Fallaq Ujalla, 25, married Shaan Sikander, 27, at the Regency Hall in Bradford, West Yorkshire, on 3rd November, 2018. She says:
I wanted my wedding day to represent me and my weird way of doing things. I wanted some traditional aspects, while others would reflect my personality and the things I love. Spring and autumn are my favourite seasons and it so happened that we set the wedding date for late autumn. As I already wanted to wear burnt-orange, it all just came together!
In keeping with the autumnal colour palette, my bouquet was made with scarlet and crimson seasonal blooms, while the reception's artificial flowers were all in red and orange shades. Shaan wore a custom-made red shawl and turban to complement my outfit, and my good friend offered to drive me to the venue's entrance in his (famous!) orange BMW.
I wore the dress of my dreams, designed and made by Khadija Batool. It was the perfect burnt-orange colour I was looking for to fit our autumn theme, but I asked for red accents to be incorporated into it to keep things traditional – I didn't want to regret not wearing red on my wedding day. The embroidery was so intricate and included minute details like coloured French knots. I wore an embellished deep-red velvet shawl over the top, inspired by the historic gowns that were worn by Asian royalty. This also helped create the heavy, layered look I was after and tied all of the colours together perfectly. Khadija took my vision and recreated it down to a tee. There was nothing about it I would have changed. The whole order was processed online (communicating on Instagram as our starting point) because her boutique is based in Karachi, Pakistan. I sent her my measurements and hoped for the best; it was a risk but one that was more than worth it. She is so meticulous and highly professional.
All of my jewellery, which my grandparents bought for me as a gift during a trip they took to Kashmir, was 22-carat antique gold with dark red diamantes. My choker sat along my boat neckline, and a longer necklace draped over the dress. I wore two traditional headpieces. One was placed on my middle-parted hairline while the other was positioned along the side of my head, blending into my veil. I also had a matching hand-piece, round earrings and a nose ring. The sparkly heels I wore from Vince Camuto (which have padded soles for comfort) matched the rest of my glittering accessories and were a bargain at just £60.
Shaan's look was also inspired by historic regal garments, more specifically what the rulers of the Mughal Empire wore. It was made at a premier boutique for Asian grooms' fashion, Ahshan's Menswear, and was completely bespoke – from choosing the cream fabric to the detailed gold embroidery. In the olden days, Asian royals wore turbans and held swords to represent their position and wealth, so Shaan, like me, decided to emulate the historically regal style. He wore a rich red shawl to tie in with the bold colour of my gown.
Photographs by Hamish Irvine