Hello, Maharanis! We've got a spectacular Pakistani fusion wedding to share with you today! Our Maharani Erika married her Raja Hasan in a white mermaid gown at the Byblos Banquet Center. The blushing bride was glowing with flawless makeup from Beauty By Adeela, who gave her a look that was subtle while also making her eyes and lips look brilliant. Her hairdo by Salon West featured soft curls pulled into a low bun. When she met with her groom to take their first look portraits, the couple looked straight out of a bridal catalog! See the rest of the stunning portraits Jessica Kobeissi Photography took in the full gallery!
Maharani Erika on meeting her Raja:
"Hasan and I first met in 2011 in Toronto. I was there for work and I went out to dinner with a couple of my friends. One of my friends, Nida, met me outside the restaurant to tell me that she had someone inside that she wanted me to meet. I was so embarrassed because I wasn't ready to meet anyone at that time and I thought it would be awkward. We all had dinner and he seemed like a great guy, but I just wasn't interested. Flash forward to three years later -- Hasan was completing his post-doctoral research fellowship at Yale and I was on my way to NYC for work. I asked if he was free to meet up because my plans fell through and I wanted someone to hang out with. He couldn't make it work with his schedule, unfortunately, but we kept messaging anyways. A month later I went to Toronto on vacation and he was there so we met up. Two weeks later he flew to Detroit to meet me, and that's when I knew he was 'the one.' Things moved so fast from there...three weeks after his first visit, he came back to Detroit to meet my family and then we got officially engaged in August!"
On choosing her bridal outfits:
"Spent waaay too much time looking up dresses for both events.
Detroit - I fell in love with a dress that was absolutely perfect, except it was no longer available. I went to so many stores looking for a replacement and finally I found one that blew me away. I had sleeves added and it was perfect!
Toronto - This was a bit of a disaster. Not being Desi, it was hard to find a dress I liked that everyone else liked too. I don't think I look good in red, and I'm not a fan of the mix-matched colors schemes which can be common. I tend to like more Indian styles, while my husband's family is Pakistani and prefers their styles, so it was really difficult to find something that we both loved. I tried on several dresses and finally agreed to a dress. His family loved it, and I was assured that when it came in with the modifications, I would love it too. I finally had a chance to go to Toronto to try on the dress two weeks before the reception. I put the dress on and burst into tears. It was awful. Measurements were wrong but it just wasn't flattering and I looked awful. The designer was so sweet and did everything she could to help. She brought out several new samples she had and we found one that was perfect for me. Ultimately, I was very happy with my dress, although it was so stressful at the time! I would highly suggest Naz Fashion Bug in Milton, Ontario. Amazing customer service."
See the stunning reception details next!