gagan & vanu – raleigh engagement

July 12, 2015 | Filed Under engagements | 1 Comment 

when i heard gagan was getting married this year… i felt old!! gagan’s oldest sister is my college bff – my sakhi – and he was only 14 when i met him and the rest of their family in the good old days. and here he is now, all grown up and engaged to this glowing, smart young woman. vanu is amazing, and it was a delight to see how happy these two are together. the wedding will be in virginia, where vanu’s family lives, but we met up in gagan’s (and my) hometown of raleigh, nc, to take some engagement photos – we started off at the north carolina museum of art and then moved on to j.c. raulston arboretum on a beautiful summer afternoon. stay tuned for the wedding later this summer! vanu – so happy to meet you :) all my love to the bindras – can’t wait to celebrate with you all!!



hareem & omar – nikah and shaadi

July 2, 2015 | Filed Under nikah, wedding posts | 1 Comment 

when hareem first contacted me about her wedding, we soon realized we had already met each other… at sunday school, where she was my son’s new teacher for the year :) and the lucky young man she was engaged to happened to be a friend of my husband’s who also volunteers at the same mosque. so it’s been, alhamdulillah, such a blessing to see these two, who have given so much of their time and talents to the community, come together and bring two incredible families together as well. hareem and omar, i know it’s been a time of both grief and joy for you guys this year, and it was an honor for me to be a part of your wedding, and to learn lessons about faith, patience and love from your families. usman and i – and musa too :) – wish you both all the best in your new life together!
here i’ve shared a selection of photos from the nikah, or vows ceremony, held at hareem’s house, and the beautiful shaadi (reception/rukhsathi) at the sheraton tyson’s premiere, after which we took some portraits over by the wheel at national harbor. for both events, the decor was done by the incredible sarah khan event styling.