Pakistani weddings are always vibrant celebrations and Namra and Faraz’s wedding certainly was not the exception! Today’s couple's journey to the altar began with a huge and blissful Shaadi night full of joy and surprise choreographies worthy of a Bollywood film! After all the wait, the day finally came and the bride and groom couldn’t be more charming in their wedding outfits. Namra beautifully dressed for her husband in a classic red Anarkali suit. Equally beautiful, was the bride’s makeup look created by Make-up by Sonia I who took care of our lovely Maharani during the three-day wedding celebrations! The bride and groom to be couldn't wait to take the first look at each other and spend some time together at at the Old Town Alexandria before the wedding day frenzy started. The setting gave the couple the best wedding gift: perfect weather and lightning for Asim Siddiqui Photography to capture the best images of the lovebirds. After a few snaps, they headed back to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City’s ballroom and found it transformed into a red and gold dream for the solemn Nikaah ceremony, in which after signing the marriage contract our lovebirds were announced to the society as husband and wife! I’m sure you’ll love the images of this love story as much as I did, so I beg you not to miss any of the details by going to the gallery!

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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.
This was the first wedding in the family for both of us, so we were both pretty clueless and overwhelmed. The fact that we only had five months to plan a three-day wedding (back to back days) with no wedding planner was daunting. It was with the help of our families and friends that we were able to pull it off at all. We attended wedding expos and used recommendations from friends to find vendors that suited our needs. It was a hectic time but we are so pleased with our families, friends, and wonderful vendors who all contributed to us achieving the regal and festive celebration we had envisioned for ourselves.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted to stick to a traditional red and gold but wanted something unique. After spending all day for three days straight looking at red and gold bridal lenghas at literally every bridal boutique in Karachi, Pakistan, everything started to look the same. This was the last suit my mom and I saw and we immediately knew it was the one. It was entirely different from anything we had ever seen and I still (seven months later) get compliments on it.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My mom and I went to Karachi, Pakistan for a week to shop. It was chaotic and exhausting but by far the most enjoyable part of the process. I chose all three of my suits (HIGHLY recommend Makkah bridal in Karachi for anyone who finds themselves there), and I had a lot of fun doing so. It was an adventure.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Guests could not stop raving about how beautiful everything looked and also about the Baskin robbins ice cream bar at the valima. They also enjoyed the lively and lighthearted atmosphere.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My husband, Faraz, and I went to Old Town Alexandria a few hours before the wedding ceremony started to do a photoshoot. The weather was gorgeous and it was some amazing one on one time we got to spend together in the midst of all the craziness surrounding a three-day wedding. At least 15 (not exaggerating) people stopped us and asked to take photos with us! The crowd couldn't get enough of us in our wedding outfits and we felt like a celebrity couple.
 
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.
I loved the work and professionalism of my makeup artist, Sonia Iqbal. I was especially picky about a makeup artist as I've heard horror stories of artists not being able to execute the look the bride had in mind or of showing up inexcusably late. I think she did amazing all three days and was pleasant to work with. We used two different vendors for the decor and we've already been asked for vendor information from many of our wedding guests who have upcoming weddings. I had a lot of fun choosing the mehndi decor especially. We wanted a very fun event to kickstart the wedding weekend so the decor had to set the tone. There were a LOT of dance performances during the mehndi. I joined my friends for a surprise dance which everyone loved. Faraz also did several surprise dances. It was a night to remember!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Drink lots of water and use the internet for wedding inspo. With that being said, don't forget that your wedding will be unique in its own way and it's not worth it to compare any aspects of it to others' weddings. Also, SMILE!!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mehndi and wedding jewelry was sent over from India (my husband's family is from India). It was specially selected by my mother in law who has amazing taste. We weren't sure if it was going to match until it got here. Being walked in a doli for the mehndi was so scary, exhilarating. Everyone loved it!
 

See how these newlyweds brilliantly planned the second part of the best day of their lives in our next feature!

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Venues: Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport | Sangeet Venue: Waterford at Fair Oaks | Wedding Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Crystal City | Floral & Decor - Mehndi and Shaadi: Liz Decorations | Floral & Decor - Valima: Sarah Khan Event Styling | Hair & Makeup: Make-up by Sonia I | Catering: Dera Restaurant | Mehndi and Shaadi | Catering: Kabobeesh | Valima | DJ: Bobby Singh | Desserts: Baskin Robbins | Valima | Mehndi Artist: Humera Farooqui | Photography: Asim Siddiqui Photography