Irvine | United States
Wedding Themes: Colorful, Traditional
Wedding Styles: Indian, Pakistani
Wedding Season: Summer
Submitted By: Belle Vie Events
If the COVID-19 curveball of 2020 has taught us anything, it’s been a forceful reminder to seize the day. To appreciate life’s smaller treasures and to start activating your ideas. That’s how Danielle from Belle Vie Events approached the year that saw weddings postponed worldwide.
Danielle Schmidt, a LA based wedding planner decided it was the right time to extend herself creatively and try something new. She’s delivered this Colorful Indian Pakistani Wedding Inspiration that is far from what she’d ever created before. The outcome is a positive and happy sense of occasion and the bright colors inspired her to create this bold and beautiful look.
Danielle said: “Putting together this cultural look was completely out of most of the vendors' comfort zones which made it so incredibly fun to plan and bring to life. Our real-life bride and groom were able to teach us about some of the traditions of this culture that most of us did not know. This shoot incorporates elements from both India and Pakistan where these similar cultures enabled the team to create a blended look. The Model and Makeup Artist Maryam Bohkari and jewellery designer Shaiza Chowdhry are from Pakistan and clothing designer Annora Trove is Indian. Each artist brought their own cultural element to the day.”
What enhances this shoot even more is this real-life couple who have their own love story that spans all the way back to their childhood. Shahab and Maryam believe marrying 15 years ago was the best decision of their lives and now have two children and are still in-love as ever.
Danielle said: “Shahab and Maryam were the perfect couple to shoot. They not only brought romance and glam but also brought some amazing culture into the photos. Maryam is a makeup artist herself and specializes in South Asian bridal makeup, so she was able to create a traditional look to match the gorgeous South Asian wedding dresses our designer, Annora Trove provided us.
Toni Bridal's talented hairstylist, Tong was able to complete the bridal look with her immaculate hair styling skills. The floral arrangements by Flowers by Lily Garland enhanced the entire shoot. The brightness of the red, yellow, and orange flowers was brought to life in the sun during this hot summer day.
The darkness of the wood sweetheart table provided by AKT Made and Simple Luxe Event Rentals, made the small details stand out that much more. The glamorous bridal jewelry was presented by Binno Jewels and completely elevated this bride’s look. We also had the most amazing and talented team of photographers that all brought a little something different to the shoot; Brian Angers, Chrissie Good, Marijo Badillo, and Laura Munley.
We added a small touch of Chochi’s Sweets hand design cookies to go along with the rest of the amazing details. This exquisite and elegant wedding style came together so perfectly because of the several different vendors that participated and donated all of their time and efforts.”
WE LOVE: The grooms paisley gold and ivory suit by Friar Tux, the colorful selection of embellished traditional bridal gowns, her gold dupatta and the delectable golden elephant cookies symbolizing luck, fortune, wisdom and remover of obstacles as is believed in the Hindu faith.
The wedding festivities of a Pakistani, Indian or South Asian wedding can span for three days with different events taking place. The first day is called the Mendhi – a fun, lounge style celebration where the women perform dances and have their hands hennaed.
FUN FACT: Henna is derived from the leaves of a plant called Lawsonia inermis, also known as the henna tree which is used topically on the skin and also added to clothing dyes, hair and leather goods.
The second day is usually the Nikah which is the official wedding ceremony with a smaller gathering of family which is followed by the Walima on the third day. This is known as the big reception celebration where everyone is invited.
It’s tradition for the bride and groom to have multiple outfit changes during the three-day wedding celebrations and you’ll notice brides mostly wear a glamorous red dress for the Nikah (wedding ceremony) to symbolize love, passion, fertility and prosperity.
The Walima dress code is still glamorous but brides often choose softer pastel colors for the dress and the groom often wears a tuxedo or suit. Today more couples are breaking away from tradition and creating their own style rules.
Thank you, Danielle, and the creative team for submitting this Pakistani Indian styled shoot our way. We love the colorful display this shoot brought and some of the traditional South Asian wedding insights.
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