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Macungie, PA Sikh Fusion Wedding by Jiju Mathew Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! It is great to be back to share a new love story with all of you! Today, we will join our two lovebirds Jessica & Parampreet, in their charming wedding festivities, and we are excited because this time, there is not one but two wedding ceremonies that marked the start of a lifetime love story for this sweet couple. Lucky guys! While we were taking a glance at the spectacular shots captured by Jiju Mathew Photography, our heart exploded with joy as every single image is a visual masterpiece that allows us to enjoy the beautiful ceremonies and the elegant and impressive reception! So, let's not wait any longer and get ready to dive into it! We are starting by taking you to the Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Lehigh Valley to enjoy the solemn Sikh wedding ceremony that marked the start of Jessica & Parampreet's everlasting married life. For this installment, Jessica embraced a traditional style donning a red lengha with golden embroidery that made her look flawless. And we cannot stress how much we loved her Maharani style! For the second wedding ceremony, we are taking you to the gardens of the Bear Creek Mountain Resort for you to witness an outdoor Christian wedding ceremony that will surely take your breath away. There were so much beauty and flair surrounding the scene that we don't have enough words to describe it. All we have to say is that it was utter perfection! After both wedding ceremonies, it was time to celebrate this life milestone with a fabulous reception party thoroughly decored by Garden of Eden Florist, and fully animated by DJ Ronak Entertainment. Hands down, it was the best way to bring these wedding festivities to an end! If you want to check more of this lovely couple, don't miss today's full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We initially met at work but didn't talk to one another.  I made a comment to a co-worker about him, and she tried to get us talking through a messenger system we used at work, but I was too shy and had little to say. One weekend she decided the three of us plus a few other co-workers would go out to a restaurant and bar one night. To make a long story short, she was supposed to pick me up, but made a billion excuses as to why she couldn't, until Param ended up picking me up. She told us she would meet us there. When we got there, she and everyone else was nowhere to be found, phones going straight to voicemail. She set us up and we both fell for it :)
In the beginning, I think is a testament to how strong of a foundation we have created.  We would never break up but did go through bouts of uncertainty (coming from two completely different cultures, and me being kept a secret.  I think I truly knew he was the one, when things were getting a little rocky and I was about to put an end to our relationship (again, uncertainty, I KNEW I wanted a future with him, but he was unsure I guess how he should pursue a future with ME with the religious and cultural differences).  He showed up at my door and we went for a long walk and got ice cream and talked all night.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had a family vacation planned to go to Myrtle Beach, SC.  Everything was delayed a ton, due to last minute speeches I had to do and packing that wasn't done.  We had a long drive, got there around 4pm, but still had to unpack and get groceries, etc.  It was around 10pm I think on August 1st 2015, and nothing was open and I was on edge and super hungry.  He insisted we walk and take the long way, over a little bridge, and through the sand on the beach.  I gave him a run for his money, and fought him tooth and nail to NOT go on the beach before we eat.  Needless to say, he persuaded me to get on the beach where he popped the question!  I don't remember if he even got to ask the full question, I just started bawling, I couldn't even see through my tears.
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 were engaged for four years because we continued to change the date for financial reasons.  We had two ceremonies and one reception.  On Saturday August 17th 2019 we had the Punjabi wedding ceremony and on Sunday August 18th 2019 we had the "American" or "White Dress" ceremony followed by our reception.  The Saturday ceremony was very easy as far as planning goes because all we had to do was book the location, get the catering figured out and a few other small details.  We were both incredibly nervous.  I was not familiar with the ceremony and watched a YouTube video on my way there.  We got through it and it was a very beautiful ceremony.  There was also a renaming ceremony for me, to which I was named Harleen.  Harleen is what his family calls me today.  Some of my friends actually went out and bought suits or saris, my mom, son, brother, and grandmother all went shopping with us in Edison, NJ and got suits of their own!  As far as make-up.... My husband told me NO MAKE UP AT THE GURDWARA! SO I showed up in no make-up, respectably. It turns out family wanted me in make-up so someone else did it for me, unfortunately.  I wish I could have done my own because I look awful (in a full day's worth of pictures, too) but what's done is done, and that doesn't change the fact that our day was special and beautiful no matter what! 
