Lamisa Chowdhury had her dream wedding along the waters of Casco Bay and it could not have been a more beautiful, sophisticated ceremony! The KYNAH team was so happy to hear that our Seema Gujral bridal collection resonated with her and that her custom Aurelian Lehenga was the perfect fit for coastal Maine! Congrats to Lamisa and Matthew, we wish them all the best on their future endeavors together! As said by Lamisa:
How was your experience with KYNAH?
It was an absolute pleasure to collaborate with the KYNAH team. I wasn’t sure where to start my bridal lehenga journey, especially with the devastating impacts of the Coronavirus across the globe. KYNAH came to my rescue! I was incredibly excited when I found Seema Gujral’s bridal lehenga collection, which I felt had the perfect romantic elegance I was hoping to achieve with my bridal look. KYNAH was able to customize my gown to be the PERFECT fit. I was worried the timing would cut things too close, and if my dress didn’t fit correctly, I wouldn’t have a chance to alter it. Luckily, I didn’t have that problem. The dress arrived earlier than anticipated, and I seriously could not wait to wear it on the big day! I feel it’s such a timeless and immaculate work of art and cannot thank the KYNAH and Seema Gujral teams enough for their hard work. They truly helped me embody my wedding vision.
What was it about the Aurelian Lehenga that made you say “Yes!”?
It’s a gorgeous gown, rich with intricate details. To me, the lehenga stood out because its contemporary style still honored the rich culture and history of traditional South Asian bridal looks. I especially appreciated its ornate hand stitching and ability to glimmer in the sun during our outdoor ceremony. I also loved adding my own touch to the Lehenga by changing the sleeves to my favorite style!
If you had to choose one moment from your wedding day, what would it be?
Our wedding venue was the Chebeague Island Inn - a beautiful yellow building situated atop a hill on the largest island in Casco Bay. We planned our wedding remotely from Washington, DC, for a little over a year. It was hard to picture the day fully when it lived on Pinterest boards and email threads. It wasn’t until in the evening when it finally sunk in that the event we invented in our heads came to life. When we were sitting at our reception table with our friends and family beside us, watching the sunset over the boats on the bay, that was the moment we will cherish as we grow old together.
What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme/aesthetic?
We had a very romantic, ethereal wedding aesthetic. We wanted it to feel like our guests were walking into a specially curated wedding day, made by two individuals who poured a lot of love into every detail. Visually, we combined the New England coastal style with the elegance and sophistication of designer fashion. We incorporated things from our elopement in DC as well, such as the dried flowers bouquet I used during that ceremony. We were also able to incorporate our childhood best friends, who were made part of the ceremony as an officiant and ring bearer. Ultimately, we were all able to enjoy the warm, late summer day with lawn games and a cocktail hour drenched in the sweet sounds of Seacoast Ceremonial’s violin and cellists. Then, we ended the evening with smores and wine by a big bonfire. I think we successfully captured a special moment in a bottle.
How did you add your personal touch to you and your husband’s big day?
We had our names everywhere! The cake topper, my golden bangles, and our drink menu. We handmade wooden pens with Matthew’s uncle Larry, which our guests used to write a message to place in our time capsule. We will read their notes on our first wedding anniversary.
Photography: Sierra Kristen Photography
HMUA: Gemma Dyer
Venue: Chebeague Island Inn
Entertainment: Seacoast Ceremonial Music