Happy Friday loves! Today we visit the windy city of Chicago celebration the nuptials of Saba and Salman. The lovely ladies of Appease Inc. were brought on to ensure that bridal beauty was at its finest. And, we might need to add that Maharani Saba looked smokin! Unnati'Z Art designed all the lovely mehndi designs you see on our bride. The bride and groom went for a full on Moroccan theme for their mehndi night which incorporated a color palette of golds, reds, and purples. Just this theme alone harnesses a unique visionary delight that is equivalent to that of the inside of a genie's lamp at the Alhambra Palace. Friends and family danced the night away until the wee hours of the morning. SaniMar Decor Studio did an impeccable job in ensuring that a touch of class was incorporated throughout the spacious quarters. The bride made quite an entrance in a special rickshaw rented from Rickshaw Rick's! We are delighted to share these pics captured by Sapan Ahuja Photography with Aria Fine Art Films capturing all the live action. Click the gallery if you want to peruse through all the pics! The bride dishes out the deets herself down below. Check it out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
A friend in NYC introduced my to my husband via text/facebook. We started talking and eventually met a few weeks later. I knew he was "the one" when I watched him plan his little sister's wedding and be such a great support system and brother to her.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

It was Valentine's Day Eve and at midnight, my now husband came over to me with flowers and a note. He said he and his family would come to Richmond on my birthday weekend. Richmond is my parents' hometown and I was bugging him for the past few months to have our parents meet. This was the unofficial proposal before the official proposal which happened a few weeks later at my parents' house in Richmond with all our loved ones around us.

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.

I had a lot of help from my husband since we decided to have all our events in Chicago, which was where he lived for the past 10+ years and I was in NYC when we were planning. I would come for weekends and we would look at venues. None of the dates were lining up at the venues. Then one day, I remembered an event we had gone to that didn't really utilize the atrium space but thought about how it would be perfect. The rest was history. For our mehndi, we spent our first New Years at the venue and thought it would be the perfect backdrop for this fun event. The nikkah venue was picked based on my southern roots and the fact that it looked like the southern mansions in Virginia. When we saw it, we knew.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?

Doing it as a team, through the good and bad.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

The quality and effort that was put into each event. They loved the boat exit surprise.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?

The ceremony, specifically the moment the imam was talking to us about marriage and our future.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

Be patient. Be prepared. Expect problems but don't let it ruin your day. Enjoy your day and delegate when you can. But remember to enjoy the moment.

Platinum Guide Member Sabri Nihari provided additional catering for this event and with specialties such as chicken boti and shamis, there was a satisfying treat for all the guests! We return with the wedding ceremony in a bit.

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Hair & Makeup: Appease Inc. | Catering: Sabri Nihari | Draping/Styling: Appease Inc. | Cinematography: Aria Fine Art Films | Bridal Fashions: Sundus at Inspire Multibrand | Bridal Jewelry: Malani Jewelers | Cakes & Treats: Alliance Bakery | Catering: Pazzo's | Favors: Second Story Promotions | Floral & Décor: SaniMar Decor Studio | Floral & Décor (Bouquets): Henry Hampton Floral | Invitations & Stationary: Minted | Lighting: SaniMar Decor Studio | Live Music: The Internationals | Mehndi Artist: Unnati'Z Art | Photographer: Sapan Ahuja Photography | Rentals (Rickshaw): Rickshaw Rick's | Tuxedos: Men's Warehouse | Venue (Mehndi): Alhambra Palace Restaurant | Venue (Ceremony): Wilder Mansion | Venue (Reception): Pazzo's at 311 Wacker |