For our "White Dress Wedding" on Sunday, was held at Bear Creek Mountain Resort.  Our ceremony was outside and our reception was indoors.  Bear Creek was nothing short of spectacular on their delivery.  The coordination was seamless and they kept ME on track!  My hair and make-up was done at the salon in the resort.  The make-up and hair was natural, classic, and elegant with a modern flare.  I felt as beautiful as I hoped I would on that day.  We did not have a wedding party so we didn't have to worry about outfits.  Our wedding colors were navy blue, gold, and blush pink.  My immediate family coordinated their outfits to those colors.  I don't know what the theme was, it was really just whatever came to my mind.  One night I had a vision for centerpieces in the middle of a store, and literally started grabbing things and making notes to myself, we went to multiple stores that night to get all the supplies I needed to fulfill my vision.  Originally we were going to have centerpieces done by our florist and in a matter of seconds that changed on a whim to my new idea!!  We had faux flowers and dried flowers combined for centerpieces, my gown was elegant and fully hand beaded... I would say the theme was a mix between boho and just a classic elegant look.  Lots of neutrals with pops of blue, gold, champagne, and blush.  Incredibly difficult to describe, just a bunch of different things that blended so well!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My lengha was hands down the complete opposite of what I thought I wanted.  I originally wanted something dark, like maroon, dark blue, or dark purple, with turquoise and red/ orange accents here and there.  What came to be the PERFECT lengha for me was a very classic looks with a lot of gold and was bright reddish orange.  There were six of us and once I put that one on there was no turning back!  As far as my American wedding gown goes, it was just me and my mom when I got it.  I got that gown within a year or so of getting engaged, so I literally held on to it for about 2 or 3 years until I got to wear it!! The beading and intricacy was everything I wanted.  I was so scared weeks leading up to the wedding that I might not have wanted it anymore.... but once I got the gown on for the last fitting I knew it was still the one.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Picking out the cake, going to the bakery and tasting the different flavors and putting the design of the cake together.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The Dholi FOR SURE!!!! Made the reception a lot more fun and exciting and got everyone on the dance floor.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The open hands part of the ceremony and of course our hand written vows for the ceremony, our entrance dance to our reception.
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
Our decor was a mix of boho and elegant with a lot of neutral colors and pops of different colors. I was originally going to use the florist for my center pieces, but i ended up making my own and every single center piece was different and unique. Our entrance dance was one of the most memorable moments of our reception. We practiced on three different occasion a week before the wedding. My husband ended up missing a step but no one noticed because he is a good dancer.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't worry about everything being perfect, if something gets messed up no one will notice except for you. Don't rely solely on Pinterest ideas like his and her signs or wedding favors will people will throw away. Invest your money in something that will last or that you can use after the wedding. We did not do a guest because we had pictures taken with everyone and the guest book will just sit in a box collecting dust over time. Spend your money wisely.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We have 2 french bulldogs and they were incorporated in my Mehndi. I also love Palm trees and I was able to incorporate that into my design as well. I loved my overall design of the Mehndi, it was my first experience with Mehndi and it was very unique to my likes. A word of advice stay away from pool because the chlorine will wear it off very fast. My bouquet was a mixture of different wild flowers and personally selected flowers. It was very full and whimsical.

