“A Bride that has been raised as a Princess Deserves nothing less than a Fairytale Wedding.” – Rahul Kumar, Vivaah Celebrations
What happens when two royals who want to have an extravagant celebration fall in love? YES! It turns out to be an opulent destination wedding in one of the most glamorous cities in the world!
Planned by Rahul Kumar, Founder of Vivaah Celebrations from UAE, one of the top luxury wedding planners in the world, the celebration spanned over the course of 6 days in 4 different locations from the 10th to the 15th of January 2023, and it was a hailed as the first Indian destination wedding of 2023 in Dubai.
The Fairytale wedding celebrations for the bride and groom took shape over a 12-month detailed planning and conceptualizing. The bride Sania Mulk, an architect by profession hails from the Royal family of Nawabs of Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India and the groom Bilal Khalid Ahmed who’s in the defense background is from Karachi, Pakistan.
Read on below to find out the different aspects of their wedding!
It began with the exquisite Chandni Raat (moonlight)-themed welcome dinner at the bride’s residence. Guests were beautifully dressed in whites and silver to complement this bright evening. The groom was welcomed by a beautiful rose petal shower by the hostesses to commence the union of the two families.
The beautiful bride, Sania, had a stunning entry with her loved ones, and bridesmaids walked in with countless gorgeous glimmering LED balloons representing the theme. Our Bride made her way toward her Prince charming as the guests witnessed the spectacular dancing fountain show at their residence, which elevated the evening to the next level. The evening continued with MC Shobhna and interactive games and activities for the guests, followed by a renowned duo who sang the night away.
The next morning, the Manjay Ceremony kickstarted the celebrations for the bride’s side of the family. Hosted at The Mulk Residence at Al Barari, Dubai. This ‘Sheesh Mahal’ (mirror castle) morning began as the astonishing bride walked toward the lavish garden under her beautifully adorned flower chaadar in shades of oranges, yellows, and gold. Sania then proceeded with the Manjay rituals with her close family, where they adorned her with jewelry and showered her with tons of fresh flower petals.
As Live Entertainment is one of the biggest trends of 2023 weddings, the team at Vivaah Celebrations made sure that the guests enjoyed using the rickshaw photo booth this morning to capture their memories. They interacted with the live clay bangle maker curating beautiful bangles by checking their wrist size and colors. The morning event ended with a royal breakfast feast served to the guests.
Sangeet- Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
For their Sangeet evening, the venue at Madinat Jumeirah was transformed into a setting never seen before. The ‘Welcome to Agrabah’, an Aladdin-themed event was one of the most exquisite events at this wedding. The Mehendi-Sangeet Bash at the gorgeous Fort Island at Madinat Jumeirah was inspired by the 1001 Arabian Nights and was converted into an astonishing Ottoman Night.
The entry was magical! To give an authentic experience, the guests were welcomed through a beautifully decorated walkway with Moroccan lamps and other local accessories. This path led them straight into the Souk Area, which was converted to Sania and Bilal’s Bazaar. There were several souk carts with beautiful handmade accessories, diaries, pens, pearl-crafted jewelry boxes, and much more. To elevate the experience, they also had a gorgeous violinist at a height playing her beautiful tunes.
After such a rich experience, the hostesses guided all the guests towards Fort Island, which was embellished with royal furniture with vibrant colors. The evening continued with DJ Gautam playing tunes to set the guests’ mood for the exciting evening ahead. Once all the guests settled in this beautiful venue with lanterns and Moroccan-themed centerpieces, their sight went straight to the stunning menus and agenda of the evening crafted by VC Creatives with intricate gold designs on a rich velvet print.
The Sangeet evening then officially began; after entertaining the audience, the lovely MCs welcomed the sisters from the groom’s side to bring in the Mehendi Trays like pure Royalty. Soon after this, the groom made his entry which was one of the numerous highlights of the evening. The groom walked in like Royalty with his LED Drum Band, SFX, and a parade of groomsmen.
As all guests were asked to make their way to all corners of Fort Island, surrounded by a beautiful water body, they witnessed a spectacular show. The bride arrived on an Abra (a royal boat) with a parade of 12 boats behind her with dancers in beautiful costumes, such a magical sight to see! She looked stunning in her attire; she looked straight out of the movie. As she waved the guests a hello and got off the boat, the guests again witnessed another beautiful show by the DANS team choreographed by Satyen Babla. Our MCs then interacted with our beautiful couple and welcomed the entry of a famous Pakistani power couple Ayeza Khan and Danish Taimoori. who flew in to greet the couple and this magical evening.
Celebrity Gauhar Khan, an Actress also known for her win in Big Boss, and Yasir Hussain, a star from Pakistan, got introduced to the crowd and made their Filmfare entry as they walked up the beautiful bridge of Fort Island.
