Wedding no.1: Louise Foster marries Andrew Nichol
When the Editor-in-Chief of Harper's Bazaar Arabia invites you to her wedding, you find the most glamorous outfit you can and you thank your lucky stars!
Once I had done that, my beau and I headed down to Rye (Sussex) for the special day. With a black tie dress code, my beau went for a very smart tuxedo (he looked ever so handsome), while I knew there was only one dress that would do for this occasion. Louise's wedding had my metallic gold, lame Vivienne Westwood number written all over it. Teamed with black pony-skin Louboutins, a chunky Mawi necklace and a croc skin Lancel clutch, I was set.
But forget about me, here's the beautiful, blushing bride:
Louise opted for a gorgeous layered mesh Carolina Herrera wedding gown, with a full sweeping train and figure-hugging bustier. A-mazing.
Then, as the lights were dimmed for the party to really get going, Louise emerged with a beautifully styled, classic up-do and without the bottom layer of her dress! She'd whipped it off to reveal this prom style number (you gotta love a 2-in-1), perfect for attacking the dance floor and...
...for revealing these absolutely incredible crystal studded Christian Louboutin skyscrapers. Swoon! Miss Magpie went in to overdrive when she lay her eyes on these sparkling beauts.
Speaking of Magpie-licious finds, check out this Anya Hindmarch clutch:
Sadly, this utterly divine piece of arm-candy does not belong to me, but one of the other (oh-so lucky) wedding guests. I think it may well be my idea of perfection. I hope Mr Magpie is reading this...my birthday is coming up ever so soon!!
And while I plot a way to make Anya's slice of heaven my own, here are some of the uber-glam guests I clinked glasses with:
Here I am with Elaine Greenshields - Grazia Middle East's Fashion and Beauty Director - who looked so effortlessly cool in her Stella McCartney sparkling jumper dress. Yes, you spotted it - she's wearing the very same dress worn by Cameron Diaz at a certain film premier recently. Now that's a sign of approval if ever there was one!
Reema Mukhi, Harper's Bazaar Arabia's Lifestyle Editor and newly wed (remember the wedding extravaganza I attended in Beirut a couple of months ago, well that was down to Reema!), donned this super sparkling Ayesha Depala strapless mini dress. Reema wins hands down in the glistening stakes!
It's hardly surprising that Amrita has such good taste, after all Reema is her first cousin. As Reema's guest at the wedding, Amrita stood out a mile in this spectacular fuschia kaftan. The Chanel handbag also stole my heart, obvs. As a Sri Lankan Native who has just moved to our shores, I think I can speak on behalf of England when I say that we are honoured to have gained such beauty and style! Here's the front detail of the kaftan...
Finally, I have to show you one final pic of the fabulous bride. This is the morning after the night before:
Firstly, how fresh and awake does she look?! Me on the other hand, not so much! But more important than that, is Louise's top. I love, love, love it and think I may need to get me on of them for my big day! Good find Lou.
Congrats Louise and Andrew - a glistening, glamorous affair, that had Miss Magpie drooling in sartorial heaven.
Wedding No. 2 - Paras marries Jigna
By this point in the wedding weekend, I was somewhat fatigued and my camera did not receive a full outing to capture the wealth of style that there was present here. Silly me and silly champagne the night before!
But just to give you a wee taste of the full-on glitz and glam of an Indian wedding, here you go:
Bright, vivid colours; deep, luxurious fabrics; beautifully ornate detailing; I saw it all.
After all the dressing up, all the bubbly and all the wardrobe envy, all I can think about right now are my pyjamas. I must lay my weary head on my ultra luxe silk cushion and get me some beauty sleep...
...but fear not! The wedding marathon continues on Friday, so watch this space for more matrimonial musings.