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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.

Rasms

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.

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Friday’s Feature: Nadia D Photography

I don’t know about you but I can’t get enough of photographers. There is something about pictures that speaks volumes to me – it’s a glimpse into another persons life from the eyes of someone else.

I recently came across a photographer that made me want to stare at their work – not in a creepy way guys, geez. Nadia D Photography caught my attention because the work is unique and oh-so-captivating. I love everything about these pictures. The darkness, the softness and the perfect lighting – I’m in love!

You know I have an obsession with dark pictures

 

 

Love this

 

 

Um.. LOVE!

 

 

How can a couple near lampost and on a bench look so amazing?

 

Boss picture

 *All the above images are via Nadia D Photography*

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Monday’s Munchies: Weekend Leftovers

When I first started cooking after Nouman’s mom left, I had a hard time figuring out quantities. I still sometimes do. I would often make so much food that it could feed a family of 4 for 2 days. Regardless of the quantity, I think we all sometimes have leftover foods that nobody wants to eat by the end of the week. Right?

Well, one day, I had made so much keemay and aloo walay chawal (rice with ground meat and potatoes) that it seemed like it would never end. Out of desperation, I decided to make a casserole. It turned out really yummy so now I do this every few weeks.

This past weekend, we had numerous odd leftovers: aloo ki tarkari (potato curry), refried beans (I had made these 1 week ago hoping to make nachos but we didn’t get time), ground chicken, plain white rice (we had been eating this batch for 6 days) and 1 pack of mushrooms that would have gone bad if I didn’t use it asap. In order to somehow finish everything before the end of the weekend, I shoved everything into a casserole!

So what do I normally do?

  • Heat up some oil in a pot
  • Dump 1/2 a chopped onion and saute it until its translucent. Now, either add some ginger/garlic paste or a few cloves of garlic (yeay I’m desi!)
  • Salt to taste (if I’m making a casserole with cheese, I usually put 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon)
  • Add in any raw veggies – i.e. mushrooms this weekend
  • Put any other outstanding items – ground chicken and beans
  • Since the rice will get dry when it’s baked, I add in a sauce. This week, I had some leftover pasta sauce so I included that. I have also used cream of mushroom soup – it tastes so good!
  • Add the rice and any herbs you want to use (I generally use parsley or oregano)
  • Let it simmer for 2 minutes
  • Spoon the mixture into a casserole dish
  • Bake on 400 degrees F until the cheese melts and browns at the top

 

I took this picture at the halfway point – the cheese has started to melt but hasn’t fully melted nor has it browned

 

I took this picture after I put it in my plate. Notice the cheese browned and melted in the back? Oooh yeah, everything tastes better with cheese.

 

What do you do with your leftovers?

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 :)

DIY: Mehendi Makeup

Prior to the wedding, I was debating on doing my own mehendi makeup versus getting it done professionally. The closer we got to the day of the wedding, the more sure I was that I wanted to do it myself. I wanted to keep my makeup simple but also stand out just enough that I didn’t look washed out in pictures. Here’s what I did:

  • Moisturizer: I don’t use a moisturizer, instead I use grapeseed oil for my face. Hence, as usual, I moisturized my face using my grapeseed oil. Whatever you do, don’t try out something new on your wedding day – you don’t know how your skin will react to it. NOW Grapeseed Oil ~ $6.99
  • Primer: I don’t use primer often but I figured my mehendi day is one day I should. I had a free sample from Smashbox so I used that on the mehendi (retails for $44) but Rimmel is my go-to primer ~ $10
  • Foundation: I had wanted to test out a different foundation prior to the wedding but I didn’t get a chance. I had decided to finalize all my makeup/skin regimes 3 months prior to the wedding – that way my skin would not be experiencing anything new too close to the wedding. So, I stuck to my Revlon Colourstay foundation ~ $14.99
  • Eyeliner: I wore a green outfit and a green eyeliner to compliment it. I love green and blue eyeliners! Rimmel Kohl ~ $2ish at Walmart. I also used a gold eyeshadow just over my lid but I don’t remember the brand. It might have been Sephora.
  • Blush: Pink Cheek Glow by NYC Colour Wheel ~ $4.97
  • Lipstick: Schiap by NARS for a pop of colour ~ $25

 

 

Would you consider DIY makeup for your big day(s)?

 

Bridal Jewellery: Nuts for Naths

Do you remember when I was contemplating on wearing a nath or not to the wedding? Some of you asked what I did, and the answer is: I wore a nath!