That is all for today, darlings. Have an awesome weekend and don't forget to join us on Monday for more!
Sikh Ceremony Venue: Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Lehigh Valley | Christian Ceremony Venue: Bear Creek Mountain Resort | Floral & Decor: Garden of Eden Florist | DJ: DJ Ronak Entertainment | Photography: Jiju Mathew Photography

Carrollton, TX Indian Wedding by Vek Photo

Hello there, ladies! Head over to our Platinum Guide Blog to enjoy Ziyana & Prem's lovely wedding!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my husband on Dil Mil. He was living in NY at the time and we matched and talked for a bit and the conversation died down. Then months later we reconnected and started talking again. He flew down to Dallas to see me and it’s been history since.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
So every time he came to Dallas he took me to a random restaurant for date night. He never told me where we were going but he would always tell me how to dress. In October 2018 he told me he’s going to take me to a fancy restaurant and he told me to dress up. I’m extra so he didn’t have to tell me twice. I texted my friend Chippi a dress that I found and she straight up said it’s ugly. She made me change into something else. You’d think I would have some idea now but nope. So I finally wore the outfit chippi agreed on. He took me to reunion tower and after dinner he told me let’s go up and see the view. I was like no I don’t want to mess up my hair but he insisted that we do. Me being the clueless person I am was annoyed and said ok fine but I would be mad if I messed up my hair. We went up there and when he went down on one knee I said omg yes and tried to snatch the ring from him. I freaked out for sure and before he could ask I kept saying yes. He finally asked in between my screaming and my brother, his sister and her husband, my best friend, Prem’s best friend and his wife, my cousins and most of my friends flew in to surprise me. I was in so much shock I didn’t even know what was going on for a while. When I finally came to my senses I freaked out again because everyone was there. It was a surprise proposal for sure. He did good
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.
Planning was the most stressful part. I had a great planner and if it wasn’t for Shelley I would’ve been lost. All my vendors were so great and I can’t say enough things about them. I knew Riz before the wedding and one of the first people I called was Riz and he was super helpful. For makeup I was super picky and I went with Ishnae and omg they’re the sweetest people you’ll meet. They book up so quick and I literally booked them before I booked my venue. For decor we went with alpha and I was blown away when I walked into my reception hall because they went above and beyond. We picked Vinnie from VEK photo for photos and he’s very well known and he helped us get our videographer Ali from Aria. Ali and Vinnie are definitely considered the A team.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I went to India for wedding shopping. I got a South Indian Saree for the wedding and that was all my mom. She helped me pick it out. The reception lehnga was a huge mess since I picked it out from India. I got it from India but after I got back home I hated it. A few weeks before the wedding I found this Instagram page named mayasboutique and I got in touch with the owner Jenny and she helped me pick out my reception lehnga. It was so pretty and Jenny was super helpful. I wanted to stay away from red for reception but this lehnga was so pretty I ended up wearing red. I also ended up getting my mehndi outfit from her. My whole decor was peach and gold. The bridesmaids wore peach lehnga and the groomsmen wore peach tie and socks.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part definitely have to be shopping. I had so much fun picking out outfits for the bridesmaids. The bridesmaids had two outfits. They wore traditional kasavu Saree and jewelry for the ceremony and for reception they switched to a lehnga. I custom made the lehnga in India and it was the best. I picked out the fabric and stitched the outfits for them. I also picked out their jewelry and it was honestly so much fun. For ceremony the groomsmen wore peach kurta with mundu and they all looked super traditional and for reception they wore a suit that my husband picked out. We had our little ring beaters wear matching mundu and kurta with the groomsmen which was so cute. The junior bridesmaids wore red outfit to match with the bridesmaids blouse in the morning. Dressing up the bridal party was my most favorite part about the wedding for sure.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
DJ! Everyone loved Riz and Freddy. They kept the crowd entertained all night. Prem’s friends from NY raved about how great the DJ was. Everyone raved about the food too. My family friend Sunny uncle from India garden catered and everyone kept saying how great the food was. I’ve known sunny uncle since I was a kid and he went above and beyond for us. Also, we had a taco truck to end the night and everyone kept saying how that was something different they’ve never seen before.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The actual ceremony part for sure. It was something special for both of us and we loved how traditional it was. Prem wrote me a letter and I didn’t expect to cry so much as I did. It was so sweet and I definitely messed up my makeup.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don’t stress. Everything would be ok. Nobody is going to remember the small details and everyone is going to remember how happy you were. Hire a planner!! Don’t cut cost on that please. I was happy because the day of my wedding because I knew “Shelley got it”
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I’m a huge fan of Disney movies. When we started dating we used to love watching beauty and the beast. I told my henna artist Samira who is very very talented that I love the movie. She actually drew beauty and the beast on my henna. Everyone who saw it was amazed by how perfect it was.
Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Mehndi Artists: Samira's Henna Designs | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Draping/Styling: JJ Drapes | Cinematographer: Aria Cinema Films | Photographer: Vek Photo | Ceremony Venue: Sri Guruvayurappan Temple of Dallas | Reception Venue: Omni Mandalay Las Colinas | Planning & Design: Shelley K Events | Floral & Decor: Alpha Décor | Hair & Makeup: Ishnae & Co | Catering (Dinner): India Garden Dallas | Catering (Lunch): Saravanaa Bhavan | Bridal Fashions: Mayas Desi Boutique Dallas | Bridal Fashions: Kalyan's India | Bridal Jewelry: Bhima Jewelery | Bridal Jewelry: Kalyan Jewellers | Cake & Treats: Fancy Cakes By Lauren | Photo Booth: Social Production Photo Booths | Transportation: Prime Limo & Car Services | After Party Taco Truck: Tacos El Pueblo | Dholi for Baraat & Reception: Dholi TK

