Photographers love shooting weddings at the stunning Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. The location is beautiful by any measure, and the grounds of the property are just spectacular. Few of us meet the loves of our life in high school, but with Neena and Azim, that’s exactly what happened. For 10 long years, this couple stayed together as they pursued their respective educations and life goals, with their parents supporting their aspirations every step of the way. They even stayed together during educational pursuits that had them living in different countries, because they just knew that they were the perfect match for one another. But at last, after 10 long years, it seemed that the time was right. Azim popped the question during a surprise trip to Maui, and with that, Neena and Azim’s excellent wedding adventure began.

Since they had waited 10 years for their dream wedding, this couple wanted to make sure to incorporate both personalities into an epic celebration. She wanted to put a modern twist on beautiful décor, while Azim wanted to make sure his friends and family had an awesome time at an incredible party. The one thing they both absolutely wanted was a huge “wow” factor. Choosing the location was easy. Neena and Azim both love the ocean, so when they visited the Terranea Resort, they fell in love with it. After securing their venue, the couple knew they had to hire a great coordination team. Neena met with numerous coordinators, but ultimately settled on Pink Rock Events. For florals and décor, the couple chose the multitalented Shawna Yamamoto, who worked with Pink Rock to create a gorgeous room in blush, pink and fuchsia with a huge crystal chandelier hanging over the entire dance floor.

Neena and Azim’s ceremony was a blend of Western and Shia Muslim traditions. The first portion included regular wedding vows that the couple wrote for each other, along with a sand ceremony. The second portion was a traditional Nikkah that was not allowed to be filmed or photographed. For her wedding outfit, Neena chose a Manish Malhotra sari (purchased in Mumbai) in blush tones. For the reception, Neena’s Umar Sayeeb lengha (purchased in Karachi, Pakistan) was made in turquoise hues, to pick up the ocean theme and venue. The turquoise of the lengha was beautifully offset by the rose-colored ballroom décor. The reception itself was crazy, with the couple’s 450 guests dancing into the wee small hours of the night. Stunning décor, beautiful lighting and a huge boxed crystal waterfall hanging over the dance floor served to create the wow factor that the couple was hoping for.

This stunning wedding was featured in South Asian Bride Magazine; you can see the published feature in the Published Work section of my web site. With coordination by Pink Rock Events, florals by Shawna Yamamoto, DJ and Lighting by Ambiance AV, makeup by Linda Chiriac and hair by Thais. Second camera by the talented Yoshi Morimoto.

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