Perched 2,000 feet above the city of Hyderabad is Taj Falaknuma Palace, a jewel in the clouds. With views across the twinkling City of Pearls, this enchanting palace exudes the romance and grandeur of an era when the Nizam ruled Hyderabad. Falaknuma’s perfectly restored architecture, its wealth of art, history and natural surroundings and the pure luxury of the Taj made it the perfect canvas for a pre-wedding photoshoot and Nabila and Mustakeen fell in love with it. Their pre-wedding shoot is testament to their excellent taste in venue and their wonderful relationship.
Nabila shares their story and highlights from the shoot.
How we met
“I completed my MBA in finance and he’s the Director of Realta Spaces. It doesn’t look like it, but we did meet in an arranged marriage set up. Things just fell into place and all is as it was destined to be. It seemed to happen very quickly but everything has been wonderful since we met.”
“There wasn’t a formal proposal but our families approved of the union the first time we met and it was decided then. We got engaged a month later at a grand ring ceremony at the ITC Maratha, Mumbai.”
“We’ve always loved the Taj Falaknuma Palace property but the photoshoot was a spontaneous plan. We got in touch with the hotel officials to fulfill all the pre-wedding shoot requirements and also stayed at the property for two days! The hotel is amazing and has such a royal feel. When we weren’t shooting, we spent all our time exploring the property, dining there and having a good time!
The theme for the shoot was royal heritage, hence the flowing gowns and tuxedo. We wanted a crisp and classy set of images with nothing cheesy at all. It was an amazing experience, one every couple must do before their wedding. It helped me connect and be comfortable with Mustakeen and we had a blast. Getting comfortable with each other and experiencing love was important and it came easy to us on this day.”
Photographer: Plush Affairs