Happy Thursday, Maharanis! If you were enchanted by yesterday's magical engagement shoot (check it out here!), then get ready for another dose of adorable cuz our Disney duo is about to tie the knot! Photographick Studios is on hand as our sweethearts pose for delightful portraits, exchange vows and rings, and then celebrate with friends and family (including their cuter-than-cute puppy!). Bride Ayesha is all things fabulous with picture perfect mehndi and makeup by Bhavna’s Henna and Arts; she is definitely bringing the glam to this outdoor event styled by Davinci Florist and Décor. I love the sunshine-filled garden venue and bright tangerine backdrop—too pretty! While these two prepare to dance long into the night, I'm gonna whip up a batch of cupcakes (their darling dessert tower has inspired me to hit the kitchen!) and catch all the details in the gallery!
From the bride: "The wedding was planned with both of us being out of state. I am from Maryland, but Suresh and I both reside in Florida. So with planning everything out of state, a lot of things needed to come together in the days before the big day. The days before the wedding were filled with greeting families coming in from out of state, finalizing details, mehendi, and everything else in between. We know it is a big no-no, but neither of us slept the night before the wedding! One of our biggest fears for the wedding was the 60% chance of rain for the 10th and us having to move our planned outdoor wedding, indoors. The day we woke up, the skies were overcast and we heard it was misty outside, but we hoped for the best. We both got ready and while it was misty during our "first look" photos, we were told the overcast skies were best for pictures (and they were!). The bharat and ceremony all went smoothly without a drop of rain. Aside from hoping for no rain, we hoped that our wedding day was an amazing time for our families. We wanted every moment to feel welcoming and fun, filled with love and laughter. I surprised Suresh with a sporty grooms cake, and he surprised me with a VIP guest—Poe the Raven from the Baltimore Ravens! We wanted our day to be filled with the things we loved that make us who we were together—from exchanging Super Bowl rings to ice cream and a moon bounce at cocktail hour, and all the other tidbits in between. We included some 'Disney touches' as Suresh proposed to me in Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World in Florida. We got married in November 2012 (just in case the world really ended that December), which Sunny from Photographick dubbed our 'Mayan Wedding.' In November, we exchanged our wedding rings then during a small civil ceremony, and we thought it would be fun to exchange Super Bowl rings in August (coming off a Ravens Super Bowl win that February). We wanted to share our nikah and reception with the rest of our family on a larger scale (versus our intimate civil ceremony with our immediate families). We felt our nikah ceremony and reception were a fusion of Muslim traditions for the ceremony, and more Western aspects for the reception. It was definitely a day that we couldn’t have planned out any better, and was more than we could have ever imagined.
We knew we wanted decor that would be simple, elegant, but fun as well. There were things we knew we wanted to include that would reflect our personalities. Once we decided on renting out Mrs. K's for the day, we knew we didn't want to take too much away from the rustic decor they had. We had picked out tangerine and teal as our main wedding colors prior to the location, so we had some figuring out on how we wanted to incorporate the colors (and put all those Pinterest pins to work!).
I did spend a lot of time online looking for the perfect bridal lengha. I knew I wanted to go traditional and wear red, but nothing I saw online really stood out. One of my bridesmaids had a trip planned to India, so she said she'd keep an eye out for something based on my ideas and measurements. She sent me an image of one she found and I feel in love! The beading and crystal work was beautiful and I couldn't have been happier that she was able to find me something so amazing.
It is a toss-up between two moments. First, was during the ceremony and seeing all of our family and friends from all over the world to be there with us. Also at that moment, looking up and seeing that the overcast clouds that looked ominous had parted, and not a drop of rain came down during our outdoor ceremony. The second would be right before the dancing for the reception started. At that point, all the planning had gone off without a hitch. The next thing to do from there was to go in and dance the night away—but Suresh had a surprise! He was able to get Poe from the Baltimore Ravens to join us for the reception! He stayed and danced with us—what a way to kick off the dancing for the night!
My older sister and sister-in-law were really on top of everything the day of. They were able to keep everything in check and make sure things went as planned. They both played huge roles in helping me get things together from helping with setting up an entire restaurant for seating to picking out the right roses for centerpieces. My friends got together and did a dance, and as did Suresh's cousin.
Mehndi was done by Bhavna of Bhavna's Henna & Arts. She was able to create a personalized design by talking with me and showing me designs. She was also able to give all my bridesmaids, flower girls, my Mom and Suresh's Mom very beautiful and unique designs. She even gave our ring bearers cute little henna tattoos! Her attention to detail was amazing, and her personality made the 3 hour long session for myself such a pleasant time. Karissa of Kakes by Karissa was able to surprise Suresh with a groom's cake adorned with all his favorite Florida sports logos, along with his name. She took all of our suggestions of how we'd like our decorations to be on our cupcakes and went above and beyond anything we could have hoped for. The earrings and bangles I wore were my Mom's, who said she'd like me to wear them on my wedding day. I remembered playing dress up with them when we'd go through her jewelry when my sister and I were younger, so it meant a lot to wear them."
So much fun! I'll see you tomorrow with another spectacular wedding!