Time has flown by! It’s 2016 already and I cannot believe that I have been married for almost 5 months! I am so excited to finally share a bit about our wedding planning and of course some of our treasured pictures.
All those that know me can vouch for the fact that I am very particular in my likes and dislikes, and have a certain vision going into all my endeavors. I can be controlling at times… okay most of the time. So imagine planning the biggest day of my life or rather five consecutive days of events! I couldn’t even fathom hiring a wedding planner to help me. Giving up that much control is a bit difficult for me. And of course, I knew what I wanted, so hard could it be? Oh boy! I had no idea! It took my husband and I more than a year to plan everything, and we could never have done any of it if it weren’t for our remarkable families and friends. We had the most amazing support system that took our vision wherever we needed it to go.
My biggest concern from the beginning was of course the venue and the fashion. Being a fashion designer, I have dreamt of my wedding dress(es) for as far back as I can remember. But it’s one thing to have an idea in your head and another to make it a reality. I was lucky enough to not only design most of my own clothes, but I sewed two of them myself, and designed most of my jewelry as well!
As for the venue, we both wanted to find something that would bring nature in. We wanted to keep our main reception day simple and elegant, and Ashton Gardens in Atlanta, GA gave us the perfect place to do exactly that. We wanted greenery all around us, and we found that and so much more!
The one aspect of our wedding that we weren’t at all worried about was the photography and videography. That can be unnerving for most, but the amazing Halie Johnson of Halie Johnson Photography helped capture our engagement party, and so we knew we were in trustworthy and magical hands with Halie and her assistant/ fiancé Alec Stanley! Due to an emergency Halie had the talented Kiyah Crittendon of Kiyah C. Photography on Sunday to help out. We met Stephen and Sofy Payne – our videographers – through Halie. We wanted someone whose style was similar to Halie’s, and we couldn’t be happier with Stephen Payne Photography. Our decorator was Beenish of Events InStyle by Beenish who is the sweetest and most accommodating. And for makeup I had my wonderful aunt, Ruby of Ruby Beauty Salon for three events (Mehndi, Pithi/Sangeet and Satada); and Anh of Beauty by Anh for Nikkah and Reception. Both Ruby and Anh are masters of their trade, and made me look amazing!
A few other vendors that made our wedding possible – our wonderful DJ from Sketch Sounds Productions , mehndi artists from Ruby Beauty Center, Invitations – XHD Invites, Cake – Inspirations Unlimited, live music mehndi night – DJ Akber Bhamani, Florist – Debbie, and Vintage Car Rental – Special Day Limos.
Day 1 – Mehndi (Henna) Night
Mehndi is the art of painting elaborate patterns on the skin with henna.
Day 2 – Pithi
Pithi refers to a cleansing ceremony, in which the bride and groom are rubbed with turmeric paste in a beautification process. It is believed that turmeric softens and whitens the skin, so the purpose of this ceremony is to help the bride and groom be radiant for their wedding.
Day 3 – Nikkah (Religious Ceremony)
In Arabic, marriage is called Nikkah. The religious ceremony will consist of the recitation of Nikkah Nama (The Marriage Contract) in Arabic. This is followed by a translation, the acceptance from both the bride and the groom, and the signing of the Marriage Contract. After the ceremony, the family ties the ends of a shawl or scarf on the bride and groom in a sacred knot symbolizing everlasting togetherness.
Day 3 – Khoba Khobi
The last ritual consists of the bride and groom sitting in front of each other with a bowl of rice between them. A coin is dropped inside, and the bride and groom have to search for the coin. Whoever finds the coin first, again, is considered to rule the household.
Day 4 – Ceremony & Reception
Day 5 – Satada
The intimate tradition of my family officially giving me away to Noordin- our See-Off Supper.
Check out more of our amazing pictures on Halie’s blog here and Kiyah’s blog here!
And if you missed it – check our our wedding highlights by Stephen here!