My anniversary Registry ❤

Amir and I finally got round to getting our registry done last weekend! We never got round to it in the chaos of wedding prep last year so eventually decided to do it on our first year anniversary. Unfortunately the dates didn’t quite match up to last year and we ended up missing the closest date so settle for the 14th which was closest to the walima.

The day went lovely! We got up early (to the sound of rain..) and I spent an hour putting my face on…well mostly sticking on eyelashes which kept coming off! Got there in the end though. I then got changed and went to the hairdressers to get my hair done as I wanted to look nice and hairstyling is not really my strong point. By the time I left the hairdressers I was pretty much ready, on time and just had a few last minute touches to add! To add a sentimental touch I used a hair piece from my engagement, my bangles and bag from my wedding day and was so so so lucky to be given a beautiful brooch by my mother in law who had been given to her by her mother in law and it matched perfectly!

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engagement hair piece

Once the family had all arrived we made our way to the registry office to get married…lawfully and officially! 🙂

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we do!

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my husband ever the poser

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After the ceremony which was short and sweet we made our way outside for some pictures together and with the family

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Thankfully the weather stayed ok enough during this time too. Once we’d posed for more pictures than amir wanted we made our way home to relax a while and to allow time for midday prayers before lunch. I took the time to enjoy the lovely gifts I received from family, jewellery, beautiful flowers and LOTS of chocolate!

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me and gorgeous baby niece

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more posing

Once everyone had had a few minutes to relax, chit chat and give me plenty of much deserved compliments (I know, I’m sooo modest! Haha) we made our way to the restaurant nearby where we had booked the upstairs area for our lunch.

While we waited a few speeches were made and amir was even encouraged to make one which was sweet. I refused on the other hand which Amir moaned about…hey! I wasn’t prepared and I don’t do ‘on the spot’ speeches thankyou! 😉

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amir making a speech

The food arrived slowly at first but soon our tables were filled, the food was yummy! Almost everyone commented on how good it all tasted which was great. And for dessert? What else…..cake!!!!

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guess who got first bite…?mmmmm!

Once we had all eaten some of our family had to set off home and the rest came home with us to spend the evening laughing and celebrating our anniversary, marriage and mum in laws and cousin S’ birthday as well with more gifts and more cake! (I must’ve eaten about 3 slices that day!)

Mostly though, I was just happy I got to marry the man I luuuurve all over again and be reminded of how lucky I am and how happy he makes me, hope our marriage lasts forever and always. X

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Wedding pics have arrived!

After months and months of waiting they finally arrived!! Our wedding albums and videos were ready at last (and about time too!).

We went to collect the final albums and draft videos to watch through and check for anything we wanted to edit. They came out absolutely STUNNING. I was so impressed with the quality of work that had gone into making our special day look so good and everyone we showed agreed.

They came in special personalised bags which added a nice touch…

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They were kept safe in made to measure boxes..

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The front covers looked awesome!

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mendhi album

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wedding album

Here are a sneak peak at some of the pics in the albums (excuse my poor picture taking skills!) the albums were made so well with the range of effects and camera tricks used (I’m just glad they made me look pretty!) 😉

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walima *sigh* my dress…

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love this pic

We also got some cool wedding gifts from the company 🙂

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a clock…with us on!

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a mug with our mugs on

We spent the entire day watching through all our videos and they came out sooooo good. Now can’t wait to share them with the rest of my family 🙂

I’m off to gaze at some more wedding pics now… X

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The Wedding!

There is so much to write about the actual wedding day and the preparation for it so I will be posting a seperate post on the preperation. I will try and limit what i say as pictures speak a thousand words as they say!

On the actual wedding day i was crazily nervous! Even though I was already Islamically married, this was the day I would have all eyes on me! I am quite a soft spoken, shy person so the idea of sitting in front of hundreds of people was very daunting, I just knew i would get stage fright!
More importantly i was very emotional, this was my last day in my home and my mum did not help that morning by setting me off with her tears 😦

My sisters got ready very early and left for the wedding hall to check it had been set up properly and to add the finaly touches, shortly after I left to go to my sister house around the corner to get ready in peace away from the hustle and bustle and business of my house where family were soon to be arriving. Once i was at my sisters i felt slightly less panicked, even less when my hair and makeup artists arrived. My makeup artists was fantastic! I had had a trial with her a few months earlier to fins a style which suited me and i must say she made me look ten times better on the actual day. Once i was ready my parents came to pick me up in a mercedes chauffered hire car and off we went!

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At the venue whilst I hid upstairs and waited for the groom to arrive i was kept company by friends and family until we heard them coming…yes HEARD. Boys being boys, Amir and his male companions had hired out like a gazillion expensive cars (they were very excited for him to be getting married so made that special effort….through cars!) and a dhol player who was LOUD which made my heart race even more…showtime!

