Category Archives: Real Weddings

Friday’s Feature: Walk Me Down The Aisle, Daddy

I came across an article by the Huffington Post that touched me so much that I had to share it with you. This video is a collection of pictures of a father walking his 11 year old daughter down the aisle.

After photographer Lindsey Villatoro was hired to take pictures for the Zetz’s family, she had an idea to make her clients 11th birthday a memorable one. Jim Zetz’s was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and his family hired Lindsey to document memorable moments in his last months. For the upcoming 11th birthday of Josie, Jim’s daughter, Lindsey had an idea to make it a memorable one. Knowing that Jim would not be able to attend Josie’s wedding in the future, Lindsey created a faux wedding so that Jim could walk his daughter down the aisle.

The pictures are beautiful.

 

 

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Pankaj & Avnie: Extravagant Vegas Wedding

Oh em gee.

I don’t even know where to begin for this beautifully luxurious wedding. The wedding of Pankaj & Avnie was captured by A&A Video Productions and is probably one of the most extravagant weddings I have come across. Shot over the course of approximately one week, this wedding epitomizes a true Bollywood wedding. The granduer, the colours, the fun and the traditions are all captured in this gorgeous wedding.

The couple got everything right – down to Avnie having customized bangles with their names on them!

Oh and please notice the amazing videographers – I think they did an outstanding job. They might be my new favourites!

Photography by Mili Ghosh

Photography by Mili Ghosh

Epic Wedding of Pankaj & Avnie Malani from A&A Video Productions on Vimeo.
Image via: Mili Ghosh Photography

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Friday’s Feature: Zoya and Khizar

I came across this video thanks to one of you lovely readers.

Ever since I watched it, I could not stop thinking about how perfect everything was in the video. It is one of those highlights where you can keep watching it and can feel the happiness of the couple (and families). Watch and see for yourself!

The Wedding Highlights of Zoya & Khizar from A&A Video Productions on Vimeo.

 

Videography: A&A Video Productions

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Friday’s Feature: Sunnya and Omair

Today’s feature includes one of the cutest brides I have seen in a long time! I love, love, love the beginning of the video; it is full of life and bursting with character.

I hope more videographers in Canada start to incorporate the “behind-the-scenes” commotion into highlights. They are my favourite part of weddings.

I am a huge fan of brides (and grooms) showing personality; the bride, and the couple, are absolutely beautiful.

Image via Junaid Syed Photography

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Images and video via Junaid Syed Films and Photography

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Friday’s Feature: Nouman and Shaza’s Valima

Finally, the last segment from our wedding – the reception day!

As you know, I absolutely adore the colour purple. I wish I could be surrounded by the colour purple all the time. The Valima was my last day to incorporate purple (I had elements of purple in my dress on each day) and I wanted to go all out. I had always envisioned my reception dress to include both silver and purple and I couldn’t have been happier with my dress.

My makeup for this day was a stark contrast to the wedding day. I wanted to keep everything light and natural. Instead of a dark lipstick, I opted for a neutral tone with a touch of pink.

Decor and Details
The most exciting aspect of the valima, besides the colours, was the decor. I had wanted a water stage – yes, a stage that was made entirely of water!

Our programs

Our programs

Centrepieces, table setting, wall lights and boutonnieres

Centrepieces, table setting, wall lights and boutonnieres

Stage. The top left picture are petals inside our water stage

Stage. The top left picture are petals inside our water stage

Cake and Food

Appetizers

Appetizers

Dessert table

Dessert table

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Our Photoshoot
After extensive searching, Nouman and I decided to go to Sunnyside Pavilion for our photoshoot. It was surrounded by water and also had some interesting fountain/garden areas to work with.

Walking to our location

Walking to our location

Accesories

Accessories

Our love, shoes! Yes, I not only walked through grass but also sand. Anything for a good picture!

Our love, shoes! Yes, I not only walked through grass but also sand. Anything for a good picture!

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I specifically asked for this shot so I could get a picture of my train

I specifically asked for this shot so I could get a picture of my train

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Cake cutting

Cake Cutting

Nouman showing off his wedding band to all the ladies

Nouman showing off his wedding band to all the ladies

Speech

During a friends' speech

During a friends’ speech

Dance galore!

Dance galore!

So, apparently I never get this hand sign right. I'm working on it guys.

So, apparently I never get this hand sign right. I’m working on it guys.

Well, you have now seen my entire wedding – let me know what you think! I added some decor pictures to my shaadi post so be sure to go back and check that out. You can also have a look at Our Mehendi.

Have a great weekend! I have to attend two bridal showers on the same day. One is the same theme as mine so I’m excited to see their take. Follow me on instagram or Twitter to stay updated on my weekend happenings!

Photography: Big Al Studios
Venue: Apollo Convention Centre
Hair & Makeup: Shirley Wu
Bridal Outfit:
PLK, Karachi
Jewellery: Lahore (in-laws!)

