Today’s feature is a lovely dance that a few of my friends/family friends put together for our wedding. I love it – they all did a fabulous job!
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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!
Cake and Food
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before the Nikkah, I entered the hall with my parents.
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.
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.
The rasm of dhoodh pilai. My sisters served us milk but since I don’t like milk, I only pretended to take a sip!
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!
Heading off to Nouman’s house
My sisters did a gorgeous dance at our mehendi and I just have to share it with you guys. A little background information:
*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.
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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.
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.
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).
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.
The doors opened to the first beat of Peer Manava (Black and White). As I walked, I was nervous and excited.
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.
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.
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!
*All the images used in this post are courtesy of Big Al Studios.*
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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?!
*All the above images belong to Rima Darwash*
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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!
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I saw this video and immediately recognized the girl – I met her at a friend’s bridal shower a few months ago. The bride, Farah, is the owner of Little Miss Cupcakes in Toronto.
This video is sweet, cute and just overall loveable.
What do you think?
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?
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