Brides who hire Alchemy for their mehndi tend to want a more moderate amount of henna with modern-traditional Indo-Arabic or Moroccan motifs. Many of our brides are bridging two cultures, wishing to honor the native henna heritage (Indian, Pakistani, Nigerian, Algerian). While others have an avante garde, creative bridal aesthetic.
It is typical for the henna to take 2-3 hours. Our process is organic, intuitive and collaborative. We do not pre-design or copy other artists - though we LOVE to see your inspiration.
Most brides have their henna applied at Alchemy for the peaceful atmosphere. We can arrange to have your special guests hennaed at the studio as well; we can also have a second artist join us.
I absolutely want you to have the henna you want - and if you are interested in a wrap around design, portraits, etc, we would love to direct you to colleagues who specialize. A wrap-around design is a gusseted design that fills the gaps between the top and bottom of the hand.
Because this is your special day, the photos will be with you forever, and because the Alchemy name goes with our work everywhere you go, we do not rush bridal henna. The minimum for Bridal Application is $200 and includes the first 1.5 hours of work (top of hand to 2" above the wrist, a small palm design and tops of the feet to 1" above the ankle bone).
Bridal Parties of 4 or more are quoted at 2 hours (minimum) and will include two designs per person (two tops or two bottoms, or both sides of one hand to one inch above the wrist).
We have come to expect elaborate henna designs that extend to the elbow on both sides of the arm: plus the tops of the feet to the knee. This work requires many (many, many) hours of sitting - and sitting VERY still - often for more than 5 hours. We cater to modern-traditional brides who do NOT want to sit for hour and hours, but still want beautiful henna.
1. Adore Wedding Photography 2. Molly Grunewald Photography 3. David Benjamin Photography