I can’t imagine the thrills and excitement of Namra and Faraz’s loved ones as this union was the first wedding in the family for both sides! A big Valima was carefully planned to celebrate the happy union at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport. There are no words to describe how beautiful the décor Sarah Khan Event Styling designed for this soiree was. The soft colors combined with gold sparkle were the perfect combination for our couple to pose for the thousands of snaps captured by the lens of Asim Siddiqui Photography. The glam bash included a Baskin Robbins ice cream bar that added extra sweetness to the celebration. I loved everything about Namra’s look, the bride’s hands were embellished with the henna of Mehndi artist Humera Farooqui, and she glowed in a color combo Anarkali suit that matched perfectly with Faraz’s suit and tie! It’s worth to mention that the newlyweds pulled together their big and memorable wedding weekend by themselves with no wedding planner whatsoever! This pair did a great job by not missing any detail, especially the music, by recruiting for such an important job DJ Bobby Singh who provided the beats to cheer the night! What a wonderful reception! Raise your hand if you agree and use the other hand to click on the gallery to get more inspo!

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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 in a doli for the mehndi was so scary, exhilarating. Everyone loved it!
 

Have a wonderful Thursday dear reader!

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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