Whimsical Hijab Fusion in Montreal
In our real weddings section, featured in the premiere issue of WEDDING NOUVEAU MAG, Deena and Omar’s story tells the wonderfully colorful tale of color and fusion. Deena reached out to WN a while back to share her wedding pics, and I was instantly taken by her unique sense of style. She had lots to dish regarding their overral planning experience with all the flower catastrophy the morning off and more. You can see more pictures from their gorgeous Muslim wedding in the summer 2011 issue.
Deena’s wedding gets a special mention for one main reason: Her Head dress. It’s why WN exists, to showcase how women around the world (and in this case, Canada) are taking style, heritage and faith into their own hands and dreaming up truly gorgeous details:
Deena: Often times, when a women wears hijab, she chooses to have a segregated wedding (men and women in different halls) in order to have the freedom to wear what ever dress she wishes. Yet when a wedding is not segregated, Arab hijabi brides generally wear a white wedding dress with a matching head veil. But truthfully, I never really liked the look. I always felt that being fully covered in white makes the bride look ghostly or like an egg. I was determined to find another solution. I therefore decided on a champagne colored dress instead of white.
One day, I stumbled into a jewelry artist’s kiosque where she displayed a variety of hand made necklaces made of malleable wire and crystals. It then hit me; perhaps I could design a headpiece made of the same materials as her jewelry. Since my dress was champagne, I decided on a light golden wire, with orange, orange-red, champagne and colorless Swarovski crystals. Since this was the jeweler’s first headpiece design, it truly was a joint effort. My vision was to have vines surrounding my head holding flowers of different colors and sizes. I did not want the piece to be glued to my head, therefore, I asked that she incorporate some volume by lifting the wines and cascade them towards the right. The wines were positioned and tied together on a bed of golden loops, and the entire piece was lined with champagne colored organza.
We were given a budget, therefore we tried to do as much as we could ourselves. I had to learn how to make floral arrangements, and of course, they had to be done on the eve of the wedding. I bought the flowers at a wholesaler, did the centerpieces myself and had friends help me with the flower balls. However, I made the mistake of putting them in my fridge, which wasn’t regulated at the adequate temperature. On the morning of my wedding, I opened the fridge, and saw all my arrangements frozen, wilted and dying. I panicked! I had to go get my makeup done and thus left my sister in charge of rectifying the situation. She rallied a few friends together, went to a nearby florist to re-buy most of the flowers (at 6x the price I had originally bought them from the wholesaler), and tried to replicate what I had done the previous day.
A piece of advice I would give other brides is to try to be original and incorporate some of their own touches to their wedding. For example, my husband and I are big tea drinkers, so instead of having table numbers, we decided to brand each table with a tea flavor (example: Bombay Chai, English Breakfast etc.) and each guest received a Tea Forte sachet of that flavor. Each place card had the guest’s name and a tea flavor
See more images from Deena and Omar’s wedding in the premiere Summer 2011 issue.
You have to see more Hijab-inspired ideas and alternative head dresses. Also, don’t miss how other brides are celebrating their muslim faith in this Malay -Chinese wedding, or this charming hijab-inspired nuptial in the North Carolina.
Have a great day everyone.