Dear Maharanis I’m seriously blown away with today’s dreamy couple, Summaiyah and Raheel, who tied the knot last summer in a fun, romantic and colorful Pakistani wedding in Chicago! Maha Studios photographed and filmed the heart-warming affair that first gathered all the attendees at the amazing Ashton Place for a vibrant pre-wedding night. The following Nikkah ceremony, at this same spot, was all about the couple and it displayed an elegant minimalist design with gentle and soft colors created by Afrin Designs. They continued the celebrations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago for a wonderful Walima celebration that was beautifully set up with a scintillating theme also by the creative Afrin Designs! Our bride really shined through her wedding events with a series of intense and gorgeous bridal looks while Raheel also donned a collection of kingly outfits! The highly sought-after Anmol Catering delighted the guests with its fantastic culinary skills that was with no doubt the cherry on top of this extraordinary night! I hope you love this highlight film as much as I do!
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've dreamt about having my makeup to be done by Mehwish Khalid since I was in high school! The simplicity of her makeup and how she made every bride still look natural was something I really hoped to be a part of one day and my dreams came true! She is the sweetest and most down to earth person I've met throughout my wedding planning. Another person that I absolutely loved working with was Afrin Designs. She brought all the ideas that my family and I had in mind to life. The minimalist designs and soft colors she uses is something that I've been looking for and she perfectly executed every single detail which all the guests loved, especially the mehndi event decor! Afrin was so easy going and amazing to work with, I'll definitely be going back to her for any future events and have already recommended future brides to choose her! When it comes to photography, something I'm very passionate about, I wanted to make sure I went with the right photography team which I absolutely did - Maha Studios. Zainab and her team were so patient and fun to work with and made my husband and I look amazing in the photos and videos. They told us step by step what to do which made it less stressful and made everything feel so natural. Lastly, working with the owner and his partner of Ashton Place, Dr. Syed Quadri and Punit Uncle were so helpful! They made sure that everything would be exactly the way we wanted things to be presented while Dr. Quadri was planning his own daughter's wedding! They took all our stress and worries away in a heartbeat and made us feel at ease. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect team of vendors!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process for me was definitely the little details from making all the bangle pillows for the bangles station for the mehndi event, to packing all the goodie bags for the wedding day. Just sitting down with your family doing wedding preparations and listening to wedding songs is always such a memorable moment especially when it's your own wedding!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests were absolutely in love with the decor of the day of the mehndi! Everyone loved the colors, the bangles station, and the food stations. Afrin and her team did a phenomenal job on really making it feel like a mehndi event, including the cute lanterns on the tables! The food at the mehndi was chosen through Ashton Place and there were different ethnic foods that night - everyone really enjoyed themselves and thought the menu was really good.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Two really special moments from the day of the wedding would be during and after the Nikkah ceremony. I was in another room during the ceremony so I wasn't able to see in person however it was captured on video - the moment my husband said "I accept Summaiyah Jabeen as my wife" - he had the biggest smile on his face which I thought was such a sweet moment. After the ceremony, it was time for me to walk down the aisle in front of hundreds of people. I was very nervous but the moment I saw my husband waiting for me on stage, my nervousness went away and everything just felt perfect.
Catering: Anmol Catering | Event Designer: Afrin Designs | Mehndi Artists: Afrin Designs | Cinematographer: Maha Studios | Photographer: Maha Studios | Mehndi Venue: Ashton Place | Ceremony Venue: Ashton Place | Reception: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Magnificent Mile | Floral & Decor - Valima: Professional Party Planners | Event Designer: Professional Party Planners | Reception | Florist: Margies Flowers | Catering: Masood Ali | Bridal Fashion: Nomi Ansari | Bridal Fashion: Elan Couture | Cake & Treats: Ashton Place