 3 4 5

Industry, business and marketing advice on becoming a freelance bridal hair & make up artist. A detailed class on the preparation of the face, contouring and shading. Learn how to create HD Brows from the expert, seamless lash application and a registry and evening reception look.

DAY

Learn how to create a traditional bride from start to finish. We take you through the complete process of a bridal booking, from initial enquiry to the wedding day with bridal wear styling, jewellery setting, dupatta draping and pinning.

DAY

Who’s it for?

The ideal candidate for this course is someone seeking to become a freelance bridal hair and make up artist. Whether you’re in full time work or a mother who’s only free at the weekend – here’s your chance to start that lucrative side business.

What’s included? • Intense training exclusively taught by Nina Ubhi • Double page exposure in Asian Bride magazine • Practical sessions held everyday • Discount and affiliation with top brands like MAC, Inglot and Illamasqua among others • Full day portfolio photoshoot

with a creative team consisting of professional models, photographer, wardrobe, jewellery, art directed and styled by Nina Ubhi • Four digitally enhanced images • All images on CD • Professionally designed business cards • Certificate of completion

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More practical demonstrations and practice for the modern bridal look including glitter use. Understanding the preparation and handling of hair and the best techniques for backcombing and correct use of pins. Learn how to achieve different styles of curls and waves for a perfect finish.

DAY

A full practical day of how to create five modern and traditional bridal hairstyles with natural and artificial hair. Learn how to create the wow factor for your bridal clients. Nina will also prepare students for day 5 where they will recreate 4 looks they have learnt during the course.

DAY

Portfolio photoshoot day! Create four bridal looks to kick-start your portfolio. An intense yet fun day creating all you have learnt in the last few days. Our creative team will be styling and assisting to help you achieve amazing results.

DAY

After care

At The Asian Woman Academy by Nina Ubhi, we believe in giving our students every chance of success in this highly competitive industry. As well as working alongside the highly regarded Asian Bride team, every student leaving the course will be given a clear direction in terms of goals and applying their skills. Nina also offers the following advice on a consultation basis: • Industry Etiquette • Social and Media Advertising • Business Start Up • Business Cards, Web Design and Marketing • Bridal booking referrals upon course completion • Invitation to become part of our team for editorial shoots PRICE £2600 The Asian Woman Academy by Nina Ubhi offers a variety of courses ranging from 3 hour Masterclasses for the everyday woman to a 10 day Advanced Fashion & Editorial course.

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First date

beauty

CHAPTER ONE:

STARRING

1

2

3 4 5 6 1. Face and Body Foundation £26.50 2. Lip liner ‘Redd’ £11.50 3. Prep + prime transparent finishing powder £19.50 4. Art of the eye collection Eye Shadow quad ‘Rimal Dahabia’ £35 5. Lipstick ‘Russian red’ £14 6. Fluidline brow gel crème £14

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Mr & Mrs

Mahal The Big Day

Registry: 9 September 2012 Venue: Stoke Park Golf Club Ceremony & reception: 14 September 2012 Held at home & The Grosvenor Hotel, London Photography: EYE Jogia (eyejogia.com)

GINA & AMAN THE LOVE STORY How did the two of you meet? We met through a mutual friend – proof that blind dates do sometimes work out. Although, it’s a miracle things turned out how they did – his first impression of me wasn’t of me at all. He mistook a different girl for me... I told him I’d be wearing a white dress, and he the girl he first saw in the white dress was pushing a pram! How did he propose? Aman took me on a tour of his old college at Oxford University, and proposed to me in his master’s garden. It was an incredibly symbolic setting.

THE SETTING How did you choose your venue? Both Stoke Park and Grosvenor Hotel had the right mix of space and sophistication, but our favourite setting ending up being home sweet home.

THE LOOK Talk us through your outfits... You can’t go wrong with a Sabyasachi for the traditional wedding in red and green with gold embroidery and a classic white gown from Ian Stuart for the registry.

THE THEME Talk us through your vision... For the reception we went for a Rio Carnival feel with a touch of Indian for

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congratulations

The Theme Team

the theme. It was beautiful and colourful - everything a girl could dream of for her special day.

THE DETAIL What were your favourite little touches? I loved everything – from the flowers all around to the chandelier above. Every time I looked around I saw scenes bathed with colour and laughter. Seeing everyone dressed up was a constant reminder that this day was as special for our loved ones as it was for us. It’s always the little things, isn’t it? Like my brother Vivek adding little touches I would have never thought of, like getting us a Bhangra Bot (bhangra robot). The food was superb all round, but special mention has to go to the chocolate covered strawberry canapés.