Glen Cove, NY Sikh Wedding by Channa Photography

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! We hope your week has been off to a great start. Today, we wanted to revisit one of your favorite wedding celebrations, and it is none other than Ronika & Amanpreet's Sikh wedding already featured in our Video Blog. This spectacular event had so much repercussion, and you all loved it so much! Therefore, we decided to make a double feature and show you the jaw-dropping shots captured by Channa Photography during the wedding extravaganza. And right from the start, we have to say that this is going to be one inspiring and fun-loving adventure, so let's check it out together! From the wedding ceremony officiated at the Gurdwara Mata Sahib Kaur - Glen Cove Gurdwara Sahib to the grand reception party hosted inside the halls of the Leonard's Palazzo, everything was impressive. This unique and unforgettable event overflows with so much beauty and traditional flair that it still has us sighing. But we are not impressed that everything turned out to be this amazing as the talented and highly experienced team from Exclusive Events NY took care of the decor that set the mood for this life milestone. And oh boy, they did a phenomenal work exceeding all expectations and delivering nothing but utter perfection. This perfection mirrored the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani Ronika, who amazed everyone after being fully glamorized by Ruhi Tabassum Khalique. And in case you were wondering who is the mastermind behind such spectacular Mehndi design, it is none other than Mehndikalogie. Perfection and artistry are their trademarks, and this time was no exception! They delivered a beautiful Mehndi, adding an extra touch of traditional flair to an already ravishing look. Darlings, if you want to check more of this beautiful wedding celebration, don't miss the gallery that we have prepared for today. It'll surely take your breath away!

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We hope you've enjoyed this wedding as much as we did! Remember to join us tomorrow for more, we have something special prepared just for you.

Cinematography: Channa Photography | Photography: Channa Photography | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Floral & Decor: Exclusive Events NY | Sangeet & Vatna Venue: Hilton Iong Island Huntington | Ceremony Venue: Gurdwara Mata Sahib Kaur - Glen Cove Gurdwara Sahib | Reception Venue: Leonard's Palazzo | Hair & Makeup: Ruhi Tabassum Khalique | Catering: Lotus | Catering: Ice Gola Express | Catering: Tandoor & Co. Restaurant | Catering: Minar Indian Restaurant | DJ: Raj Minocha | Photo Booth: TheUbooth | Entertainer: Magic Singh | Entertainer: Fateh Singh | Entertainer: Pav Dharia | Live Wedding Painter: Erika Event Painting

Riviera Maya, Mexico Indian Wedding by Catch Motion Studio

Good morning, gorgeous Maharanis! We are excited to be back once again with a romantic love story that will take your breath away. This time, we are revisiting Swati & Anish's beach wedding bash already featured in our Video Blog thanks to the cinematographic delight captured by Majestic Films. There was so much beauty on this wedding, and you all loved it so much that we decided to bring you the marvelous shots captured by Catch Motion Studios. As you scroll down on the gallery below, you will be amazed by a cornucopia of beauty and flair that characterized this big wedding celebration coming to us from the paradisiacal landscapes of the Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Mexico. But I guess that's what happens when you manage to have top of the line wedding experts like Swati & Anish did. The entire wedding affair was orchestrated by Dream Shaadi, while Tulipania and Zúñiga Productions & Events took care of the floral and decor. The result of this winning combination was utter perfection! And talking about perfection, let's take a moment to admire the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani after being fully glamorized by Styles By Swati - Salon SBS. It was to die for! She looked like a princess throughout the entire festivities, and we adored her banging look at the reception party fully enlivened by DynastyAV. It was both elegant and mesmerizing! Ladies, if you want to make your dream wedding come to life and have peace of mind that everything is already taken care of, you need to have Indian Destination Wedding by your side! This fantastic team will walk with you every step of the way and will ensure that everything goes as seamless as possible!

