Less is More
Two weeks before the wedding date I get an email from a wedding planner, frantic for a Mehndi artist. Normally this kind of last minute thing would be a no-go for me, but I was able to change some things around and make it happen. Less is more became my theme for this trip. First of all, I would need to pack for Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, and Minneapolis in one bag. My minimalist tendencies meant my packing involved mostly underwear, black or white basics, and a few scarves for color. I mailed my boots and coat to Minneapolis so I wouldn't need to schlepp my woolens across Mexico. But I digress. This last minute bride had no idea what she wanted for her Mehndi. She had lots of ideas about what she didn't want though! So eventually, after pawing through some Instagram images we found some ideas that were conceptually tolerable and I convinced her to let me work some freestyle fusion magic on her. As it turned out, for all the frippery and finery that goes into an Indian wedding, she was not the "Christmas tree" type of bride at all, but she was very particular. So my freestyle fun was highly influenced by the small and delicate lines of Riffat Bahar, some of the leaf-shaped features of Rebecca Freedner, and a neat wrist layout from Shaista Jalal and even some of my own elements such as a the "string of beads". Despite all the stress of a last minute and somewhat chaotic Indian function (I never get why it's called a "function" with all the chaos of a Desi event!) the design emerged; clean, tight, and completely flattering to her hand. I felt happy that the bride liked her designs and got to relax for a couple of hours. Well, I hope she felt relaxed, but in reality, myself and her stylist were holding her hostage! Hope you enjoy the pictures!