It's was a clear and beautiful day at the Nur-ul-Islam Temple, where today's fusion wedding took place after an unforgettable portrait session by SLR Pics Photography. Our adorable bride was given the ultimate Maharani makeover by Glam By Mevi, who worked her expert magic and delivered a romantic and radiant bridal look that dazzled every single one of the guests attending. So gorgeous! She was a picture perfect queen ready for the most important day of her life! The awe-inspiring details of today's Muslim celebration are definitely a feature you want to pay close attention, ladies. Flawless Events Fla's team showed off their talent with the planning/design and the draping/stying of the gala. What more can you ask for when you have all the best profesionals working for you? So stunning! A beautiful gallery by a beautiful couple we have indeed today for you, so don't miss part one of this gorgeous jubilee.
Orlando, FL Fusion Wedding by SLR Pics Photography
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met the groom during my freshman year at Florida International University. My sister had already been going to that university for a year and knew him through a mutual friend. So when we first met it was at a friend's house for a get-together. We began texting a lot, just as friends, then began hanging out more. I knew he was the one about 2 years into our relationship when we had fully accepted our differences (different cultures and religions) and were determined to work past it. I'm Trinidadian and Guyanese and Muslim. My husband is Catholic and Filipino.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had been dating for 6 years and were ready to get married. He was trying to surprise me with a proposal. It was around my birthday and he surprised me with dinner with a group of friends on the day of my birthday and told me we'd do our own thing over the weekend. So he picked me up over the weekend to get breakfast at Cadillac Ranch, in Kendall (FL). On our way to the restaurant, he said let's do something cheesy and put a lock on the bridge (the bridge was over water and was a live lock bridge). So he told me to find a good spot for the lock and when I opened the lock package it said "will you marry me" on it! And when I said yes I heard a bunch of people cheering, turns out he had my family come down from Orlando, a friend fly in from DC, and a bunch of close family and friends come to celebrate with us!
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 realized I needed a wedding planner. I was working full time and going to school full time (to be a licensed mental health counselor). So I hardly had the time to plan a wedding. So I used Flawless Events, Merlyn, to help us plan and she was great throughout all of it! We had 2 ceremonies and reception so a two-day wedding. The first was the nikkah, Muslim ceremony, at Nur-ul-Islam banquet hall. The next day was a Catholic ceremony at Annunciation Catholic Church. The reception was at The Cruz Building in Coconut Grove. My hair and makeup were done on both days by Mevi, a makeup artist, her Instagram is @glambymevi. My bridesmaid's hair and makeup were done by Zubaira (@beautybyz). My lengha was customized to the t by @nazaranaa in New Jersey. My wedding dress was from Coral Gables at Bellissima Bridal. I was really happy in the end I had a two-day wedding, not only did I avoid sour of the stress of doing it all in one day, but I got to have two color schemes. Teal, peach, ivory, and gold for the first day. Wine, green, navy blue, gold and white the second day.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My friend Jacklyn Mathew helped me find a store for my lengha. I told her I wanted something gold and sent her pictures of what I had in mind. Her sister recently got married and went to Nazranaa. My dad was working in NJ at the time and went to the store to check it out. He said they looked great and did custom work. So I added peach to my lengha to match the decor.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of planning the wedding was getting my lengha. I had to fly to NJ a few times, but I loved it and was exactly what I wanted.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests loved loved loved my second venue at the Cruz building. I heard a bunch of comments saying it was one of the nicest weddings they've been to. My husband did love the Indian outfits and even dressed in them themselves.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My first dance! Fred Astaire in coral gables helped us choreograph our dance to "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran ft Beyonce.
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.
@esk_hurricaneswizz (Shan Azeerulla) was our DJ and he kept the dance floor busy all night. He played west Indian music, Indian, music, and American music. He felt the crowd out and their mood. We had a Tassa band, @dynamic_rhythms, that played for the bride and groom reception.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
If anyone offers help take them up on it! Planning a wedding is very time consuming and difficult. I had a great support system to rely on and you shouldn't do it all yourself.
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 was done by @melissaaddams and my guest's henna was done by @hennabynali.
Part two in a bit, ladies!
Planning & Design: Flawless Events Fla | Draping/Styling: Flawless Events Fla | Photography: SLR Pics Photography | Ceremony Venue: Nur-ul-Islam | Ceremony Venue: Annunciation Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Nur-ul-Islam | Reception Venue: The Cruz Building | Floral & Decor: Ala Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Glam By Mevi | DJ: Shan Azeerulla | Bridal Fashions: Nazranaa | Bridal Fashions: Bellissima Bridal | Cakes & Treats: The Buttercreamery Sweets Boutique | Cakes & Treats: Canvis Events | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Let Us Create 4 U | Live Music: Tassa Band | Mehndi Artist: Melissa Adams | Photo Booth: The PhotoBooth Bros | Rentals: Caletha Linen Lady | Rentals: Eventiste Party Rental | Rentals - Overlays: Decora Party Rental | Transportation: Padrino Limousine | Coffee Cart: Aroma Espress | Photography: Sky Dazzle Photography