The pre-wedding celebrations are so much fun and mark the start of your wedding weekend. Sumaiya and Roushan had a colorful Mehndi party where the color palette included beautiful blue, gold and green hues. Our Maharani donned a gold and turquoise anarkali with a stunning long braid adorned with blue roses and I'm transported to a fairytale and reminded of Princess Jasmin! Bridal Rang by Samiha did a spectacular job creating the perfect looks for Sumaiya, looking like a true Maharani. The night was filled with delicious food and dance performances, being a preamble of what is yet to come! Maharani Sumaiya fell in love with the outside pool and gardens of the Crest Hollow Country Club, and now, I have fallen in love too! Our couple was ready to get married and had their first look under an intimate gazebo surrounded by lush gardens where they would later tie the knot in a ceremony with their dearest and nearest. Talented Raja Roushan drew out the stage of their dreams and Tamanna's Decor made their vision come to life. Our duo looked lovely in their wedding outfits, Raja Roushan in a golden sherwani from Samaira Men. Maharani Sumaiya brought out her inner fashion designer and had her wonderful pink and gold dress custom made with hundreds of Swarovski stones. Shining bright like a diamond! The bridal party started an energetic ambiance with their joyous entrance getting the crowd ready to welcome the newlyweds into their magical night. Hit play and enjoy this masterpiece by Precious Moments NY!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Roushan and I knew each other since we were little kids. Our moms are childhood best friends. We did not start dating until 2010. Our relationship was long distance because he lived in Michigan and then in Virginia.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My birthday is on Aug 12. In 2016 I had a birthday dinner with my friends and family. My best friend then drove me to my childhood apartment. The apartment has a garden area. It was all lit up. He himself lit up the entire garden. He proposed to me there after 6 years of dating. He proposed to me with a beautiful yellow diamond Tiffany ring. After I said 'yes', my siblings and his close family came out of hiding. They all watched from the background.
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.
I went venue shopping for about a month. We had originally planned to get married in the summer of 2017. Because dates were not available for the venues of our choice, we moved it up to April of 2017. We decided to booked Crest Hollow Country Club. It was beautiful with an outside pool and garden area for a ceremony. As soon as I booked my venue and date, I called BridalrangbySamiha for hair and makeup. I love her work and booked her right away. I had a vision for how I wanted my wedding dress. I couldn't find it any stores so I custom made it with hundreds of Swarovski stones all over the dress. I worked with a designer in England. We bought Roushan's outfit from Samaira Men. For décor we booked Tamannas Decor.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I did not want a traditional red dress. I decided on a muted pink/gold dress. I found a designer in England and worked with them to create my dream wedding dress. I had them put hundreds of Swarovski stones on my dress. After receiving my dress I realized I wanted a brighter color for my dupatta. So I went to Sai Bridal in Hillside and had them custom make a blush pink dupatta that matched my dress. They made a dupatta that matched my dress exactly the way I wanted it.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was the details. Picking the stage, the centerpieces, cards, party favors, food choice, etc. Roushan and I are both detail-oriented. It was fun putting both our ideas together to create a beautiful event for our family and friends.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the cultural with a modern twist to the wedding. They LOVED the food and all the options they had. We decided to cater halal international cuisine for appetizers. We had an entire room of appetizers with about 40 different options. For lunch, we had an option of steak, chicken, seafood, and vegetable dish.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The special moment that constantly replays in my mind is the ceremony. We had a small ceremony prior to the reception in the garden area of Crest Hollow Country Club. We invited only our close friends and family. We wanted it to be an intimate event. The reception had 400 people; we only wanted 100 people at our ceremony. The outside ceremony was very special. Roushan's youngest brother officiated our ceremony.
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.
Roushan drew out the stage that we both wanted. Our stage decorator, Tamanna's Décor, made our vision come to life. We played the shoe game with our bridesmaids and groomsmen. We wanted everyone to take part in the game. So instead of just Roushan and I answering questions, our bridesmaids and groomsmen also answered by holding up the letter "R" for Roushan and the letter "S" for Sumaiya.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy your wedding day. Do not stress out because the day goes by fast. Be in the moment.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My sisters and cousins made my bouquet and all the bouquets for the bridesmaids. My jewelry was from Samaira Bridal, my favorite bridal store.
Sadly, this soiree is coming to an end but if you can't get enough of this lovely couple, check out all the images featured on our Platinum Guide Blog!