KRÈME CHATS WITH BRIDE ASMAU AMINU GARO
March 20, 2017
Krème Chats with Bride Asmau Aminu Garo is the beauty from Kano who married her prince charming in one of the most gorgeous weddings I have ever seen. Her wedding was rich with color, tradition, style and she glowed from head to toe so I had to find out how she put everything together. For our chat about her skincare journey, fashion and all the exceptional vendors read below.
Thanks Asmau for such a generous heart.
Congratulations on your big day!!!
Tell me a little bit about yourself
My name is Asmau Aminu Garo. I am originally from Kano State, Nigeria, but I live in Abuja. I attended Nigerian Turkish College Abuja, and then Baze Univesity, Abuja where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in International relations.
After graduating from Baze University I went to Esmod Fashion school in Dubai for 2 years. Shortly after graduating I got engaged to Mohammed. Let's start with preparation
What was the length of time between your engagement and your wedding?
How stressful was the process?
The minute I got engaged I knew it would be a stressful process because my mum is from the Kano royal family; so the wedding would be seven days of different events and ceremonies. The first thing I did was book all the make-up artists and photographers. The event decorators and other vendors were next on my list. Honestly, choosing vendors was a little confusing for me because I wanted all of them (laughs). To solve this problem, I decided to use a different vendor for each event. After those decisions were made, I let go of the smaller decisions. Even with all my preparations it was still very stressful, especially one month to the wedding; little things just kept coming up.
When it came to my clothes, it was not stressful at all. I designed all the dresses so I knew exactly what I wanted. I travelled to London to purchase all the fabrics except the fabric for my blue outfit; that was chosen by the designer who, by the way, I never met in person or even had a fitting. The blue dress arrived a week to the wedding, and thankfully it fitted beautifully. As for the other outfits, the laces were given to the designers and I was very happy with the way they all turned out.
My favorite picture was the one of you praying in a room. It took my breath away. Who took that picture?
Thank you. That picture was taken by Big H studio at the wedding Fatiha in my village (the wedding Fatiha is the official wedding ceremony, where the legal documents are filled and filed after which the couple are officially married
There were many people around so we never got a moment to take pictures. After the wedding Fatiha my friends and I were praying for a blessed marriage, which made me very emotional. The photographer called me to a room, where he had set up the prayer mat, rosary and Koran. I sat and prayed while he took the picture.
How has your skincare routine changed from before you were married till now?
Three years ago, I had really bad acne and my skin was not great. I tried everything, but nothing worked. When I was at fashion school in Dubai, I went to Obagi and I was put on a treatment plan. Initially, it really hurt and my skin was peeling a lot. I wanted to quit but the dermatologist encouraged me to continue, and that it would yield results at the end. After three months, my skin cleared up and I switched my skin care routine from the stronger treatment to a milder routine to maintain the results.
Currently, my routine consists of a cleanser, face scrub, the moisturizer and sun protection.
Did you get any traditional treatments before the day? If yes, what did you get?
Yes. There is a traditional scrub called Dilke, done by a traditional woman who specialize in it. For a bride, this treatment can be done from as much as a month leading up to your wedding or as little as two weeks to the wedding, but trust me this treatment makes you glow!
For my wedding, the lady that did mine steamed my body first, which is a process called Dukkan. Then she applied the dilke scrub and I rinsed it off. I remember, two days to the wedding the lady had applied the dilke on my body and face. My fiancé at the time returned from a trip that day so he came to visit me. He saw me and said “what did you do to your face? You look so pretty.” (laughs)
The henna on your skin was beautiful. What is the significance of it? How long did it take?
It is a Hausa culture and it is a form of adornment for a bride. When it comes to the time, it depends on how much you put on. For my wedding, it took us two to three hours to apply my henna, and it lasted for two weeks.
Who designed your wedding gowns?
The blue dress was designed by an Indonesian designer called Anaz (anazofficial on Instagram).
The gold outfit I wore for my traditional event was designed by Deola Segoe.
The yellow dress was done by Kathy Anthony. I gave her the design and it came out just as I had imagined it.
The pink dress was done in Dubai by Mardeni couture. I wanted something that sparkled, and it was all hand beaded.
The cream and light blue outfit was done by designer Huddaya couture.
Most memorable moment of your day
The wedding fatiha was the most memorable day, because it was emotional. After the ceremony, my brother said to me “it’s official, you’re now a Mrs”. I realized at that moment I was leaving home, and got emotional. My husband noticed, and took me to the side and he said the sweetest and most heartfelt words. So that moment stands out as the most memorable.
What song did you have your first dance to and why did you choose that song?
It was actually chosen for us. We wanted our first dance to be to Halo by Beyoncé, because we both love that song. But the DJ got it mixed up and played an Ed Sheeran song which worked out well at the end. (laughs)
Being a “veteran” bride, what skincare tips can you share to newly engaged or Brides-to-be?
Try as much as much possible to reduce your stress. If you can, get an event planner that you trust to handle everything. It is important to not be stressed because it will show up on your face and your body.
Looking back now, if you could, share one wedding day advice to our Brides-to-be
Do not let the planning or stress take over the moment. Once the wedding starts let go and enjoy your day.
EVENT:FOR THE CROSSING OVER OF THE SWORDS
BLUE OUTFIT DONE BY ANAZ OFFICIAL
MAKE UP BY MAMZA BEAUTY
EVENT DECORATED BY THE WEDDING GURU
PHOTGRAPHED BY GEORGE OKORO PHOTOGRAPHY
EVENT : THE WEDDING DINNER
THE PINK OUTFIT BY MARDENI COUTURE
MAKE UP BY DEMI WILLIAM BM PRO
EVENT DECORATED BY BLUE VELEVT
PHOTOGRAPHED BY ATILARY
EVENT: TRADITIONAL EVENT
GOLD OUTFIT BY DEOLA SAGOE
MAKE UP DEMI WILLIAM OF BM PRO
EVENT DECORATORS BY MEENA EVENT CENTRE IN KANO
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ATILARY
EVENT : WEDDING FATIHA
OUTFIT BY HUDAYYA
PHOTOGRAPHY BIG H STUDIOS
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