Hold on tight, Maharanis! We are about to witness something truly special! We off to the breathtaking views of the crystalline waters of Lake Louise and the snowcapped mountain peaks of Alberta, Canada to be part of the alluring union between Lubna and Waqas! This one-of-a-kind Pakistani wedding was surrounded by the serenity of this natural wonder that was simply the most spectacular scenario for a romantic photoshoot captured by Studio 23 Photography! This couple’s wedding wear choices are the best! Maharani Lubna made a great impact for the camera with a fresh and very natural wedding makeup look by Ms Painted Lady and donned an impressive beige colored Anarkali suit she perfectly combined with an exquisite choker necklace! Because who doesn't want to look their best on their big day, right? While her prince Waqas went for a light design in super soft shades, just flawless for an outdoor wedding! There still so much of this gorgeous idyllic setting and its protagonists, so head to the full gallery and find more highlights of this dreamy Muslim shindig!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through mutual friends on Christmas Eve a few years back.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Waqas had a scavenger hunt planned. I woke up to a couple of cards outside my bedroom door which was how it began. He had a day of activities planned for me. The final clue was a car was picking me up at 4:30 from my house. My driver arrived and took me to White Rock Lake, which is where Waqas proposed.
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.
From the very beginning, I knew I wanted a destination wedding. Picking Lake Louise for our wedding was an easy choice after visiting the destination a few times. Before visiting, I knew I wanted my ceremony to take place on the Terrace at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. After our visit, it didn't take much convincing to seal the deal. When I went to Banff, we viewed several properties to decide where we would have a Welcome Party and Valima. We chose Canmore Opera House for our Welcome Party since it is a quaint and cozy venue with a beautiful backdrop. When we visited Sky Bistro, I knew it was perfect for the Valima. It is on top of the mountain so all of our guests had to get on a Gondola to get to the top of the restaurant. We were so happy with all of our venue choices, the views exceeded our expectations.
Hair and Makeup was very important to me, so we flew in the very best, MsPaintedLady from Dallas.
My welcome party outfit was from Silk Threads in Dallas
My nikkah outfit was from a local designer in Dallas
My Shaadi outfit was from Shiza Hassan
My Valima outfit was from Pakistan
Waqas Shaadi outfit was from Rici Melion
Waqas Valima outfit was from Hugo Boss
Photography was also very important to me, so we flew in Michael Anthony (now known as Studio23) from LA. He has a landscape wedding photographer so I knew he would be perfect for our location
Decor and wedding planning was done by Lynn from Lynn Fletcher Weddings. I wanted a romantic look with glass tables and floral bridges throughout the room
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted traditional red
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
While stressful, I enjoyed all of it. Planning from a different country was difficult but rewarding
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The location and that they were able to make a vacation out of it.
When I first told people I was having a destination wedding, most people first question was "how are your parents okay with it?" It wasn't hard to convince them at all. After hosting my sisters 5-day wedding in Dallas for 600 people, my parents were completely on board for a change.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our Imam did a great job, listening to him with his voice echoing off the lake was surreal
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.
We had a live painter at our ceremony and reception. It was such a special touch. We have the painting hanging in our home now. We wanted to make sure all the concerns of our guests were taken care of. It was important to give all guests a welcome bag with some essentials, we had sunglasses during our ceremony, we had shawls and hand warmers during our ceremony in case it got cold.
Several of my cousins put together surprise dances for us.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Soak it all in! Enjoy it because it will be over before you know it. Fights with family members and your significant other mean nothing in the grand scheme of things because it all works out perfectly
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
welcome party jewelry: diamond and emerald set my parents got for me several years ago
Nikkah jewelry: traditional Hyderabadi jewelry
Shaadi: my dad went to India a few months before my wedding and got me a diamond and emerald set
Valima: my in-laws got me a gold set
Full access to the Nikkah ceremony. Right up next!