Nargiza & Sukhrob’s Fabulous Wedding in Uzbekistan

Nobody knows better than Nargiza and Sukhrob that sometimes what you’re looking for is standing right in front of you! When they first met, it was while Nargiza was running an errand for a friend. Though they were thrown together many times, it was Facebook that brought them together.

“First, I knew him as my friend’s super tall cousin, and to him I was his cousin’s petite-framed friend who wore a lot of make up.

The second time we met, we both tried to ignore the fact that we were the only single guests among married couples, and tried to stay away from each other. Although Sukhrob was encouraged to invite me to a dance, he never did and I wouldn’t want him to. Still, we were clueless and disinterested.”

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Nargiza & Sukhrob, stunning custom headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

“Then, as it became so common since the birth of social networking, we befriended each other on Facebook and Odnoklassniki. Constant communication changed the way we viewed each other from our very first meeting.

We discovered common interests, sense of humor, similar palates and eventually started confiding in one another. We became close friends and felt the first signs of attraction through music and dance.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, dramatic bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Before long, a culmination of Sukhrob’s qualities revealed to Nargiza that she had met their match.

“It wasn’t only one of his qualities that made me decide: He is the one. I saw it in various small but significant details; the respect he showed toward his elders and especially women of all ages. The affection toward children, his decisiveness, and more importantly the strong bond between the members of his family and the love they had for each other had impressed me.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob’s wedding

For Nargiza and Sukhrob, becoming engaged involved Uzbeki and US traditions.

“It was not like the typical, surprising me with a sparkling diamond ring while we are on a romantic trip kind of a proposal. It was a gradual proposal that build up in stages. There were also some traditions involved behind the entire process. We couldn’t have made any decision without receiving our parents’ consent. First he asked my parents for my hand and in November of 2009 we traveled to our hometown, Tashkent, Uzbekistan so that I could meet his parents.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, statement bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

However, even after my engagement ring was chosen and was given for resizing, he managed to surprise me with my sister’s help. We were scheduled to have our ‘e-session’ at one of NYC parks and when I arrived there after work I saw that there were rose petals and candles at the bottom of the stairs (early in our relationship we used to go to that park, sit by the water and talk for hours). Then he took my hand and got on one knee. I thought that he was posing for pictures but realized that he was proposing when out of nowhere he took out a single red rose with my (resized) ring carefully tucked in the center of it!”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, elegant bridal accessories by Bridal Styles New York

Both families pitched in to help plan Nargiza and Sukhrob’s wedding. Especially Nargiza’s sisters and cousins, who helped execute every detail.

“I have been planning my wedding since I was 18! Ideas came and went, but only couple of wishes remained unchanged; incorporation of burgundy and gold as well as lots and lots of flowers. I envisioned a modern wedding with vintage touches here and there, but traditions were inevitable, as our wedding would take place in Uzbekistan. The challenge was to be able to balance it all and present in best way possible: contemporary base sprinkled with vintage but glamorous details and wrapped up in centuries old traditions.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, glam bridal headpiece and cage veil by Bridal Styles New York

While planning their reception, Nargiza and Sukhrob put their own personal stamp on every element of the day.

“Everything from the venue, décor and flowers to the cake (that featured live birds as the ‘cake topper’), music DVD that we burnt for the dance part of the wedding, outfit change and our special dance were all special to us. They definitely made our day unique and undoubtedly our own.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, spectacular custom bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

When choosing her wedding day look, Nargiza had similar plans. She wanted something that captured her style and expressed both past and present.

“Just the way I envisioned the entire wedding, the look I envisioned for myself as a bride was vintage-y yet glamorous, extravagant yet elegant. Since I knew what I wanted, I thought it would be very easy to make my choice. But when tried on my favorite mermaid dress, I found that the look just didn’t scream ‘bride’ for me. To be sure, I tried on couple of other mermaid gowns, but I felt the same as I would in any other evening gown.

I never thought I would choose a ball gown as my primary wedding dress, but when I tried on a ball gown by Priscilla of Boston, I really did feel like a queen. Even so, I still didn’t feel fulfilled. I wanted something edgier and more modern. So I chose a beautiful A-line ivory satin gown by Badgley Mischka as my second dress that I would change into for the dances.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, dramatic bridal headpiece and french net veil by Bridal Styles New York

Wedding gowns chosen, Nargiza dove into selecting equally marvelous bridal accessories.

“As far as accessories, I wanted it all! A traditional long veil sure to cause butterflies and teary eyes in loved ones, an edgier birdcage and a delicate studded veil.

From the beginning I knew finding a headpiece would be tough because I did not want a traditional tiara, nor did I want silk flowers or individual sparkly pins. I wanted my headpiece to be bold, antique looking, and definitely something that no one had ever seen before.

I was introduced to Bridal Styles Boutique and its incredible owners Edward and Elaine through my cousin Madina. who works there. I explained to Edward what I wanted and within seconds he knew what look I was going for and offered to custom make my own one-of-a-kind headpiece. I was more than thrilled! Among all my wedding vendors they were the only ones who showed so much care, they really do understand how important their work is for a bride, and they delivered the exact thing that my heard had desired. My vision became a reality and it won’t be too much if I say that my dream came true the moment I saw that one of a kind masterpiece that Edward created for me.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece and french net veil by Bridal Styles New York

June found Nargiza and Sukhrob in their hometown of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, ready and excited for their wedding. On the 11th, before their closet family members, Nargiza and Sukhrob were wed. A week later, at Farovon, one of Tashkent’s beautiful venues and restaurants, joined by family and friends, they celebrated with a spectacular reception!

“It usually gets really hot in Tashkent that time of year, so I had wished for a rain the morning of the wedding day, and indeed it did rain refreshing the trees and all the greens outside.

The reception hall was decorated beautifully! My husband and I enjoyed seeing our loved ones having a good time, having fun and dancing away. Unfortunately some of our loved ones were unable to travel that far for our wedding, but they sent their love to us and were there in spirit.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, stunning custom headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

“We had two ‘first dances.’ We danced a casual slow dance right after we entered the reception hall, and a slightly choreographed special dance later on in the evening. For me, our first un-choreographed dance was the most memorable part of the wedding. It was right after we entered the hall, and all guests’ eyes were on us and they recognized us husband and wife for the first time. I could barely hold back my tears and was shaking uncontrollably. The only thing I could do is just look in to his eyes and seeing his eyes shine with happiness. That was happiness.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, custom made bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

After their magical, memorable wedding and a few months as newlyweds, Nargiza and Sukhrob have the following advice for other planning couples:

“No matter what happens you have to remember that this day is about you and your significant other only. This is about your happiness, a celebration of your unity and togetherness.

When it comes to weddings, we girls tend to be so detail oriented, that while counting the flowers on a centerpiece or noticing that the linens on tables are not the exact colors that had been promised to be delivered, we forget about the bigger picture – that at the end of the day what matters is that you and your loved one are happily married and no more flowers and/or other shades of linens will make any difference at that point. Yes, we want everything to be perfect and there will be things that will go wrong no matter what, but you should prepare yourself for that before the wedding. You should be able to ignore those malfunctions and just try your best to pay attention to the good things, to the significant things.

Try to savor each moment, take a moment and take it all in, because everything happens so fast that at the end of the day you shouldn’t be saying: ‘I don’t remember this or that part at all.’ I was given this advise by my cousin Madina. before my wedding and only now I know how true this is and won’t miss a chance to reiterate this for future brides one more time. “

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, statement bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

 

Thank you for sharing your day with us, Nargiza and Sukhrob, and best wishes!

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