This incredible evening did not stop surprising us; the upcoming act blew everyone’s mind away. Most talented Indian dancer Parvati opened the Royal Kishti performance, a royal gift exchange between the two families.
Wedding Day – Asateer, Atlantis the Palm
Drawing inspiration from the Mughal times, the guests were welcomed by over 50 soldiers lined up on both sides of the driveway under the theme of The Royal Mughal Baraat Raat. They saluted the guests through the driveway as their car pulled up to the beautiful Asateer tent of Atlantis on the Palm where they were further greeted by native soldiers from Africa. As the guests walked in, beautiful hostesses adorned in ethnic outfits greeted them with a Salaam – a traditional gesture of respect and welcome to the guests.
The venue was decked up like none other; one could smell hundreds of fresh roses all around the beautiful arena giving a rich royal feel to the evening. The Decor was inspired by Royal Mughal Palaces with Golds and Reds and a grand stage with handcrafted beautiful water fountains on each side. This event also featured custom-made plush furniture and designer tableware representing the richness of the evening, with some of the finest culinary experiences brought straight to the table like Royalty.
This evening saw VIPs, as team Vivaah Celebrations ensured that all protocols were implemented. Celebrities, VIP families, The Royal family, and High Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan attended this spectacular evening to congratulate Mr. Shahji Nawab Ul Mulk and the newly wedded beautiful couple Sania Mulk and Bilal Ahmed.
The Groom’s Baraat procession was power-packed, with his entourage dancing their way through a 120-meter-long stretch pathway along the entrance of Asateer. The one-hour-long baraat saw talent from over the globe with shows, stunts, and different experiences for the guests to enjoy. These dancers led the baraat as the procession followed. Finally, we could see the groom enter on his Royal Horse, along with his Kingsmen. Over 100 performers mesmerized the crowd, and it was definitely a Baraat you wouldn’t want to miss!
Shehzaadi Sania’s entrance was nothing less than a grand spectacle. Suddenly, the lights of this gorgeous venue slightly dimmed, and a soldier came running in to hand over a scroll to the MCs to announce the Royal Entrance of our Padmavat-inspired bride. Dancers entered, dancing their way in, and performed a lovely act before our Shehzaadi walked in with her Shamadaan Dancers with her 5-meter veil behind her. She looked absolutely stunning in her Mughal wedding dress. Her Shahenshah (king )walked over to the center of the floor, and they met in the middle, surrounded by alluring flowers which reflected their love for each other. He lifted her veil, and they said their vows. Bilal then took Sania up on stage to continue the evening.
Entertainment was overflowing with back-to-back stunning performances. One of the most talented dancers from Pakistan, Sara Loren, gracefully performed while she took the stage and left everyone speechless which her elegance. Surrounded by background dancers complimenting her moves on Dewaani Mastani from Bajirao Mastani, it looked like a sight straight out of a movie.
The night’s finale star performer had finally arrived. A performance that everyone was eagerly waiting for. Ali Zafar, a renowned actor and singer, flew to Dubai to make this evening special. This magical night ended with the emotional Bidai ceremony of Sania. Overall the whole vibe was surreal!
Walima: – Ritz Carlton JBR
The next day guests gathered to Celebrate Sania and Bilal’s love at their Walima evening. Amidst detailed centerpieces, plush floral installations, and a blanket of fairy lights, the ‘Night under the Stars’ Walima Evening had the guests in awe of the surreal settings on a chilly evening at the Ritz Carlton Dubai. With the views to the Ain Dubai, the couple entered as the night sky shined bright and was filled with a show-stopping fireworks display as the celebrations came to an end. The couple had their first dance, cut their gorgeous wedding cake, and danced the night away with friends and family as DJ Sash spun behind the decks.
As they say, weddings are all about making visions into beautiful realities. Shehzaadi Sania Mulk had a vision and a dream that Vivaah Celebrations helped her achieve and bring to life. With over 40 operations executives, 50 fabricators, 12 florists, 30 chefs, 20 different menus, and many spectacular performing artists, this 6-day wedding celebration was indeed an extravaganza witnessed by over 1,000 guests attending from various parts of the world.
All the themes, concepts, show flows, and artists were planned, conceptualized, and managed by Vivaah Celebrations. Create a trendsetting example for your celebrations by booking them right here on DWP Insider!
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Planned & Managed By: @vivaahcelebrations
Photography: @delhivelvet @lk_design_photography
Venues: Asateer Tent, Atlantis, Fort Island Madinat Jumeirah, Ritz Carlton JBR & Al Barari
Stationery & Collaterals: @vccreativestudios
Artists: @paro_nair @saralorenofficial @ali_zafar @ayezakhan.ak
MCs: Gauhar Khan @gauharkhan & Yasir Hussain @yasir.hussain131