Happy Monday, ladies! We are very excited about the feature we have for you today. Ideas and inspiration are completely assured! No less, our gorgeous Maharani Shaleen was all things glamorous and enchanting for her big day and her style was to die for. This gorgeous Muslim wedding took place both, in Chicago for the traditional ceremonies and in Dallas for the reception. For this first installment, we will be witnessing the Muslim and the Mehndi ceremonies held at the Windy City and what an incredible set of celebrations they were! For the Mehndi ceremony, the lovely couple had matching outfits. They chose a coral, light turquoise, and beige/gold color palette that was as modern and elegant as it could get. Everyone was completely stoked! Good thing that our friends from Anmol Catering were there after the Mehndi celebration to pamper the guests with the delicious food they are distinguished for. For the Muslim union, our bride came out looking dazzling, of course. She rocked a white gown with little details in silver that left us totally speechless. So alluring! There is a lot going on that you definitely have to see it for yourself. So join us for part one of our gallery of today thanks to Mir Anwar Studios and get that inspo going!
Chicago, IL - TX Muslim Wedding by Mir Anwar Studios
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Some background to this story is that I love to read. A few months prior to proposing, I was at Target running errands and ended up in the book section unable to make up my mind as to which book I should buy. Sabih called me just to see what I was up to and I told him my dilemma that there so many books I wanted to read but couldn't pick just one. He asked me the names of the books on my must-read list. I told him and eventually left Target thinking I'd buy the books later. Fast forward to July 2017. I went to Dallas to celebrate Sabih's birthday with him (we were long distance) and he took me to the botanical gardens the day before his birthday. We walk down to a portion of the gardens with a bench on the bench are a stack of the same books that I mentioned I wanted a few months back. Along with those books is another really beautiful book. Sabih asks me to sit down, tells me he's going to read me a story. He opens the book and each page tells a story about my life from my childhood days to when I first met Sabih and our time together. He handwrote each page and drew pictures of the house I grew up in, the masjid I pray at and so much more. The very last page of the book said "will you marry me" and the ring was placed in the book. There was a photographer nearby who was able to capture every moment.
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.
Excel sheets, a supportive family and friends and my husband were the reason the wedding was everything I imagined it would be and more. I made sure to book venues and makeup and photographers first since those book fast. I knew what colors I wanted my mehndi outfit to be and then led to color and theme for the wedding. I wanted a festive almost Aladdin themed mehndi. I wanted to the Shaadi to be a candlelight dinner. My goal was for each event to be different from the last. I made my vision clear the vendors, had multiple follow up visits to make sure we were all the same page.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My mom, sister and cousins all came to Pakistan with me to help me pick out a lengha. I knew I wanted a deep shade of red. I went to a ton different places but nothing gave me that bridal feeling until I tried the deep red outfit at Farah Talib.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Because Sabih and I were pretty hands-on with the planning, the best part was seeing what we envisioned come to life. My mom was my right hand and I loved that the planning process allowed us to spend more time together.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the food, decor, and dances. My dad was in charge of managing the caterers and assured that everyone was able to enjoy the different cuisines we had (American, Pakistani, Chinese and Mexican food). Both my side and Sabih’s side worked hard to put together a medley of dances that the crowd really enjoyed.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Sabih and I didn’t do a first look so the first time I see him on our wedding day was when I walked down the aisle. I was nervous walking in front of everyone but as soon my eyes met Sabih’s everything felt better.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Live in the moment. It’s the best time of your life so don’t get caught up in little details not going your way. Take in each moment and enjoy it.
I hope to see you at the celebrations!
Floral & Decor: Events by Faiza | DJ: Outspoken Visions Entertainment | Photography: Mir Anwar Studios | Cinematography: Mir Anwar Studios | Catering: Anmol Catering | Mehndi Venue: Embassy Suites Naperville | Nikah Venue: Islamic Foundation | Wedding Venue: Bolingbrook Golf Club | Valima Venue: Omni Downtown Dallas | Mehndi Ceremony Floral & Decor: Lavish Designs | Wedding Floral & Decor: Yanni Design Studio | Valima Catering: Jimmy Burger by Bilal | Nikah Bridal Fashions: Ayesha Somaya | Mehndi Ceremony Bridal Fashions: Ansab Jahangir | Wedding Bridal Fashion: Farah Talib Aziz | Valima Bridal Fashion: Sana Safinaz | Chairs / Linens: Classic Chair Covers & Linens