On the day of Shaista and Aman’s grand reception soiree at the Empire Banquet Hall, the elated buzz in the air was palpable. Kesar was brought on to ensure our bride was glowing with beauty. Shaista donned a traditional yet fashion forward burgundy and gold lehenga complete with all the gold trimmings and she was the total belle of the ball. Dapper Aman also looked sensational in a perfectly tailored tux. The regal quarters of the Empire Banquet Hall were fashioned with a Moroccan inspired backdrop complete with mesmerizing uplighting and palatial pillars. How spectacular! Shaista had fantastic advice for you Maharanis about to have your own wedding soiree: “Don't worry so much about all the little details, everything will work out in the end. It's just not worth it to stress and it takes away from enjoying the day. And in case things aren't going to plan be sure to delegate someone or have a day of wedding coordinator to handle these things. It's better if you don't know, no one came to me with any issues, which was great and let me enjoy the day to the fullest!” After the beautiful reception program, guests dined on delectable cuisine and were ready to rock out once DJ SL set up his glowing turntables. What a fab weekend for a beautiful couple. Andras Schram has brought all the magic to you with the full gallery of snaps. And make sure to scroll below for all the behind the scenes scoop from Shaista herself.
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We had known each other for a long time, and after numerous failed date attempts one day it just clicked. After 2 years of dating he had to move across the country for residency, and I wasn't able to go with him. It was then that we realized that we loved each other too much to let go and we could make the long distance work. After 5 years of long distance he moved back home and we got married!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We go to Banff each year in October to celebrate our dating anniversary. But this time he had something more special in mind planned. We took a helicopter ride to the top of a mountain where he proposed! You can see the full proposal video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqbahFovHdE&t=31s
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.
We got engaged almost 2 years before our wedding date, so progress was slow, but steady. We knocked off the big items first, venues, caterers and hair and make up as we figured these would get booked up first. After this we had a bit more time to hammer out the details, we both had very high expectations of our decor so we spent countless hours looking through pictures and themes to design our own back drops. Our decorator was amazing and executed everything perfectly!
As for our outfits, I always loved fancy Indian outfits, so when it was time to start picking outfits for my wedding I already had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for. My family made a trip out to India to get our shopping done, and it did not disappoint. The selection there is amazing and all the outfits turned out so stunning. Once I had all my outfits, we worked on getting suits for the groom that matched with mine.
Hair and make up was also something I spent many days researching to try and decide exactly what I wanted. The best thing about it being an Indian wedding was that I had the chance to have 4 completely different looks for the 4 events so I got be pretty creative.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Shopping for outfits! This was my favorite part of the planning, I felt so special while wedding shopping and in India with my mom and cousins. Everyone was so excited and they're constantly feeding you and giving you chai in the shops, it was so fun!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All the Bollywood dances! Both the bride and groom danced at the Sangeet, also our friends put on a skit full of dances for our reception, we had an entrance dance and a choreographed first dance. Everyone we talked to afterwards said it was like being in a Bollywood movie!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't worry so much about all the little details, everything will work out in the end. It's just not worth it to stress and it takes away from enjoying the day. You'll always think of things you should do or should have done, but just do what makes you happy on your day and don't try to please everyone else (except maybe the groom, make sure he's happy).
And in case things aren't going to plan be sure to delegate someone or have a day of wedding coordinator to handle these things. It's better if you don't know, no one came to me with any issues, which was great and let me enjoy the day to the fullest!
Have a wonderful day everyone!