I have a doozy of Pakistani wedding details, gorgeously photographed by the truly talented team from S.Snapz for you right now, and it will have your head spinning with so much Desi delight! We're checking out highlights from bride and groom, Sayeda and Omar's sensational celebration and covering everything before their spectacular walima — which they planned themselves —and it's all super stunning! From the Pakistani bride's custom-made fashions, which include a pink and violet mehndi night lengha, a breathtaking outfit for her rukhsati with a ten foot train by Sana Abbas and a Boho-chic take on a traditional nikkah ensemble by Fahad Hussayn, to trio of terrific hairdos, Sayeda has some impressive Maharani style! You have plenty of wedding wonders from her and Omar's festivities to revel in before I get back later today with an awe-inspiring, exclusive look at the the newlyweds' walima details, and if you're thirsting for more, you can check out the complete gallery!
Maharani Sayeda, on her and Omar's engagement:
"We knew we needed to involve the parental units before things progressed so our parents met over some biryani and sealed the deal! I didn't really care for a "proposal" after that because there is no surprise element in our culture and I didn't really care for a show. Knowing that we had our parents' love and approval and the grace of God was enough for me. But Omar always goes above and beyond so he tried to "propose" by renting out an art gallery and painting me an original piece that would be displayed at the gallery ...that I would just happen to stumble upon on a "tour." I totally ruined this by not showing up! But we didn't let things like that get us down. We had our eyes on the prize and just laughed about it. Omar presented me the ring and the painting at his apartment, which was cute and intimate."
On her mehndi celebration style:
"I wanted something colorful and opted for a salmon and purple lehnga which was fun and different. It was embellished with block print, sequins, and gold hand work.
I wanted my mehndi in a barn in true mela (carnival) style but unfortunately all New Jersey barns have a 10 pm music cut-off that wouldn't quite fly with a brown crowd that wants to Bhangra all night. So we opted for the most barn-looking venue we could find - The Cranbury Inn in New Jersey - which is a converted barn. We instantly fell in love with it the minute we walked in and saw all the wood and stone. We kept it very casual and I brought village-themed items for the decor from Pakistan - such as handheld fans to hang around, dupattas to tie on boys' heads, dandia sticks, and our decorator brought village-themed statues for center pieces. Omar ordered a custom-made colorful canopy from India for me to walk under. It was a night filled with beautiful colors, singing, and dancing."
On her nikkah ceremony stlye:
"This was our "ceremony" and it was held at my house. We kept it very simple with a backyard tent, lots of flowers, and just the company of our family. It was simply beautiful and intimate.
Our Nikah outfits were made by Fahad Hussayn, who is a close friend of Omar's. We kept it simple with color and embellishments on that day, yet went with pieces that were slightly edgy and different."
On her rukhsati style:
"For my Rukhsati day, I wanted to stick with a traditional red with antique kaam but also wanted a 10 foot train. I met with Sana Abbas who was simply amazing and made me the most beautiful red outfit with my long train (even though at first she was hesitant to make it that long, but I was not budging!). Her work is so detail oriented and meticulous and we instantly connected. She spent 4 hours with me making sure we had everything down and was available on Whatsapp whenever I needed her!
I just had two requirements for the venue - high ceilings and no carpet. After a lot of looking, I found the Tides Estate, which was absolutely beautiful, accommodating, and customizable. Somehow I juggled my love for nature/outdoors in a ballroom setting, along with traditional elements we wanted (such as our outfits/jewelry) and reached a balance. I brought in woodland and outdoorsey elements to incorporate my love for green by having moss and ivy all over our stage and centerpieces, a grass-like setting on stage with flowers all over, and for my centerpieces I did manzanita trees and birdcages full of flowers and ivy. I am huge on DETAILS. So with the help of my sister and bridesmaids, we added little touches like little green butterflies all over to create the look I wanted. Guests loved the details!"
You really won't want to miss the incredible details from Sayeda and Omar's walims, which are just ahead!