An Interfaith Castle Wedding Oozing with Romance & Elegance

Farzia & Rajiv


For as great and inspiring a love story is, it deserves to be celebrated with equal grandeur and radiance that’s full of life and a heartbeat. And Farzia and Rajiv’s wedding in a castle boasted of that exact exuberance and regality that was a class apart & heartwarming.

A flawless blend of intimate and majestic, their wedding was as stirring as empowering their love is. Restoring our faith in love and all the good things in life, this couple’s wedding is something that’s surely gonna make your day today.

About The Couple

Their Tale

Farzia and Rajiv’s story is a unique tale brimming with equal mush and romance. They met online in January 2006 on IMDB. While she hailed from New York, Rajiv is a third generation Malaysian-Indian. What started off as a disagreement on the forum led to private messages as pen pals for almost seven years until Farzia decided to go visit him in Malaysia. The bride recalls, “Everything was so surreal when Rajiv drove down to see me at the weekend. I was counting the days, the hours, the moments and the second till I heard the doorbell ring, footsteps approaching my door and him knock.”

Farzia and Rajiv balance each other out perfectly just like Yin & Yang. While they both are reserved, she is more spontaneous and he is much more disciplined. While she tries to do everything at once taking things on an adventure, he brings her back down to Earth but, ends up enjoying the ride.

The Proposal

Farzia connotes, “Since everything was far from traditions for us, we knew deep down inside it was never about just meeting but, it was the full deal. Him and I didn’t keep in touch from 2013 to 2015, and in 2015 he had a dream where I was walking away and he was chasing me and at one point he couldn’t reach me because I had faded. Funny thing was that something like that was actually happening in reality so when I got the message from him, my heart skipped a beat. A few months later, he did something he thought he’d never had the guts to do. He hopped on a plane, came to NYC, and swept me off my feet. And ever since then, we never looked back.”

The Details

Wedding Planning

For how Farzia wanted to celebrate the union of their love in a castle because their story is her favorite modern day fairytale, she planned her entire wedding by herself with truckloads of aid and support from her maid of honor Asma. With Rajiv and his family putting their absolute faith in her abilities and supporting her all along, she weaved the wedding of her dreams from scratch whilst taking inspiration from various celebrity weddings, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Farzia has been dreaming about Oheka Castle since she was 15 years old and finally getting married at the place was literally a dream come true for her. Her vision that was inspired by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in particular, Sabyasachi, and the dreamer in her, ended up coming to life phenomenally in quaint and romantic hues with sorbet flowers, candles, and crystals. Captured tastefully by I Alam Photography and Images by Aaron, the wedding video and photos are heart satiating.

Gaye Holud/Mehndi Ceremony

The revelries kick-started in the backyard of the bride’s home with a fun and colorful Gaye Holud/Mehndi ceremony that later turned into a groovy Sangeet night. The Mughal Garden themed ceremony was exceptionally planned and executed by Glitz & Glamour Events lending a perfect Morocco meets India vibe just how Farzia wanted.

The place was marked with fairy lights and a striking beige seating with colorful drapes, umbrellas, a pastel couch, a decked up table and Moroccan lamps and candle holders festooned with flowers. The henna themed cake from Moni’s Kitchen also added an Indian touch to the ceremony.

The Couple's Looks

For the day function, while Rajiv wore a champagne gold kurta, Farzia donned a floral organza saree in sorbet hues from Zahra which she accessorized with handmade floral jewellery from Flowers by Bhanu.

Moon’s Makeover completed her look with a tousled braid, minimal makeup, and pale lips.

Sangeet Looks

For the night, Rajiv paired up his kurta set with a navy velvet nehru jacket to complement the ceremony’s upbeat vibes. Whereas, Farzia changed into a heavily embroidered navy blue and gold lehenga. With hair let down in curls and jhumka earrings, her look was minimal and super elegant.

The Wedding

The castle wedding decorations were executed by the ace team of Design House Decor. White and gold love seat along with benches, ottomans, and a coffee table with candles & floral arrangements cascading down to the ground made up for the dreamy decor. A formal ceremony with hues of blush pink, nudes and ivory, the bespoke royal vibes of the wedding were unmatched.

Farzia's Look

For the wedding, Farzia slipped into an equally royal Sabyasachi lehenga from his Gulkand Collection which she paired up with a mix of equally royal Kundan jewellery and gold Sita Haar from Exclusives by Fatima & Joyalukkas.

Bridal Rang by Samiha tied up Farzia’s hair in a middle part low bun and glammed her up with nude lips, light smokey eyes, and a black bindi.

Rajiv's Look

Rajiv kept it simple and classic in a black Sabyasachi sherwani with white churidaars and blck leather shoes.

The Reception

While excessive cherry blossom arrangements accentuated with candles marked the entire decor, a gold mirror frame with pastel hued florals growing across the frame and cascading onto the ground made for the couple’s seating backdrop.

Rajiv, for the reception changed into a dapper blue suit with brown shoes. Farzia, on the other hand, wore a heavily embellished Sabyasachi lehenga and had her hair down in waves accessorizing her look with bangles and striking jewels.

Tips From The Bride

  • Write everything down. As cliche as this sounds it will seriously help you organize your thoughts. Write down 3 things- your vision whether it’d be grand or intimate, your budget, and vendors you want to work with. From there, inquire and compare the quote with your budget because that will allow you to prioritize everything.
  • This tip follows tip # 1- DIY and delegate your bridal party. You can save so much from DIY. At the end, whether weddings are big or small, dream weddings can be costly if you’re not smart with your money. Once you have your list ready, the quotes and your vision see what you can DIY and delegate to your bridal party so that all you have to do is follow up.
  • Enjoy the planning process and make time for you. This is your moment and sometimes we run around that we get lost in chaos and forget to take care of ourselves. You’re the bride and it’s your biggest day, so as much as you hear this from other brides I’ll say it again. Attend to yourself whether it’d be the mind, body, or soul and everything will fall into place.

Edited By Neha Garg Ahuja

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