Mehak & Shoaib’s Epic Indian Wedding

Mehak & Shoaib’s Epic Indian Wedding

Are you ready for real wedding of epically stylish proportions? Dublin-based couple Shoaib and Mehak no doubt felt like a king and queen as they tied the knot in Bangalore Palace in India. The couple had 500 join them for their Nikah in Kashmir and the guest list soared to 1,000 for their reception in Bangalore. Their “big cultural clash” wedding saw them marry their traditions exquisitely in an ornate celebration that oozed vivid colour, sensational style (including not one but three utterly dazzling bridal looks), beautiful blooms, pure jubilation and so much heart. KK Studios was there to capture their summer wedding celebration in all its glittering glory, so without further ado let the magic commence!

So before we experience the breathtaking celebrations, let’s begin with Mehak and Shoaib’s love story, shall we? Mehak fills us in on how their happily ever after began. She tells us, “We met via a common friend who Shoaib was dating at that time and eventually found out that we were more suited with one another.”

And what about the proposal? Mehak shares, “Funnily there wasn’t a direct proposal but more so one which had our parents involved. I was clear that if my parents say yes, we’ll move forward and if not then it’s a big no.” Shoaib had already hatched a master plan as he explains, “I had already made the background arrangements which involved pre-convincing Mehak’s family and first cousins, so it was an easy game for me.”

Shoaib is from Bangalore and Mehak is from Kashmir and she dreamt of celebrating their union at home. “I knew from the beginning that it had to be my home, that would make it the ‘one’. The place where I grew up, spent my entire childhood, it screamed of nostalgia and memories. I wanted to honour that place and those memories and so there couldn’t be a more perfect venue than that.”

It was imperative to the couple that they honoured their cultures and traditions. Seeing eye to eye with your other half when you’re planning a wedding can be challenging and they admit they found it “absolutely hard” to have anything in common when it came to fusing their cultures throughout the festivities. “We both wanted to honour our traditional rituals and fought a lot as we felt guilty for not being able to do it, ultimately amidst the fights and chaos it all took place the way it was meant to be.”

They will never forget the summer of 2023, as they held their Nikah on June 18th and their reception on June 24th. We have to take a quick break from our story to marvel over Mehak’s phenomenal style for the Mehndi party which featured an electric blue choli, a dreamy light pink tulle odhni and a resplendent lehenga embellished with resham embroidery and sparkling sequins and stones.

As they were tying the knot in an interstate marriage, ensuring that their guests were fully informed of the cultural practices was top of the priority list along with working out a game plan so that they could travel with ease to join them and celebrate. That, and a mouthwateringly perfect menu! They worked with DMS Events to bring their wedding dreams to life.

“It was the first visit for Mehak’s family in the big city (Bangalore) and similarly, it was Shoaib’s family’s first time stepping into the valley (Kashmir). It was a big cultural clash wedding, since we knew what we were getting into, things had to be organised in such a way that made them feel comfortable and not out of place.”

“With people traveling from the north to the south part of India in the midst of summer, it was an intense experience for travellers. Since we had to beat the relentless heat in Bangalore, we made sure that our guests had received clear and comprehensive information on their itinerary, which included accommodation options, food, commute, pre-or post-wedding events. We wanted everyone to enjoy it to the fullest and not worry about anything.”

Reflecting on the process of planning their wedding, they say with a chuckle, “Believe us when we say it was chaos mixed with emotions and laughter. We went into no contact mode and did what we had to do, communicating via family members or siblings. As chaotic as the wedding was, it had a fun element of its own, Mehak’s side of the family had a set routine and ritual that were meant to take place and Shoaib’s side was more light-hearted so we just left the families to deal with each other.”

“Seeing this going in the opposite direction but with a hit of warmth and emotion, it was all that we wanted but never expected,” they add. Mehak took our breath away with her regal scarlet three-piece pishwas bridal set by Fiazah Saqlain. Red is a traditional colour for Indian brides as it symbolises prosperity, fertility and luck.

Reflecting on their wonderful ceremony, Mehak says, “We said our vows in front of each other with our families by our side. Having a typical Kashmiri wedding and Shoaib honouring it like his own, won my heart and made me even more emotional.”

From the signage to the stunning ceremony arch which comprise of white blooms, lush foliage and gilded leaves, florals played a key role in the styling. With dazzling chandeliers overhead, twinkling fairy lights and the romantic flicker of candlelit, it was a stunning sight to behold.

For their reception, a once-in-a-lifetime celebration called for a wedding venue with real wow-factor. For Shoaib, he fell in love with the idea of tying the knot in a venue fit for royalty. We don’t blame him!

“Bangalore weddings are all about the venue, food, a huge gathering, and décor. Hence, we had to pick the right venue that ticked all the boxes,” he shares. The grounds of Bangalore Palace are a much sought-after destination for wedding celebrations and the waitlist can fill up for wedding season in a flash. Thankfully, the stars aligned for the couple! “Luckily, we managed to book it in advance, and turning our special day into a grandiose affair to remember.”

Built in 1887 by King Chamarajendra Wadiyar, the palace boasts Tudor and Scottish Gothic architecture and sprawls over 45,000 square feet. Encased by idyllic grounds, it was their own world of romance which was illuminated spectacularly for their wedding night. With a dreamy hanging wisteria installation greeting guests as they entered the grounds, the outdoor ceremony space was beautifully botanical, adorned with exuberant white flowers.

We couldn’t stop ourselves from audibly swooned over the detail of Mehak’s reception outfit. She was a vision of decadent elegance in her pastel pink ensemble which sparkled with every single step she took. She complemented the enchanting ensemble with statement diamond and pearl accessories. Wow, wow wow!

Serving up timeless wedding style inspiration for grooms, debonair groom Shoaib opted for a suave navy three-piece suit by Massimo Dutti which he paired with a crisp white shirt, brown patent brogues and a cream tie.

Can we take a moment to appreciate the couple’s spectacular entrance? They look a picture of true happiness. A fun little fact about their wedding venue, it was specifically constructed to resemble Windsor Castle in the UK!

We were curious what words of wisdom the newlyweds have for engaged couples on the wedding planning front. Go with the flow, they say. “You can plan all you want but things will be chaotic – sit back and relax, you will miss this chaos and it’s so worth it.”

As the couple used up their annual leave for their wedding, their honeymoon is still on the horizon. Their destination? Greece and the Maldives. We have a very sneaky suspicion the wait will be well worth it.

They celebrated newlywed life by jet off on a mini-moon a bit closer to home. “We eloped to UK and spent a week in Scottish Highlands in September, just before winters and we got insanely lucky with the weather!”

A huge congratulations and thank you to Mehak and Shoaib for sharing their stunning Indian wedding with One Fab Day and to KK Studioz for the incredible pictures.

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