by Rahul Katrak Monday, February 27, 2012
British Asian Bridal Makeup guru and celebrity make-up artist, Zaynab Mirza is one of 5 of London’s top gurus of glam who have come together to offer brides on a budget the chance to win an enviable combination of bridal treatments and services.

The UK’s ‘Ultimate Bridal Giveaway’ has been put together by Your Dream Shaadi, UK's premier online Asian Wedding Magazine. The competition will ease the worries of brides in the midst of a recession and will ensure they no longer have to compromise their dreams and miss out on wedding extras they normally would have struggled for.

The fantastic prize includes:

-- Training sessions with a celebrity personal trainers, R-Fitness who have sculpted and shaped celebrity clientele including Patsy Kensit and members of pop band JLS

-- Make-up by Zaynab, CEO of Provoke Cosmetics, an internationally renowned Bollywood makeup artist with a celebrity following in London, Mumbai and Dubai and winner of two 'National Salon of Excellence' awards.

-- A full set of hair extensions and hair styling, by Colour Nation a renowned west end hair salon and a finalist in the ‘2010 Hair Extensionist of the Year Awards’

-- Henna body art by Pavan, the world’s fastest henna artist

-- Style, confidence and poise advice from ‘The Bridal Coach’, Michele Paradise, an ex-catwalk model and guest speaker and judge on TV shows including Britain’s Next Top Model

Zaynab Mirza, CEO of Provoke Cosmetics and Beauty Academy said: “Every bride-to-be wants to look stunning on their big day but in this current climate may not always have the necessary funds to afford a premier makeup artist who can invoke her inner celebrity. This competition will give brides the opportunity to look like a star on their wedding day.”

To enter the competition, brides-to-be have to visit Your Dream Shaadi, Uk's Premier Online Asian Wedding Directory and fill out a short entry form. .


Your Dream Shaadi (YDS) has grown over 10 years to establish itself as one of the UK’s foremost online wedding planning magazines & Asian Wedding Directories.

The magazine covers every aspect of Asian weddings, providing brides and grooms to be with a wealth of information about wedding planning. Whether it’s the latest catwalk trends or tips on bonding with the mother-in-law, YDS is a veritable treasure trove of wedding planning information - that’s why Asian brides to be love using YDS to plan their weddings.

Their appeal reaches to brides of many nationalities. This is due to the number of interfaith marriages taking place in the capital and because couples from many nationalities like to add unique ethnic touches to their weddings. Whether it is a first dance to the title song of slum dog millionaire, a string quartet playing Bollywood tunes or even a couture designer offering western cuts with eastern embroideries to create a wow factor wedding dress, YDS has it all!

The website portal is the brainchild of entrepreneur & Style Guru Rahul Katrak whose sound marketing strategies and business acumen have driven the portal well ahead of its competitors and nurtured a powerful and popular brand that has become a household name in the Asian Wedding sector. Rahul is renowned for his contacts within the world of Asian fashion, both in the UK and Indian sub continent and is often called on by the media to comment on Asian & Mainstream wedding trends.


With a successful modeling career spanning over 20 years, Michele Paradise now shares her considerable talents and experience as a bridal coach and critical friend.

Having built a reputation as a creative, talented and professional model, Michele has worked for internationally renowned designers such as Thierry Mugler, Zandra Rhodes and Philip Treacy, and has worked in all the major fashion markets such as New York, Milan, Rome, Paris and London.

Michele has trained models, actors and presenters in deportment, posture and movement for over 10 years. She has worked with most of the top agencies in London and has appeared on several TV programmes as an expert and judge including: Britain’s Next Top Model, Model Behavior, Make Me a Supermodel, ASBO Teen to Beauty Queen, Britain’s Missing Top Model and the BBC Clothes Show.

In addition to her skills training models, actors and presenters in confidence, walking and posture, Michele is also a trained therapist and hypnotherapist. This allows her to help the bride to learn techniques to have calm and clarity when making decisions and dealing with challenging situations for her wedding so that she can enjoy the lead up to the wedding and in particular the day itself!


