Chennai Nikah With a Touch Of Glam!
BY Latha Sunadh | 10 Jun, 2016 | 1429 views | 4 min read
From an adventurous proposal to a Spanish themed brunch, and then a traditional Nikah all the way in Chennai. Planned by F5 Weddings , Zahra & Muf really did combine countries and cultures into their big celebration. Photography by PK Suri Worldwide Studios
Meet Zahra & Muf
"In December 2013, I get a call from one of my very close friends, Alisha, telling me she's given this boy called Muf (yes, I thought it was a strange name too) my number and that he was going to text me. He called and we met for drinks and I thought what harm can one drink do. That was it, 1 evening, 1 bottle of wine and no dinner (yes, he didn't feed me) and here we are a year and a half later creating our wedding website. But as they say, when you know, you know!!" says Zahra.
"The proposal too was a cute one. From the time that I confidently started presuming that Muf was going to propose to me I had always told him that if it was a cheesy proposal my answer would be NO! I know, didn't take the pressure off one bit! But hey, I'm only ever going to get one proposal. The proposal crew made me solve puzzles and gather clues and move from one place to the next all over Dubai, something inspired by The Amazing Race. When we got to our final clue, I found myself standing on a pier in the middle of the ocean with the Burj to my right and open waters to my left with a box in front of me that had a ring and a note that said "Will you marry me?" He made me work three hours all over Dubai to get proposed to but it could not have been more worth it," explains Zahra.
The Spanish Fiesta
From The Bride:
"It happened by chance. We originally wanted to get married in Jaipur but the hotel could not accommodate us and the second option was Chennai and the moment we walked in, we loved the Leela Palace there, it's quite a Modern Day Palace. The festivities kicked off with a welcome Mehendi lunch which had traditional décor with vibrant pink, orange and green while the cocktail evening had an English rustic theme with hints of pink. Twigs, branches and birds hanging cages were well incorporated in the decor. Local acoustic band ensured everybody was grooving till the wee hours. F5 weddings, my planners had these suave and outrageously talented bartenders fly down from Dubai who kept most guests glued to the bar with their crafty cocktails.
The second day witnessed a Spanish themed brunch titled Viva La Fiesta. Ladies were welcomed with floral tiara and hats for men. We entered on a colorful tri-cycle. Plenty of games and activities like live Jenga, ring toss, beer pongs and colorful photo booths with kept the guests engaged and most of them seemed to have revived their childhood. And after all the morning fiesta-ness the evening Sangeet was full of power performances. A huge 40 feet stage with 1000 bulbs was created with a walkway with 10000 roses. And finally, the Nikaah was celebrated in one of Leela's best venues, the Chess Garden. All guests were received with rose water showers and jasmine bracelets. Reception was an all white décor with lots of toasts and speeches from family," explains Zahra.
Vendors: Wedding Planners: F5 Weddings |Venue: The Leela Palace |Bride's Outfits: Mehendi outfit by Shyamal Bhumika ; Nikah outfit by Dolly J Bridal Collection ; |Groom's Outfits: Mehendi outfit by Rohit Bal ; Sangeet & Nikah outfit by Golden Boutique by Avinash punjabi ; Reception outfit by Tarun Tahiliani |Hair & Makeup: Priya Todarwal Bridal Makeup |Choreographer: Nisha Lulla |DJ: Dj Zen |Photography: PK Suri Worldwide Studios