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Image: Boraie Photography

For those of you that know me, you know the term “I’m at a loss for words” doesn’t normally come out of my mouth. I almost ALWAYS have an opinion or something to say or a comment to make (just ask my family … or my husband …). I mean I guess that’s one of the reasons why I started a blog. But sometimes you get submissions that really require no words, or really, quite honestly, leave me “at a loss for words”. Arfa & Irfan’s vibrant Pakistani wedding does just that. The colors, the rich textures, the traditions, the stunning beauty – it all literally jumps out of these images from Boraie Photography and really nothing I could write could ever compliment these images. So I’ll stop typing now and instead just leave you with some of the MOST GORGEOUS images you will see this week.

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From the photographer: Arfa and Irfan’s Pakistani wedding took place over one week in May 2014 in the Washington, DC area through multiple traditional events, including the Mehndi and Baraat. The celebration included lots of food, vibrant colors, fun dances, family and friends and most of all, the sentiment of the hour – love.

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Our families were introduced through mutual family friends, and after our families, and Irfan and I got to know each other, we had a simple “baat pakki” (essentially an engagement) at my home with just our immediate families. Later on, Irfan and his family came to my house to give me the engagement ring, and our families decided on a May 2014 wedding that evening (It’s traditional in Pakistani culture to set an approximate wedding date range the day the engagement ring is given).

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Click inside for SO much more of this gorgeous Pakistani wedding!

We had a very traditional Pakistani wedding with all the usual elements – several pre- and post-wedding parties, with the three main traditional events (Mehndi, Baraat, Walima). Like any traditional Pakistani wedding, we had lots of bright colors, great food, and tons of guests!

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Our parents and siblings helped us along every step of the way; planning the wedding was definitely a family event! During the days of the wedding, our cousins and friends were a tremendous help too.

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Our baraat was in a historic mansion, which is pretty unusual for South Asian weddings in the states (because South Asian weddings tend to have hundreds of guests, the most common venue is usually a large hotel banquet hall). Our guests loved it!

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Vendors:

Photography: Boraie Photography | Venues: Mehndi – Holiday Inn (Alexandria, VA) / Baraat – Newton White Mansion (Mitchellville, MD) | Hair and Make-Up, Henna: Bridal Elegance by Suman Khosla | Videography: Toy Box Productions | Catering: Chutny Restaurant (Springfield, VA) | Decorations: Partyland Event Styling Boutique | DJ: DJ Lucky

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