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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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Friday’s Feature: Sisters Dance at Our Mehendi

My sisters did a gorgeous dance at our mehendi and I just have to share it with you guys. A little background information:

  • The first song, Jahan Main Jaati Hoon, is copied from a dance that an Indian actress did at an award show. My sisters and I stumbled upon it years ago and loved it. We always talked about learning this dance but we always failed. Needless to say, I was taken away by my sisters’ selection and performance on this song.
  • The second and third last songs – Yeah by Usher and Amplifier by Imran Khan – were a jab at Nouman. He has danced to both of these songs and my sisters were poking fun at him and telling him that they can do it better.
  • My sisters threw in the last song, Dola Re Dola, last minute. Again, for Nouman. Both of our families have always been surrounded by music; our parents dragged us to their musical parties (my dad loves to sing!) when we were kids. At one such party, when Devdas had been newly released, Nouman and another family friend busted out dancing to Dola Re Dola. Since that day, Nouman has danced to Dola Re Dola numerous times – and quite well might I add. Obviously, it had been atleast 5-6 years since Nouman danced to this song, so my sisters threw in this song. It was so last minute that the four of us didn’t even practice together. I called Nouman the night before the mehendi and described what we would do… and then we did!

*Note: I would suggest that you watch the video at its highest quality. I like the setting at 1080p HD*

To get details on their clothes, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday’s Feature: Nouman & Shaza’s Mehendi

Finally, it’s time! I am so happy to be able to share these pictures with all of you. It has been hard selecting pictures since there are so many but I finally sat down to do it. Our mehendi was so much fun – I wish I could go back! Without further ado, check out the pictures below that were taken by our photographer,  Big Al Studios.

Details:
For the decor, I wanted to keep everything simple. I am in love with tents so that is all that I had wanted for the stage.

My outfit was mainly emerald green with accents of magenta and navy blue. My parents and sisters wore the reverse colours of me – mainly magenta or navy blue. Both the males and females on my side wore navy blue – the men were provided with turquoise dupatta’s. Nouman’s family gave beige kurta’s to all the boys and turquoise dupatta’s aswell. Nouman’s male cousins all wore white. Nouman wore a brown kurta with a beige shalwar and dupatta.

Therefore, the decor matched the above colours. The tent was mainly green with panels of navy blue, turquoise and magenta. I did not want an overtly pink look – I preferred to have the blue’s and greens more prominent. The tablecloth and chair covers were gold with turquoise overlays for the tables and navy/royal blue napkins.

Some of the hors d'oeuvre and appetizers

Some of the hors d’oeuvre and appetizers

Decor

Decor

Signing the graffiti wall

Signing the graffiti wall


Mehendi Thaals:
Nouman’s family had cute trays and candles that they had decorated with flowers and pearl necklaces. I bought most of my stuff from the dollar store – with the exception of a few pieces from Pakistan. My side had: flower baskets, lanterns, colourful candleholders, a tray with small bowls filled with mehendi, ubtan and toothpicks (from Pakistan), a decorated mehendi plate from Pakistan with 2 paans (leaves) that my mom had attached gota to, velvet paisley and glitter trays, 2 trays of chooriyan covered with velvet fabric, a green coloured platter from Pakistan full of fruits, a basket full of nuts from the Middle East and a tray with Nouman’s flower haar (garland).

I bought flower baskets and the lantern for my cousins

Flower baskets and lanterns for my cousins – Dollar Store. We filled the baskets with rose petals

Mehendi thaals before our entrances

With the exception of the candleholders (top right), everything is from Nouman’s side. I bought the candleholders from the Dollar Store

My mom, sisters and I (mainly my mom) made the velvet paisley trays. I couldn't find fans when I went to Pakistan. My mom's mami saved the day and bought the fans for me

My mom, sisters and I (mainly my mom) made the velvet paisley trays. I couldn’t find fans when I went to Pakistan. My mom’s mami saved the day and bought the fans for me. The 2 green trays (bottom left) are full of chooriyan – my moms friend made the velvet covers. The tray in the middle has Nouman’s haar.

Nouman’s Entrance:
As he entered behind the girls, the music cut to Brooklyn Go Hard by Jay-Z ft. Santogold. Nouman donned a “NY” hat at the entrance of the hall and then walked to the stage.

Nouman getting ready to make his entrance

Nouman getting ready to make his entrance

Nouman's entrance

The guys dancing

My Entrance:
The doors opened to the first beat of Peer Manava (Black and White). As I walked, I was nervous and excited.

Nouman's family ready to receive me

Nouman’s family ready to receive me

Making my entrance

Making my entrance

Peeking through my mamoo's arm

Peeking through my mamoo’s arm

My nerves captured on camera

My nerves captured on camera (by the way, look – my nails did grow! Thank you all for the tips)

Rasms:
I had learned from my baat pakki and kept fruits instead of mithai for our feeding. As a result, even though we had a long lineup of people feeding us, I didn’t feel sick.

