For her bridal entry in an Anamika Khanna lehenga, this bride recreated Istanbul’s Çırağan Palace

The next few days passed in a flurry of activities, from the haldi to the mehendi and ai buro bhaat – a Bengali bridal shower. Designed as a traditional event to bid the bride a final farewell, her closest friends and family put together a potluck feast featuring her favorite meals as a token of their affection.

The day of the nikaah ceremony dawned brightly at the couple’s chosen location: a glass house bathed in radiant sunlight. Under the canopy of a frame embroidered with a verse from the Quran and the date of the nikah, the bride entered in an ivory gharara set by Anamika Khanna with her husband-to-be’s name embroidered on the veil. She then asked the designer for a second veil for the traditional facial reveal during the nikaah ceremony. Alam, meanwhile, awaited her arrival in a Shantnu & Nikhil kurta with a Nehru jacket.

For her bridal entry, Musa consciously chose to move away from the conventional phoolon ki chaadar in honor of their cultural and religious identity. “Another beloved Islamic wedding ritual that we incorporated into our celebration was the arsi mushraf. This beautiful tradition allowed us to look at each other coyly through a mirror as a metaphor for the shared vision we have of our future together,” she smiles. The couple then released a pair of white doves to symbolize the love and unity they promised each other in marriage.

The next day, the couple’s loved ones gathered to celebrate their union. For the decor, the couple chose to transform an empty field into a breathtaking tribute to the majestic Çırağan Palace in Istanbul, a place that has always captivated Musa’s imagination. Inspired by her fascination with Sufism and the poetry of Rumi, she incorporated dervish dancers flown in from Istanbul for a setting that felt both regal and deeply meaningful.

The backdrop of all-white flowers was a conscious choice by the bride so that the deep red hue of her exquisite Anamika Khanna lehenga could stand out in stark contrast. With an ornate jewelry set from Hazoorilal and hand-me-down bracelets from her mother serving as finishing touches, she walked down an aisle, washed in the romantic glow of flickering candles.

For the reception party the next day, Musa made a chameleonic change by opting for an ivory creation by Tarun Tahiliani, while her husband stood neatly next to her in a prince’s coat by Manish Malhotra. With her hair in a half-updo and a layered diamond necklace sparkling at the nape of her neck, she opted for a neutral-toned approach to makeup. “From an early age I cherished the dream of wearing Tarun Tahiliani’s beautiful creations for my wedding. The decision to choose him and Anamika Khann for my wedding was the manifestation of a lifelong ambition that I harbored with unwavering faith and conviction,” she smiles as she signs off.