On the day of the wedding, I had still not decided on wearing a nath. I was leaning towards a yes but then I’d have moments where I’d turn a 360 and be a firm NO. Once I was done my hair and makeup, I told my makeup artist that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to wear it. She held it against my face and my mom and sisters started squealing with delight – and so the decision was made!

I am SO glad I wore it!

 

Photography by Rammal Mehmud

 

Photography by Irfan Ahson

 

Photography by Amna Hakim

 

Photography by Ahmed W. Khan

 

And me:

Photography by Big Al Studios

If you’re on the fence about wearing a nath, I would advise you to GO FOR IT!

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!

 

 

 

Monday’s Munchies: Amica’s Cake (Vendor Review)

I have gotten ALOT of emails on our wedding vendors so here is a detailed review on our cake person!

Nouman and I had a clear vision of what we wanted for our cake: bling, chic, and ultra modern. I had a list of cake people (yeah, I call them cake people) that I wanted us to meet but cake wasn’t at the top of our priority list. Our venues, makeup artist, photographer, videographer and a decorator were our main focus; so we decided to leave the cake until closer to the wedding.

When we finally decided to figure out our cake, we were both too tired and exhausted to shop around. We have been to 3 weddings where Amica’s Cakes was the cake provider so we decided to go meet with her. If she could give us what we wanted and it tasted good, we could save ourselves time by not meeting other people.

Amica is a sweet lady – she’s soft-spoken and easy to talk to. Once we met her, we described what we wanted and she said we could have a look at her dummy cakes. Although she had many pretty cakes, no one cake was calling out to me. Amica assured us that she could make changes to any of her existing cakes or create a complete custom cake. After having read numerous reviews on Amica, I preferred asking her to replicate one of her existing designs rather than create a custom cake. Finally, tucked away in a corner was the cake we both wanted – it was black and white, had a quilted pattern, lots of bling and it was SO us. The cake was hexagon-shaped; neither one of us had seen that shape before and totally loved it! We decided to make some changes: we added purple satin ribbons to match my dress and added crystal monograms for out initials.

Amica also let us do a cake testing that day from some leftover cake she had. We had a slice of chocolate mousse cake and strawberry shortcake. While I liked the latter cake, I thought the chocolate was too sweet. I asked Amica to change our cake to a dark chocolate cake with a hazelnut filling and chocolate ganache.

Overall, my thoughts based on our cake:

  • Reliability: I met Amica twice and both times she was ready for us and gave us copies of our contract. She also delivered our cake on time
  • Taste: While the cake tasted good, Amica did make a slight mistake. I had asked for a dark chocolate cake with chocolate ganache but we got a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse. I did have a feeling that she would not be able to deliver the flavour I had asked for when I met her the second time. I mentioned a few flavours to Amica (i.e. salted caramel), but she said she wouldn’t be able to provide those flavours. I finally decided to go for a simple dark chocolate cake but Amica’s version of dark chocolate was not dark enough for me. I told her I wanted it to be darker and she said she would do that. I had a feeling that she wouldn’t be able to give me what I wanted but I didn’t care too much. It wasn’t a big deal to either of us so I wouldn’t hold it against her.
  • Design: I loved everything she did – it was exactly what we had asked for and not a single thing looked different. One of the buckles did slide off our cake right before the reception started and was fixed by our sister-in-law. Luckily, it managed to hold through for the rest of the night.
  • Price: Very reasonable for what we asked for

 

 

 

 

 

*All the above images are via Big Al Studios*

Based on our experience, I would recommend Amica. My only words of advice would be not to expect unique flavours from her – she has standard flavours that she cannot customize. After reading other reviews, I would also suggest selecting a design that she already has. We did love our cake – it was so purrttyy!

 

Monday’s Munchies: Chocolate Croissant at Marche

Those of you celebrating Eid, I hope you had a great weekend celebrating with your family and friends. I had a jam-packed weekend that was full of fun and lots of junk food (ofcourse).

Today, I’m going to share one of my favourite chocolatey indulgences when I’m on the go. If you’ve never had it – you definitely need to try it. This yummy treat is a Chocolate Croissant from Marche – that’s right, a simple croissant. It’s fluffy, light, buttery and has just the right amount of chocolatey goodness.

 

And the best part? After 4:30pm (or 5pm), this delish munchie is 50% off at most Marche locations in the PATH.

PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2012: Asifa and Nabeel

Post deux!

 

 

I like the style of the shirt

 

 

 

 

Somebody please give me yellow!

 

I want to try on shalwar kameez that have the “coatee” (shrug)

 

 

I love this

 

Pretty!

*All the above images are via Fashion47*