In an intimate Muslim ceremony surrounded just by their closest and dearest, Sumaiya and Roushan pronounced the ultimate vows in the lush gardens of Crest Hollow Country Club. To have a first glance at each other, our Maharani sneaked up behind the groom to surprise him and the heart-warming moment was all captured by Precious Moments NY. Bride Sumaiya surprised her new hubby and sparkled on their big day with a gold-muted pink dress with thousands of Swarovski crystals that made her shine and brought out the best of the bride's features! The stunning bride was all dressed up by the bridal beauty expert Bridal Rang by Samiha and entered by the arm of her parents with her long custom-made dupatta behind her. Groom Roushan wore a fully embroidered golden sherwani with a beautiful turban that made all the heads turn! After the solemn private ceremony, the lovely newly-wedded couple welcomed the rest of their guests to celebrate with a fantastic feast! Rush to our full gallery to admire more of this charming Pakistani affair!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Roushan and I knew each other since we were little kids. Our moms are childhood best friends. We did not start dating until 2010. Our relationship was long distance because he lived in Michigan and then in Virginia.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My birthday is on Aug 12. In 2016 I had a birthday dinner with my friends and family. My best friend then drove me to my childhood apartment. The apartment has a garden area. It was all lit up. He himself lit up the entire garden. He proposed to me there after 6 years of dating. He proposed to me with a beautiful yellow diamond Tiffany ring. After I said 'yes', my siblings and his close family came out of hiding. They all watched from the background.
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.
I went venue shopping for about a month. We had originally planned to get married in the summer of 2017. Because dates were not available for the venues of our choice, we moved it up to April of 2017. We decided to booked Crest Hollow Country Club. It was beautiful with an outside pool and garden area for a ceremony. As soon as I booked my venue and date, I called BridalrangbySamiha for hair and makeup. I love her work and booked her right away. I had a vision for how I wanted my wedding dress. I couldn't find it any stores so I custom made it with hundreds of Swarovski stones all over the dress. I worked with a designer in England. We bought Roushan's outfit from Samaira Men. For décor we booked Tamannas Decor.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I did not want a traditional red dress. I decided on a muted pink/gold dress. I found a designer in England and worked with them to create my dream wedding dress. I had them put hundreds of Swarovski stones on my dress. After receiving my dress I realized I wanted a brighter color for my dupatta. So I went to Sai Bridal in Hillside and had them custom make a blush pink dupatta that matched my dress. They made a dupatta that matched my dress exactly the way I wanted it.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was the details. Picking the stage, the centerpieces, cards, party favors, food choice, etc. Roushan and I are both detail-oriented. It was fun putting both our ideas together to create a beautiful event for our family and friends.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the cultural with a modern twist to the wedding. They LOVED the food and all the options they had. We decided to cater halal international cuisine for appetizers. We had an entire room of appetizers with about 40 different options. For lunch, we had an option of steak, chicken, seafood, and vegetable dish.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The special moment that constantly replays in my mind is the ceremony. We had a small ceremony prior to the reception in the garden area of Crest Hollow Country Club. We invited only our close friends and family. We wanted it to be an intimate event. The reception had 400 people; we only wanted 100 people at our ceremony. The outside ceremony was very special. Roushan's youngest brother officiated our ceremony.
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.
Roushan drew out the stage that we both wanted. Our stage decorator, Tamanna's Décor, made our vision come to life. We played the shoe game with our bridesmaids and groomsmen. We wanted everyone to take part in the game. So instead of just Roushan and I answering questions, our bridesmaids and groomsmen also answered by holding up the letter "R" for Roushan and the letter "S" for Sumaiya.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy your wedding day. Do not stress out because the day goes by fast. Be in the moment.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My sisters and cousins made my bouquet and all the bouquets for the bridesmaids. My jewelry was from Samaira Bridal, my favorite bridal store.
Don’t miss the images of this fascinating well-attended affair’s reception in our next post!