Catering: Ragamama, Indus & Laguna Décor: Diamond Weddings Outfits: Sabyasachi, Ian Stuart Florist: Rebecca Bishop @Floco Cake: Gran Caffe, Knightsbridge Hair & make up: Lubna & Uzma Rafiq Photography: EYE Jogia (eyejogia.com)

“Everywhere I looked I saw scenes bathed

with colour and laughter. It made me realise this was special for everyone”

THE ARRIVAL How did you make your grand entrance? For both the Sikh wedding and registry I arrived with my cousin, sister and friends and at the reception I came with my new husband, flanked by amazing dhol players. We were lucky on the day of the registry that it was a beautiful summers day.

THE FEELING Share your happy tears moments… Every time I looked at Aman, I felt like I was in a some surreal dream. There were hardly any tears. I just felt sweet all over – like a chocolate covered strawbery...

THE MEMORIES My favourite moment had to be when Aman arranged a dance with his family to all of my favourite Bollywood songs. This is a man who’d never heard a Bollywood song or seen a Bollywood movie! Although our honeymoon in Amanusa in Bali will always be up there in the list of best memories ever made...


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Arabian Heights IT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT TIME TO DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF EGYPT, SAYS KIA ABDULLAH

E

gypt – if you’re doing it right – will delight you

serene. My advice is to just go with the flow

with grandeur, exasperate you with clamor,

(namely, where the crowd will take you). After

a moment to admire this incredible feat

humble you with history, then suddenly calm

all, there are few better ways to see a city.

of humanity. Built around 4,000 years ago,

you with silence. It is everything to all people:

The next morning, we rose early to join our

Emerging back into the sunlight, we took

the true nature and method of construction

culturally iconic, historically fascinating,

guide, Nabil, on a trip to the Giza Pyramids.

remains a mystery, only adding to the magic

economically emerging and aesthetically

The tourism board releases only 150 morning

of Egypt.

stunning. In short, it’s everything it’s cracked

and 150 evening tickets to go inside the Great

up to be.

Pyramid Khufu (also known as Cheops).

while incredibly impressive, seemed suddenly

There is no guarantee that you will be able

small compared with what came before. We

Cairo, the humming, crackling capital that is

to buy tickets when you turn up on the day

were lucky enough to visit when there were

filled to the brim with over 9 million people,

so I would advise booking your trip with

few tourists around, but it does tend to get

making it one of the most densely populated

Memphis Tours (memphistours.com) who will

rather busy so be prepared to wait for that

cities in the world.

take care of all the smaller details. Visiting

perfect shot of you looking fabulous next to

the chamber deep inside Khufu is a mystical

the Sphinx.

I started my trip with a short stay in

But I don’t want to go to a crowded

city, I hear you cry. It’s certainly not an unreasonable protest, but vibrant colour and

experience. In the semi-darkness, we walked up stairs,

After the Pyramids came the Sphinx which,

After a quick lunch, Nabil took us to the expansive Egyptian Museum. As we walked

excessive noise are an intrinsic part of the

which levelled out onto a steep plateau with

among the relics of a time long past, there

Cairo experience – the calm will come later. If

only handrails and a few wooden slats on the

was a magical moment where, mid-sentence,

I am honest, I have never seen anything quite

ground to guide us along. At certain points,

Nabil was interrupted by two young Egyptian

like Kornish Al-Nile on the Saturday following

we had to crouch, climb and squeeze through

boys, curious about some element or other

Eid. Music, voices, lights, colour, movement

– just like in an Indiana Jones movie. The

of Egyptian history. In Arabic he patiently

all clash into each other, making for a totally

chamber deep inside the Pyramid is dark,

provided answers, which they absorbed

immersive experience. There’s no denying

empty and airless, but still retains a mystical

in obvious fascination. Afterwards, the

that your first night in Cairo will leave you

quality that hints at its extraordinary history.

boys apologised for the interruption and

jangling inside. There’s just no way to really

We spent a few minutes inside, marvelling at

headed off, animatedly discussing Nabil’s

sample local life and return home feeling

the achievements of our ancient cousins

explanation. I joked that the boys must have

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BRIDAL

o i l o f t r o P

Bridal makeup inspiration and advice from the professionals Photography: Kasum Shaffi


