aziza + nauman’s wedding reception

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We said a lot about this amazing couple in our last post, so we won’t repeat ourselves too much; but, if you read our last post, then you already know how much we adore them. :)

Here’s a little re-cap of who they are in case anyone needs a refresher: Aziza and Nauman own a wedding design firm in NYC, Shadi Paradise, and they specialize in creating/building custom structures for weddings and receptions. (Check out their website; seriously, their work is flawless.) So, for their own wedding, they pulled out all the stops and planned/designed the most fabulous-looking reception we’ve ever seen, and after you see these pictures, we’re pretty sure you’ll all agree!  Even though it was the morning of their wedding, they (along with their team) did all of the set-up/assembly at the venue, so we headed over to Leonard’s La Dolce Vita to document that part of the day.  It was incredible to see it all come together right before our eyes!!

Aziza and Nauman were married for a while before they had time to plan their reception, so there was no ceremony that day – just an incredibly gorgeous reception that was a blast to photograph!

I love this first image…the front doors of Leonard’s – such an impressive venue!!

a close up wide angle of the front door at Leonard's La Dolce Vita in Long Island

front entrance of Leonard's La Dolce Vita
The lobby outside The Grand Ballroom…
just outside of the main ballroom at Leonard's of Greatneck
Ok, so this post is definitely heavy on the details, but there were so many that we just couldn’t stop ourselves!  It was also our first time photographing a Pakistani wedding, so everything was new and different to us, and each custom/tradition we learned about was awesome.  The pink and purple beaded wedding dress and veil was exquisite…all night long, I kept seeing Aziza walk around in it and I was like, “this is SO much better than white!!”
The bride wore a gorgeous, pink and purple, hand-beaded traditional Pakistani wedding dress

The bride's veil was a handmade work of art

The bride's shoes resting against the mirror in the bathroom at Leonard's
I love this shot…it’s just a super close-up of Aziza’s bracelets, but it’s so fun to look at!
a macro shot of the bride's diamond and pearl stacked bracelets
More details!!
A Muslim bride wears jeweled bracelets up and down her arms
Clear, baby grand piano = perfect location for a bouquet shot!!  LOVE
The bride's bouquet consisted of roses and calla lilies draped with crystals
Aziza getting her hair and make-up done…the jewelry-looking thing that the make-up artist is placing on her forehead is called a “tikka.”  I learned so many new things that day!  :)
A Muslim bride has her teeka applied by the make-up artist

A Pakistani bride has her hair curled and styled to work perfectly with her veil
Aziza’s mom watching her get ready…LOVE it!
The make up artist informed me that Pakistani brides wear very dramatic eye make up
The ladies’ room at Leonard’s had mirrored ceilings – lucky me   ;)
When photographing a bride getting ready, I try to use as many creative angles as possible

A close-up shot of the bride having her false lases applied by the make-up artist
These next two might be my favorite wedding detail shots EVER.
photograph of Indian bride holding and orchid to show off the mehndi she had done the day before
STUNNING bride!
absolutely gorgeous amazing shots of a Pakistani bride taken by Buffalo's best wedding photographers

gorgeous portrait of a beautiful Pakistani bride
We grabbed a few shots of the handsome groom while we were waiting for Aziza…
a handsome Pakistani groom waits patiently for his bride

a handsome Pakistani groom waits for his bride to finish getting ready
…and then, we took a few shots of the bride and groom before all of the guests arrived.
shooting up from the ground makes your subject appear powerful

portraits of Indian bride and groom sitting on custom built stage at their wedding reception
More details!!  Sorry, but like I said, we couldn’t help ourselves…there was coolness every where we looked; and, oh by the way, these next several shots have not been enhanced – the colors in the ballroom were really that vibrant.  I can’t even believe how fabulous it looked…Aziza and Nauman are A-MAAAAAA-ZING designers!!
close up shot of crystals draped over tree branches as wedding reception centerpieces

