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 doli. Bridal 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 Liz Decorations, 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. Her luminous look is thanks to hair and makeup work by Styles By Swati, who also gets cred for her wedding day do. Before we get into the valima and reception details, you need to check out more from this pre-wedding event in the full gallery.
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!