The Look of Love Bride: Noorin

This weekend was crazy as are all long weekends. And one of the weddings we super excited to be part of was Noorin and Imran’s.

It was an Ismali wedding. Noorin wore this stunning white sari, nothing like I’ve seen before. And the blouse was no ordinary blouse.

What struck me the most was the way this couple looked at each other. It was truly the look of love. Every time they looked at each other, it was like  they were falling in love all over again-cliche I know, but very true. See for yourself. The wedding was captured by Taha at Projected Life Photo, the official photographers of the IFFAs!

Check out the black ‘mehandi’ and beautiful bridesmaid saris!

The Ceremony

Black mehandi! Lots of brides are not fans of red mehandi, especially the fading period. So now there is black black hair dye being used in the place of black mehandi (known to be very harmful.) That’s right.  And, if you’re not about the intricate , all over, mehandi. Check out Noorin’s design, so pretty and simple!

Please note, I’m not encouraging the use of black hair dye as mehandi. I’m unaware of the side effects, consequences or risks the dye may pose, if  any.

The Reception

I love love the bridesmaids saris. The compliment Noorin’s outfit perfectly with a splash of color.

Just love this pic!


  1. concerned says:

    I would highly recommend that you do not recommend Black henna to your clients or readers. Henna is not meant to be black. A simple search in google will show you how dangerous black henna is. First off hair dye is not meant to be used on skin (don’t use products meant for other places on your body elsewhere), and secondly the hair dye which contains PPD that is used for black henna can have terrible life long side effects. PPD is a potential carcinogen. Once you are exposed to it, you remain highly sensitive to it for your entire life. It can also entire your blood stream and cause internal damage.

    Please everyone for your own health and safety, DO NOT use black henna. The colour pay off is not worth the risk to your life or having life long problems. There are other safer ways to make the colour darker.

    • Hi Jamila,

      Thanks for your note! I am aware of the effects of black mehandi. Thank you for providing me with the details. Many brides want black mehandi so black dye is becoming more popular. I’m unsure of the risks, consequences etc. So I’m not encouraging nor discouraging it. I just try to share different ideas that I come across.

      Are you a mehandi artist? Would you like to share some of the ways to make mehandi darker?


      • concerned says:

        Sorry, I am not mehndi artist. I am just the type of person who checks into what is in the stuff I put on my body and consume before I do it. A reputable artist will be able to tell you natural and safe ways to get darker colour or just do a google search and test out to see what works best. My father is a physician and has had clients with reactions to Black henna tattoos. It’s a lifelong risk not worth taking just for the colour. It can also leave blisters and burn marks.

        It’s not only PPD that is concerning but also the numrous unknown chemicals that go in with it which you’re unlikely to be able to trace because they are not on the packaging. Pure mendhi is just mendhi (a plant) and safe. In fact the reason for bridal mendhi is more than just a design that looks pretty. It has a cooling effect on your body which helps with all the wedding stress especially in hot countries in south asia.

        I encourage everyone to not just take my word for it but research for yourself. There are scientific papers available on google so it’s not heresy or rumours posted in forums and self written articles but a scientific fact.

      • Thank you so much for the info and taking the time to inform us!

  2. Hi Shobana,

    The bride looks beautiful. Black henna is incredibly tempting because of it’s intense pigmentation. If your readers are interested, there’s a website called The Henna Page with extensive information on the effects of black henna. In a nutshell, it’s made of hair dye and the harmful ingredient is para-phenylendiamine, which has been listed as illegal for use on skin by Health Canada.

    I just want to point out that I’ve used it once or twice whilst in the middle east for weddings and events. The lovely ladies who applied it would always tell me to wash it off within 7 minutes to prevent scarring, so they knew it could happen, but it was still a regular part of their beauty routine and a longstanding tradition.

    I’m gonna hazard an opinion and say if you’re gonna use it, only do it once or twice in your lifetime and go with an artist who is FAST with her hands so it doesn’t stay on your skin too long.

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