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What a great way to start this week, isn't ladies? Make sure to join us tomorrow for more. We have new content every day!

Planning & Design: Dream Shaadi | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | DJ: DynastyAV | Travel Concierge: Indian Destination Wedding | Venues: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Catering: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Cake & Treats: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Floral: Tulipania | Decor: Zúñiga Productions & Events | Cinematography: Majestic Films | Lighting: PSAV mexico | Photography: Catch Motion Studios

Austin, TX Pakistani Wedding by A&A Video Productions

Good morning, Maharanis! We know it's Friday and probably you are tired and need to catch your breath, that is why we are bringing this incredible love story that will help you relax and prepare for a full inspiring weekend. This time, we will join Mariam & Faisal at their big wedding celebration, and we are sure that you will love every detail of it. In fact, you will not only love it, but you will also be captivated by it as this event will make your imagination and inspiration flow! To make this their dreamed wedding, Mariam & Faisal selected top of the line wedding venues to host all the events. The halls of the Austin Creekside hosted the colorful and fun-loving Mehndi; the JW Marriott Austin became the main witness of the ceremony that united these lovebirds in marriage. And finally, all wedding events concluded with a fantastic reception party hosted inside the Sheraton McKinney's halls, where DJ Riz Entertainment set the dancefloor on fire and put everyone to dance! And all we have to say is that this wedding celebration turned out to be just perfect! So, kudos to Weddings By Vara as they were the masterminds behind the planning and execution of such marvelous and enchanting celebration. If you want to take a closer look at this incredible event, don't miss today's gallery for more awesome details! We have compiled the best shots captured by A&A Video Productions, and we are sure that you are going to be amazed! Wait no more and get ready to enjoy!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
During the summer of 2015, I was invited to a friend's work party as her plus one and she introduced me to Faisal, her co-worker. We instantly connected and bonded over our love for food, traveling and sarcastic and flirtatious humor. There was an undeniable attraction that we couldn't ignore.
At the time, I was working at the Texas Capitol and Faisal's office was 4 blocks away so we started having lunch together and went on coffee dates. Eventually, those mid-day dates turned into post-work dates and we became best friends. We did everything together - cooking, going to UT football games, Sunday brunches, Austin City Limits. The similarity in our personalities was indescribable and that's how I knew he was "the one".
During that summer and months after, Faisal became my best friend and I knew he was the one I wanted to explore all of life's adventures with. He brings out the best in me, has the ability to make me laugh and truly is my other (and better!) half.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Faisal and I have never celebrated Valentine's Day in the traditional sense - we find it somewhat cliche and typically do a date night at home with some great food and a good movie. Last year - on the day AFTER Valentine's Day - he planned for us to meet up in downtown Austin for a live show and dinner. I was told to meet him at his office and instead, my 22 year old niece shows up. I then got a text from Faisal, with a coded Google map and instructions for a surprise love-themed mural tour.
At each stop, I found a red balloon nearby with a clue to the next stop, which eventually brought me to the Long Center right at sunset. Faisal was there, bouquet of red balloons in hand, standing against a backdrop of Austin's skyline and I was blown away. It was the most romantic thing Faisal had ever done and I was not at all surprised that he incorporated his software engineering skills to create such a unique and thrilling proposal. The next chapter in our everlasting relationship unfolded that night and I will cherish it forever.
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.
Like any girl recently (or about to be) engaged, I had my Pinterest boards ready to go by the time wedding planning officially kicked in. They were organized by decor, outfits, hair and makeup, and miscellaneous details. I cannot be more thankful for having these boards set up - they were handy and served as great examples to show my vendors (my decorators especially!) of what I was envisioning.
Our wedding consisted of six events, spanning a week and across Austin and Dallas. It was overwhelming to think about at first but with the help of my wedding planner, Vara (Weddings by Vara), I was able to prioritize and make decisions a lot easier than I imagined. Additionally, I introduced my parents and in-laws to Vara a month before the wedding. This was another great idea because they knew who to turn to if Faisal and I were busy during the actual events. She walked through the timeline and listened to their suggestions. It was great because they became comfortable working with Vara and Faisal and I were no longer the middle men between our families. I highly recommend this because it eliminated unnecessary stress that Faisal and I would be prone to during the events.