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Top to Bottom: Nouman’s mom tying gajray (flower bracelets) on my hands, Mehendi (henna) on our leaf, the fruit tray that we were fed from

Nouman's mom

Nouman’s mom putting the mehendi on my leaf

Trying to get in a few words to each other amidst all the chaos

Trying to get in a few words to each other amidst all the chaos

Our Photoshoot:
Most of the pictures below were taken separately before we saw each other. The photoshoot we had of us during dinner was mainly a couples shoot (duh!). The last two pictures in this section are from out photoshoot together.

Nouman's "getting ready" shots

Nouman’s “getting ready” shots

My turn

My turn

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Hiding behind my ghoonghat

Hiding behind my ghoonghat

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Striking a pose and being silly

Striking a pose and being silly

Stuffing my face with cotton candy!

Stuffing my face with cotton candy!

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Dholki and Dances:
The most enteratining portion of the night – everybody did a fantastic job. We had seven dances in total – each roughly around 4-5 minutes. My sisters dance was 9 minutes long! Dances were done by: My family friends – Shahab Brothers, Family Friend Girls, Family Friend Boys, My Sisters, Nouman’s brother and sister-in-law, Nouman’s cousin and Nouman and the boys. With the exception of the last dance, all of them used a medley of songs – surprisingly, not a single song overlapped!

The ladies having a blast on the dhol

The ladies having a blast on the dhol

Nouman's cousin

Nouman’s cousin

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Clockwise from Top Left: Girls dance, Shahab brothers, brother and sister-in-law’s and my sisters!

Nouman and the guys dancing to Kolaveri Di

Nouman and the guys dancing to Kolaveri Di

Dancing the night away

Open dance floor

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Dancing the night away

The end.

Looks like we maintained good posture

Looks like we maintained good posture

*All the images used in this post are courtesy of Big Al Studios.*

To read about the Mehendi Day, check out my posts: Mehendi Day – Part 1 and Mehendi Day – Part 2. For information on my makeup, check out my tips for a DIY Mehendi Look.

p.s. If you have not been following me on Facebook or Twitter, you might have been surprised at the blog’s new look. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think – I want to hear your feedback!

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Friday’s Feature: Alineh and Rafi

Today’s feature is a cute and endearing video by Desi Vibe Studios. I love how sweet the couple is with each other – somebody say AWWWW already!

 

Photography by Talha Siddiqi

Photography by Talha Siddiqi

 

Photography by Talha Siddiqi

Alineh and Rafi – Highlights from DesiVibe Studios on Vimeo.

 

Have a good weekend :)

Friday’s Feature: Rizwana & Shoaib

Today’s wedding is full of fun and elegance. The one thing that was so unusual and drew me to this wedding was the fact that the mehendi was planned by the groom! Yup, that’s right girls. The entire vision was planned and executed as per the grooms wishes. How awesome is that?!

You know it’s going to be a great party when there’s popcorn

 

 

Love the colours!

 

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How elegant is the bride’s outfit?

 

I love dark shadowy pictures – they give me chills

 

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 *All the above images belong to Rima Darwash*

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Friday’s Feature: Kolaveri Di Dance By The Hulla Gulla Boys

I have received a few messages from you guys asking me to post more pictures and videos from our wedding. SO, here I am – posting a dance video from our mehendi.

This dance was done by the Hulla Gulla Boys with a special appearance by Nouman! I had no idea that he would do a choreographed dance at the mehendi – although I should have known because he loves to dance. Before Gangnam Style hit our airwaves, everybody was enjoying the tunes to Kolaveri Di. Sit back, relax and enjoy the Hulla Gulla Boys version of Kolaveri Di!

 Have a good weekend!

 

 

 

Friday’s Feature: Amna + Bilal

I recently came across the work of Lollipop and Laddu and fell in love. This is a Pakistan based group that provides photography and videography services. I really like the uniqueness of their videos – they have a good eye for all things fun!

Anyway, I had been stalking them for quite a while before I stumbled upon Amna + Bilal’s wedding. I watched around half of this video before I realized this is my mom’s cousin. This gives you an insight as to how out of it I am sometimes. I love this video because of the colours, the dances and the fun!

Bride makes her entrance wearing sunglasses and on a bicycle; the groom enters on a rickshaw – it doesn’t get any funner than that, does it? :)

Have a good weekend!

Friday’s Feature: Iqra & Saad

A beautiful wedding, a gorgeous bride and a stunning couple MashAllah.

Nikkah
I love the peace, beauty and simplicity that is being emulated in these images

Mehendi

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Wedding
I love the bride’s wedding look – it’s traditional with a modern twist. For those of you wondering, the bride is wearing HSY

Valima
I love the contrast between the wedding and valima day. The softness of this day exudes class and sophistication. The bride is wearing Sana Safinaz


*Images via G and H Photography*

Have a good weekend!