Traditional Twist: Vibrant Pakistani Wedding

From: Spring/Summer 2016 edition

THE FIRST IMPRESSION: During their second date, Shayan Abbasi, a management consultant at Accenture, took Alveena Rashid Bhatti, a fashion marketing and management student at the Art Institute of Seattle, to dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Throughout the meal, all Alveena could think was: “He’d make a great husband.”

WONDERFUL WEEKEND: In a nod to their heritage, the couple created a three-day series of events that honored traditional Pakistani multiday wedding ceremonies. The weekend started with a spirited mehndi ritual and reception at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront, with an intimate wedding ceremony taking place at their family mosque on the second day and a formal wedding reception wrapping up the celebration on the third at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

POP ART: The mehndi reception was drenched in pink and orange, designed to play off the duo’s fashion tastes and inspired by the vibrant truck art graffiti that has captured the imagination of popular culture across Pakistan and India. The celebration included dancing competitions, a photo booth, and a bright cart filled with Pakistani sweets and colorful bangles for all the female guests to don as accessories.

DEEP ROOTS: The couple incorporated a one-of-a-kind living bench, which they had originally spotted while on a date at University Village, into their reception. Rented Elegance embellished the bench with pink orchids to create a larger-than-life seat for the groom and bride to sit on as their guests mingled around them.

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Credits: 
BRIDAL GOWNS
For mehndi ritual Designed by Pakistani gown designer Zara Shahjahan. For mosque ceremony Muse gown. For reception Élan gown
BRIDAL ACCESSORIES
Karat Jewelers in Lahore, Pakistan
BRIDESMAIDS’ ATTIRE
Designed by bride’s sister, Zehra Bhatti
CAKE FOR RECEPTION
CATERER
DJ
Inder Paul Kandola
FLORIST and DECOR
FAVORS
GROOM’S ATTIRE and ACCESSORIES
For mehndi ritual Designed by Pakistani designer Deepak Perwani. For mosque ceremony Wore his father’s wedding suit. For reception Jabeen’s in Karachi, Pakistan
GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE
Hugo Boss & Zegna
INVITATIONS
LIGHTING
PHOTOGRAPHER
RENTALS
RENTALS
TRANSPORTATION
TRANSPORTATION
VENUE
VENUE
VENUE
Masjid Umar al-Farooq Mosque