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Amir and Saq on stage waiting for me

Soon after i was walked down by my family with my entrance song in the background, I just remember being so nervous i started to cry until thankfully i heard a massive cheer from my work friends which made me laugh and gave me those vital seconds to quickly compose myself. (thanks guys!) I also remember just seeing Amir standing on the stage waiting for me and being able to focus on him made me zone out the crowd a little.

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my entrance me and Amir about to cut the cake

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Once on stage there was lots of hugs and congratulations from guests and wayyyyy too much posing and smiling for the camera (my jaws hurt from smiling too much!). The guests ate, we cut the cake (which was set up looking AH-MAY-ZING!!), handed out cupcakes and sat back for more photgraphs. The hall and stage setup btw was also fabulous and everything co-ordinated and matched perfectly.

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By the time it was time to leave, my mum and Amir’s mum had already set each other off so i avioded all eye contact! I WAS NOT GOING TO CRY! (i had already at this point had some happy tears from guests as well which i tried not to react to), my brother held the holy Qur’an over my head as we left the hall towards the cars and the family and guests walked us all out. when we reached the car my first thought was ‘the car door is open, get in and avoid the emotional hugs!’ but I figured that would probably be rude and even though my body was leaning towards getting in I made myself turn around and start the goodbyes. I hugged my mum and dad, brother and sisters, aunts and whoever else was in close range and oh my god, i have never felt so sad in my life. This was it, my whole life and all the people i had ever known in it was being left behind and to see them so emotional pulled at my heartstrings, how would I be able to cope without them?? Luckily for me I also had plenty of words of encouragement and after about 5 or 10 minutes i couldnt take anymore and turned to sit in the car. I was waved off by all the people I cared about with duas (prayers) wishing me luck on my new life. The wedding day was over and a part of me was relieved but also excited…I was about to embark on a new journey with my husband and I had a feeling as I left everyone behind that it would be a good one…IMG_1937 - Copy

leaving for my new home and life…

Dholki Nights

Shortly after the nikkah and a week before the wedding, my sister N had a marquee put up in our garden. Me and N gathered together materials, lanterns and decorative peices which we had from my brothers wedding 2 years before. All of the family chipped in to help and by the time we had finished it looked AWESOME!

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I fel so glad that everyone was making an effort to help me make my wedding a good one and even happier that the family was making my last few days at home a time to really remember. We used the dholki that I had bought a few months before to use as entertainment as well as belly dancing scarves, dhandhia sticks and set up a laptop to blast our music from, additionally we had printed out traditional dholki night songs which we would sing with out guests later.

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tent foodThe purpose of the dholki nights was that all the ladies of the girls family and friends get together and sing weddings songs, eat good food and give the bride-to-be an appropriate send off to the grooms home (thats what I took from it anyway). My sisters and I had all invited my friends and family around (each night for a week) to help me celebrate. Initially the guests in the beginning of the week were a few here and there but by middle and end of the week we had plenty and the parties were really starting.

Each night me and my sisters dressed up, did our hair and makeup and set up the marquee for the party. Mum made some food to serve on each night and to lighten the load of cooking we ordered food in, we also had guests who brought along dishes as well. In terms of entertainment, there was plenty! We had all forms of dancing, singing, playing the dholki and games. At on point we all got up to dance (i hate making a prat of myself and i still got up) including my Mum and her friends! Was such a good laugh 🙂 Myt neice and cousin also did a little duet dancing routine which was very cute. The only somewhat downside was (which was fine with me) that no one could play the dholki except me! (and my tune was pretty simple) so turned out most nights i played the dholki on my own dholki nights! There was a few times an aunty took over but she only came on 1 or 2 of the nights.

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On the Thursday before the wedding, my mendhi artist and her assistant came to do my bridal mendhi and her assistant to do my sisters and guests. I started early (around 4 o’clock) so that my mendhi would be dried on my hands by the time the guests arrived. I decided to do my mendhi 2 days before so that the colour would be able to come out as dark as possible. I was super excited and couldnt wait! I was finally turning into a proper bride 😀

My mendhi artist was amazing, like REALLY amazing. She had done my best friends wedding two years earlier and another friends a few weeks earlier, everyone seemed to be using her and i know exactly why! i had asked for a more arabic looking design and she did not dissapoint, i already knew she was good because i had also used her a week before for my mendhi night when she had done a glitter design on my hands. I must say though it was VERY tiring, sitting still for hours and trying not to smudge anything…yikes! On top of that my work friends had to feed me (which they found hilarious) as i couldnt use my hands in case i ruined the design. The mendhi lady added sugar water on top of the mendhi once it had dried to encourage the colour of the mendhi to come out even darker.

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All in all the dholki nights is one of the best things i remember in the lead up to the wedding, it reminds of such a happy, calm time when i had all my family and friends around to send me off in such a loving way.

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