We're headed north of the U.S. border to Ontario, Canada, for a wedding event you won't soon forget! Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu is helping today's Pakistani bride get ready by giving her the picture perfect hair and makeup — and when we say picture perfect, we mean it! These phenomenal portraits by Banga Studios of the darling Maharani and her dashing Prince are proof of it! Our bride is absolutely sensational in her red wedding dress with glamorous gold details, and I'm a huge fan of the groom's contrasting, charcoal sherwani. A fashionable duo indeed! This impressive couple is soon making their way to the Pearson Convention Centre, where they'll be exchanging I dos. And because I know our Maharanis love a good party, you can be certain I've got some spectacular reception details still on the way — featuring music to move to by the incomparable Empire Entertainment. In the meantime, head into the complete gallery for a detailed look at the unforgettable wedding ceremony, which includes an incredible wedding cake creation by Shabana's Cakes. You won't want to miss it!
From the bride, on how she met her Raja:
"I met him through a mutual friend at the public library! We were both studying. I was trying to get into nursing school and he was studying to get into medical school. Both being in health science, we had an instant connection. After that first meeting, lets just say we had many more study dates that ended up in neither of us studying much at all!"
On the romantic proposal:
"One night when I was sleeping, he snuck into my basement and wrote "marry me?" with rose petals. The entire basement was full of candles and in the middle there was our favorite red velvet cheesecake and a jewelry box with a picture of us. My sister woke me up saying she needed my help with something in the basement. She pushed me in and shut the door behind me. He peeked out of the room with a rose in his hand and got down on one knee. It was really sweet.Of course I said yes. He popped the ring out of the box and after that we enjoyed some nice romantic music and cake!"
On choosing her wedding lengha:
"I literally spent hours online looking through designer dresses. I knew I wanted that designer feel but not the designer price. So I picked out inspiration pictures from all sorts of places down to jewelry pieces I liked. I was really drawn to the moghul themed dresses and jewelry as you can see that came through in my outfits and jewelry. My mom took all of these pictures back home to Pakistan and created pieces from scratch that took inspiration from different pictures I sent her. I knew I didn't want lenghas for the wedding day and Valima so for those two days I wore one piece dresses. My dress on the wedding day had the most beautiful and long tail."
On her hair and makeup:
"I worked with Shirley Wu and Maggie Wu at the Beauty Concept. Their whole team is amazing! For the mehndi I was inspired by lana del ray's floral crown hence the floral headpiece. Shirley was amazing in putting the whole look together with the big blown out hair and bright lips. For the Wedding day, I wanted a classic red lip bold eyes because my dress and jewelry had a lot going on. Maggie helped make this happen. I wanted that old bollywood glam and she totally delivered that with my hair. My entire wedding day look was a 60's bollywood diva (traditional look). And for the valima, I wanted a bit more of a modern look. Shirley did a subtle smokey eye and light lip. I loved my side up-do on that day!"
Stick around for the party of a lifetime!