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!!
The lobby outside The Grand Ballroom…
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!!”
I love this shot…it’s just a super close-up of Aziza’s bracelets, but it’s so fun to look at!
Clear, baby grand piano = perfect location for a bouquet shot!! LOVE
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! :)
Aziza’s mom watching her get ready…LOVE it!
The ladies’ room at Leonard’s had mirrored ceilings – lucky me ;)
These next two might be my favorite wedding detail shots EVER.
We grabbed a few shots of the handsome groom while we were waiting for Aziza…
…and then, we took a few shots of the bride and groom before all of the guests arrived.
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!!
Our happy couple being announced in to the 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.
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.
Then, there was Elliot Zimet, an amazing magician/illusionist who you might remember from “America’s Got Talent…”
The third act was this guy, who was a pretty talented Michael Jackson impersonator…he definitely put on a good show.
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.
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!
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.) ;)
The perfect end to a perfect day!
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!!