We all know that the most costly things in life are babies moving house and of course…. Weddings!Depending on your pockets, aside from the venue the next expensive thing on a wedding list (for brides and fashionista grooms) are wedding out fits! I know I spent a fortune on mine and to be honest it hasn’t even been to the dry cleaners – shock horror I know. But what is it about spending thousands of pounds on an outfit, for it to never be worn again? I look in my wardrobe and I have the urge to pull out the dress of my dreamsand think where will I wear you to – then I think I’ll wait till I have had all my kids and pull it out to see if still fits, now that will be an achievement.
Anyway with all that said and weddings being a major event in ones life, many of our favourite online stores such as Asos, Missguided and co have tapped into the nostalgia of weddings by now including a bridal range at affordable prices. If you come from cultures where you’ll be needing more than one outfit or you just don’t want to spend thousands on a dress just to see if it fits years down the line then have a gander! You may not get the thrill of going for a fitting and you may have to decide where you want your dress delivered especially if you live with your partner but you will have your dream dress and may just find the one at a fraction of the price! LaceGarters has picked a few from Asos and Missguided below
When Lace Garters attended this wedding last September, there was no doubt that it would be a wedding to remember! With the elegance of the décor, the brides regal attire, vibrant colours and entertainment that blew the guests away, it was something unforgettable.
Wedding celebrations started on the 25th September 2014 at Moor Park Mansion, Rickmansworth. The Grade 1 listed Mansion built in 1678, was the perfect setting to the civil ceremony of Shikha and Kush. With its ornate paintings and magnificent staircase, it was easy to see why this building was the place to host a wedding.
Shikha had herself attended a civil ceremony at Moor Park Mansion and since that day many years ago, she knew this was the only venue for her, when her big day came. The stunning grounds, the tall pillars outside the mansion, the paintings on the walls would be all showcased in its true form and captured in pictures of the event to be seen for years to come.
On arrival guests entered the mansions main hall, where they had the opportunity to take in all the elaborate detail of the interior. When the time had come for the ceremony to take place they were then ushered into the Thornhill Room. Again in keeping with the rest of the mansion the Thornhill room was simple and stunning. With large double doors to the side that over looked acres of greenery, this was the entrance for the bride.
Walking into the room, the brides couture wedding dress, was astonishing. Made by Mona Vora, the neckline and waist beaded heavily, with no veil or extended train, this silk wedding dress was simple but so effective. It wasn’t your average wedding dress at all, and could so very easily be something worn to any red carpet event.
Shikha designed the dress to be elegant, simple yet effective and above all…timeless.
Shikha’s hair was styled by Chucki Vaghji, from Soirella, giving her that 1920’s glamour. Her makeup was flawless Chucki Vaghji also did a superb job there. Holding long stems of calla lilies, instead of the traditional rose, the brides bouquet was another element to this wedding that went against the traditional wedding grain. Shikha had a big love for lilies so her aunt surprised her with putting together this beautiful bouquet for her initial days of married life. Being the first part of the wedding celebrations, this was just the beginning of what was to be a wonderful wedding overall.
September 27th 2014, Shikha and Kush celebrated their marriage in style at Syon Park, using the Garden Room Marquee. This was to be the home for both the ceremony and reception in the evening.
The Ceremony in the morning catered for 500 guests and was beautifully adorned with lime washed Chivary Chairs. Leading up to the Mandap, the aisle was aligned with wooden carved pillars with Ganesha (Hindu God) statues which gave the room a church like feel and could have easily been the setting for an out door wedding. Ganesha is the god of wisdom and learning, as well as the remover of obstacles and prayed to particularly when people are beginning a new chapter in their life.
The Mandap was elegantly simple, illustrating that less is sometimes best, housed two large ornate cream chairs for the bride and groom. Kush and Shikha’s choice of Mandap came from their love of wooden art. The effects of intricate carvings on the Mandap showed how something simple can be so beautiful.
The cream colour scheme worked a treat in highlighting the bride when she appeared and walked down the aisle. The wedding attire, lengha suit, was majestic. The royal purple and fuschia pink gown made by the couture designer Mona Vora wowed all! As a wedding lengha suit goes it certainly stood out from the crowd and it was completely different to the colours typically worn at an Indian wedding.
Shikha’s head was adorned with a fabulous hair piece, also from Mona Vora, with a gold, purple and navy blue chia veil. Her wedding jewellery, also from Mona Vora, was breath takingly stunning. “I would normally stick to simple jewellery so looking for wedding jewellery was not easy but with the help of Mona Vora and her sister Sona, they came up with this masterpiece which worked beautifully with the wedding outfit”.
Kush’s suit matched Shikha’s; his top was a deep royal purple with embroidered detail and his kurta trousers was fushia. Shikha’s hair, makeup and henna was all done by Chucki Vaghji.
After the religious aspects of the ceremony, it was time to have fun. Shikha and Kush played a game where they each had to find a coin in coloured water. It is said that the person that finds the coin first will be the one who will wear the trousers. Kush and Shikha were very competitive but in the end, Kush won the game. Shikha said “I was disappointed but enjoyed the light hearted fun that brought both families together”. The bride and groom treated their guests to a light buffet afterwards.
The evening reception was a few hours after the ceremony in the evening which gave guests time to relax and get ready to party. On arrival, the evening the guests were greeted with reception drinks, canapes and a live band playing music from Bollywood as well as western songs. The reception was housed in the same room as the ceremony, and was completely transformed with the guests seated at round tables decorated with flowers from Preeti Catering who was a ‘one-stop shop’ for all things a couple needed for an evening reception. The tall centre pieces with the flowers, to match Kush and Shikha’s outfits, were chosen to allow them to be seen from across the room.
