Real Weddings: Rania and Jeff’s Modern Indianapolis Wedding

Hello readers and fellow Minties! I am quite excited to share this real wedding with all of you, especially for my first ever Minted blog post. Wedding season is starting up again so I thought I’d give all of you brides and grooms, planning for the big day, a little bit of eye candy.  Last summer, I had the great pleasure of working with a very sweet, and oh so classy bride, Rania Abbasi and her amazing mother Deina, on all of Rania’s wedding paper needs.

Rania, positively glowing, on the day of her wedding

Rania chose Cocktail Hour by Ariel Rutland for her invites, one of my favorite Minted wedding invitations. We used the design not just for invitations but for day of wedding accessories as well. This square invite is one of our most modern wedding invitation suites.  In catching back up with Rania, I learned this is just what she was going for.

Rania and Jeff's lovely lovely invites

What was it about the Cocktail Hour invites that first drew you to the design?

We wanted every aspect of the wedding to be modern with clean lines and a sleek design.  That’s exactly what drew me to the Cocktail Hour invites.  The fonts and the square shape combined to fit perfectly into our overall plan.  Once we found the right design, the great people at were so accommodating to us by carrying out the design beyond what was available.  We were able to work with the designer to create menus, programs and place cards to match the invitations.

The minibook programs

As with all Minted wedding suites, we were able to customize everything to match Rania’s palette.

How did you decide on which colors you’d carry throughout your wedding?

We actually fell upon the ink color because the bridesmaid dresses only came in that deep blue.  Luckily, it fit perfectly with the silver and white that was already in the plan.  Again, we wanted to keep it minimal and sleek, and the blue was the perfect pop of color we needed.

Rania and her bridesmaids, in their fantastic blue dresses

Your dress as well as your bridesmaids’ dresses were so gorgeous! Who designed them?

The bridesmaid dresses were from BCBG.  Because it wasn’t the typical bridesmaid dress, we had to do a bit of searching for all seven that we needed.  BCBG was great and worked with me to locate all seven from different stores across the country.

place setting with the matching menu cards

What was the overall vibe you were going for with your wedding décor?

We were going for a modern look–simple and sleek.  The wedding was held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, so keeping it simple amongst the beautiful art was key.

Rania at the wedding location, the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Your photos are so wonderful. Looking at them all you can definitely tell there was a ton of dancing at the wedding. What kind of music did you play?

Our photographer, Kiera Dubach of Kieraphoto, did a great job of capturing the excitement of the night!  My family is Middle Eastern, so it was important for us to incorporate Arabic music.  Our DJ, Mike Degler, managed to put together the perfect mix of American and Arabic music, blending our two cultures together.

So many people dancing! This looks like such a blast.

Many many thanks to Rania and her photographer Kiera Dubach for these wonderful photos. More below!

The invites up close

I can't get enough of this dress and location!

The white orchids are so elegant

Rania and Jeff

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  1. Most fabulous! Absolutely. Clean, modern, versatile, a perfect fit for this gorgeous wedding. Thank you for sharing. How many different fonts are used in this suite? They work amazingly well together.

  2. Cathy

    It’s lovely! But I have a wording question: I have always been told that “honour of your presence” is reserved only for weddings take place within a place of worship (e.g. church or synagogue.)… Anyone else?

  3. Alison

    Hi Mellissa. I just love the fonts on this one. There are only three.

    Hi Cathy! It really depends on how formal you’re going with the invitation. Wedding etiquette can be loosely interpreted sometimes. It’s totally up to you.

  4. Robert

    Great post Alison! Those minibooks look amazing… Beautiful photography.

  5. Robert

    Awesome post Alison! Love the photography… The minibooks look amazing.

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  10. I really loved the orchid on the chair with the program. Simple and elegant.

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  12. Tiffany

    Lovely wedding that was definitely captured by the photographer. The photo of the reception creates the feeling.
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  13. Yolanda

    Beautiful wedding! So wonderful to see and read the stories behind Minted customers.

  14. Robin

    Hey, Cathy, it’s nice to see that there are still people who like to hold with tradition and decorum! Just to verify, Rania and Jeff’s wedding was DEFINITELY a worship service, but held at the IMA. After all, God was the first creator of beauty 🙂

  15. Loren

    Great post, Alison! Beautiful wedding!

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  18. Alesia

    I love the flip books, what info was included on the 3 pages?

  19. Jake

    i’m working with a friend who also chose Cocktail Hour for her wedding invitations. We’re coming up with program and matching items now but we can’t seem to figure out what the ‘fancy’ font is. 2 of the 3 look to me like Rockwell and Futura but I can’t quite put my finger on the 3rd (I think the ligatures are throwing me off a bit). What font did you use as your third?

    Everything looked beautiful BTW! 🙂

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