Dina Zahran is one of the two sisters behind Dinz Clothing, a Middle Eastern label that's known for injecting the fashion scene with fun and quirky pieces. You could always spot Dina with a colorful detail in her outfit, whether it's a bright piece of clothing or some vibrant accessories. However, as a bride, the fashion designer ditched all that quirkiness and opted for a princess-like wedding day look. Here's what she had to tell us about her journey as a fashionable bride.
When did you start your bridal gown shopping journey?
I started doing online research and just briefly looking around as soon as we got engaged. But I started looking properly about seven months before the wedding. At that point, we hadn't even set our wedding date, or found a venue yet. But I knew that the most stressful part would be finding the right dress, so I wanted to do that first so that I could relax. Everything else wedding related is do-able or fixable, as long as you have your dress!
How many wedding gowns have you tried on before finding 'The One'?
It was the third dress that I tried on. I tried on many dresses after it, but it was one of the first that I actually tried.
You knew you found 'The One' when...
Funnily enough, I didn't. I never had that 'moment' that everybody always talks about where you supposedly just know. My mother and sister did; as soon as I came out of the dressing room in the dress (that I ended up getting) they both told me "this is the one." For some reason, I wasn't as immediately convinced. For me, it was more of a logical process. I tried on a lot of dresses and then kept going back and thinking which I liked most. I kept coming back to this one, so I got it. Up until my wedding day, I still wasn't sure about it, but then on my wedding day when I had my hair, makeup and jewelry on, and I put it on, I knew it was 'The One.' Better late than never, right?
Tell us all about your wedding day look.
I am quite loud in my day-to-day looks. I love colors, shapes, over-accessorizing, and everything bright and bold! But for my wedding, I didn't want to look back in 10 years and say "what was I thinking?!" My dress was pretty puffy, so I felt that was loud enough, so I put my hair up, wore round diamond earrings, a tennis necklace and tennis bracelet, and my wedding rings. I had a small hair accessory to add a bit of sparkle to my hair, and I wore glittery slingback Christian Louboutin shoes (that were more difficult to find than the dress!) so, I would say that my overall look was somewhere in between classic and modern/bold.
Your all time favorite celebrity bride is ... , were you inspired by her?
Two of my favorites are Ivanka Trump (a classic, gorgeous, elegant look) and Nicole Richie (a stand-out, modern, and young look). They're both very different, but each look was suitable for the woman wearing it. I didn't really use a source of inspiration, instead I tried to go for what I like, and what I thought would suit me the most. But it's always fun to look at celebrity bride pictures!
Did you always know how you wanted to look on your wedding day?
The only thing that I always knew was that I wanted a big puffy dress. I know that's so cliche, but there's a reason it's cliche! I always thought I'd go for a more modern overall look, but when it came down to it I decided to tone it down a bit to avoid having too much going on! It kind of all comes together on its own without having to over-plan.
Looking back at your wedding photos, is there anything you would have done differently?
Not at all!! It was the best night ever and I had the time of my life! Everything went perfectly, and even the things that didn't, they were still somehow perfect.
Share your tips for brides-to-be shopping for wedding gowns.
I would say that it's good to do research, but don't over-research because you might start to confuse yourself. The best thing to do is to start trying on dresses because that's the only way to really know what looks good on you and what doesn't. And most importantly, try not to be too stuck on a certain style or idea that you have in mind for your dress and try to try on a variety of dresses with an open mind, because you just might be surprised at what you end up liking the most!