R-Fitness, headed by Ricardo Macedo, are elite personal trainers who train celebrities, professional models and world class athletes. Famed with sculpting and creating red carpet bodies, their celebrity clientele include Patsy Kensit, several members of the Saudi Royal family and members of pop band JLS.

Ricardo's fun approach, discretion, drive and determination to help people achieve their goals has made R-Fitness one of the top Personal Training gym's in London


Henna artist, Pavan, is the Guinness World Record Holder for being the fastest in her trade. In just one hour she painted a staggering 314 Henna armbands – where each design had to be different from the other – beating the previous record by a mind-blowing 100 armbands.

At just 26-years-old, Pavan has worked with celebrities and recognised names like Harrods, Selfridges, Sky, STAR TV and the BBC on various high-profile projects. A self-taught henna artist, a massive part of Pavan’s appeal is that she not only keeps up-to-date with the latest design trends - she creates them.

Pavan is famed with taking Henna from what has traditionally been limited in appeal to Asian and Middle Eastern brides into a trendy mainstream body art that has adorned the body of many a celebrity treading the red carpet, including the pop band Sugababes and Eastenders Star Preeya Kalidas.
With a multicultural clientele, Pavan’s creative potential is infinite. Incorporating details like glitter, rhinestones and even coloured body paint into her fusion of bespoke designs, she transforms her intricate patterns into breathtaking works of art. Her white body paint designs are ever popular with English brides and Pavan specialises in delicate tracery to match the embroidery or lace work of a bride’s wedding dress.


Lauded as the best hair colourists in London, this renowned west end hair salon offers a range of superior hair styling, colouring and extension services to a local and international clientele.

Colour Nation London hairdressers specialises in hair colour (highlights, lowlights, tints and bleach) using cutting edge Colour Factory hair colour technology to produce vibrant multi-dimensional life-like hair colours fresh in salon.

Their specialist services include Japanese IHR Permanent Hair Straightening, Brazilian Blow dry/ Straightening, Natural Human Hair Extensions (Cold Fusion Technology), and cutting edge hair styling.

Colour Nation was a finalist in the 2010 Hair Extensionists of the Year Awards.


Provoke Cosmetics is the brainchild of a British make-up guru and celebrity
make-up artist, Zaynab.

Zaynab is a formidable force in the beauty industry. She has long established herself as a leading name at the top her game. This has led to her being respected as an artist, author, entrepreneur and teacher.

Her flamboyant and unique cutting-edge make-up techniques that were ahead of its time rapidly elevated her to the top of her profession. This led to the opening of her first make-up and beauty salon. The salon quickly acquired a list of high profile celebrity clients and also won her two 'National Salon of Excellence' awards.

Her reputation has spread across the globe and she is also one of the favoured make-up artists for Bollywood films. Earning her the title
'Ultimate Bollywood Make-up Guru' by the UK Press.

She has written and styled fashion and beauty for many of the UK's leading publications, as well as being featured on the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4. She has also been a regular contributor on BBC radio, and has hosted her own beauty shows.

Zaynab has been involved in London's leading awards ceremonies and fashion shows which has involved styling celebrities and politicians alike – including the UK Prime Minister and his wife.

Zaynab has also been featured by the 'Cosmopolitan Women of Achievement Awards' as being one of the100 most successful young women in the UK when she just 28.

Zaynab was also short listed as the one of the top 4 leading women entrepreneurs in the UK, this time by the ' Women of Achievement Awards'.

She has appeared on the cover of Success magazine as one of the UK's most successful 'Young Entrepreneurs' and was also featured in the BBC documentary highlighting successful entrepreneurs.

She has been invited by many UK institutions as a guest speaker to share her business knowledge and inspiration with aspiring as well as established professionals & entrepreneurs.


Your Dream Shaadi- UK''s Premier Online Asian Wedding Magazine

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