Garden Mehndi Party at Esplanade Lakes



Chicago Indian Wedding Photographer

I love meeting clients who have already seen our team at multiple weddings and already having an understanding of how we work and our reputation. Because of this established relationship, clients already feel comfortable with us and that is half the battle!

Wara and Zahab were just that couple!

We have run into Wara and her family on multiple occassions at weddings of couples she was friends or family with. Meeting Wara for her wedding was a breeze because we didn’t need to explain how we photographed and filmed weddings. She knew how hard we worked and the lengths we went to get the right shot. That’s why it was an honor that she chose us because it was an acknowledgement of the hard work we put into each and every wedding.

What can I say about Wara and Zahab?

They are simply amazing, down to earth, gracious and kind individuals who are perfect for one another. They are super successful in their careers and yet so humble. The list of adjectives can fill up this page. And to top it all off, they know how to throw a beautiful wedding.

What is a Mehndi Party?

A mehndi celebration in the muslim community is a non-religious event where the bride and groom’s families come together to dance, sing and just have a great time.  In the other South Asian cultures (Punjabi, Gujarati, Hindu), this celebration is known as the sangeet. But whatever you call it, it is a festive night of lots of laughter, banter, Bollywood dance hits and fun. And let’s not forget about the delicious food stations.  Typically, you will find a plethora of different food stations featuring yummy tastings from all over India, Pakistan and the subcontinent. I always love the gol gappa and channa chaat food stations.

Here are highlights from their mehndi sangeet celebration at Esplanade Lakes by Doubletree Downers Grove.

Chicago Indian Wedding Photographer Maha Studios Esplanade Lakes by Doubletree Downers Grove, Illinois Maha Studios

Mehndi Bridal Outfit by Nomi Ansari photographed by Chicago Wedding Photographer Maha Studios

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Vendors featured:

Makeup/hair: Makeup by Mehwish

Decor: Amer Design Studio

Outfits: Nomi Ansari

Venue: Esplanade Lakes Ballroom

With over ten years of experience capturing sacred moments and an artful intuition for what it takes to get the perfect shot, time and time again, it’s our joy to create evocative, timeless photographs that are as one-of-a-kind as your story.

Maha Studios is a destination photography studio that delights in the vibrant traditions and rituals at the heart of South Asian and multicultural weddings.