Neelm and Hafeez’s romantic wedding took place at the stunning Hilton Hotel in Orlando, Florida. A destination wedding with only their closest family and friends around, Neelm and Hafeez tied the knot in an intimate marriage ceremony followed by the traditional mehendi ceremony, sangeet and finally, the Nikah.
How they met
Hafeez and I initially met platonically back in 2001 at a summer camp in Chicago. Hafeez was a visiting counselor from Birmingham, Alabama and I resided in Chicago. Other than a few infrequent happy birthday wishes on Facebook we hadn’t kept in touch. We reconnected over a decade later at a wedding in Chicago (who made the first move varies depending on if you ask Hafeez or Neelm) and the rest is history!
Choosing a location
Since Hafeez and I lived in two different cities with family all over, we decided we wanted a destination wedding to give our guests a vacation-feel, and to celebrate our wedding festivities. We wanted a location that was easy to get to and warm during the winter months, and decided on Orlando. It ended up being the ideal choice!
Theme and Vendors
We wanted a relaxed feel to the weekend with an elegant and simple theme to our wedding ceremonies – we managed to achieve the perfect medium. We realized quickly that since we were having a destination wedding, it was imperative that we work with experienced vendors to ensure everything went smoothly. They each helped us execute our vision perfectly and really allowed us to enjoy our special weekend.
Venue: Hilton, Orlando
Photographer: Z Molu Photography
Cinematographer: Illumination Films
Wedding Dress: Silk Threads by Ruby Bhandari
Flowers: Occasions by Shangri La
Hair: Sanctuary Salon and Spa
Groom’s Attire: Indochino
DJ: DJ Adi