Traditional Pre-Wedding Pakistani Mehndi Night in Tuscany
May 19, 2015
Rustic WeddingsFall Weddings
Planning a destination wedding can be tough -- especially when bringing a Pakistani wedding weekend with a traditional Western ceremony to the Tuscan countryside! -- but, with help from The Tuscan Wedding and Tuscany Flowers, this Bride and Groom pulled off their mehndi night with style (and bellydancers!). Luckily, Lisa Poggi and Mattello Trombello shared the whole weekend with us in the gallery here!
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From the beautiful bride... Tarek and I had our wedding weekend in Florence Italy. We both live in Miami, Florida. My parents immigrated to the Bahamas in the 70's but my extended family still lives in Italy. Tarek was born and raised in Toronto, Canada but his parents immigrated from Pakistan. We decided to have a destination wedding in Italy. However, we wanted to also incorporate Tarek's culture into the weekend activities. Instead of having a regular welcome party or rehearsal dinner we decided to have a Mehndi Party for all the wedding guests. Let me tell you -- this was not an easy task! Bringing this type party to a rustic Tuscan city was pretty hard!!

Daniela, at The Tuscan Wedding, took on the task and I think did a pretty fantastic job. The location was at an agritourism of all places! This location has a few apartments and a restaurant on a farm. It took us months to find a location that would fit what we needed. We needed a large enough space to hold 115 people and have enough room for dancers. We found a talented group of Indian dancers from Rome who came and did a few dancing shows for us. The place was beautifully decorated with colorful drapes, ethnic decorations and lighting. Most guests participated and dressed up. It was definitely a cultural experience for many of the guests, who living in Italy, have never had the opportunity to see. This was a fantastic way to start off the wedding weekend.
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