Happy Wednesday fellow wedding lovers! Today we take a journey into Maharani Kauwel’s wedding extravaganza at the Milwaukee Art Museum venue, which is a cultural landmark to the state. Aria Fine Art Films shot some stellar footage of this stunning Indian wedding that is a must see! Kauwel was forged with the not so easy task of planning her wedding all the way from New York. It is a good thing Evenement Planning was there to ease the stress while working alongside Impressions of Esther Fleming who decorated the venue. The bride looked stunning to say the least and her beauty was only enhanced by the magic hands of Nadia Tikki. Guests enjoyed delectable cuisine from Calatrava Catering while jamming out to DJ Sammy D of Dhadkhan Entertainment. I love it when guests can enjoy photo booths! Shutter Booth was onsite and provided memories sure to last a lifetime. Our Maharani wanted a unique cake because her hubby loves sweets! Dina Menzl-Russo from Le Reve Patisserie & Cafe, Cakes & Treats was on deck to make our Maharaj happy! Windy City Linens provided all the drapings and Acme Corp Production Resources lit the venue to perfection; I couldn’t help but gaze at the amazing architect of the Art Museum! I have to admit that I am still reeling over the bride’s wedding ring from Cartier, read on as Kauwel lets us in on her special day. 

Q. Do you have a super romantic proposal story or engagement memory?

R. We had a traditional Baat Paki so I wasn't expecting a proposal, but the day after my birthday Imran asked me to meet him at my favorite boardwalk in New York City where I was greeted by tons of white roses and candles and the most stunning view of the NYC skyline.

Tell us about your wedding style. When you sat down to really figure out how your dream wedding would look, did you start with one central color, a palette of colors, or a theme that served as your inspiration?

With friends and family flying in from all over, my family and I really wanted to make sure to provide our guests with a memorable wedding weekend in Milwaukee. I planned the wedding from halfway across the country in New York City (where I worked) which posed some challenges logistically. However, in the end I was beyond pleased to see everything come together better than I had even expected. Decor wise, I was aiming for a clean and modern venue to host a traditional Pakistani wedding. I was really hoping to blend modern with traditional. I loved the modern, blank/white, and architecturally unique backdrop at the Milwaukee Art Museum. First, guests arrived and enjoyed mock tails and appetizers on the outdoor balcony overlooking the beautiful Lake Michigan. During the social hour, the Museum allows you to dazzle your guests and arrange for the Burke Brise Soleil (wings) to move at your discretion. The Milwaukee Art Museum is a cultural landmark, known globally for its unique architecture, it's shaped like a ship. After the cocktail hour, guests were brought to the main reception area which looks like the prow of a ship. It has all white marble flooring and a stunning 90-foot-high glass ceiling overlooking the water, and contrasted well with tons of red, coral, and pink flowers. It was so incredibly heartwarming to see how happy our families and friends were, and just how much fun they were having. One of my favorite parts of the wedding was surprising my husband, Imran, with a ton of his favorite desserts, decorated with the view of the lake behind.

What did you enjoy most about the process of planning your dream Indian wedding?

Having an excuse to visit Pakistan to go shopping with my family.

How did you choose your lengha or lenghas? Did you work with a certain designer? Did you spend hours on the internet first?

I worked with Karachi based designer, Tena Durrani. Her boutique has gorgeous gowns. I found a lengha choli that I liked but wasn't comfortable baring so much skin on the big day, so we went over altering the choli to a long dress with a split down the front center.

Looking back, was there a really special moment that you remember from your wedding that stands out as the most magical?

Walking down the aisle with my parents with my husband waiting at the end of the aisle.

How about hair and makeup? Did you already have a style in mind or did you work with a specialist to find your perfect look?

I really lucked out with my MUA, Nadia Tikki. I saw her work on Instagram and thought it was phenomenal! She made look and feel like a princess. I picked out general hair and makeup looks she had created in the past and trusted her judgment with the details. One of the best decisions throughout the planning process.

That's a wrap! Join us tomorrow for some beautiful fusion infused weddings! 

Cinematography: Aria Cinema Films | Venue: Milwaukee Art Museum | Planning & Design: Evenement Planning | Floral & Decor: Impressions by Esther Fleming | Hair & Makeup: Nadia Tikki | Catering: Calatrava Catering | DJ: Dhadkhan Entertainment | Cakes & Treats: Le Reve Patisserie & Cafe | Lighting: ACME Corp Production Resources (AV) Milwaukee Art Museum | PhotoBooths: ShutterBooth | Rentals: Windy City Linen | Rentals: Canopies Events