I was contacted by Shahen’s dad when he saw our editorial spread in a magazine, featuring a wedding we had previously organized at the Raffles Hotel. One thing led to another and we were hired two months before their big day to be part of their wedding extravaganza.
Shahen and Nayaab made it clear to me that they wanted their wedding to be first and foremost, a family event. They wanted to deviate from the customary sit-and-eat wedding routine typical of traditional Pakistani weddings, opting instead to entertain their guests thoroughly.
Each segment of the wedding was planned meticulously by the couple for their family and friends to enjoy, from the awards show segment hosted by the emcees (their siblings) that honoured their talented cousins, to the surprise dance that Shahen performed for Nayaab, amidst riotous cheers from the delighted guests.
Being connoisseurs of the finest Indian food, Shahen and Nayaab worked with Shangri-La at every step of the way to ensure that the food was impeccable. On the wedding day, guests were treated to a mouthwatering array of Indian food. In particular, guests raved about their dessert bar, which featured an extensive array of delectable Western confections and traditional Pakistani sweetmeats.
Unsurprisingly, the nuptials were dubbed ‘The Royal Wedding’ by enthralled spectators. Indeed, it was a wedding fit for a king.
Wedding Planner: Rubina Tiyu/Principal Planner & Clarissa Chiang/Assistant Planner from Inside The Knot
Photographer: Jep & Malu: Wedding Storytellers
Videographer: XD Studios
Wedding Venue: Island Ballroom, Shangri-la Hotel
Florist/Decorator: Foyer – InspirationsbyITK , Ballroom – JM Flower
Shoes: Jimmy Choo