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Your Carriage Awaits

With all the planning that goes into a wedding, I am so happy to see that brides (and grooms) are now planning unique entrances. Over the last year, I have seen brides and grooms use all sorts of transportation methods to aide their entrance – boats, carriage, trucks, bicycles and even rickshaws!

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Banga Photography

Adorable!

Adorable! via Banga Photography

Banga Photography

Banga Photography

Banga Photography

Banga Photography

 

 

Photography by Rammal Mehmud

Photography by Rammal Mehmud

Photography by Lollipop and Laddu

Photography by Lollipop and Laddu

Photography by Lollipop and Laddu

Photography by Lollipop and Laddu

Photography by Lollipop and Laddu

Photography by Lollipop and Laddu

Photography by Lollipop and Laddu

Photography by Lollipop and Laddu

Photography by Lollipop and Laddu

Photography by Irfan Ahson

Z Molu Photography

Z Molu Photography

Would you dare to be different?

Images via:
Irfan Ahson Photography
Rammal Mehmud Photography
Lollipop and Laddu
Banga PhotographyZ Molu Photography

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Bridal Couture Week 2013: Asifa & Nabeel

Feast your eyes upon Asifa and Nabeel’s collection.

The sleeves on this simple dress are gorgeous!

The sleeves on this simple dress are gorgeous!

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I really like the pop of colour

I really like the pop of colour

I am totally into farshi gharara's these days

I am totally into farshi gharara’s these days

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Kiran is making a comeback this season!

Nicely done: so many colours put together in one dress

Nicely done: so many colours put together in one dress

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Loving the chatapatti-ish look at the bottom of the dress

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This is my favourite piece of their collection

This is my favourite piece of their collection – simple yet so beautiful

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My overall verdict: I thought some pieces were stunning while others were too over the top for my taste.

I will be posting alot more pictures on my Instagram and Twitter – search for #SSBCW2013 for pictures! I would love to hear your opinion on the pieces I post.

Images via Ahmed W Khan Photography

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Bridal Couture Week 2013

It’s that time again – Pakistan has had a busy few weeks with numerous Fashion Weeks happening almost back to back. Today’s pictures are from my favourite, Bridal Couture Week.

Teena by Hina Butt - via Fashion Central

Teena by Hina Butt – via Fashion Central

Teena by Hina Butt - via Fashion Central

Teena by Hina Butt – via Fashion Central

Teena by Hina Butt - via Fashion Central

Teena by Hina Butt – via Fashion Central

Zainab Chottan - via Kamran Naqvi Photography

Zainab Chottan – via Kamran Naqvi Photography

Zainab Chottan - via Kamran Naqvi

Zainab Chottan – via Kamran Naqvi

Zainab Chottan - via Kamran Naqvi

Zainab Chottan – via Kamran Naqvi

A little HSY love for the boys - via Kamran Naqvi

A little HSY love for the boys – via Kamran Naqvi

A bit much? This is growing on me - via Kamran Naqvi

A bit much? This is growing on me – via Kamran Naqvi

HSY via Kamran Naqvi

HSY via Kamran Naqvi

Love it! via Kamran Naqvi

Love it! This looks like the outfit that Mehreen Syed wore on her own wedding – what do you think? via Kamran Naqvi

I will be uploading more pictures on the blog, Facebook and Instagram over the next few days!

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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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Couples On A Love Boat

I have been wanting to blog this for a while and I am so happy to share this with you.

If you are looking for some inspiration for your wedding pictures, you have to check out the pictures below. The couples risked their wedding attire for amazingly romantic pictures. I call them, “Couples on A Love Boat.”

I would love to have pictures of Nouman and I on a row boat. Let me know what you think of this unique idea!

Image via Joseph Pascau

Image via Joseph Pascau Photography

Image via Greg Lumley

Image via Greg Lumley

Image via Z Molu Photography

Image via Z Molu Photography

Image via Z Molu Photography

Image via Z Molu Photography

Image via Z Molu Photography

Image via Z Molu Photography

Image via Z Molu Photography

Image via Z Molu Photography

Image via Z Molu Photography

Image via Z Molu Photography

Image via Z Molu Photography

Image via Z Molu Photography

Images via:

Joseph Pascau Photography
Greg Lumley

Z Molu Photography

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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: 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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Family of The Bride

Several of you have asked me to send pictures of my sisters’ outfits from the mehendi. Instead of replying to each one individually, I am sharing pictures on the blog. This post highlights their outfits, hair, makeup and jewellery.

Outfits
Since my outfit was emerald-green with hints of magenta and navy blue, I wanted my sisters to wear the reverse of me: mainly magenta with accents of emerald-green and navy blue. My purpose in making them wear the reverse of me was so that we all stood out from one another but also looked cohesive.

My sisters and I wanted flowy gowns for their mehendi look so I used chiffon. The fabric was dyed to match the magenta in my outfit and I had “chun” added to their entire outfits. I added one strip of green and one strip of blue banarsi to the bottom of their shirts to tie all the colours together. I totally love chooridar sleeves so I took a risk and used jamawar for their sleeves. To slightly differentiate the sisters looks, I added blue and green stripes to the sides of one of the outfits. The kaam around their neck was also slightly different.

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As you can see, my sister on the left has green and blue stripes on the sides of her outfit. They both have green and blue borders on the bottom of their shirts

 

Hair, Makeup and Jewellery
For my sisters’ jewellery, we decided to keep everything mainly gold with a little bit of green for a pop of colour. The green would also stand out better against their magenta shirts. The older sister wore drop earrings and the younger sister wore more traditional, circular earrings.

I love, love, love, messy braids so I knew that I was going to ask them to get that done for the mehendi. Both of them had messy side braids with side bangs. For their makeup, we wanted something modern and funky. That’s literally what we told the makeup artist and she worked her magic!

A closer look at their hair and outfits

A closer look at their hair and outfits

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A closeup of the jewellery

And lastly, My Parents:
My dad wore a navy blue kurta from with a turquoise dupatta and white shalwar. I can’t remember the name of the store we purchased his kurta from but it was at Kurta Gali on Tariq Road. My brother-in-law also wore the same ensemble.

I made a navy blue gharara for my mom with a magenta shirt. Her shirt was made of raw silk and had gold chun with some gold embroidery on it. The gharara and dupatta were navy blue jamawar (dupatta was chiffon jamawar) with gold detailing. To offset the darkness of the navy blue, we had magenta borders around the dupatta and the gharara.

My gorgeous family MashAllah

My gorgeous family MashAllah

Outfits: Mohsin & Sons, Karachi
My Makeup: DIY
Hair & Makeup of Sisters: Fero GlamourStudio
Photography: Big Al Studios

p.s. Check out their dance on the mehendi!

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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.

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