Hanifa Launches Debut Bridal Collection “Love at First Sight”

Our journey with Hanifa Bridal began at the highly anticipated runway presentation, held at Salamander Resort, a secluded gem located in Virginia wine country. The brand hosted a wedding inspired experience where fashion and wedding industry enthusiasts marveled at the first ever look of the highly anticipated collection.

It was truly “Love At First Sight”. 

Almost instantly after the presentation the world began buzzing about the beauty of the collection, as content began circulating with creators commenting on standout pieces, raising excitement for the public release.

Artfully designed by Hanifa’s Founder Anifa Mvuemba, the full collection is composed of both timeless and modern elements. By infusing brand signatures such as structured silhouettes and glamorous feather work with custom beading and draping, Anifa successfully intertwines the classic qualities of bridal fashion without compromising the bold and rebellious spirit of Hanifa. Each piece was inspired by the brand’s “commitment to self-discovery, self-acceptance, and love in all its forms, with emphasis on the importance of self-love and self-worth before marriage.” Anifa also speaks on “drawing inspirations from symbols of devotion and grace.” Anifa’s connection to her faith was made unapologetically clear during several moments of the runway presentation while orchestral instrumentals of Christian songs like “What a Beautiful Name” and “Jireh” played as the model’s walked, then her closing the show by pointing towards the sky to symbolize giving all glory to God for what we had all just witnessed.

The collection provides suitable looks for various moments of the bridal journey, from short looks for the bachelorette and showers, to gown options for ceremony and reception, and even bridal lingerie for bridal portraits and the honeymoon. In tandem with the various style types, the use of minimal to maximal details speaks to the changing wants of the modern bride, as her desired style may shift from one bridal moment to another. Anifa proudly states “We understand the significance of each moment in their lives and strive to be a brand that accompanies them every step of the way. We are honored to be a part of their special moments, and our debut bridal fashion collection is a testament to this commitment.”

The collection, now officially launched, includes ready to wear options available for Bride’s needing looks immediately, as well as made-to-order gowns that will take longer to receive but will be well worth the wait. Anifa also mentions the possibility of custom orders the future.

Check out a few of our favorite looks below.

Look #1

The look that started it all. Look #1 opened the runway presentation and we understand why. The pronounced shoulders exuding strength with soft flowing fabric walking down the runway was grace in action. This look could serve as a great option for a mother-of-the-bride look or ceremony dress for a bride who’s into all things modest and demure.

Image by ABDM Studio.

Look #3

This tuxedo dress number was a vision in person and will be a guaranteed vision for your wedding day. Featuring a mermaid silhouette, statement buttons, and plunging neckline, this gown is simplistic yet chic. With a flower applique on its right lapel and asymmetrical pockets at the hip, this design is unique and classic all at once.

Image by ABDM Studio.

Look #10

Mimicking the luxurious ease of a silk lingerie slip, this gown is dripping in sensuality. The dimensional beaded bodice, adds just enough detail making it the perfect choice for brides looking to make timeless yet fashion forward impact. 

Image by ABDM Studio.

Look #11

Hanifa Bridal offers another option on trending bridal suiting. This mini blazer dress features a tailored waist to accentuate the hourglass figure and its structured fit makes for a contemporary aesthetic to match the times of bridal style.

Image by ABDM Studio.

Look #12

If you’re a bride looking to make a bang with your wedding day fashion, this Hanifa Bridal number was handcrafted just for you. The “go big or go home” mentality rooted in this design is a show stopper with its playful details such as the one shoulder neckline, dramatic long gloves, and massive bow at the backside of its gown. This ruched number is sure to make a lasting impression on your guests and your beau.

Image by ABDM Studio.

Look #13

Look #13 models a new approach to the princess ball gown style. The sheer ruched corset with exposed boning paired with the exaggerated drop dramatic tulle skirt elevates the classic style from simply elegant to edgy. This dress is an overall fresh take on the traditional wedding gown.

Image by ABDM Studio.

Look #20

This Diana Ross-coded gown encrusted with hand beaded crystals and sequin poses as a literal work of art on its wearer. Its dramatic feathered sleeve and peek-a-boo side makes it a Glamourous Bride’s dream.

Image by ABDM Studio.

Look #23

This sheer mini dress was a crowd favorite and is sure to turn heads. With a dress this versatile in design and aesthetic, it allows the bride to make it her own, how it was styled by Hanifa with a playful boa. Shoes, jewelry, and any other statement accessories can easily take this dress from this to THAT.

Image by ABDM Studio.

The highlighted looks and remainder of the collection are available now at

Written By Fashion Editor Dara Adams and Writer Kennedi LéShea.

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