Naureen & Ghazaly's Epic Indian Wedding Reception & Walima - Part III

November 21, 2013 - by Preeti

We are back with the conclusion of Naureen and Ghazaly's gorgeous wedding! We already featured their nikkah and reception, as well as the mayoon and mehndi celebrations.

Today we are featuring their stunning wedding reception and walima.

The wedding reception was full of lavish velvety reds, crystals, and a sari wedding cake. Oh my that wedding cake! And Naureen and her family and friends helped with plenty of DIY projects too. The Walima was a vintage chic affair with a blue ombre wedding dress and turquoise/pink theme. Cake pops and cupcakes along with glittery table clothes brought this wedding to a beautiful close.

Indian Muslim Wedding 35 width=

Naureen has been super awesome to allow us to share their children's coloring book! Having lots of kids at a wedding? Well, give them a coloring book themed around your wedding and let them be artists. Please use this document as a guide and don't copy it (would be weird to have their faces instead of yours!).

{Wedding reception}

From Naureen: When I visited India for my cousin’s wedding and squeezed in time to buy my wedding necessities, I never imagined finding the wedding dress of my dreams. It was a difficult task to find that one, elusive dress that you’ve pictured in your mind. But, the trick is trying a number of outfits and being open to a variety styles. When I wore my red, mermaid cut red lengha, I fell in love with it. I could see myself walking down the aisle in that dress and anticipating my husband’s reaction.

Oddly enough, I managed to find four of my outfits from one boutique and two from another store all within Kolkata, India. It required some digging, but I’m so happy with the outfits I purchased- especially given they were within my budget. (phew!)

Indian Muslim Wedding 19 width=

After securing the outfit, the harder part was definitely planning the wedding from a distance. I was (still am!) studying in graduate school in New Jersey, but the wedding events were all in my hometown of Atlanta. Fortunately, my parents, family and friends formed an amazing support system to ensure each and every detail was perfect.

My bridesmaids/friends were amazing, and I wanted to surprise them with something special. On the day of the wedding, I gave them something they could keep and wear for years on end. The vintage brooches were a fun and elegant addition to all of their outfits- the silver and red accents really tied them all in! They all looked absolutely stunning.

Indian Wedding Reception width=

In terms of DIY for the wedding, we went all out! We made custom coloring books for the kids, a candy buffet for all, photo booth props, advice cards for the tables, and personalized bubbles for our entrance.

Indian Muslim Wedding 12 width=Indian Muslim Wedding 24 width=Indian Muslim Wedding 47 width=Indian Muslim Wedding 55 width=

{The Walima}

From Naureen: Out of all the wedding events, the most stress-free was probably the Walima, a reception given by the groom’s side. I can’t take credit for any of the planning or DIY projects, as it was completely conducted by my in-laws and amazing sister-in-law.

The Walima was held in Austin, Texas at the gorgeous Chateau Bellvue.

Walking into the reception, my husband and I were floored by the beautiful and creative displays they put together. I was personally a big fan of the cake pops and mustache-themed candy stash! I guess I can blame my Bengali roots for my sweet tooth.

Indian Muslim Walima 10 width=Indian Muslim Walima 11 width=Indian Muslim Walima 4 width=Indian Muslim Walima 8 width=

Advice for future brides

From Naureen: Planning wedding events is a tedious task, but it is definitely doable if you keep organized to-do lists and delegate tasks among your family and friends. We created a wedding website, Facebook group, and guest information folders to ensure our guests had access to all the information and resources they need.

It helped to provide a guide on traditional wedding customs for those unfamiliar with Indian traditions, directions to venues, contact information for salons, and the like. If your guests enjoy your wedding, it is a pat on the back for all the hard work that goes into the planning and set up of an event. My husband and I are eternally grateful for the family and friends who helped make our special days one of the most memorable of our lives.

 

 

Thanks again to This Modern L<3ve Photography and Zignat Abdisubhan.

We wish you both the very best, insha'allah.

Cinematography: One Entertainment Productions

Venue: Marriott Marquis

Décor: Fifth Season Design

Makeup: Noorface

Photography: This Modern L<3ve Photography

Venue: Chateau Bellevue, Austin, Texas

Photographer: Zignat Abdisubhan

Related posts

Kotwara Meera Muzaffar Ali Black Gharara

Meera & Muzaffar Ali - Kotwara Collection {Aamby Valley India Bridal Week 2012}

The Kotwara label by Meera and Muzaffar Ali presented a stunning bridal collections at Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2012. Called “Jamazeb”, the pair brought in all the [...]

Ravinder-Crone-Photographer-Wrest-Park-Sikh-Wedding-Bedfordshire-23

Ravinder & Jasdeep's Summer Sikh Wedding {United Kingdom}

Hello lovelies! Even though dark and dreary November is here, it doesn't mean we cannot fall in love with a summer wedding! Ravinder and Jasdeep had one of those English [...]

The ethnic jacket

Michelle Obama Indian-Inspired Looks

With President Obama in Asia last week, I thought it would be fun to do a Michelle Obama post. The ever-so fashionable First Lady traveled to India with the President and [...]

Asifa & Nabeel - Pakistan Bridal Week 2013 25

Asifa & Nabeel at {L’Oreal Pakistan Bridal Fashion Week 2013}

Asifa & Nabeel, the fashion-crime fighting duo, featured their line of easy, cool bridal wear at last week's Pakistan L'Oreal Bridal Week.  Their modern interpretation of high Mughlai maharaja fashion looked like it could walk right off the ramp and into my closet.  

calphalon cookware wedding

The Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Series

You know as a desi cooking is an integral part of our culture. I don't think I could fathom life without masala dosas or Gujarati dal or chicken curry and still think I'm Indian. [...]

Christian Louboutin Pinder Rose Shoes

Loubies Sailor Pinstripe Heels {Tuesday Shoesday}

After last week's trauma of Ugg wedding shoes, I thought we could have some cute and fun shoes for shoesday. I love these pink pinstripe heels with a silver base. Ahhh! [...]