This is the story of mine and SMs’ mehndi, told through the photographs of Mir Anwar – enjoy!
It all begins…with a barn:
To which SM rode into on a horse (naturally) to Jay Z and Punjabi MC (naturally, lol) accompanied by his yellow posse (that’s not even half of them!):
“Kiss the horse!!!” = mandatory after dismount!
And so, SM and the baraat (boys side) enter the barn! See the balcony? I was peeking from up top watching the whole thing, waiting to make my entrance!
Once inside, I think everyone was just taking in the the magical work of Amna Rather, of Lemon Truffle Designs:
As you can see, Amna completely brought my “Bollywood Barn” vision to life! The warmth of the wood with the rich colours were exactly what I had in mind when I thought barn mehndi. It was beyond beautiful! After the boys side entered, everyone was waiting for me! Yay! :
And so my girls brought me downstairs to the classic Punjabi song ‘Mehndi ni Mehndi‘:
Under the colourful dupatta I got from Liberty Market in Lahore (Peekaboo!):
OK OK, here I am! My sister and cousins bringing me up to SM on the stage:
“Hi!! I know you!” 🙂 I’m so glad I decided to do my makeup myself, btw (link to the post about my mehndi makeup!) I felt like if I had my makeup professionally done, it would look like it, even if I told them to keep it very light, so I knew I wanted to just have the control and do it myself. (Traditionally girls wore no makeup on the mehndi so that you really stood out on your wedding day) Because I kept my makeup so minimal, I felt fresh and light and comfortable in my skin, and on the shaadi, I reallllly felt like a dulhan!
We then took in the awesomeness around us – the dolki sess, paan table, and our mommas doing the rasms (traditions):
Here are 6 out of 8 of my non-desi bridesmaids who I dressed up with saris from Gerrard Street and $1.50 Forever 21 tank tops which an auntie made crop tops (money saving tip: be creative, girls!!!, and how awesome do they look, btw?!) and all my boys from uni, whom I brought back purple kurtas and yellow dupattas for from Lahore! I got my own outfit in Liberty, I just saw it on a mannequin and instantly fell in love with the ‘gota’ work and the little mirror accents, the jamawar skirt and the colours. In fact that’s how I knew this was the one – I knew that SMs kurta was that turquoise colour and when I saw that the skirt was the same it was perfect! I then chose to make the dupatta hot pink and the shirt yellow because those were our 3 colours. It was definitely a success story in terms of shopping in Pakistan, oh and did I mention this whole outfit was $270?!?
My friends then proceeded to kill it on the dance floor (check out the aunties expression when my purple boys are at it!):
SM and I were clearly having a blast watching this:
These are his boys – I had also arranged for their yellow kurtas from Lahore!
After these and lots of other amazing performances by our super-awesome family and friends, we make our dance debut….to Dili Wali Girlfriend! 😀
After which, this happens:
And then this 😀
I wanted to do the joota chupai on the mehndi (I felt like the “mohal”, vibe, is better suited!) And so my sister in green took over:
At one point, I proceeded to show SM where his name was written in my hand (I didn’t know he was supposed to find it, lol!)
And then we paid our respects to HOV!:
And danced the night away! The end 🙂
So there you are! Some choice pics of what was by far my favorite part of our wedding!