Ayesha and Nur, New York, USA
It was all about style & romance at Ayesha & Nur's serene nikkah, tropical mehndi in winter, and romantic garden-themed reception
Fashion lovers Ayesha and Nur pulled off their cherished dreams of being a Sabyasachi bride and groom. Their beautiful nikkah was no less than a dazzling designer event, that was followed by a romantic garden-themed reception, and here, bride Ayesha shares some highlights of the festivities.
How They Met
Ayesha shares, “Nur and me have a shared love for fashion and are lucky to be working in the fashion industry as well. We met each other on the very first day of college. What started off as a normal friendship quickly became a strong relationship which then blossomed into love, and our bond just grew stronger over the years.”
For their serene nikkah, the couple chose a place of worship where their union would be blessed by God and their family members. Ayesha shares, “Surrounded by lush gardens, the Islamic Center of Long Island was everything I envisioned for my wedding ceremony. It has magnificent architecture, and I felt blessed celebrating our love and commitment to each other with God as a witness. Our reception took place at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck, New York, and my vision of being a Sabyasachi bride was executed perfectly at this venue. The old world architecture gelled really well with our outfits. The mehndi was a close-knit affair that took place at the Taj Mahal Restaurant and Party Hall in New York.”
Making sure that Nur and Ayesha began the new chapter of their lives with a wedding that matched their vision was the team from Royal Charms who meticulously curated the decor. Photographers Amir Hamja and Sonia Saund accompanied by cinematographer Aaron Rahman captured memories that the couple will cherish for life. Taking up the mammoth task of planning the sumptuous ceremonies was Glitz and Glamour Events who seamlessly executed each event. Makeup artists Tamanna and Moons Makeover enhanced Ayesha’s natural beauty with a series of stunning looks for different functions.
For the mehndi, Ayesha chose a unique concept, “I wanted my mehndi to be different despite it being December, so I chose a warm tropical theme with vibrant colors. Bright green foliage, richly hued roses, and palm tree centerpieces were the most dominant elements in the decor. Even my bridal party dressed up in hues of green to complement the occasion.” Ayesha wore a pastel yellow and pink gharara set, which she accessorized with white jasmine floral jewellery. Nur also kept it light in an off white bandhgala with minimal embroidery.
Attended by their closest friends and family, the nikkah took place in the beautiful Islamic Center of Long Island. Basking in the sunshine and surrounded by lush greenery, the couple made a picture-perfect pair as they walked out as husband and wife. Ayesha looked elegant in an off white intricately embroidered saree by Sabyasachi Mukherjee that she paired with a statement necklace and dramatic eye makeup. Nur, on the other hand, followed his bride’s lead and sported an off white sherwani with golden buttons, also by Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
Following a distinctly floral theme, the reception was Ayesha’s brainchild replete with white roses. She shares, “I wanted a whimsical and romantic garden theme running through the decor for our reception. Keeping that in mind, we decided to decorate the grand ballroom with thousands of white roses. The famous staircase of Leonard’s also had white rose garlands entwined around it, which enhanced the dreamy and enchanting atmosphere.”
Adding a hearty dose of glamor to the occasion were Nur and Ayesha in their exquisite Sabyasachi Mukherjee ensembles. She exuded elegance in a velvet and gold embroidered merlot lehenga which she accessorized with traditional gold jewelry. Nur channeled his inner royalty with a simple black bandhgala which he paired with an embroidered pocket square and a rich velvet shawl.
Advice For Couples
“The biggest challenge for me as a bride was to understand everyone’s preferences throughout the process of planning the wedding. But my biggest learning was to put myself first and make my own decisions as a wedding only comes once in your life.”
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Taj Mahal Restaurant and Party Hall (Mehndi), Islamic Center of Long Island (Nikkah), Leonard’s Palazzo (Reception)
Wedding Planner: Glitz & Glamour Events
Decor: Royal Charms
Groom’s Outfits: Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Nikkah, Reception)
Bride’s Outfits: Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Nikkah, Reception), Maria B (Mehndi), Faiza Saqlain (Mehndi)
Jewellery: Meermankaa (Nikkah, Wedding), Omkar Jewelers (Wedding)
Floral Jewellery: Bhanu Shetty
Makeup and Hairstyling: Tamanna (Wedding, Mehndi), Moons Makeover (Nikkah)
Mehndi: SamArt Henna Contour, The Brooklyn Henna Company
Entertainment: Glitz & Glamour Events
Videography: Aaron Rahman