The Venue - the wedding was held at a wedding hall which is nearby where we live, and which gave us a great deal on the venue and catering. We matched the colours of the decor to the bride's dress, and tried to keep it simple and non-cluttered:
We were also lucky enough to get a good package deal with the venue, such as added features like a fruit table (with added fruit tree!), welcome drinks table and a studio set up in the corner of the room for guests to take professional pictures, photo-booth style.
We also set up a guest-book table for guests to sign, which proved really popular due to the baby pictures of the bride and groom!
The Cakes - The cakes, of course, were probably the highlight of the wedding - adored by all, and eaten very quickly once they were handed out! Not to mention the personalised, custom-made cake toppers ordered by the bride to go with the handmade cupcakes and main cake, which looked brilliant and makes for a good keepsake after the wedding.
The Bride - I can't show too many pictures of the bride due to her privacy reasons, but here's a few sneak peeks of the bride, looking beautifully sparkly in a very lovely gold and maroon lengha - I'll let these pictures show just how luxurious and well-made the dress was.
The Bouquet - Due to the main colour of my sister's lengha being gold, with accents of maroon, she kept the bouquet simple with ruby-red roses which complimented the outfit very well.
The Family - And now, the rest of us! First, the best-dressed couple out of all of us - my two nephews who absolutely rocked the evening with their beautifully tailored velvet sherwanis:
We all decided to keep a colour theme of navy blue, with splashes of deep red to compliment the bride's outfit, and this looked great on the day, the colours really came together. The bridesmaids (my niece and younger cousin) wore red to compliment the splashes of red on our clothes, and looked very elegant in their maxi dresses:
I decided to wear a heavily embellished long jacket, with a plain kameez underneath and wide trousers. My outfit turned out heavier than I expected, but this just added to the bling. I accessorised with matching bangles, and silver sandals and a sparkly clutch bag (the picture of my shoes is at a point when I had to take my shoes off to run around the hall quickly and didn't want to trip up!). And of course, I accessorised my hijab with a huge jhoomar pink which looked very glamorous, but kept falling off. Word of advice girls, keep your dangly jewellery well-pinned so it doesn't fly off at moments where you're being filmed!
My sisters, sister-in-law and mum also picked the same shade of blue as me, but chose different styles of outfits and different work to suit their own tastes. My eldest sister designed a lovely, flowy abayah with matching hijab, while my next sister chose a maxi dress which was cinched in at the waist to flatter her slim figure. My mum chose a simple salwar kameez design, and my sister-in-law opted for a lovely long kameez with wide, embellished trousers. I don't have many pictures of us (and none of us all together!), but here's a few pictures I did manage to snap - I do love how the outfits looked together though!
There were so many traditions, jokes and memories of the day, which I can't post as I don't have pictures of, but here's one that I liked - throwing petals on the 'baraat', or the groom's family, as they entered the hall. The girls of my family all lined up with baskets of petals, and greeted the guests as they arrived:
Our tiny-est (and possibly cutest) guest who also dressed up for the occasion:
And lastly, the day finished off with hand-made cookies made by the lovely girls in the groom's family, who welcomed the bride into her new home with home-made baked goodies!
Pics also courtesy of my sister M's Eyesonly
All in all, it really was a lovely day and there were so many little details which really came together. The guests all looked beautiful, and the bride and groom had a very happy start to their marriage :)