Raabia and Sameer tied the knot in a lavish and absolutely royal Pakistani/Indian wedding on April 7, 2019 at the majestic Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California.

The Meeting

Raabia: We were introduced by mutual friends! His cousin (whom I actually went to kindergarten with) and my best friend orchestrated the whole thing.  My best friend ran into Sameer and his cousin at dinner and instantly thought of hooking me up with him. Within a few days, Sameer sent me a DM via Instagram and the rest is history! He was living in Seattle and I was living in San Francisco and we did long distance for 2 years. 

The Proposal

Raabia: He proposed to me at my bridal shower!  We did things out of order.  His family came over to ask for my hand and the next day we had our engagement party.  Since our wedding was only 6 months away we both got caught up with the wedding planning process, the proposal got lost within that time and I had given up on getting my fairy-tale proposal.  Low and behold, Sameer was planning behind the scenes with my sisters on exactly how and when he was going to propose to me. My bridal shower was one month before the wedding and Sameer was out of town.  I thought I wasn’t going to see him until the wedding.  During one of my bridal shower games, my sisters wanted to show me a video. On that video, appeared Sameer on one knee holding an engagement ring in the middle of a field with red rose petals spelling out “Will you marry me?”  I was then prompted to turn around and there was Sameer in person, on one knee! He surprised me in front of all family and friends and I will never forget that day! 

The Wedding

Raabia: We got married at The Resort at Pelican Hill on a sunny Sunday afternoon. We had a dove release at the ceremony surrounded by cherry blossoms under the gazebo. Followed by a romantic, intimate reception in the Mar Vista ballroom at Pelican Hill which was draped in tea pink, candles and chandeliers. It was a dream! 

Vendor Collaboration

Bride: @raabiakibriya || Groom: @devjiii ||  Floral/Event Decor: @hellokismet  || Photography: @warriorandthegypsy
Video: @whiteroseproductions  || Dress Designer: @manshaaobsession ||   Venue: @pelicanhillweddings