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Tysons Corner, VA Pakistani Wedding by Project Motive Photography

Greetings, Maharanis! Are you ready for a pre-wedding mehndi celebration at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria? Today's Pakistani bride is a total knock-out as she enters the party venue, peeking through the beaded curtains of her decked out doliBridal Elegance by Suman Khosla is the magic-worker behind her mehndi and all of the pretty little details below will take your breath away! The venue has been dressed to the nines in floral and decor by Partyland Flowers & Event Decor, and Project Motive Photography was there to capture all the inspirational details for us to see! The soon-to-be-bride in her gorgeous, yellow silk outfit, complete with an endearing daisy in her hair, is simply glowing with anticipation, and her complementary bangles are one of the things every young Maharani dreams of having on her big day. Before we get into the valima and reception details, you need to check out more from this pre-wedding event in the full gallery.

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The bride, on how she met her Raja:

"Sobe & Hibah met through a mutual friend, Kate O'Connor. Sobe & Kate had been friends since middle school, and Hibah & Kate had become good friends through working together at Mount Vernon Internal Medicine. Kate had a hunch that her two Pakistani friends would hit it off and decided to play matchmaker.


Sobe & Hibah agreed to start their relationship as friends, and began talking in September, 2012. As Kate had hoped, the two immediately clicked; after just a few days of getting to know each other, Sobe asked Hibah out on their first date. They met in Old Town, Alexandria, where Sobe would later propose. After dinner, Sobe casually asked HIbah if she wanted to take a ride on his motorcycle. As she approached Sobe's bike, Hibah realized that there were two helmets hanging off the bike, as if Sobe had already planned to take her out for a ride and knew she wouldn't refuse. Hibah was nervous about riding on the back of Sobe's bike, considering she barely knew him, but she hopped on anyway.


After a moonlit ride down GW Parkway, Sobe strategically parked in front of Pop's Old Fashion Ice Cream Shop, so he could keep the night going by asking Hibah out for ice cream. Hibah saw right through this plan, but she went along with it; Pop's was her favorite ice cream shop, after all. After they got their ice cream, Sobe started talking himself up to impress HIbah, and as he went to take his first lick of ice cream, both scoops fell off his cone and onto the ground. As Sobe stared at the ground at his melting fudge ice cream in humiliation, Hibah couldn't help but laugh and was generous enough to give him one scoop of her mint chocolate chip. As they laughed about the mishap, Hibah realized this was the first time all evening that Sobe had really been himself. At that moment, Hibah felt a strong connection and knew she wanted to see Sobe again. They made their relationship official shortly after, on October 11th, 2012.
Sobe & Hibah spent over a year building their relationship and became regular members of each other’s families in the process; Hibah spent most of her evenings after class at Sobe’s, eating whatever delicious dish his mom or dad had made for dinner (her favorites being Mama Bear’s Boneless Biryani and Papa Bear’s Chops), and Sobe eventually charmed his way into Inaaya’s heart (Hibah’s 2-year-old niece, who was initially not a fan of “Monster Mamu”).


Be it coincidence or fate, Sobe’s project at work at the time was the new School of Public Health building at The George Washington University, the very institution that Hibah was obtaining her Master’s in Public Health from. Sobe was assigned to this project well before he met Hibah, and Hibah had been accepted into The George Washington University months before she met Sobe; Sobe often jokes that he built a school for Hibah. The building was even finished in time for HIbah to have some classes in it during her last semester. This is just one of many coincidences that made the two realize that they were destined to cross paths at some point, another primary one being the fact that Sobe's little sister's name was "Hibah" for a day, until his mother decided to change it to "Muneeba". Both Sobe & Hibah's families often joke that it was in God's plan to send Sobe's family a "Hibah" some day."

Be back in a flash, dolls!

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Hair & Makeup: Bridal Elegance by Suman Khosla | Photography: Project Motive Photography | Mehndi Venue: Hilton Old Town Alexandria | Ceremony Venue: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner | Reception Venue: Hyatt Dulles | Floral & Decor: Partyland Flowers & Event Decor | Catering: Bombay Tandoor | DJs & Entertainment: DJ Kush | Lighting: Huqalive | Hair: Style By Swati | Makeup: Farzana Zaman | Jewelry: Jewels N Gems


Ontario, Canada Sikh Indian Wedding by Banga Studios

Ok, so Maharani Amanpreet is a true diva because she has not one, but TWO reception looks! She makes a grand entrance - at the Apollo Convention Centre in Canada - with her new hubby in a posh purple and silver lengha by Almari Couture! This elegant reception celebration, brought to us by Banga Studios, has it all! The lively Empire Entertainment played the greatest hits all night keeping all the partying guests out of their seats and on to the dance floor! And no, your eyes are not deceiving you - there was even a fire-eating performance, courtesy of the acclaimed Fire Entertainment: Terrance Drake! Wow, this couple pulled out all the stops! It would have been awesome to be a guest at this entertaining event! Even though we weren't invited, we can relive every moment, from start to finish, in the gallery!