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Friday’s Feature: Nouman and Shaza’s Shaadi

Our wedding day!

Food and Decor
The one thing I had envisioned for myself on the wedding day was a Nikkah tent. It was important to me that I be at the same location as where the Nikkah took place. But, I also wanted not to sit next to Nouman. I finally settled on the idea of having a tent across the main stage – I would be able to see and hear Nouman and vice versa. I love, love, love my tent!

I also wanted to incorporate Urdu/Arabic into my wedding decor. I asked my sister to write Nouman and my name in Arabic and then had it projected on the wall. Both the tent and names were the highlights of our wedding day decor.

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Our venue

Our venue

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Nouman Getting Ready
I have been hounding Nouman to get you guys the inside scoop on what he did the morning of our wedding. He has the worst memory ever. After pushing him to recall what he did, he finally remembered and it was a stark contrast to my morning. He woke up feeling nervous, had breakfast and went out to run errands. Yes, he went to the bank on his wedding day. According to him, he was mostly excited/nervous all day.

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Yup, he loves his blind and accessories. More than I do.

One of my favourite traditions for Pakistani grooms is the Sehra Bandi. Besides Nouman pagri, he also wore a flower sehra. According to him, he loved the sehra portion of the day. Knowing him, he also probably checked himself out hundreds of times that day (I know I sure did!) and loved that he was blinging everywhere.

Rasms

Rasms – Nouman’s Sehra Bandi, tying the gana (I hadn’t ever heard about this tradition until we came back from the wedding. Nouman asked me to untie it and I (ofcourse) asked him a million questions about it), giving presents and getting in the limo to come to me!

Shaza Getting Ready
For the wedding day, I knew I wanted to look as traditional as possible. I wanted the red, the nath and the gharara.

My jewellery

My jewellery

Getting Ready

Getting Ready

Putting on my jewellery

Putting on my jewellery

My Photoshoot
Once I was ready, my photographer did a mini photoshoot with me at home. Since we were running late, we didn’t spend too much time on it. After I arrived at the venue and made sure no guests had arrived, we did another quick photoshoot outside the venue.

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Posing!

Posing!

Walking around

Walking around

I love twirling.

I love twirling.

Nouman’s Baraat
The one thing that I had told Nouman that he HAD to do was be on time. Neither one of us wanted the Shaykh to wait and we didn’t want the rukhsati to be at 1am. I think I repeated this to him so many times that I stressed him out. We had planned for the baraat to arrive at 7:30pm but I had my doubts. You can imagine my surprise when I heard the faint beat of a drum just a little before 7:30. I was alone in the bridal room at that moment and my ears perked up slightly. All of a sudden, my younger sister was inside the bridal room telling me that the baraat was here. I was (pleasantly) surprised and did a happy dance that Nouman wasn’t late.

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Nouman making his way out of the limo

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My family ready to receive the baraat

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The baraat made their entrance and then danced around the stage once they were inside the hall

My Entrance
Before the Nikkah, I entered the hall with my parents.

Putting on my veil

Putting on my veil

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My sisters and mom bringing me down the stairs. My sisters wore matching gharara's. Since my outfit was red and purple, one sister had red accents and the other had purple

My sisters and mom bringing me down the stairs. My sisters wore matching gharara’s. Since my outfit was red and purple, one sister had red accents and the other had purple

Walking to the tent with my parents

Walking to the tent with my parents

Nikkah
Once the baraat had settled down and appetizers had been served, it was finally time for the most important part of the festivities – the nikkah.

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Dua and signing papers

The ladies of the family

The ladies of the family sitting in the Nikkah tent

Ring Exchange
After the Nikkah was complete, I made my way to Nouman with my parents and sisters. We then took some family pictures and went straight into the ring ceremony.

Walking hand-in-hand towards Nouman

Walking hand-in-hand towards Nouman

Ring

Dhoodh Pilai
The rasm of dhoodh pilai. My sisters served us milk but since I don’t like milk, I only pretended to take a sip!

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Jootha Chupai
Ofcourse, we had the rasm of stealing the grooms shoes in exchange for money. Nouman’s cousins beat my family to his shoes though – they took his shoes before my side could get there! Luckily, someone on my side came up with the idea of taking Nouman’s pagri… and so began the negotiations!

Some serious dealing taking place

Some serious dealing taking place

My sister doesn't look too pleased

My sister doesn’t look too pleased

Rukhsati
Heading off to Nouman’s house

Crying

Crying

Trying to control myself

Trying to control myself

For a more detailed account of our wedding day, check out my behind the scenes posts: Part 1 and Part 2. Don’t forget to have a look at our Mehendi and my sisters’ dance!

Photography: Big Al Studios
Hair & Makeup: Shirley Wu
My Sisters’ Clothes: Mohsin, Tariq Road, Karachi
Jewellery: My in-laws family jeweller in Lahore
My Clothes: PLK, Tariq Road, Karachi

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