{Zareena + Osman @Marriott World Center}

I love photographing the getting ready process for the wedding, especially with Indian/Pakistani weddings.  The gowns, jewelry, henna, and colors are so stunning.  Zareena looked amazing in her deep red and golds.  She and Osman saw each other for the first time in the garden before the festivities began.  The reception decor had beautiful florals with lots of crystals, candle light, and textured linens.  LOVE their cake with gold and jeweled broach.  It was gorgeous!  Congrats Zareena and Osman!! xoxox

Venue: Marriott World Center,  Hair/Makeup: About Face Design Team, Cake: It's Tasty Too, Florals: Simply the Best Creations

 

{Anum + Eihab @Hyatt Regency Sarasota}

Anum and Eihab's wedding was our very last of 2011, and it was definitely an amazing one.  I've been dying to show you this one!  From all the blogging I've been doing over the past several years, I actually really enjoy writing and telling little stories and details from the day.  Well, do you I have a story for you!  Eihab bought a 1963 gold Thunderbird on Ebay from the original owner.  It only had 29000 miles on it, and he drove to and from Colorado to pick it up all in one weekend.  He even still had the original manual which a picture of a couple perfectly posed next to the car!  We of course recreated that same pose and you'll see that and the picture of the manual below.  Seriously, one of the coolest things ever, I guess it's the small things in life that make me the happiest:-)  Before the celebration began, we setup their first look in this long walkway surrounded by palm trees and greenery.  Anum = stunning, Eihab = handsome!  We had a lot of time with just the 2 of them to get some amazing photos beforehand and really put our creativity to work with some dramatic lighting.  The reception decor was all gold textured linens with deep red accents, I love the crystal frosted sweets table.  Anum created the monogram that was on their cake.  One of their traditions is for one of the girls to steal the groom's shoes and he has to bargain with the girls to get it back.  The girls got a little suprise when their agreed upon amount arrived all in pennies!  It was a true honor to capture and be a part of. Congrats Anum + Eihab!!  xoxoxo

Venue: Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Cuisine: Cedars, Florals and Event Design: The Perfect Settings, Hair: Tommy DaSilva Salon and Spa,  DJ: DJ Spin, Cake: The Cake Zone

Wedding Album Wednesday! Nadia + Adil

Nadia and Adil's wedding album turned out gorgeous!!! We designed a 10x13 metal cover, leather accent album for them and Nadia send me a great picture of it in her home and some great comments. Take a flip through! 

"I love the album! It has all of our favorite pictures in it and its so unique, compared to most albums we've seen. We've shown it to all our guests and it makes a great decor piece!
Nadia & Adil"

 

{Nadia + Adil: Shaadi@Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay}

The second day of celebration for Nadia and Adil's wedding or Shaddi, is thrown by the bride's family for the groom's family and guests.  Nadia and Adil saw each other for the first time in the gazebo overlooking the bay.  We had some great time with just the two of them for some creative photography before the celebration began.  Both families made a grand entrance into the ballroom that was decorated with pinks, golds, and crystals, and beautiful floral centerpieces.  Very different from the previous evening during the Mendhi.  They exchanged rings followed by some advice on marriage and blessings from their family members.  One of my favorite traditions was where Nadia's sister steals Adil's shoes and he had to bargain with the ladies to get it back.  At the very end of the evening the Rukshati is the exiting of the bride and groom with their families so the bride and groom can embark on a new life together.  So many beautiful colors, textures, and the attire was gorgeous!

Venue: Grand Hyatt Tampa, Coordination: Quickcare Events, Florals: Suhaag Garden, Attire: HSY Studio, Videography: Jose Ortiz Films, Cake: Mikey's Cafe & Bakery, DJ: Dudha Productions

{Nadia + Adil: Mehndi @Grand Hyatt}

Nadia and Adil's 3 day wedding celebration was amazing! The weekend started off with a ceremony at their home with friends and family followed by the Mehndi or Henna ceremony that evening.  This festive event is filled with vibrant colors, loud music, and lots of food and dancing.  Deep purple, pink, and gold draping, lighting, and cabanas with lounge furniture set the stage for what was to come.  Their grand entrance kicked off the evening with Adil's side with the men followed by Nadia and the ladies.  Their friends had prepared dances and skits for them and their guests to enjoy.  The evening ended with the men exiting and the ladies continued to dance the night away.  It was truly an amazing event to be a part of.  The dancing and music took me to a totally different world and I hope you enjoy some of the moments we captured below. Day 2 was the Shaddi which I'll be blogging soon!

Venue: Grand Hyatt Tampa, Coordination: Quickcare Events, Florals: Suhaag Garden, Attire: HSY Studio, Videography: Jose Ortiz Films, Cotton Candy: Wicked Witch, DJ: Dudha Productions

Nadia + Adil

Nadia and Adil are super sweet and have this calming sense about them! They've been traveling back and forth from the Jersey Shore planning their 3 day wedding celebration this June so it was nice to get to spend a little time getting to know them:-)

The mehndi (henna) ceremony takes place on the first night of the three day wedding celebration. This festive event is filled with vibrant colors, loud music, dancing, and fun. The mehndi starts the wedding events on a happy note.

The nikkah refers to the Islamic marriage ceremony. In this ceremony, the bride and groom repeat their acceptance for the marriage three times in the presence of two witnesses.

The shaadi takes place on the second night. The shaadi is thrown by the bride's family and is a welcoming party to the groom's family and guests. The shaadi is followed by a rukhsati, in which the bride leaves her family to embark on her new life with her husband.

I love all the attire, ceremonies, traditions, and colors of Pakistani weddings so I can't wait to capture their amazing event!