Wedding bells: Eman Suleman dons tradition, simplicity with style

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Eman Suleman and husband Jamil Rizvi wear Zara Shahjahan ensembles during the mehndi day, Lahore, Jan. 11, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Maham Haseeb Bosan)
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Updated 13 January 2020
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Wedding bells: Eman Suleman dons tradition, simplicity with style

Wedding bells: Eman Suleman dons tradition, simplicity with style
  • Suleman is one of Pakistan’s most sought-after fashion models and a #MeToo activist
  • The ceremony was reminiscent of traditional Pakistani weddings

ISLAMABAD: Surrounded by friends and family, model and actor Eman Suleman tied the knot with Jamil Rizvi in a series of ceremonies in Lahore last weekend, which resembled a joyful and intimate journey back in time.
Suleman, who is starring in Sarmad Khoosat’s upcoming film “Zindagi Tamasha,” is one of the in-demand faces in fashion, and one of the outspoken voices for the #MeToo movement in Pakistan.
Like her work and activism, Suleman’s choice of wedding wardrobe was greatly informed by her individuality, attracting much attention and comments.




Eman Suleman on her nikah day at her family home in Lahore, Jan. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Kayhan Suleman)

She paired her ensembles with minimal, unfussy accessories and makeup, and took her guests to a simpler time in Pakistani weddings, when home was the venue, decor was celebratory, and outfits weighed less than 30 kilograms.
For the nikah ceremony, which took place at her home in Lahore, Suleman wore a rust orange look with ghota, folded gold fabric work, and no jewelry.




Eman Suleman and Jamil Rizvi on their walima day, Lahore, Jan. 12, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Zara Peerzada)

For her mehndi, a day-to-night event, she reached for classic touches in a white and gold Zara Shahjahan outfit – a Lahore-based designer known for her bridal collections borrowing from the past, which mirror Suleman’s own “less is more” aesthetic. 
Shahjahan was also the choice for the baraat – groom’s wedding procession – for which Suleman wore classic crimson, the signature bridal color of South Asia. She paired the look with simple earrings and traditional head jewelry, letting the outfit shine.




Eman Suleman and Jamil Rizvi pose on their baraat day, Lahore, Jan. 11, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Maham Haseeb Bosan)

The venue was also an ode to the past. The couple opted for a bright-red decor stage, reminiscent of traditional Pakistani weddings that took place at home. A sign with “Shahdi Mubarak” and “Happy Marriage” inscriptions added to its nostalgic ambiance.
On the last day, the walima – marriage banquet – Suleman went for an ethereal ivory look with mid-length sleeves and a sheer dupatta from The House of Kamiar Rokni. Adorned with colorful embroidery and golden jewelry the look was also evocative of bygone days.