Noura Fouad, Co-Founder and Buyer of Frillu.com, an online destination for fashion jewelry, has a personal style that can only be described as timeless chic. Although she likes to try out new trends every season, she manages to mix and match the standout pieces with other wardrobe staples in a classy manner. Noura's favorite bit of dressing up is accessorizing the outfit, because she believes that it's all in the details. As a bride, she was very focused to be herself and her picks truly reflected that. Read on to find out all about the details of her bridal journey.
When did you start your bridal gown shopping journey?
Around seven months before the wedding. I started by researching online, getting inspiration and decided that Barcelona will be the most suitable destination for the dress shopping, as I really wanted a simple dress.
How many wedding gowns have you tried on before finding 'The One'?
I always pictured myself in a pouffy dress, the bigger the better, but when I tried on that style, I seriously looked like a cupcake! The sales associate told me "you know what, I can see the dress, not the bride and that's not what we want!" I went to about eight stores and tried on around six dresses in each.
You knew you found 'The One' when...
I found this dress online that really caught my eye, but I thought that it wasn't the style I wanted, but I decided to go and try it on for the fun of it. After many, many dresses and stores, it was the first dress I tried on, in the first store I visited and it was that dress that I saw online. I'm usually very simple in my evening looks, I go for simple dresses, hair and makeup, so it made sense that the dress I picked was as simple as me, it had small details like the bow on the side and the lace in the train, which made it all me.
Tell us all about your wedding day look.
I really wanted a simple bridal look, I always pictured myself with the half-up half-down hairstyle, but since my wedding party was held outdoors, in May and in Cairo, so I decided that I better put it all up in a ponytail with a simple tiara. Makeup was also very simple since it was a morning wedding.
Your all time favorite celebrity bride is ... , were you inspired by her?
None really, I didn't even look at celebrity brides, but honestly Kate Middleton's wedding was just two weeks before mine, and I loved how simple she looked. So, she may have influenced me just a bit!
Did you always know how you wanted to look on your wedding day?
Definitely! I always wanted to look simple and elegant. I wanted to look like myself, so when I look at the pictures 20 years from now, I don't go "why the hell did I have this hair color/style, makeup?" or "how did I think this dress was trendy back then?"
Looking back at your wedding photos, is there anything you would have done differently?
Definitely not! I loved every tiny detail. And I'm definitely not one of those "I wish I could re-live the day" brides. For me, it was perfect in every way, I had a blast and it was a night to remember.
Share your tips for brides-to-be shopping for wedding gowns.
- First of all, you have to find out what your sense of style is (generally), and from there you can start to look at options. You have to be comfortable during your wedding day and you won't be if you're trying out a new style - be it dress, hairstyle or makeup!
- Secondly, take your time. Try on as many dresses as you like - it's an amazing experience so you should enjoy it. Same goes with your hair/makeup trials, for example, I went for a couple of times because I couldn't see myself sporting certain looks.
- Finally, try on your dress every two weeks in the last month before the wedding. I got my dress in January and my wedding was in May, and I tried it on so many times. I was so freaked out that I'd lose/gain weight and would realize it a day before the wedding!
- More importantly, have fun in every step, dress shopping, hair/makeup trials, and take photos in every step of the way - they turned out to be handy later when I showed my hairstylist my dress to find the perfect hairstyle.