The one aspect that helped tremendously was booking some of the same vendors for the events in Austin and Dallas. This included my hair and makeup artist, our photographer and cinematographer, and DJ. Having one point of contact for each of these vendors was so convenient in organizing and planning the multiple events they were a part of. Since they were aware of the different atmospheres/styles of each event, I was also able to work with them in ensuring that each event and bridal look was unique and different than the other. I didn't want to overlap my ideas and have it repeated across multiple events.
With the help of my family, we were able to secure wedding venues almost immediately after our engagement. I built a very honest and open line of communication with my parents, Vara and venue coordinators to ensure we were all on the same page with event timeline, vendor responsibilities, and expectations of the coordinators. About three months before the wedding, I scheduled on-site meetings with my wedding planner, venue coordinators, caterer, and decorator. These meetings served as a walk through and gave the vendors the opportunity to discuss the layout and logistics of getting set up. Also, having the vendors meet prior to the wedding makes it all the more easier -- they're familiar with who they're working with and feel far more comfortable asking questions.
My decorator - god bless her and her patience with me changing up ideas between our meetings. Yara (Unique Design and Events) and her team are fantastic at what they do. Her inventory of South Asian decorations is unbelievable and every time we met, we added more to the decor. At the same time, I would change up the color scheme or tablescape. However, through these changes, we created distinct and unique atmospheres for each event. I envisioned the mehndi to be a mix of a mela and club vibes - all brought to life with the street food stalls, dhol wala and LED foam lights on the dance floor. Yara transformed the venue with bright and beautiful food stalls with signage in Hindi-like font, gold lanterns, and jula on the stage. In comparison, our wedding reception was an elegant affair with ivories, golds, blush and maroon accents. It was very romantic, soft and highlighted all the little details we incorporated. I loved every aspect our decor and the thought that Yara put into bringing my vision to life.
I'll be honest - I dropped the ball on my hair and makeup trial. I was so overwhelmed with work and wedding planning and wasn't able to drive to Dallas for my trial until a week before the wedding. But I wasn't panicking because I trusted Alex (Ms. Painted Lady) and within four hours, we had knocked out three unique bridal looks. It was incredible to see our ideas come to life and were able to make changes before the big day. One of the looks we planned was for my mehndi - a voluminous side braid with my polki jhoomar. On the day of the event, moments before she was getting ready to braid it up, we changed the look with an all-down, side part hairdo. We were SHOOK at how we didn't come up with this idea during the trial and it turned out amazing -- by far, my favorite style of the week!
As overwhelming as all this sounds, I loved planning our wedding. It was a collaborative effort with my family, Faisal and his family, Vara, our vendors. I couldn't have survived it without their input and support throughout the eight months of planning. In comparison to other weddings I've seen, ours went incredibly smooth and it couldn't have gone that way without the open communication, trust and dedication of my vendors. Openly discussing concerns about cost, ideas, or technical execution helped to alleviate any problems that may arise the week of. I jokingly tell Faisal we should throw another wedding for our five year anniversary because I miss the planning aspect so much - I was met with an eye roll instead.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Before we got engaged, I was absolutely set on having Farah Talib Aziz design my mehndi and wedding dress. Her style is elegant, traditional with a mix of modernization and the colors are so vibrant. I had found some of her work on Instagram and Pinterest and added it to my collection of designs. Soon after we set a wedding date, I set an appointment with her studio for 4 a.m. (thank you, time difference). It was impossible for me to go Karachi at the time so virtual appointments were the only option. Thankfully, Farah and her team were understanding and showcased options similar to the designs I had saved. Ultimately, I ended up choosing my first choice and Farah suggested I have a deep red dress with gold work, Swarovski crystals and a gold farshi gharara. I was sold!