Mandeep Lally

Romantic

Matt colours for a statement look Hair: ‘I chose a modern beehive with a low elegant bun to sit on the side of the head and secured with pins. I swept the fringe to the side and added a hair accessory for that bridal touch.’ Make Up: ‘For the makeup I decided to keep it a romantic yet Vintage 1940’s look. I went for matte, nude colours as a base to eyes then I defined the socket and added soft shimmer pigment over the eyes. With the eyeliner I went for thick and elongated at the ends to widen the eyes with lashes for extra volume. I then highlighted and defined brows before contouring and adding a touch of soft pink to the cheeks. To finish I used a striking wine lip colour. ’


beauty Intricate

Dare to be bold with this play on tradition

Outfits: This page, Khoobsurat | Opposite page, Banwait Brothers Jewellery: NK-Jewellery, nk-collection.com

Hair: ‘With Braids being hot this season I went for a Royal look with this traditional style. I added a braided crown swept over from right to the left, with a bun at the crown of the head. I then added to this classy style with a variety of braids crossing over the bun and head.’ Make Up: ‘With the Royal look in mind I went for a striking glamorous eye makeup with antique glitter pigments on the eyes and smoked out with extra length lashes and winged jet black gel eyeliner. I then used a touch of kohl eye pencil underneath the eyes and smudged at the ends to soften. Cheeks were then contoured with a soft matte bronze for a pop of colour and the look was completed with nude pink lips.’

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a little piece of

INDIA YOU’D BE FORGIVEN FOR THINKING THIS IS A DESTINATION FEATURE. THE OSHWAL CENTRE PRIDES ITSELF FOR BEING OUT OF THIS WORLD, YET WELL WITHIN REACH...

I

t looks like a

scenery from

India, a

monument

steeped in history,

brimming with romantic tales of adventure from an exotic past. In reality, it’s up the road in

Hertfordshire, a fact that makes brides looking for a Maharani wedding flock towards the

and cultural events, and earns

THE SETTING

freedom to host your day your

opportunities taken

its reputation for giving you the

With the photo

way. It is also fully-equipped to

care of thanks to

cater for parties of all sizes,

making it the perfect choice

for Asian brides looking for an

ambient setting that is bound to impress guests, be they young

or old, traditional or westernised. Surrounded by stunning

majestic Oshwal Centre.

gardens and lush greenery – the

surroundings of Potters Bar, 18

you feel as if you have been

Set among the gentle

miles away from London, the Oshwal Centre is a favourite

among those with a traditional

heart and modern outlook. The venue is renowned for hosting weddings, religious functions

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Oshwal Centre really does make transported to India. And we’re sure you can already imagine

the architectural

splendour of the

Jain Temple (which can accommodate

up to 100 people) –

your guests will find the venue is within easy access of Junction

24 of the M2. It comes with two

front and one side entrances, as well as ample parking space for all your guests.

how majestic the happy couple

THE FACILITIES

backdrop. One tour and you’re

interestingly, started life as a

will look against the stunning

The open plan Main Hall (which,

guaranteed to fall in love...

church), gives you plenty of


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freedom in terms of décor – allowing you to implement the theme and concept of

your wedding as you see fit. It comprises of a large hall, balcony, concert stage,

around four changing rooms, as well as washroom facilities and a kitchen. Fully

equipped with built-in BOSE sound system that can be hooked up to 20 microphones, the large hall can cater for as many as 980 people. The stage is also perfect

for setting up a mandap and can be

cleared in time for a band to set up for the evening entertainment. THE ASSISTANCE With a dedicated team driven by

inspiration, the staff at the Oshwal Centre

is there to assist you through all the stages of event, from planning to overseeing the smooth running of your day.

Whether you choose to opt for in-house

or external sourced catering, Oshwal offers

both space and expertise to accommodate all your cuisine needs.

For brides looking to feel like a

maharani for her big day adventure, look no further than the Oshwal Centre... • Oshwal Centre Northaw, Hertfordshire, EN6 t: 01707 643 838 e: admin@oshwal.org w: oshwal.co.uk

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Photography: Barry Jeffery | Makeup: Nina Ubhi assisted by Sheila Make up artist, Reena Jahghara, Jas Sekhon and Bhumika | Outfits: Ref lections Bridal, ref lectionsbridal.co.uk Location: The VIP Lounge | Creative Direction: J Wimal | Image Editing: Kasum Shaffi | Assistant: Siobhan Kerrigan


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Asian Bride magazine issue 36

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Asian Bride magazine issue 36

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