The rings were exchanged and Sumaiya and Roushan celebrated at the Crest Hollow Country Club followed by their guests, who were invited to enjoy a room full of tasty appetizers with lots of different options of international food! The most delicious part of the celebration was courtesy of the fabulous Halal International Cuisine, who helped to impress all the guests and the happy newlyweds! Tamanna's Decor worked closely with the couple to create an alluring roses backdrop stage and the romantic atmosphere with crystal chandeliers that provided the perfect frame for Sumaiya and Roushan to be portrayed as husband and wife for the first time by Precious Moments NY. But the celebrations didn’t stop there, after the glorious dinner the traditional shoe game was modified to include everyone in the fun, in the bride's own words: “We wanted everyone to take part in the game. So instead of just Roushan and I answering questions, our bridesmaids and groomsmen also answered…” What a brilliant idea to celebrate their union and to give a few laughs to all the attendees! Let’s take a closer look at all the fun and tender shots of the bride and groom in our full gallery!
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.
Hope you enjoyed your wedding Wednesday reading, ladies!