About three months before the wedding, I was able to visit Karachi and meet Farah at her studio. Although close to the wedding, she could confirm my measurements, show the progress on my outfit and make any last minute changes if any. Since my mehndi dress wasn't as intricate as my reception, I chose the design at this time, mix-matching top and bottoms from different designs to create a unique look.
My mother-in-law and I chose my valima outfit together. I was certain I wanted a lighter color, like blush or nude. We chose this beautiful nude dress by Nimrah Khokar. It had delicate flower buds and hummingbirds embroidered in silver. It was absolutely perfect!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I'm thankful for the help I got from my family, Vara and vendors but I loved planning the wedding with Faisal. It was important to me that the wedding showcased both of our visions and he was a part of the planning from day one. From figuring out invitations to working on the logistics of the timeline, he was my soundboard and I was his. This collaboration made us enjoy the wedding even more because we saw our shared vision come to life. Additionally, we were excited to share this moment with our family and see our guests enjoy the details and hardwork we put into the events.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
If there's one word I heard from our guests it was unique. Going into the planning process, I wanted to stray away from the traditional and overdone concepts and piece ideas together to create an unforgettable experience for our guests. From the street food stalls at the mehndi, to the sparkler send off at our reception, our guests were wowed. T
o this day, guests come up to my parents to talk about how much they loved the vibe at the mehndi - I want to say that was everyone's favorite event! I wanted it to be very interactive and make sure everyone had a fun time. We were already doing a buffet style dinner at the wedding reception and valima so I wanted a twist on dining for the mehndi. The food stalls were so different -- pani puri shots, bun kabob, Indo-Chinese cuisine - there was something for everyone to try.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are two. The first one was at our mehndi, when I made my entrance on a dholi. I was carried by my four cousins and all I could see straight ahead was Faisal on the stage. I could not stop smiling and was so happy. When I got to the stage, he and I rushed to the dance floor with our family and friends and danced to one of our favorite songs - London Thumakda. We danced the entire night away and were enveloped in so much love.
The second is our first look on the wedding day. I am terrible with surprises and wanted to show Faisal my bridal dress so badly prior to the wedding. Thankfully he didn't let me and I'm glad I didn't because our first look was an incredible moment. I was so nervous walking up behind him but at the same time, I had a huge smile on my face. When he turned around, his face lit up and I will never forget that moment. Faisal is very attentive to details and he noticed all the small things on my wedding dress, jewelry, makeup -- everything. He loved my look and made me feel like the most beautiful bride in the world. Even during the event, he kept sneaking glances at me and me at him - we were unbelievably happy and oblivious to everything around us.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Plan - use Pinterest and Instagram to your advantage but have your expectations in check. Sometimes our ideas don't pan out exactly how we envision them and have to switch to Plan B and that's okay! Everything can't go smoothly 100% - it's unheard of during a wedding, especially a South Asian wedding. Be flexible especially during the day of and focus on you and your fiance. This time is about you guys and take the time to enjoy that!! You planned as much as you could, now it's the time to enjoy all of that.
Also, have faith and trust your wedding planner and vendors. They have extensive experience with weddings and will guide you towards the best decisions. Be honest with them if you don't like a certain idea and work collaboratively. It will only result in a smooth and beautiful event! Respect them, their profession and treat them with kindness.

That is all for today, darlings! Enjoy your weekend, and make sure to join us on Mondy for more!
Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Venues: Sheraton McKinney | Mehndi Venue: Austin Creekside | Ceremony Venue: JW Marriott Austin | Planning & Design: Weddings By Vara | Floral & Decor (Ceremony/Mehndi): Unique Designs & Events | Hair & Makeup: Ms Painted Lady | Catering (Mehndi/Ceremony): Tempura Halal Indo-Pak Grill | Catering (Reception): MaiColachi | Bridal Fashions (Mehndi): Farah Talib Aziz | Bridal Fashions (Ceremony/ Reception): Nimrah Khokhar | Cake & Treats: Sweet Treatz Bakery | Cinematography: A&A Video Productions | Mehndi Artist: Nisha Henna Art | Photo Booth: Complete Wedding and Events | Entertainment: Jupmasterg | Groom Fashion (Nikkah Outfit): Amir Adnan | Groom Fashion (Mehndi): SFK | Groom Fashion (Ceremony): Mishal Boutique | Groom Fashion (Reception): J. Crew | Wedding Rings: Privosa Fine Jewlery | Photography: A&A Video Productions


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