I love that Kalsoom and Jay chose a “French country chic” aesthetic for their luxurious fall Washington DC wedding at the Omni Shoreham, captured by An Endless Pursuit! It perfectly fits their stunning all-white outdoor ceremony decor (and the reception that follows!). Kalsoom incorporated her mother’s Bangladeshi heritage into the day, and the couple had a Pakistani celebration a few days before. Each detail is most certainly more beautiful, and more unique, than the next!
From Kalsoom: Our wedding took place on October 27, 2012 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. The ceremony & cocktail hour took place outside, while the reception was indoors. The broader aesthetic for the day was “French country chic” using lavender, ivory & green for our color palette.
From the beginning, Jay and I wanted to intertwine our cultures, families, and personalities into every part of the day. I’m Pakistani, but because my mother is Bangladeshi, I decided to wear a custom designed white sari down the aisle (I wore a Pakistani outfit a few days before at our Pakistani event).
Jay and I wrote the ceremony script ourselves, which told the story of how we met & got engaged.
My younger brother Mesh, a singer/songwriter, performed a beautiful song he wrote which had everyone (especially myself) in tears, while my cousin Sumanah, who is an incredible poet, read a poem she wrote for the occasion. Our friend Samar also read one of my favorite poems, making the ceremony feel incredibly authentic and intimate for everyone there.
I think what I will remember most is how much love I felt around us that day. Thanks to our international upbringing, we had friends and family come from all over the world to be there for our day. I also will never forget my brother’s song he performed during the ceremony – we are incredibly close, so it was really emotional for me! There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience.
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Kalsoom and Jay’s wedding:
Venue: Omni Shoreham
Photographer: An Endless Pursuit
Wedding Planner: Simply Chic Events
Calligraphy: Pretty Mail Calligraphy
Floral Designer: Greenworks
Rentals: DC Rental
Cake: Kendall’s Cakes
Hair: Bridal Hair by Remona
Makeup: Faces by Liz
Bridal Attire: Rina Latif
Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren
Officiant: Dave Huffman
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Photo Credits: An Endless Pursuit