Sunday, July 25, 2010

Yasmeen and Nishaad - Walima - An Islamic Tradition

The Wikipedia defines the Walima as follows:
Walima (Arabic: وليمة‎), or the marriage banquet, is one of the two traditional parts of an Islamic wedding. The walima is performed after the nikah, ( Arabic نكاح) or marriage ceremony. The word walima is derived from awlam, meaning to gather or assemble. It designates a feast in Arabic. Walima is used as a symbol to show domestic felicity in the household post-marriage.

Nishad and Yasmeen's Walima spared no expense. Amenities included a paan station, a full three piece qawali band, and a gorgeous stage. The atmosphere was lively and exuberant which shows in these photos.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Yasmeen and Nishaad - Shaadi

The second of three nights - The main event. South Miami is home to diversity, and this wedding showcased just that. A fusion of Cuban and Indian culture created a "rumba" that was bursting at the seams with color. As the risk of sounding a bit over confident - I truly did have trouble picking my favorites from this collection. There were simply too many wonderful moments to chose from.

The bride's friends prepared a wonderful choreographed dance number to the theme of Slumdog Millionaire's anthem - "Jai Ho". Encores were demanded and given frequently.

The cuisine carried authentic Pakistani and Indian flavors. Both the deserts and the lovely couple left a sweet taste in everyone's mouth.

Congratulations to Yasmeen and Nishaad!

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