Today we are featuring the beautiful wedding of Iffat and Andrew, photographed by Austin wedding photographer Studio Uma.
Iffat and Andrew created a weekend of fusion wedding celebrations, that was a reflection of their Pakistani and Midwest cultures. The wedding festivities began with a fun Mehendi ceremony, with dholki, and performances by family members. The bright yellows, and greens, adds to the festive mood of the Mehendi celebrations. Iffat is adorned by beautiful floral jewelry, and henna on her hands.
The wedding day included not one but two official wedding ceremonies, including the Nikkah, which is the traditional Muslim marriage ceremony. Iffat looks gorgeous in a royal blue “Laacha” style lehenga, and Andrew makes for a very handsome groom in a sherwani complete with a turban. I love the vibrant blues, maroons, and gold colors used in the decor for the Nikkah.
The bride and groom kicked off the reception with their grand entrance, dancing to Gangnam Style. The reception features stunning views of the downtown Austin, which are the courtesy of the top floor ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Austin. I adore the reception decor, which features orchids, roses, candles, and beautiful willow branches.
My favorite photos of the wedding are from the Joota Chupai. At the wedding reception, there was an entertaining and intense negotiation between the bride’s sisters, cousins, and Andrew. The best man stepped up to negotiate on behalf of the outnumbered groom. The wedding celebrations concluded with a bouquet toss, and vidaii.
Photography: Studio Uma
Wedding coordinator: Barbara’s Brides
Flowers: Bouquets of Austin
Videography: Crescent Video
Ceremony and Reception Music: Stafford Jones
Officiant: Judge Jon Wisser
Linens: Yara with Unique Designs
Venue: Hyatt Regency Austin
Mehndi/Henna: Nipa Desai
Makeup: Skin by Diana
Sofa rental: Furbish Vintage Rentals
Hair stylist: Valerie Frazee