I was so happy that Maria got in touch; she had been following the blog for a while and wanted to submit her own wedding. I love hearing from brides and how they went about planning their big day.
Not only did she put her own personality, heart and soul into the planning, she did it even when faced with such a difficult time. Im always inspired by people like Maria so please do leave some love in the comments.
When it came to planning the wedding I had a lot, I mean A LOT of ideas… from the birdcages and flowers for centrepieces to the petal cones the girls held when the bharat walked in. “I did have an initial budget to work with so everything that I could do myself, I did. But looking back really it had less to do with a budget, and more to do with the fact I loved DIY and being creative. If I could go into wedding planning, I would.
“My husband and I are big fans of batman, so I got dark knight and cat woman figurines myself and positioned them for the ring picture”
The Dress – From Imagination To Reality
I’m Pakistani, but didn’t want to go for the traditional red and leaned more towards a vintage look. So I designed my own dress with the help of my sisters Asma & Maryam. We literally did sketches of it and had it made in India. It looked beautiful and I was ecstatic I pulled it off.
Pearls & DIY extravaganza
The favour boxes, my dress, cake stand and centrepieces I did myself, buying birdcages, and put flowers and pearls on them. In fact everything was accented with pearls, giving a romantic vintage touch to it. For the venue I went for a colour scheme of Ivory, Gold, and Red. I actually made my own matha patti with pearls from beads I got from a craft shop. I had some left over so I made pearl anklets, as well. I even got pearl strands and gold vintage brooches for my bouquet to give to the florist and there were pearl strands hanging off of the bouquet.
But on a more personal level, just two months before my wedding, my younger brother passed away, he had leukaemia, and was in hospital for 8 months before my wedding, I wanted as little time as possible away from the hospital to plan this wedding, it was then I decided it would be easier for me to put everything together myself rather than to find people first to allocate the work to and then continue to collaborate with them trying to explain my own ideas. It was important to me that I got to spend as much time with my brother as I physically could. In the end everything came out better than expected, and I have no regrets.
I had put in the least amount of time that I could and I did the least amount of work possible, the wedding still came together beautifully and I got an amazing husband out of it 🙂
Thanks to Maria for sharing her story x
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Mehndi: Henna by Ambreen Rab
Hair & Makeup: 217 Beauty by Liz Giselle in Woodcliff Lake, NJ