PANTENE BRIDAL COUTURE WEEK 2013: SANA ABBAS

Sana Abbas displayed some wonderful ensembles at the Pantene Bridal Couture Week 2013. Here are some of my favourites. And in case you want to buy one of these, please note that her  ensembles are available internationally via her  online store at www.sanaabbas.com. Some of the items are stocked at The Designers, Karachi and Portfolio, Lahore. :)

Specific contact details are given below:

Contact: sana.abbas.couture@gmail.com

Phone: (+92) (0) 321-823 -3838

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Ayaan showcases the ensemble

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Mehwish Hayat, the royal bride

Mehwish Hayat and Sana Abbas

Mehwish Hayat and Sana Abbas

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23rd June 2013

Le Husband looks at Le Wife: Eve-aaa ??

Le Wife : Wall-E?

Exchange Smiles.

Le Wife: But you know i am more like Wall-E than Eva.

Le Husband: Hmmm. True.

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Several hours later.

Le Wife: Why do you think i am like Wall-E?

Le Husband: Why did you think that you are like Wall-E?

Le Wife: Because i am cute. ( Le Wife rally wanted to say a bit faulty, a big raw edged, a bit clumsy, a bit imperfect)

Le Husband: Exactly! that is why.

* Not convinced.*

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Pre-Marital Questionnaire?

So, this single, strong willed, soul seeking young lady i know and am proud of is taking a pre-marital course on the topic, ‘Finding Mr. Right’  conducted by Megan Wyatt and Shaykh Yaser Birjas. She was given some homework recently and decided to pass on these questions to me to get some perspective from a married person. It’s just been six months into my marriage, and maybe it is a bit early to pass on my two cents, but i never say no to a well meaning request.

 

I am posting my replies to the questions here, in the hope that it may be able to help any other person who feels a bit out of depth even if momentarily. :-)

 

What kind of marriage did you want before you were married?

 

​I am going to be perfectly honest. I have always started every new endeavour in my life with zero expectations. Even with marriage, i had nothing specific pinned up in my head. I just wanted a marriage where two individuals would respect each other and were kind and compassionate to each other. I wanted to be given the benefit of doubt and to be brought closer to God. At the same time i had thought of all the possible worse things that can happen in a marriage just to keep myself in check.​

 

What kind of marriage style would you say you are living now?

 

Quite close to what i thought. AlHamdulilAllah. But i have realised that where there are pitfalls, that it is largely due to my complacency. I am not always given the benefit of doubt, but that is understandable in my case , as it is making me learn new things and helping me to become more efficient. Although both spouses work towards the marriage, but i feel that the wife has to be the most proactive. Even when you feel you are right and your spouse wrong, when you feel heart broken, disappointed and a bit insignificant and all the independent streaks in your personality are telling you to revolt and not give in,  but the “respect” and “love” for your spouse should make you give in and let go. Things then simplify and unravel and AlHamdulilAllah the journey gets smoother one step at a time. Our marriage style can be summed in two words- Respect and Love. Give both of these and get both of these back. Everything takes time. Nothing is Perfect. Let go, embrace and love for the sake of Allah and for each other.

 

 

What three qualities did you see in your husband which led you to make the decision that he is the right kind of man to marry?

 

​He loved me.

He took care of me.

He has a kind heart.

 

How did you find out which his expectations were of marriage beforehand?

 

He made it clear to me before marriage that- he expects that i give him respect. that i value his choices. that he would lead. that i become a support for him and to make him strong rather than weak. That i should ensure that in his family and beyond, i never become the reason for anybody to question his choice in marrying me. I would always be on his team and his partner and not abandon him to stand against him.

 

I am a work in progress though and he understands that. Since we got married only recently, we are slowly learning the ropes but i have no doubt that InshaAllah, if i manage to do everything he expects me to, life can become even more enriching and meaningful than it is now. AlHamdulilAllah and MashaAllah.

 

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I leave you with a little prayer i stumbled across on the internet: :-)

A Woman’s Du’a for a Righteous Husband

O Allah! Please grant me one
Who will be the garment for my soul
Who will satisfy half of my deen
And in doing so make me whole

Make him righteous and on your path
In all he’ll do and say
And sprinkle water on me at Fajr
Reminding me to pray

May he earn from halal sources
And spend within his means
May he seek Allah’s guidance always
To fulfill all his dreams

May he always refer to Qur’an
and the Sunnah as his moral guide
May he thank and appreciate Allah
For the woman at his side

May he be conscious of his anger
And often fast and pray
Be charitable and sensitive
In every possible way

May he honor and protect me
And guide me in this life
And please Allah! Make me worthy
to be his loving wife

And finally, O Allah!
Make him abundant in love and laughter
In taqwa and sincerity
In striving for the hereafter.

Ameen.

Arranged Marriage

heart breaking, but true for many. men and women.

Love, InshAllah

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I am madly in love with a good man.

Next week, I am going to marry another.

I have cried more tears this year than I have cried in my entire life. I have been brought so low that I cannot see a way out. I no longer trust my own judgment, my own thoughts, my own brain or heart. I used to be amazing. Now I am a mere shadow of who I used to be.

You read about stories like this. But you never understand how it could happen now, in the 21st century.  You never imagine it could be you.

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Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom’s Engagement, Mayuun, Mehendi and Wedding in New York

Amir Khan, the world renowned Olympian and boxer based in the United Kingdom got engaged to Faryal Makhdoom, a 21 year old political science student living in New York early this year. This month i.e. a day before, the couple finally tied the knot at the expensive Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. Apparently, they are going to have another wedding ceremony in Amir’s home town of Bolton in the United Kingdom. Here are selected pictures of his engagement and his wedding ceremony. Let me know what you guys make of the bride and groom’s dress choices i.e. both at the engagement and the wedding itself. Just perfect? Too much? Lacking elegance? A lavish affair to remember? Can’t wait to hear what you people think. :-)

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not liking the stage or the sofa sets/settee.
would have liked more flowers too. :)

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Faryal is so pretty. She really does not need so much blush.
Big hair and bigger hair extensions. Not sure about this.
She has a beautiful smile though so all is forgiven.

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the less said about the cake, the better.

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the rings.

At their Mayuun

At their Mayuun

 

Her Mehendi

Her Mehendi

Pretty Faryal on her mehendi

Pretty Faryal on her mehendi

 

Henna on her hands

Henna on her hands

 

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Maharaja and Maharani. ( the sherwani has just too much going on.) 

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lub birds. <3

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the stage.

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pretty, pretty. :)

Henna on her hands and a nice kundan trinklet.

Henna on her hands and a nice kundan trinklet.

 

Dance with me. aww. <3

Dance with me. aww. <3

 

romantic. :)

romantic. :)

 

lemme see your pretty mehendi. :)

lemme see your pretty mehendi. :)

 

the Cake

the Cake

 

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and some fun. :)

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family picture.