Hope you enjoyed this wedding as much as I did!

 

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DJ: Empire Entertainment | Baraat: Band Bajha Entertainment | Photography: Banga Studios | Ceremony Venue: Royal Ambassador | Reception Venue: Apollo Convention Centre | Cakes & Treats: Fine Cakes by Zehra | Floral & Decor: Khazana Creations | Floral & Decor: Jashan Decorators | Makeup: Honey's Beauty Lounge | Hair: Beauty Bliss | Bridal Fashions: KJ Trendz | Bridal Fashions: Almari Couture | Groom Fashions: Raja Fabrics
 | Groom Fashions: Tuxedo Royale | Entertainment: Fire Entertainment: Terrance Drake


Ontario, Canada Sikh Indian Wedding by Banga Studios

Banga Studios brings us a precious collection of portraits which the dashing couple poses for prior to the Indian reception, that takes place at the spacious Royal Apollo Convention Centre in Canada! Maharani Amanpreet looks sensational in her coral & gold lengha by Almari Couture. And let's not forget Rajat, who looks quite dashing in his tailored black tux by Tuxedo Royale. I adore the purple & white sweetheart stage complete with white and purple-colored flowers by Jashan Decorators. The lit candles in the backdrop really set the stage for a romantic photo shoot. And don't even get me started on the gorgeously bejewelled wedding cake by Fine Cakes by Zehra! Those are four tiers of elegance! If you still want more (which I know you do), check out the gallery!

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From the bride, on her reception look:

"Because I had two reception outfits, one receiving line and one main evening, I needed to have hair and makeup that went with both outfits, and that was my main concern. I worked with Almari Couture on the outfits to ensure that I could slip into both, without having to pull either over my head, to make sure that my hair and makeup stayed in tack. After I got the outfits in order, I took pictures of both to my makeup artist, Hafsa at Honey's Beauty Lounge. The outfits were two totally different colours, coral with gold and purple with silver. But Hafsa was able to create a flawless makeup look that went with both outfits. The main reception outfit had a very intricate back. I showed Pam, my hair stylist from Beauty Bliss, and she was able to create an elegant up-do what went perfectly with both outfits as well. I had full trust in both Hafsa and Pam to create looks that went seamlessly with both outfits, and they both did just that."

Stay tuned for the bride's second reception look!

 

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DJ: Empire Entertainment | Baraat: Band Bajha Entertainment | Photography: Banga Studios | Ceremony Venue: Royal Ambassador | Reception Venue: Apollo Convention Centre | Cakes & Treats: Fine Cakes by Zehra | Floral & Decor: Khazana Creations | Floral & Decor: Jashan Decorators | Makeup: Honey's Beauty Lounge | Hair: Beauty Bliss | Bridal Fashions: KJ Trendz | Bridal Fashions: Almari Couture | Groom Fashions: Raja Fabrics
 | Groom Fashions: Tuxedo Royale | Entertainment: Fire Entertainment: Terrance Drake


Ontario, Canada Sikh Indian Wedding by Banga Studios

Now that Band Bajha Entertainment helped to ring in the baraat, let's see these lovebirds say their I do's during their outdoor Sikh ceremony that takes place at the palatial Royal Ambassador in Canada! I must say the mandap looks quite majestic in the sunlit backdrop of lavish greenery and the beautiful lake. The blushing bride could not look more excited as she walks down the stairway with bouquet in hand by Khazana Creations. Amanpreet says that the smile on Rajat's face was never as wide as at that exact moment when he saw her walking down the aisle. What a sweet moment! This twinkling twosome was clearly made for one another! See more of the captivating ceremony in the gallery!

From the bride, on planning:

"I enjoyed the quality time planning and researching, not only with Rajat, but also my siblings, friends and parents. It was a team effort bringing this wedding to fruition and making sure that all of the aspects that we wanted in the wedding were there. Through the process, I was able to create stronger bonds and memories with everyone involved."

On the most special moment:

"The most special moment that I remember from my wedding was when I was walking down the pathway with by bridesmaids in front of me, on the arms of my dad and little brother. As we walked towards Rajat, who was waiting in the gazebo in front of a beautiful lake, I could see his smile widen and widen as I walked closer. I've never seen him smile so wide! I will never forget that moment."

