Sana & Pedro – The Best of Both Worlds

By, February 22, 2016

Sana and Pedro were married at the Arbor Terrace of the Grand Tradition Estate in Fallbrook, California. Sana is of Pakistani descent, and Pedro’s heritage is Mexican. Each commemorated their respective cultures with traditional attire, ethnic music and special customs. As you’ll see in the photos below, the result was a wedding bursting with life and color.

During the wedding, Sana wore a colorful gharara by Nomi Ansari . She was decorated with lavish embellishments and intricate henna tatoos by Henna Trendz. Oh ya, and some Jimmy Choo shoes ;)

Pedro wore a traditional Pakistani sherwani for the ceremony, and surprised the guests when he switched into a Mariachi outfit for the reception. They were even accompanied by a Mariachi band for the grand entrance… Ole!

The ceremony and reception sites were decked out to the max, featuring beautiful red roses and elaborate décor by Finishing Touch Wedding Design. To ensure a lively reception, the band stuck around throughout dinner, and even took special requests. We hope you enjoy these highlights from this special day.

002Wedding couple walking by waterfall at the Orchid Bar at the Grand Tradition Estate, Fallbrook, California.
We love it when couples are adventurous, and are up for unusual photo ideas! San and Pedro were a ton of fun!
004 Detail photographs of Henna Tatoos and Jimmy Choo Shoes
Mexican and Pakistani cultures coming together in this fun photograph
As we crossed the bridge, we happened to see a rose lying on the ground. We thought it was the perfect prop to depict these two cultures coming together. What a fun shot!
We’re always using our surroundings to help tell the story of the day. The members of the Mariachi Band were more than willing to step in for this photo.
Close-ups of cultural bride and groom at the Grand Tradition Estate 011 012 Cultural bridesmaids at the Grand Tradition Estate in Fallbrook Red Roses at ceremony site at the Grand Tradition
This low-angle shot shows the abundance of red roses, which were present throughout the wedding.
Ceremony Site at the Grand Tradition in Fallbrook, California draped with red roses. 016 Wedding Kiss at the Grand Tradition with red rose petals flying in th air
By staying as alert as possible for any photographic opportunity, we are able to anticipate the action, and capture instantaneous moments that are over in a flash.
020 021 023 Luxurious Reception setup at the Arbor Terrace at the Grand Tradition Estate 026 First Dance at the Grand Tradition Arbor Terrace. Groom in Traditional Mariachi holding a red rose. 028 Happy Bride and Groom at Sparkler Exit at the Grand Tradition Estate

Big congratulations to this fun and happy couple!


Bakery: Cakes to Celebrate!
Bridal Stylist: Dress Your Face
Arch and Arbor: Finishing Touch Wedding Design
Bridesmaids Dresses: Frontier Heritage
Venue: Grand Tradition
Henna Artist: Henna Trendz
Invitation: Love Paper Paint
Wedding Dress: Nomi Ansari
Transportation: Sunset Limo

To see more of Sana & Pedro’s vibrant cross-cultural wedding, please click here


Henna Designs for a Pakistani Wedding by Henna Trendz

By, March 12, 2013

No Pakistani wedding is complete without the bride adorning her hands and feet with henna! At Henna Trendz, we strive for excellence, beauty, creativity and quality service for every client of ours.

I recently had the pleasure to work with Mariam and Umer’s families, for their wedding henna body art.  They were an amazing and wonderfully friendly group of people!


A henna party was held at the Palo Verde Lake Clubhouse in Alpine, where family and friends gathered two days prior to the the wedding day. Henna is typically applied to the bride’s hands and feet about 2 days before the actual wedding, so that the henna stain is at its peak on the big day.


Mariam is very fond of paisleys, so I incorporated lots of paisleys into her henna designs. A fun part of wedding henna is that the bride can choose to hide the groom’s name in the intricate design, for him to find. Umer’s name is hidden in the design below. Can you find it? (Hint hint…. look VERY closely at the design on her right hand)


We also created simple designs for the guests, which we glammed up with glitter to match their colorful outfits. Even little girls LOVE their henna!


Using henna paste on the skin, we created intricate mandala designs (like on the left, below). We also designed beautiful patterns using natural henna stain (as seen on the right, below), which last for an average of two weeks.


Mariam chose the supreme package, opting for for henna designs all the way up to her elbows. She looked gorgeous as she got ready for their wedding at the La Jolla Torrey Pines Hilton.


I love this photo of the bride receiving a flower ring from her mother, who is also adorned with henna.


The wedding festivities continued inside the ballroom of the Torrey Pines Hilton. It was a stunning celebration!


Henna Artist: Henna Trendz
Photographer:  True Photography
Videographer: Escape Studios
Linens and Rental: Ethnic Essence Flowers
Lighting and Decor: Ethnic Essence Flowers
Caterer: Noorani Kabab House
Coordinator: Planning Elegance
Photo Booth: Smile Lounge Photo Booth

Check our more photos from Mariam and Umer’s Henna Party, Wedding and Reception.