Our next post brings us to the end of June in 2017, almost exactly two years ago. This was one of the most beautiful weddings we’ve ever been a part of, with some of the most beautiful photos (by Concept Photography, who graciously shared them with us). The couple was Eshaba and Rakin, who held their wedding at Bella Collina in Montverde, Florida. From the gorgeous traditional attire and ceremony, to the romantic and stylish reception, this was truly a unique and memorable wedding to be a part of.
The day began with hair and makeup by Le Jeune Artistry. Eshaba then got ready for the day in beautiful traditional attire, absolutely sparkling in a jeweled headpiece, gown, and veil. Meanwhile, Rakin prepared for the day in a classy tuxedo and simple boutonniere from Raining Roses. The two captured a few photos with ladies and gentlemen of their choice before meeting for the First Look photo shoot.
The first look photo shoot for Eshaba and Rakin was almost as beautiful as the ceremony. The two met in the courtyard of Bella Collina, where Eshaba embraced her groom from behind. When Rakin turned around to see his bride, you could not help but see the love and awe in his eyes. Our happy couple then took pictures all around the venue, from the reflecting pool to beneath a bridge, and found opportunities to feature the beautiful floral décor by Raining Roses. As the evening approached, guests began to arrive, and took their seats in the transformed fountain courtyard.
The ceremony began with Rakin’s entrance, escorting his mother and joined by his father. He was followed by Eshaba’s entrance, escorted by her parents. The ceremony incorporated many traditions, including signing the Nikahnama, or marriage contract, and a ritual known as Arsi Mushraf, in which the bride and groom see each other for the first time as spouses through a mirror. The ceremony was beautifully set in the front courtyard of Bella Collina, with linens and flowers draped from the columns, and a gorgeous white loveseat for the bride and groom.
The tables for reception were set inside, with intricate lace linens, beautiful floral centerpieces, and of course, a multi-tiered wedding cake by Party Flavors. The cake had varied layers of texturing and gold detail, with the couple’s initials in gold on the top tier. Before making their entrance at the reception, Eshaba and Rakin took a few quick pictures with their classy transportation for the night.
It was a later reception than most, with the bride and groom being introduced to the space at 8:45pm. But the party got started quickly, with a first dance, toasts, and the serving of dinner. The music and entertainment was led by the DJ from Fyerfly Productions, who mixed Top 40 with Bollywood. Eshaba and Rakin cut their beautiful cake and danced the night away with their guests.
Congratulations to the happy couple, Eshaba and Rakin! Thank you for including us on your beautiful day; it was truly an honor. Much thanks and love go out to our venue and vendors:
Venue & Catering: Bella Collina • Hair & Makeup: Le Jeune Artistry • Planner: Anna Christine Events • Florist: Raining Roses • Photographer: Concept Photography • Filmographer: Adam Lora Videography • Cake: Party Flavors • DJ: Fyerfly Productions