Shikha and Kush love to entertain, and they both made sure that their entrance into the evenings festivities was memorable. With a drummer and saxophonist playing Clean Bandit’s Rather Be walking them in, the party had started before anyone had the first part of their evening meal, not that anyone was complaining. With such a unique entrance (one Lace Garters, hasn’t seen before) guests knew that they were going to be in for a treat once formalities were taken care of.
Shikha’s evening wear was phenomenal, again made by Mona Vora! Shikha wanted a one piece suit which makes it easy to manage and allowed her to dance the night away. Kush wore an Indo-Western suit with a diamanté broach. The long sleeved, high necked gown embellished with sequins and diamanté was designed by Shikha herself. Not only did this dress stand out from the crowd, but truly did what the bride intended it to do –make her look like the queen she was.
After the speeches and the cutting of the cake, the wedding party was in full swing. The guests were treated to music from the drummer and the saxophonist playing alongside the latest tunes. It was a fantastic reception party, where the dance area was blacked out to resemble a nightclub. By the end of this long day, all Kush and Shikha wanted for their guests was to let their hair down and enjoy the night.
‘The day of the indian wedding, I genuinely felt no stress at all. I was looking forward to not only getting married to Kush but to also gain a new family. We made it a point for none of our families to be embroiled in logistics and errands and in the end, we all, including Kush and I, were able to sit back and enjoy the day with lots of laughter and giggles.”
If you are a bride looking for that perfect hair do for that special day, then without a doubt you would have trolled through the internet and mostly Instagram and discovered the talent that is AVOS Hair. Based in London AVOS hair is a freelance international mobile hair service, specialising in all things hair. With training from Amin Kada and 13 years plus experience it is clear to see why many choose AVOS Hair as their “mane stop”.
From weaves to treatments, you will never be disappointed and neither will your hair. Bridal hair being another major service at AVOS, Lace Garters had the opportunity to catch up with the ever so talent Bunmi, founder of AVOS Hair, to talk all things AVOS and most importantly hair!
When did you start doing hair and when did you realize that being a stylist was your calling?
I started hair when I was seven, I have a little sister and I would play with her hair. I realised that I had a passion for it when I was 15, which led me to work in a salon as an apprentice for 5 years. I went off to uni and when I came back, looking for a job I decided to go back to do hair and trained at a Salon on Finchley road and that’s when AVOS all started.
Where do you get your inspiration from when styling hair?
If I haven’t been given a brief, I just go with the flow to be honest. That way I unleash more of my creative side, as supposed to if I had a guide as I find that you are somewhat restrictive. But if someone has said this is “what I’m going for” and allows me to be creative, I can freestyle and create something great.
What would you say is the most requested look you get asked to do for most of your brides?
Tyra Banks, there is a hairstyle that she wore on the red carpet where it is side swept with a chignon on the side, that is got to be the most requested style for brides and brides maids. Every single bride opts for this style.
Why do you think that most brides always opt for the side parting what is special about this style?
I don’t think its anything special, but it’s a sense of comfort and familiarity. You see a lot of people doing side parting and curls, so for you to divert from that it is a little but scary, because you are thinking will it suit me, will it work? If you are familiar with something and you want to divert from it, it takes a definite, “ok I want to do that” instead of “lets try”. I find that brides will opt for a middle part or an all-back style, if that is the style that they wear on a daily basis. So if you’re a bride who usually wears your hair in a side sweep, I find that they tend to stick to that, as that is what they are used to and that’s their comfort zone. On your wedding day as there is a lot going on, you still want to have some comfort and something that you are used to hence familiar hair style.
Top tips for looking after hair before big day
Wash you hair regularly. People often think the longer you leave hair between washes the better it is long term but that is incorrect. When you wash your hair regularly your hair gets moisture from the water and I also think people should take supplements to top up on the nutrients as women our bodies go through a lot.
What advise would you give to a bride when booking the trial?
Make sure that your hair is clean, product free especially from oils. Most people have this perception that their hair has to be dipped in oil but when we use styling tools the oil just burns and the hair doesn’t do what it is supposed to do. Also come with an open mind and be open to suggestions, have your ideas but be open to what your stylist may suggest. Bring someone along with you but not someone that is not going to be a hindrance.
Celebrity you most like to style?
When I get the chance I would love to style Michelle Obama or Gabrielle Union. I love their hair and I love the fact that most of the time they wear their hair natural. Yes they have pieces in them sometimes I am aware. Tracey Ellis Ross, give me her hair any day, I think I’ll be in Disney land.
Natural v relaxed hair, what do you prefer working on?
Ohhh that’s a tough one. I love working on healthy hair full stop. So whether its relaxed or natural once your hair is healthy, I love working on it and I’m in my element. However with natural hair there is a lot more versatility you can get with it, so you can dramatically change a persons look with natural hair.
What product would you say every mane couldn’t do without?
Has to be my Daily damage defense by Philip Kingsley. I would say it’s a leave in treatment. Not only does it smell good, it leaves your hair nice and conditioned. You can use this product without getting buildup.
Apart from another wedding where can we next expect to see Avos hair
Hopefully on a high street near you soon somewhere in central London. One of the things we want to do is to do some pop-ups in different cities so look out for that.
Photo Credit from: AVOS hair, Nick Rose Photography, Alakija Studios