wedding cake for Pakistani wedding reception

draping crystals used to decorate a wedding reception at Leonard's

custom built structure for bride and groom to sit under at Indian Shadi

Leonard's in Long Island was decorated all in pink for a high fashion Indian wedding

a custom spotlight with the names of the bride and groom shines on the marble floor in front of the stage
Our happy couple being announced in to the reception…
Pakistani bride and groom being announced into their reception
This is one of my favorite shots from the day.  At a Pakistani wedding, it is customary for the bride and groom to sit together on a “stage” in front of all the guests (another thing we learned that day!); so, as soon as they walked in and sat down, people were hopping up from their tables to take a zillion pictures of them.
a group of Pakistani women take pictures of the bride and groom on their stage
Before dinner was served, there were three incredible entertainment segments.  First, was Wanted Ashiqz, who describe themselves as “New York’s Premier Bollywood Fusion/Dance Troupe” – they were definitely awesome.
wanted ashiqz performing for the bride and groom at Leonard's of greatneck

wanted ashiqz were hired to perform for the bride and groom at their wedding
Then, there was Elliot Zimet, an amazing magician/illusionist who you might remember from “America’s Got Talent…”
magician Elliot Zimet performs at a Long Island wedding
The third act was this guy, who was a pretty talented Michael Jackson impersonator…he definitely put on a good show.
a very interesting Michael Jackson impersonator was hired to perform at an Indian wedding
The cake-cutting…
Pakistani bride and groom cut their wedding cake
Leonard’s has, literally, the biggest chandelier we’ve ever seen…just to guestimate, it was probably 25 feet long and 5 feet across – kind of unbelievable.  So, when it was time to take some portraits of the bride and groom, we headed straight for the mammoth chandelier/spiral staircase area.
bride and groom pose in front of the huge chandelier at Leonards La Dolce Vita

Pakistani bride and groom pose casually for a wedding photo at Leonards

amazing wedding day portrait of Long Island Pakistani bride

portraits taken of Indian bride and groom at their wedding

beautiful portrait taken of Indian bride on her wedding day
At the end of the night, after most of the guests had already left, their family members and a few of their closest friends gathered around to send them off!
Muslim bride leaves wedding reception with the Koran being carried over her head
They really wanted us to get some shots of their Rolls Royce Phantom.  (I don’t know anything about cars, at ALL, but apparently, the Phantom is a pretty big deal.)  ;)
Rolls Royce Phantom rental pulls up to take the newly married couple to their hotel

bride says goodbye to all of her family members before getting into the Phantom


The perfect end to a perfect day!
bride and groom pull away from their wedding reception in a Rolls Royce Phantom

Aziza and Nauman, once again, thank-you so much for choosing us to be a part of your wedding day! We absolutely loved every part of it! You guys were so easy and fun to work with. We wish you all the best ALWAYS!! :)

We got there early enough to document the set-up/assembly part of the day, so if you’d like to see how Aziza, Nauman, and their team pulled this all together, check out the Shadi Paradise Promo Show we put together for them!!

  • Jessica SAYS...

    WOW! the colors are beautiful!

  • Sheneela SAYS...

    The decor is just mind blowing. tooooooooooooooooooooooo gooooddd !!!

  • Jamie Allen SAYS...

    The moments you captured during this special wedding event for Aziza and Nauman are nothing short of spectacular. I love the detail shots of Aziza getting prepared and her supportive Mom waiting in the background, I always feel those shots will be especially meaningful to the couple in later times.

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks so much, Meghan! They are definitely a gorgeous couple, and their wedding was amazing!! We feel so honored to have been a part of it. :)

  • Meghan McCarthy SAYS...

    Jen & Ben,
    Can I just say these are some of the most beautiful wedding shots I have ever seen. Amazing job. I am repeatedly wow-ed by you guys. What a beautiful couple you had as subjects!