November 20, 2011
Real Wedding: Noor + Adil
Our wedding day vision was for a simple and a striking wedding that would be reflective of us. We wanted vintage with class, incorporating our Pakistani cultural background. Designing and planning the wedding was a lot of hard work, but we enjoyed every bit of it. I live and breathe all things weddings, and I knew exactly what I wanted everything to look like, so with the help of various wedding blogs and magazines, I was quickly able to put together a design vision for the wedding reception. Finding the right vendors to deal with immaculate wedding details was challenging. I was the pickier one throughout the wedding planning process, as I wanted everything to be unique and very close to how I had imagined it to be. It took us nearly 5 months to find the perfect venue, and another month or two to find the perfect decorators who could flawlessly translate our vision to reality.
My wedding dress was inspired by a South Asian designer. I altered the design a little bit to include some vintage and modern western elements. Adil and I both wanted to give the wedding a do-it-yourself touch to make it more personal. With the help of my close friends, I was able to make the cupcake wrappers with doilies, table numbers with craft paint & irregular glass vases, all the black board signage, glass jar mint favors with thank-you tags, and my headpiece. However, my favourite DIY element of the wedding came from Adil – the pearl bracelet, which he made himself. Instead of a traditional guestbook, Adil and I decided to have a memory box. We had wish cards out for people to write on with a pen, or use a vintage typewriter to type some words of wisdom.
For appetizers and main course, we served traditional Pakistani food, and for dessert we had scrumptious cupcakes and a cake topper; all red velvet flavour, which is my absolute favourite! For entertainment we had a very creative surprise performance by my friends, speeches from sisters, and a photo booth. Everyone raved about the photo booth we had at our reception – from little kids to elders. It was priceless watching everyone’s goofy side come out.
Most couples say their wedding day was a blur, but Adil and I are proud to say that ours was relaxing, memorable, filled with love, and we were able to enjoy every moment of it. For that, we feel very grateful.