Maya and Zia, California
An Indo-Pak fusion wedding that reestablished the fact that love has no borders.
Maya and Zia, ambitious entrepreneurs who are co-founders of a successful e-commerce company became partners for life in a picturesque wedding that showcased both their rich cultures. The duo who first met through mutual friends in high school, all thanks to destiny kept crossing paths till one day, after years of working together, they realized the chemistry brewing between them. Adding their own modern spin on traditions, their wedding brimmed with joy as it was celebrated by their respective families, who, despite cultural differences united together as one family to celebrate their union.
How They Met
Maya shares, “We both grew up in the city of Cerritos in California and first met through mutual friends in high school. Eventually, however, we went our separate ways during college but crossed paths again after our postgraduate studies. After working at a local company for a few years, we decided to form our own business together and have been working together ever since.
In my opinion, it’s almost like we balance each other out and that is what keeps us together.”
Sharing her thought process behind selecting a venue, Maya shares, “We were absolutely certain we did not want to host a traditional wedding at the conventional hotel or ballroom. And, as we began scouting for venues both online and offline, I came across the stunning Rancho Las Lomas. From the first glance itself, we knew that this would be the perfect venue, as there were multiple areas of the ranch we could utilize and each of these spots was gorgeous. Keeping in mind the unique look of each spot, the decor for each ceremony was envisioned accordingly.”
“Executing a fusion wedding is no easy feat especially an Indo-Pak wedding but somehow, we made all three events fit within a day. And, because we were keeping the ceremonies traditional, we decided to give a modern spin to almost everything, even the food spread which consisted of unique fusion treats that awed the guests. Reflecting this thought, our color palette consisted of soft ivory, blush, and peach tones which were a step away from the traditional bold hues used at Indian or Pakistani weddings. Also, pops of mint were added in between to exude a winter wedding vibe. Overall, the decor was kept simple and elegant, and the other elements of the wedding were personally supervised by me. For the wedding stationery, especially, I collaborated with a graphic designer, and everything was created from scratch. Furthermore, our wedding invitations featured hand-drawn elements of Lord Ganesha for the Hindu wedding ceremony and the word ‘Allah’ for the Nikaah ceremony.”
To make sure that everything went smoothly, the couple chose seasoned vendors to be part of their dream team. With SoCal Event Planners at the forefront, their team also consisted of photographer Encor Studio, florists Penelope Pots Floral Design, DJ Sunlight, invitation designer Virginia Handwriting Co. along with hair and makeup artist Dolled Up By Lulu.
Nikaah and Wedding
Maya recollects, “The events began early in the morning with a cheery baraat procession, a custom which is followed in both our countries. Following Zia’s arrival, we had a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony at the El Teatro. To give each ceremony a distinct look we converted the beautiful white cabana structure at the venue into a traditional mandap, while for the nikaah hosted at the La Terraza, our florist created a beautiful arch replete with textured florals and foliage which acted as a stunning backdrop for our ceremony. Both ceremonies followed a subtle color palette which consisted of dried flowers too.”
“For the reception, we chose El Teatro again which was also punctuated with a late-night event at the Grand Salon.”, shares Maya. Equipped with a vast white tiled dance floor, the newlyweds opened the ceremony with a romantic first dance where they swirled together as man and wife for the first time. After a delicious cake cutting ceremony where the couple cut a beautiful white two-tier cake adorned with flowers, they ended their nuptials on a high note as they mingled freely amongst the guests and danced the night away.
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“The biggest challenge we faced was adjusting the timeline to fit three ceremonies in one day. But, after working closely with our planner, we were able to create a checklist of tasks that helped organize every event smoothly. Additionally, given that all of our extended family is mostly in India and other parts of the US, Zia and I relied on each other to get things done in a timely manner. We ensured that the planning process began way in advance and luckily enough our families flew in two weeks prior to the wedding which really helped in tying up any loose ends.”, shares Maya.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Rancho Las Lomas, California
Wedding Planner: SoCal Event Planners
Florist: Penelope Pots Floral Design
Groom’s Outfits: Kora Mumbai
Bride’s Outfits: Sol Couture
Jewelry: Kamal Beverly Hills
Makeup and Hairstyling: Dolled Up By Lulu
Mehndi: Neha Assar
Entertainment: Chasing Linen (Live Art)
DJ: DJ Sunlite
Wedding Invitations: Virginia Handwriting Co.
Favor Bags / Paper Decor: The Cotton & Canvas Co.
Cake: Penelope’s Perfections
Photography and Videography: Encor Studio