How I PFHed (or Hijabi-fied) My Wedding Gown

My apologies for not having posted in a few months – I got married and moved to California in the meantime!

I married my heart and my soul. We met through my brother and let’s leave it at: what is meant to be will always be.

Our wedding celebration was everything I could have ever imagined and more. We got married on June 24th, 2012 in Northern Virginia. Of all the planning I had done in preparation for the big day, there was always one key element I had been praying for, and that was to feel God’s blessings on our special day. I knew that all the planning in the world wouldn’t compensate for the majestic beauty and profound fulfillment that comes with God’s Baraka (blessings) and in deed it was felt all throughout the night. I am forever thankful, alhamdulelah.

Now, for THE DRESS: When I was wedding dress shopping and saw my gown for the first time I knew it had me written all over it. What I loved most about it was the swan-esque look it had to it. The style of my dress was originally created by Vera Wang for Sarah Jessica Parker in her Vogue photoshoot in the Sex & the City movie. To say that I love SJP’s style is an understatement as I’ve seen her many times wearing PFH ensembles. The gown was a strapless drop waist full A-line gown that had a back sweep with a tulle-flower embroidered skirt. It came with a black bow sash that hooks from the back of the bodice; I LOVED the black bow so much that I made it the main theme of my wedding.

The biggest project was PFHing (or hijabi-fying) my gown. I had to make it long sleeves and I had a very specific idea in mind. I wanted to have a bolero made to look as if the gown had been long sleeves in its original form. In creating that look, the bolero needed to be ruched in order to match the skirt of my gown. After weeks of searching for the right seamstress who could understand and implement my vision, production had begun. She was able to make the bolero out of the same ivory silk Vera Wang tulle the skirt was made of. That’s what allowed it to flow so well. Two months and what felt like 10 fittings later, the bolero was ready! It matched my gown exactly, from color to design to flow.

My wedding was mixed with both men and women, but toward the end of the evening it separated allowing me to remove my headpiece and bolero. The versatility of the bolero is what made the transition so smooth and I loved having two different looks throughout the night.

There you have it; a strapless wedding gown turned Perfect For a Hijabi. If you are looking for advice on how to PFH your wedding gown, feel free to contact getPFh@gmail.com

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