So sweet! Reception portraits are coming up!

 

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DJ: Empire Entertainment | Baraat: Band Bajha Entertainment | Photography: Banga Studios | Ceremony Venue: Royal Ambassador | Reception Venue: Apollo Convention Centre | Cakes & Treats: Fine Cakes by Zehra | Floral & Decor: Khazana Creations | Floral & Decor: Jashan Decorators | Makeup: Honey's Beauty Lounge | Hair: Beauty Bliss | Bridal Fashions: KJ Trendz | Bridal Fashions: Almari Couture | Groom Fashions: Raja Fabrics
 | Groom Fashions: Tuxedo Royale | Entertainment: Fire Entertainment: Terrance Drake


Ontario, Canada Sikh Indian Wedding by Banga Studios

Greetings, my girlfriends! The enormously skillful Banga Studios brings us a joyous Sikh Indian wedding that takes place in Canada! Maharani Amanpreet looks stunning as she's getting ready for the big day! Honey's Beauty Lounge gives her shimmering gold shadows and a muted rose lip to accompany her radiant red & gold lengha by KJ Trendz. I adore the voluminous pulled back up-do by Beauty Bliss. Amanpreet's hubby-to-be, Rajat, looks handsome himself as he puts on his champagne-colored sherwani by Raja Fabrics
. What a lovely pair these two make! I hear she was quite a challenge once they met, but Rajat's persistence definitely paid off! Who doesn't love a persistent man, right ladies?! As the lively baraat welcomes in the groom, the always-entertaining Empire Entertainment & Band Bajha Entertainment infuses this momentous occasion with heart-pounding music & fun! There's so much more to come, but for now, see more getting ready images & the baraat in the gallery!

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From the bride, on how they met:

"Rajat and I met in first year university in 2005. We were taking the same anthropology class at the University of Toronto, Mississauga location. He was sitting with our mutual friend and I walked into class. He asked his friend who I was, and our friend introduced us. At first, I didn't pay much attention to him, and of course that made him try even more. Eventually, after a few years, I gave him a chance. I knew he was "the one" as soon as we started going out. I saw how caring, loving and family-oriented he was, and I loved that about him."

On the proposal:

"Rajat planned an elaborate surprise dance proposal with his siblings and cousins. Both of our families and friends were in on it. I was supposed to go to dinner with friends. They came over and we were heading out to a restaurant. Before I was able to leave my front door, my sister came and blindfolded me, and led me to a chair on the driveway. Music started playing, and my sister removed my blindfold. All I saw was a sea of pink and white shirts dancing around and the shirts said "will you marry me". It was a fully choreographed dance (choreographed by his cousins). Near the end, Rajat came out in a makeshift horse (made out of a broomstick handle) and entered the dance. His shirt said, "say yes" He had a cookie cake that had "will you marry me" written on it. He came up, bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes, and the rest is history! I was in shock, after the dance routine was over, I looked around and saw that all of my friends, and his friends and our families were all there, on my driveway and sidewalk. Neighbours were outside of their homes, watching and clapping. It was spectacular."

On the lenghas:

"My wedding morning lengha was from KJ Trendz. I had their wedding lenghas in several wedding magazines, and knew that there was where I would be getting my morning outfit. We did look at a different stores, to see what else was out there in terms of style, but at the end decided on KJ Trendz. The reception outfit was a bit different. That took hours of researching and designing with Almari Couture. I met Mandy from Almari Couture at the Kismit Wedding show and they were the only ones that I spoke to that were open to creating a dress with a western twist from scratch for me. I took a lot of research to decide what type of gown I wanted, and then I had to go to different stores to try on different styles to see what suited my body type. Finally I decided to base the design of my dress on a Kenneth Pool wedding gown that I had tried on. I went to Bal with a picture and that set the wheels in motion. They came back with a sketch, and fabrics, and created my dream outfit."

Ceremony pics are next!

 

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DJ: Empire Entertainment | Baraat: Band Bajha Entertainment | Photography: Banga Studios | Ceremony Venue: Royal Ambassador | Reception Venue: Apollo Convention Centre | Cakes & Treats: Fine Cakes by Zehra | Floral & Decor: Khazana Creations | Floral & Decor: Jashan Decorators | Makeup: Honey's Beauty Lounge | Hair: Beauty Bliss | Bridal Fashions: KJ Trendz | Bridal Fashions: Almari Couture | Groom Fashions: Raja Fabrics
 | Groom Fashions: Tuxedo Royale | Entertainment: Fire Entertainment: Terrance Drake


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